Saturday, August 20, 2011

Straight from Tyler's Kitchen: Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing & Marinated Tomatoes & Corn...
Now if you aren't already drooling at the sound of this recipe, I don't know what else could!  I will admit, I have not tried this... But after looking at the pictures I couldn't help but post it so that somebody with a little more time on their hands could try it out (if you do please let me know)!  This recipe is from the amazing Tyler Florence.  If you would like to check out more of his recipes you can at either or at Food Network-Tyler Florence.

1. The ingredients at a glance.  2. Mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk & basil in the blender.  3. Blend the dressing until smooth; season with sea salt.  4. Slice roasted corn off the cob into a mixing bowl.  5. The tomatoes - don't cut them too small.  6. Tomatoes & roasted corn in a blend of Old Bay, lemon juice, & olive oil.  7. Forming the cakes with chunks of crab.  8. Sear the crab cakes until golden on both sides.

For the Crab Cakes

1 1/2 lbs. jumbo lumb crabmeat
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (made from
4 or 5 slices of white bread with the crusts
removed and processed in the food processor)
2 Tbsp mayonnaise, plus more if needed
1 large egg white
1/2 lemon, juiced
Sea Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

For the Dressing

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
A few drops of fresh lemon juice
Sea salt to taste

For the Marinated Tomatoes and Corn

2 ears of fresh corn
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 fat Tbsp of tiny fresh basil leaves
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Let's Get Cookin'!

1.  Mix crabmeat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg white, and lemon juice until just blended.  Season with salt and pepper.  Shape into six large cakes.  Put them on a plate, cover loosely, and place them in the refrigerator to chill.

2.  To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender and puree on high until smooth; salt to taste.  The flavor should remind you of classic ranch dressing.  This sauce should be served at room temperature, so pull it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before you plate up. 

3.  Roast the unshucked corn in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes, until the husks are brown and parchment-like.  The corn will steam in its own jacket, creating an unbelievable, naturally sweet flavor.  Once the ears are cool enough to handle, peel the husks back.  Using a sharp knife, slice the kernels from the cob into a mixing bowl.

4.  Cut up the tomatoes, but don't make them too small and delicate.  Toss the tomatoes and corn with the Old Bay, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, sea salt, and pepper, and let it marinate in the fridge to chill.  (This can be done up to an hour in advance - if it sits longer than that, the salt will pull too much water out of the tomatoes.)

5.  Take the crab cakes out of the refrigerator.  Heat 3 Tbsp olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add the crab cakes and cook for about four minutes on each side until they are nice and crisp.  To assemble, spoon some dressing on each plate and place a crab cake in the center.  Sprinkle tomato and corn mixture over the top and serve immediately.

Serves 4-6


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Buns & Braids

I wanted to leave you with a little something to experiment over the weekend with.  I have to admit, I use to not be a fan of buns or braids.  That was until I started seeing different ways you could do them.  Now I love them!  Check out these fun styles, try it out this weekend, & please! let me know how it goes :)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Glorious Day :)

Don't you just love a good day?  I hope you are having one, and if you aren't... I pray that it starts being amazing!  I have been meditating on Romans lately, and have been completely blasted by what I've been reading.  I mean, let's be honest, it's a thiiiick & meaty book, but SO encouraging!  If you'd like to read along with me I've been soaking up Romans 5-8.  I've been skipping back and forth and just taking in all I can handle.  I encourage you to do the same :)  It will really encourage you and give perspective on so many things in life!
Anyways!  I had a glorious day today.  It started out by having an amazing time with my team in the morning & then we went to spend some time with the kids we hang out with every morning.  From there, it just got better... From Jamba Juice, Lunch @ Rubios, Starbucks... And then, well... let me share a bit of the rest with you in pictures.  Enjoy!

Grabbed a Iced Venti 1/2 Sweetened Green Tea Lemonade,
Perfect for a summer day!

Became an official Costco Member ;)
And had a little fun ;)

THEN!!!  The real excitement began.  I spent 3 months living with this girl and hadn't seen her in almost a year.  We go to reconnect here in Cali, and spend the whole rest of the day together.  It was so good for my heart.  I love her so much & am so excited we get to spend more time together.  She's incredible!  Has such a beautiful heart, is a real friend, is committed, & has fallen in love with Jesus :)  Meet the lovely: Emily!
Chillin on Huntington Beach together :)
Right after we finally came together!  Real Smiles :)
Aaaaand right back to being silly:)

So there we go!  I hope you encounter things today that make your heart feel alive & bring hope into your soul.
You are all amazing!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's Coming Quickly!

Can you believe in just a short 3 months we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and just one month after that Christmas!?  It seems like we just welcomed in the New Year!  Well, after having this lovely realization and getting extremely excited for all that it entails, I also realized I needed to get crackin' on my Christmas presents!  I had about 30 minutes to rest yesterday and thought I would start something new.  So here's what I've been working on!

Do you have any fun ideas for Christmas?  I'd love to hear them & to see what you've got planned!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Talk Gold!

 I love that gold is coming back!!  It's classy & fun & bold all at the same time.
Here are a few gems that I have found around that I want to share with you!

Enjoy this fantastic Tuesday!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Buffalo Steals!


I can't explain to you how much I love Buffalo Exchange.  I ventured out with my friends, Erin & Kellye, this past weekend and was able to find some amazing steals at Buffalo Exchange!  I was on the hunt for a couple things, and got even more than I was wanting!  An over-sized blouse, over-sized sweater, & a black pencil skirt was on my list and I found them, for amazing prices!  Here's what I found :)

[Forever 21 Button-Up Cardigan: $10.00]
[BDG Black Pencil Skirt: $9.00]
[Forever 21 Light Pink Over-sized Tee: $7.00]
[Reformed over-sized blouse: $13.50]

[J.Crew Sweater: $11.00]
[Lush over-sized sweater: $14.50]
[Taupe-Grey Colored Sunglasses: $5.00]

Make sure to check out Buffalo Exchange if you have one near you! Also check out the stores mentioned here:
Forever 21 - BDG @ Urban Outfitters - J.Crew - Lush - Reformed @ Urban Outfitters
[Outfit in top photo: Plan White Tee, Forever 21 Grey Cardigan, TJ. Maxx Grey Bow Purse, H&M Navy Blue Skirt, H&M Braided Brown Belt, Forever 21 Feather Necklace]

I hope this brings a great start to your new week.  See you soon!
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