Thursday, January 20, 2011

Food 101: Please Pass the Bread

One of my favorite flavors is when I go to an Italian restaurant and they pour a little olive oil out onto a saucer and add a house blend of seasonings to dip your bread in.
It gives your bread a little pizzazz and is a much healthier alternative to butter! I have created my own version and it tastes amazing, so I thought I'd share.

This is a quick and easy recipe that is great for entertaining, dinner parties, cozy soirees with girlfriends, or just for a snack! Try it out!


1 tablespoon of Italian blend dry seasoning (mixture of oregano, basil, rosemary)
1 teaspoon of McCormick's Spicy Montreal Steak seasoning
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I like it a tad spicy!)
1 tablespoon parmesian cheese for a buttery cruch (and to replace the salt)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or one quick squirt!)
Extra virgin olive oil
1 roll of French bread, sliced in 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch pieces


Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well

2. Pour extra virgin olive oil onto a small saucer
3. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dry mixture to the olive oil (1 tablespoon of dry mix to every 3- 4 tablespoons of olive oil)

4. Add lemon juice and mix a bit

5. Dip sliced bread in mixture.


*Another variation is to add 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar for a tangy twist*
As you run out, add more dry mix and more olive oil. I promise, you will have your friends practically begging for the secret!
Happy eating!



Saturday, January 8, 2011

Beauty: The Bold/Statement Lip

So I am back from my holiday hiatus, and I have had tons of things that I mentally blogged, so I will have to fill you in!

For now, on my mind is my shift from loving smoky eyes and nude lips to loving BOLD LIPS with jet black eyeliner and/or mascara. Simple yet statement worthy. Add gloss on top if that tickles your fancy! Whatever color you are drawn to--try it!

Here are my 6 favorite color lipsticks from MAC which retail for about $14.50 with free shipping when you use the code "Mickey" for at least the next 24 hours on

MAC Red - The original

Underworld - Intense brownish burgundy

Lady Danger - Vivid bright coral-red matte

Girl About Town - Fabulous fuchsia (amplified creme)

Hot Sass - Bright orange (dazzle)

Gulabi - Bright fuchsia

Don't limit yourself with color. It doesn't have to be bright or trendy to be bold. Dark colors are super sexy, and classic reds are timelessly chic.




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