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Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

It seems that there is a festival every weekend here in my new town of Sacramento. I don’t know what is better, summer or fall festivals? Both seasons are great times for produce! What I love about the festivals here compared to ones in the Bay Area, is that there is an abundance of craft breweries, wineries, local farms, and all these make for great food and cocktails. 

When I think of fall, one of the veggies that I love to use in the kitchen is figs. Park Winters is a bed and breakfast located in Winters, California that was holding their first Fig Jam Festival. Are you figging kidding me!? Imagine dancing to live bluegrass music, relaxing with family and friends, eating amazing fig-centric food and drinking fig-infused beverages. I’m going to be checking out this fig jam next year. 

Park Winters makes their own fig jam, along with many other jams at their farm. They make a to die for fall appetizer using their fresh figs and of course the fig jam. 

FIG & GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI

I N G R E D I E N T S

one small baguette, cut on the diagonal into 24 slices
three tablespoons olive oil
5 ounces goat cheese
1/3 cup Park Winters fig jam
24 basil leaves (if leaves are large, tear in half)
six fresh figs, quartered (we used Black Mission, but any varietal will do)
Olive oil for finish
Salt & pepper to taste

D I R E C T I O N S

Heat broiler. Brush both sides of baguette slices with oil; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side; set toasts aside.

Dividing evenly, spread each toast with goat cheese, and top with fig jam. Place one basil leaf, and one fig quarter on top.

Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Happy Figging Friday!

xx

Abby

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By on October 27, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, BEIJOS EATS, EATS, FOOD, RECIPES

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APPLE & BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

 



As soon as I feel a slight crisp in the wind, all the fall recipes come out to play. And by slight crisp, I mean its still 80 outside and that slight crisp wind is only in the early morning or late at night. And this week’s forecast is calling for 90’s. But, hey it’s California, we don’t really get a transitional season, it goes straight from hot to cold. I’m eager to start sipping on apple cider and mulled wines, but I feel a bit off doing it in my sandals and shorts. These warm cocktails will have to wait for the cold weather but till then its all about the apple-infused cocktails. Since it’s still pretty hot, this apple & blood orange margarita is ideal for the start of the fall season while we still have a little bit of heat left. 

 

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I N G R E D I E N T S

1 1/2 – 2 oz. mezcal or silver tequila
2 oz apple cider
2 oz blood orange juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp agave nectar
cinnamon sugar salt
slice of apple + dried blood orange slices for garnish
 
D I R E C T I O N S

In a small bowl, combine equal parts of cinnamon, sugar, and salt. 
Run a lime wedge around your glass, and rim with the sugar-cinnamon salt.

Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, apple cider, blood orange and lime juice, and agave nectar. Shake it up! Finally, pour into the prepared glass and garnish with apple and blood orange slices.

FALL ENTERTAINING TIP:

This is a great cocktail that can be made in batches for Fall entertaining. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, blood orange, lime juice and agave in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge. When it’s cocktail time, coat the rims of 4 glasses in salted cinnamon sugar. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Finally, garnish! 

Cheers! 

xx

Abby

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By on September 29, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, RECIPES

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Fresh Grilled Peach Burrata Salad

 



F R E S H  G R I L L E D  P E A C H  B U R R A T A  S A L A D

Remember those juicy peaches from Tony’s Fruit Stand from Monday’s post? Well, I couldn’t let summer go with out a little-grilled fruit action, and peaches are the perfect fruit to grill! Trust me, once you have had a grilled peach or any fruit for that matter, you will never go back. You are seriously missing out! Grilling fruit brings out the sweetness even more and the caramelization on the outside. Soo good! And burrata? Well, it’s only the best cheese in the world! The sweetness of the peaches with savory burrata makes for a killer combination, and adding in procusitto, gives it that salty punch to make one flavor-packed summer salad. And it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t add in some unusual subjects into my salad game. 

The fam and I spent our last week of summer in one of our favorite places. Tahoe. Need I say more? My husband has been going to Tahoe since he was little. His family has a place that is in the same complex of some of his dearest friends that he met while young and free loose on the Tahoe shores. I’m sure you can only imagine the stories I get to hear. ;) Now as adults, we get to spend time with those close friends and have our kids grow up doing the same thing as him. I tried this recipe on them last week, and it was a keeper! I highly recommend having this grilled salad with close friends, wine in hand, and on the beach at sunset. That is what summer nights are all about! 

Photography by Candiss Koenitzer

 

D I R E C T I O N S

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Spray grill to prevent sticking. Grill peaches until grill marks and caramelization are achieved. Set aside to cool. Now, you could serve this as a warm salad, but I’m not a fan of warm soggy micro greens. I sometimes will even put the peaches in the freezer for a faster chill down, especially if its really outside.

 Once cooled, arrange grilled peaches, burrata, red onion, and prosciutto in alternating layers.

Once cooled, arrange grilled peaches, burrata, red onion, and prosciutto in alternating layers. You can omit the red onion if your not a fan, or even grill those as well for a less pungent taste.

Sprinkle the arugula micro greens generously on top.

A final touch, lightly sprinkle himalayan pink salt and lavender. If you do use the lavender, use the kind from the grocery store to insure it is edible. Add some aged balsamic vinegar for that extra touch and flavor right before serving!

xx

Abby

 

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By on August 18, 2017 in BEIJOS EATS, EATS, FOOD, RECIPES, SALADS

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Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce

Nothing screams Summer more than grilled corn on the cob. It is the essential summer food. An ear of summer corn is candy-sweet and tender enough to eat raw. Whether you’re grilling those bad boys or throwing together a simple salad, corn at the peak of the season is always the way to go. My husband makes this awesome chimichurri sauce that he puts over grilled flank steak, so good! I would seriously put it on anything, and that is when I had the genius idea to put it on grilled corn. He won’t give it to anyone, not even me! Roll of the eyes. So I had to figure out my own, and I have to say, it’s pretty darn close to his. Shucks, you just can’t beat fresh grilled corn with fresh herbs sprinkled on top. Who’s with me?!?

I have been patiently waiting to bring out these fun Crate & Barrel Enamelware black rimmed plates for summer! Shop all these Beijos favorites at the bottom of the post.

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Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce

I N G R E D I E N T S

6 White or Yellow Fresh Corn, not husked
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 large handful fresh basil
2-3 sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
1 large handful fresh parsley
1/2 large handful fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Jalapeno, chopped (seeded or not seeded, your choice)
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and Pepper

D I R E C T I O N S

Light up that grill. Peel back your husks and remove the silk from the corn. Fold the husks back up, and throw on the hot bbq naked. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning, until the kernels feel tender, 15 minutes.

While your corn is on the grill, prepare your chimichurri sauce. Now, this is where your own taste buds call the shots. You can either throw all the herbs into the blender or just roughly chop. I like to roughly chop cause I like the look and taste of herbs, for some people that might be too strong. Up to you! You can also prepare this sauce hours or a day before. The longer it sits together, the better it is. Place all ingredients in either a blender and mix together or a bowl if you are going the rustic route. Taste and adjust your salt and pepper along with your vinegar for your liking.

Husk your grilled corn, and top it with your chimichurri sauce. Serve immediately.

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Happy Grilling!

xx

Abby

 

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By on June 9, 2017 in FOOD, RECIPES, SUMMER

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Making Spring Buddha Bowls

I think we say this every year, but where does the time go?!? I swear Jacquelyn, and I were just scheming ideas for our spring to do list, and today we are checking off our last final spring item with our buddha bowls. But don’t fret, summer is among us, and this summer’s to-do list is a goody! Summer is my favorite season… I think most of you feel the same way. How could you not, it’s filled with sunshine, al fresco dinners, maybe a vacay or two, and most of all making fun memories with your little ones.

Cooking with this season’s freshest bounty is always a must. I love to make dinner on spring and summer nights and eat outside with my family. It is what puts the biggest smile on my face! The best nights are when I can get one or both kids to help me cook dinner. I have some of the best memories cooking with my family when I was younger, and I hope I can instill that into my two kids. It requires time, a lot of patience, and some extra clean-up, but well worth the effort. 

These bonding memories not only teach them about what it is in season, but also creates an opportunity to discuss the senses (taste, sight, smell, touch), boosts self-esteem, and encourages creativity which I love. All I can say is that I’m doing something right cause my kids eat more vegetables than my husband and myself combined. One of our favorite things to make is buddha bowls or hippie bowls. Also, these bowls allow each of us to put in our favorite ingredients. This is my take on a spring Buddha bowl. 

What the heck is a buddha bowl some of you might ask?

A buddha bowl or hippie bowl is a vegetarian bowl that is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha. While there are a lot of variations of these bowls, they usually incorporate a starch, vegetable protein, raw and cooked vegetables along with some fruit, nuts or seeds, and a dressing. It’s really up to you! And who wouldn’t love that? 

Abby’s Spring Buddha Bowl

Ingredients

Brown Rice
Asparagus (broiled or grilled)
Grilled Zucchini
Radishes (variety)
Blueberries
Cucumbers
Avacado
Purple potatoes (I roasted with salt + pepper and then mashed with a fork)
Chia seeds
Micro Greens (I like spicy arugula micro greens)
Heirloom cherry tomatoes (roasted)
Arugula

Directions

Layer arugula on the bottom of your bowl. And I sometimes will toss the bottom layer of arugula with some dressing before putting in the bowl. Then layer with brown rice. Then simply pile together your ingredients next to each other. Lastly, drizzle the citrus vinaigrette, and serve immediately. So, there are no rules to Buddha bowls, it’s all about healthy options all in one place, cooked or not cooked. Totally up to you, which is fun especially for the kids. As a result, it gets them to eat their veggies. Or so we hope! 

Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Makes 1 1/2 cups

One small shallot, finely chopped
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
Three tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Two tablespoons fresh orange juice
¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Combine first six ingredients in a small jar; season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. Finally, shake to blend and pour onto your bowls. 

Can be made up to 1 week ahead, and kept chilled.

Watch out for sneaky little hands!

 xx

Abby

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By on May 24, 2017 in EATS, FOOD, RECIPES, SALADS, SPRING, TO DO LIST

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