Monthly Archives: February 2015

American - Burgers - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Recipes

Recipe: Beef burger with parmesan crisp, caramelized onions & mushrooms

February 6, 2015

I was recently inspired by having lunch at Umami Burger, whose namesake burger uses parmesan crisp, to make my own for when I grill burgers at home. I totally experimented with this and it turned out delicious and is pretty easy to make.

Parmesan crisp beef burger

Start by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees, which you’ll use to make the parmesan crisp.

I seasoned two 5.3 oz Honest Chops Short Rib Brisket Burgers with salt, pepper, thyme, and Italian seasoning, and grilled it using my T-Fal Opti Grill.

I heated up a tbsp of coconut oil over the stove, and cooked half a red onion (sliced). Remove and set aside, and then added sliced mushrooms and let that caramelize (you only need three sliced white mushrooms for two burgers). Afterwards I combined the onion and mushroom in one bowl and lightly sprinkled a little more pepper over the mixture.

The easiest part of all: I just put a heap of shredded parmesan cheese about the same diameter as the burgers on foil, and let it bake in the oven until slightly brown. Let it cool before removing. Tip: Use parchment paper if you have it. If you’re using foil, then grease it very lightly. I didn’t grease it, and was able to very carefully remove it off the foil but it would have been much easier if I just oiled the sheet a little.

At home, I always use Arnold’s 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins. I toasted these first, and added a spread of leftover pesto spread to them. I originally wanted to mix the pesto with mayo to make it a little thicker, but I was out of mayo and didn’t realize til much later. It might be something you want to try though! Place burger in center, top with parmesan crisp and whatever condiments you want. Aside: I also sliced tomato to top the burger with which I totally forgot, but you can add whatever toppings you want to this.

The combination of the pesto, seasoned burger, parmesan crisp, and caramelized onions/mushrooms all added a fun flavor to this, but you can totally customize it however you want. I basically used whatever I already had in the kitchen myself!

PS I normally file away my kitchen experiments on Instagram (@beautyndfeast) if you want to follow me there too :).


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Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Tea/Drinks

Green smoothie experiment using Del Monte Pure Earth Juice

This was an easy task to get me on board with: Make a recipe using Del Monte Fresh Juices which uses Del Monte Gold pineapples handpicked from farms in Costa Rica. We had pineapples and fresh fruit every single day during our stay in Costa Rica, so just hearing that made me miss the place.

Hence, it was with open arms I welcomed a package of new juices from Del Monte to get me back to making my breakfast smoothies. Usually I’ve been having just black coffee, but yesterday I started the day experimenting with a couple different ingredients which was a nice change in routine for me.
There are so many different kinds of concoctions you can come with using Del Monte’s juice as a base (it comes in pineapple-lime as I mentioned as well aspineapple-banana-coconut, pineapple-blueberry-blackberry, and 100% pineapple seen below!):

Del Monte Fresh Juice range

This was a nice refresher to begin the day with using some of my favorite ingredients to compliment the pineapple-lime juice variety: ginger and kale!



Del Monte Pure juice in pineapple-lime

A handful of kale (about 1/2 cup)
Half a banana
8 sprigs of mint
1/4 tsp of fresh ginger
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 tsp of ground flax seeds
1 tsp of honey

Fresh mint!

Ready to blend!

Combine all the ingredients and blend! I love adding ginger to anything not only for the zest but for its detoxing properties. Kale, of course, is a great antioxidant and source of vitamin A, and C. I also add chia seeds and flaxseeds to any smoothie I make for its fiber content. The banana I decided to add just to thicken it up a little, and I’d say the honey is optional since the juice itself lends a lot of sweetness to it as it is — I might skip it next time. This tasted great and kept me laser focused and ready to hit the ground running at work once I got there.

Del Monte Pure green smoothie!

Make sure you visit this Del Monte Pure Earth juice link to get your $1.00 off coupon to try it yourself! Let me know how your juice/smoothies turn out! (expires 4/30/15)

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*Thanks to Del Monte for sponsoring today’s recipe!

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Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX Makeup Breakdown

February 2, 2015

It can’t be easy to do a makeup look for one of the biggest celebrities on one of the biggest night’s for sports, but Jake Bailey, Katy Perry‘s makeup artist managed to make her look flawless. I got the inside scoop on all the products he used for her fierce performance. “I needed to create a strong look that would complement all of her outfits, as there was absolutely no time for a touch up in between the quick changes,” he said. “It’s the Super Bowl after all!”

CoverGirl makeup artist breaks down Katy Perry's makeup look for the Super Bowl Halftime Show

“I decided to go with a classic Katy look — elongated cat eyes, lots of mascara, super sparkly gold and silver glitter, and a bold red lip for glamour and showmanship. I wanted her to glow and sparkle for her big moment,” Bailey said. He created it in nine steps:

1. To create a sheer and flawless canvas I began by buffing a dime size amount of CoverGirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in Natural Beige all over her face and neck.

2. For an elongated cat eye I used CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Onyx and painted a glitter adhesive just above the black liner and carefully placed a mix of gold and silver glitter on the adhesive with a tiny eyeliner brush for precision.

3. Then I applied CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads in Blooming Blushes to add warmth and dimension. I love this palette because it takes the guesswork out of getting gorgeous eyes, it has number for the shades – 1,2,3,4 – so I know just how to apply! I used the fourth shade to define the crease and the first shade to highlight the lids.

4. I finished the eye look with an aggressive lash curling and two coats of new CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black that left her lashes voluminous and touchably soft throughout her performance! No time for flakes during this performance.

5. To give her brows shape and structure, I added Pow-der Brow + Liner in Dark Brown.

6. For extra dimension, I warmed her cheeks using Clean Glow Blush in Roses using the lighter shades on the apples of her cheeks and the darker shade in the hollows of her cheeks

7. Then I added CoverGirl truMAGIC Luminizer to her cheekbones and brow bones for a shimmery glow.

8. Moving on to the lips, I lined and shaped her lips using Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Hot. I then applied a coat of new CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Seduce Scarlet – truly a classic red, for a classic Katy look.

9. I topped it off with a tiny dollop of CoverGirl Lip Lava in Mauva Lava for a fun and bold lip look!

A whole face made with products you could find at the drugstore — what do you guys think?

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Anti-Aging - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Face Masks

Try this: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

February 1, 2015

In more than a few instances, I kept coming across Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay Mask either in the stories I’ve had to edit or other bloggers’ recommendation. I was finally curious enough to go to Whole Foods and pick some up with some apple cider vinegar and try it myself.

Weekly DIY clay mask

The mask itself is a natural calcium bentonite green clay which helps detox and draw out impurities in the skin. When mixed with organic apple cider vinegar (I use this one from Brragg which is raw and unfiltered), it becomes even more powerful. The vinegar has a bunch of alpha hydroxy acids that help to remove dead skin cells to make your complexion more even (it’s great alone to help treat zits and age spots, and even add a ton of shine if used on hair alone).

The mask itself tingles a little and then tightens, and PS, smells DISGUSTING. I mix a teaspoon with a capful of ACV (the mixture should bubble a little), or until the consistency is a little more pastey. If it’s too watery, it won’t go on well, and will take forever to dry. If it’s too solid, it won’t spread well. After you wash it off (about 10 minutes), you might notice your skin a little pink which goes down after a few minutes (make sure you use a gentle moisturizer after! I use Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar). You might notice a few whiteheads too, which is just the toxins being extracted. I’m not sure how sensi-skin types would react to it since it isn’t the most gentle mask, but it is a nice pick-me-up for my combo skin that I use on the weekends or before big events so my makeup goes on smoother. Plus it’s really affordable — I got mine from Whole Foods for $8 (think the ACV was another $7) and a pound will last you for months and months.

Anyone else try it? What do you think?

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