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New Year's Resolutions

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We can't believe it's here already, but today is the last day of 2015! It has been an amazing year and we'll be sorry to see it go, but we're ready to look forward to 2016 and all the wonderful things it will bring.

Of course, this is the time of year where we make New Year's Resolutions. Making a list of resolutions can sometimes be daunting, so we suggest beginning with goals that are totally doable and will bring you joy! No guilt trips here--just goals that will enrich your life and make it even better this year. Need a few ideas? Read on for our suggestions for an amazing 2016!

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  1. Cook more meals at home.

Cooking more meals at home helps with many common resolutions such as budgeting, eating healthier, spending more quality time with loved ones, etc - but we have it on our list because cooking new things is just fun! There is nothing better than preparing, plating, and serving a delicious meal that you lovingly put together. We suggest putting on your favorite album of 2015, grabbing one of our beautiful cookbooks, and dancing around the kitchen while you make your new favorite meal!

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2. Learn something new.

Is there something you've always wanted to learn how to do, but keep putting off? This is your year! It's never too late to pick up a new hobby, and you'll never know what ignites your passion until you try it! We love watching people try something new at our workshops, from succulent arrangements to bouquets and more. Check out our upcoming workshops and try something new this year!

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3. Get your home bar in order.

Ready to impress your friends and houseguests this year? Put together a beautiful and chic home bar so you are ready to be hostess with the mostest at a moment's notice! A bar cart with all the bar essentials adds a fun touch to your living space, and you might just find your new signature drink in the process. Shop bar essentials at our LA location and get set up today!

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4. Declutter & reorganize.

We are firm believers in only keeping things in your home that bring you joy, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Start the year off with a fresh canvas by going through your belongings room by room and getting rid of things you don't need or want. Then, take the objects that are left and organize them in a way that is pleasing to the eye as well as convenient! We love the look of exposed shelving stacked with pretty dishes and accessories, and it is also a great way to force you to get rid of extra or unnecessary things.

What are your resolutions for making 2016 your best year yet? Tell us your goals in the comments and let's kick off the new year right! Thank you for following along with us this year - see you in 2016!

 

Designing a Harvest Table
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The harvest season has always been a source of great inspiration for us. With fall products going out in stores over the next couple of weeks we are eagerly awaiting the season and hopefully a climate change! To kick off the season we are sharing a few fall tabletop ideas with you.IMG_6636IMG_6635 IMG_6632-1IMG_6633Our newly remodeled pantry area and stunning new products such as our aged turkish cutting boards, glassware and graphic serving bowls adorned the event perfectly! With gourmet appetizers from our friends at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, cocktails and a homemade cake we had all the right ingredients for a dinner party!  We decorated the center of the table with a faux succulent garland that we made entirely out of pieces found in our stores. Creating your own is simple just ask any of our sales reps to help you put one together. We topped off the centerpiece with our pillar mission candles and tea lights in some of our favorite small containers.IMG_6638

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Designing your own harvest table is fun and it’s easier than you’d think! So join us and be inspired!IMG_6634

 

Blood Orange + Beet Salad
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AFullSizeRenders the temperatures rise over the weekend here in Los Angeles we'll be craving some refreshing and filling. We couldn't resist to share this recipe when we were looking thru our cookbooks, does that look delicious or what? This recipe was actually created during the holiday season by Chef Corey at Flour1, but we want to make it RIGHT NOW. Fresh feta, toasted walnuts and an orange vinaigrette, yum!

 

 

So here's what you'll need:

Ingredients

2 lb/910 g beets, a mix of red and gold

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup/115 g walnut pieces

2 blood oranges (or regular oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)

8 cups/200 g loosely packed baby arugula

8 oz/255 g soft fresh goat cheese

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

1 blood orange (or regular orange)

1 small shallot, finely diced

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

1 tsp kosher salt

⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp sherry vinegar

¼ cup/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Special Equipment: rimmed baking sheet, Microplane or other fine-rasp grater

Steps:

1. Cut the tops of the beets, leaving a little of the stem intact and scrub them well. In a large saucepan sprinkle salt and add water to cover the beets by about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beets are tender and can be pierced with a knife. Drain and set aside until the beets are cool enough to be handled. Use a kitchen towel that you don't mind staining to hold the beets. Remove the skins by rubbing the towel firmly against the beets. When the beets are completely cool, cut them into bite-size wedges.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and place a rack in the center of the oven. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and toast in the oven, shaking the pan once or twice for even toasting, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nut are golden brown, Remove from the oven and let cool.

3. Cut the top and bottom of each orange. Stand one of the oranges on a flat end. Using a sharp paring knife, carve away the rind from the orange, starting from the top and cutting downward and curving inward, until all the rind is gone and you are left with just the fruit. Repeat with the remaining orange. Cut the oranges crossfire into thin slices and set aside for the salad.

4. TO MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE: Working directly over a small bowl, grate the zest from the orange with the Microplane. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the grated zest. Add the shallot, Dijon mustard, honey, salaam and pepper. Whisk in the vinegar and then slowly whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Taste and adjusting seasoning as preferred.

*The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring back to room tempter and rewhisk to combine the ingredients before using.

5. Arrange the arugula in a large, shallow bowl. In a medium bowl, toss the beets with 2 to 3 tbsp of the vinaigrette, coating them evenly. Top the arugula with the beets, orange slices, walnuts, and dollops of the goat cheese. Serve the remaining dressing on the side.

For more delicious recipes from the chefs at Flour Bakery + Cafe pick up the cookbook Flour, Too  at Rolling Greens Los Angeles.   IMG_9137

 

Auntie Em's Green Tea Cake

One of the best parts about being in L.A is the great food! + for those even more daring the chance to cook some amazing recipes inspired by our L.A surroundings.In "our pantry" at our Los Angeles store you can find a delicious recipe for Green Tea Cake, inside Auntie Em's Cookbook. This amazing cake recipe was inspire by L.A's Chinatown!

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{Makes 1 8-inch layer cake}

I N G R E D I E N T S

2 cups flour ¾ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons water 1 cup buttermilk, divided Green Tea Cream Cheese Frosting

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 I N S T R U C T I O N S

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease (spray or butter) 2 8-inch round cake and line with cake liners or cut-out circles of parchment paper. Grease top of the liner as well. Set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and green tea powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and water. Mix until ingredients are fully combines and mixture is a uniform yellow. Using a rubber spatula, fold in half the flower mixture and whisk to remove any lumps. Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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Set 1 cake on a cake board or platter. Scoop about 2 cups of frosting onto the cake and use and offset spatula to smooth frosting to the edges. Add more if needed to create a ½-inch to ¾-inch layer of frosting. Place second cake upside down on frosting. This gives the cake a nice flat top. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to let frosting firm up. Remove cake from refrigerator and use remaining frosting to coat top and side of the cake.

New Year, New You! -- Resolutions/Tips to start fresh!

As we kick off 2015, many of us are thinking of the positive outcomes this year can have!Setting some goals and resolutions is a great way to go about it!

- GIVE YOUR GARDEN SOME LOVE-

image1dr_1 Explore our Culver City location for a vast selection of plants and containers! Mix and match to create the perfect oasis all year long!

-TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY-

IMG_0099 copyIMG_6909 Whether it be baking or cooking, at our Los Angeles store you can wander Our Pantry, where you can find amazing cook books! Better your cooking skills or try unique recipes to wow! your guests this year!! Not to mention all the delicious cocktail books! ;)

-  REDECORATE YOUR HOME -

GregsPinterest Pillows_5 copy Take on a creative project! Redecorate your home! Shop either of our locations or straight from our warehouse at our Culver City store. Add a special touch to every corner and nook of your home! A stunning light fixture to brighten a room or simply the perfect pillow to tie it all together!!

Here is to a productive and creative 2015!