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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

 

All About Pinterest: Greg's Page!

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Rolling Greens Owner, Greg Salmeri, is infatuated with Pinterest. We're seriously not kidding! But as a creative mastermind who is bursting at the seams with innovative ideas, we definitely understand why! Pinterest has become an inspiration source for us; there's no shortage of inspiring photos and concepts that keep sparking up something new! Greg's page encompasses everything from dreamy landscapes to dramatic details that he might be thinking about for a new project or advertisement. Whatever he's pinning, it's always something stunning enough to drool over

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Greg's page features boards like Home Decor, Landscape, Furniture Refinishing, and Greenhouses. He recently created boards with a color theme that have some amazing pins & photos! Pins of chandelier crystals & hanging lanterns are currently popping up in his Advertisements board, while deep, dark florals consume Purple. We have a special love for his Home Decor board, there is always a stunning vignette or room we want all to ourselves!

page2GregsPinterest4GregsPinterest5The praise goes on and on about Greg's amazing pins! His recent Landscape finds are definitely a push to get out into the fresh air and add a new spin on a garden's design. Another love of Greg's? Patterns! His page is filled with amazing pattern finds, from wallpaper to prints of artwork and even more. A gold & blackDamask print is an absolute must!

Want to be just an inspired as the rest of us? Be sure to follow Greg on Pinterest!

 

RG Meets: Flower Crown Society

fcwIntroducing RG Meets: An interview series that delivers a 360 view inside innovative brands & individuals that are sure to inspire /// Last week we got the chance to chat with talented owner + designer of  Flower Crown SocietyAllison Rhee, who gave us the scoop on her blooming Etsy shop & brand.

Allison began her journey in May 2013 with a small shop + an emerging idea of providing stunning floral crowns at an affordable price. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted and encompasses the free spirit of her design mantra. Lately, she's been leaving beautiful bouquets of flowers for strangers; which is admiring & inspiring,  as well as having a giveaway.  Which means you could  win a crown of your own by entering

With an amazing knack for  floral design, detail, & super cute packaging, how can you not be obsessed?!

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Hope you enjoyed a peek into the world of  Flower Crown Society, & get inspired!

Indoor Plants Tips + Tricks

Indoor Plants are tricky, tricky! They thrive in an entirely different environment than outdoor plants and require a special kind of care to grow successfully.  Life inside can vary depending on whether you have a ton of windows, keep your heater on, live in a humid area, or even cook frequently. Luckily, our staff knows every tip + trick to steer you in the right direction in order to keep indoor plants healthy (and alive); starting with the most important basics.

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1 // Decide on where you will be placing your indoor plant. Location is key! Got a plant that always dies in the same spot? It may be because the conditions aren't fit for that species.  Each indoor plant has its own needs that can only be accommodated in a certain environment.

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2 // Lighting is everything, it's one of the key components that help sustain a plants life.  Two plants that may be in the same family can need entirely different exposure. A plant's need for light can vary from optimum exposure to direct light, to an extremely shady environment and everywhere in between.

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3 // Give your plants a quick check up before watering. Use your finger to press into the soil, if it is still damp, no need to water! A common mistake is overwatering indoor plants, which retain water in different ways depending on which environment they thrive in.

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Indoor plants are sensitive and a tad bit tricky, but worth the time (and beauty!) if you do a bit of research. We hope our Basic Tips + Tricks expanded your knowledge and inspired you to branch out in the world of indoor plants!

How Pinteresting...

There's no doubt about it, we seriously love Pinterest! When we get stuck in a rut and are reaching for inspiration to push us past our creative block, Pinterest is our go-to. Our team uses this photo-based platform to collect ideas and stimulate our often stubborn right side of the brain; always keeping us on our toes and pushing us ahead of the game.

So, what exactly are we pinning? We have a good amount of boards and are constantly pinning everything from dark, bohemian home vignettes to beautiful landscape design with a mod twist.  Check out a few of the things we've been quite pinterested in lately! howpin_outdoor With Spring in full swing and Summer just around the corner, we couldn't be more excited to move from our cold, Winter-laden caves to the sunny & warm outdoors. We're more than ready to celebrate beautiful garden blooms and sit outside to enjoy our patios and outdoor spaces.

howpin_wornneutrals A bit of age, a bit of wear, and lots of gorgeous neutral shades. Imperfect imperfections are what capture our attention, and we're so in love with the characteristic a bit (maybe more like a ton) of aging can bring to a piece.

howpin_baskets Potted plants & trees make astounding pieces when placed in pottery, but we like to break away from the norm. Baskets are piling up on our radar, and we are captivated by the essence a a French basket can bring!

What are you captivated by on Pinterest? Don't forget to come pin with us!