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GINGER & WALNUT DARK CHOCOLATE BARK

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Happy Monday! Constance here. Please tell me I’m not the only one who is seriously struggling with coming off of the chocolate high after the holidays?! It seems to be so much more difficult than it was last year. I’m a firm believer in the gradual change, and I think that this little recipe falls a bit more into the power bar/trail mix category than the dessert category. Right? And dark chocolate is basically a superfood. Thus, I bring you Ginger & Walnut Dark Chocolate Bark. It’s easy. It’s delicious. And it’s obviously super healthy…

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INGREDIENTS:

-18 oz. dark chocolate chips or chunks

-2 tablespoons almond extract

-1 cup candied ginger, chopped

-1 cup walnuts, chopped

-1 cup shaved almonds

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
-In a medium sized saucepan, heat chocolate on low until melted. Stir often.
-Once melted, add almond extract and whisk until smooth.
-Remove from heat and add all but 1/3 cup of ginger, 1/3 cup of walnuts and 1/3 cup of almonds.

-Stir until evenly combined.
-Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pans.
-Sprinkle the remaining ginger, walnuts and almonds evenly on both prepared pans.
-Refrigerate bark for at least one hour (preferably overnight) until firm.
-Remover from refrigerator, cut into squares, and serve.

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MAPLE SEA SALT ROASTED ALMONDS

Lauren Kelp | Maple Sea Salt Roasted AlmondsHello lovelies! Are you ready for the best snack hack of your life? We recently threw a Tablemakers dinner in Phoenix were these were served as a little appetizer and our guests flipped! They are the perfect combination of salty & sweet and your life will never be the same after you try them. Seriously. xoxo,LK


Laurel here! There’s something magical about the sweet, rich aroma of roasted almonds that always makes me think of steam swirling around street-cart vendors in winter, or fancy kiosks in the mall selling fragrant cellophane bags of these little goodies. They remind me of something you’d treat yourself to or receive as a gift (in those same fancy cellophane bags or glass jars), you know? I’d always thought of roasted or candied nuts as something too special to make at home–which is ridiculous, now that I know how completely easy they are to pull off, and in almost no time at all. Can you stir things in a bowl? Can you wait twenty minutes? Perfect, then you can make these! If your pantry is stocked anything like mine, you may even have all the ingredients to make these treats already, but even if a shopping trip is required, this four-ingredient beauty won’t break the bank.

The only real secret to getting these crunchy, candied nuts just right is one I’ll share with you now (saving you from a fate like my first few overly sticky batches)…always toss them in syrup first, then vegetable oil separately. That’s it! The oil resists mixing with the liquid in the syrup and forms a kind of coating on the outside. Your result, my friend? Perfectly crunchy, not sticky, addictively delicious roasted nuts every time.

Lauren Kelp | Maple Sea Salt Roasted Almonds
The best thing about this recipe for Maple Sea Salt Roasted Almonds really is, in fact, that it’s just a gateway to other recipes. Once you know how easy they are to make ahead of time, you can discover how amazing they are on top of hearty salads, warm Brie drizzled with maple syrup, breakfast bowls of grains or Greek yogurt, chopped and sprinkled on ice cream…you name it! My favorite way to eat them is straight out of my hand, though–they’re the perfect take-along snack for the office or running errands, and they keep me from reaching for far worse alternatives (vending machine candy bars, I’m lookin’ at you).

Never know what to serve at a party? This recipe will make you look like an entertaining genius. Set out a few pre-dinner bowls of these to satisfy hungry guests the next time you’re hosting–they’re totally at home next to a good cheese plate or on a bar cart with tasty cocktails. Like all good salty-sweet things (which is basically saying ALL GOOD THINGS, because that’s my favorite category), these roasted almonds are equally at home before or after dinner. You could just as easily end the meal with passed bowls of them and call it dessert. Happy snacking!

Lauren Kelp | Maple Sea Salt Roasted AlmondsINGREDIENTS:

3 cups whole almonds
1⁄4 cup real maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:

– Preheat oven to 350 F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– In a mixing bowl, toss almonds with maple syrup and half the salt.

– Add vegetable oil, toss until thoroughly coated.

– Spread almonds in a single layer on lined baking sheet.

– Bake for 20 minutes until deep golden brown, stopping about halfway through to stir with a silicone spatula and sprinkle with remaining sea salt.

– Let cool slightly, then break apart any clumped-together almonds while still a bit warm.

– When completely cool, store in airtight container for up to one month.

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HONEY & ROSEMARY BAKED BRIE

HONEY & ROSEMARY BAKED BRIE - LAUREN KELPOoh, dear, dear friends, you are in for a treat today. For all of my cheese lovers out there, today’s recipe is for you! We’ve got the most glorious baked brie and it’s basically a cheap & easy lifesaver. It takes no time, is cheap to make, and makes you look like a total pro! Go ahead invite the mother in law over, you just popped a brie in the oven 😉 – xoxo, LK


Oh friends. Constance here. Is anyone out there as excited as I am that the holidays are over? Never before in my life have I uttered that sentence. I almost feel ashamed saying it, but it couldn’t be more true this year! I think it must be a combination of a way too busy holiday season around our house (I literally felt like I couldn’t breathe for a couple of days there!) and an overwhelming sense of excitement about 2016. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but there’s something about this year that has me giddy. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be quite the game changer.

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All of this excitement, however, doesn’t come without some sort of reflection. I’ve been thinking a whole lot about the art of entertaining, especially when it comes to the holidays. Confession: I’m 100% certain that that busyness I mentioned earlier had much to do with me spending way too much time in the kitchen trying to impress our guests rather than cooking smarter and spending more time actually enjoying my loved ones. There’s a way to be intentional and make much of your guests, without entirely missing the celebration yourself, and I truly believe that if that’s not happening there’s a big problem.

So to remedy this for future celebrations, I’ve decided to learn from my mistakes this year, and share with you the recipes that truly did work. The ones that are simple and quick, but still communicate to your guests that the dinner you’ve invited them to is a celebration! And you guys, this is the pièce de résistance. Because who doesn’t love brie…

HONEY & ROSEMARY BAKED BRIE - LAUREN KELPINGREDIENTS:

-12 ounce wheel of good brie (a younger brie works best, but ask your cheese monger for a good option)

-honey (the more the better)

-3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

HONEY & ROSEMARY BAKED BRIE - LAUREN KELPINSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Remove brie from packaging and place in camembert baker or on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle liberally with honey (we prefer to completely cover the top of the brie, but it’s up to you). Top with fresh rosemary sprigs.

-Bake for 12-14 minutes.

-Remove from oven, and serve with crusty french bread.

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CHOCOLATE FUDGE

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Hello & Happy Monday, you beautiful birds! It’s chocolate day here at LK HQ and we are busting out a good one – chocolate fudge! It’s pure heaven and it’s perfect to share, gift, or indulge in after a good meal. Thankfully, Foodie Bad Ass Constance Higley brings her A-game and knocks this guy out of the park. Can’t wait to hear what y’all think! – xoxo, LK


Hello friends! Constance here. Remember how we said Mondays were made for chocolate? We weren’t kidding. It’s what we live for…at least on Mondays. I’ve always steered clear from any sort of fudge recipe, thinking it was way out of my league. And the whole tahini thing (see recipe) threw me for a complete loop. But like with anything that may seem scary, once you get started you realize it’s truly easy and so worth it. And any recipe that I can make the day before a dinner party and freeze overnight is 1000 times worth it!

If you love chocolate, dessert, a good time, or a delicious recipe – this little guy is absolutely for you! Check it out and see what I mean…

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INGREDIENTS:

-1/2 cup pure maple syrup

-3 tablespoons coconut oil

-340g hulled tahini

-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

-sea salt flakes

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.

-Slowly heat the maple syrup and coconut oil until just melted.

-Remove mixture from heat and add the tahini, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.

-Mix together until combined into a smooth, runny paste.

-Transfer mix to prepared 8×8 pan, and top with sea salt flakes.

-Place pan in freezer for at least 4 hours to set.

-Remove from freezer, but into small squares, and serve immediately.

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SALTED CARAMEL APPLES

SALTED CARAMEL APPLES - LAUREN KELPHello party people! I know everyone is gearing up for the holiday season, but we are still enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather here in Chicago. It’s beyond rare that we don’t have snow on the ground at this point in time, so I am basking in all the “light jacket” glory.

Our fabulous Food Contributor Constance must have taken my Fall musings to heart as she whipped up the most gorgeous salted caramel apples the universe has ever seen. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and all those potlucks you are about to attend.

Dip, serve, and repeat – that’s what I say! For the perfect shareable dessert, put in the refrigerator for a few minutes so the caramel hardens and cut into easy to serve slices.

SALTED CARAMEL APPLES - LAUREN KELP

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 cups granulated sugar
-12 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced into 1-inch cubes
-1 cup heavy cream
-3 teaspoons of SEE SALT

SALTED CARAMEL APPLES - LAUREN KELPINSTRUCTIONS:

– In a semi-deep non-stick pot, heat sugar over medium high heat, stirring often.
-The sugar will soon start to clump together. This is ok and what it is supposed to do!
-The sugar will soon start to break down into a liquid and you’ll want to switch to a whisk to get rid of the clumps.
-Once the sugar is in liquid form, you’ll want to continue stirring for about 2 minutes.
-Carefully add the butter. The mixture will hiss and splatter a bit. Continue stirring until all the butter has melted.
-Once the butter has melted, CAREFULLY add the heavy cream. Since the heavy cream will be cold, your mixture will bubble and splatter a bit as well. Stir the mixture then let boil for 3 minutes.
-Remove from heat, stir in the SEE SALT, and let completely cool before you pour it into any jars.
-Store in the refrigerator and warm up slightly to drizzle or use for desserts.

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Recipe by Table for Two.


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ROASTED VEGETABLE FLATBREAD

ROASTED VEGETABLE FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

Hip, hip, HOORAY! It’s another vegetable flatbread recipe! We are on a little bit of a flatbread kick, but can you blame us? They are easy, delicious, and super fun to make. Last week we were talking roasted shallots & pomegranates, today it’s all about the vegetables. The more the merrier I say! Scroll down & see what’s for dinner tonight – xoxo, LK


 

Hello beautiful people! Constance here. I hope you all had the most magical fall weekend! I must confess, I got so excited about all things fall/winter/holidays that I accidentally started listening to Christmas music this weekend. Am I ashamed? Nope.

Living in the desert has made me realize that I have to change things up a bit to make the most of the holidays. That means start early and go all out! Really getting ahead of myself in several ways here. I may be blaring my Ella Fitzgerald holiday station all the live long day, but I’m definitely still celebrating fall. Since we don’t really have much changing of the leaves here in the desert, I’m getting my color fix from all of the beautiful fall veggies from our neighborhood farmers market. Example? Our newest little flatbread creation!

ROASTED VEGETABLE FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELPROASTED VEGETABLE FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH:

-2 c. whole wheat flour

-1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. active dry yeast

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1 c. warm water

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. honey

INGREDIENTS FOR FLATBREAD:

-1 small purple onion, thinly sliced

-1 large watermelon radish, thinly sliced

-2 medium sized heirloom carrots

-1 small handful fresh sage leaves

-pesto

-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

-fresh cracked pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.

-Add yeast and salt. Mix well.

-Add water, oil and honey; mix well.

-Cover with a moist cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise.

-Place dough on a lightly floured surface and slowly spread and press the dough into your desired thickness and shape.

-Lightly coat the dough with a thin layer of pesto.

-Top the flatbread with the crumbled goat cheese and vegetables.

-Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Remove flatbread from oven, top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy.

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HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE

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Babe-trons! Lauren here and I am particularly excited for what we have in store for you today! We recently had a new neighbor move in to the condo and it got me thinking – should we bring them something?! My answer is (and will always be) YES! Because moving is rough and everyone loves a good neighbor, plus giving feels good, so why not?!

Here is the tricky part, you want to make a nice gesture, but you don’t know what they like. Luckily, we’ve come up with the fool proof gift for gifting any new neighbor! What does everyone love? Fixings for a homemade meal! Specifically, fixings for a delicious spaghetti dish with homemade pasta sauce!

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INGREDIENTS:

3 lbs. tomatoes, cut into quarters
1/4 cup chopped onion
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp good olive oil
1 tbsp fresh basil, minced
1 tsp lemon juice

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-In a large sized sauce pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil
-Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Using a hand blender, puree the tomato mixture.
-Strain the tomato mixture to remove seeds and peel.
-Combine tomato puree and basil in the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until volume is reduced to half. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.
-Add lemon juice
Let cool and pour into a large mason jar. Screw on the lid tight & voila! The most delicious homemade pasta sauce you could ever imagine.

sauce_2Want to see the rest of the gorgeous welcome to the neighborhood basket we put together? Well, you have to pop over to the Kendall-Jackson blog to see the full DIY! No, but for real, it’s really cute and I might be giving them out as Christmas gifts I liked this one so much.

Take a peek and let us know what you think! Made your own? Make sure you share! Tag @laurenkelp and @kjwines to share your gift baskets with us. Who knows, we might move into the house next to you so we can receive one 😉

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This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.

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DARK CHOCOLATE BARK WITH SPICY TAMARI PUMPKIN SEEDS

Lauren Kelp | Dark Chocolate with Spicy Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

Ooh, hello! We are taking dark chocolate to a whole new level today with these delicious, mouth-watering, delectable dark chocolate bark with spicy tamari pumpkin seeds. It’s like magic in your mouth and it’s an absolute must if you are entertaining, giving gifts to friends, need a better snack than potato chips, or want to impress the hell out of anyone. Y’all, they are life changing.  – xoxo, LK


Hi there!Laurel here with a recipe inspired by the recent wave of mini Halloween candy bars that overtook my house. I love a tiny chocolate pick-me-up here and there, but let’s face it, there are better ways to cure that craving than a brightly wrapped block of sugar. When I’m really in need of a dark chocolate fix–which is almost every hour of the day around mid-week–I try to at least reach for a homemade treat instead of a commercial candy bar. This heart-healthy Dark Chocolate Bark with Spicy Tamari Pumpkin Seeds is an absolute winner!

It’s super easy to make, since ‘melt and stir’ are basically all the directions you need to know. With a variety of toppings, it’s made appearances around here as dessert at the end of a dinner party, as a holiday gift (try it with nuts or crushed candy canes), and even as a fancy snack at Movie Night. This version, sprinkled with vitamin-loaded, toasted salty & spicy pumpkin seeds, is one of my favorites ever!

Lauren Kelp | Dark Chocolate with Spicy Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

Hint: These Tamari & Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds are a great snack on their own, if you’re not on a chocolate kick at the moment. Salty, spicy, crunchy….they’re unbelievably good just eaten by the handful, but I’ve also sprinkled them on top of salads and bowls of soup for a little extra ‘wow’.

INGREDIENTS:

-1/2 cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)

-1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce

-1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

-1 teaspoon vegetable oil

-7 oz. dark chocolate (I used two bars of my favorite 70% dark chocolate)

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-Preheat oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-Whisk tamari, sriracha and oil together, toss with pumpkin seeds to combine.

-Spread seeds in a single layer on baking sheet, bake until seeds are toasted and liquid has evaporated (about 10 minutes, keep a close eye on these!).

-Place chocolate in a microwave-proof bowl and heat in microwave, removing every twenty seconds to stir, until just melted.

-Add roasted pumpkin seeds to melted chocolate, pour mixture out over a sheet of parchment.

-Let cool (place in fridge to set faster if you can’t wait), then break into pieces and eat!

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ROASTED SHALLOT & POMEGRANATE FLATBREAD

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Happy Monday, babe-trons! Fall is officially here (that’s including you Texas and Arizona) and we couldn’t be happier. Bring on the plethora of hearty comfort food! If you are looking to step up your flatbread game, may we suggest this delicious roasted shallot & pomegranate option. It’s divine and perfectly hearty, but not in a “I can’t button my pants” way. See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


Hello beautiful people! Constance here. I hope you all had the most wonderful time celebrating this weekend! And you guys–it’s November! It’s finally here. I’m ecstatic.

We’ve been on the search for the perfect fall inspired flatbread recipes, and I have to tell you–this one has my heart. I must confess, I really haven’t spent much time cooking with shallots, and do I regret it? Wholeheartedly. We’ve been using them in almost everything this past month, and I am obsessed. The combination of the roasted shallots, rosemary & pomegranate is oddly nostalgic and makes me so excited for cold weather, warm fires, and some true quality time spent around the table with those I adore.

We always love hearing about your favorite combos! Share your favorite flatbread recipes with us this week by tagging #LKmakes!

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INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH:

-2 c. whole wheat flour

-1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. active dry yeast

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1 c. warm water

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. honey

 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR FLATBREAD:

-pesto

-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

-1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

-1 medium sized shallot, sliced into small fans and roasted with fresh rosemary until slightly crisp

-fresh cracked pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.

-Add yeast and salt. Mix well.

-Add water, oil and honey; mix well.

-Cover with a moist cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise.

-Place dough on a lightly floured surface and slowly spread and press the dough into your desired thickness and shape.

-Lightly coat the dough with a thin layer of pesto.

-Top the flatbread with the crumbled goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, shallots & rosemary.

-Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Remove flatbread from oven, top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy.

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ROASTED SHALLOT & POMEGRANATE FLATBREAD

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

Happy Monday, babe-trons! Fall is officially here (that’s including you Texas and Arizona) and we couldn’t be happier. Bring on the plethora of hearty comfort food! If you are looking to step up your flatbread game, may we suggest this delicious roasted shallot & pomegranate option. It’s divine and perfectly hearty, but not in a “I can’t button my pants” way. See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


Hello beautiful people! Constance here. I hope you all had the most wonderful time celebrating this weekend! And you guys–it’s November! It’s finally here. I’m ecstatic.

We’ve been on the search for the perfect fall inspired flatbread recipes, and I have to tell you–this one has my heart. I must confess, I really haven’t spent much time cooking with shallots, and do I regret it? Wholeheartedly. We’ve been using them in almost everything this past month, and I am obsessed. The combination of the roasted shallots, rosemary & pomegranate is oddly nostalgic and makes me so excited for cold weather, warm fires, and some true quality time spent around the table with those I adore.

We always love hearing about your favorite combos! Share your favorite flatbread recipes with us this week by tagging #LKmakes!

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELPROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH:

-2 c. whole wheat flour

-1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. active dry yeast

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1 c. warm water

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. honey

 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR FLATBREAD:

-pesto

-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

-1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

-1 medium sized shallot, sliced into small fans and roasted with fresh rosemary until slightly crisp

-fresh cracked pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.

-Add yeast and salt. Mix well.

-Add water, oil and honey; mix well.

-Cover with a moist cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise.

-Place dough on a lightly floured surface and slowly spread and press the dough into your desired thickness and shape.

-Lightly coat the dough with a thin layer of pesto.

-Top the flatbread with the crumbled goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, shallots & rosemary.

-Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Remove flatbread from oven, top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy.

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