Archive for October, 2016

What’s Up?

October 31, 2016

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I bet you’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, since clearly, it hasn’t been stockpiling blog posts. Indigo Jones Eats has been having a growth spurt, and although it’s very exciting, it’s also exhausting!

Here is a little bit of what we’ve been up to, and a sneak peak at what is coming soon….

We are now in a couple of coffee bars around town. If you are on the Lower East Side, stop by Pintail Coffee, on Orchard Street for a treat. The coffee bar shares space with a jewel box of a vintage clothing store. We deliver freshly baked scones, muffins, cookies and more, a few times each week and the assortment varies.

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Terramoto Coffee is also carrying Indigo Jones Eats, and has a fun assortment of Halloween goodies, as well as the classics. Since they are just down the street on West 15th Street,( near Chelsea Market)  we can literally run things over as they leave the oven.

We are about to join a new launch next week, and are currently recipe testing for their sustainable, locally and transparently sourced baked goods.

We are also going to be featured on two new websites, launching in November, giving us more on-line outlets for our products.

We are up and running with Umi Kitchen, currently delivering on the East Side of New York City. If you live in the delivery zone, download the app and leave me a message for a code to try it out for free.

We are teaching classes with the newly launched site Keenobby, which offers experiences, such as cooking and baking classes ( that’s us!) and shibori dying and more. Check out their website to find something that interests you.

Next week, we will be shooting a video for one of our favorite websites. We’ll post a link when it’s ready. Very exciting!

And no, we haven’t left the fashion industry. So if you are wondering why we don’t call, and we don’t write, it is because we are busy keeping up with it all.

We promise to keep you posted and provide as much new content as we can.

Stay tuned, and keep checking in!

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Everything Is Coming Up Rose Gold

October 24, 2016

Suddenly, rose gold is everywhere. It came into fashion for jewelry and hardware several seasons ago, when everyone including  Apple, Beats and Nike introduced it into their collections of technology. The color, which occurs when a small amount of copper is added to gold, giving it a pinkish tinge, lent a fashionable edge to smartphones and computors. Since pink is thought to inspire calm and peacefullness, the color couldn’t have hit it’s peak at a more crucial time.
Today, rose gold is showing up in clothing, technology, accessories and even hair color, as the trend reaches a fever pitch.

Apple offers it’s Macbooks and iPhones in rose gold.

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Beats makes wireless headphones in the tone.

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Rose gold tinged hair is fast replacing ombre as the “it” hair color trend.

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Michelle Obama SLAYED in a rose gold dress from Atelier Versace at the final State Dinner of the Obama Presidency.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to North Portico at the White House to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The first lady is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed by Atelier Versace. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tiffany currently offers over 500 items in rose gold, including this Elsa Perretti bracelet, valued at $15,000.

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Neiman Marcus is offering a rose gold airplane in their Christmas catalogue, for a mere $1,500,000! You know you’ve made it when you can afford a trendy private plane that might look dated next season!

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Givenchy is just one of the designers using the hue for metallic leather handbags and shoes.

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Givenchy at Saks

And yes, real guys do wear rose gold!

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via macrumors.com

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Unrecipe of the Week: Eggplant With Yogurt + Pomegranate Seeds

October 19, 2016

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Last week, I was looking for a few great side dishes that were hearty enough, and interesting enough for a vegetarian to eat in lieu of the racks of lamb that I was serving to the carnivores. After searching through famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s book “Plenty,” I stumbled upon his recipe for roasted eggplant with a buttermilk yogurt sauce, topped with za’atar and pomegranate seeds. It fit all of my criteria and then some. It was special enough to stand on it’s own. It had seasonal elements, was healthy, and full of flavor. The cool buttermilk yogurt sauce was smooth and creamy against the texture of the roasted eggplant, and the pomegranate added a touch of sweet crunch. The fact that it came together quickly was a bonus. It’s no wonder that Mr. Ottolenghi chose this for the cover recipe of his book!

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Roasted Eggplant With Buttermilk Sauce adapted from “Plenty”:

Split 4 small eggplants vertically. Brush with olive oil until the pieces are fully saturated. The oil eggplant will absorb the oil, so be liberal with it. Sprinkle the halves with thyme leaves and salt and pepper. Roast in a 350-400 degree oven for about 30 minutes until the flesh is soft and they are nicely browned. Allow them to cool slightly.

For the sauce, whisk together 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt with about 8 or 9 tablespoons of buttermilk and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir in 1 clove of garlic, minced as finely as possible, or pressed in a garlic press, and a pinch of salt.

To serve, spoon the sauce over the eggplant halves, sprinkle them with za’atar* and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!

*Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix. It is available at specialty markets, and it is also easy to make at home.

Za’atar:

Combine about 1 tablespoon each of oregano, ground cumin, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. Many people also use sumac, but I didn’t have any and I didn’t miss it!

Photo: top: Epicurious | bottom: indigo jones

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Food Saftey For Power Outages

October 18, 2016

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With all of the storms we are experiencing this season, power outages are probable in many parts of the country. How that effects food safety can be determined by a little logic, and a simple trick.
Should you experience a power outage, it is important to open the freezer and refrigerator as little as possible, to avoid letting any warm air in, or allowing the cold air to escape. If the power outage is not too long, it’s possible that some of your foods can be saved. Keeping a thermometer in the refrigerator is the best indicator of potential spoilage.

The safe temperature in a refrigerature is below 40 degrees, and below 34 degrees for fish. If the temperature outside is in that range, you are safe place your food items outdoors; properly wrapped, of course. Although the freezing point is 32 degrees, the freezer should be kept at zero degrees or below for optimum storage saftey. Frozen foods should be only kept outdoors when the temperature is more extreme, and the foods are well protected. Freezer burn occurs when the food is exposed to cold air, not temperature.

Lately, the internet is buzzing with this tip, and it is one worth sharing.
When a storm is imminent, freeze a cup of water, and place a quarter on top, and leave it in your freezer.

When you open the freezer, if the quarter is sitting on top, it means the water didn’t thaw and the food you had in the freezer likely didn’t thaw either.

If the quarter is at the bottom of the cup, that indicates that the water thawed, forcing the coin to the bottom. Partial thawing would have allowed the coin to submerge, and then refreeze, placing the coin elsewhere in the cup.  In either case, the food in the freezer should be thrown away to avoid causing illness.

If you have a way to cook during the power outage, via a gas stove or an outdoor grill, it is the best way to salvage frozen food that is thawing. Just remember to eat it and toss the leftovers, , as the cooked food will require refrigeration.

It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to food safety.

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Signs Of The Times

October 17, 2016

North Carolina’s ridicuous bathroom bill, stating that everyone must use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender assigned to them at birth, set off an explosive debate that rippled across the country.

When Target responded with their commitment to allow people to use whichever restroom they felt most comfortable in while visiting their stores, ultra conservatives vowed to boycott them.

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How some percieve gender neutral restrooms

It raised consciousness of the issue, causing people to question the way we label the facilities in public establishments.

In the ultimate desire to be politically correct and create an atmosphere of inclusiveness, some have resorted to extremes.

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Great sign by the way, just not necessary when there is only one restroom to choose!

At a recent photoshoot, the studio posted a sign next to the restroom door that stated it was for men, women or transgendered individuals. While I respect their desire to create a comfortable environment for everyone, there was in fact only one, private restroom in the entire studio. I am pretty sure that a year ago, that sign just said restroom. Was this overkill, or an attempt to boast of thier open-mindedness? I am willing to bet that a year ago, that sign simply stated restroom.

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A little cyptic perhaps, but allows for free choice

Later in the same week, I attended an event in the auditorium of at Cooper Union, a local college in the East Village that specializes in art, architecture and engineering. The restrooms, which had clear gender labels on them just a year ago, now had cryptic signs on the doors. One showed stalls, and sinks, and the other showed stalls, sinks and urinals.

In Europe, most public restrooms are unisex, offering fully enclosed stalls and communal sink areas. While not as conducive to primping and gossiping as single sex facilities, it offers equality, accessibility, and most importantly privacy. I mean, who designed toilet stalls that exposed people’s feet, and could be looked under, over or through anyways? The idea that anyone can walk into the bathroom and recognize who is sitting on the toilet by their footwear is ludicrous, causing women in offices a lifetime of embarrassment and subsequently, constipation.

Should we be patting ourselves on the back for being so modern and inclusive by posting witty signs, when we should be finding ways to allow people to take care of their natural biological functions in private?

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Sow Your Oats

October 6, 2016

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple. We have instant oats, overnight oats, oatmeal bars, and good old fashioned Quaker oats in the iconic cardboard canister.

Oatmeal is a great way to start the day, as it is full of healthy fiber, and protein. Classic toppings tend to err on the sweet side, with fruit, nuts, and brown sugar being the most popular. This can cause spikes in blood sugar, and depending on how much of sweet stuff you are using, it can turn your healthy breakfast into a calorie bomb.

Maybe it’s time to rethink the oats, by creating savory versions that are filling and nutritionally balanced. These taste so good, you might want to consider oatmeal for dinner!

Cookie+ Kate topped thier savory oats with an egg and a pile of greens.savory-steel-cut-oatmeal-recipe

Healthy Nibbles and Bits mixed in peppers and onions before adding white cheddar cheese and topping it with an egg.

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The Full Helping’s mushroom, kale and miso oatmeal has us drooling!

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The Mija Chronicle’s oatmeal has a Thai influence, using peanuts, cilantro and ginger as flavoring.img_80491

Healthy foodie Mark Bittman tosses scallions and soy sauce into his morning oats, as he pursues his goal of eating a vegan diet by day, and carnivorous one by night.

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The Oatmeal Artist uses butternut squash in their take on the concept, as well as other versions on their oatmeal exclusive blog.

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I’m inspired! What will you add to your oatmeal?

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Greasing + Flouring A Bundt Pan

October 4, 2016

Often, recipes call for greasing and flouring the baking pan. Normally, I line my pans with parchment paper, but in the case of bundt pans and other elaborately etched cake pans, parchment is not an option.

It is critical to get not only the butter or oil, but the also flour, into every nook and cranny of the pan, to ensure that the cake comes out easily,without chunks of flour on it, or bare spots where the cake got stuck to the pan. This can take a bit of shaking and patting, in an attempt to get the flour evenly distributed. It’s not foolproof, and can be a bit messy.

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indigo jones eats | sour cream coffee cake

I use cooking spray to grease my pans, as it gives the best light and even coverage. I am not a fan of the baking spray that also flours the pans. It tends to glob up a bit, and gives less than stellar results.

Celebrity chef Alton Brown has a genius solution to this dilemma, and it is one I intend to use myself. He sprays the bundt pan with cooking spray (I like to use coconut oil spray) and then puts the flour in the bottom of the pan. Next, he covers the pan with plastic wrap, and secures it with a heavy duty rubber band. Then, he turns it upside down and shakes vigorously until the pan is perfectly and evenly coated. No mess, no wasted flour, and even better, no clumps or bare spots.

Thanks Alton!!!

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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Think Pink

October 3, 2016

This has been a confusing fashion month. Between the “see now, buy now, wear now” concept, and all of the designer shake-ups, it’s hard to tell what season it is, and what house the collection is from. With all of the uncertainty, one message came through loud and clear from Paris this weekend: You’ve got to have a pink dress.

While I would hardly call pink the color of the season, it seems that it is de riguour for a dresses. And special ones at that.

At Celine, Phoebe Philo showed a dramatic pepto pink dress with a capelike effect coming from the draped hemline.

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For Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection at Valentino, pink played a major role. Here, a pleated dress gets a bright accent at the neckline.

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There were also 1920’s inspired shapes, layered over deeper tones.

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In contrast to all the retro fluidity, Piccioli added a shocking pink cape dress, in a more modern and structured cut.

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John Galliano went sheer, with this ladylike silhouette shown over matching pink lingerie.

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With new designer Gemna Gvasalia of Vetements at the helm, Balenciaga kept it bright with thier modestly cut pink dress, slit up the side and shown over purple spandex boot | pants.

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At Givenchy, Riccardo Tischi showed a simply cut hot pink satin dress layered over a sheer tank dress.

 

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Photos: Vogue.com

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