Measure & Whisk: Real food cooking with a dash of minimalist living

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bread Making Class in Provo!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have been contemplating doing a bread-making class.  I did one with a few friends in Austin before we moved out to Utah, and it was so much fun!

I have spent the last few weeks trying to work out details for doing a few in Utah, but with all the family activities and moving, I just barely got my act together to pick a date and post a few details about it!

If you are in the Provo area (or anywhere in Utah or Salt Lake Valley), I would be absolutely thrilled to have you come over to my house for the morning to bake with me!  Check out the details below and send me an email if you want to participate.

 (my favorite French bread loaf)

DETAILS for PROVO class:  

I will be holding it on Saturday, July 16th from 11AM-2PM (approximately).

We will be making a delicious loaf of Italian Focaccia Bread (see the top photo).  You will get to sample a loaf that I make (and probably a few other homemade treats), and get your own loaf ready to take home and cook.  You will learn how to proof yeast, learn some kneading techniques, learn how to shape your loaf, and what toppings taste great on focaccia bread.  It is going to be awesome!

It will be held at my home in Provo (address will be emailed to you, after you sign up, but it is close to downtown Provo).

It will cost $10 to attend.  Last time I did a class, everyone had to bring their own everything, and it was pretty inconvenient.  This fee will cover all ingredients and most of the tools, you will only be asked to bring a few cooking tools with you (mixing bowl + cookie sheet, I think). Payments can be made via PayPal.

Please email me at measureandwhisk[at]gmail[dot]com to reserve your spot!  I can't wait to meet and get to cook with some of you!

Maximum capacity is 9 people, so if you are interested, sign up soon!

Let me know if you have any other questions!

*A quick note: If fewer than 2 people email me about this class, I may cancel it. 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Everyone needs a go-to pasta sauce recipe.  This is mine.  I have been a longtime fan of Mel, and this recipe is one of my very favorites.  Her original recipe features sun-dried tomatoes (which are terrific, btw), but I decided to throw in something a little more exciting to highlight the summery nature of this recipe!  These Mezzetta roasted red bell peppers are mild enough for a kid to eat, but add a hint of spiciness and a lot of flavor to the sauce!  

This recipe is the perfect base for your grilled meats: chicken, steak or maybe even pork!  Hopefully you can get your grill on with this recipe!  

If you love entering giveaways, like I do, hop over to the Mozzetta contest page to enter their summer grilling giveaway to get yourself set up for all your summer patio parties!  The prize pack is pretty epic and will make your summer eating delicious!

Original recipe source here

Friday, June 17, 2016

Vegetarian Lemon Basil Pasta

Remember how I told you that I am obsessed with lemon zest and salt right now?  I put it on my granola, I put it on my ice cream, and now, here it is on a fresh summer pasta!  This pasta was me trying to use up a few last (random) things from our kitchen in Austin, but it turned out deliciously!  I was very impressed with the lemon, chickpea, basil blend. 

I really should experiment more often!  And I plan on doing it a lot once we get to the house we are renting this summer.  I just walked through it this week, and I am super excited, because it is beautiful! I think it will be a really great move for us, even if it will only last the summer!  Happy weekend! 

Vegetarian Lemon Basil Pasta:
Serves 4

1 package spaghetti noodles, angel hair or linguine
3-5 Tbs basil pesto (homemade or from the store)
1 14-oz can rinsed chickpeas
1 Tbs olive oil
1 bunch basil leaves, washed and thinly sliced.
1 lemon, zested
1 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided

Preheat your oven to 400°F.  On a rimmed baking sheet, lined with a silicone mat, pour your chickpeas in an even layer.  Pour the olive oil over the top and then toss to coat the chickpeas.  Sprinkle with one teaspoon of sea salt and toss again. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown and slightly crisp.

While you are baking the chickpeas (ideally, about 10-12 minutes baking), prepare your noodles according to package directions.

Once the noodles are done, drain the water out, and immediately mix in the pesto.  Sprinkle the basil leaves over the top.

Once the chickpeas are done, remove them from the oven, pour over the top of the pasta.  Sprinkle pasta with lemon zest and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (if this seems like too much for you, set the sea salt on the table to be sprinkled on individual servings, as needed)


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baby Milestones

Fox is really growing up.  *Sob!*  As a parent this is a exciting, and sort of heartbreaking thing. As he gets older, I find myself missing those first weeks, when he was fresh from heaven, sweetly scented and a more snuggly baby (truth be known, he has never been very snuggly, but he was way more snuggly then than he is now).

I loved nursing him in the middle of the night (truly, I did; it meant I got to read a lot and look through dozens of Airbnb rentals), and even changing his Little Snuggler Huggies in the wee hours of the morning.  I loved having him lay on the table during dinner so he could be part of the family (before he could roll, of course), and sitting around staring at his sweet, baby face with family and friends.  Man, I miss those days.

On the other hand, having him grow up is SUPER fun.  Last week, he started walking, which I was totally thrilled about!  He is 17 months, and at his 15 month appointment, the nurse practitioner looked very concerned when I told her that he wasn't walking yet.

I have a few friends whose kids started walking at 18 months, and Fox seems totally fine in every other respect (and his legs were getting stronger from pulling up on furniture), so I hadn't been worried about it until she told me that if he wasn't walking by his 18-month appointment, he would need a referral to a specialist.

Gah! Suddenly I felt super stressed about the walking milestone. We started making more concerted and consistent efforts to help him walk. We held his hand while walking him around, we had a little baby walker for him to practice with, and encouraged walking alone as much as we could.  Then, the day Adam left to go to a conference in Europe, he started walking, and Adam missed it :(  Isn't that how it goes?  Thank goodness for video hangout!

This walking stage might be my favorite, yet!  Watching him toddle around is pretty adorable.  Plus, he is extremely proud of himself, and holds his arms above his head in a triumphant way when he walks around.  Basically I am in love with this stage!  He is just so fun to be around.

A few days ago, he and I ran to Sam's Club get some Huggies Diapers.  Typically, he is not a huge fan of going to the store with me, and will get impatient or a little fussy if I take too long, but wow, was he a fan!  The diaper aisle was full of sweet baby faces on the boxes, and he spent the entire time while we were looking at diapers pointing at the babies and saying "Woz Dah (whose that)?"  He was a fan.

 (Who loves Sam's Club?  Fox does!!!)

Then, I thought he might enjoy trying a food sample or two (I'll admit, I wanted a sample, too), so we got a Rice Krispy treat to split, and a stir fry sample to tide us over until dinner.  Samples are definitely one of the draws of shopping at Sam's club (that and huge blocks of awesome, really cheap cheese).

I also love that they sell huge boxes of diapers and wipes there.  I always try to get the biggest box I can, because they almost always cost less per diaper/wipe if you get a large box.  Also, Huggies makes a great diaper.  The Little Snugglers never leak on me, they are super soft, and just darling on Fox (is there anything cuter than a baby running around in a diaper?).

I have also used Huggies Natural Care wipes many times.  They work really well and are thick enough that you can tear them in half if you only need half a wipe (at one point, I usually only used half a wipe if there wasn't much of a mess).

Right now, Huggies and Sam's Club have a special offer where you can get a $10 Sam's Club gift card if you buy 2 packages of either the Little Snuggler's Huggies diapers, or the Natural Care wipes.  If you can text or email a picture of your receipt to by 7/31/2016, they will send you a $10 gift card.  Pretty cool, right?  If you have ever been interested in checking out a Sam's Club membership, now is your chance!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Raiding My Sister's Closest: Momiform in Las Vegas

As you may know, I put together a summer capsule wardrobe for this summer.  We are in Utah for the summer, and I wanted to bring a small amount of clothes, and to only bring items that are incredibly cohesive, and would fit with our lifestyle for the summer.  

Last summer, we spent seven weeks in France,  and I took a very limited amount of clothing (you can see what I brought here).  In the end, there were a few shirts that I never wore, and a couple that I didn't really love, so I wanted to be sure that every piece that I brought to Utah was a favorite.  

I implemented my capsule right before we left for my brother's mission homecoming in Las Vegas, so I used the pieces from it for our 'momiform post'.  Last year, I realized that I have very specific needs for a momiform (my capsule is 95% momiform friendly pieces).  

Basically my criteria includes: 

1.  Comfortable shirts:  This means non-sheer (I don't love wearing lots of layers in the summer), not too low or short (awkward/inappropriate with all the bending over with a baby), and shirts that make me feel pretty.

2.  Great pants:  Well-fitting, good wash, a variety of styles, and lengths.  I don't like shorts much, so I almost never wear them.  

3.  Stylish, but walkable shoes:  I quickly realized that carrying a baby in stilettos is dangerous.  Now I stick to wedges or booties.  My life is much happier and Fox is much safer.  

4.  Great earrings or necklace to finish the outfit.  I don't do really big jewelry much anymore, because Fox is like a magpie and with just try to pull it off, but a tasteful set of earrings do wonders to make an outfit look great.  

shirt: j crew (similar + similar) via ThredUp ($10 off your first purchase with this link)// pants: j crew via ThredUp// bag: made by me (similar)// earrings: Kendra Scott

Check out the details on Janssen and Merrick's momiforms below!  They are super cute!  
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