Mushroom Risotto! Easy!

21 Aug

Home early and I had a craving all day!

This was a meal for me, but it’s usually a wonderful side dish…Risotto!

Some love it with a lot of cheese; I love it without. Want more of the mushroom flavor. Just a little patience and easy.

  • Your favorite Mushrooms 🍄 1/2 cup diced
  • I shallot , peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of white wine 😊..also little more if you like!
  • Chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of arborio Italian rice
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Romano cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Medium heat is the key and keep the stir going with love! Makes 5 servings ❤️ Calories….moving on! 😊

  1. Warm chicken broth in a saucepan/pot.
  2. In a heated skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add mushrooms and sauté.. leave on the side.
  3. Take another heated skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add shallots and sauté.
  4. Add arborio Italian rice and stir! Once evaporated, add white wine! Stir, stir, stir until evaporated … start taking a 1/2 cup of broth and add to skillet! Stir, Stir and stir until evaporated!
  5. Repeat until all the chicken broth is finished. The rice should be al dente (however more broth can be used if required to be softer).
  6. Now add mushrooms and the liquid from the previously set aside skillet. Fold. Add chopped chives , butter and fold.
  7. Add Romano cheese (I didn’t use, but you can) pinch of salt and pepper and fold in.

You’re Finished! No more stirring! Plate and pot the remaining wine in a glass! Enjoy!

Stir! Stir!

Letia 😊

Royal Wedding! Prince Harry and Meghan Markel ❤️

18 May

The Blissful Couple

I’m Getting ready, my UK family is ready! My Aunt Vadney is so very excited! I can’t wait to phone her on Sunday to get all the details, for they will be in the crowds to cheer, love and shed some tears… for they just love Harry! For if you loved Diana.. you love her sons! Congratulations to Meghan and Harry! #royalwedding #princeharry #meghanmarkle #wedding #london #love #2018 #princessdiana #British #people #westiminsterabbey ❤️🇬🇧

Game of Thrones, Fashion Fleek!

23 Aug

Whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not, you can’t escape the buzz and references still going on since this past Sunday! Episode 66 Beyond the Wall! Well I’m just as shocked of the loss!

This is a girl who loves a good storyline where somewhere there’s a princess, a castle, some swords, hobbits, lots of ale and dragons! The whole entire episode was epic, the best yet in my opinion in building the audience to feel and await the unexpected outcome!

Well I’m here not to talk about the ending; but the fashion – the detail, the time and creative focus on the costumes! The sets, the scenery and music; all to help you understand each step of the way! A rescue mission from the South to the North, where Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is dressed in this gorgeous to the floor fur coat. Definitely warm for the ride. The detail reminded of sewn tucks, Albert Nipon tucks but in fur!

If you tune in; have you ever noticed the GOT costume designers always place a beautiful piece of jewelry for Danny to represent her children (Rhaegal, Viserion, and Drogon) or the different stages in her journey.

Sometimes a ring, a necklace…this time a beautiful white gold chain with a clasp of the three dragons laying near her shoulder. Her makeup also so beautiful, from plum hues to wintery rose.

You are probably thinking, you’re so engrossed in what’s going on, you didn’t even notice (I totally understand). For those who love set design and costumes, like I do ….Game of Thrones is so delightful and wonderful! I loved this episode especially.

The season finale will be here soon in a few days; what’s in store…..Sunday, August 27th 9 pm can’t get here fast enough!

Letia 🙂

Photos courtesy of HBO.

Purple Inspirations in Paint

22 Aug

A simple love of a vegetable; such as this gorgeous flowering kale can be brought elegantly on the walls of your home. Here are some paint hues by BHG..just to say …….you know what!

Letia 🙂

For more purple hues, see Better Home & Garden‘s September 2017 issue, Home. Photos by BHG.

Posts On the Way!

26 Jul

After a long hiatus of handling “life’; I finally can resume doing posts again! Thanks for being patient and all the thoughtful notes.

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Let the blogging begin!

Letia 🙂

 

Oh! It’s Polenta….my Darling!

29 Jan

Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal. It may be consumed hot as a porridge or allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf, which is then baked, fried, or grilled.

After making the polenta, yesterday I chose to cool the mixture on a cookie sheet for 30 -45 minutes in the fridge! After cooling, today using a turned over glass I’d made circles to fry in a sauté pan with a little extra virgin olive oil under medium heat (4-5 minutes)

I then I took a mason jar lid to make a quick guide to house my fresh egg in the same pan. Sea salt and coarse pepper added.  Once browned to my liking, I then took fresh arugula and chopped red pepper sautéed very lightly (less than 1/2 a minute).

To assemble place one polenta cake on a plate, then your egg, following are arugula and red peppers and topped with another polenta cake! A pinch of  freshly shaved Parmesan cheese and coarse pepper….and that’s a great Sunday breakfast; a hit this morning with a spot of Earl Grey tea!

Perfectly cooked egg, arugula, red peppers placed in between two  beautiful polenta cakes

I love the peppery taste of arugula, but any leafy green can be substituted…spinach, kale or even leeks!!  If not for breakfast, then as an appetizer with a seared scallop!  What you can do is endless!  If you have any polenta recipes, please  do share!

Here’s the recipe to make the cornmeal mixture; I created about 8 (4 servings).  Oh! You can keep the extra polenta in the fridge.

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Ingredients

5 cups Water

1 cup Fine Corn Meal (polenta)

1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Grated, More If Necessary (I didn’t add, opted to top …minding for those who didn’t want cheese)

Prep

In a large sauce pan, bring water to a rolling boil. Season heavily with salt.  Gradually, slowly add in the cornmeal and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until mixture thickens, stirring often. While polenta is cooking, spray a casserole dish or cookie sheet with a small amount of cooking spray. Line the dish with Saran wrap and set aside.

Once the polenta has thickened (approximately 30 minutes), check for seasoning and add salt if necessary. Then pour the mixture into a Saran type wrap lined dish or cookie sheet (I wanted them thin).  Add another layer of Saran wrap on top and smooth it down directly on top of the polenta. Place into the refrigerator to set up.

When you are ready to make the polenta cakes, lift the polenta out. Remove the Saran wrap and place onto a cutting board. Using a round cookie cutter or glass, make 6 polenta circles.

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Photo by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Living Room Style with Arhaus®

24 Jan

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living room: a room in a residence used for the common social activities of the occupants.

 

And we also know it’s so much more when you are decorating the space!  Usually it reflects the owner’s vision of the space where there are so many ideas and choices to set up this very important room in a home.

Recently asked, if I had been given a furniture item, what would be the style, the mood that would accommodate a beautiful living room.  Not just any furniture item, but from Arhaus!  One of my favorite stores; their sophisticated lines are beautiful in all categories for the home and their showrooms are spectacular!

Since 1986, Arhaus®  has been designing home furnishings!  Beautiful, high quality and so unique!  The company takes their customers seriously and ensures the Arhaus® furnishing meets their high quality standards.

What is the furniture choice? A sectional sofa!  Sectional sofas are meant to have seating without the feeling of restraints of designated seating with style.  There is nothing wrong with a beautiful sofa or a love seat; however sectional sofas give added room and allows the circumference of a room to be fully used when required for that extra seating.

When first introduced,  many thought the sectional sofa was for the lower level of a home; where a game room or bar might be!    Well that’s all changed and Arhaus®’s designers have a beautiful line of sectional sofa’s, over forty-two!  I’d reviewed each description and the steel suspension construction is so welcomed; quality at it’s best!  So it was very, very  hard to choose which one, but I think I got it!

My choice is Darrow, a crescent shaped sectional sofa!  I’d choose this style for it gave me ideas in a living room that would be peaceful,  a Feng-Shui scenario with a modern touch.    This sectional has three options; either 119″, 148″ or 152″, so if a living room could not hold the three sections, the 119″of two sections would comfortably fit in standard size living room.

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional with Design Choices by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional Sofa with design styles by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Now, let’s dove in my excitement of my choices:

  • Arhaus® provides the Darrow sectional sofa in eight beautiful colors; however I was drawn to their custom colors.  One in particular, it’s name is Taranto Blue.  The fabric has look of a herringbone style pattern; which is quite attractive.
  • The paint, I’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s Feather Gray to be the accent color in the room.  While the wallpaper choice is a shimmer of gold and a luster of gray by Fabricut.
  • Then there’s this gorgeous hand-knotted contemporary rug name Yiska, also by Arhaus® ; it also plays with the color scheme chosen.  It gives the look of reflected water.
  • Keeping with the curve pattern dimensions from the Darrow sectional sofa, I chose this electic Trocadero Kidney brass cocktail table by designer Jonathan Adler.  The table is covered in a pieced and lacquered inky charcoal goatskin and adorned with three, inset sand-cast brass medallions.
  • Next is a tall floor lamp. Also brass; with clear Lucite accents by Savafieh.  And yes, I would use two floor lamps in the far corners of the room (opposite the main window in the living room that allows sunlight to stream in).
  • For accent pieces, it can be limitless in ideas.  I chose white vases of different heights and shapes – giving some crispness.  As for greenery, little cacti plants to place throughout the room.  To scent the room, fresh flowers like colorful peonies, hydrangea and mulberries.
  • Lastly, a 3 panel painting of an inviting Buddha head that can be placed on the living room wall to also tie in the curveness of the Darrow sectional sofa and the color hues selected.

This was a pleasure to do!! You can get great ideas for your home.  Take a moment to view Arhaus®’s website, there’s something for everyone! Arhaus…your home!

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Reference of choices: Arhaus®, Jonathan Adler, Fabricut , West Elm, and Savafieh.

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