The Epicurious #EpiRecipeClub August 2018 Recipe: Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad

The Epicurious #EpiRecipeClub August 2018 Recipe: We Love It!

If you follow Design Your Lifestyle, you know how much we love Epicurious. We’ve basically had a running love affair with Epicurious for five years, and they’re our go-to destination for recipes, meal ideas, seasonal menus and food inspirations.

We’re dedicated followers of the #EpiRecipeClub – the official interactive hashtag of the Epicurious Recipe Club. The idea is simple – make the same recipe as the fine folks at Epicurious, post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #EpiRecipeClub, and compare how your creation looks with Epicurious followers the world over!

Post your Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad to Instagram, #EpiRecipeClub!
Post your Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad to Instagram, #EpiRecipeClub!

The August 2018 #EpiRecipeClub recipe is for Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad. It’s simple, refreshing, and full of fresh flavors – in other words, it checks all our boxes for a summer recipe! As Epicurious decribes the recipe:

“Marinating sliced tomatoes in salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh oregano intensifies their flavor and brings out their rich juices. Serve with crusty bread for mopping it up.”

With a perfect 4/4 rating from Epicurious users (and a 100% “Make It Again” status), we feel pretty confident that we’re not alone in our love for this Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad. Try it out for yourself – but before you eat it, make sure you post a picture of your creation to Instagram with the August #EpiRecipeClub hashtag!

Our Favorite Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Our Favorite Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)
Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)

Over the past few years, we’ve compiled a great list of recipes and trending food topics thanks to Peter Salerno and his love for not only creating kitchen designs, but creating in the kitchen as well!

One of our favorite recipes of the last 5 years is a simple-yet-exquisite summer salad that always leaves us full and refreshed.

This fantastic summer farro salad comes courtesy of Food & Wine (F&W) and their star chef Marco Canora.

Famous for his Tuscan-inspired dishes, Marco Canora’s experience has taken him from Gramercy Tavern in NYC to Cibreo in Florence, Italy, and back again. Canora now calls Hearth & Terroir Wine Bar in New York City home.

If you’ve never eaten farro, it’s all the rage lately in a variety of dishes. From salads to soups to meat dishes, farro is a versatile hulled wheat grain that is well-loved by savvy eaters as a great source of fiber and a “smart carbohydrate”.

This summer salad combines the hearty, nutty flavor of farro with the crunch of carrots, celery and onions and the freshness of cucumbers and tomatoes. We’re sure you’ll love it at your table as much as Peter Salerno and his family love it at theirs.

Recipe: Summer Farro Salad (courtesy Food&Wine, Marco Canora)

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  3. 1 small carrot, halved
  4. 1 celery rib, halved
  5. 12 ounces farro (1 3/4 cups)
  6. 5 cups water
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  11. 1 small seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  12. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  13. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery, cover and cook over moderately low heat until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir to coat with oil. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the farro is barely tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Cover and simmer until the farro is al dente, about 10 minutes longer. Drain the farro and discard the onion, carrot and celery. Let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1/3 cup of olive oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the farro, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

Delicious Ginger Honey Sweet Tea Recipe [MyRecipes]

Iced Tea Recipe For Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea

If you’re like us at Design Your Lifestyle, the perfect glass of iced tea is the final touch to a late summer afternoon. Unsweetened iced tea (or “sun tea”) is refreshing, but sometimes you just feel like a touch of sweet goodness to end your day.

But how do you avoid all the sugar that goes into traditional Southern sweet tea? What if you are serving your sweet tea to a mixed crowd, all of whom can’t take in sugar (due to diabetes and other health concerns)? Or what if you simply want an alternative, delicious way to prepare your sweet tea?

During the summer of 2018, our favorite sweet tea recipe comes courtesy of MyRecipes.com. It combines naturally delicious ingredients that blend together to create a fresh take on sweet tea with all the “zing” of an ocean breeze.

Check out this amazing recipe for Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea (courtesy of MyRecipes.com and Southern Living):

 

A delicious Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea recipe. (courtesy MyRecipes.com)
A delicious Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea recipe. (courtesy MyRecipes.com)

Ginger And Honey Sweet Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Preparation

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

(Recipe from MyRecipes.com, first published in Southern Living.)

Peter Salerno’s Family Recipe for Homemade Sangria

Peter Salerno’s Family Recipe for Sangria

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

July 4th Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes (recipes & photo courtesy Epicurious)
Our family Sangria recipe) photo courtesy Epicurious)

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe for entertaining guests!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like christian bros)
  • a bottle of cheap red wine (barefoot works) either merlot or shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)

Preparation

  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triplesec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PICTURES]

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PICTURES]

Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!
Peter Salerno’s ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

With the summer holidays in full swing, Peter Salerno and his family are spending more and more time in his custom designed, award-winning kitchens than ever. But sometimes instead of designing kitchens, Peter is at home in his own kitchen designing authentic, homemade Italian meals.

Recently, Peter and his family (wife Tracy, son Anthony and daughter-in-law Eve, daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Brian) gathered for a delicious homemade Italian dinner, which included the Salerno family recipe for the perfect cavatelli.

Now, the Salerno family recipe for cavatelli is supposed to be a well-kept secret – but Peter Salerno felt like sharing just a “little bit” of the family recipe. (Just like his award-winning kitchen designs: what good are they if they’re not shared with others?)

So Peter’s sharing his surprisingly simple list of ingredients for the perfect homemade cavatelli recipe with you here, as well as some pictures from his preparation of the dish. As for the preparation steps themselves? Well, those may have to come at another time. After all, Peter’s parents might have something to say about that!

Peter Salerno’s Homemade Cavatelli Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…

 

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.

Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

From the Delish team:

We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.

How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)

The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, 43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…

(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)

Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.

So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)

2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

Japanese cheesecake is the “it” dessert when it comes to 2018 food trends. Light, airy, and jiggly (in a really entertaining way – trust us!), Japanese cheesecake has taken the trendiest dining establishment by storm. Dessert foodies everywhere are fawning over the rich (but far less dense) dish – and rightfully so!

What makes Japanese cheesecake so different from traditional cheesecake? For starters, cream cheese isn’t the main component. While it exists in the dish, the core component of Japanese cheesecake is eggs. The recipe for Japanese cheesecake is a little more time-consuming than traditional cheesecake recipes, but we’ve found a little extra patience is well worth the reward.

A Japanese cheesecake recipe you'll love - Spring 2018 food trends!
A Japanese cheesecake recipe you’ll love – Spring 2018 food trends!

There are a bunch of Japanese cheesecake recipes springing up all over the internet, but we found one we like the best. It comes courtesy of the Little Sweet Baker, based out of Ontario, Canada. The blog started as a hobby and has grown into a favorite independent cooking and recipe site for many people – us included!

We love this recipe because it deviates from the ‘big box’ website recipes for Japanese cheesecake. It has personal touches that make it unique – and in our opinion, a bit more delicious than the conventional approach.

We encourage you to visit Little Sweet Baker for the full recipe, and for all of her wonderful cooking tips, recipes and stories!

Japanese Cheesecake Recipe (courtesy of Little Sweet Baker)

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package (250g) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup (50g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (83ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (63g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar for dusting

For full cooking instructions (we don’t plagiarize, and we always give credit!), please visit the full recipe.