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Recipe of the Week: Autumn Ingredient Salad

Since I moved to Cali 9 months ago, I’ve dropped about 15 pounds and 2 dress sizes… and not (really) on purpose.  Of all the times in my 20’s when I did crazy sh*t like the Master Cleanse, or yo-yo’d between strict lose-10-pounds-in-a-week diet stints and stints when I would wake up with Papa John’s cheese sauce in my hair & cookie dough in my cleavage – this time, I didn’t go on a fad diet.  I haven’t been deprived, and it hasn’t really been hard at all.  My lifestyle just changed for the better, and then a few layers of sludge melted off.  I’ll post separately about it, because I feel 9 million times better and do have some great tips to share, but more than anything, what helped me was to start incorporating really healthy recipes into my arsenal that are as delicious as they are filling.

This past Sunday when I was STARVING and plopped down to refuel at True Food Kitchen, I stumbled on a dish for the record books.  This. salad. is. DIVINE.  I think the addition of the butternut squash, the little dried mulberries (which tasted super fancy and exotic to me cuz I never eat them) and the horseradish vinaigrette are what made it for me.  I ate this as my whole lunch meal – which you can do (and add a protein to, if ya wanna), but it would also make a great side dish for Thanksgiving.  #nomnomnom

Happy Cooking!!



serves 4-6
Recipe on video via | Photo credit via
Ingredients Amount
Cauliflower Florets 2 cups
Butternut Squash Slices 2 cups
Brussels Sprouts Halved 3 cups
Canellinni Beans Cooked and Drained 2 cups
Dry Pom Seeds 3 TB
Dry Mulberries 3 TB
Champagne Vinegar 3 TB
Prepared Horseradish 1 TB
Minced Garlic 1 tsp
Minced Scallions 2 tsp
Chili Flakes 1 pinch
Salt 1 tsp
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup
1.  For the dressing, combine all ingredient except the Olive Oil and wisk to combine.
2.  Slowly drizzle in the Olive Oil while wisking, set aside.
3.  Toss the Cauliflower in a little Olive Oil, season with salt and pepper and spread evenly on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
4.  Roast the Cauliflower under the broiler until well caramelized and softened, about 10 minutes.
5.  Roast the Squash and Brussels Sprouts using the same technique as the Cauliflower.
6.  Allow the vegetables to cook to room temperature, then combine them in a large bowl with the Beans and dried fruits
7.  Toss in the dressing to evenly coat everything.
8.  Salad will keep marinated for up to 2 days in the fridge.

Steph’s Lust List

Between magazines, Instagram, Pinterest and the blogosphere, there’s WAY too much out there to keep track of all the eye candy that blows up my shorts, so when I see it, I screen shot it.  And it usually gets swallowed up by the big black hole that is my phone, and then goes to die with thousands of its friends on the island of misfit photos.  But let’s resurrect some of those pretty little things, shall we?

I’ve never been able to keep my wits together around Adam + Viktoria pillows – sold through Mecox (view all the pretty pillows over on Lisa Fontanarosa’s website).  They are luscious and so exquisitely made – velvet appliques on linen.  #nomnomnom

No, I’m not in the market for a sparkler…  but I am totally loving Andee Layne’s OPI “Don’t Pretzel My Buttons” nude polish for summer.

Cursive “love” ring from Pigment – a sweet little gift-y shop in North Park (San Diego).  Hey.  It’s a place holder.

The aqua tile with the gold inlay from Exquisite Surfaces (Laguna Showroom, to the trade only).  Le sigh.

Best / easiest way, ever, to cook salmon:  wrap a salmon steak (tightly) in aluminum foil with a few lemon slices, a few pads of butter, and then I usually sprinkle a little fresh dill, salt & pepper on it.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Comes out perfect EVERY time.

The softest, prettiest linen I ever did see at the Becky Walker Showroom…  also to the trade only.  I’m a total slut for even putting it on here.

If you don’t follow her on Instagram, you should.  I mean.  I think she was a tickle in her mom’s drawers when I was graduating high school, but this little fashionista is wise and fashion-forward beyond her years.  Great daily dose of style.  She’s also so stunning it’ll make you wanna barf.

O&L’s Japonerie wallcovering, via Alex Kaehler’s Insta.  Love it.  I just ordered samples and they’re even lovelier in person.  Also comes in a pale silvery-and-white colorway that is TO DIE.

The best-smelling hairspray that ever lived, says my college bestie Mary.

Cassandra LaValle aka Coco Kelley couldn’t set an ugly table if she tried.

Karrie swears by this.  I *^%$ hate foundation.  But she put this on me, and then I didn’t hate foundation anymore.

Can’t wait to try it.

Dying to rent it.

Just scored this vintage Stroheim fabric on eBay.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I couldn’t help myself.  More yardage here.

Perfect little summertime staple for the pool.  No longer online but available in Zara stores.

Keeping the sun off my face with this happy hat I nabbed at Marshall’s for a song. It’s a nice pop of pigment since my wardrobe (including the bikini I’m living in this summer – not this one) is white, white and white.

I need Santa to bring these to me immediately.

Long live the 90’s!  These are amazing.

That’s all I got!  Happy Hump Day!  PS: I hate to brag, but my Pinterest boards are killer.  Are you following me yet?  …you should be.