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Homemade Cheese Straws

I’ve tried these Parmigiano¬†cheese straws. Not only they’re super easy to make… but they make wonderful hors d’oevres because they¬†are the first thing guests go for ūüėČ


Here is the recipe:

Homemade Cheese Straws {Makes about 3 Dozen}

Ingredients
* All-purpose flour, for work surface
* Puff Pastry
* 12 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated medium-fine (about 4 cups)
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* Coarse salt

Directions
1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry dough to a 9-by-20-inch rectangle.

2. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese over center of dough. Starting at the near short end, fold dough into thirds, enclosing cheese.

3. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour. Repeat. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate at least 4 hours or you can even leave it overnight.

4. Cut dough in half; wrap half in plastic, and refrigerate. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the dough to a 12-by-15-inch rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. (Do not press too hard on edges.)

5. Using a pastry brush, dust off excess flour; brush beaten egg over dough until well moistened. Sprinkle 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cheese and a pinch of salt over the lower half of dough. Fold top half over cheese-covered half. Gently press to seal. Brush top of dough with beaten egg; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cheese and a pinch of salt.

6. Trim dough to 12 by 6 1/2 inches with a pastry wheel or knife. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese, and salt.

7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a pastry wheel, cut dough into 3/8-by-12-inch strips; twist into spirals. Space 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Press ends onto sheets to prevent straws from straightening. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.

8. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 18 minutes. Loosen straws from sheets with a thin spatula; transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 day.

The recipe makes it looks more complicating than it actually is. I promise once you start it is super easy.

Via Everything Fabulous

Sarah Jessica Parker Unveils Barney’s Disney Themed Electric Holiday

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Sarah Jessica Parker unveiled the Barneys New York holiday windows on Wednesday. The department store teamed up with Disney for their holiday campaign, called “Electric Holiday.”

Only SJP can wear Minnie Mouse ears and look this chic!!! Her¬†black embellished LBD and¬†lace Minnie Mouse ears were designed by¬†L‚ÄôWren Scott…and her heels were by Manolo¬†Blahn√≠k.

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At the event, SJP revealed a short animated film that stars Minnie Mouse who window-shops for a Lanvin dress, daydreams her way to Paris Fashion Week and meets fashion VIPs like Steven Meisel, Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and more.

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I couldn’t upload the video for some reason but try to watch it… it’s really cute ūüėČ

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Casa nel Bosco di Ulivi by Luca Zanaroli

I am in love with this place…. I think it’s perfect for a farmhouse or a second home!!!…. I love that they maintained the land and built the house without changing the natural look of its surroundings….It almost feels like the house was always there!!!!

I love that the interior is basically an extension of the exterior……and that the materials used were all natural and locally sourced….


Via CONTEMPORIST.

Book Of The Week: Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day

Richard Scarry’s books were our favorite when we were kids… We used to love reading them and we used to pretend to be those characters when we played!!!… I still get excited when I find his books!!!! I love reading them to my kids… because it almost feels like I’m sharing or reliving my childhood with them!!! ūüôā

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