Grilled Romaine with Lemon Herb Dijon Vianaigrette

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Are you in the full swing of summer yet? Do you have flip-flop tan lines? Are you enjoying evening cocktails on the back patio? Have you eaten all the strawberries you can get your hands on? Are you embracing the fact that summer means you must eat ice cream every night? Are you grilling all.the.foods.?! Please say yes!!

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We are in love with our Weber grill and have thrown every possible food on it…pizzas, fish tacos, asparagus, avocado…and most recently hearts of romaine drizzled in an herby lemon Dijon vinaigrette and topped with fresh parmesan, parsley, and juicy grape tomatoes.

The crunchy romaine is slightly charred on the grill giving it a smoky flavor that is summer. The zesty lemon juice and herbs provide a fresh counter-balance. Grated parmesan melts slightly over the romaine and gives a welcome salty flavor, and the tomatoes are a sweet finish to each bite.

We served this with grilled BBQ chicken, but it would be perfect with any grilled dish.

Happy double dipping!

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Recipe – a Double Dipper Original

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 romaine hearts, halved
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • handful of grape tomatoes, halved
  • fresh grated parmesan, for topping

Method

In a small mixing bowl or jar, combine olive oil, Dijon mustard, chopped green onion, oregano, and lemon and whisk/shake to create vinaigrette.

Place halved romaine hearts on the grill face down, over medium heat to develop grill marks. After 1 minute, turn the romaine hearts over and brush the vinaigrette on the side that was facing down. Cook the romaine hearts for about 4-5 minutes.

Sprinkle with fresh parmesan, parsley, and grape tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Property Sisters Update: Spring at the Blue Door

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We’ve been eyeing our flowers and trees for the past weeks, waiting for the little green buds to show some sign of blooming. May 1st came and now the colors are popping! It’s spring at the Blue Door and we property sisters are excited!

Last fall we planted tulips that our Dad brought back with him from, Amsterdam which FYI is the land of bright, beautiful tulips. And wow! The colors are vibrant! Yellow, pink, red. Dreamy.

Spring Flowers

We took a trip to Man Heaven this weekend (i.e we went to the Home Depot) and wandered through the green house. We bought hot red geraniums and surrounded them with yellow and green accents.

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We bought this cool window sill pot and planted indigo and lavender flowers, and placed it next to the old drift wood log in our garden bed.  

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 And of course we double dippers could not leave without something to be used in the kitchen! We planted flat leaf Italian parsley, sweet basil and Thai basil, butter leaf and red leaf lettuce. We can’t wait to fire up the grill and throw on our peanut butter chicken skewers and top them with the Thai basil.

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And the lilacs are blooming in our front yard next to our favorite birch tree. We can’t get enough of the deep purple hues!

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Happy planting from the Property Sisters!

Coconut Mango Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi

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Growing up we were very fortunate to take spring break trips to Hawaii as a family. These trips to the Big Island are by far some of our best memories. Swimming in huge ocean waves, snorkeling, learning to surf, walking along volcanoes, hiking through rain forests, and just living on “island time”…that’s the dream!

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And the food was also dreamy! Tropical, fresh, simple. The food of island life.

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This weekend we recreated the island life flavors by making coconut mango macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi. The tropical flavors are explosive. Each bite brought us closer to the ocean breeze and relaxation mode (or maybe that was the blackberry gin fizz we were drinking?) The sweet mango is balanced by tang from the lime and depth of cumin. The macadamia nuts are a crunchy surprise. The coconut gets toasty while the mahi mahi is grilling and provides a perfect finish to each bite.

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Aloha and happy double dipping!

Recipe – a double dipper original

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz mahi mahi (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 small mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. lime
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 coconut flakes

Method:

1. In a blender or food processor (we used our vitamix), add mango, macadamia nuts, cumin, and lime and puree. Mixture does not need to be completely smooth.

2. Coat mahi mahi with mango/macadamia nut mixture, and top with coconut flakes.

3. Place on grill to cook until flakey.

4. Serve with a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Charred Cauliflower with Tumeric, Cumin and Parsley

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We are obsessed with roasted cauliflower right now. Like need-to-eat-it-every-night-or-I-will-be-missing-a-beautiful-piece-of-life obsessed. And the great thing about cauliflower is that it’s so simple and versatile.

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We’ve been experimenting with different spices and herbs to give some variety to our week-night meals. We’ve tossed it in everything from paprika and oregano, to lime and chili flakes, and our most recent favorite turmeric, cumin, and parsley. The turmeric gives an earthy flavor and the cumin provides a subtle bite, both which are complemented by the fresh crispness of parsley. It’s the perfect way to feed your cauliflower obsession and welcome spring.

Happy double dipping!

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Recipe – a Double Dipper original inspired by the latest cauliflower trends

Ingredients:

  •  1 head cauliflower (white, orange, green, purple…you choose!)
  • 2 tsp. tumeric
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped for topping

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. While oven is heating, chop cauliflower and place in a mixing bowl. Coat cauliflower with tumeric and cumin, tossing with hands to coat. Drizzle olive oil over cauliflower and transfer to a roasting sheet. Roast in oven for 30 – 40 minutes until the tops of the cauliflower is charred. Top with chopped parsley.

Enjoy!

Miami – Our Trip to South Beach

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Hola! We’re back from our long-weekend vacation in South Beach, Miami. Last month as we sat bundled in blankets on our couch staring at the mountain of snow in our front yard, we decided we needed a vacation with sun! So, we booked a trip to South Beach right there. Nothing like being spontaneous!

We did everything we wanted. We lounged on the beach, soaked up the sun, went paddle boarding, floated in the rolling waves, drank tropical cocktails, checked out the tan cabana boys,  sat and people watched (South Beach is the place for people watching. Man with a boa constrictor around your neck, we’re talking about you!), and ate incredible food at inspiring restaurants.

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Our hotel, the Hilton Cabana, was right on the beach. Perfectly blissful.

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This acai bowl changed our lives. Not even exaggerating. A friend recommended we check out Under the Mango Tree, a juice bar and cafe. We both had the “marley bowl”, which was acai blended with berries, almond milk, peanut butter and spinach, and topped with sliced bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes and granola. We went there both Thursday and Friday for breakfast during our stay. A-maz-ing.

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We had dinner at the Standard Hotel restaurant on Thursday evening, and sipped on the “botanist,” a cocktail with gin, cucumber, fresh dill, and sparkling water. So refreshing.

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The restaurant was right on the ocean. We watched the blazing orange sun disappear behind the South Beach skyline.

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Our last night we dined at The District Miami, whose chef was a James Beard semi-finalist in 2014. The cuisine is contemporary Pan-American and is really diverse. The restaurant has a trendy modern vibe. It feels like a hip neighborhood hang-out.

We started with vino.

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Complementary cornbread rolls, a precursor to the incredible meal ahead. They were warm and melted in our mouths. Our server must have noticed how we thought the rolls were crazy delicious because he immediately brought us more.

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We shared a beet salad with pickled raspberries, pea shoots, toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with a balsamic reduction on top of whipped goat cheese. Woah baby.

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We also devoured the shaved roasted brussels sprouts dish. The brussels were tossed in a fig reduction sauce with chopped almonds and cranberries.

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For the main course we both ordered the Cajun jerk cobia, a meaty white fish. It was served on top of mashed purple potatoes, along with a palm of hearts salad. Loved the vibrant flavors and colors!

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Here’s to another great double dipper trip in the books!

Happy double dipping!

Roasted Stuffed Red Peppers

News update: we’re in a secrect club. It’s not like a college sorority, there’s no hazing. And it’s not like the secrect club you and your best friend started when you were ten years old just so that you could have an awesome secret handshake and a ridiculous secret languge consisting of weird tones and other non-sense jarrgon.

This secret club is a food club. Which is by far the best kind of secret club!

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We’ve mentioned before that we’re in a book club with some girlfriends. We hosted our last meeting this past Monday and served these roasted red peppers stuffed with sweet potatoes, cremini mushrooms, quinoa, kale and a fresh spices. Our friends brought fancy cheese and crackers to nibble on before dinner, red wine (Chariot from Trader Joe’s, we recommend it!), a spinach salad with blood oranges and goat cheese, and for dessert banoffee bars (a play on banoffee pie ) made by our friend Kate (who is also a fellow blogger. Check out her blog Authentic Nosh). So, after eating all of this great food we decided that we aren’t in a book club, we’re in a food club! But we’re keeping it a secret because secrets are just fun. We can trust you, right?

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We combined pan roasted sweet potatoes and cremini mushrooms with sautéed garlic and shallots, stirred in quinoa and kale that had simmered in vegetable both, and spooned the final mixture into roasted red peppers. We prepared everything on Sunday for our gathering on Monday evening. So we refrigerated the peppers overnight and re-heated them in the oven for 20 minutes just before serving them, and topped them with parmesan cheese. It was an easy make-ahead meal and the girls raved about the peppers.

These stuffed peppers are a great dish to share with friends, or make for your secret food club.

Happy double dipping!

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Recipe – serves 8, a Double Dipper Original

Ingredients

  • 8 large red peppers
  • 2 cups rainbow quinoa, cooked
  • 1 bunch kale (any variety), chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 lb. cremini mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • dash of pepper
  • fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Method

1. Remove the tops of the red peppers and clean out all seeds. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place red peppers on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes.

2. While peppers are roasting, sautée garlic and shallots in olive oil over medium-low heat and add cubed sweet potatoes and mushrooms, and spices.

3. Meanwhile, cook quinoa. Add chopped kale and parsley. Add sweet potatoes and mushrooms to quinoa mixture and combine.

4. Remove peppers from oven and let cool. Once cool, spoon quinoa mixture into peppers.

5. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately, or refrigerate and re-heat at 350 for 20 minutes before serving and topping with cheese.

Enjoy!

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake with Buttercream Frosting

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So we realize that Valentine’s Day was three days ago and we’re sharing this pretty pink cake with tiny frosting hearts with you today. Yes, we’re a little delayed in our effort to help you celebrate the big day dedicated to love, but why not celebrate love everyday? You know you agree! Candy hearts and sweets shouldn’t be shared just one day a year!

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We made this lemon layer cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting this past weekend with our friend, Jen who is an all-star baker and has amazing cake decorating skills. She’s made such creative and fun “smash cakes” (the cakes for kids’ 1st birthdays) for her friends’ and co-worker’s. So, piping little butter cream hearts was a piece of cake for her (pun intended).

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We used cream instead of butter, which gives the cake a texture and taste that resembles a short-bread biscuit. The raspberry filling adds a welcomed tart bite that is sweetened by the buttercream frosting. Since we’re girls who like pretty things, we added decorative pearls around the sides.

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Life is about celebrating friends, family and love, and making cakes!

Happy double dipping!

*p.s. please excuse the semi-smashed frosting hearts in the pics…the cake got a little messy in the container on the drive home from Jen’s house. That just meant more frosting-licking for us!

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The recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart and Naturally Ella

 Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (1/2 cup plus 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Butter, to grease pan

 Filling

  • 15 ounces raspberries (8 ounces, fresh or frozen)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons corn starch

 Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup raspberry filling

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat 2 9-inch round cake pans with butter. Whisk together flour, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, combine cream, almond milk, baking powder, egg whites, and lemon. Whisk in vanilla.
  1. Fold in flour mixture, then divide among pans. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. (Each cake layer will be approximately 1/2 inch in height.) Let cool in pans 30 minutes. Remove; let cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. While the cake is baking, prepare raspberry filling. Combine the raspberries in a pot and heat over medium heat until juices have released. Add sugar and stir. In a small bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons cornstarch with ¼ cup warm water, stirring until the starch is dissolved. Add to the pot and stir well. Cook until raspberries have thickened slightly and the cloudiness from the cornstarch has disappeared. Remove from heat and let cool completely. If filling is still too runny, continue to add cornstarch/water mixture 1 tablespoon at a time. Let cool. The filling will thicken while cooling.
  1. For the frosting, beat together butter, 7 cups of powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Frosting should still be slightly stiff. Finally, beat in ¼ cup of the cooled raspberry filling.
  1. Spread half the filling over top of 1 cake layer, and sandwich with another layer. Swirl frosting over top and sides of cake. Add sprinkles, pearls, and decorate until your heart’s content!

Super Food Bowl

 Happy Wednesday! We’ve almost made it through the week friends! To help you push through the next two days we’re coming at you with a way to up your lunch game that will knock your socks off!

We’re talking super foods that will power you through the afternoon. Kale, spinach, salmon, beets, avocado, quinoa, walnuts, craisins, and parmesan. We guarantee that your co-workers will be jealous, and you of course will be a happy camper.

You may be thinking, yikes this requires a lot of ingredients. Please hold the phone for a minute. This power food bowl can be made in advance on Sunday for you to enjoy throughout the week.  

We usually get home on weekdays around 7pm or later depending on what we have going on and the last thing we want to think about is lunch prep. So, we’ve gotten in the habit of planning/making our lunches on Sundays which saves us a ton of time and stress during the busy week. 

We make a huge container of grains (quinoa, farro, or barely), roast seasonal vegetables (we’ve been loving beets and squash lately), and prep some sort of leafy green (kale, swiss chard, spinach). For protein, we mix it up with salmon (usually left-over from dinner), fresh sliced turkey from Whole Foods (the deli roasts it in the store, it’s basically home-cooked!), or chickpeas.

We layer these super foods in a to-go container or mason jar, and top it with a handful of walnuts and craisins for texture, and parmesan for some salty flavor. We make our lives even easier by drizzling Annie’s Green Garlic dressing on top.

This lunch keeps us sharp and satiated. There is no afternoon lull or 3pm hangries after eating this lunch!

Happy double dipping!

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Recipe – makes 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 -3 leaves kale, chopped and massaged in a drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/3 cup cooked rainbow quinoa
  • 3 oz. salmon
  • 1/4 cup roasted beets, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 handful craisins
  • 1 handful chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Annie’s Green Garlic dressing

Overnight Oats

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Happy Groundhog day! Are you hoping Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow so that you can bask in balmy 70 degree weather? Or are you hoping for a shadow and more snow days? Either way, we’ve got you babe with delicious, creamy, and quick over-night-oats!

Side note: please tell us you’ve seen Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. If you haven’t google “name of song that plays every morning in movie groundhog day” right now. The Sonny and Cher reference will make more sense and you’ll realize we’re not calling you babe.

Overnight oats are the perfect on-the-go breakfast for hectic mornings. It’s our go-to for days when we need to get into the office early. The concept has exploded in the blog world over the last year, so we thought we’d join in and share our favorite version.

We combine 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt with 1/3 cup oats, and stir the mixture together so that the oats become soft and creamy after being refrigerated over night. We top it all off with cinnamon, fresh berries, and a pool of almond butter. It’s a sweet, satisfying breakfast to ease the stress of chaotic mornings!

Happy double dipping!

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Overnight Oats – make ahead the night before and enjoy in the morning

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oats (steel cut or rolled)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup berries (frozen or fresh) – you could also substitute sliced bananas
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Method

  • In a container (or bowl, or mason jar) mix oats, greek yogurt, and cinnamon. The oats should be coated in the yogurt.
  • Mix in berries
  • Top with a dollop (or puddle) of almond butter
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of oats and a dash of cinnamon
  • Place in refrigerator overnight and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning

 

Recent Reads – January

You know that feeling when you’re so bundled up that you feel like you’re wearing one of those big sumo wrestling body suits and you can hardly move so you walk like the tin man? And because you’re so bundled you think that there is no possible way that you will ever be cold again? And then you actually walk outside and the brutal -35◦F wind chill slaps you in the face and your noise hairs freeze? Do you know what we’re talking about?

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This is Minnesota in January, friends. Which means all we really want to do right now is drink ho-cho (hot chocolate) and curl up on the couch and read some good books.

We started a book club a few months ago with friends and besides eating cheese, drinking vino and chatting about non-book-club-related topics, we have actually read some good books! Here are the recent reads:

 

  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: Told from the perspective of three different women, this book was so good that we stayed up way too late each night for a week because we needed to know how each woman’s story was going to end. Love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness. This is a page turner.

 

  • Where’d you Go, Bernadette by Mari Semple: We were laughing so hard while reading the story of 15-year-old Bee and her mom, Bernadette that we had to set the book down and wait for our eyes to stop tearing. The writing is clever and the characters are extremely entertaining.

Winter is hibernation season, so go read some good books! And make sure to double dip in some warm eats while curled up on the couch by the fire.