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Today we are having our holiday luncheon at work. We were all asked to contribute and I made my famous chicken pesto pasta. I hope the work family enjoys it! Happy Friday and happy eating y’all.

Xoxo,
Jared Johnson

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Chicken Pesto Pasta

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Food

SnackTime!

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The world of food blogging can be quite pretentious at times. As a blogger, you always feel the need to eat at the best restaurants, take the perfect mouth-watering shots, and seem like your food choices are always refined. Today is not one of those days. I’m sitting alone in a mall food court. Terrible holiday music is playing. And my meal is probably a bazillion calories. This entire situation would seem unworthy of any respectable blog. But yet here I am typing this post.

It’s quite refreshing to ditch the “fabulous”  blogging veil and share a real meal. None of my other food posts are fake but I don’t eat at cute downtown restaurants all the time. Sometimes I like to low brow it and get Chinese takeout from a nearby food court. The service is quick, the servers are friendly, and the food is always delicious. What more could a food lover want?

The next food post will definitely be classier -but for now- I’m reveling in this honest display of eating. Food always has a way of reflecting my true self. Sometimes I’m classy but sometimes I’m trashy…and I love it!

Happy Eating Y’all.

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Xoxo,
Jared Johnson

Food

Alone & In A Food Court.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and my favorite! I opted for a vegetarian spread. It was difficult because I’m southern and we southerners love our PORK. Ha!

Oatmeal with protein, sweet potatoe baked in coconut oil, and cherry juice were my picks. Simple? Yes. But one of the most nutricious and tasty breakfasts I’ve had in awhile.

Happy Saturday!
XOXO,
Jared

Food

The Most Important Meal of The Day!

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Easter is this coming Sunday and Christians (including me) are super excited to celebrate. I can’t wait to go home and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. The best part about any holiday is the food and typical Easter dinners consist of various soul food dishes. Soul food is always great but I want to mix it up this year. Jesus was Jewish. So…in honor of his heritage and the strong ties between Christianity and Judaism, I think we all could enhance our meals by adding a Jewish dish to the table.

Meatballs are universal but instead of beef and pork…let’s make lamb meatballs. Below I will share a recipe I found on Food Network. Don’t judge me…I am all about diversity but kosher and Jewish dishes are not my forte. But I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love when I can mix my dinner table up and be more inclusive of all types of cuisines. Happy Easter Y’all! XOXO

Ingredients
1 pound ground lamb
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons semolina
1 egg
Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

Put the lamb into a bowl and add the scallions. Sprinkle over the spices, salt, and semolina, and then beat the egg adding to the bowl. Work everything together thoroughly with your hands, and then cover with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and scoop out a scant teaspoon of the mixture. Roll in your hands to form the meatball and place on the lined baking sheet. Have a bowl of cold water beside you to dampen your hands with; this helps them not get too sticky for rolling the meatballs.

When you are ready to cook them, heat about 1/2-inch of oil in a frying pan. Line another baking sheet with kitchen towel, and when the oil is hot, fry the meatballs in batches without overcrowding the pan. Cook them for about a minute a side, or until golden brown all over.

Recipe courtesy Nigella Lawson

Food

Christians Aren’t The Only Ones Who Can Cook!

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Fashion, Life

The Perfect Desk Needs The Perfect Chair!

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The other week while antique furniture shopping in Charlotte, I came across the most perfect mid-century designed chair. Today I went back to get the chair and couldn’t be happier. I just love that feeling you get when you complete a look… The rust orange color works so well with the teal shade of my desk. 

It isn’t all about the new and the latest. When it comes to clothes, interior design, or life…sometimes you have to dig in the past to find that perfect treasure.

XOXO,

Jared

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Don’t settle for a plain desk. Liven it up with flowers, pictures, and a few of your favorite items. The desktop should be a reflection of you and your personality. How did I do?

XOXO,
Jared

Fashion, Life

Mission Accomplished!

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