March 7, 2017 |

Doughnuts with Pure Growth Organic

We have made some big changes to our diets over the last year that have made a big impact on our bodies, skin, and even how we sleep. We cut out beef and pork, and put a larger emphasis on veggies and fish while using organic ingredients when cooking at home. Phoenix has some amazing restaurants that are vegan and vegetarian friendly, and although we eat chicken and fish, these places have become some of our favorites because of their fresh and organic ingredients. One of our favorites is The Coronado and on top of their incredible potato and cauliflower tacos, they make the best pastries! We’re definitely snackers around here, so when our families heard about the changes we made to our diets they were a little shocked. Haha. We took a stab at baking our own doughnuts at home with some fun toppings from Pure Growth Organic recently, and we’re embarrassed to admit they were gone in two days! Read on for the recipe and more about some of our favorite organic snacks. READ MORE

March 21, 2016 |

Easy Pinterest Recipes for Dinner

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image via Kinfolk

Scouring pinterest for recipes is one of our favorite uses for the website.  Sure, we add outfit inspiration and dreamy pictures of vacations, but 9 times out of 10 the reason we go back and look at our pins is for a recipe we had saved. Everything on there looks so delicious, but there are definitely some recipes that haven’t turned out quite right. 😉 Working from home has been a blessing, but it’s also been way too easy to get carried away on a project and then before we know it, it’s dinner time and we’re rushing to put a meal together.  We’re all about easy meals that taste good and are healthy, so we thought we’d share some dishes we’ve been loving lately, that are pretty quick to whip up during the week.

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This has been one of our favorites! It’s so easy and tasty, with wheat pasta, lemon shrimp, and a ton of veggies. We followed the recipe exactly and had some leftovers for lunch the next day, which is always a plus!

We’re still dreaming about these potatoes.  We used the recipe linked above as a framework, but switched a few things up.  We used two large sweet potatoes, and cut them the morning of, because slicing them does take a bit of time. Instead of arranging them vertically, we stacked and overlapped them on top of one another.  Still came out crispy and delicious, and I think this way saved us a bit of time — baking for only 45mins – 1 hour vs. 1 1/4 hours.

This is such a versatile recipe and something that can definitely be made ahead of time for the week.  We’ve also done this as a side dish with fish or chicken.

One pan meals are some of our favorites — easy and super flavorful. Finishing this off in the oven for some crispiness is the icing on the cake. We’ve made this one quite a few times already.

Was perfect for two large portions — probably could have saved some for leftovers but it was so tasty! We ate this plated over some basmati rice.

With or without the fried egg, you won’t be disappointed! 😉

Follow along with us on pinterest for more recipes and share some of your favorites below with us!
Happy Monday!

July 28, 2015 |

Our Favorite Cookbooks

New Darlings - Favorite CookbooksPhoto details: Kinfolk cookbook, Amelia Mancini tea towel

We both come from families who love to cook.  With Cuban and Sicilian heritage, a lot of our family gatherings revolve around food.  Since being married, we have both taken recipes that have been passed down to us and incorporated them into our weekly dinner routines. Every now and then, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new from a cookbook.  For us, dinner is always a special time where we can “unplug” from social media, television, and stressors of the day.  With daily schedules that change often, it’s not always easy to find the time to cook a healthy meal, but it’s definitely something we try to make a priority.  Here are some of our favorite cookbooks that can be found on our shelves and in our cupboards.

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July 16, 2015 |

Brunch at St. Francis

New Darlings - J.Crew - MadewellNew Darlings - J.Crew - MadewellNew Darlings - St. FrancisNew Darlings - St. FrancisNew Darlings - St. FrancisSt. Francis Restaurant St. Francis RestaurantNew Darlings - Madewell SunglassesNew Darlings - St.FrancisOn Sunday we met up with our friends, Cheyanne and Diamond for brunch at St. Francis.  Our list of favorite local spots in Phoenix, just keeps growing! It was our first time visiting St. Francis, but the restaurant is owned by Chef Aaron Chamberlin, who also owns Phoenix Public Market (which we’re big fans of), so we knew we were in for a treat!

Usually Sundays are our days to “get everything done”…run our errands, do laundry, and get things in order for the week ahead.  So, it was refreshing to catch up with friends over some tasty, local food in a beautiful space.  The restaurant was built in 1955 by architect Harold Ekman, and later transformed by Wendell Burnette.  We loved the mix of old charm and modern accents; just think exposed brick and lots of natural light shining in while you enjoy a spread of flatbreads, fingerling potatoes, and an array of eggs cooked three different ways.  We were definitely indulging, but I guess that’s what the weekends are for, right?! 😉

Thank you so much to Chef Aaron Chamberlin for the warm hospitality and amazing brunch. We’re already thinking about our next visit!

His: J.Crew button down (similar), jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Muk-Luks, bag c/o ONA Bags
Hers: Madewell tank, tote, sunglasses (similar) and necklace, jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Quipid

Photos by: Cheyanne Paredes, with a few of own mixed in.

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