Entertaining: St. Patrick’s Day Party

cwstpattysThursday morning I shared a few of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day entertaining tips with our friends at The CW’s Winging It! Buffalo Style. Seeing as St. Patty’s Day is more of a “going out” holiday, I kept things simple. We’re in Buffalo for the festivities and if you didn’t know, Buffalo has one of the largest parades in town. Naturally, everyone wakes up early throws on their green and heads to their first party of the day. These entertaining tips suffice for a little pre-parade action with a DIY photo booth, “Irish Gold” recipe and funky straws. View the segment here.

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A special thank you to our friends from Party HQ for the festive straws & DIY photo booth accessories!

cwstpattys2We partnered with Southern Comfort to create this delicious recipe, unlike your typical green concoction. Find the recipe here for the “Irish Gold,” also featured in the latest issue of Buffalo Magazine!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend!

Karina 

 

Entertaining: Irish Gold Cocktail

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{Photo c/o Michael Majewski for Buffalo Magazine}

“The Irish Gold”

2 parts Southern Comfort
2 parts ginger ale
Splash of orange juice
Orange twist garnish
Ice

Prep:
Using a shaker, pour your Southern Comfort and ginger ale first, top off with a splash of orange juice, pour and garnish with an orange twist.

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I’m so excited to share my St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, the “Irish Gold” as seen in my first entertaining column for Buffalo Magazine. Seeing as C & I have our own PR firm, it’s always a bit different when you see yourself publicized as opposed to a client. My next column releases March 25th, so stay tuned!

I wanted to change things up a bit, so instead of green beer, I came up with this gold recipe. A special thank you to Southern Comfort for sponsoring this delicious libation – Cheers!

Karina

Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

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Recently, I made dinner for the Team KC crew. The trick when choosing a recipe is deciding to make something using wine (Cooking with a wine that you’re drinking is something you should always do!). Of course I would levitate towards my favorite 20 minute recipe, shrimp scampi. My family has been eating shrimp scampi for as long as I can remember. It’s my go-to recipe for something bikini-friendly that the guys will still love. In fact, some of the guys were practically licking their plates!

What’s great about this recipe is its versatility. You can make it with brown rice, angel hair or flavored pasta. At a recent trip to Horsefeathers, on the West Side, I picked up a bag of garlic and parsley linguini from the Pasta Peddler. When serving this dish, if you have rice, you may prefer to portion out the rice and spoon on the shrimp and the rest of the goods. Or, if you’re serving it with pasta, keep the pasta in the pan that you cooked it in, and pour in your scampi when you’re all done. This will merge the flavors well, while allowing you to still portion the shrimp. Make sure to spoon on the yummy garlic flavor when you’re finished!

What You Need:

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of butter, cut into cubes

3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 quart grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 medium shallot, chopped

¼ cup dry, white wine , such as Sauvignon Blanc

1/2 cup chopped parsley

¼ teaspoon roasted red pepper flakes, optional

2 lemons, one cut in half and one cut into equal pieces for garnish

1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

12 oz package of pasta (I used garlic and parsley linguini from the Pasta Peddler)

Fresh baguette

How to Make it:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  2. On a skillet over medium, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Add the garlic and shallots, stirring continuously until translucent.
  4. Add ¾ of the tomatoes and crushed red pepper, and stir.
  5. Squeeze lemon halves over sauté pan, keeping out the seeds.
  6. Sauté the tomato mixture until stir until tomatoes are tender, about 3-4 minutes
  7. Add wine and reduce for 1 minute.
  8. Stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and shrimp.
  9. Cook until completely pink.
  10. Stir in parsley and serve.

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A few tips: Be sure not to over-cook the shrimp. They will turn bright pink when fully cooked. This is the lower-calorie version. By all means, substitute unsalted butter for the extra virgin olive oil. It will give you a rich buttery flavor you will not regret!

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did! Tweet me @lindsaygregg and let me know if you have any questions. Don’t forget to snap pics!

Happy Cooking!

-LG

PS, The shrimp was $10.99 a pound, and the pasta was 3 for $10. So, including the wine (depending how much you want to spend) expect to spend around $20-$25 for this dish!

Pinspiration: Office Space

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Exciting news! On Friday we signed the lease for our very first office in Buffalo, NY! The location is beyond perfect and the space, although small, is beautiful. We’re now in planning mode and looking for office space inspiration. Of course I lean towards sites like Pinterest and Apartment Therapy along with a few magazines like Elle Decor and House Beautiful.

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I’ve been a fan of the “Do More of What Makes You Happy” sign for quite sometime now. I absolutely plan to print out a mini version and frame on my desk.

I have a serious obsession with all things Lucite (especially since it’s the cheaper version of glass). I’ve also had a long lasting obsession with the ghost chair. The desk space on the right pretty much exemplifies my favorite style. The desk lamp adds the perfect touch.

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There’s something about this glass desk that makes me happy. Not having a color, you can change-up accessories to make the look different when you get bored with your current desk decor.

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I love the idea of an accent wall in a small space. One of our walls has a gorgeous over-sized fire-place, but if we had all 4 walls, I would absolutely try this idea.

Thankfully we have amazing shops in Buffalo like Room, Reimagine, OffBeat Emporium and more. Of course, we’ll look for help from places like Home Goods and Ikea!

Next up, the perfect Manhattan office space!

K & C

A Few Shots from CW’s Winging It! Buffalo Style’s LIVE Wedding

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{With our favorite host & producer, Matt and Allie of CW’s Winging It! Buffalo Style, post ceremony}

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{How adorable is this gift to the couple c/o Trinkets818}

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{Table details: A Southern Bucket custom buckets & table accessories from The Pink Orange}

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{After the 5am & all was said & done, sipping champs at 9am was dignified especially with these super cute straws c/o The Pink Orange}

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{Beautiful bridesmaids in Sorrelli jewels & Compliment rings}

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{An extra detail with a custom aisle runner c/o Certainly Chic. The couple plans to frame their monogram!}

Just sharing a few iPhone & Instagram shots from Friday’s LIVE wedding that aired on The CW’s Winging It! Buffalo Style. If you missed it, you can watch the segment online here! Stay tuned for pictures from the professional wedding photographer as well as a list of the amazing shops that worked closely with us to make this 2 weeks of planning super smooth.

K & C