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Easy, Clean, Healthy Recipe: Hearty Italian White Bean and Basil Soup

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Be honest — you’re feeling the effects of all those holiday food comas right now, aren’t you? We sure are — which is why clean and healthy eating sits at the top of our New Year’s resolution list for 2015.

But cooking and eating healthy isn’t always as easy as we’d like — or so we thought, until we came across the incredibly simple 8-ingredient recipes by Brandi Doming at The Vegan 8.

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Each recipe uses only 8 ingredients (with the exception of water and salt) that can be found in any grocery store. They’re easy, hearty, and delicious. This white bean tomato basil soup looks like just the right way to ease us off our holiday sugar rush — it’s filling, and takes minimal prep and cook time. Plus, we love how Brandi served it in our Vintage Wood Bowls with our Paros Chargers, Belgian Linen Hemstitch Napkins and Great White Dinnerware. It looks gorgeous!

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Hearty Italian White Bean and Basil Soup
4-5 servings

“This soup is full of Italian herbs and fresh basil and is super hearty thanks to protein-rich white beans and filling brown rice,” Brandi says. “This soup is extremely healthy and low-fat, yet it is so filling thanks to the protein and carb content. No need to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. This will have your house smelling absolutely amazing too!”

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Ingredients

Rice:
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth (240 mL)
1/2 cup dry long grain brown rice (72 g)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Soup:
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth (1440 mL)
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (160 g, you will need 1 cup)
4 large garlic cloves, minced (you will need a heaping tablespoon)
2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper (I added 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Note: Brandi used an Italian spice blend that you can find at any grocery store — a combo of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, fennel, sage and marjoram. Some versions have red pepper, so  would avoid those as it could make the soup really spicy.

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Instructions:
In a medium pot, prepare the rice first by bringing 1 cup broth to a boil and then add the rice, salt and stir and immediately turn to the lowest heat setting and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until all the broth is evaporated. Return the lid and let it sit covered 10 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, chop your vegetables. Add the 6 cups broth to a large pot with only the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili powder. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium-high and cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Now add the tomatoes, cover and cook on medium-low for another 10 minutes.

Lastly, add the drained beans, fresh basil and cooked rice. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, let it cook on high for 5-10 more mins until heated through. Taste and add any additional spices if necessary, I didn’t add anymore. Serve immediately and garnish with more fresh basil, if desired.

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Get a recipe print out for this yummy white bean and tomato soup plus more of Brandi’s delicious cooking tips on her blog, The Vegan 8.

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2015? 2014 flew by — it was a lot of fun, but we’re already looking forward to everything that 2015 has in store for us. 

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We love spending the first day of the new year looking back — so today, we’re sharing our top viewed posts from the past year. From glittery champagne bottles to gallery wall how-tos — we loved sharing all of our dreams, DIYs and design tips with you this year!

Top New Year's Posts from Pottery Barn

1. DIY Glitter Champagne Bottles for Awards Night
2. 6 Ways to Set Up a Gallery Wall
3. Behind the Design: Our Cambria Collection
4. 5 Dream Thanksgiving Table Decorating Tips from Camp Makery
5. Hello, Color! Sherwin-Williams’ Top Paint Picks for Fall
6. Say Hello to Our Performance Fabric Collection
7. Love Where You Live: Q&A with Kate Riley of Centsational Girl
8. Bring Spring Into Your Home with These Flower Arranging Tips
9. Guest Post: Picking a Color Palette For Your Home
10. 10 Decorating and Design Ideas from Pottery Barn’s Fall Catalog

#PBwithaTwist: 9 of Our Favorite New Year’s Eve Cocktails

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New Year’s Eve means one of two things in our book — either cozying up in front of the fire with flannel pajamas, or hitting the town in all things sparkly. No matter what your plans entail, we’ve collected 9 New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes from some of our favorite bloggers (all served in our fabulous glassware) for you to toast to 2015!

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1. Classy Girls Wear Pearls: Snowman Spa and Bourbon Brunch
2. Sequins and Things: The Poinsettia

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3. M Loves M: Holiday Manhattan and Spicy Hot Chocolate
4. Gal Meets Glam: Apple Cider Bourbon
5. Stephanie Sterjovski: The French Blonde

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6. With Love from Kat: Cranberry Martini and Manhattan
7. Sacramento Street: Cranberry Fizz Mocktail

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8. Jojotastic: Casual Holiday Entertaining Tips
9. Dallas Wardrobe: Skinny Margarita Recipe

Favorite Holiday Tips, Tricks and Treats from the Pottery Barn Family

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Happy Holidays from the Pottery Barn family! We’re getting ready for Christmas (tomorrow — can you believe it?) with a roundup of our favorite holiday tips, tricks and treats from Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen and Pottery Barn. From Christmas morning cranberry bread, to some seriously cute holiday DIYs to one super adorable kids party — we have everything you could possibly need to make your Christmas even more incredible.

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1. Christmas Morning Cranberry Bread/ 2. 3 Festive Peppermint Recipes/ 3. DIY Sparkly Gift Toppers/ 4. DIY Confetti Dipped Ornaments/ 5. DIY: Fresh Flower Arrangements from Tulipina/ 6. The Sweetest Baby Friendly Christmas Celebration/ 7. The Sweetest Little Christmas Giveaway/ 8. DIY Boho Holiday Garland/ 9. The Cutest Cookie Party Ever

 

“Bestover” Salted Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie Parfait (Pie-fait) Recipe from Two of a Kind

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Written for Inside & Out by Allison Strickland of Two of a Kind

Instead of fighting over that last piece or two of holiday pie, stretch it and make pie-faits! It’s a must if you love what my dad calls “the good stuff” (aka whipped cream). To make this no muss, no fuss recipe, simply layer lightly sweetened and spiked whipped cream with chunks of leftover fruit or nut pie. Et voilà, you’ve transformed one lonely serving into dessert for four. Now grab some spoons and dig in!

Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie-Fait

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Makes 4 generous servings

INGREDIENTS
Cream filling:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Leftover salted bourbon caramel apple pie
Leftover salted bourbon caramel sauce

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INSTRUCTIONS

Make the cream filling:
In a large bowl, beat heavy cream on high speed. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar, bourbon and vanilla extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
Fold in the yogurt and refrigerate until ready to assemble pie-faits.

Assemble the pie-faits:
Roughly chop 2-3 slices of pie into bite-size chunks.
Spoon about 3 tablespoons of cream filling in the bottom of four goblets. Place a layer of pie chunks over the cream filling. Repeat 2 more times, ending with just a few pie chunks placed on top.
Drizzle pie-faits with salted bourbon caramel sauce. Chill until ready to serve.

Christmas Morning Cranberry Bread from Jonathan Stiers

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Searching for the perfect Christmas morning breakfast? Look no further than this delicious and delectable Cranberry Swirl Bread recipe from the talented Jonathan Stiers.

With a little experimenting, Stiers whipped up this magical combination of sweet and tart — perfectly refreshing with a big cup of cocoa, hot coffee or cider while opening stockings on Christmas morning.

Read on to get the full recipe!

INGREDIENTS: 
Bread
1/3 cup sugar
1 package (1/4 ounce) active-dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter

Cranberry Filling
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Powdered sugar for dusting

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DIRECTIONS
In a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough attatchment, mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of the flour (you’ll use the other 2 1/2 cups later). If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can simply use a large bowl and mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of flour, together.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the water, milk and butter, until butter is melted. Let cool until mixture is lukewarm.

Once cooled, add the liquid to dry ingredients in stand mixer and mix on speed 1.

Stir in flour, one cup at a time, until a smooth dough is formed, increasing the speed to 2.

Mix until dough comes together in a clean ball. Shape dough into a smooth ball, transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow to rise for one hour or doubled in size, usually around 1 hour. (Baker’s note: If you’re dough is too sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at a time. If it’s too dry, add a little olive oil)

While you’re waiting on your bread to rise, combine cranberries, brown sugar, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Make sure and cover slightly as your cranberries will start to burst!

Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice; cool.

Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface.

Roll in to a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread the cranberry sauce out to 1/2-inch from edges. Starting at one of the shorter sides, tightly roll up dough, pinching edges as you go. With the seam facing down, use a sharp knife and carefully slice completely through the dough, lengthwise down the center, end to end.

Braid dough then carefully transfer to a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. It helped to have a second set of hands on this part!

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Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh cranberries (optional), for a pop of color!

 

#PBwithaTwist: Gal Meets Glam’s Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

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Even for the girliest girl, it’s easy to have a more masculine style around the holidays. Plaid, leather, and even fur has a rustic and cozy vibe that everyone loves to embrace. We love how Julia of Gal Meets Glam did just that in her #PBwithaTwist moment.

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Inspired by our Library Barware and Blake Plaid Cocktail Napkins, Julia put together one delicious Apple Bourbon Cocktail for her family’s domino night. Too cute!

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Take a look at her full post here to get the recipe.