Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Kristan Raines (of The Broken Bread) and I recently teamed up to create a few recipes infused with wildcrafted tea from Juniper Ridge. I’m so excited to be collaborating with this girl. She is incredibly talented, sweet as can be, and her recipes and food photography are hypnotizing. If you haven’t already checked out her work or followed her on Instagram, you must!

We each set out to create one dessert and one cocktail with our Juniper Ridge teas. Today we’re both sharing our desserts! I used the Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea to infuse date-sweetened heavy cream, then whipped it into a fluffy butter before finishing with a sprinkle of the dried tea. This isn’t a typical dessert in that it’s more of a dipping side to accompany anything that goes with sweet butter. My first instinct was to pair it with some tart apple slices. Divine! I love how the cream carries the fresh, earthy flavors of fir and spring tip so smoothly.

[Recipe at the bottom!]

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Keep an eye on our blogs tomorrow for the cocktail recipes (with video!), and check out The Broken Bread right now for Kristan’s delicious dessert: White Sage & Wild Mint Chocolate Mousse!

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter

1 cup heavy cream
2 Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea bags (Juniper Ridge) for steeping
1 Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea bag for sprinkling
2 Medjool dates, pitted

Bring the heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat.

Remove from heat and add the 2 tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and chill the cream for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

While the cream is chilling, finely chop the dates and press them with the back of a spoon to make a paste.

When the cream is done chilling, add the date paste and half the contents of the remaining tea bag and blend with a hand mixer until a butter forms, about 5 minutes. It will look a little chunky, but keep mixing until the mixture is stiff and has the consistency of a whipped butter.

Scoop butter into a small serving bowl, sprinkle with some of the leftover dried tea and use right away, or cover and refrigerate.

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

I’ve had to get creative with my coffee lately. I’ve done pretty well avoiding dairy ever since my Whole30 detox, probably because it wasn’t one of my main vices to begin with — but when I’m not in the mood for black coffee, I go straight for the half and half. I’ve tried substitutions like almond milk, and made bold efforts to convince myself that the flavor was similar enough…but it just plain wasn’t.

Now it’s confession time. I recently went on a trip to Virginia Beach with Dave, and where there’s an east coast beach, there’s a Wawa. There’s a lotta Wawa. Wawa is my favorite gas station stop in the entire universe to get quick, cheap, roasted-sometime-last-century, drip coffee. I love it. Their hazelnut is the best. I usually mix it with a little bit of their decaf, and (here it comes) a big ‘ol splash of their hazelnut flavored Wawa-brand coffee creamer. Oh my word, it’s so delicious. It’s amazing. It’s wonderful. Basically, I had it every night for the 4 nights we were there. Needless to say, when we got back home, the cravings were in full swing. That’s pretty much what inspired this here recipe. I was needing more than just the richness of dairy in my coffee, I needed sweetness too…and something a little extra like hazelnut or vanilla!

Well, I’m finally satisfied. This coconut milk-based, date-sweetened, fresh vanilla bean-infused creamer combined with my favorite FRESHLY-roasted beans from Fresh Ground Roasting puts my Wawa fantasies to shame. And that is saying a LOT! So I hope you try this, and I hope you love it. And for those of you sneaking a 16 oz. drip coffee from the local gas station at 11PM, I get it. Enjoy it, then go home, order some real beans and make this!

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco
Yields about 6 servings

1 (14 oz.) can of full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
the seeds and pods of 2 vanilla beans
2 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 pot of fresh coffee, about 16 oz. or more (I used Fresh Ground Roasting’s Papua New Guinea Madan Estate, and brewed in a Chemex. Learn how to use a Chemex here!)

Bring the coconut milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla seeds and pods. Cover and steep for 1 hour.

Strain the vanilla-infused coconut milk into a food processor (being sure that the bean pods are removed) and add the chopped dates. Process until smooth. The mixture will be flecked with bits of the date skin and vanilla bean seeds.

Add about 1/4 cup of the sweetened cream to each mug or glass, and top with hot coffee. Stir and serve!

The goodies I used in this post:

- Chemex from Fresh Ground Roasting
- Kobenstyle Butter Warmer (which I use as a mini sauce pan) from Amazon
- Tumblers from Anthropologie
(they don’t carry the white-rimmed ones anymore, but the silver-rimmed are adorable!!)

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Seeing Julie & Julia for the first time dug the well a little deeper, but the thing that pushed me over the edge into trip planning mode was moving to Lexington, Kentucky. It’s not a coincidence that two of the three “Lexington Love” posts I’ve done so far have been about French/European-inspired eateries. There’s an atmosphere and an old-world charm built into a French crafted experience that just can’t be matched. Dozens of restaurants in this city have phenomenal food, trendy interior design, friendly hosts and personality that instantly turns first-timers into regulars — but Le Deauville French Bistro at 199 North Limestone makes you believe you’re actually in France.

From the beautifully aged signage on the trademark green and yellow exterior, to old tile, exposed brick and ornate ceiling panels, you can feel the rich history of the building itself. In combination with truly authentic French food, open air seating during the warmer months and soft French music drifting out into the streets, it’s like being in an enchanted bubble that transports you to a quaint bistro in the heart of Paris. I’m a seriously lucky girl to be living in the apartment above this magical thing.

I can go on for hours about the captivating ambience of this place, but that’s only part of the allure. The food…it’s mind-blowing. I’ve dined here a dozen times, I always try something new and I’ve never been dissatisfied in the least. My first meal at Le Deauville was the Duck Leg Confit with Potatoes Lyonnaise and Baby Spinach in a Creamy Mustard Sauce. Everything was cooked to perfection. It set the bar high for my subsequent visits and every expectation has been met (or exceeded) consistently. I’ve also had the Poached Chicken with Creamy Truffle Sauce, Vegetable Stew and Mushroom Risotto, the Grilled Chilean Seabass with Braised Potato, Tomatoes Confit and Beurre Blanc, the Salmon Crusted with Herbs, Celery Purée, and Mixed Garden Vegetables with Tarragon Sauce, and a smattering of other mouth-watering menu offerings. In a nutshell, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order. Pair a glass of wine or a cocktail with your dinner, finish with an espresso and the Banana Mille Feuille and you’ll likely be inspired enough to finally learn French.

Now I’ll let the photos do the talking!

Marc Puil, owner of Le Deauville and our wonderful landlord!

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

The space.

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

The food.

Pan-Seared Scallops topped with Mango Salsa and Beet Risotto

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Duck Leg Confit with Potatoes Lyonnaise and Baby Spinach in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Port Wine Vinaigrette

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Escargot in Garlic Butter

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

French Onion Soup

The dessert.

Banana Mille Feuille, Decadent Chocolate Cake, Creme Brulee, Cappuccino and Espresso

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Le Deauville also serves All You Can Eat Crepes (both sweet & savory!) every Monday and All You Can Eat Mussels & Fries every Tuesday. I’ve had both and they are a MUST.

Follow Le Deauville on Facebook, Instagram, and check out their website here!

Have you eaten here before? What did you think? What was your favorite dish? If you’re going to be visiting Lexington anytime soon, definitely plan a meal here and be sure to leave a comment on this post sharing about your experience! I would also love to hear from people who have been to France! Does Le Deauville take you back? Let’s discuss!

And stay tuned for an upcoming post highlighting a special gathering sponsored by Le Deauville and other Lexington gems. SO excited to share this one with you guys!!

Ruche x tifforelie “Ruchette” Fashion Illustration Prints!

Ruche x tifforelie "Ruchette" Fashion Illustration Prints! - offbeat + inspired

I have really exciting news that I’ve been holding in for what feels like a decade! I’ll skip to the end because I’m too antsy to drag it out! The lovely team over at Ruche reached out to me a few months ago about creating a small series of exclusive “Ruchette” fashion illustrations that they could sell as prints in their online shop. Obviously I said yes and those prints are now for sale!! To celebrate, we’re doing an Instagram giveaway where you can win one of the prints! Entry is easy. Just read through the caption on this IG post! You can also check out my feature on the Ruche blog here!

Keep reading!

Lavender-Honey Iced Latte

Lavender-Honey Iced Latte - offbeat + inspired-7

I’m a little obsessed with making flavor infused simple syrups (as evidenced by the excessive number of my recipes that include them in some form). The flavor combinations are endless and, in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to add variety to drinks like iced tea, lemonade, cocktails and of course, coffee.

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Clean Eating | Spiced Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Clean Eating | Spiced Sweet Potato Oven Fries - offbeat + inspired

I’ve got a Whole30 update for you! It’s been a little over a month since I “started” the detox. I put that in quotes because I kinda sorta maybe cheated for the first week straight. Oops. But after that, I dove headfirst into it. I started cooking every night, stopped having frozen margaritas every time we went out for dinner (my weakness, especially at Pepe’s and Le Deauville…), and basically followed every rule I was aware of consistently for the last month. Here are my most notable results, 3 solid weeks in:

Fatigue – I had been having regular fatigue and a really hard time getting to sleep at night prior to W30, but now I have energy all day and I’m sleeping much better. I first noticed the change when I didn’t have my usual late-morning crash — the one after the coffee and breakfast wear off and all I want to do is crawl back into bed and pass out for 3 hours. There’s also much less tossing and turning at night which makes a world of difference.

Keep reading!

Clean Eating | Cantaloupe Gazpacho + Heirloom Tomato Relish

Clean Eating | Cantaloupe Gazpacho - offbeat + inspired-3

This summer has been a season of getting healthy. Sure, I’ve enjoyed my share of baked goods and decadent treats, but for the most part I’ve been trying to get my eating habits back on track. As Tiffany shared a couple weeks ago, we’ve both taken the Whole30 challenge, which has brought my idea of clean eating to a whole new level.

Keep reading!

Lemon-Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake

Lemon + Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake-3

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Luckily, many breakfast foods are basically cake. Ergo, the most important meal of the day is cake. Flawless logic, right? I’m not quite sure how muffins, pancakes and coffee cake made the cut when it came to deciding which foods were socially acceptable to eat first thing in the morning, but hey, I’m not arguing.

This Lemon-Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake has all the fixings of a decadent treat, but you can get away with enjoying it any time of day. It’s topped with buttery, sugary crumbles and has a layer of creamy and tart lemon curd. Fresh basil and lemon zest give it a bright pop of flavor that’s perfect for the summer months. It’s also made with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt, so you can feel even better about eating cake for breakfast.

Keep reading!

Cookbooking: Joy The Baker | Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread

Cookbooking: Joy The Baker | Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread - offbeat + inspired

For the longest time, I didn’t consider myself much of a baker – the idea of having to measure turned me off. I generally have more of a “let’s throw in a little of this and a little of that until it tastes good” mentality.

Enter Joy The Baker. Joy has been sharing her kitchen creations for a while, but I just started following her regularly several months ago (what the heck was I waiting for?). Her witty, endearing writing makes you feel like you’re chatting over a cup of coffee and a plate of Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes, while her recipes have the power to induce spontaneous salivation. Coffee Bacon Sandwiches will be happening very soon in my kitchen, and Dark Chocolate, Pistachio + Smoked Sea Salt Cookies inspired my own cupcake version.

Keep reading!

Clean Eating | GF Spiced Sweet Potato Baked Donuts

Clean Eating | GF Spiced Sweet Potato Baked Donuts - offbeat + inspired

I’ve been Whole30-ing for the last week now, and I’m currently straddling the line between “what was I thinking” and “I can’t believe how obscenely necessary this was”. I’m smack-dab in the middle of the hangry phase, as detailed in the official Whole30 Timeline, and a new beast has recently reared its ugly head. The giant brownie hallucination. They don’t talk about this particular monster in the W30 description, but it’s very, very real. I’m restricted from having wheat, grains, legumes (including peanuts), added sugars (including agave and honey), all dairy and any kind of baked dessert (even if it’s made with W30-compliant ingredients!). This leaves that giant, wonderful, horrifying brownie as an amalgam of absolutely everything I’m not allowed to eat right now — which is probably why it’s attacking me in my sleep.

Keep reading!