as another friday rolls around, we are closing the week with a delicious appetizer and a cocktail in honor of oscar called the old pal. as casual fridays go, my outfit today defines weekend lounging. on these hot august days, comfort is key so i have oh-so-comfy jean shorts and a light and loose sweater – which is perfect for staying comfortable in the air conditioning.
it’s no secret that my favorite color is pink. and i am loving hot pink this summer. it’s such a bright color pop that it’s impossible not to feel bright and cheerful when wearing this hot hue. pairing this color with white is an easy choice. the brightness of both white and hot pink make it an easy combination. plus white is a neutral that is going to brighten up any outfit.
like my outfit, we have a colorful appetizer today: mini red, orange and yellow peppers stuffed with artichoke spinach dip. a little bread crumbs or panko sprinkled on top and baked to perfection. making the spinach artichoke dip from scratch adds a few more steps, but so worth it. you can use store-bought dip if you like, i am sure the results would be delicious.
preheat oven to 350 degrees
defrost spinach and squeeze out as much water as possible
combine all ingredients besides the mini peppers in a large bowl. stir well and season with salt and pepper to taste
halve the mini peppers and fill each half with the dip
sprinkle with more grated pecorino and bread crumbs
bake for about 15 minutes, or until dip is bubbly and tops are golden
this cocktail seemed appropriate for fridays with oscar. oscar is definitely a loyal pal, by my side through thick and thin. an old pal is typically made with rye whisky and is very similar to a negroni, but with dry vermouth instead of sweet. we are using bourbon for our old pal today.
add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and stir until well chilled
strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist
my old pal oscar, showing off his pearly whites! say cheese, oscar!
well ladies, we’ve come to the end of another week. stay tuned to the blog for all the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goodies. to keep up with all of the NSale picks and posts, you can easily access all of my NSale content by clicking the convenient tab in my menu bar labelled NSale. as summer begins its wind-down, i hope you’re all able to get outside and enjoy the last weeks of summer. until next week, oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a lovely weekend!
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 47, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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