Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Southern Food & Cuffed Jeans

Cuffed Jeans

Last spring, I discovered cuffing my boyfriend jeans and I wore them this way well into summer until it was simply insane to wear jeans at all, whether they were cuffed or not!

T-shirt: Target ($10, here)
Jeans: American Eagle ($30, here)
Wedges: Cato (Gift, similar here and here )
Belt: Target ($4)

Well, I am happy to say that I'm at it again. I know, it's one of those things you either love or you hate... there's really no middle ground.

Bracelets: Kohls & Bealls
Necklace: Target
Turquoise & Silver Ring: c/o Blue Vanilla

And I've got to say, I love it!

So, how about you?  Are you a cuffer?

Tasty Tuesday - Some good old fashioned southern Red Beans & Rice

When I was browsing parents.com a while back, I stumbled across a feature of Slow Cooker Meals. Well, when I see something that can be cooked in a slow cooker, I perk up. I mean, anything that will make it easier for me to get dinner on the table after I get home from work, is a winner to me! So, I pinned a recipe for red beans and rice. And because you can't get to the recipe unless you have a parents.com account, I'll share it with you. =)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (I used Tony Chachere's)
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 pound dried red kidney beans, rinsed and picked over
1 large chicken bouillon cube (I used 1 teaspoon of granules)
3 cups water
1/2 pound smoked sausage, sliced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups cooked brown rice

1. Heat oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and celery to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
2. Scrape contents of skilllet into slow cooker and add Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, beans, bouillon cube and water. Cook for 3-1/2 hours on HIGH or 5 hours on LOW or until beans are soft and liquid has thickened.
3. Stir in sausage and black pepper. Cook an additional 15 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaves and serve over rice.

After making this dish, I learned a few secrets from some experienced chefs in my family.  You can pull out about a cup of the beans before you serve it and blend them. Then mix them back in to give the red beans a more creamy texture.  You can also substitute a ham bone for the sausage to cut back on the fat.

I hope you'll try this Southern dish and let me know how you like it!

I'm linking up today with Monday Mingle!


Simply Sarah said...

LOVE those shoes!!!!


Lindsay said...

ahhh, we're twins today! i'm sportin' my cuffed jeans too. i'm definitely a "cuffer", that's what happens when you've just broke the 5 foot mark :)
happy tuesday!

Kori Donahue said...

Love the colors. I wear mine all summer too! I hope you have a fabulous day...if you get a chance enter my giveaway. I'm partnering up with Margarita Bloom! Kori xoxo


thecoffeehouse said...

i am totally a lover of the cuffed jeans! i do the same thing and wear them as long as i possibly can. shorts are ok, but if i can get away with pants, i'm there.

rlutz said...

I love the way you always style your cuffed jeans...they are definitely my weekend staple until it gets too warm! Love all your jewelry today!!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love all the color and yes, I'm a cuffer! Thanks so much for sharing on Monday Mingle.

Andie said...

you are so cute! You can also use turkey sausage instead of a hambone to save calories.

I won't lie, I use Blue Runners for my red beans & rice now instead of cooking them myself!

Bravoe Runway said...

This is a great look Tiff. The yellow shoes are so much fun and dinner...looks amazing!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

i feel like a boy in boyfriend jeans. but you rock them out!!!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I love cuffing my jeans as well! I especially love cuffing them to show off some spectacular shoes. Cute outfit Tiffany! Lots of bold fun color.


Anne said...

Love your outfit! The food looks delicious too:)

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

i love these shoes!

Annie said...

I love cuffing my bf jeans too! So cute, love the bright pink with those yellow shoes :)

The Other Side of Gray

Fashion By Alicia said...

Great colors! I love cuffing bf cut jeans!

TheTinyHeart said...

Your boyfriend jeans look so cute cuffed! I'm not usually a cuffer (doing anything to make my already short legs shorter is not good) but I love them on you!

The Tiny Heart

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Let's talk about those cuuuuuuuuute yellow shoes! And my hubs LOVES red beans and rice!

TaraMixandMatch said...

Pink and yellow and turquoise...so cute!

CC said...

Love the outfit and the cuffed jeans are super cute!
I wanted to let you know that I am passing on a Liebster Award for your adorable Blog. Come on by and check it out!

Jaclyn said...

i. love. cuffed. jeans! you look darling!

Taylor said...

Cuffed jeans (and pants!) for the win! I can't stop doing it; I have a problem. I love pink + turquoise + yellow! It's such a happy trio of colors.

Anonymous said...

I am jealous of this outfit. (Is it OK to have fashion envy?) I feel like I can never pull off boyfriend jeans, and you look so darn perfect in them. Plus, I still want your shoes. Dude, I sound really winy today.

Dossome :)


Anonymous said...

You look amazing! The colors in this outfit are so pretty! And those shoes *sigh* I need me a pair like that :)


the domestic fringe said...

I like the cuffs. I did this to a pair of my own, but mine were on accident. I wanted to wear flip-flops and needed my jeans to be slightly shorter, so I hand my husband a pair of scissors and told him to cut a little around the bottom of my jeans. Oh, my. Big, HUGE mistake. I had no choice but to cuff. I guess it all worked out in the end, just differently than I had planned.

LOVE your shoes.

Lynne DeVenny said...

I'ma cuffer. But I have to be since I don't own any shorts :P

You look adorable; love the turquoise, hot pink, and yellow in this outfit.

silvergirl said...

i like the cuff and Red Beans and Rice is one of my fav dishes, in fact if it is cool again tomorrow, i think i will make it for dinner

Samantha said...

Your jeans are so cute that way - perfect for showing off those fun shoes!! :) And yummy for red beans and rice - so good!

xo, sam

Keely said...

Love this! The bright colors are so great!

I'm a cuffer, but not a BF jean wearer. I cuff my skinnies almost daily. I can't seem to pull off the BF jean. Not sure what it is. I do love the look though.

Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

great pops of color, tiffany! i'd like to try this amazing recipe. :)

have a fab day!!


Laura Go said...

oh em gee those red beans and rice look AMAZING! And I really love cuffing my baggier jeans, too! You look so cute in pink! :)

♥ laura
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Tinfoil Tiaras said...

Mmmm beans and rice- adding this to my recipe list (with soy sausage) for a quick meal! I love the cuffed jeans/pants as well, makes the outfit more casual and fun!

Jill said...

Great colors and wow I LOVE those sandals!

Object of Maya*ffection said...

LOVE the outfit! Very cute! The sandals are awesome!