When I renovated my entire kitchen, I had to empty every single cabinet. This quickly turned into a giant purge and I ended up tossing lots of kitchen tools and appliances that were 10 years old and screamed college years. You know what I’m talking about, that $10 coffee maker, those plastic, melted spatulas that didn’t survive late Friday night cooking sessions. It was time to upgrade a few things like awful plastic cooking utensils to mismatched dish towels. Other items that got the boot were my nasty toaster that had seen hundreds of pieces of bread, a beat up blender and said $10 plastic coffee maker. Needless to say it was long overdue and felt really good to get rid of lots of kitchen clutter I no longer used or needed to be upgraded.
I’m excited today to be partnering with Crux which is a brand new line exclusively sold at Macy’s. Pieces are not only beautiful (like these super modern copper details which may be my favorite part) but they’re functional, affordable and look great in my kitchen if I do say so myself. I love that the coffee maker has a timer on it as well which makes it super easy to set my coffee for the morning, or even better, when I’m hosting a big brunch with friends, it’s one less thing to think about and makes 10 hot cups of coffee.
To break in my new pieces, I’m sharing my favorite avocado toast recipe and it’s super simple. I had my first avocado toast experience in Los Angeles almost two years ago when I was out there for a work trip. We stayed at the Ace Hotel in the garment district and we all ordered our own avocado toast. One bite and I was hooked. I’ve been making it at home ever since because Atlanta doesn’t have a ton of avocado toast options. And to be honest, mine rules. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee and even add a poached egg on top for a truly hearty brunch dish.
Start by toasting your bread (I usually do sourdough but using a five grain today), mash up one avocado along with the juice of half a lemon, few dashes of salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Smear it all on your toast and top with fun things like sliced radishes, smoked salmon or a fried egg! It also makes for a great mid afternoon snack that won’t weigh you down and looking for a nap. It’s become one of my favorite easy dishes to whip up.
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Photos by JNelly
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