Remember when I planted the arugula in our yard? I posted about it back in October. Well, it's growing like a weed (it sort of looks like a weed too).
Those of you who have been to Italy know that their rucola or rocket is super nutty, spicy and earthy.... umami to the core. Baby arugula that you find in the US just doesn't cut it. Well, what I've recently discovered in harvesting my own arugula is that the larger more mature leaves have the more pungent flavor. Takes me right back to the Amalfi Coast. Here's a salad of arugula, radishes, avocado, carrot and salami that we made. And a quick dijon dressing of olive oil, dijon, lemon juice, salt and pepper (I remember laughing at a coworker who made her own dressings, thinking "who makes their own salad dressings?" You do. That's who.)
Of course, the stems and centers of the larger leaves are a bit sinewy so you have to take those off and throw them back into the compost.
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JESSICA AHNERT DAVIS is founder of Nest Studio and The Nest Studio Blog. Jess manages a career as an interior and hardware designer, and, in her spare time, raises her three year old son Bryan, 9 month old Lucy, and her nearly-adult husband, Scott. Having grown up in both Hong Kong and Dallas and subsequently lived in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Jess draws from a wide range of design inspiration - if something creates drama, adds texture, feels local, provides quiet sophistication, and occasionally sparkles, it will likely be dear to her heart.
By day CORI MAGEE is a Designer, Art Director and Blog Manager for a trio of home furnishing companies. She also works as a freelance Graphic Designer when she's not contributing on design blogs or rambling on her own blog, Pretty Haute Mess. Cori currently lives in Los Angeles, though she is always in the process of convincing her husband to move to NYC and Sweden - one for the bagels and the other for the modern design scene. Visit Cori on her blog Pretty Haute Mess, where she writes about design + inspiration + random stuff, or for a dose of Cori on a daily basis, you can visit her on Twitter.
JAIME TOLLAS was born and now lives in San Francisco, where she and her husband are raising two crazy kids, an elementary-aged son and a preschooler daughter. They all inhabit a two-bedroom apartment in a high-rise in the Financial District, and spend a lot of time riding the elevator, building Legos, finding new monkey bars to tackle in hundreds of city playgrounds, and cruising the waterfront with the stroller, snagging samples from the Farmer's Market and searching for seals (which are everywhere) and sharks (which, mercifully, never materialize). When not chasing her kids, Jaime works as a non-profit fundraising strategist, and acts as chief content director for the online magazine postmodyrn which she co-founded in 2014. She chronicles the working-mama madness on her blog Less on the Floor, and indulges her serial stylin'-mama obsession here, at Nest Studio.
JESSICA BURNE DAVIS is the sales/marketing/operations/jack-of-all-trades for Nest Studio LLC. Born in New York, moved 7 times before the age 19, Jessica is now happily rooted in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. Her love for art and design began as a young girl building Barbie dream house additions using reclaimed materials. Always practical, Jessica then rented out the space to her pesky younger brother. In adult life, her career followed a similar path combining her degree in Finance with her passion for the arts as a Vice President in JPMorgan’s Private Bank Art Advisory group. Outside of work, Jessica can be found devouring a good book, working on home improvement projects, and practicing, unsuccessfully, to master a side crow in yoga.