New Music Monday: August 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: August 2014 Playlist

I came across two truly spectacular artists recently. FKA twigs, a former video girl, delivered a knockout album in which she showcases her spellbinding voice amid sultry, R&B beats. Her song, “Two Weeks” is a must hear. The other discovery was an artist by the name of Liam Bailey. KCRW’s Anne Litt described Bailey as a soulful Brit with Jamaican roots, discovered by Amy Winehouse. The universal longing for a lost love he conveys through the simplicity and beauty of his vocals is mesmerizing. I was utterly floored the first time I heard the song “Stun Me.” Perhaps my extreme emotional reaction was the result of my post-yoga high as I drove home from class that morning, but I suggest you take a listen and see for yourself!   1) Two Weeks- FKA twigs 2) Every Other Freckle- alt-J 3) If I Go- Ella Eyre 4) Rapt- Karen O 5) Goldmine- Kimbra 6) Stun Me- Liam Bailey 7) Violent Shiver- Benjamin Booker 8) Video Girl- FKA twigs 9) Happy Idiot- TV On The Radio 10) Flashed Junk Mind- Milky Chance 11) Rainbow- Robert Plant 12) The Warpath- Connor Youngblood   Follow me on...
Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Pesto

Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Pesto

There are few things more delicious than the rich and savory, umami flavor of caramelized onions. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that making them requires some patience and a few basic rules to stick by. This pizza is the ideal recipe to perfect the art of caramelizing onions since they are the flavor focal point of the dish.   This recipe of mine came about from an intense craving for homemade pizza. The creamy goat cheese, smoky roasted tomatoes, fresh pesto, and sweet yet savory caramelized onions create an absolutely sublime flavor combination.     Making pesto from scratch with the help of a food processor is super simple! All you need is a few cups of fresh basil, a couple cloves of garlic, raw pine nuts, olive oil, and a hard cheese.     Ok, so here’s the trick to caramelizing onions- patience! If you want them to turn out just right, you’ll need to allow 30-40 minutes for them to slowly brown over the stove-top. More importantly, avoid using high heat throughout.     Prep Time: 1 hour Serves: 3-5 Ingredients: 2 Sweet Onions, sliced 1 lb, Pizza Dough (Whole Wheat) 2 cups, Cherry Tomatoes, roasted 4-5 ounces, Goat Cheese 2 cups, Fresh Basil 2 cloves, Garlic, minced 1/4 cup, Pine Nuts 1/2 cup, Parmesan Cheese 2/3 cup, Olive Oil 1/2 tspn, Butter 1 tspn, Raw Sugar Sea Salt, Red Chili Pepper Flakes, and Black Pepper to taste Balsamic glaze to drizzle Preparation: Preheat oven to 400F. Place the cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and...