Tuesday
Apr222014

Organic Farming with KK



Happy Earth Day and greetings from St. Barts! I recently spent some quality time working on an organic farm for the first time in my life.  It was such a beautiful experience to learn some farming basics. My local farmer gave me a tour of one of the most gorgeous farms I've ever seen (I have yet to visit more farms). We planted lettuce seeds, tended to basil, mint, tomatoes, you name it. It's extremely gratifying to work on a farm and enjoy a dish with ingredients directly from that farm.
A Few Farming  Tips:

1. Lettuce is one of the easiest plants to grow, it only takes about 5 weeks from the time you plant the seeds. 

2. When growing basil, you want to cut off the sections that start to grow flowers, my farmer calls them "suckers." Cut off them "suckers!"

3. Use Neem oil to prevent garden pests. 

One of my goals is to grow a green thumb so I can start building my own organic micro garden. I didn't realize that farming could be so peaceful, you really feel connected to nature when you are nurturing it with love.

Find out what's happening in your region of the world on Green Cities events. It's all about learning what our cities can do to become more sustainable and how your can get involved. 


Photo Credit: Orlando Fernandez

Happy Earth Day, share the love! 

Xoxo, KK

Saturday
Apr192014

Poolside Smoothie and Granola from Scratch!

Happy Easter weekend! I'm having a blast creating poolside dishes since it's starting to feel like Summer. It's a fun treat for entertaining your friends and family during Passover and Easter! You know you have to jump in the pool like I did in the video to get the maximum pleasure out of this smoothie!  
Poolside Smoothie Recipe:
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of blueberries
2 tablespoons of almond butter
1 cup of almond milk2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
 Topping:
Homemade granola * (see video below for the recipe)
Fresh Rosemary
Directions:
1. Using a blender like Vitamix, blend the smoothie ingredients together.

2. Once it's fully blended, pour into a mason jar and top it off with homemade granola and rosemary. 





Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe:

1 cup of oats (or substitute with spelt, gluten free oats, etc)
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup pepitas
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup coconut nectar
1/4 cup yacon syrup
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Optional: Add one cup of hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds once granola has cooled off from being in the oven.

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with  parchment paper. Pour 1 cup of hazelnuts over the parchment paper. Put in over for about 10 minutes. Test one hazelnut to make sure it's roasted enough.

2. Why hazelnuts are roasting, get a large bowl, combine oats, shredded coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut  sugar, cinnamon, and himalayan salt. Mix dry ingredients with your hands.

3. Add coconut nectar, yacon syrup, and coconut oil. Using your hands, mix until dry ingredients are well-coated.2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine oats, shredded coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut  sugar, cinnamon, and himalayan salt. Mix dry ingredients with your hands.

4. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is slightly golden, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely.

5. Add roasted hazelnuts, hemp seeds and chia seeds to the granola. Store in a glass air-tight container for up to 1 month.  I'm sure they will be gone within a week!

Enjoy and Happy Easter! Xoxo,
KK   :)

Thursday
Apr102014

Sherri Saum's Baby Shower! #tbt

Photo Credit: Xochi Blymyer 
Recently my friend Sherri Saum celebrated her baby shower with her family, closest friends and some co-stars and crew from "The Fosters" family. 

I was warmly greeted at the bottom of the driveway with a golf cart driver who escorted my up the hill to her shower! Upon arrival, I was offered cucumber infused water, and healthy treats. 

It's still hard to believe that Sherri is having twin boys; she's so tiny! I was amazed that she was rocking high heels and so gracefully. No prego waddle walks here! It's all about living a healthy lifestyle; she eats really healthy and still works out to maintain her form. 

“This was an amazing day with friends and family. These boys are going to be surrounded by love!”
 -Sherri Saum (ABC News).

There were about 35 guests who attended like Teri Polo, who plays Sherri’s wife on "The Fosters." Sherri’s co-stars Maia Mitchell and Madisen Beaty were also there to celebrate, as well as Saum’s former “One Life to Live” co-star and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress Melissa Fumero.

She offered treats for us to take home consisting of mini baby bottles filled with blue and green jelly bellies and Michelle Haute Chocolate bars.

I'm so excited for her and can't wait to babysit! :-)

Photo Credit: Anamaria Brandt 


I love the styling and cute messages around her garden.

With friends Karen, Malek and Hannah.

Photo Credit: Lois Saum.


Tuesday
Apr082014

20 Fun Facts About KK

Photo Credit: Orlando Fernandez
Did YOU know:

1. I had a Top-Secret Security Clearance. If I tell you how I obtained it, I'll have to kill...

2. I've been in the Pentagon a dozen times as a Special Investigator. I was an investigator for ICE, CBP and OPM.

3. My favorite books growing up were the Nancy Drew mysteries.

4. I used to be a total tomboy, having a blast playing with my brother and his toys in our sand castle. We competed on who could catch the most frogs in our pond.

5. In middle school I was a major Prankster! I would write love letters to the mean boys telling them to meet a mystery girl at a location after school, etc.

6. Was voted "Biggest Flirt" in High School. Oh la la!

7. Favorite vacation spot growing up was Laguna Beach, CA. 

8. Directed and Produced a local (Washington, DC metro) teen soap opera, Teen Escape at the age of 16.

9. I got my SAG-AFTRA card by doing stunts in Transformers.

10. I grew up on 10 acres in Northern VA, raising chickens, ducks, pot-bellied pigs, siamese kittens, golden retrievers, etc. My first job was at Heather Hill Gardens helping with the plants and produce. I remember wanting to work here because it was voted the best job to get an awesome tan since you're outdoors the entire time. It was all about the tan!

11. I didn't start cooking until about two years ago. 

12. I'm currently a vegetarian who is mostly plant based.

13. My first national spot was for Showtime Next for The Pavement in 2000. I was scouted by a Director of Photography at a Comedy Central party in NY. 

14. I was in a major car accident in NYC about 10 years ago that almost cost me my life because i did not wear my seatbelt. I hit the windshield with the crown of my head, with only a minor concussion. I was blessed that I was protected and there was not one visible scratch on my face or body. 

15. I was on the seventh season of The Bachelor with Charlie O'Connell, but please note that my character was semi-scripted. Shhhhhh! 

16. My first magazine appearance was in FHM July 2005 issue modeling lingerie.

17. I 'm a helpless romantic at heart. I wrote a song and performed it for my hubby and guests at our wedding in Santorini, Greece. More on in Wedding Style Magazine.

18. My favorite travel destination in the world is Santorini, Greece. It's beyond magical!

19. I recently co-wrote and produced a short film called, Model Deception. It's currently in pre-production.

20. My most viewed video on youtube is called Rude Boy, which I also produced.

Xoxo, KK

Friday
Apr042014

Top 3 Vegan Spots in LA

In case you haven't heard, I'm going for a 30 day Vegan Challenge. While I was in LA, I discovered these delicious vegan spots on the westside. I have yet to explore the rest of LA east of the 405, as new spots are popping up all the time! It's great having friends who enjoy eating clean because they are always recommending new places to try each time I visit their neighborhood.

1. Cafe Gratitude, Venice Beach

This is the place that peaked my interest on learning more about eating and cooking vegan cuisine. I love the vibe here and look forward to the "question of the day." You can park in the underground parking lot and get your ticket validated for complimentary parking, which is helpful since Venice can get crowded around brunch, lunch or dinnertime.

2. Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, Culver City

I love the casual environment here, with both indoor and outdoor seating. It was so good that I cam here for brunch and dinner! This spot has a great variety of cooked plant-based dishes packed with tons of flavor! If you make rezzies for a Thursday or Sunday, you can enjoy live music while dining here. Follow them on Instagram for more details. You can enjoy complimentary valet parking, so you don't have to stress about parking.

3. Crossroads, West Hollywood

This spot is perfect if you are looking for an ambiance that is a bit more formal and romantic. Here are photos of some exquisite bites. Its a bit pricier here, but totally worth it for a sharing a meal with someone special.

Artichoke "oysters" is a must have. Love the creativity here.

Beet and Citrus Salad is almost too pretty to eat!
Let me know if you recommend any other vegan spots in your neighborhood. Do you have any advice for a newbie like me?

Xoxo, KK