Looking for a Healthy Alternative to Alfredo Sauce? Try Sunchokes With These Recipes

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Healthy Sunchoke Alfredo Sauce Alternative

Sunchokes are one of my favorite vegetables. If I see them on a menu at a restaurant, I’m like, “SOLD!”

I was at the Ballard Farmer’s Market last Sunday and saw a ton of sunchokes. I’d bought some with the intention of making some sort of puree underneath grilled meat, but mid-week I was inspired to pair it with pasta and see if I could make an Alfredo sauce with it.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, I. love. pasta. I grew up thinking Alfredo sauce was “healthy” (hey it’s milk right? Oh the woes of growing up in an Italian American family!), and it wasn’t until college that I had the painful realization how bad Alfredo sauce was for your health.

I regularly look for healthy alternatives to Alfredo sauce, relying on milk, cream cheese, and bechamel to recreate this creamy favorite. I also regularly see varieties with cauliflower in it, so I thought, hell, why not sunchokes.

Below are my interpretations of a healthy alternative to Alfredo sauce. I’ve provided three different versions, starting at the healthier and ending with a more indulgent variety. Choose your adventure and tell me in the comments what you think!

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In Our Closet: Brooklyn Shopping Finds From My Trip to NYC

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Brooklyn Shopping Guide | The Emerald Palate

Yes, I know, I’m obsessed with Brooklyn.

You might have just seen my breakdown of the best vendors at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg last week. You might have also seen my Brooklyn shopping guide article.

Well, I tried my hand at some more Brooklyn shopping during my visit to New York City a few weeks ago. I headed to the Brooklyn Flea (as always) and stumbled upon a great new boutique in Williamsburg. Check out the items I found and where you can get them (even if you’re not planning a trip to NYC anytime soon).

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Your Guide to the Brooklyn Flea’s Best Shops & Eats

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A Guide to The Brooklyn Flea | The Emerald Palate

Shopping in NYC can be freaking expensive. Unless you’re okay with strolling through the same old high street stores that are in every mall around the country, you will typically pay a pretty arm and a leg to buy anything from New York’s various boutiques. I’ve even tried vintage and second hand in Manhattan and still have trouble finding a mass of stores that don’t charge exorbitant prices.

It took me a while, but I finally figured out the secret – Brooklyn.

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Welcome to the New Blog: Say Goodbye to The Emerald Closet

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The Emerald Palate launch

New Year, New Blog:

I am honored to have grown The Emerald Closet into one of Seattle’s premiere fashion blogs from 2010-2012. I ran it with my brother-in-law Travis, where we covered street style, created style guides, and offered personal shopping services.

However, some things changed. First, Travis had two daughters and his time to dedicate to blogging diminished. Secondly, and most importantly, I realized my original blogging strategy wasn’t sustainable with my new full-time job at a creative ad agency.

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Men’s Personal Styling Case Study: Yang Hu

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Right before the holiday we worked with a personal shopping client to revamp his wardrobe into a tough, casual, and modern look. The subject? Yang Hu. The mission? Update his look so he no longer looked like an undergrad. Here were the results…

The Before:

Yang Hu before pictures

Yang Hu before pictures

Yang Hu before pictures

Above: This was right before his haircut at Vain downtown. Notice how his clothes don’t fit well, bagging in unnecessary places. Fit was our number one priority, so we were determined to find cuts that made Yang look slimmer. The challenge would be to find the right silhouette for an inverted triangle body shape…

Below: But before we could start the hunt, we had to sift through his current wardrobe. Here is a photo of Travis stuffing everything into bags for Goodwill. In the end, we donated almost all of Yang’s wardrobe because of poor fit and a style similar to a middle-school-aged boy. The only items he ended up keeping were black denim, a charcoal gray button up shirt, his running sneakers, and two pairs of fashion sneakers. With everything cleared out, we were ready to get shopping…

personal shopping with The Emerald Closet

Left and center: Travis stashing Yang’s old wardrobe into garbage bags.
Right: Some of the new clothes Yang purchased.

The After:

Yang Hu personal shopping transformation

Notice how much better his clothes fit. We made sure Yang went home with versatile pieces he could dress up or down and put together in no-fail combinations. So while we strayed a bit from the original intended aesthetic, Yang went home with a whole new winter wardrobe. Plus, a new haircut that is simple, easy to maintain, but sleek.

Overall: The first thing Yang said when he looked in the mirror to see his first full look was, “Wow, I didn’t realize how skinny I was.” This goes to show just how much shape can affect the appearance of weight. He was beaming, making faces in the mirror and chatting up a storm. The Verdict: Mission accomplished.

What do you think?

PS – sorry for the quality of the after photo. Our camera wasn’t picking up the low lighting so we used the owner’s camera.

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Tough, Modern, Casual Mood Board

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We met with a client this weekend who is looking for a personal shopper to help him use style to get rid of his good boy appearance. He mentioned Johnny Depp being a style icon of his because he looks up to his nonchalant bad boy vibe.

Using Mr. Depp as a starting point, we realized no one better embodies this transition from good boy to bad than Zac Efron. After obtaining a squeaky clean reputation from the High School Musical franchise, Efron transformed his personal style to slowly phase out his good boy image. Now, he’s one of the most sartorial young male actors.

As the first step to consulting our client, we created the below mood board to give focus to our mission: embody a tough, modern, and casual aesthetic during our journey of transforming him from good-boy college student to an edgy and urban professional man.

Zac Efron style mood board

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Oxblood Fall Look

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We’re totally obsessed with the oxblood color invading the fashion scene this season. We’re especially obsessed with these ankle booties from MANGO, so when we saw the brand was hosting a contest on Polyvore we figured we’d try out hand at our ideal fall look.

We envision this worn with minimal face makeup minus a bold oxblood lip and a messy chignon. Style details would include the white shirt under the dress, with the collar and cuffs popping out. What do you think? We say bring on the sartorial season of the year.

Winter Aesthetic with Mango and That's Chic

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10 Best Dressed: Our Favorite Street Style Looks

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We were chatting to some new bloggers recently and it wasn’t until we were talking about all of our most memorable photos snapped on the street that we thought to do a round up of some of our favorite looks from over the last 2.5 years. So here are the best street style looks from around the world. Click the image to see more looks.

3 piece mens suit

street style of a stylist Seattle

black and white graphic coat

Kids street style

Oversized Slouchy Sweater: Navajo Print

The Emerald Closet Street Style: American Apparel Employee

mens street fashion

Brick Lane Market London street style

NYC Street Style_Parson Student in Ralph Lauren Jacket

how to mix patterns women

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Best Friend’s Street Style

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While in New York we snapped a photo of Adria’s best friend, Colleen. We love her play on proportions, mixing cozy layers in a minimalist utilitarian look. We snapped this right after checking out the Aire Roman bath, a spa that has one of the best ambiances we’ve ever experienced.

military fatigue jacket

black hipster tote

Spotted: Tribeca, Franklin Street
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