WEEK 7 Instafun Summer Camp
One of the fun things about summer is the seasonal food from farmers markets— to home gardens. We are having a blast at the restaurant with abundant deliveries from our farmers. Last night I made one of my favorite summer recipes at home. I love this one because it’s easy, light enough for summer (without being a salad), and it uses one pot. Plus, this recipe uses so many good summer ingredients. Grab some peaches, chicken, basil, corn and goat cheese for this delicious balsamic dish.
1 red onion
3 cobs of corn
1/4 cup ribbons of basil (loosely packed)
1.5 lbs of chicken, sliced into large chunks
1/4 cup balsamic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flake
Juice of one lemon
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Goat cheese for topping
Combine oil, vinegar, garlic salt, lemon, and chili flake for marinade. Put half of the marinade in a small jar and set aside. Put the other half of the marinade in a large ziplock bag with chicken. Put in fridge. Cut red onions, corn off the cob, and slice peaches. Prep basil and set aside. In a cast iron skillet or a dutch oven, melt 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. Add chicken and sauté, then cover to cook through, uncovering to stir occasionally. Add red onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add corn, peaches and half of the cut basil—sprinkle with salt, toss lightly, cooking until tender.
Plate chicken mixture with a drizzle of the marinade from the jar (the half you set aside), goat cheese and remaining basil.
When Instagram (IG) first came out, I remember taking screen shots of a couch I wanted, or emailing myself a photo of a travel spot. Did you know that you can simply create boards like Pinterest on Instagram? These boards are private to you. I started one for our new apartment where I save all of the inspirational posts I find on IG.
- Open the Instagram app
- Go to a post you like from someone's account
- Tap the flag (bookmark) icon to the bottom right on the post.
- Tap the plus icon to start a new collection. Name your collection.
- You can double tap the bookmark icon in the future to quickly add photos to your collection.
Find Your Collection
- Tap on your profile photo to go to your profile.
- Underneath your highlight bubbles you will see the bookmark flag. Tap it to see your collections.
- Tap "see more like this" to explore similar posts!
Save for Regrams
In addition to being inspirational, this tool can be used to save posts for regrams. Regram means to post someone else's post to your feed. This can help you by—sharing content with your audience that they may enjoy and saving you some time on creating content to post. Regramming should be used in addition to creating your own content, consider a healthy mix of both.
- Create a collection titled "regrams"
- Add content to this collection by using your bookmark tool. Maybe you want this collection to be quotes that you like, photos of things that are orange, or inspirational interior design. Whatever your collecting, should relate to your brand!
- You now have a collection of posts you can go to for regramming. Consider this like a regram file folder.
How to Regram
You can do regrams a couple ways. I simply screen shot, crop, and post to my feed (old skool.) You can also use apps to do this. Instagram doesn't have a native repost feature, so instead you need to use an app. Try Repost for Instagram, or InstaRepost. Here are three rules to follow when regramming.
- Always credit the original user by tagging the content creator (using the @ symbol) and saying the image is a regram. You can use "#regram."
- Do not add a filter to the photo. Keep the regram original.