Certain culinary experiences are outright daunting: making croissants from scratch, roasting a medium-rare rack of lamb, creating a perfectly lemony Hollandaise sauce to top perfectly poached eggs. These are the recipes you read longingly in your cookbooks. These are the recipes that cause you to think, maybe one day.
At the top of my culinary avoidances list were soufflés. Then, I came across this simple and seamless recipe from Mark Bittman. My first ever soufflé go-round, and the result was absolute chocolaty perfection. I even felt so confident as to pull together an impromptu raspberry sauce.
So, go forth and conquer your kitchen fears (just be sure to practice these recipes on your hungry hubby before debuting them at your next dinner party). You do not want to have a Bridget Jones' blue soup incident on your hands.
"Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation." -James Turrell
Whether supporting fancy beeswax candles or ordinary incandescent bulbs, chandeliers can visually anchor most any room. Not merely for dangling above the dining table anymore, chandeliers have become a design-world favorite for all sorts of spaces---grand or intimate, lavish or quotidian.
Lighting designers have not limited their media to Murano glass or ubiquitous crystal pendants either. While the standard traditional chandelier styles are no doubt lovely, creative folks have even put silverware, acrylic gummy bears and river detritus to an elegant uses in recent lighting projects:Be sure to check out The Decorista's fabulous images of outdoor chandeliers for even more inspiration.
My Architect is not a recently-released documentary (2003); however, I just saw it for the first time and feel compelled to share it with you. It's that good.
The film focuses on the architecture of Louis Kahn, who is probably best known for designing the Kimbell Museum in Ft. Worth or the Salk Institute in La Jolla. However, the documentary is far from a dry catalog of his life and work. At times hysterical and at others quite tender, the documentary ranks among the best I've ever had the pleasure of viewing.
For dinner, I would like this:and I will be wearing this little Doris Day ensemb:and my view will be this:or this:and for dessert this:Can you feel it in the air? It's almost summer. Let's dream of a summer seafood feast.
Someday, maybe just someday, I will have a wonderfully gorgeous, organized closet. I'm talking matching wooden hangers, neatly folded stacks of cashmere cardigans in Skittle colors, Louboutins standing in tidy rows---a closet that would make Rachel Zoe go bananas or Jenna Lyon gasp.
Currently, my closet looks like the museum of Hawaiian shirts (thanks to my hubby's "collection") with bony plastic and wire hangers poking out from every angle. Bleck.
My current foodie obsession is Greek yogurt. This dairy delicacy is the consistency of ricotta, sumptuously smooth, and decadently rich. Though on the tart side, add a bit of fresh fruit (mango and strawberries are my fave) or a drizzle of honey and you have yourself a healthilicious treat.Photo by moi.
While Ina, Giada and Julia are my stateside culinary heroes, my favorite cooking Brit is without a doubt Nigella Lawson (sorry Jamie and Gordon). She could be serving canned beanie weenies and I'd watch with zeal.
When I traveled to Barcelona in 2007, I was surprised to become so smitten with the city. As I rambled along Las Ramblas and ambled through the ambulatories of Barcelona's churches, I started to adore the city's architecture.
Like Amélie Poulain, my life is all about the littlest pleasures: the freshest, pinkest raspberries; the deep blue of a Vermeer painting; the perfect crispness of a glass of Prosecco; the divine simplicity of an afternoon at the beach; the heavenly scent of a vanilla bean. Here I blog to celebrate the good life, la dolce vita, la belle vie. Cherish life's petits plaisirs and enrich your daily existence.
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