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{taking a break}

July 2. 2014

 

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As you can see I have taken a bit of a break from the blog over the past month and am going to take the summer to simply enjoy what may come. I will be using instagram to help capture my adventures and share some tips and finds along the way and would love to have you follow along. Have a great summer- xo

{in the kitchen} watermelon all summer long

May 29. 2014

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The weather is finally warming up and that means one of my favorite post beach snacks is back in business. Hello, Watermelon! Nothing beats the crisp refreshing flavor of a cold watermelon slice. After devouring an entire one myself over the Memorial Day weekend, I am on the hunt for some fun new ways to use this summer staple.

There is watermelon straight up, just add a stick.

With just a few more ingredients you have a refreshing side dish (perfect for that backyard BBQ you have coming up)

Of course it makes the perfect summer cocktail!

and finally, this fresh dessert takes the cake! (I am totally serving this at my next dinner party)

Here is to the summer of watermelon!

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{pin this} Crostini love

May 12. 2014

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I’ve shared my love for crostini before, but looking at my Pinterest board it looks like I might have a slight obsession. Nothing says easy entertaining quite like a good crostini recipe. With endless topping options, as long as you can pick up a fresh baguette they are a great last minute snack that will please any guest. I like to serve a few varieties so everyone can enjoy something they like without having to worry about veggie vs. meat eaters. Have a full tray prepared when guests first arrive, then to take the pressure off of replenishing, set up the various spreads and toppings  on a counter or a table for guests to pick and choose their favorites and make their own. It’s the best of both worlds, the pretty presentation with a relaxed feel (and you’ll know which toppings were a hit in the process!) Here are a few recipes that took simply delicious just by their names…

Artichoke Pesto and Lemon Ricotta Crostini

Minted Pea and Prosciutto Crostini

Broccoli Rabe with Burrata and Prosciutto Crostini

Whipped Feta with Herb Oil

Brown Butter Sage Crostini

 

 

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What’s up?

May 8. 2014

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Where have I been? All over the place! You know I hate when I have to take a break from this little space I call home, but between a much needed vacation, traveling for work, and a stint of jury duty (ugh!). It has been a draining couple of weeks, but I am back and ready to get back to what I love (I even stocked up the fridge and started cooking again every night!) There are so many great things to share in the coming weeks, but for today I wanted to kick it off with a few things I am doing the rest of the week.

TODAY:Get your design on! The folks at CB2 are bringing Pinterest to life by teaming up with five pinners and the world to help design a dream NYC apartment. Head over to APTCB2.com to check it out, you could win your dream room worth $5,000! I am totally addicted and can’t wait to vote on pieces selected by one of my favorite bloggers, Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street to pull together the perfect office space today. Here is a video of the dining room they completed yesterday. I am obsessed with those light fixtures.

*Fun Fact: During the day I work at the creative agency Mother and my fellow co-workers are the creative geniuses behind this  game changing idea.

TOMORROW: It’s Friday, so the only thing on anyones minds are cocktails. Loving this boozy peach lemonade recipe to close out the week. I might add some soda water to make it nice and bubbly.

THIS WEEKEND:  A Little Something Schiaparelli? My mother sent me this New York Times link to a new exhibit over at the Met that I can’t wait to checkout. I love costume jewelry and my great aunt Jean left me some of my most prized pieces and a couple of them happen to be Elsa Schiaparelli, so it’s the best of both worlds. Brunch and jewelry? this weekend is shaping up nicely.

It’s so nice to be back.

{tips & tricks} Herb Infused Water

April 14. 2014

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Last night I ventured out to Brooklyn for Sunday Suppers, part cooking class, part dining experience. It was just what I needed to get my cooking juju back. More to come in the coming weeks with some fabulous spring recipes and cooking tips, but thought I would kickoff this beautiful Monday morning with my new spring water go-to. The folks over at Sunday Suppers set out a trio of water pitchers filled with a selection of violets, rosemary, and mint; many of the items we would be using in dishes later in the evening making it the perfect pairing (and I know I always have leftover). Instead of the standard citrus, the fresh herbs gave the water just a hint of herbal goodness. Let’s not forget how pretty it was to look at. Just keep refilling the pitchers, no need to add additional herbs and flowers, they will last all night. New spring staple!!!!

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