Too Hot to Eat

August 2, 2022

Sometimes it’s even too hot to cook. But, you have to eat, right? When I ran across this recipe it ticked all the right boxes… simple, fresh and summery. While a hot August night calls for something refreshing, this New Potato Salad with Soft Green Herbs fit the bill. Add a bit of grilled protein and finish with some cool seasonal fruit and your done. All that’s left is to sit back, relax and count the Fireflies.

 

 

A pound and a half of boiled new potatoes and 2 cups of assorted soft green herbs ( I used mint, dill, chives and parsley ) is the start. Blitz up a dressing of green onion, the juice and zest of a lemon, a splash of olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Toss it all together gently. It’s that simple.

photos: gp

As American as….

July 4, 2022

the flag, burgers and apple pie. However you choose to celebrate the 4th, do it safely.

 

 

 

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If you’ve got a flag, fly it. If you don’t have one, get one.

Nothing more American than a burger on the grill. You might want to ratchet it up with a little Jack Daniels Maple Syrup Ketchup.

And, apple pie?  Yes please.

Sparklers and a firecracker or two couldn’t hurt either.

 

Photos: gp

 

While most of the country is heating up I can’t help but think about a quiet place to sit and catch a cool breeze. And where better than Loll Design’s reintroduction of Thomas Lee’s Westport Chair.? Attributes such as being constructed of sustainable materials based on recycled milk jugs, durability making it suitable for all seasons and all weather, availability in your choice of 8 colors and being made in America make this choice a no brainer. The original modern outdoor seating. All you need now is a pair of shades, a good book and a refreshing beverage.

chair photos: Loll Designs  remaining photos: gp

 

 

Don’t Forget

May 8, 2022

Call your Mother. Happy Mother’s Day.

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Ready to be put into use immediately is the Summer Seasonal Collection from Heath Ceramics. With Easter right around the corner it seems like a natural to get your order in now. This collection is available now but is sure to sell out quickly. I’m thinking the yellow pieces might be a great way to brighten the days while we’re waiting for Summer to finally arrive.

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A bit of forced rye grass with the addition of a cracked eggshell whispers Easter.

The Classic Heath Modern Cup in Sunflower

A bunch of pink hyacinths would feel right at home in that tall modern cup. And who wouldn’t love to receive the both as a gift?

Sunnyside Tea Towels will make cleaning up after Easter brunch a pleasure.

What’s Easter without the classic yellow Peep?

The Sunflower glaze on the classic Heath Budvase.

All Roads Grid napkins in Fuschia are part of the Heath Summer Seasonal Collection. These will surely get a workout from Easter through Labor Day.

Pink and Yellow. Something tells me with the way the last two years have been it’s a combination we might just be needing right about now.

Heath Plaza Dessert bowls and Sunnyside Napkins, also part of the Summer Seasonal Collection.

A big vase of forced Forsythia brings springtime right in to the table. It’s hard to beat.

All Heath Summer Seasonal photos by Heath Ceramics.

All other photos: gp

 

 

 

 

It’s Just The Sweetest

March 16, 2022

I’m talking maple syrup. And while it’s season and the trees are tapped and the sap is flowing I can’t help but think about all the ways I love to use it. I’m sure I can manage to slip it’s warm rounded sweetness into one thing or another several times a week. From sweet to savory, cocktails to dessert, maple syrup just adds that little earthy something that regular sugar seems to lack. I’ve noted below an assortment of applications that have become my simplequietmodern favorites over the last ten years.  Now let’s tap into that dark amber goodness.

Gently reducing maple syrup by half and adding fresh blueberries to warm is the perfect topping to your favorite pancake or French toast recipe. It takes the chill off the berries and keeps that fresh quality that is lost when they’re cooked into the pancake.

 

A tablespoon or two whisked into a simple vinaigrette of olive oil and apple cider vinegar is as good on a Salad Lyonnaise as it is my take on a shaved Brussels Sprout salad with Bosc pear, Bleu Cheese and Maple Cayenne Glazed Walnuts.

 

Don’t save these for the holidays. Maple Syrup Sriracha Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. Really, you might want to make a double batch and just call it dinner.

 

If you haven’t tried this Maple Cube from Tonewood  now’s a good time to get on it. A grate over fresh Spring berries can’t be beat.

 

Jack Daniels Maple Syrup Ketchup?  Yes Please.

As a snack, with cocktails, on a salad or as a gift these Maple Cayenne Glazed Walnuts hit every note perfectly.

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Substitute a tablespoon of dark amber maple syrup for the muddled sugar cubes in your next Old Fashioned and you won’t be making them your old way again.

Sometimes a little something nostalgic is just what’s needed. Maple Walnut Fudge reminds me of countless family road trips which honestly weren’t that much fun. Whipping up a batch without leaving home? Preferable.

 

photos: gp

 

Parentesi 50

March 7, 2022

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Parentesi light. Designed by Italian designers Achille Castiglioni and Piu Monzu for Flos in 1971, the Parentesi became an immediate classic of modern architectural lighting. When I first saw a Parentesi in application I knew I had to have it…or better yet a pair. The simplicity of the light source held in place on a taught steel cable made this piece of lighting the definition of simplequietmodern. And, versatile. Singly, in pairs, with flood, spot or even frosted tube bulbs, I’ve put mine through the paces, each will stunning result. While the original incarnation was black, three additional color choices, red, nickel and white soon followed. And now, in celebration of it’s 50th year, the Parentesi 50 is available in orange and turquoise. A Little shot of color might be exactly what’s needed these days.

 

 

 

 

 

photos: Flos USA

 

If it’s March,

February 28, 2022

then it’s time for Daffodils. There is no better way to pull us through to Spring than with a bunch or two of the most perfect yellow ever. Their familiar cheerful faces and gentle fragrance just can’t help to lift us up, especially now. Rising prices, foreign invasions, the continuing pandemic and the near end of a brutal Winter have us in need of a little something something. A bunch or two of daffodils are just the ticket even if the price is double what is was last year. While you’re at it, it would be a lovely gesture to pick up a few extra bunches and pass the sunshine around. The rewards are sure to come back to you ten fold. If you’d like to use the Daffodil as inspiration, you might try a few from the selections below from the simplequietmodern archives.

 

Bunches of cut Daffs. If it’s March that means that January and February are in the rear view mirror.

 

This particular Knoll pattern features three colors familiar to March… the yellow, gray and white.

 

Even lunch and dinner can feature a little sunshine. This pickled blend of cauliflower, onions and yellow bell peppers will certainly liven things up with very little effort.

 

Maybe a permanent swath of yellow twig dogwood to enjoy from every window, especially when rising from a blanket of snow.

 

Bright second fiddle, a bunch or two of forced Forsythia branches, sourced locally, online or free from a neighbors yard.

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Bright ceramic field tile will have you waking up to sunshine every day, no matter what.

 

daffodil photo: gp

 

 

American Modern,

February 16, 2022

now in black and white. Russel Wright’s American Modern dinnerware, a midcentury modern classic, is now available in matte black and matte white. The American Modern line has been gracing America’s homes since its introduction in 1939, in all of the mixed colors we’ve come to recognize and love. Everyone had their favorite in the offerings of coral, brown, gray, blue and chartreuse. But, somehow this re-issue of selected pieces in black and white brings to each a new level of sophistication. The 3 piece dining sets,  assorted serving bowls, plates and platters are now available to mix and match with your vintage pieces or use on their own. I’m thinking all black…or, all white. Time for a coin toss.

photos: Food52.com

As simple as…

February 10, 2022

1 2 3. You can carry in dinner on Valentines day, but make dessert from scratch. With just three ingredients and about 10 minutes time you’ve got the perfect Valentines Day treat, Bruleed Raspberries. Fill an ovenproof ramekin with fresh raspberries, top with a generous amount of sour cream and sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar evenly over the sour cream. Pop the ramekins under the broiler until the brown sugar starts to caramelize then serve it up. That’s it. Seriously. Make this.

 

 

 

 

photos: gp