Food Lab

January 19, 2017

I love my kitchen. Simple. No uppers, dark walnut drawers below, honed black granite surfaces, no visible pulls, hardware or appliances. Seen from near every room, I wanted it to look as little like a kitchen as possible while acting as a food lab for my everyday cooking or experiments into culinary waters untraveled.

If I was doing it again, on a scale large or small, I’d opt for a Vipp kitchen and save a few steps and some time. A beautifully designed kitchen island that can incorporate all of your needs in a single unit…sink, range, dishwasher, oven and plenty of drawer storage. Perfect.

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Photos: http://www.vipp.com/koekken/vipp-koekken/koncept/

Hopeful and Optimistic

January 8, 2017

While many are still whining about the election results, gnashing their teeth and hoping not to hear the Trump name mentioned ( yet bringing it up themselves at every opportunity), I’m feeling hopeful and optimistic. And, with that optimism comes a vision of moving forward. Some new treads will help in that regard…what better way to put your best foot forward. So, as we see America becoming “great again”, I’m making a list that I’ll put to good use once the prosperity returns to the rust belt.

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Top to bottom:

West Avenue George Boot and Adams Monk Strap Oxford from Alden

Original Achilles Low Sneaker in black from Common Projects

Madison Mariel’s Black Leather Weekend Bag

Walnut and horsehair shoe brush from Tangentgc

all photos via  http://needsupply.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chilaquiles

December 30, 2016

Mexican comfort food. Can you think of a better way to start the New Year than with a bowl of tortilla chips simmered in salsa and topped with a fried egg, cheese, avocado, onion and cilantro? The hardest part is the gathering of the ingredients. If you can put some salsa in a pot and fry an egg, you’ve got this.

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Let Rick Bayless guide you through your first time using a handful of prepared ingredients. After that you’ll find yourself making them on the fly for breakfast lunch and dinner. http://www.fronterafiesta.com/cook/starters-snacks-a-light-meals/355-chilaquiles-with-salsa-and-eggs-

 

 

 

I’m feeling like…

December 27, 2016

a little Danish. A single selection or a few easy pieces by master of mid-century Danish Modern, Finn Juhl would satisfy that craving. Moving into the new year you might find yourself looking to simplify things as well, and the 57 Sofa, a 45 chair, the Finn Juhl Bench and Sideboard would outfit a room beautifully with s single stroke. I’d definitely favor walnut as my wood selection with neutral leather and textiles for the upholstery. It doesn’t get any more simplequietmodern than this.

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http://www.finnjuhl.com/inspiration/inspiration-house-of-denmark-in-paris/

 

 

 

and to all a good night.*

December 24, 2016

The holiday seemed to speed up on us, didn’t it? Now that it’s here, all that needs to be done is to leave a plate out for Santa. These Nut Horns have been part of Christmas as long as I can remember. I’m thinking Santa will be pleased.

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You might try Mrs. Donato’s recipe for nut horns found here. Thanks Leslie, it’s every grandma’s recipe.  http://www.afriendtoknitwith.com/2016/12/mrs-donatos-nut-horns.html

photo: gp

* A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore

 

 

 

Cause For Celebration

December 22, 2016

The Winter Solstice may herald the beginning of Winter but it also gifts us a little extra daylight each day…slowly inching us out of the darkness. Good reason to celebrate to be sure. I’m thinking a Stinger and an arm-load of white fringed tulips are in order.

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Stinger: equal parts Brandy and white Creme de Menthe. In this case, on the rocks.

photos: gp

 

 

Looking Back

December 18, 2016

One of the best Christmas gifts I ever recieved was a pair of Minnetonka deerskin moccasins. I wore them all of the time. I wore them everywhere. I wore them out. It might be time for a new pair as Winter takes it’s hold. Or, I could switch from the classic to their soft sole fringed boot. Either would be perfect for padding around the house on the inevitable snow day.

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top photo via: https://www.minnetonkamoccasin.com/men/styles/moccasins/double-deerskin-softsole-men

bottom photo via: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=40110678&category=MENS_SHOES