Dining Out

April 11, 2017

Outside, out of the house, on the patio, in the yard…any which way but indoors. Two great modern classics from Knoll’s iconic 1966 Group of outdoor furniture by Charles Schultz, ready to be set for dinner. I’m torn between the 60″x 60″ square and the 90″ x 38″ rectangle. Both will easily accomodate 8, the later even up to 10 guests. The original white finish is now joined by a striking black, either being a great place to start, especially when taking advantage of the Knoll Outdoor Furniture Sale which starts on April 13th.


Photos: https://www.knoll.com/product/1966-dining-table-60×60




Hues that evoke the natural essence of the Northern California coast. The Summer Seasonal collection from Heath Ceramics is available now… for a limited time.



Some favorites, top to bottom:

The bud vase set…keep one, gift the other two.

The wax resist glaze on this single stem vase must have been inspired by April showers.

A pair of tall tumblers in Rosemary. Perfect for that cup of Tumeric Ginger tea or a handful of May flowers.

The deep serving bowl in Sequoia…to float a single peony or load up with guacamole.

Mini containers with white oak lids to keep your salt and ground pepper handy and covered.


Photo: http://www.heathceramics.com/summer-seasonal




Easter Bake

April 2, 2017

Even with a short list of ingredients baking bread can be a tricky undertaking. This recipe for Milanese Raisin Bread might be the exception. The addition of the raisin soaking liquid to the 50/50 ratio of flour to fruit gives this rich rustic loaf it’s distinct sweet flavor and deep brown crust. My test loaf actually cut and tasted better after a couple of days, so you’ll be fine baking it off ahead of time if you decide to add it to an Easter menu. The thought of pairing this with a sliver a baked ham and a touch of grainy mustard has me thinking…you might want to make two.



Final photo, https://food52.com/recipes/66796-pantramvai-milanese-raisin-bread