And, The Living Is Easy

June 30, 2019

Summer…time for backyard gatherings with family and friends, simple suppers of a quick grill and a side and lighter lunches. This simple pasta salad will have you covered all around with only four ingredients and the little time it takes to cook and cool a pound of pasta. This 4th might just be the perfect time to take this recipe for a spin.

Cook 1 lb. of bite sized pasta per package directions. When there are 2 minutes left to the cook time, add 1 1/2 cups frozen peas. When done, drain pasta and peas and cool, then mix in 1 cup Mayo and 2/3 cup grated Parmesan. Finish with a few good grinds of black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Really, that’s it. Done.

The original recipe found here https://food52.com/recipes/58684-parmesan-pea-pasta-salad, called for any bite-sized pasta. I love Orchietti and the way it cups the peas and cheese so that’s what I use. This salad is also a great starting point should you want to add in additional items to make it a complete meal on its own, like roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and tuna.

photos: gp

 

 

 

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This Could Be It

June 2, 2019

I had a variation of this cocktail at the tail end of last Summer and have been thinking about it ever since. When Summer finally does arrive I’m thinking this might just be the drink that’ll take me right through to Fall. A sprig of bruised mint, thin slices of lemon, a glass full of ice, 1 1/2 oz. of Limoncello topped off with Prosecco. Nice.

Photo:gp

Reason to Celebrate

May 3, 2019

It’s May. And if that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, this first weekend brings us both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Like we needed an excuse for a delightful Bourbon cocktail or quick plate of Mexican. So, what’ll it be? Maybe both.

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A Derby Classic, the Mint Julep. http://gardenandgun.com/media/mint-julep

Brown Butter Bourbon Blondies  https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/05/01/brown-butter-bourbon-blondies/

Take your pick for lunch on a Sunday… Chilaquiles or Lentil Tacos. No bad choices here. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Chilaquiles https://simplequietmodern.com/2017/05/02/lentil-tacos/

photos: gp

 

and, the unexpected early release of Heath Ceramics Summer Seasonal Collection. In Spring greens ranging from bright speckled Canary to glossy vibrant emerald, you’ll be sure to find just the right piece to jump-start the season. I’m always partial to the trio of bud vases and the tall modern cup, but the Coupe Serving Platter, Dessert and Vegetable Bowls and Plaza Tray Set in this collection  look like they’re ready to step into service now, serving up the best offerings of Spring and Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos via Heath. https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/summer-seasonal

 

 

Better Than Takeout

March 6, 2019

Nothing hits the spot on a cold Winter day better than a hot bowl of soup. And, if you can whip up a steaming bowl of comfort in a just a few minutes with only 5 pantry ingredients….well, I’m on it. I’ve had a craving lately for Egg Drop Soup. So, when l ran across this simple recipe on Food52 I knew I had to give it a try. Add an egg roll and you’ve got lunch or a light supper.

Recipe for Yih-Jen Ku’s grandma’s recipe can be found here: https://food52.com/blog/23758-easy-egg-drop-soup-recipe-10-minutes-best-winter-soup

photo: gp

Cleared For Take-Off

February 22, 2019

Picture it…1966…the height of the glamorous age of jet travel. Arriving and departing through the Jetson-esque TWA terminal designed by Eero Saarinen. It was the modern future. And, it was stunning. Now all of that MidCentury style has been recaptured in the new TWA Hotel in New York. The original iconic terminal structure is the centerpiece piece of a complex that includes not only the new hotel towers, but a fitness center, meeting spaces, a restaurant and a vintage 1956 Lockheed Constellation put into new service as a cocktail lounge. The guest rooms have been fitted with Knoll Classic furnishings including Saarinen designed pieces like the classic Womb Chair for relaxing  and his Executive chair at the desk. Set to open its doors in May, room reservations are being taken now, online. Wow.

Photos: https://www.twahotel.com/

 

Just a Little Something

February 14, 2019

A grand gesture isn’t always necessary when it comes to Valentines Day. Simple quiet expressions of your affections are equally appreciated, especially when the holiday falls mid-week and you would prefer to spend the evening in. Here are just a few suggestions that are sure to be well received should you be drawing a blank.

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A chilled bottle of Brut Rose or Prosecco waiting for you at the end of the day. What’s not to love?

Just a few perfect fragrant blooms makes the perfect simplequietmodern statement.

Get a quick Pesto Pizza going while you’re queuing up Netflix. https://simplequietmodern.com/2017/10/06/pizza-night/

It wouldn’t be Valentines Day without a little chocolate. How about these Chocolate Raspberry Champagne Truffles. https://simplequietmodern.com/2018/02/11/everyone-loves/

Photos: gp