Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So I will not be buying any more cookbooks until I've tried at least 4 recipes from each of the ones I already have. And believe me- this is harder than it sounds- because I have a lot.
And I've already been tempted- Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc (which I've been wanting to buy FOREVER) was on sale at Gilt for $28 and I stood strong (even though I added it to my cart 3 different times).
So here is my Cookbook Library:
- *Easy Entertaining- Ryland, Peters, & Small
- *Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey- Jill O'Connor
- *The Athlete's Palate Cookbook- Yishane Lee
- *Food & Wine, The magazine's annual cookbook 2007
- *Food & Wine, Best of the Best vol.10
- *Weekends- Katie Brown
- *The New Best Recipe- From the Editors of Cook's Illustrated
- *Mastering the Art of French Cooking- Julia Child
- *What's A Cook To Do- James Peterson
- *Everyday Italian- Giada de Laurentiis
- *Real Kitchen- Tyler Florence
- *Barefoot Contessa Family Style
- *Open House Cookbook- Rachael Ray
- *Feast- Nigella Lawson
- *How to be a Domestic Goddess- Nigella Lawson
- *Harumi's Japanese Cooking
- *At Home with Michael Chiarello
- *Nestle Classic Recipes
- *Cookies- Martha Stewart
- *Cupcakes- Martha Stewart
- *Mrs. Field's Cookie Book
- *Food for Friends- Fran Warde
- *Instant Entertaining- Donna Hay
- *Baking Handbook- Martha Stewart
- *The Essential Pasta Cookbook- Bay Books
- *Simple Chocolate- Gina Steer
- *Pie & Tart- Williams Sonoma
- *Emeril's Delmonico- Emeril Lagasse
- *Sweet Serendipity- Stephen Bruce
- *The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook
- *Sunshine Cocktails- Ben Reed
- *Hershey's Classic Recipes
- *Top Secret Restaurant Recipes- Todd Wilbur
- *How to Cook Everything: Mark Bittman
- *Book of Great Chocolate Desserts: Maida Heatters
- *The Desperate Housewives Cookbook- Christopher Styler
How big is your cookbook library?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Welcome to our kitchenMoving from a house to a duplex meant we either had to get rid of a lot of things (which we did) and/ or we had to find a different way to store them. This is where our baking rack came in super handy. I had originally used it in the office of our old house, but when I ran out of room for our (many) kitchen items- I had no choice but to bring it out for it's original purpose. And I love it.Really the only purpose for this next shot is to show you the old, reclaimed window I bought at a garage sale for $5 last week. I love it! Danny felt differently (thinking it would only clutter up our already cluttered house) so I quickly found a use for it.
The counter...And our kitchen table. I bought this sturdy table at a garage sale for $10 back in California. The top used to be the the color of our cabinets until Danny painted it this fun green (that we later used for the peg board). The old school, paint splattered chair was also a garage sale find ($5). The small steps on the bottom are perfect for helping my short legs reach tall shelves.
So that's it. Hope you enjoyed the tour :)
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I start the day checking out different garage sales in the neighborhood. Last week I went to a couple estate sales under the Tetons... one had amazingly massive wood furniture, bison rugs, etc... and the other had tons of old school furniture and trinkets. I picked up a black, vintage desk lamp and crystal and silver serving dish all for $10. I'm using the dish as a fancy playing cards holder- it perfectly holds 2 decks.
Here was my view on the drive out...
And then after hitting up the sales, I always stop by the farmers market in the town squareThis is my Belle moment. I feel like people should be singing Bonjour to me as I pass by. That's how happy I am. These were some of my goodies from last week's trip: kalamata olive bread, fresh bell peppers, zucchini, squash, jalapenos, carrots, blueberries- and the always important chocolate chip cookie I can't wait for tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I first started talking with Tracy back in February. She was living in London at the time, and trying to find a hair flower for her June wedding. She ended up choosing the Champagne Brunch design, and luckily just in time for her dress fitting.
Tracy and Brian had their beautiful June Wedding in New York City. And aren't they one of the most stylish couples ever?! I absolutely love how she did her hair, and Brian- the light suit and upturned collar- Amazing.
The next set of photos are some of my favorites. Because besides being incredibly glamorous, we get to see their goofy sides as well. I love their decision to bring out the fun sunglasses. It's something I thought of doing for my wedding way back when and then never got around to. I'm living vicariously through them right now :)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here are her and her new husband on their wedding day...And the flower I created using her grandmother's GORGEOUS brooch.Thanks so much Christina for letting me be a part of your special day. I wish you and your husband all the best!!Have a family heirloom piece that you'd like to see tied into your wedding accessories? Contact me to get started on a custom piece.
Here's the end result. It took under 10 minutes to paint and 30 minutes to dry. And now, instead of being shoved into a bottom drawer, our pots and pans are within easy reach.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
But last night was something new for me. I've never made a tart, and although there were a few hiccups along the way- the end result was still delicious.
So here it is, the recipe for his:
Peach and Blueberry Crostata (my notes are in red)
- 2 cups all- purpose four, plus more for rolling
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Zest of 1 Lemon, finely grated
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed
- 4 large ripe peaches
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons all- purpose flour
- 1 large egg, beated with a drizzle of cold water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk, and the ice water and work that in with your hands. (Or do the whole thing in the food processor, pulsing a couple of times to combine the dry ingredients, pulsing in the butter, and then the egg and water- this is what I did.) You want their to be just enough moisture to bind the dough so that it holds together without being too wet or sticky, so check the consistency, shape the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic. (I needed to use about 2.5 more tablespoons of water to get the right consistency.) Put it in the refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes.
When the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put a pizza stone in the oven to heat, if you have one.
Cut the peaches in half, discard the pits, slice in a large bowl. Add the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and flour, and toss to coat; set aside.Sprinkle the counter and rolling pin lightly with flour. Roll the dough out to a 14- inch round, about 1/4 inch thick. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle; free form is good. (Mine was about 13 by 10 inches.) Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza paddle. (If you don't have a pizza stone ad paddle, transfer to the back of a jelly roll pan; you'll put that right in the oven.) (This is where I messed up- I did mine on the back of a baking sheet- hence the size- and then transferred it directly onto the pizza stone- which had been in the oven and instantly started cooking and softening my dough- making it incredibly difficult to complete the next few steps.) Spoon the filling mixture over the center of the dough round, leaving a 2 inch border all around. Brush the border with the egg wash. Bring the edge of crust over onto the filling, leaving the fruit exposed in the center. Gently fold and pinch the dough to seal any cracks. Brush the crust with the remaining egg wash and sprinkle with the sugar. Transfer to the pizza stone (or put the pan in the oven) and bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly and tender (About 27 minutes for me).
Slide the knife under the tart to loosen it from the stone or pan. Then cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
The ice cream was a nice compliment to the crostata. My husband and his friend has vanilla, and I had strawberry- yum.
Please let me know if you have any questions- I'll try my best to answer them :)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
My wonderful husband gifted the navy ones to me last Christmas, but now I'm heavily contemplating if this is too good a deal to pass up... Hello Yellow! Awh decisions!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Stacks of magazines and books are enveloped around my house. I love reading and on a range of different topics. I always find myself purchasing new books at the bookstore, I subscribe to about 15 different magazines (it used to be 35 so I'm improving) and I'm also a member of Swaptree (trading books with other people and only paying for shipping). But I find that with my crazy, busy schedule, I rarely get around to finishing... or even starting many of them.
So the other day when I was reading through Jules' blog Pancakes and French Fries, I saw that she had created The Unread Library: a list of books she currently owns but has not yet read. She's decided to not purchase another book until each one has been read as well. Wooh! After looking through all of my titles, that may take me awhile- but I'm inspired to follow suit.
So here we go: Here is my Unread Library!
*Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen
*Tally's Corner: Elliot Liebow
*The Works of Banjo Patterson
*The Age of Innocence: Edith Whaton
*The Call of the Wild: Jack London
*Night: Elie Wiesel
*Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
*Ishi, Last of His Tribe: Theodora Kroeber
*The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
*Selected Essays, Lectures, and Poems: Ralph Waldo Emerson (reading)
*After the Funeral: Agatha Christie
*Just Take My Heart: Mary Higgins Clark (reading)
*Walden: Henry David Thoreau (reading)
*They Call Me Coach: John Wooden
*My Story: Ingrid Bergman
*The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
*Ernest Hemingway on Writing
*The Joyful Christian: C. S. Lewis
*For One More Day: Mitch Albom
*The Devil in the White City: Erik Larson
*Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte (Read half forever ago now I think I need to start over)
*The Woman in White: Wilkie Collins
*The Short Stories: Ernest Hemingway
*Zen in the Art of Writing: Ray Bradbury
*The Mystery of Creation: Watchman Nee
*Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess: Fischer/ Margulies/ Mosenfelder
*Hughes: Richard Hack
*Thirteen Senses: Victor Villasenor
*Soul Surfer: Betthany Hamilton
*90 Minutes in Heaven: Don Piper
*Gracie: George Burns
*Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert
*The Shadow of Your Smile: Mary Higgins Clark
*As I Lay Dying: William Faulkner
*A Mind Awake: C. S. Lewis
*The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved: Ken Ham
*The Black Tulip: Alexandre Dumas
*The Ragamuffin Gospel: Brennan Manning
*The Purpose Driven Life: Rick Warren
*The Marth Rules: Martha Stewart
*It's Easy Being Green: Crissy Trask
*The Five Love Languages: Gary Chapman
*The Case for Christ: Lee Strobel
*Entertaining is Fun: Dorothy Draper
*The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life: Nell Newman
*A Year in the World: Frances Mayes (I have read this book 3/4 of the way through about 4 times already and will not finish it because I love it so much)
*The Bible (Finished New Testament- and currently on 5th book of Old)
With all of these books, plus the ones that I've read, plus all of my magizines- my house is a crazy place. I dream of a home with a library someday- with a moving ladder- and plush chairs- awwhhh. Someday.
So what about you? What's your unread library consist of?
(Image source here)