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March To-Do List

March = spring break and this year we are doing college tours. I’ve already booked a hotel in Boston for the first leg of the trip and we will stay with family for the second leg.

Before we get on the road, I’m eager to see the Julian Schnabel exhibition at Pace Gallery, which features paintings of the garden at Auvers-sur-oise, France. The two books that I’ll tuck into my suitcase are Joan Didion’s “South and West: From a Notebook”  and “The Drifter” by my one-time Harper’s Bazaar colleague, Christine Lennon. And to try some new recipes–my husband made this cod casserole last night–it was unusual and delicious.

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Mohair-blend sweater

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Charlotte medium leather bag

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Kim square sunglasses

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Charlotte leather-trimmed canvas bag

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Classic Tribute 75 leather plateau sandals

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Tori paneled boyfriend jeans

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Lauren 1980 intrecciato leather clutch

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Oversized wool-blend cape

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Den high-rise straight-leg jeans

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Le Marais leather boots

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Food

Norwegian Fish Soup

We’ve been craving fish stew so my husband pulled this recipe from Saveur. Perhaps we can cut the cream in half by using coconut milk– the perfect winter meal.

Food

Is Cauliflower The New Kale?

Cauliflower is my new favorite veggie, its up there with zucchini noodles. The mild nutty flavor works with just about everything. I like this roasted-parmesan recipe from Epicurious–talk about easy.

Domino

‘A Sizable Feast’

I’m super inspired by this story on “one-dish wonders” from chef Camille Becerra in the winter issue of Domino—they look yummy and spectacular.

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Restaurant

Freemans

The Taavo Somer designed restaurant Freemans, which is tucked into an alley off the Bowery, is one of my favorite spots to host a small, cozy dinner party.

Hostess Gifts

Mouth

My older daughter is staying in L.A. for Thanksgiving break to work on her senior thesis. Initially, she was going to a friend’s home where the mother is Paleo, so I had a Paleo Mouth gift box in my cart. As is often the case, my daughter’s plans changed and now she is going home with her roommate for Thanksgiving dinner. I know that it’s unseasonably warm in L.A., but maybe the Hot Chocolate Kit would help them get into the holiday spirit. Anything from Mouth would be a good hostess gift, actually.

Health

The Moon Juice Cookbook

Amanda Chantal Bacon, healthy-eating guru and founder of the Los Angeles-based Moon Juice shops, recently added a cookbook to her wellness empire. I went to the NYC launch party to congratulate the lovey author. We’d been introduced by our mutual friend Agnes Baddoo and Amanda and I chatted before she came East. I asked the native New Yorker if she has plans to open a Moon Juice here—her products, especially the plant-sourced alchemical blends and green drinks, have gone global. Although a NYC shop is on her to-do list, it’s not, sadly, imminent. Fortunately, many online stores stock Amanda’s Moon Dusts, and they can also be ordered directly from the Moon Juice site.

The Wall Street Journal

‘Bowls Are the New Plates’

Last January, I saved this story, ‘Bowls Are the New Plates’, from The Wall Street Journal. As we head deeper into fall and colder weather, the idea of tucking into a meal in a bowl sounds downright cozy.

Image © Vogue Nederland

Elle Decor

‘Ripe for the Picking’

I’ve been waiting until Labor Day Weekend to post this Daniel Boulud crab-and-corn custard recipe—it’s perfect for an end of  summer meal.

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To Give

Hostess Gifts

Whether attending a cocktail or a weekend house party, I never arrive empty handed. At this point in the summer we are all offloading vegetables from our gardens, which gave me the idea to add a cookbook and spiralizer to my hostess gift repertoire. Freshly baked pies are always appreciated, and playing cards and cocktail napkins never go out of style.

Pies, Playing cards, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, Spiralizer, D. Porthault and Tory Burch cocktail napkins.

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