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.

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BLAZÉ MILANO

High Kingdom Everyday checked blazer

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Leather-trimmed checked trench coat

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Ruffle-trimmed neck cotton blouse

GIANVITO ROSSI

Katie suede sock bootie

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Belted wool coat

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loulou leather over-the-knee boots

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Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot

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Everyday tote small leather bag

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Padded velvet jacket

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Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater

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Ridgewood corduroy trousers

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Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps

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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.

In Cherry Bombe

Zucchini Spaghetti

Kerry Diamond sent me a SS16 Cherry Bombe, which is devoted to California’s food scene. Since we spend so much time in L.A. with family and friends, issue #7 is a definite keeper and will be my food guide on our next trip to the West Coast. In the meantime, I’m going to attempt to live like a Californian and make this zucchini ‘spaghetti’ salad with kale pesto and arugula flowers. Cherry Bombe profiled chef Amber Rose who shared this recipe from “Nourish”her cookbook with co-authors Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson. We’ve been spiralizing beets, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, as well as loads of zucchini. I sauté the ‘spaghetti’ and add anything that’s around—it’s a great way to eat more vegetables. Recipe below: Continue…

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Food

Running Out For Bread

Quite simply, this post is about running out for bread. Not just any bread mind you, She Wolf Bakery sprouted rye. My husband brings a loaf home twice a week from an open market near his office, but with the holiday weekend, we won’t have any left by Tuesday morning. So, my daughter and I went to Marlow & Daughters in Brooklyn to stock up. When in Williamsburg on a Saturday, Smorgasburg is a must. After eating an embarrassing amount of good food, we came home and walked 5 miles…

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Food

Salad Days

I co-hosted a benefit dinner last evening and my fellow hostess served salmon. Tapped to make the salad, I considered a number of recipes before deciding upon baby romaine tossed with goat cheese, golden raisins, toasted sliced almonds, and a balsamic vinaigrette—it was a huge hit. The process of narrowing down to just these four ingredients got me thinking about the infinite number of possible combinations. This summer I’m going to expand my salad repertoire.

Image © Domino summer issue

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Food

Picnic Perfect

This cheeseboard, from the blog Half Baked Harvest, makes for the perfect post as we head into Memorial Day weekend. I love the grilled fruit and pickled balsamic strawberries—yum!

On My Mind

Food Rut

Rye bread? check, spring mix salad? check, milk? chicken? broccoli? check, check, check…  Sadly, I go to the market almost daily and always end up buying the same things. Yesterday, when the swordfish looked iffy I remembered this salad in Domino and bought shrimp instead. Shrimp is ridiculously easy to cook, so why don’t I buy it more often? Because it’s not on my mental grocery list, a list that is overdue for a shake-up.

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