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Recipe: Grilled Treviso with Watercress and Creamy Blue Cheese

So, I’ve been virulently anti-cooking the last few months, mostly because it had stopped being a joy and turned into an enormous pressure. And way too much fresh produce went into the trash because the enthusiasm to actually cook it never lasted past the first trip to the farmers’ market.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself excited to come home and make this veggie recipe by uber-chef Marcus Samuelsson, which I discovered via Twitter. (He’s @MarcusCooks)

I used endives, which were tasty, but I think I’d like to try something a wee bit more flavorful next time, such as the radicchio. Since I’m calorie-conscious, I halved the blue cheese dressing part of the recipe, and only used about 2-3 teaspoons of what I made on the salad. I have to say the watercress was a revelation. I’ve never been a fan of “cressle,” which is what my grandmother called it in Trinidad when she forced me to eat it. But not only did the heat of the grilled endives wilt the greens quite nicely, but the slight bitterness of the watercress was a nice foil to the sweetness of the endive and the blue cheese.

Let me know how it turns out if you try the recipe!

p.s. No grill pan? No problem! I trotted out my trusty George Foreman. It doesn’t make things look as pretty as a grill pan, but if you just keep an eye on it, it usually does fine with grilling veggies.

p.s. #2 The brown identified substance to the right of the plate is 1/2 a turkey sausage that I cooked yesterday. Since I’m sugar-less right now, I tend to undereat so I wanted to make sure I had enough bulk on the plate.

Picture This…in Pink

shot in New York City, February 27, 2011

Stuff I Like (2/19/11)

I don’t know who Jack is but I sure do like his flag. Since I don’t think I’m becoming a subject of HRH Liz II anytime soon, I guess I’ll show my affection for Gran Britannia with this vintage Union Jack pillow from Henry Road. (Well, that and keeping up my monthly love letters to Prince Charles. C’mon, you know you thought he was dashing too back in the Charles and Di days….)

Remember how I told you…So I know you’ve heard me mention Abbey Hendrickson of Aesthetic Outburst to the point where  you’re thinking of taking out a restraining order against me on her behalf buttttttt I’m going to risk possible legal action to tell you that the talented Miz Hendrickson has started listing some of her original drawings in her Etsy shop, hownowdesign. Turns out Abbey is not just one heckuva crafter/blogger, she’s also a trained visual artist. I’m partial to “Minor City,” “Down,” and “by whom surrendered”…you know, in case you wanted to get me a little something for all the Internet awesomeness I bring into your life, or something like that. (via Aesthetic Outburst)

Stars upon Thars… I know it’s not Christmas but I’m thinking a bowlful of these lovely ornaments from Basic French Online would add a splash of glamour all year round. They’d also make a lovely mobile, or maybe tie a few to ribbon and hang them from some of your wall art. I mean can you really have too much starlight afoot?

It’s got that je ne sais quoi… What’s there to say about this lovely print from lovemaki? It’s in French, the typography is gorgeous, and the balloon is the perfect shade of pink? In other words—-swoon and double swoon. (via A Cup of Jo)

Dutch delight. The pillows and prints in Dutch artist LeiLiLaLoo’s Etsy store are a little bit folks, a little bit outsider artist-ish, and a whole lot of wonderful. I generally don’t like things this close to twee, but there’s a certain sureness of vision that pushes this past mere poseur-dom…or something like that. I’m especially taken by this, this, and this. (via One Fine Day)

Stuff I Like (1/17/11)

“Everything’s Coming Up Crystal,” Silver Spring, December 2010

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend? I know for sure I don’t want a bling ring if I ever get engaged (cause my rings tend to retire to the jewelry box after a few giddy wears) butttttt if I did want a ring o’ bling, this gorgeous gaggle of vintage gems from Erstwhile Jewelry Co would do me just fine. (via a Cup of Jo)

I’ve got a crush on you….And by you I mean this sweet Emersonmade tee-shirt. With straight leg black pants and my fave black/white/grey striped H&M scarf. Yeah buddy, I’d be looking goooood! (via A Cup of Jo)

BFFs? Abbey Hendrickson (Aesthetic Outburst) is one of my fave bloggers ever. I not only stalk her blog but I also stalk her etsy and Ebay shops. (And two seconds ago I learned she’s on Twitter! @a_outburst) And really, it’s her fault that I’m convinced that there are cool men out there—like her husband—who like to thrift store shop and (pretend to) craft as much as I do. I was so happy to read this interview with Abbey (by sfgirlbybay), which thankfully also has tons of pix. Now you can love her as much as I do. Win-win, I say!

BFF p.s. As you’ve probably figured out, I work on my posts over a couple of days. Not surprisingly, Aesthetic Outburst has gotten even more amazing in just a couple of days. Abbey is making 20 days of Valentine’s Day ornaments (check out her 20 Days of Christmas posts to see her put Santa’s elves to shame!) and this time around, she’s giving the ornaments away to lucky readers. In other words, quit your dawdling and start following her already.

This is Not About Abbey Hendrickson. But it is about Francesca who not only designed this beautiful poster of sayings by Gandhi but is also letting folks download it for free. Talk about living the spirit of Gandhi. (via Black*Eiffel)

It’s a puzzlement. You say kid’s toy, I say playful decorative object that will make me oh-so-happy. Whatever you call ’em, this set of Paris puzzles by French artist Nathalie Lété is tres magnifique—and how! (via Black*Eiffel)

Danna’s House

THB! Where do you live?

Danna: Kalamazoo Michigan, midway between Detroit and Chicago—hills & trees, culture, university & colleges, friends, & extreme seasons. my adopted home where I landed after much wandering.

THB! In five words or less, your home is…

DANNA: Sanctuary, beauty & great messes, archive, dreams

THB! What do you do at home?

DANNA: Write, read, sleep, cook, clean, stretch, watch TV, listen to a wide variety of music, play with cats, yell at cats, talk long distance to my sister, stare, light fires, entertain friends on occasion, knit, rearrange furniture, grade papers & prep classes, rearrange books, shower, dress, undress…

THB: What’s your favorite room (and why)?

DANNA: My study—where the life of the mind & heart can explore, discover, compose, ponder…

THB! What’s your favorite piece of art or memento or plain old thing in your home?

DANNA: I have several pieces of original art that I cherish and love to live among, but I think my fav thing hanging on the wall is the handmade embroidered Serenity Prayer that my sister made me years & years ago. We grew up with one on the wall of our home that our mom made. It is a prayer that has guided me over the years in so many ways, and connects me with my roots/genes.

THB! What could you never throw out…though maybe you should?

DANNA: Nothing in particular comes to mind, but I suspect it would be something from my long marriage.

THB: What’s the best piece of decorating advice you ever got?

DANNA: A place for everything and everything in its place. Nice theory I do not practice.

THB: What’s on your home wish list?

DANNA: Downsizing, which will help me get to the essential, and let go of the rest. mid-life, empty nest stage.

THB: Got color?

DANNA: Yes, more lately, as accent or splash across the neutrals. This climate demands it in winter for sanity’s sake. I’ve painted the kitchen green, the bathroom will be mango & pink soon. My sun yellow bedroom is my 2nd fav room.  Also chose bold colored dishes from Pier One a short while ago.

THB! Any last words?

DANNA: What I will take with me from this 1350 sq ft home (where I raised my son, and grew into a confident teaching-artist) to a 3 bdrm apartment next year (one mile from here) will be instructive & spiritually important.

It’s still Christmas, right?

December 30, 2010

I bought this tree a couple of years ago at Urban Outfitters; it’s the perfect size for apartment living. This year I decided to go with all hearts. I collected most of these ornaments about 20 years ago during many happy shopping trips to the original Filene’s Basement (in the basement of the actual Filene’s Department Store) in Downtown Crossing, Boston.

I don’t usually do a tree scarf, but this year I thought it would be fun to use an actual scarf. This one was a present from my aunt last year. The vintage pin was a present from my high school friend Gian Claudia who used to pilfer her mother’s collection to jazz up her uniform.

This little tree with sparkly pink acorns (both from Borders) brightened up my bedroom. Turns out a stack of Ikea faux-Eames chairs makes a pretty good pedestal. The bead garland was another Filene’s find.

In the bedroom I decorated the tree with a scarf I bought at the Harrod’s outpost in Heathrow several years ago. I picked up the butterfly pin at the Fenton Street Market a few weeks ago.

This lovely was a thrift store find. And how clever of Taschen to make books the perfect size for me to stack for a pedestal.

You can’t tell from the photo but this is one of two wee trees I wrapped with beaded ribbon I bought for my birthday but never used. I also have a magnetic picture cord that’s just perfect for corralling Christmas cards. And yes, that is a garland made of pipe cleaners and no, I don’t have a pipe cleaner addiction…well, maybe just a wee bit of one…

Why yes, I am an official vintage Christmas ball hoarder. Sigh…

Stuff I Like (12/16/10)

Why yes, my sister (r) will murder me when she realizes I’ve used this photo in my blog.

Gosh Hang It! I know everyone’s on the open plan bandwagon but quite honestly I want even more walls so I have space for even more art. Like this South-of-France-ish guitarist.

Take a look-see. In a writing workshop, probably one of the worst things you can say to a writer is that they’re work is sentimental. But Russ Potak’s colorful paintings make a case for the sentimental, capturing a scene that–like Proust’s madeleine–conjures a piquant nostalgia for yesterday. What I love about Potak’s work is that feeling of really taking a long moment to look and notice and store away. He’s captured that fleeting image that erupts in your brain one day out of nowhere and brings a secret smile to your face. I’m particularly fond of Path to Robert Frost’s, By the Sea, and Break of Light. (via @doallas)

Brrrr…..The perils of working in a building that’s more than 100 years old is that the heating tends to be cantankerous and finicky. Which means it behooves me to make sure I have a supply of cozy neckwear on hand at all times. (Okay, it may also be true that I have a tiny bit of a scarf obsession, I mean maybe perhaps…sigh…) The point is that I sorta desperately need this lovely from Ancient Industries in my arsenal and how!

Put a sock in it! While we’re on the subject of obsessions, I might as well confess that I’m more than bit gaga for socks. Like these beauts. (Yes, yes, I know…I am now also addicted to the Ancient Industries website….sigh…)

Stuff I Like (6/1/10)

Photo by Tim Walker.

Bag Me with a Spoon. Well, yes, my wardrobe would be complete if only I had this. Clearly this girl needs her a gorgeous-girlie-yet-edgy-leather-handbag fairy godmother and how! Sigh . . . swoon . . . sigh . . . (via White Lightning)

Bead It! Here are my thoughts on this simple yet striking necklace by Kristina Clarin. Swoon. Sigh. Is it May 18th yet? Sigh some more. (via shiny squirrel)

Bead It #2! I’ve been a fan of Hannah Blount’s jewelry ever since I interviewed her for Oligoville.com. Her work is simple yet absolutely stunning. Like adding one perfect silver bead to this perfect string of turquoise beads. I’m going to go ahead and “Genius” this one. (And yes, you should consider this a plea for you to get me one.) (via Hannah Blount’s blog)

Ship Shape! I’m absolutely enchanted by this wallpaper, designed by eight-year-old Otto Dunker (whose mother is the ubertalented Swedish designer Elisabeth Dunker). I can picture Ohoy! in a powder room, or on one wall of a master bedroom, perhaps even instead of a headboard. Come to think of it, I’d also love it on the inside back of a bookcase for just a hint of nautical whimsy. In other words, the possibiities are kinda endless. p.s. If you haven’t checked it out already, give a looksie at Elisabeth’s site and blog One Fine Day. (via One Fine Day)

Land ho! I’m really loving these landscape paintings by Katherine Sandoz, full of bold strokes and broad swathes of color, kinda like actually being in the great outdoors. (via aesthetic outburst)

Eye, eye, eye. Dennis Hopper passed away a few days ago, leaving behind not just a long line of memorable characters, and a strong will that survived the excesses of the 70s and 80s, but an amazing eye, which resulted in sometimes gritty, always stunning images of the famous, the infamous, and everyone in between. (via Chasing Light)

P.S. Looking for something to read this summer? Check out Flashlight Worthy, which gives lists of book recommendations up the wazoo! I’m quite taken with their list of “Paris” books. . . and not just cause I contributed a title or two.  You can also follow them on Twitter: @flwbooks

Look! (NYC version)

Can fish be jolie laide?

Synneve: Why are you taking a picture of this window?

Me: Cause it’s cool.

Synneve: (unconvinced) Oh.

Uhm Synneve, did I mention that I take pictures of everything these days?

At the opening for the new Hot Shots show at Jen Bekman gallery: “I know, I google-stalked you.”

View from Taxi #1

View from Taxi, #2

I think they’re missing the point . . .

Dans le vitrine (which I hope means “in the window”)

Here kitty kitty . . .

Whatchu looking at?

Beautiful  ladies (who made me smile when I stopped to  chat with them and buy a photograph—from the lady on the left—while strolling down Fifth Avenue, around the 40s . .  )

Look! (2/23/10)

“In Spite of Messr. Willy” (Bedroom, Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland)

“It was easy to give up the necessities of life, but how could one do without the luxuries?—Colette

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