St. Patrick’s Day Dinner


Every St. Patrick’s day growing up my mom would make corned beef and cabbage for dinner. We would wake up on March 17 to See’s Candy Chocolate Potatoes in our shoes left by the leprechaun. After school we’d come home to thick slices of corned beef and boiled cabbage, potatoes and carrots. To be honest I didn’t care for the taste of the chocolate potato or the soggy boiled cabbage and salty, stringy meat. But I loved the tradition. I loved that my Mother and my Grandmother and my Great Grandmother had eaten this meal every year as girls, then young women until they started to make it for their own families. Now I make this annual feast for my husband and friends and have some tips on how to make it taste less soggy and stringy (sorry Mom.)

St. Patrick's Day Appetizers

 St. Patrick’s Day Menu

Aged Irish Cheddar with Oat Biscuits

Corned Beef and Boiled Cabbage, Heirloom Carrots and Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Dijon Sauce

Rye Soda Bread with Salted Irish Butter and Apricot Jam


Don’t over cook the vegetables! They should poach in the salty brine water until just tender, preserving their natural flavor and texture.


Corned Beef with Boiled Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots

serves 4


1x 3lb corned beef round (cooks way down so get more than you think you need)

20x small potatoes (I like fingerling or red potatoes), scrubbed

2x bundles of carrots (preferably heirloom), scrubbed and cut into 2″ pieces

1x head of green cabbage, cut into 4-6 wedges leaving the core intact


Place corned beef and all the brine liquid and herbs in a large pot with water covering the meat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and cover. Let cook for 3-4 hours with the lid on. You may have to add more water to the pot a few times. Once the meat is very tender and shreds with a fork, remove the meat and cover on a cutting board with foil. Strain any foamy meat goo and large herbs and peppercorns from the boiling water then add the potatoes. Boil uncovered until almost fork tender and then add the carrots. Once the carrots are almost tender add the cabbage wedges. Leaving the core in the cabbage keeps the leaves from falling off and making a mess in the pot. While the vegetables finish, slice the meat into thick wedges against the grain of the corned beef. Once the cabbage is JUST cooked and still bright green remove all the vegetables to a platter. Serve immediately with thick slices of the meat and Creamy Dijon Sauce.

Creamy Dijon Sauce

4 ounces Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon minced shallots
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled.




 Happy St. Pats,


Deck Towel Posters


Pretty proud of my little brother’s latest product from his luxury linen beach towel company. He put out a line of poster prints made from his photographs. The price point is spot on for chic original art for your home ($85-$115.) I want to hang Rowboat and Ropes side by side in white frames in our living room.

“Spring is coming. To celebrate, Deck Towel is debuting a set of three limited edition silk screen prints. Each poster was inspired by snapshots from one our favorite vacation spots – Shelter Island, New York.”- Deck Towel

Ropes by Deck Towel

Ropes by Deck Towel


Tomato by Deck Towel

Tomato by Deck Towel


Rowboat by Deck Towel

Rowboat by Deck Towel


This is what Buck told me about the prints. “They’re hand printed silk screens in a mix of two colors, sprayed with sea salt water to give them this sort of spotted effect, so each one is unique. The images are all from our first look book shoot on shelter island in the Hamptons – tomato, rowboat, rope. They’re signed deck towel and number on the back and come rolled in a tube. They’re roughly 20 x 30 inches printed on this super high quality hähnemühle German paper.”

Which one is your favorite?




Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding


A few weeks ago we catered two Super Bowl parties for our clients, happening at the same time, but with entirely different menus. In order to be two places at once we needed a dessert that could be done in advance and would sit well for hours in the fridge. None of us had made the Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding before but we decided to go for it (usually this is a HUGE professional no-no). Plated in short wide mouth jars made for perfectly sized single portions, they’re easy to eat while watching the game. To be honest we were quiet skeptical of the ingredients; Jello vanilla pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk and Nilla wafers are not on our usual grocery tab. Alas we set aside our semi-homemade snobbery and followed the recipe. We let the layered jars of fluff sit overnight in the fridge and on game day we tried the “tester”. It was the BEST thing we have ever eaten. EVER.


Layers of vanilla wafers, banana slices and the whipped vanilla pudding cream are piled up in squat wide mouth jars.


A few banana slices and wafer cookies peeking out from under their fluffy whipped cream comforters. The gelatin in the pudding mix stabilizes the whipped cream so it does not fall even when left in the fridge for a few days. If you don’t make individual portions in jars you can layer all in a trifle bowl/pyrex dish/industrial sized trash can. The spooned out pudding portions will not be beautiful but will taste outstanding.

Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding

adapted from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

serves 12 in a trifle bowl or yields about 10 small jars


1 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup vanilla pudding mix

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

3 cups heavy cream

1 (12 ounce) boxes Nilla wafers (reserve a few wafers for garnish)

5 bananas, sliced


Blend the water, pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk until well mixed. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well incorporated, no streaks of pudding showing. In a trifle bowl or individual jars layer wafers, sliced bananas then pudding mixture. Continue until all of the mixture is used up, topping with the pudding mixture. Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours so the wafers get wet and cakey from the pudding. Serve with a wafer on top for garnish.


DIY Neon Cyrstal Earrings


Inspired by the “pop of neon on crystal earring trend” seen at J.Crew, I had a flash of creative courage. “I can make those for $5, I’ll paint them myself” I thought.

I bought a selection of crystal earrings at Forever 21 which cost about $3 a pair and some fun colored acrylic paints.

Forever 21 earrings



Then I carefully painted the earrings using a tiny brush.


Here are some after the first coat. I found that it took about 5 hours for the acrylic to dry enough for a second coat. If you were to replicate this project I would not recommend using acrylic paints, they were messy and clunky on the “stones.” I would next try nail polish or glass paint which I think will adhere better and give you that luminous quality you want from these earrings.

Neon Crystal Earrings

The finished products in the sun light. I have been wearing my pair (the rest were gifted) and getting lots of compliments. I can’t wait to try this project again with better paints and more artistic restraint (I liked my first coat versions better, always so hard to know when to stop!)


Lulu Frost for J.Crew

Lulu Frost for J.Crew


This is my inspiration for the next batch.





Happy Heart Day


pooh and piglet


“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Pop of Pink


Currently crushing on pretty pink accents for my home and wardrobe. February is thematicly the most appropriate month to welcome a little of this flush colored hue into your life so I’m going for it.







Quince Blossoms

All images form Pinterest. I’m ready for a pop of vivid color as winter starts to whisper about spring.



Healthy Super Bowl Snack


You know you’re getting older when guys demand a healthy snack as entrance to Sunday football. Drew had to bring a Paleo friendly snack to a Playoff viewing two weeks ago and I helped him make this platter. Apple wedges, celery sticks, local honey and freshly ground hazelnut butter from Sqirl LA.

Apples Celery Nut Butter


He said it was the first snack to get eaten so I think even if you attend/host a non-Paleo viewing party this platter will be well received. Kids would like this right? You can find freshly ground peanut and almond butter in most health food stores (usually in the bulk bin section) or buy a good quality nut butter in a jar.

Paleo Platter

Are you trending healthy or unhealthy this year for Super Bowl snacks?



Eco-Chic Disposable Entertaining Products


Sometimes you want to entertain but the thought of washing every plate, platter, wine glass and cheese knife in your house is too terrifying to invite your friends over. Right? Ok, here are 2 products that will help you host with ease and save your manicure at the end of the night. They are reusable, recyclable or compostable but still CHIC looking. And you won’t feel super duper guilty when you toss them in the recycling bin at the end of the night.

Plate a Cup

How smart are these cocktail plates by Plate-A-Cup? They have a slot to hold your glass so you can hold you plate and drink in one hand and eat, shake and gesture wildly during your juicy story with your other hand. Plate-A-Cup is:

– 100% biodegradable and compostable
– 100% “Tree Free”
– Temperatures up to 93° C or 200° F.
– 100% microwave and freezer safe
– Soak proof and grease resistant



I love this cocktail size plate for appetizers but Plate-A-Cup comes in dinner sized plates as well for your next full meal function. This wine glass slot is so convenient I’ll never go back to regular cocktail plates, there I said it.

MyDrap cocktail napkins

See that blue roll on the left hand side of the picture? Those are MyDrap cotton cocktail napkins! They come on a roll as pictured, in tons of pretty colors and all the different sizes you might need. They are thick and soft, more like a fine linen than cotton feeling. You pull off the number you need and save the rest of the roll for next time. They are washable so you can use them as many times as they hold up and then recycle when done.

MyDrap Cocktail Napkins

 My Golden Globes viewing party was SO much less work to clean up thanks to Plate-A-Cup and MyDrap (and my husband who washed all the platters.)







The French Cuisse


The young man behind The French Cuisse food blog has captured so beautifully my favorite part of cooking. The alchemy between the raw ingredients in their sterile prep bowls and the finished dish bubbling and golden brown in a baking dish. We all know how much time, hard work and dirty dishes exist between the two images but it’s so nice to think of it as magic instead.

All images by The French Cuisse.

Raspberry Sorbet






Apple crumble




Frisee Salad

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Which dish your favorite? He has so many more on his site.


Gloden Globe Fashion 2013


A few unconventional favorites from last nights Golden Globes that really caught my eye…

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta stuns in this peachy hue but her tangerine lip and funky burnt orange feather clutch makes this look more fashion forward!


Michelle Dockery in an elegant Alexandre Vauthier dress, Lady Mary can do no wrong in my book.



I know no one else liked this but I LOVE the pattern and shape of the Carolina Herrera dress on Lucy Liu.


Check out Born & Bread for their favs from last night and tell me what dress you loved.




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