Posts Tagged ‘bbq sides’

The Weekend Dish: Yves Klein Blue


What are you up to this weekend friends?

Sarah and I are meeting to discuss an exciting new business venture (details in due time) and I am still crafting for my wedding (ditto)!

Oprah Yves Klien Blue items
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Oprah declared Yves Klein Blue the hot color for this year, though I think this vibrant and sophisticated pigment is always in vogue.

wedding palette inspiration

The colors and textures of this room inspired my wedding colors/materials palette of IKB, white, natural linen and wood and then I added red as a bright accent color.


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Thanks to my personal art historian Mary I know how this color got it’s name.

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Drew painted a wall in our bedroom this color last year as a surprise for me one weekend when I was away!

blue and white ikat napkins
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I referenced it a few weeks past as it’s a great color to liven up the traditional “fall” palette of table decor. Hope this color inspires you too.


The Weekend Dish


By Sarah Lagrotteria

Blueberry Bars

Friends, what are you doing this weekend?   Lydia and Drew are in San Diego celebrating their twin pals’ 30th birthday.  I’ll be working on my blueberry bar recipe in between visits with my mom-in-law.

Here are some great posts–new and old–for your reading pleasure.

Emily has barbecue fashion down to a T

BBQ fashion

Perfect for enjoying tri-color potato salad and watermelon margaritas in style
Potato Salad

Would you join a cooking co-op?

Coop Dinner

“….. Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea and she gave a dose of it to Peter.”

-from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter


Peter Rabbit’s mom knew chamomile was the perfect cure for a case of the worries


Anson Mills Corn Bread


by Lydia Ellison

When Drew and I were in the South last month his foodie cousin Chris gave us the most wonderful gift… 2 bags of Anson Mills corn meal (and 4 silver mint julep cups)! Anson Mills sells “handmade mill goods from organic heirloom grains.” Chris gave us the perfect starter selection, one bag of yellow course ground corn meal and one bag of white grits.

Anson Mills cornmeal

Anson Mills corn meal

I brought the bag of yellow cornmeal in my suitcase up to Marin for Mother’s Day weekend. For the first night, my Mom and I planned a BBQ menu and I wanted to make corn bread (yes, my Mom and I plan our menu’s in advance for a weekend’s visit). I used the recipe on the Anson Mills website because an insert in the packaging warned: “Our products won’t work with standard recipes. Standard recipes won’t work with our products.” Word.

Corn Bread, butter and honey

Corn Bread, butter and honey

As they say in the South, the corn bread was “Divine.” It really tasted like corn, sweet fresh farmer’s market corn in July! The flavor was vibrant and sweet (and mind you there is no sugar in this recipe or in any authentic Southern corn bread). The texture was dense but moist. I’ve never tasted better corn bread.

BBQ dinner

BBQ dinner

Honestly y’all need to order some of this corn meal for your summer soiree’s. There is no comparison to the grocery store offerings (even organic corn meal from Whole Foods/natural food stores, I’ve tried them all.) This company makes all kinds of corn products (grits, cornmeal, polenta), plus wheat flours, rice and more. I’m going to place a big order. Just make sure you store them in the freezer once you get the products. They don’t have preservatives and will spoil.

the star of the meal

PS- I will def post when I make the grits, probably sage grits to serve with lamb.