pear galette with toffee sauce

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I have a problem. I cannot stop making pies. Seriously. I was home sick with a cold on Friday and made two pies. (Yeah, some people watch TV when they're sick, I bake.) And I'm not even ashamed to say that the two pies from Friday were gone by the time Sunday arrived.

So I made two more.

I took my favorite pie crust recipe and combined it with pear slices, a shake of cinnamon, and some homemade toffee sauce to drizzle over the top. POUR over the top. Who drizzles anyway?

Not this girl.

This recipe makes extra toffee sauce, too. I may or may not have spooned it into my mouth directly from the bowl. I was also thinking it would be great in a toffee bread pudding.

Why don't you come over and I'll bake some more?

Washed clean

Friday, May 24, 2013

A shadow fell over my desk today, and when I looked up and out the window I saw rain streaking down from above, speeding towards the pavement with a hail-like intensity. Within seconds, the sound of water battering the roof above me filled the office with that comforting sound rain makes when you're warm and dry inside. Luckily, everything tamed down by the time I was ready to leave the office for the day and I picked my way home between puddles in a city washed clean and gleaming by the rain.


Are you as excited as I am about the return of Arrested Development? To celebrate, Love & Lemons made some frozen chocolate bananas.

I've been battling a cold all week, so I've been staying away from dairy, cause that tends to make me all stuffed up. But now that I'm coming out on the other side, I am craving this creamy, boozy iced coffee from Averie at Averie Cooks.

I love tacos, but sometimes I can feel stuffed after eating them. I think Caitlin of Roost has hit on a lighter version of regular tacos by making them out of cauliflower and filling them with spring vegetables.


I love when fashion bloggers put together style posts where they gather together all the clothes they're loving at the moment (and more importantly, the links to buy them online). Sarah at A House in the Hills has put together a post of all the staples you need in your closet and I'm loving every single one of them.

London-based blogger Carrie of Wish Wish Wish just finished up a trip to NYC and she stayed in Brooklyn. Everyone knows Brooklyn is white hot right now, and Carrie's photographs capture the atmosphere, the ambiance, and the romance of Brooklyn spot on. Plus, you have to check out her giant cat bag.

Other things

I found more episodes of Ready for Love on Hulu. I'm kind of over the moon about it. I need something now that Nashville has finished ... and that finale, woah!

If you're in the US I hope you are looking forward to a lovely holiday weekend - we have a half day tomorrow and I'm planning on baking a toffee pear galette. Oh yeah, I'm doing it.

Summer = corn on the cob. Woo hoo! Can I just eat that every night?

A rainy weekend

Monday, May 20, 2013

The weekend is only alive for one more hour. Or, at least it was when I started this blog post (I keep getting distracted from writing this by Don Draper's drug fueled frenzy). We were still celebrating our 4 year old's birthday (what? How on earth did 4 years already pass since she was born?) and so rushed headlong a little giddy with parental pride into the weekend. But it was nevertheless a peaceful one, as rainy weekends often are.

We had a dinner party on Saturday night, I served pasta with tomato and ricotta cheese, roast chicken with lemon, fennel, and saffron. There was rhubarb crumble for dessert.

So much is fixed with a little rhubarb crumble.


I'm usually a gin & tonic girl - but like Adrianna, I can be swayed by a good margarita especially if it's a spicy cucumber margarita.

Nikole Herriott has posted the single most beautiful photograph of pasta I've ever seen. Don't believe me? Travel over there to get a recipe for spring broth and see her new collection of gorgeous blue ceramic bowls.

With a blog name like Honey & Jam, Hannah better be good at producing jam recipes. This one for strawberry balsamic black pepper jam won't disappoint. Plus she shares some photos of her gorgeous Appalachian Spring and it's the kind of green landscape I could get lost in.

Bea at La Tartine Gourmande is writing her second cookbook and considering her first one is my go-to for inspiration and colorful recipes, I'm sure her second will also delight.

Interior design

Are you looking for a nice decorative tray for your coffee table? Suzanne and Lauren McGrath at Good Bones, Great Pieces put together a cute selection.

I love the idea of a painted metal bed in my girls' room. Clearly Emily A. Clark does too. This selection  of painted beds is sweet and would serve as a wonderful color source against white walls.

Ok, this is kind of a serious DIY project, but the results are spectacular. Check out this modern brass chandelier that Little Green Notebook posted. It's by the talented Megan Pflug for One Kings Lane.

Emily Henderson is redoing Joy's (of Oh Joy!) studio! Could I be more excited about that? She says she's doing it to get in good with Joy's adorable 2 year old, Ruby. I don't care, as long as I get to see what she does with her space. It's going to be insanely gorgeous.

None of the categories above

I truly hope you're reading the hilarious tumblr, Beyonce Art History. It's Beyonce + fine art ... what could be better?


Coming home

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My sister, Genevieve, returned from a job in Cambodia last week and it was fun to catch up because we hadn't seen each other in almost 6 months. The first few days she rested, but after that we hit some of my favorite parts of the city, like the High Line. It's the perfect time of the year to be in the city. 

And it's always the perfect time to come home.

Interior design

Lovely sisters, Porter and Hollister Hovey (could those names be any cooler?) are selling off 100 of their favorite pieces on One Kings Lane on May 23rd and I'm definitely checking it out.

Ok I always daydream about creating or crafting my own art. I may have finally found something I'll actually do in How About Orange's simple stamp DIY project.

SF Girl By Bay took a trip to Japanese kitchen accessories store Umami Mart in Oakland, and now I really wanna go too.

Emily Henderson's master bedroom makeover is to die for. As a girl in search of some decent bedside tables, this post rocked.


Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen comes up with the BEST flavor combos. Check out this  apricot sage hazelnut galette.

Lindsay at Love and Olive Oil created a delicious looking wild mushroom papardelle that I'm totally in to.

I just learned how to use coconut oil and chocolate to create a hard candy shell on Hither and Thither!

Other things I'm into

I went to see Great Gatsby on opening night last week, and wow, just wow. I was mesmerized by the 3D effects, and Leo. What else is there to say? Leo, Leo, Leo. I've loved him ever since i saw him in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. (I remember playing "Pretty Piece of Flesh" from the soundtrack over and over on the drive to high school every day with my sister, Julie.)

I have the lovely Jessica to thank for a recent Nashville addiction. Like, watching episodes on my iphone as I walk to the subway in the morning addicted. Connie Britton + Hayden Panettiere = heaven.

Everyone needs to head over to say hi to Allie at Hyperbole and a Half (if you haven't already). She's been struggling with depression and this is her first post back in 18 months. And as usual, her post is brilliant and terrifying and funny and totally, totally real. I've missed her, and I'm so glad she's back.

Storm King

Sunday, May 12, 2013

We visited Storm King art center in April. It was a glorious day and the cloudless blue sky seemed to stretch for miles. It's a 500-acre sculpture park that was opened in the 1960s and is dotted with the coolest art.

It's just an hour's drive out of Manhattan and you will feel like you're in another world. Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I'll be back soon with more links.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Last Saturday we took a spontaneous trip up to Storm King Art Center, it's an incredible 500-acre park filled with huge sculptures that has been around since the 1960s. It was a glorious day to walk around and admire the way the sculptures interact with the environment around them. As it's only an hour's drive out of the city, I think we'll be making more trips before the weather gets too hot.

A little spontaneity can never go wrong. Have you done anything like that lately?


Sarah at A House in the Hills is on a 3 week Ayurvedic cleanse (between the Whole 30 diet and this, I'm seeing diets and cleanses everywhere this season!). She has put together a watercress, jicama, and tangelo salad that's making me consider going on this cleanse myself!

Do you have rhubarb in your part of the world? I haven't made anything with it yet and I'm worried that I've missed the season. Take Ashley's advice and try out these rhubarb floats on Not Without Salt.

Laura at The First Mess (one of the most beautiful sites out there), has a stunning post on simple asparagus ramp soup that has me sitting on the edge of my seat. Wipe your bowl clean with rustic spelt bread. There's also some interesting information on the over-foraging of ramps! Too many people foraging? I wouldn't have thought that was happening yet.


Do you have a teacher to thank for all their hard work with your kids? Check out this beautiful list of 10 ways to celebrate a teacher by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

If you're on the lookout for summer flats (let's face it, I'm on the lookout year round) then take a look at Paolma's roundup of the top 10 flat summer sandals on La Dolce Vita.

Interior design

I have a thing for yellow in decor. Thankfully so does Amy Azzarito, and she put together a collection of her favorite rooms for Design Sponge.

Have you seen mega site Domaine Home yet? Born of the Who What Wear empire and run by the talented Mat Sanders (of Domino and Apartment Therapy), this one is already a new favorite. It's billed as an online shopping magazine and they've kicked off with a look at beautiful homes in New Orleans, Pasadena, and Los Angeles.

Just like Holly Becker at Decor 8 I fell in love when I saw this Victorian Melbourne home. The bold graphic carpet just pops against the white furniture.

Lean in

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Can we talk about what I'm reading for a second? I read all types of books, from science fiction to fantasy to YA to mystery to memoirs by all the leading comedy ladies out there. It's part of working in publishing. But one genre I rarely read is business memoirs. Nothing has ever gripped me before. But that's changed. Because all you women (mothers or not) need to run out and get Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

Okay, wait, men need to read it too (dads or not).

Actually, everyone needs to read it.

Got it?

I'm reading Lean In in bits and pieces on my morning commute and I swear I'm stepping off the subway train with more purpose, more power, and more goals than I ever have before. It has come along at just the right time for me, at a time when I'm feeling the tug between home and work more keenly than ever. I'm only halfway through and I'm sitting up straighter at meetings, participating more, and generally making myself heard. And it's not just for women working in offices, it's for women in all walks of life, for anyone raising a daughter to be a bold, creative individual, for men who want to relate to a woman, for men who are dads and want to make sure their daughters (and sons) get every opportunity they deserve and work for. Like I said, it's for everyone.

Now that you've got your night's reading (or morning commute reading) all queued up, let's move on to some fun stuff out in the food world, shall we?


I seriously cannot wait for fig season. I eat them raw, straight from the fruit bowl. Nicola of My Homegrown Kitchen puts them into a raw fig honey tart for a guest post on My Darling Lemon Thyme.

Let's make guacamole for Cinco de Mayo! And Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen has come up with a a mango and cilantro guacamole recipe. For those of you who don't like cilantro...well, I'm sorry, I've got nothing, except WHY don't you like it?

Coconut milk is amazing in everything, and especially in soup. Heidi at 101 Cookbooks regularly makes this ginger coconut milk soup and I am adding it to my repertoire too.

Speaking of Heidis, the lovely Heidi at Foodie Crush has put together yet another winning grilled cheese combo, this time chorizo and peppadew paper! And to that I say "yes, please!"

Are you as excited as I am that it's rhubarb season? Spoon Fork Bacon has a rhubarb raspberry crumble and Megan at A Sweet Spoonful gives us a rhubarb breakfast cake.

Braised fennel with saffron from Deborah Madison's Vegetable Literacy


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