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it’s the 100th post!


WOO! Because of it being the 100th post and because I’m about to turn 3 years from 30 in a few weeks – I thought I’d make a life bucket list for myself. (I decided to add a few that I could check off, and I may add to it all the time)

Okay, here goes…

– sit courtside at a celtics game

hold carole kings hand

– have our house featured on apartment therapy

– buy a house

– have our new house featured on apartment therapy

– not be afraid to open a bottle of champagne

meet the love of my life

– travel to paris with the love of my life

– eat at french laundry

eat at chez pannisse

– eat at le bernardin

– learn how to use my camera manually

– learn how to do an updo

– cook a turkey for thanksgiving

– cook something from my momofuku cookbook

– see the cherry blossoms in japan

– meet martha stewart

– be totally content with every room in my house

– learn to use a sewing machine (again)

– take a calligraphy class

– take a sushi making class

– not be afraid of sharks

– write a brilliant rom-com

– grow out my bangs

– wear high heels (and mean it)


eating this: heirloom tomato salad with burrata


I made this incredibly fresh and summery salad for a dinner at my boyfriend’s parents house. So because I traveled with it, the photos show the salad undressed and uncheesed. You can use your imagination.

My favorite ingredient for a homemade salad is fresh croutons. Because bread is better than everything.

Although tomatoes seem a little iffy for an on-the-go salad, the held up well and I brought the dressing in a jar.

I made this for a huge group of people. And everyone went nuts for it!

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata and Torn Croutons (from Sunday Suppers at Lucques)

1/3 pond country white bread
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tb fresh oregano leaves
1/2 garlic clove
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tb balsamic vinegar
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
3 pound heirloom tomatoes in assorted sizes, shapes, and colors
1 tsp fleur de sel
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 pound burrata cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 – 3 tb fresh basil leaves

Preheat an oven to 375°F.

Cut the crust off the bread and tear the remaining loaf into 1-inch pieces. Using your hands, toss with 2 Tbs. of the olive oil, squeezing the bread to help absorb the oil. Toast on a baking sheet, stirring a few times, until the croutons are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Using a mortar and pestle, pound the oregano, garlic and 1/4 tsp. of the kosher salt to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the vinegars and the remaining 6 Tbs. olive oil. (Here’s where you can set it aside in a jar if you’re traveling with it)

Stem the cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Core the heirloom tomatoes. Cut half into wedges and set aside; slice the rest 1/4 inch thick. Season with the fleur de sel and pepper. Cut the burrata into 12 slices. Arrange the tomato slices and burrata on a large platter. Drizzle with a little vinaigrette. But I skipped that whole part. We added the cheese at the very last minute.

Toss the heirloom wedges and cherry tomatoes gently in a large bowl with the shallots, the remaining 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, a pinch of pepper and 3 tb of the vinaigrette. Taste for seasoning, adding more vinaigrette if desired. Add the croutons and gently toss.

Pile the salad in the center of the platter. Scatter with the basil leaves.


fixing up flea market art


When I moved in with Gideon, this was pretty much the only art he owned (besides his own). I was like yeah, ok that’s kinda cool. It’s all washed out and – vintagey.

But after a year of it on our bedroom dresser plus our lack of color in the room, I started asking him if we could color it up a little.

He covered the thing in matte medium. Then he slowly added washed out blue.

Then he went to bed and I went BLUE CA-RAZY on it. I don’t think he was as happy with the results but look how vibrant it is now! I am noticing now we covered the mountain horizon lines. I promise, I didn’t see those in person.

So did we mess it up or what?


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rip nora


(image via)

I don’t know about you – but when I heard the news of Nora Ephron’s death, I really felt like I lost a friend. I’m gonna miss her work so much. She had so much to do with my balanced passion for love and for food.



making this: diy watercolor tag


This took me about 5 minutes of hands on time. So I figured it was easy and quick enough for anyone to make to spice up a little plant like this succulent which I had them plant into a preserved coconut shell (for $10!) This would make the perfect hostess gift.

Now I sprayed the paper once I painted it to spread the paint around. I’m not sure it really did much. So you could just paint the edge thickly, water down your brush and spread the paint down the rest.

It’ll warp. Let it dry under something heavy for an hour.

Cut the tag down (what the hell, you could make a couple!)

Write your message. Cut the edge and fold the opposite one. Tape it around the toothpick. That’s it!