INSPIRED GIFTS. ARTFUL CELEBRATIONS. SUMMER 2013
contents contributors 5 From Us 6 Gifts We Love Great Outdoors Edition 10 Itâ€™s a Date 12 Required Reading 14 Amazing Grace Interview: Erika Powell 16 Drawing Inspiration Interview: Suzy Ultman
34 No. 11 Pimlico Road Interview: Mel Marriott, MD 40 Smart Cookies Interview: Dorie and Josh Greenspan 45 Summer Showers 50 The Toasted Oat 52 Work Spaces 60 The Late Show 74 Gifts from Nashville
22 Summer of Love Interview: Katie Higaki
80 DIY Gifts: Backyard Floral Arrangement
29 The Curated Collection
82 All Wrapped Up 85 Unwrapped: Gifts That Made History
Our cover photo is from No. 11 Pimlico Road in London, and was taken by the talented Lisa Linder.
Jackie is a graphic designer
Betsy Haley is a food stylist
in Columbus, Ohio. By day
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from us Finally! We thought summer would never get here. After a long, spiteful winter, we’re thrilled to see leaves on the trees and warm, sunny skies. So this issue, we’re celebrating the great outdoors. In these pages, you’ll find summer inspiration from some supremely talented folks including cookie connoisseur Dorie Greenspan, artist Suzy Ultman and the one and only Erika Powell from Urban Grace Interiors. Our list of contributors this issue is long and distinguished. Some of our favorite artists and bloggers shared their workspaces—filled with seasonal inspiration—and our favorite food blogger + stylist Betsy Haley has joined us again for a very special movie night menu. We’re happy you’re joining us again, too. Enjoy the summer and get outside!
jen + Allison
Great oors Oui ttido n ed
Summer means gifts that can handle whatever the day brings. This issue, our gift suggestions are inspired by our favorite activities.
Metal First Aid Kit, $48 Best Made
Wicker Picnic Basket, $128 C. Wonder
La Sardina Camera, $69 Lomography
Katie, Creative Director
Gathering the essentials for a brisk walk窶馬o matter what the terrain.
We Flock Together Feather Charm, $16 Anthropologie
Troop Beverly Hills DVD, $8 Amazon
Swiss Army Knife, $46.50 Victorinox
M OR NING
Natural Histories, $50 Anthropologie
Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel, $23.50 Sephora
S WIM A FTE RN OON PIMLICO MAGAZINE
Packing a bag for a lakeside soak in the sun.
OndadeMar Cayenne Bandeau, $178 Garnet Hill
Straw Bag, $58 Boden Gudli Tie Die Necklace, $35 India Hicks
Flower Swimming Cap, $38 Etsy
Saturday Beach Towel, $85 Chance 8
Jen, Editor in Chief
Esther Williams Box Set, $36 Amazon
S’mores Kit, $18 Whimsy & Spice
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Nancy Drew C amp F ire St ories Amazo n
IU Champs Crewneck, $45 Homage Log Pillow, $18 Fred Flare
Wood Fire Candle, $60 Diptyque
Allison, Features Director
Relaxing with friends for stories and s’mores. Match Safe, $9 Best Made
It's a Date Plan your summer gatherings with a little help from our list of events.
June 1 GB Row 2013, London, England 1-2 30th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival, Telluride, CO 6 “Sex & The City” TV Premiere, 15th Anniversary 8 Antiques on the Diamond, Ligonier, PA
National Candy Month S M T W T F S 2 6 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
14 Flag Day 16 Father’s Day 21 Summer Solstice 29 100th Tour de France Begins, Corsica
July 1 Diana, Princess of Wales, Birth Anniversary, 1961 3 Red, White & Boom, Columbus, OH 4 Independence Day 14 Bastille Day 16-20 Alpenfest, Gaylord, MI 24-2 Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR 28 Beatrix Potter, Birth Anniversary, 1866
National Blueberry Month S M T W T F S 3 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
august 1-11 Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint, ID 2 Braham Pie Day, Braham, MN 3 Martha Stewartâ€™s Birthday 3 National Mustard Day, Middleton, WI
National Sandwich Month S M T W T F S 2 8 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
8-18 Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL 5 Picnic Day, Australia 21-25 Corn Palace Festival, Mitchell, SD 25-26 Notting Hill Carnival, London 25 The Wizard of Oz Release Anniversary, 1939 26 National Dog Day
september 3 Labor Day 5-6 Rosh Hashanah 7 Queen Elizabeth I, Birth Anniversary, 1533 9 Art In The Garden, Washington, PA
National Whole Grains Month S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
11-14 Morton Pumpkin Festival, Morton, IL 13-15 Summerset Festival, Littleton, CO 14 Yom Kippur 22 Autumn Begins 22 Emmy Awards Ceremony 30 National Hot Mulled Cider Day
required Baking: From My Home to Yours Dorie Greenspan
When you write recipes for some of the greatest chefs in the world (Pierre Hermé, Julia Child), you’re bound to write a few books of your own. This volume from Dorie Greenspan features some of our favorite recipes—including the World Peace Cookies, featured in this issue.
I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan Nancy Reagan
This issue’s “Unwrapped” features a gift from Ronald Reagan from his wife Nancy. For more on this enduring love story, go straight to the source, with this curated collection of letters from the late President to his beloved wife.
Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture Ms. Marianne Aav
An iconic Marimekko fabric is the backdrop to our Summer Showers photo shoot. Learn more about the Finnish design house that created it, as well as the fashions and home furnishings they’ve created since the 1950s.
reading Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches and Grasses from Your Garden Valerie Easton
In our DIY article, we encourage you to put flowers together that make you happy. But for some simple inspiration, this easy-to-follow guide is full of ideas for arrangements and combinations that will have you wanting to take up floral arranging as a full-time hobby.
Box World Adventures: Building Crafty Cardboard Projects Suzy Ultman
You might have to wait until this fall to get your hands on artist Suzy Ultman’s latest project, but you can pre-order now from Chronicle Books. (You’ll spot the Big Ben clock tower in photos from our interview with Suzy!) Get one copy for the kids and another for yourself—trust us.
Wildsam Nashville Field Guide Taylor Bruce
This is more than your average travel book. Beyond where to stay and eat, it’s packed with local lore, hand-drawn illustrations and interviews that make it a guide worth actually reading. We love the best-of list, and can’t wait for other cities to be added to the set.
Amazing Grace If you’re a fan of interior design, you’re likely a fan of Erika Powell. The work of her design firm, Urban Grace Interiors, has graced the pages of publications like Traditional Home, Coastal Living and Southern Living, while her blog has been a longtime favorite of design-savvy pros and amateurs alike. Followers of her Instagram feed look to Erika for style inspiration—from home décor to her personal fashion style. We were over the moon to touch base with Erika about entertaining at home and great sources for fabulous gifts.
You and your team create classic, elegant interiors for your clients. What do you think makes a home welcoming for guests? Thanks! We strive to make our clients' homes elegant, but understated…with an emphasis on understated. I think using fabrics and furniture that are comfortable and unpretentious results in a welcoming home.
What are your favorite summertime traditions? Gardening, boating, going to the beach with my family. I love being outdoors!
Any southern entertaining customs you’re particularly fond of? We love a good low-country shrimp boil. My husband’s family will find any excuse for us to all get together and have a shrimp boil—fresh shrimp, potatoes, corn, spicy sausage, and a side of warm crusty French bread. Yum…now I'm hungry.
Do you prefer to be a guest or a hostess? Hostess!
Beach or a pool? Beach.
Picnic or BBQ? BBQ for sure.
Cake or pie? Both! Ha, you can’t ask a pregnant woman that question.
Favorite city in summer?
When shopping for little ones, where do you look first? There are two local children’s shops that I love: Little Red (in Watercolor) and Fitz & Emme (Rosemary Beach). Both have the most darling and unique children’s gifts and clothes.
Best gift you’ve received recently?
Which do you like more—picking out the gift or wrapping it? Picking out the gift!
The girls at my office had a painting commissioned for me for Christmas. It was based on a photograph of me, (my daughter) Sloane, and our rabbit Smokey. I cried when I opened it.
Favorite gift you’ve given?
Where do you find inspiration for gift giving?
Any projects this summer that readers can look forward to?
From generous people. I love to hear stories of giving.
I need to be a better blogger, it’s so hard to find time! Lots of exciting projects going on at Urban Grace, but I’m also renovating and adding on to my own home, which is really exciting! I will try to share the progress with my blog readers!
I gave my twin sister a trip for our 30th birthday.
Drawing Inspiration A chat with the terrifically talented Suzy Ultman. Photography by Brandon Jones
We’re guessing that the first time you ever saw Suzy Ultman’s work, you smiled. Big. There’s just something about her unique and instantly recognizable style that transports us and makes us happy. We spent a morning with Suzy and asked her a few question about art, work, and why the great outdoors is so very inspirational. What inspires you?
Any favorite travel spots?
I’m actually most inspired by nature in the springtime—like the sound of the birds when you wake up in the morning. I love the color transition from the winter into springtime when the sky is a crisp blue, the forests are yellow green, and the trees are dotted with buds.
I enjoy traveling to Canada because I get the water and the woods. A lake house in Canada is the perfect balance of elements. And I really like having no agenda—do nothing, hang out as a family, play games and draw. That is the great thing about drawing; I can bring my sketchbook and my pen anywhere I go. Hopefully I’ll get to Europe soon—it’s in my five-year plan. I really want to go back to Amsterdam. I lived there for three years, and it is a gem of a city. The art and design and architecture are uniquely inspiring. The windmills and flowers and canals are straight from a storybook. And the food is amazing. There’s
Are you as happy as we are that it’s finally summer? Thrilled, yes! And summer is also inspiring. I love it because I get to take vacations and explore. And I finally get to see the water. I grew up on the East Coast and lived on the West Coast, so I’m used to being close to the water. I like the travel part that summer brings.
nothing like eating a Kaas Toastie under a tree by a breezy canal. It sounds like you love the outdoors. Is that your favorite subject matter? Yes, I draw a lot from nature. I like to spend as much time as I can outside and walking in the woods. I am a big fan of Highbanks Park [here in Columbus], and I do a lot of bird watching. So I draw a lot of trees and animals. Bringing it back to travel, I do like drawing things that talk about a journey, and I like to draw the places that I love. (Portland and Europe come into my mind a lot!) What's the best part of being creative for a living? That I get paid to be me, every day. It is a privilege; I don’t take it for granted at all. 18
I was a graphic designer for 20 years before I became an illustrator. As a graphic designer, you need to be a chameleon, changing to what the clients want for each project. Now clients are coming to me because they want me. Most of the time, the project direction is something like, “We need a poster for boys, what do you think?” Then, I get to come up with my own concept. I just get to be me and do what I do best. That’s the fun part. If you weren’t doing this, how else would you be creative? I love to bake, and I love to sew. I am constantly creating; it’s just who I am. I am really happy being in the process of creating. Even chalk drawing in the driveway—just that I’m out there doing it is enjoyable for me. The thing about illustrating is that a drawing is never really finished in my head—there is always something more I could do with it. But with a baking or
“My new book, Box World, will be out in November, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone.”
sewing project, it is something that I can finish. It is very rewarding to bake a cake and serve it to my loved ones. Your work has been translated in many ways—paper, fabric, and even three-dimensional dolls. What media do you think best brings your style to life? The dolls have been really exciting for me because I grew up making my own dolls, so to be able to work with a client who had factories and patterns to make three-dimensional objects was super exciting. I also have a new book coming out in November called Box World. It is all about upcycling boxes into different city icons. I came up with the idea because I order so much online, and have these stacks and stacks of boxes, and I wanted to find
a way to reuse them. To be able to do a project that talks about upcycling was really fun and rewarding. Back to the season upon us! Now that it’s summer, what outdoor activities are you excited about? We do a lot of picnics. We throw down the blanket or set up the tent in the back yard and just hang out. We also like to go to the drive-in movies a lot. We play tag—and more recently dodgeball, which has been interesting. We also do something called the Staying Party. For a while we were moving about every two years, and we wanted to celebrate staying in one place and putting down roots. Now, when we hit June we mark the occasion with a party. Summer birthdays are also a big deal. Everyone gets a piñata for their birthday. It’s not just the SUMMER 2013
â€œI am an extremely organized person, and my inspiration board shows it!â€?
kids who get to whack a paper mache critter. I make really good piñatas for adults, too. And of course, I always make a cake. What types of gifts do you like to receive? For my birthday and Mother’s Day I get the same thing—the kids make me cards, I get to sleep in and I get to pick what we do for the day. I love that experience. What makes a great gift?
to get them things that they would not get for themselves. I have to say that since I have started illustrating, I do put a lot of thought into art as gifts. I search for new artists and support the artist community. I think that’s important, and I think the person receiving the art appreciates it too.
Find Suzy! You can purchase Suzy’s work through her Etsy Shop, Chronicle Books, Amazon and Land of Nod.
When it comes to giving gifts, you have to pay attention to the people you care about. I usually have a running list for people in my life, and I try SUMMER 2013
Photography by Amanda Julca
ast August, our beloved Creative Director, Katie, married her college
sweetheart, Derek, in a sunny ceremony near downtown Columbus. The outdoor wedding of her dreams didn’t come without risks—if you’re familiar with unpredictable Midwest summers, you know what we mean. We asked Katie to share a bit about the details of the big day, and making plans in case of an uninvited guest—bad weather.
Was there a special reason you wanted to get married in the summertime? We knew we wanted to get married in the summer— well, I knew I wanted to get married in the summer. Derek didn’t care. Anytime I ever imagined my wedding, it was outside; that’s why I wanted a summer wedding. And that’s why in February when we got engaged, I said, “Well, we’re either waiting a year and a half…or we’re doing this!” So that sped things up. How did you choose the location? It was back in February, and we looked at a few places. We got to the Taylor Mansion, and even in February it looked amazing. It’s this great midnineteenth century home, and we thought, “This could be really beautiful in the summer.” It took a little bit of vision because a lot of the plants were dead, and it was snowy, but we got to see photos of the property in-season, so we were confident it would look great. Even better, we knew we wanted the wedding and reception at the same place, and this had the indoor/outdoor options. Why were you drawn to yellow as a wedding color? It’s bright and cheery and summery and we knew that we wanted gray—we’re kind of obsessed with gray—so it went well. But you didn’t go with yellow for the bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you get that great variety of styles? I know that when I am in weddings, it’s pretty frustrating to make one style of dress work for everyone—not just the different body types but also the different price points people are comfortable with. So I told my bridesmaids, “Pick out a gray dress!” Some of the girls were definitely
on board, and others were very cautious and sent me pictures to make sure I was okay with it. And I would have to say, “I am dead serious. Whatever you want to wear. Long, short…just go for it.” In the end, everyone looked absolutely beautiful, and now they have dresses they’re happy to wear again. Because you and Derek are both designers, were there any design battles? A little bit. It ended up being Derek who was a little more picky about the details than I was. I got overwhelmed with all of the things that needed to happen, but he was a stickler for doing it right. Something like the design of the invitations was important to both of us because it reflects what we do for a living. Your invitations were amazing. Which of you designed them? It was supposed to be just Derek’s job, but he was taking his good old time with it, so I jumped in and art directed. I did the illustrations of the Short North Arch and the Taylor Mansion, but he did most of the design on it. The writing was fantastic. Who did that? That was all Derek. Having signature cocktails instead of a full bar was genius. Was it hard to pick one? We had never even heard of the idea of just serving signature drinks, but at our friends Matt + Bethany’s wedding we noticed it and thought it was so smart. It limits the bar, but you still have elements of a bar. So if people wanted champagne, we had champagne. If they wanted gin, we had gin. But it was much simpler. My drink was actually Bethany’s signature drink. I tried it and loved it. I texted her beforehand, saying, “I’m stealing your drink—I hope you don’t care!” (She didn’t mind.)
Did Derek have to narrow it down? He went out and bought some supplies and experimented with a few options. I wasn't a fan of the one he picked, but I’m glad that we had different tastes to choose from.
Taylor Mansion folks talked with us beforehand about everything, which was great. We had a practice the night before—once outside and then once under the tent. It was nice to have both options and not have to worry about it. Tell us about the food.
Was there a contingency plan if it had been pouring that day? Yes. We were going to have people sit at their tables for the reception, and we would have gotten married under the tent. The tent had sides they could have put up in case of a driving rain. The
Um…we went to a tasting a few weeks beforehand. I honestly forget what we had. There was some kind of chicken…and roast beef? The location had a menu, and we just picked from it. It was easy. I guess that goes to show that you should only focus on enjoying the day; you forget the stuff that doesn’t matter.
Probably another plus for an outdoor location— you barely had to do anything to decorate. We hardly did anything at all, other than centerpieces on the tables. For the centerpieces, we had flowers and lemons on alternating tables. And then we had jars of candies—lemonheads and mints—and some candles. The cake stands we used were actually something I made for a bridal shower a few years ago. I went to thrift stores and bought pretty plates and glasses and used some clear epoxy—so easy. It made for a very inexpensive but collected look.
Anything else you handcrafted? I made the flower girl baskets from some heavyweight paper I had at home, with some yellow ribbons for the handles. Instead of buying seven baskets, I could use materials I already had. Did you use Pinterest when planning? I didn’t want to spoil any details! Now they have secret boards, which are awesome, but at the time, that wasn’t an option. So, I kept folders on my computer. I wanted there to be a few fun surprises for everyone.
Tips From the Other Side of the Wedding Say “I Do” to an outdoor wedding with these helpful hints. 1) Don’t obsess over the weather. Think about what you’ll do if the weather turns bad, but then let it go. It’s really easy to get caught up for months in advance about a forecast that won’t be accurate until a couple of days before. If you have a contingency plan, you’ll be covered, rain or shine. 2) There will be bugs. We heard of some people getting bug bites, which hadn’t even crossed our minds when we were planning. So think about having some subtly placed sprays or lotions for your guests—even sunscreen packets. It’s the little things that will keep everyone comfortable and focused on having fun.
3) Dress for summer. I did not consider how warm my dress was going to be in the summer. It was sleeveless, but it was heavy! I picked it out when it was still winter, and then about two weeks before the wedding, it hit me—I’m going to be wearing this outside at the end of August, and it’s about ten pounds of fabric. I loved my dress, but it's something I wish I had thought about. 4) Hope for sun, be prepared for showers. Pick a location with a built-in Plan B. The stress of not having to react if the forecast looks bad is worth it. It’s a total luck of the draw with the weather.
Curated Collection The
Looking for the perfect gift? Consider starting a collection for a loved one. It means you’ll never be out of ideas, and they’ll look forward to every gifting occasion. This season, we’ve picked a few collections that are personal and some that are quintessentially summer.
Weâ€™re suckers for bold patterns. If you know
someone who needs a little excitement in their lives, think about giving them
some fashionable art. Bright vintage scarves, like these from Vera Neumann,
can be given loose, framed, or stitched together as throw pillows.
In the 1700s, the founding fathers
commissioned silversmith Paul Revere to create a gift for the House of
Representatives to thank them for their support. The classic “Revere Bowl” is still
crafted today—some in all silver (like the original), and others with brightly colored
liners. Displayed together or used every day, one cannot have too many.
Have a friend who’s a culinary
connoisseur? Or a crafting queen? Look for scouting badges that reflect the recipient’s
interests, then stitch them to a wearable canvas—a jacket, baseball hat or t-shirt. Their personalized flair collection can grow over time.
We are completely intoxicated by this
idea. Bringing a bottle of wine to a gathering is polite, but not very original. Instead, collect tiny bottles of spirits and group them on a serving tray for single-serve libations. You can add to the collection by giving just the right
combinations for favorite drinks.
Photography by Lisa Linder
5 questions for
No 11 Pimlico Road London’s stylish new dining destination
Pimlico, London is obviously one of our favorite neighborhoods—from picking out flowers from Wild at Heart, to wanting to buy everything at Mungo & Maud for our pugs back home. So when we found out that a new eatery was opening at the old Ebury location, we couldn’t wait to hear all about it. We posed a few questions for Mel Marriott, MD of Darwin & Wallace, to get the details on the new dining destination—No. 11 Pimlico Road.
What makes the Pimlico/Chelsea neighborhood a perfect fit for an all-day eatery? Pimlico and Chelsea have a vibrant feel to them, where the people come together as one community. Our all-day eatery hopes to become a focal point for that—a meeting place for people where they will feel relaxed and comfortable. It’s also a great chance for us to reflect the passion for design in the local area with similar detail in our own design, showcasing to people from further afield a snapshot of what Pimlico is all about! What is the inspiration behind the décor? Pimlico, London has great antiques shops, some with wonderful mid-century classics, giving it a
contemporary feel. That gives the area a mood, and we have been inspired by that mood rather than picking a theme and following it. We have also remembered the heritage of the building, so restoring the fenestration has been key to make it more in keeping with the local vernacular. Other key considerations have been comfort and interest as well as sourcing bespoke pieces of furniture for people to enjoy in the space whilst eating and drinking. Any surprises on the menu, or dishes you’re particularly excited to have people taste? Our menus are focused on fresh, scratch-cooked, great value food and delightful drinks from a morning coffee and breakfast to dinner and a nightcap (and everything in between). From the menu tastings there are so many varying dishes I
“Our all-day eatery hopes to become a focal point for that—a meeting place for people where they will feel relaxed and comfortable. ” SUMMER 2013
am excited to share, and we offer different dishes for different moods and times of day. Kicking off with brunch, we have a delicious breakfast bruschetta. Other highlights include our rib eye, and little lemon puds are delicious—a moist sponge cake with oozing lemon curd underneath. But in general I’m just excited to hear people’s reactions to our menu.
In The Neighborhood While you’re in the area, check out a few of our favorite shops.
Is there a signature cocktail, or one that everyone simply has to try?
Mungo & Maud: The cutest gifts for your furry friend—from charming squeaky toys to practically perfect collars and treats. We can't resist a stop in whenever we’re in town.
Martini No. 11—a cocktail created for us using 11 secret ingredients! What three words would you use to describe No. 11 Pimlico Road? Perfect Backdrop (for) Socializing Planning a visit? Check out no11pimlicoroad.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @no11pimlicoroad. 38
The Conran Shop: Unique décor items, from furniture and lighting to books and textiles. If time permits, stop by the flower shop and pick out a lovely bouquet.
Daylesford Organic: Full from your meal at No. 11? Stock up on some fresh-from-the-farm groceries for later. Howe: Stunning furniture and décor. We could spend hours with the lighting selections alone. Potterton Books: Get lost in this small but mighty shop. Amongst the volumes, you might even find a bit of art to add to your gallery.
smart Cookies Simply superb confections from a dynamic duo.
Photography courtesy of Beurre & Sel and Claudia Ficca.
here’s something perfect about a cookie. They’re Tideal for sharing (or not), they don’t require utensils, and they remind us of a simpler time when anything could be fixed with a warm, homemade treat. When we discovered New York’s Beurre & Sel, we knew we had found a new favorite. We spoke with founder and author Dorie Greenspan and her son, co-founder Josh, about the inspiration behind Beurre & Sel and what makes their tiny shop such a treasure. You explain on your website how making cookies is a way of making memories. What made you decide to share your memories with the world? Dorie: For years, I’d been sharing memories and discoveries—as well as recipes—in my cookbooks, and so it was a logical jump to start sharing them in our shops. When you’ve got something you love, something that makes you happy, I think it’s only natural to want to share it and make other people happy, too. Besides, Josh really wanted to start a shop, and what mother would give up the chance to work with her son? With Dorie’s history of baking, were after-school cookies a given for Josh as a kid? If so, what were some early favorites?
Dorie: I baked cakes and breads and pies and tarts and a million different kinds of cookies all through Josh’s childhood, so there were always after-school treats—lots of chocolate chip cookies (I handchopped great chocolate to make the chips), lots of brownies and later World Peace Cookies. Josh: At some point, when I was older, ‘after-school’ treats became ‘after-hours’ treats. I worked at [Upper East Side restaurant] Daniel and then, when my shift was over, I’d go to work at a nightclub and I always brought cookies with me that my mom and I had baked together. World Peace was our cookie. After the pop-up Cookie Bar venture, what made you decide to take the leap and start Beurre & Sel as a permanent shop? Dorie: The pop-up shops were always meant to be the stepping stones to a permanent place, but it took us a few years to figure it all out—we’re a family of late bloomers. But once we got the word that we had space in two New York City markets, ‘late’ was a word we never used again. We got the bakery and boutique up and running in a couple of months (thanks to Michael—husband, father and all-around Gepetto, who stepped in when the contractors stepped out; this is truly a family biz) and we launched our website with online ordering just a few weeks later. SUMMER 2013
What is it about French sea salt that makes it the ideal ingredient for your cookies?
surprises: When you’ve got a good cookie, one with great flavor and texture, each bite is different.
Dorie: I love salt in cookies because it intensifies the flavor of all the other ingredients and makes them linger longer. And while I use fine-grained French sea salt, and finish our Cocoa-Cayenne Cocktail Cookies with Maldon Sea Salt, I’m in love with fleur de sel, a sea salt from Guérande, on France’s Brittany coast, where it is harvested by hand. Fleur de sel’s crystals are moist, coarse and crunchy and they maintain their texture even after the cookie is baked. Also, and best of all, the flavor of fleur de sel is fresh and clean and almost more minerally than salty.
What inspired the clear cookie stack packaging?
We’d never ask you to pick a favorite, but what cookie is the perfect introduction to the Beurre & Sel assortment?
Josh: I work on all the design stuff. We had these perfectly shaped cookies that stacked beautifully, and when I was looking for packaging, all I kept seeing were boxes and bags and solid cylinders that hid our great-looking cookies. And then I came across clear plastic tubes that were just the right size for our cookies…they were designed to hold golf balls! They didn’t work for us, but they gave me a starting point and I poked around from there. Is there a summer cookie recipe you could share with our readers?
Dorie: Merci for not asking me to pick a fave. In many ways, what might be thought of as our simplest cookie is the cookie that best captures our style: The French Vanilla Sablé. Sablé means sandy in French, and it’s a way to describe the texture of a perfect shortbread. Our sablé is made with butter, butter and more butter, more than a pinch of French sea salt—of course—and a crush of Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans. The cookie, finished with sparkling white sanding sugar, is toasty brown and crispy around the edges and golden brown and a just this side of cakey in the center. It’s got all the characteristics of a Beurre & Sel cookie: memorable flavor, interesting texture and our signature sleek look.
Dorie: Our World Peace Cookies, along with Sablés, is Beurre & Sel’s most popular cookie and the cookie that Josh and I baked together for years. It’s a dark, dark chocolate cookie with chunks of bittersweet chocolate (we use Valrhona Chocolate Noir) and a 1/2 teaspoonful of our beloved fleur de sel. At Beurre & Sel, we make these in our signature metal baking rings, but at home you can make these as slice-and-bakes. The recipe was given to me years ago by Pierre Hermé, France’s most famous pastry chef, and was re-named by a neighbor of ours who said, “If everyone could have these cookies, there would be peace throughout the world.” When I published this recipe in my book, Baking From My Home to Yours, of course I called them World Peace Cookies.
No one turns down cookies as a gift (at least no one we’ve met). Why do you think that is?
Any new flavors we can look forward to this summer?
Dorie: Cookies make the perfect gift for so many reasons: No matter how chic the cookie might be, getting a cookie always makes you feel like a very well-loved child; cookies are a treat, a small indulgence—just the right size for after a meal, after work or after midnight. And cookies offer
Dorie: I’m working on so many new cookies! I recently created a tea and berry cookie—it's a sister cookie to our Classic Jammer; a lavender sable; and a terrific cookie which, although it's part of our Cocktail Collection (cookies meant to be paired with wine and champagne), is perfect with craft beer.
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World Peace Cookies
Adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt; 2006) Makes about 36 cookies Ingredients 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons; 5 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chip-size bits (or an equal amount of store-bought chocolate mini-chips) Instructions: Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together and keep close at hand. Working in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, if you have one, beat the butter on medium speed until it is soft and creamy. (If you’d like, you can make the dough by hand using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.) Add both sugars, the salt and the vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes more. Turn off the mixer, pour in the flour and cocoa, and pulse the mixer several times, pulsing at low speed for a second or two each time. When you no longer fear flying flour, turn the mixer to low and mix just until the flour disappears into the dough; the dough might look a little crumbly. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix to incorporate. Turn the dough out onto a smooth work surface, divide it in half, gather it together and, working with one half at a time, shape the dough into a log that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter (the logs will be about 9 inches long). Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill them for at least 3 hours for up to 3 days. Getting ready to bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 44
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Working with a sharp thin-bladed knife, slice rounds that are 1/2–inch thick. (The rounds often crack as you’re cutting them—don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto the cookie.) Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch of spread space between each round, and slide one of the sheets into the oven. Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes (not longer!—they won’t look done nor will they be firm, but that’s just the way they should be. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature. Repeat with the second sheet of cookies. Serving: The cookies can be eaten when they are warm or at room temperature—I prefer them at room temperature, when the textural difference between the crumbly cookie and the chocolate bits is greatest— and are best suited to cold milk or hot coffee. Storing: The dough can be made ahead and either chilled or frozen. In fact, if you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking—just slice the logs into cookies and bake the cookies 1 minute longer. Packed airtight, baked cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days; they can be frozen for up to 2 months.
SUMMERSHOWERS A classic celebration, fit for a queen. Photography by Brandon Jones
With our favorite Duchess expecting, we thought it only fitting to host a shower. We started with a bright
palette, and collected some bold accessories to set the table. So bring the outdoors in and prepare for a sunny summery soirĂŠe.
Aside from some of the paper items, there’s not a lot on our spread that’s overtly “baby.” But we did sneak in a vintage baby scale. It doubles as a great beverage serving station.
tray to plant wheatgrass, and in ten days we had a
Baby showers don’t have to be all pink and blue. In
natural, textural element. We also gathered some
fact, the brighter the better! Summer is the perfect
flowering branches to add height and a bit of
time to use flora as a starting point and take a cue
drama to the setting.
or two from Mother Nature. Greens and yellows say cheer, joy and life to us. We took a piece of
Aside from some of the paper items, there’s not
Marimekko Unikko fabric, stretched it across a
a lot on our spread that’s overtly “baby.” But we
wooden frame, and used it as inspiration.
did sneak in a vintage baby scale. It doubles as a great beverage serving station.
Once we had our backdrop, it was feeling a bit retro. So we leveraged that feeling in a few other
And when it came to favors, we opted for simple
soft pieces (those napkins!) and with the daisy motif
jars filled with homemade lemon curd—a sweet
on the paper goods.
way for guests to remember the day (and “spread the love").
THESET-UP Flowers are a must for any gathering, but think
outside the vase. We used an inexpensive boot
Think small! Have you ever noticed that women don’t eat a lot in front of other women? There’s a
lot of cutting things in half and “oh, no, I couldn’t
create super-easy petit fours. Pandan essence—
have another.” And while we’re usually the first
used in Southeast Asian cooking—added a light,
ones to make our way to any buffet, we’re
almost nutty flavor and great green color to our
respectful of those who are shy when it comes to
feasting. So, while it might be tempting to order a tray of this or a bucket of that, you may wind up
with a lot of leftovers.
Traditional baby shower games can feel forced, so we kept it simple. We designed “seen and heard”
We assembled lots of small bites—savory and
bingo cards for guests to track—some funny
sweet (but mostly sweet)—and made finger foods
(stork), some sentimental (tears of joy).
our top priority. We love the mango and avocado salads (so color-appropriate), served in tiny glass
For a gender-guessing game, we made bowties
bowls. Cucumber tea sandwiches are perfect for
from some fabric scraps and tossed them in a jar.
an afternoon gathering, and cones of white cheddar
Guests could pin one to their tops if they thought
popcorn are easy for guests to carry around.
the baby was a boy, or wear one in their hair if they guessed girl. Nice and simple—and it left plenty of
For dessert, green and white cookies were fun to
time for present opening!
make, while we used store-bought pound cake to SUMMER 2013
THE TOASTED OAT A new brand of gluten-free goodness.
ntrepreneur Erika Boll left a career in retail to launch an exciting new brand all her own. She shared her E story—and her struggle to find delicious snacks she could trust. Can you tell us a bit about your gluten-free journey? I was diagnosed with celiac disease six years ago. I had battled "stomach stress" since my early 20s, and had seen numerous doctors—all told me to do more yoga and stress less. I knew it was more, and at a certain point I was unable to ignore the signs. I dropped 20 pounds in a short period of time, and began having blackouts and heart arrhythmia. Scary stuff ! My mom was actually the one who figured it out. She pored over websites comparing my symptoms to multiple disorders. She pressured doctors to test me, and wouldn't take no for an answer. Now I'm a veteran—I can pack food like no other. It is a way of life, and it impacts every minute of every day. There is not a time I walk out my door without thinking, "Where am I going, how long will I be gone, how much food should I put in my portable cooler?" I’m like a squirrel, I have snacks hidden everywhere—car console, cosmetic bag, work drawers—you name it. If you have allergies and you have ever been somewhere and felt like you were starving to death, or worse—gotten sick—you know. That is my inspiration and undying passion for this brand.
What makes The Toasted Oat Granola so unique? This granola is like nothing on the market in this category. It is soft and chewy, and is great combined with other foods or eaten straight out of the can—which most admit they can finish in one sitting. I have had so many people tell me they never eat granola, but this is one of the best things they have ever tasted. Imagine a crumbled up oatmeal cookie...it's that, only better, because it packs a nutritional punch that keeps you satiated. How did you go about selecting your first four flavor combinations? Each of the four launch flavors began with family favorite ingredients. No. 1, Peanut + Raisin, was the original recipe passed down by my grandmother, Margaret, which is why it just had to be #1. The remaining three were inspired by my two favorite men—my dad and my husband, and of course, I had to get my top choice in as well. My dad will eat cashews by the truckload, and my husband's favorite cookie is white chocolate macadamia...and I will eat nearly anything with blueberries in it. Which flavor best matches your personality? As I mentioned, blueberries are my absolute favorite; I go through about 4-6 pints per week at home. So naturally, No. 3 Blueberry + Flax is my favorite, No.1 Peanut + Raisin is a close runner-up. In addition to my celiac, I have battled nut allergies off and on throughout my life, so I try to limit my nut consumption where I can. I kept nuts out of the recipe for the same reason. I won’t claim it is nut-free for those who have nut allergies, as it is produced using the same equipment as the other flavors, but for those like me, it’s a great choice.
What’s the perfect way to enjoy Toasted Oat in the summer? I have to say, it is to die for on ice cream! The salty-sweet combinations of all the flavors mixed with the creamy yumminess of summer's best treat—how can you go wrong? A personal favorite is Dulche de Leche ice cream topped with No. 2 White Chocolate + Macadamia. Delish! Where can we find The Toasted Oat? We’re sold locally in Columbus, Ohio, at The Hills Market Worthington and Downtown, Raisin Rack in Westerville, and Celebrate Local at Easton Town Center. Later in the summer we’ll be at Whole Foods in Dublin, and hopefully expanding to additional Whole Foods locations regionally, then launching online ordering within the year. Any big plans for the summer and fall we can look forward to? My summer is going to be chock-full of fun retail events, tastings and contests. I plan to keep everyone posted on where the excitement will be via The Toasted Oat social media outlets. I am looking forward to sharing our products with as many mouths as I can feed. Hope to see everyone there! If everything goes as planned, we’ll launch online ordering sometime this fall—just in time for holiday gifts and goodies.
Hungry? Check out The Toasted Oat for news and product information. www.thetoastedoat.com The Toasted Oat on Facebook @thetoastedoat on Twitter
What inspires your creativity?
Is it a letterpress calendar hanging above your desk? An ever-expanding book collection?
We posed the question to some of our favorite artists and bloggers to get a snapshot of their work spaces. Sometimes seeing what inspires others unleashes a burst of creativity in ourselves. So letâ€™s take a look!
A peek at Allison's SUMMER 2013space 53
f ro m t he desk o f
The items found on my desk are a mix of current
always wanted her! The "Lukatz" sign my
in my logo color and website and can be found
mailbox plate at my dad's childhood home. My
inspiration and just plain bits of happy. Pink is used splashed throughout my office. It's the color that pops into my wardrobe around May—oh how I
love coral in the summer. OPI's Cajun Shrimp can be found on my toes all summer long.
The items from my personal collection are: my Casey Barbie, given to me by a friend—I've
grandfather made, and it was used as the
bright pink portfolio sits in the background, waiting for its next call out the door. From My Library
Isabel Toledo, Roots of Style: I love her and
her husband’s love story and the fact that they continue to inspire each other. Her husband,
sketches all of her designs—she describes and he draws it, such an amazing creative connection.
Grace Coddington, Grace, A Memoir: Creative
Director at Vogue, she has such an amazing story! I'm still reading, but finding myself paging
ahead just to get a glimpse of her wonderful illustrations throughout the book.
Ruben Toledo, is one of my favorite artists. He
Favorite Summer Detail
Sunshine and all that comes with it: long days
and warm nights, sundresses, sandals, pedicures and being poolside.
Casey is an illustrator living in Chicago. She draws life as she sees it: happy, fun and full of style and whimsy.
f ro m t he desk o f
If you’ve followed my Tumblr for any length of time, you’re familiar with
my love of “pretty stuff.” If I am not careful, I will wind up old and gray and living in a house that lacks important items like sofas and beds, but is filled to the brim with girly little things I’ve collected along the way. It is this “pretty stuff ” that inspires me every day.
A lot of my personal style is infused with a vintage flair. I’m inspired by
chic, classic looks and objects from a time gone by. My “workspace” reflects this, as you’ll find my personal style icon, Jackie, gracing the cover of my
favorite coffee table book, vintage brooches, a crystal perfume bottle, and antique dishes I stole from my mother.
I also pull inspiration from the landscapes, florals, and natural delights
that go hand in hand with summer. From delicate feathers and coral, a
peony-scented candle, or the sea glass I grew up collecting on the beach
in Massachusetts, I love to be surrounded by it all. The little brochure with
a photo of a packet of peanut butter? MANA Nutrition, the non-profit
organization I work for in North Carolina, inspires me every day. We make therapeutic food for malnourished children and we send it all over the world, saving kids one packet a time.
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My family's annual trip to Westport Harbor, MA. It is the most special place in the world to me and holds all the magic of summer.
Patterson Maker is a southern girl working for MANA
Nutrition, who has a love for collecting “pretty stuff.”
f ro m t he desk o f
All of these objects are in my personal collection,
photograph of a young ballerina, a bisque doll
scarf from a dear friend.
Romania and a white feather found on a walk.
most of them gifts from my husband, and the
Included here: the background is a beautiful
I N S P I R AT I ON
silk scarf from Italy, a tiny glass bead evening
I think the title from one of my previous
necklace, vintage broach, a 1920s paper doll, a
She seemed trapped in a constant state of nostalgia.
bag from the Czech Republic, jet bead
made in Japan, a 1931 ping pong medal from
paintings sums up fairly well what inspires me:
Ephemera from the past provide me—directly
and indirectly—with endless inspiration. It is
the feeling of these lovely old things that I try to capture in my work.
Vivienne Strauss is a painter
who lives in Peterborough, NH, with her husband, artist Matte
Stephens, their dog and four cats.
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Lush greens! (That and being warm, being able to canoe, hike, etc.) I'm going on because it was a really long, hard winter this year.
The Late Show Outdoor movies are the perfect way to celebrate summer! Plan an afternoon of games and cap it off with a big-screen feature and snacks. We turned to food blogger and stylist Betsy Haley to create a concession stand that will have guests begging for an encore.
For seating, think about your crowd of guests.
Keep it simple! We can’t stress it enough. Movies
If having seats with backs is important, you can
should be after-dinner affairs, and movie snacks
mix and match lawn chairs for an eclectic feel.
should serve as sweet-and-salty desserts. If you
Even better? Have guests bring their own. For
really want to serve up something substantial,
our gathering, we had young folks and small
add in a low-stress pizza. Betsy collected some
kids, so we set out vintage blankets and all the
amazing twists on movie confections that are the
throw pillows we could find. Then we stretched a
perfect things to nibble on in-between action scenes.
tarp from IKEA between two sturdy trees for an instant movie screen.
If our food is a study in simplicity, then the setting
We created some fun signs to point the way for
is all about casual, collected comfort. We took
each activity so our guests didn’t miss out on
a cue from our big-screen feature—Moonrise
the fun. Our favorite part? Having 5x7 popcorn
Kingdom—and went for “summer-camp chic.”
graphics created, then running white bags
With events like cornhole (bean bag toss for
through the printer. It was a small detail that got
you non-Midwesterners), canoe rides and table
a lot of attention. Have fun playing off your movie
tennis, there was a lot to do before the opening
theme—it can inspire your food, your activities,
even your color palette.
Maple Bacon Popcorn Mix adapted from Popcorn.org Ingredients
Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon
8 cups popped popcorn
drippings. Brush bacon with 2 tablespoons of
6 slices thick-cut bacon
maple syrup; bake 15 minutes or until browned.
¼ cup pure maple syrup
Cool then coarsely chop bacon.
8 cups popped popcorn
Combine popcorn, pecans and cranberries
²∕³ cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
in large bowl.
²∕³ cup dried cranberries
Combine butter, black pepper, maple extract,
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and
¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon maple extract Instructions Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a jellyroll pan with foil
reserved bacon drippings. Cook over low heat until butter is melted. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly. Spread popcorn mixture in jellyroll or roasting pan. Bake 5 minutes. Toss in bacon pieces. Serve warm.
and place a wire rack in the pan. Arrange bacon in single layer on rack. Bake 15 minutes or until ends of bacon start to curl.
Sriracha Popcorn Ingredients
notes from betsy
½ cup un-popped popcorn kernels
Popcorn is one of my all-time favorite foods, and you absolutely cannot have a movie night without this crunchy snack. As much as I love the classic butter and salt version, sometimes it’s fun to switch it up a bit. Try adding spicy Sriracha sauce, or try a sweet and savory version with maple and bacon. I’m willing to bet it won’t last long.
2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce Instructions Whisk Sriracha and butter together until well blended. Pop popcorn using preferred method. Drizzle the butter mixture over the popped kernels and enjoy!
Prosciutto Chips with Whipped Feta Dip Ingredients
For the dip:
6 oz. feta cheese 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 large handful fresh parsley, chopped
Heat oven to 400°F degrees.
1 large handful fresh mint, chopped
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray with cooking spray. Lay prosciutto slices out so they are not touching each other. Bake 10-12 minutes, until crisp.
3 tablespoons olive oil Fresh ground pepper INSTRUCTIONS Mix feta, Greek yogurt, parsley and mint in a
notes from betsy
food processer. Pulse until ingredients begin
Party food doesn’t get any easier than chips and dips. Skip the standard store-bought varieties and whip up these easier-than-theysound varieties. To really “wow” your friends, make some crispy prosciutto chips for dipping!
to combine. Add in olive oil, one tablespoon at
a time, until dip reaches desired consistency. Season with fresh ground pepper.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip Ingredients
1 box (9 ounces) frozen artichokes, thawed and chopped
In the bowl of a food processor, combine ½ cup
½ cup feta, crumbled
2 teaspoons water; puree until smooth.
1 garlic clove
In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, pine
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
nuts, basil, remaining chopped artichokes,
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed), chopped, plus more for garnish ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted ½ cup basil leaves, torn
artichokes, ¼ cup feta, garlic, lemon juice, and
remaining ¼ cup feta, and reserved artichoke puree; season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sun-dried tomatoes, if desired, and serve on baguette slices. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Grilled Pizza Ingredients
Arrange vegetables on grill rack coated with
2 portobello mushroom caps
cooking spray; grill 8 minutes or just until tender.
1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch strips 1 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into
Slice mushrooms. Roll dough into a 12-inch oval on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on grill rack; grill 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
½-inch-thick slices 1 red onion, cut into ½-inch wedges (root end intact) 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sprinkle cheese over dough, leaving a ½-inch border around edges. Arrange vegetable mixture over cheese. Grill pizza for 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle pizza with basil leaves and red pepper; cut into 8 slices.
Cooking spray 8 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough
notes from betsy
4 ounces shredded fontina cheese (1 cup)
For the main event, fire up the grill and make some pizza! Grilling pizza could not be simpler. You can have your guests each create their own personal versions, or make a couple full-size pizzas for the group to share.
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper Instructions Preheat grill to high heat. Remove brown gills from undersides of mushrooms with a spoon; discard. Combine mushrooms, garlic, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and oil in a bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Coconut Rum Truffles adapted from The Culinary Enthusiast Ingredients
Chill the ganache in the refrigerator for at least an
11 ounces good-quality chocolate
hour, or until it holds its shape.
²∕³ cup heavy cream
When ready to form the truffles, I prefer using
¹∕³ cup shredded sweetened or
a small scoop or teaspoon. Roll the pieces of
unsweetened coconut, toasted 1 teaspoons coconut extract 1 teaspoons Malibu coconut rum (optional)
chocolate into a ball between your hands. If you plan on coating the truffles with cocoa powder or dipping them in chocolate, it’s a good idea to chill them again for a few minutes so they don’t lose their shape.
Instructions Bring heavy cream to a boil in a small heavy
Toss the truffles in toasted coconut.
saucepan. Pour the cream over the chocolate, then stir with a whisk (don’t beat or you’ll
notes from betsy
incorporate air), until the ganache is smooth.
Truffles are the perfect movie-night dessert. They are simple to make, and require no utensils to eat! The possibilities for truffles are endless, but my favorites always contain some kind of booze.
If this doesn’t quite melt the chocolate, you can put the bowl of chocolate and cream in the microwave and heat in 15-second intervals, stirring in between. This would be the time to add a flavored extract or alcohol, if you desire.
White Chocolate Lemon Truffles Ingredients
saucepan. Stir in cream and scald mixture. (aka,
¼ cup butter
heat until bubbles begin to form around the
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon 3 tablespoons heavy cream 1 cup quality white chocolate, finely chopped ½ teaspoons lemon extract ¼ cup powdered or sparkling sugar for coating
edges but is not yet boiling) Pour hot cream mixture over white chocolate. Add extract then stir until smooth. Cover mixture and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to handle. Scoop out heaping teaspoons. Form into balls, then roll in powdered sugar or sparkling sugar. Freeze truffles 20
Instructions Pour white chocolate into a mixing bowl, set aside.
minutes or refrigerate for one hour, then enjoy. Store truffles in refrigerator.
Melt butter along with lemon zest in a small SUMMER 2013
Beso de Luz Margarita Ingredients
notes from betsy
2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
All parties require an amazing cocktail. Nothing says “summer” to me more than a margarita. This “kiss of light” margarita gives a fresh twist to your standard store-bought mix margarita. I always recommend using fresh-squeezed juice over store bought in any cocktail, if possible.
½ oz. Licor 43 1 oz. lime juice ¼ orange Instructions Pour liquids over ice. Squeeze the juice of the ¼ orange into the glass, then drop it in.
Giftsfrom TE N N E SSEE
Nashville is usually on the travel bucket list of music and food fans. There’s a lot to see, it’s warm, welcoming, and it’s manageable in just a few days. We made the trip down earlier this year with our dog-eared copies of the Scout Guide and Wildsam Field Guide in our bag. With a loop around the center of the city, visiting East, West
and Central Nashville is easy to navigate with established and developing areas on all sides. You will need your car to cover this much ground, but be prepared for lots of off-course stops for places you pass. We’ve gathered a few must-haves from some of our favorite shops. Bring a notebook—you’ll be jotting down your favorite places all along the way!
Kayce Hughes We’ve long been fans of Kayce Hughes’ clothing line before, so it was great to visit her flagship store in Nashville Hill Center. Her women’s dress designs are the perfect blend of vintage and modern silhouettes, and are great to wear to any summer party—or just having cocktails with friends.
Half Sleeve Vintage Button Down Dress The notice-me red is to-diefor, and we love the fun, retro trim detail. Pair it with sandals or cowboy boots to keep it casual. $148 Also In the area: While you’re at Nashville Hill Center, check out H. Audrey for a more rock-androll look. Owned by Hank Williams’ granddaughter, you’re sure to find something with a little edge. Hatch Show Print Everyone knows Nashville as the music capital, and Hatch Show Print has been documenting historical performances as the oldest working letterpress print shop in America. Hatch Show
Print features vintage posters from country music’s greats like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame for a complete Nashville music experience.
Nashville Skyline What better way to remember a trip to Nashville than this Skyline print? Framed on a gallery wall you will remember your music and dining adventures each time you see it. $18 Old Made Good How could we resist a store where you leave with a bit of glitter on your shoes? Old Made Good is the perfect place to go when you just want a gift of inspiration. The store is filled with vintage, oneof-a-kind, local and alwaysunique items that you never knew you always needed.
Boudoir Candles Only ladies from Nashville could break out the essence of Harlots and Trollops and pour them into candles. Our personal favorite combines true southern fragrances of dirt, tobacco and champagne in a scent called Jezebel. $28 Barista Parlor You need to start mornings with the perfect cup. We recommend heading over to Barista Parlor to have a handcrafted-by-the-cup brew in a coffee garage you would only find in Nashville. The spacious garage space provides plenty of room to
stretch out, meet friends or just people watch while having amazing coffee and biscuits.
Slow Drip We are coffee purists at heart and highly recommend the slow-drip coffees. However, everyone we talked to also recommended the Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Latte. Take home a bag of your favorite brew—along with another local favorite, Olive & Sinclair chocolate bars—to your lucky friends. Emil Erwin There are two great luxuries in the world: The smell of leather and the touch of beautifully crafted leather goods. Emil Erwin products provide both in their exquisite products, made right in Nashville’s Marathon Village. Created by Emil and Leslie Congdon, these leather goods are designed to last a lifetime and gain the cherished buttery soft patina.
Eyeglass Case Emil Erwin’s bags are a work of art and will be a great investment gift. The Eyeglass case in Mahogany is perfect for giving someone an everyday object that has been taken to that next level. Each time they reach for their glasses, they’ll feel extra special. (We recommend splurging on the monogram!) $150 with monogram Otis James The South is known for graceful style and harboring craftsmen, and Otis James is a reflection of both—but with a Nashville twist. Otis James handcrafts bowties and neckties— right down to the stitching, buttonholes and hand-printed labels. The process created beautiful neckwear that no man can refuse to wear.
Bow Tie We love the subtle pattern in this classic navy bowtie. Brilliant dressed up or down. $90
Other Notable Shops We could go on for days, but here are just a few more favorites. The Bang Bang Candy Company Handcrafted marshmallows, for when ordinary just won’t do. Snap Kids Clothing Have someone little to spoil? This is the place the start. Imogene and Willie A lovingly curated assortment for men, women and home. Grimey’s Records New sounds, old sounds and everything in-between. The Dotted Line Fabulous stationery, gifts and treats.
DIY Gift: Backyard Flower Arrangement Flowers make the perfect summer gift and are easy to arrange yourself. When you use flowers from your own backyard, it also frees your budget up to invest in a really beautiful container for the flowers—one that the recipient will proudly display for years. Single-Plant: Cut stems to the same length. Start in the center of the foam, and pile blooms in until it’s completely full. We used plain white peonies and we love the impact they make. Mixed-Plant: You’ll want three types of plants, to serve three different purposes:
Pick a vase.
Select a container that fits the recipient’s personality. From whimsical ceramics to elegant vintage pieces, go beyond standard vases and look for unique and unexpected finds.
Walk your garden.
Select items in bloom with interesting foliage shapes, colors and stem lengths. Don’t forget about unique branches, leaves—even ripening berries.
Soak a piece of floral foam in water for 30 minutes, then place it in your vase or container. There are two basic ways to think about your arrangement design—a single-plant arrangement, or mixedplant arrangement. Here are some tips for each:
The Thriller—Something with height or dramatic shape/color to serve as a focus. In our arrangement, it’s the Alliums globes, Purple Smoke False Indigo and Royal Candles Veronica. The Filler—These plants fill in the holes of the arrangement and can be something you have the most of. We used Golden Spirit Smokebush and Doublefile Viburnum. The Spiller—Have a few longer items that spill out of the container and trail down the sides, either balanced or asymmetrical. We used the Fern and Dart’s Gold Ninebark.
All Wrapped Up One gift. Five ways to dress it up.
Turn any gift into a work of art. This season, weâ€™ve wrapped the same square box in styles inspired by a few of our favorite artists. Art aficionado or not, the recipient will love the wrapping almost as much as the gift!
Piet Mondrian For an abstract style, start with plain white paper. Use black grosgrain ribbon to create a grid, then add small amounts of different widths of primary-colored ribbon to fill some spaces in.
Mark Rothko Create the look of overlapping colors and shapes by using colored paper and contrasting ribbons. We love the bright, energetic colors of Rothkoâ€™s earlier work, but whatever palette you like will do.
Damien Hirst A take on Hirstâ€™s spot paintings couldnâ€™t be easier to create. Take different colors of yard sale dot stickers (we used markers to color some white ones), and start putting them down in rows.
Claude Monet/Vincent van Gogh For a more literal translation of a particular style, look for pre-printed papers. We found a wallpaper scrap reminiscent of Monet’s impressionist style, and an inexpensive The Starry Night poster, then dressed them up with a vintage brooch and layered ribbon, respectively.
Jeff Koons A bit of shine and a touch of whimsy bring Koons’ contemporary style to life. We started with colorful mylar, then added a simple balloon dog. We referenced a simple instruction book, but there are lots of online videos. (It’s easy!)
Unwrapped Gifts that made history
TRULUV Canoe To: Nancy Reagan F rom: Ronald Reagan Nancy Reagan once described the idyllic way she wished her husband had proposed. She imagined the two of them paddling across a lake in a canoe, with Ronald singing to her. Aware of her wish, Ronald made her dream come true on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, with a gift of the TRULUV Canoe.