I can no longer find my charcoal storage boxes at russell+hazel but have moved on and discovered something even better - Pantone Boxes! Isn't this gray one lovely? You can find more colors at Sprout Home.
Oh I'm so excited about Stella & Dot's new Spring / Summer. Inspired by destinations around the world like St. Tropez, India, Palm Beach, and Mexico, it's absolutely lovely. I have so many favorites and am already styling pieces in my head. One of the many great things about Stella & Dot jewelry is a little goes a long way, so many pieces can be worn on a casual ensemble and quite dressed-up when a party calls.
A few pieces immediately caught my eye, they are perfect for my simple day-to-day J.Crew wear as well as worthy partners for dinner parties or the ballet. I'm expecting my pieces sometime this week and will post updates as more styling ensues. Until then, what do you think of these treasures?
Chartreuse. Simply hot hot for this Spring! The piece can be worn as a single, double, or triple strand necklace. And, I love how the brooch can be removed and used on its own, which is true for all Stella & Dot brooch necklaces. It's all about versatility.
After watching Julie & Julia, I was inspired to make a dish where an emphatic “yum” came after the first bite (I'm probably in good company.). My last big yum came from cream I made for my daughter's birthday cake; it was the kind of homemade panna cream the local university café used to place atop my mocha. Pure heaven.
The next day I perused an old Cook’s Illustrated issue and found a simple Coq au Vin recipe. I’ve made it before never with boneless skinless thigh meat, always on the bone. I mentioned Coq au Vin to my husband, and he grimaced, “I’ve never had one that I liked.” Cook’s Illustrated has never let me down so I knew this recipe would be up to the challenge.
After trimming 2 1/2 pounds of boneless thigh meat, slowly reducing the wine broth, and browning the chicken, we had an emergency. My 3 1/2 year old son felt our new little fish needed a proper dinner and poured an obscene amount of food into the tank. Ah, boys will be boys.
Fast forward with a glass of wine in my hand, and a St. Germain & bourbon cocktail in my husband's hand (who painstakingly cleaned the tank), dinner was finally served. Joining the chicken stew were some slightly overcooked egg noodles... which I’ll blame on the fish feeding fiasco.
Drum roll please.... The first words out of my husband’s mouth were, “Wow, this is so tasty...pause...chew...this is the best Coq au Vin I have ever had.” whew. Not missing a beat, the kids said it was the best chicken and had a few more servings. Sounds like yum to me.
We went on our New Year's Day hike on Mt. Tam this morning. The air was cold and damp throughout our journey, as we found many little treasures along the path. We hope you too find little treasures as the year unfolds. Happy New Year!