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Thank you SO very much! So glad so many people are reaching out, it’s been such a fun little adventure to take part in!
Joanna Goddard likes my apartment!
Pretty exciting considering I think she’s one of the most inspirational people in the blogosphere.
A dream kitchen in Manhattan.
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North Fork of Long Island
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Explorers Club, NYC
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Explorers Club, NYC
If you would have asked me what my favorite Holiday was as a child, I would have, without hesitation, answered Halloween. But now that I’ve gotten a little older, and my tastebuds have decided that chocolate and candy are no longer my favorite food (okay, maybe that’s a lie) Thanksgiving is quickly rising to the top of my Holiday list.
Because my immediate family consists of just my mother, grandmother, and myself, the Thanksgivings of my childhood were always pretty small. But when I started college, something shifted. We began taking in my college roommates and friends who couldn’t get home for the holidays, we combined forces with our Italian neighbors, and our Thanksgivings became an all-out, over the top, celebration of food and friends.
This year is no exception (we’re expecting 20 some people….) and my mom has been handing the reigns over to me slowly but surely every year.
That being said, I’ve been searching for recipes to provide little alternatives every year… Not that there’s anything wrong with the classics, but one can only eat mushy stuffing with celery so many times over the years before an update is necessary.
Here are a few of the recipes I’m hoping to try this year with my family to provide some small but exciting twists on the classics, while still keeping the traditionalists (sorry, Nana) happy.
1) Pretzel Bread Quinoa Stuffing with Garlic Butter Mushrooms. Uh, Hello. I’m going to be honest. I don’t like stuffing. Mushy bread that’s been cooked for hours inside a bird just doesn’t appeal to me… Call me crazy. Anyway, when I saw this recipe the lightbulb finally went on. I’ll never win the battle of replacing my nana’s original stuffing recipe all together, but I think I can make this in addition to hers and maybe sway the masses.
2) Grilled Kale and Radicchio with Almonds and Balsamic-Orange Glaze. Light, colorful, and the new brooklynite in me appreciates the kale. Done.
3) Sweet Potato Biscuits. I’ve made these before, and I’ll make them again. and again. and again. and again. I usually make them with soups and stews (and double the recipe to have enough leftover the morning after for an egg and bacon sandwich) but I think they’ll be a great addition to our holiday menu. Plus, can you really ever have too many dishes with sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving?
4) Sweet Potato Coconut Casserole. Marshmallows + coconut + sweet potatoes. In the words of Saint Martha, it’s a good thing.
5) Pear Cranberry Slab Pie. Of course there will be pumpkin pie at our table (and pecan, apple, and sweet potato) but this looks like a great update to feed a crowd of people who probably are ready for dessert before the first slice of turkey is even carved.
we’d heard rumors about our men’s designer Frank’s Dutch apple pie after he mentioned it in an interview last year. we’ve spent the past several months trying to get an invite to his home upstate in Hillsdale, New York—and just in time for the holidays, we finally succeeded.
It’s my mom’s recipe. She taught me how to make it when I was little; I inherited my love for cooking from her. The Dutch eat apple pie with whipped cream, not ice cream. Dutch apple pie has a more robust crust, which makes for a more rustic pie. The crust is crumbly, not flaky, and there’s an open top finished with latticework.
Yes, weekends upstate are all about cooking, be it for friends or just to try to master a dish. I like a challenge. As soon as I arrive in Hillsdale on Friday night, the cookbooks come out and it’s about preparing a brine to tenderize a piece of meat or soaking dried Borlotti beans for the next day’s bean ragout.
In the city I keep it simple, maybe just a quick stir-fry of vegetables and chicken, or I take an upstate-made pasta sauce out of the freezer. I barely order in.
You have quite a collection of cookbooks…
I love the Nigel Slater cookbooks. They’re full of rustic, earthy, unfussy dishes, and the photography is amazing. I just found a new one when I was in London a few weeks ago. His style of writing makes you feel like you can tackle anything.
I usually take a pie with me to dinner parties, and we’ll have it for dessert—sometimes I’ll bring two. It’s a double-edged sword, because now it has become expected. The second I walk in the door it’s like, “Where’s the pie?”
Any particular music you play while cooking?
In the morning, I love classical music; it’s kind of a ritual, but in the afternoon it could be anything from old New Wave playlists to current purchases. Right now, I love listening to The 1975 or the new Sigur Ros album.
What’s always in your fridge?
Irish butter, eggs, Gruyère. Lately, vegetables from the garden, blood orange Orangina.
Ultimate comfort food?
Mac and cheese. But I make mine with three different cheeses and I put a layer of tomatoes on top—I swear it makes you feel less guilty.
A Vitamix, It was actually a present, so I can’t say I personally splurged…but now I can’t live without it!
Recent splurge for your house?
I just got a new sofa by Stephen Kenn out of LA made out of old army tents. At J.Crew, we make a limited-edition collection of shorts and bags out of old army tents, so there was a nice tie-in. As soon as I saw the sofas in one of our J.Crew Men’s Shops, I knew it would be a perfect fit in my house.
To see how Frank spends a typical Sunday upstate, click here. To explore our entire Wallace & Barnes assortment (it makes up Frank’s preferred weekend uniform), click here.
Revisiting this Winter Picnic from the Design Sponge archives.
I’m back in the midwest this week, and am feeling inspired to try and pull something like this off with my friends… that is, if they’ll brave the frigid temperatures we’re having this week with me.
via Design Sponge
I’ve been about to burst with excitement over the past week, but I’m so excited to say that my very favorite design blog has featured MY home on their website today!! I can’t express how happy and grateful I feel to Amy, Grace, and the whole Design Sponge team for publishing my apartment.
Who would have thought… after years of living in college apartments posting pictures of homes to dream about, that MINE would ever be considered!
Thanks to all of YOU for sticking this out with me. For all of the kind words and advice while I made this move, and for sharing a love of beautiful homes with me.
I have no idea how I’ll ever top this.
Life lately here in NYC via my instagram.
So the last big project I had to tackle in my apartment was the bathroom….
While by no means the worst bathroom I’ve ever seen (that award is reserved for nearly every bathroom in every dorm, apartment, or house I inhabited in college) it was just boring. Stark white, a lightbulb in the ceiling, and a beige sea-shell toilet seat. Not the stuff dreams are made of.
Because every wall of my apartment is bright white, I decided to take a chance and paint my bathroom very nearly black. For the art, I made the trek out to Ikea (on a Sunday afternoon when I think all of Brooklyn was also there) and bought 16 white frames for $2 a piece to house some nautically-themed photos. Some I took, others I just love. I think the end result turned out pretty well for both trying to do something different in my apartment and working with a pretty limited budget.
Also, if you’re reading this, you might want to checkout the Design Sponge page around noon tomorrow!! You might just see a familiar space!!!!