Garlic Bread Alternative

If you’re ever looking for a garlic bread alternative, this recipe is for you. The bite of the horseradish gives this bread a very unique taste. We served with a light soup and it was the perfect accompaniment.

Horseradish Chive Bread
from Martha Stewart Living magazine

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Coarse salt
1 large French bread loaf

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mash butter with horseradish and chopped chives until smooth. Season with salt. Slice bread, without cutting all the way through. Generously spread butter mixture evenly onto each piece, and wrap loaf in foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm.


Downton Abbey

Did you watch the special 2-hour Downton Abbey episode Sunday night? It was fantastic, per usual.

If you are like me and cannot get enough of this Edwardian soap opera then your prayers have been answered. Tour company Noteworthy Events is offering a Downtown Abbey Experience where for one day you will visit Highclere Castle, the filming location for the PBS Masterpiece Classic. You’ll get a tour of the property inside and out, drink tea with the owners – the eighth Earl & Countess of Carnarvon, eat a private lunch in the State Dining Room, and much more. All for a measly $12K, I’ll start saving now…

Domino Magazine

Remember Domino Magazine? A fantastic home decorating and style magazine for young, modern women. I loved subscribing so much that for Christmas in 2008 I got my sister a subscription.

Then, in January, 2009 they announced they were ending the magazine because of a lack of advertising…it was a sad day.

Well, they just announced last week that they will publish Domino Quick Fixes, a special edition of the magazine that will hit newsstands April 17th – can’t wait!

NYFW Fall, 2012 Collections

I haven’t had the spare time to pay too much attention to NYFW this year as it was happening this week until tonight, so I spent some time just now looking at videos of some of my favorite designers’ shows. Seems like for Fall, 2012 we’ll be seeing suit separates, a dark brown/red color they’re calling Oxblood, and crazy hats.

Just look at this hat from the Milly show:

I am very excited for J. Crew’s Fall, 2012 line – look at this sweater! The green is such a dynamic color.

And have you heard about the new collaboration between J. Crew and…wait for it…Manolo Blahnik! Can’t wait…here is a preview:

Will you buy a pair?!

Envelope Liners

I made a very simple Valentine’s Day card this year with the focus of the card being a picture of my sweet baby girl on the inside of the card.

To jazz up the presentation and add a pop of color, I made envelope liners. They’re so easy to make, here’s how:

1. Cut paper to the appropriate size for the envelope size you’re using. I use the Paper Source envelope liner stencils.
2. Insert liner into envelope.
3. Score liner at the envelope flap seem and fold down using your bone folder.
4. Use a few pieces of double sided tape (or glue) to secure liner.

And voila!

Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I always love to make cards for Valentine’s Day (I know you’re not surprised) – last year I did a very ornate Edible Valentine. I’ll share the cards I made this year later this week after those I made them for have received them.

But in the meantime, if you need to send a last minute note of love, check out the annual kate spade e-cards they release for Valentine’s every year…

Label Wine

Have you noticed lately that when you go wine shopping, there are the most creative adorable wine labels and names out there? From the old “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” mantra it’s hard to tell if the vineyard is creating a cute label and name to make up for their less than stellar wine.

Well, for this past weekend’s Superbowl, my Mom bought a bottle of Middle Sister wine (because she is a middle sister) from “Mischief Maker” wine with one of the cutest labels I’ve ever seen. And as it turns out it was a really great tasting Cabernet to be put on the “I’ll buy this again” list. I thought I’d share so when you’re wine shopping next you know this cute label and name matches it’s good-tasting wine.

Chicken Corn Chowder

Paula Deen has been getting lots of backlash lately that I don’t even want to get into, but I do think she still has a great Corn Chowder recipe. We make this every so often – but we halve the recipe, use much less butter than is called for, and add chicken to it for added protein. There are also instructions at the end of the recipe to fold in more butter that I am not even including here because that sounds unnecessary (and gross, sorry Paula).

Chef Jack’s Corn Chowder
from Paual Deen,

1 /2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 small onion, diced
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 small celery stalk, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C all-purpose flour
3 C white corn kernels, fresh or frozen
3 C chicken stock
2 C half-and-half
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Melt 1 stick of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes. Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned; set aside to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, combine the corn and chicken stock in another saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the boiling stock with the corn (a little at a time) into the saucepan with the roux, whisking briskly so it doesn’t lump. Return the skillet to the heat and bring to a boil. The mixture should become very thick.

In a small saucepan, gently heat the half-and-half; stir it into the thick corn mixture. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.


Monday Outfit

I like to start the work week off with a good outfit – it gets me in the mindset for work and I always feel more productive in a well thought out, well accessorized ensemble. Starting today, I will share my Monday outfits with you every week.

Blue pants: J. Crew, Polka dot shirt: Lands End, Black, leather-trimmed sweater: a Filene’s Basement find years ago, Black beaded necklace: J. Crew, Gray and black suede shoes: Banana Republic