Friday, December 23, 2011

Voyeur Fridays - Breakfast at Tiffany's Brownstone Goes on Sale


Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favorite movies. I'm not one of those clichéd Audrey Hepburn fans who posts iconic shots of the actress up around her room. I never bought into the "classy and fabulous" aesthetic, because nobody can do it quite like Audrey, and quite frankly, I prefer a bit of edginess to break up traditional ideals of style and beauty. This does not, however, mean that I didn't squeal when I saw this headline on the news today. I love BaT. I love the Holly Golightly character and her irreverent attitude. I always cry when she sings "Moon River" on the ledge of that great, old brownstone window. I can't help but get emotional every time Cat comes running back into her arms, proving to everyone just how similar she and her owner are. And if I had $5.85 million to spare, I would spend it in a heartbeat just to own a piece of cinematic history. Wouldn't you?






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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday meals have always intrigued me and I feel it's because Christmas cooking brings out the festive elf in everyone, Grinch or not. Everyone loves a good meal and the spirit of the holidays can best be described by the feeling you get when you gather your nearest and dearest around the hub of your home to grub, giggle, and give thanks for years past. What's even better is packaging that feeling and delivering it to those who are celebrating solo, far away, or not at all.



Which brings my attention to my favorite edible gifts to give away during Christmas! Here is a list of fun and festive gifts for a foodie, culinary connoisseur, and all-around lover of all things edible. I decided against posting Tasty Tuesday or Thursty Thursday recipes this week in order to not inundate your reading panes with food posts. Oh, who am I kidding? You love it!
  1. Williams-Sonoma Manni White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $89.50
  2. Bottega Louie Champagne Bubbles Candy
  3. Sur La Table Di Bruno Fresh Burrata Tasting Collection, $39.95
  4. Vosges Haut Chocolat Luxury Gourmet Caramel Marshmallows, $13
  5. Williams-Sonoma Truffle & Salt, $29.95
  6. Dean & DeLuca Mugolio Pine Syrup, $28
  7. Fran's Chocolates Gray & Smoked Salt Caramels, $12.50
  8. Valerie Confectioners Toasted Fig Tea, $20

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kardashian Khristmas Kard


I not-so-secretly wish I were born a Kardashian. If I replace a few letters of their last name, subtract a sex tape, and add a few siblings, I can be one step closer! If you recall, I proudly professed my obsession with their Christmas card last year and will do it again this! Maybe next year I can convince my family to line up against an architecturally interesting wall, dressed in sequins and androgyny, mean mugging the camera. And how adorable is baby Mason in his mini tuxedo and far-off gaze? Fabulous!





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Hostess Gift List

I'm lucky enough to be celebrating Christmas this year at my parents' house, which means my mom, sister, and I will have free reign over the edibles and drinkables served at our lavish feast. And it will be lavish. One thing this means is that I will not have to think of an original, personal, and thoughtful hostess gift to take to my host/hostess' home. If I did, however, I would look no further than this holiday hostess gift list to ensure I was presenting my gracious host or hostess with the finest, funnest, and most practical present. What is your go-to hostess gift? I personally love anything edible, so those Marc de Champagne truffles would be #1 on my list. Happy gifting!

  1. Crate and Barrel Confetti Plate, $6.95
  2. Anthropologie Leather Armadillo Carafe, $158
  3. Fortnum & Mason Marc de Champagne Truffles, $30
  4. Cire Trudon L'Admirable lime, lily and vanilla scented candle, $80
  5. West Elm Wine Bottle with Wood Stopper, $39
  6. Z Gallerie Agate Candle, $20
  7. Kate Spade Hers and Hers Tumblers, $50
  8. Miette Cookbook, $17
  9. Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite "Let Them Eat Cake" No. 11 Parfum, $28

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays - Peppermint Bark


Well, I did it. I finally made the one recipe that had intimidated me for weeks. Turns out, it wasn't as hard as it looks (yay, puns)! Inspired by a friend's weekly baking project and my department's impending Christmas potluck, I figured I'd make something black, white, and red all over using this recipe. This is the perfect holiday recipe that combines chocolate and peppermint flavors, plus a festive crunch. All it takes a little bit of speed, elbow grease, and good judgment. Oh, and a sweet tooth doesn't hurt! What's your favorite holiday cookie, candy, or dessert recipe?



Monday, December 12, 2011

A White and Whimsical Christmas Party!



I couldn't help posting these photos from Cupcake Julie's 2010 Christmas party. If I could live in a world of candy cane kisses and sugar plum dreams, I would imagine it would look a little bit like this. The party was featured on Bakerella's site last year and it continues to make me smile, squeal, and giggle in girly giddiness! I came across it again after searching high and low for a holiday dessert recipe to take to my office Christmas party or give away as gifts to my coworkers. Cake pops? Peppermint bark? Nutella truffles? Oh, the choices. Perhaps I'll take a cue or two from Cupcake Julie's massive and magical dessert table...








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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursty Thursdays - Mulled Wine Recipe

By now, you must know about my obsession with all things rich, deep, heady, and holiday-esque. A combination of these sends me to another place on the regular. For real. Being the first of December, the veritable beginning of the end, and the start of one of my favorite scent seasons, I chose to fill my house with the warmth and spice of mulled wine, one of the most decadent wintertime beverages. One little whiff of the cinnamon, Madagascar cloves, orange peel, and allspice berries, and I was in heaven. And I just had to open the canister! This simple brew will make your head spin in holiday delight.



Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Garnish:
  • honey
  • powdered cinnamon
  • apple, sliced lengthwise

Directions:

Tie a few scoops of mulling spices in a small square of cheesecloth, or put them in a large metal tea ball.

In a large, nonaluminum pot, combine the wine and sugar. Add the spice bundle. Heat over medium-low heat until steam begins to rise from the pot and the mixture is hot, about 10 minutes; do not let it boil. Remove the spice bundle. Keep the wine warm over very low heat until ready to serve.

Dip cocktail glass rim into honey, then dredge in cinnamon.

Ladle the wine into cups or heatproof glasses, garnish with citrus zest, cinnamon sticks, or apple slices and serve warm. Serves 4-6.


 
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