Wednesday, February 27, 2013

La Tartine Gourmande is on it's way

Just ordered this cookbook. Have been looking at it for a while. Such beautiful food. And I love this bright, pastel-colored kitchen. (The video takes a bit to load...)

Monday, February 25, 2013

A beautiful food store

I’d been hearing about Bristol Farms grocery store from my belle mere, but had never gone. This weekend, I made my way over there. It’s tucked into a shopping center in UTC/La Jolla. It’s like Whole Foods, but with a more worldly, slightly European bent. Jellies and mustards and crackers galore, and a produce section that you just want to photograph. So I did…

The way these radishes are arranged: pure art!


Gorgeous golden beets…


…and red beets…all perfectly washed and arranged…


…and Swiss chard. Of course, why would you hide the blazing red stems when you can face them out?


And they sell these English bowls that I love. Next trip, I’ll have to get one.


I was such a goon in there, too. In Produce, this poor guy is doing his job as I wax on about how lovely everything looks! And that it was my first time in the store, and how beautiful the store is, and did he arrange those radishes? He did not because, well, he worked in the café, but he did say, “Welcome!” I have to admit I love me a fine grocery store, even if on this trip I got a wee bit crazy in the aisles. This might be the perfect time to say: I need to get out more!

Happy grocery shoppingRed heart,


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Eggs and greens in pots

At Whole Foods the other day, I saw a package of these little frozen veggie soufflés and thought, how hard can it be to make those? So, I chopped up some zucchini, shallot, cilantro, and added them to two little ramekins.  I put a little olive oil in the bottom first. Then I seasoned the mixture with salt and pepper, a little goat cheese, and herbs de Provence, and poured over egg whites. Baked them in our little toaster oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. They were yummy… A nice little concoction to lay atop a green salad with apple slices.





Then tonight, I made a variation with chopped greens, and an egg on top. Also yummy…and a little more savory because I sautéed the greens with garlic and butter before putting them in the ramekin. And of course, the egg yolk was part of the mix. Hm, what next? Ideas welcome!


Friday, February 15, 2013

A lovely room

The grey door color and the serene grey wall color. The perfect little dresser. The coverlet on the bed. That rolly-poly chair. The lovely rug. It all spells serene room to me… It’s from a blog called My French Country Home.

And this, below, from a house built within a derelict, but beautiful, shell. Just amazing. More on the story here.

Image below: Remember when Sybil donned her new style of “pants!” We’re going to miss her, but rumor has it she’s going to do movies.

Carson stands by, with a disapproving look.

Here’s to the start of a 4-day weekend!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

O Happy Day of Love

Vintage Valentine Hot Air Balloon postcard
Wishing everyone a love-filled day…
Red heart, R.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


My current obsession is the New York Social Diary. You can spend far too much time (or maybe I can) reading about the old-money families of the leisure class. Like Mrs. T. Charlton Henry photographed in 1965 by Diane Arbus. Not only does the site cover people, but huge estates including all the beautiful interiors. This picture is actually from a different, though similar, site. I think reading “That Woman” has perked my interest, though I’ve always been attracted to this sort of thing: mansions, antiques, the eccentric, and finer things of olden days.