With fall turning into winter and white stuff falling from the sky, it’s officially cold. This is the time of the year when my salad spinner works its way to the back of the cupboard and my dutch oven comes to the front. While cool weather and hearty fare go hand-in-hand, the unfortunate reality of […]
One Le Creuset 4 qt soup pot
Turn to medium-high heat
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dump in chopped up onion, celery, and carrots (my grocery store sells these in a nice package)
Stir around and let them hang out with the oil for a while (5 minutes? Ish?)
Smoked paprika and mudflats
Add two chicken breasts, chopped small
One 32 ounce thing of turkey broth
One tablespoon chicken better than boullion
Add season salt and lemon pepper
Cover and let cook on medium heat for the next 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make your gnocchi according to package. (In this gluten-free household, we use CoraBella's gluten free gnocchi. A lot.)
As soon as the gnocchi and the soup are both done, drain the gnocchi and add it to the soup. Mix well, serve.
From start to us finishing up eating, this took less than an hour.
Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or
We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.
So it was with equal parts curiosity and abject fear that I accepted his offer to come to London to be the lighting advisor for what would be the culmination of his Descendants photo series.
When my friend Anita asked if I wanted to participate in a Lindsay Olives holiday promotion I immediately jumped at the chance. With an opportunity to come up with our own idea of what makes the holiday season so special, the word “style” kept popping into my head for a variety of reasons. As much as I love entertaining (you’ve seen my backyard, right?!?), I think it’s best done with a light hand and free spirit but that shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. In fact, identifying the things that you love and elevating them with care and attention is what I call style, and yes, it’s something that’s great for special occasions and the every day.
After all, every day should be a celebration, shouldn’t it?
When it comes to style during the holidays, my attention immediately goes to the table. From now until the end of December we plan on hosting several dinners, a cocktail party, a few last-minute gatherings and opening our home to friends and family. It sounds like a lot (it is!), but keeping your cool and being prepared makes it so much easier. In fact, I’ve got this entertaining thing down and it’s really not that difficult! Here’s how style makes the moment for us.
Sips I always keep a bottle (ok, 3) of really tasty, inexpensive bubbles in the fridge. It could be a great champagne, a prosecco, a bougey cerdon, anything that’s chilled and delicious. Come over and you’ll immediately be greeted with a glass as I believe it sets the mood and lets you know that I’m about to celebrate the hell out of ya. And it doesn’t have to be a fancy glass, mind you.
Music I absolutely cannot exist without music, and this time of year it’s a happy blend of nostalgic holiday tunes mixed with Brazilian jazz classics and even some modern beats for energy. Low and slow in the background, music is another texture in your pad that shouldn’t be ignored.
Table Here’s where I geek out, and not just because it’s my day job. I’m not big on formality at all and prefer some irreverence and surprise when it comes to decorating, and that takes place in many forms. As a big collector of ceramics, anything mixed and matched works well when in the same color story, and vintage napkins and linens add color and charm. Heck, even a roll of butcher paper down the center adds texture, and branches and leaves from the garden can take the place of flowers. And since we’re in So Cal which means dining outdoors in December, every guest gets a fabric throw to wrap around when the temperature drops.
Ebb & Flow Sometimes style ain’t what you do but the way that you do it. More than anything I want our guests to relax and feel at home, and I never micromanage the process. If a new guest feels out of place I don’t hesitate to ask them to join me in the kitchen while I get ready, or I pair them up with one of our closest friends and guests to welcome them into the fold. Entertaining should never be forced, fussy, or uncomfortable. I want to have a good time, too!
So what makes the holidays for you? Lindsay Olives is running a delightful sweepstakes here, and all you have to do is share what makes your holiday special for a chance to win prizes. There are 4 winners, and each winner receives a $500 Visa Gift Card and an “Olive Entertaining Starter Kit”.
The sweepstakes is here, and they’re also accepting entries via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag “#LindsayMoment”. It starts today and runs through 12/22/14!
This post is sponsored by Lindsay Olives.
Last night I was a bit naughty and posted a couple more sets of answers to fed party election questions because I figured it would stress me out not doing them more than it would doing them, especially given that one set came from someone I consider a friend, and I would guilt trip myself about it endlessly.
So if you ask me to do something, please don't be offended if I say no. Aside from anything else, this was another Doctor's Order: I have to learn to say no. I have to learn how much I can feasibly take on, and how to say no to the bits I can't feasibly take on.
In happier news one of the things I thought it would be good to do to recuperate would be to see friends I haven't seen in a while, and as many of them are in That London, and my PPC is going down for English Council on Saturday, and we have a Two Together Railcard**, I am coming down to London Not For English Council. I would quite like to do things like have lunch and beer and things (not necessarily at the same time).
Places I remember fondly include The Kensington Crepery (Kensington), The Museum Tavern (opposite the British museum), The World's End and The Mango Rooms and The Cuban (Camden), that pub near Euston station that has lots of real ale and a CHEESE menu, and The Crobar in Soho. I am not averse to being introduced to new places either.
Could you guys maybe email me if you're free on that Saturday and I'll set up an email circle so you can discuss it? I don't want to be doing too much organising (stress) but I do want to see peoples :) And obvs once a decision is made I will happily stick things on google calendar and send out invites and things.
* because twitter is the only thing I have the spoons to deal with at the moment - it's surfable, it's easy to walk away from if things get fraught, and it contains lots of links to intersting things. My linkspam has been posting on here every morning because that's automated, thanks to the lovely andrewducker.
** initially we bought it to save money on getting to York conference***, but it lasts for a year, and so we're finding it useful for all sorts of other things where we must of necessity travel together :)
*** I believe it saved us £3 on that trip. But, you know, YORKSHIRE.
Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Lynda.com. Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera.
In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.
If a trip to Paris is in your future (or you are just open to being talked into the idea) you'll find this episode of The Traveling Photographer to be time well spent.
Like the rest of the Traveling Photographer series, the Paris episode is available here on Lynda.com. You can find out more about the series itself in this earlier post.
More photos from this episode:
Brrr! And hello! We just returned from our second trip to Canada in a month, this time to the lovely East Coast to attend the Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, NS. We spoke about food photography and styling, watched a few movies, ate well, played in the snow, and met such lovely people all around. It was our second visit to the area, and this trip allowed us to spend more time in lovely Wolfville than before. Also: NICEST PEOPLE EVER. But I suppose you could say that about Canadians in general right?
Before I jump into photos, I want to encourage everyone to seek out the film “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker. It is the story of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, a NY institution for almost 100 years. Lloyd is the grandson of the founder Nathan Handwerker, and getting to know him made this piece of history all that much deeper. Whatever you do, please please please make sure and see this film! I can’t say enough about it. It’s culinary history, a family tale, the dream of immigrants, and a true American story all rolled into one. I actually consider it an honor to have seen it. You should too.
I also encourage everyone to attend the next Devour! Food Film Fest. This year’s keynote was Anthony Bordain, and I really don’t know how they’re gonna outdo themselves next year. But it’ll happen. I know it. Bonus points for me-n-Adam for being inducted into the Nova Scotia Order of Good Cheer along with Mr. Bordain! Now that’s not something that happens every day!
(sidenote: as a personal challenge I left all cameras at home, determined to only use my phone. All images iphone 6.)
The first thing I had to do was run outside and snap some shots of the beautiful fall scenes. And I’m glad I did because the next day…
It was the first snow of the season, and all I wanted to do is play.
Pre-snow and so much to see.
Train tracks and branches with character!
I’ll probably spend the rest of my life wondering why Americans don’t eat Ketchup Chips. WHY WHY WHY?!??!?! And now there’s this to contend with: Srirachup. Forward my mail and send me my puppies, I wanted to stay.
Two words: Donair Pizza. I really can’t explain, you just need to visit Nova Scotia and try it.
We fell in love with the sweetest little bakery called Slow Dough. Also: BUTTER TARTS. Oh good lord yes. So Canadian, so perfect.
Founded in 1606 (!), The Order Of The Good Time a/k/a Order Of Good Cheer is North America’s oldest culinary group and it was a delight to be inducted along with Adam and many other speakers and attendees. I like to tell myself the paps were there solely for me, but no, Mr. Bordain was standing next to us as he was inducted as well. Sidenote: I’ve always said I’m a good time, now I can officially prove it.
Mr. Bordain signs autographs, Adam samples food. This photo cracks me up on so many levels. Photo from Devour facebook page.
There was a food truck crawl one evening and even through I was freezing my lil brown butt off it was magical to be a part of it. Thank you, Simon and Llloyd and Leslie!
We spoke Friday morning and it was a blast! A wonderful group, so engaged and lovely. If reincarnation exists I want to come back as a Canadian.
As a native Southern Californian, Adam is legally required to do this.
The lovely Blomidon Inn covered in snow. Can you believe that? A 19th century captain’s mansion can be no sweeter than this. Such fun to stay here.
Behind the mansion is a tiny trail, and I stumbled upon this view. IT WAS LIKE WALKING INSIDE A POSTCARD! Geez! So lovely.
On the drive back to Halifax I took a shot from the car. So beautiful.
Giant hugs and thanks to Lloyd and Leslie, everyone who attended our talk and to Simon, Lia and Michael for a fantastic event! We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it!
Cornbread is a minefield of differing opinions on what should and shouldn’t be added. Some of the most hotly contested issues include lard vs. butter, yellow vs. white cornmeal, and the amount of sugar to add. Which side of the debate you fall on depends largely on where you’re from. Folks living in southern states […]
Saturday night began with the goth metal of Lesbian Bed Death and Bad Pollyanna. They were followed by Rhombus' goth rock, once again bolstered at Whitby by the additional backing singing of the Rhombettes, and now with the addition of Jo of The March Violets guesting on violin and Alixandrea of Last July and Spooks of Dead Eyes Opened on vocals. The final two acts of the night were Hugh Cornwell, formerly of The Stranglers, with Voltaire bringing the night to a close with his usual dark comedy and invited stage-invasion for a rousing chorus of "When You're Evil".
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