Archive | July 2011

Fantastic New Diet Cookbook

I’m not a practiced dieter. My Mother was on a constant diet, and aunts and other members of the family. But I just assumed I would never have to worry about this area because I was always  skinny. Watching others diet  seemed like a constant roller coaster of planning and work.

Since I  love cooking, and starving is not negotiable, I have turned to Cooking Light Magazine, who has the best tested recipes. But little overall information on dieting in general. I also found NOW EAT THIS DIET, endorsed by Dr. Oz and a very thorough, colorful, organized DIET book to help all dieters and newcomers to eating light,  finally get it straight.

What’s great about this Now Eat This Diet, is the order of the book. Whoever compiled the book is a great project manager….it’s extremely  thorough & educational. The recipes are full of taste without the fat and sugar. And the book gives you a concrete idea of what you should be eating outside of the book. What a typical 1200 a day calorie diet looks like vs a 1400 calorie a day to maintain a weight.

I hope Rocco Dispirito comes out with a second version that is full of more recipes. I’ve tried several and they have all been fantastic.


Favorite Fabrics from Robert Allen

Robert Allan just came out with a new line of fabrics you may like:  Here is the You Tube video describing the line:

Modern Library — I like it…its modern with organic patterns.

Here are my favorite fabrics from the new line.

Diamond Braid

Dragon Lizard


Inner Eye

Twist Around


Zebra Lines

Center Square

Here is the other line called DWELLSTUDIO ECLECTIC MODERN:

Dotted Trellis: Charcoal


Maze Work

Mini ZigZag

Plush Dotscape

Pyramid – Love this one.

Snake Chain

Tonal tweed

Do House Pets Decrease Common Childhood Allergies?

I have always had dogs as a kid — sometimes multiple dogs. And I never had a single allergy as a kid. And I was also never sick from school. But then again, my parents were not concerned with germs –which are just a part of everyday biology. Not something to be avoided with weird hand sterilizer every 5 minutes, thus ruining a kid’s immune system.

There was a late study showing that babies with exposure to cats and dogs their first year from coming home from the hospital, had a less likely chance of having animal and other allergies later on in life.

Take a look at a few of our favorite articles from around the web:

How to Use Window Films

I have a kitchen window that looks to nothing but my neighbor’s greystone 6 feet from me….I can see that she needs new windows and isn’t taking proper care of her lentels or her masonry. Also her bedrooms windows are across from me and she has horrid draperies…so I need to cover it up.

I could do a window treatment but I want the natural light to come through, but want privacy. So after much thought, I’m just going to do this cotton linen like window film.

Where else can you use this film:

1. Top Boxes where you don’t want to do anything decorative on top but want the lights to shine through
2. On kitchen cabinetry on the glass panels, so the items inside don’t have to be so need to be so perfectly displayed…but it still will slightly show through so you can’t have it be a mess either.
3. Basement windows where you want privacy from your neighbors on the side windows and you want the natural light
4. For Double Hung windows where no one is living above you and can look down into your top part of your window and then the treatment can be like a top down, bottom up shade.
5. Bathroom windows around a tub window or a toilet room widow, where you want tons natural light but camouflaged privacy.
6. Kids rooms to look as a sheer with curtains if very close to a neighbor’s house.
7. Front Door Glass to let the natural light through but privacy (plain frosted or cotton or linen)

Photo Credit: Decorative Film Store

French Cooking 101

I highly recommend to people to adventure often out of your comfort zone and take classes in instruction of any sort.

Last week, I decided to take a class on culinary essentials at the last minute. During class, we descaled, butchered and roasted and learned good tips and better timing skills.

Here are a few of the recipes we cooked on our own:

Poached Eggs
Egg’s Benedict
Salad Nicoise
Pommes Puree
Hollandise Sauce
Several Different Frittata’s
Cream Puff Dough-so easy!
Hors D’ Oeuvres & Canapes
Cream of Cauliflower Soup: Delicious!
Roasted Chicken, Grandmother Style
Creme Caramel Custard
Blood Orange Frozen Fruit Souffle
Striped Bass Over French Lentils: Delicious!
Roasted Rack of Lamb with couscous and roasted veggies
Potato Au Gratin: made for us since time was short
Artichoke Heart, Fennel, Watercress Salad w/ Grapefruit Citronette & toasted walnuts

Debra's Leg of Lamb

Frozen Blood Orange Souffle

Bread at Dean & Deluca

Striped Bass over French lentils

Other recipes were demonstrated due to running out of time. I also got a quality chef’s outfit and amazing kitchen tools so I was able to throw out all my cheap knives
which I always made fun of.

The best thing about taking these classes is that it’s a fun adventure (though somewhat exhausting) and you get to meet lots of new people that you have something in common. We all bonded over this fast-paced, intense cooking class and now we are all keeping in touch via e-mail chatting about cooking apps, recipes, work, and life.