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Cooking Club with Lulu Powers

In Drink, Food on April 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Earlier this week, my friend Carrie invited me to her ultra-chic cooking club hosted by Sally Horchow (above, right). The group was honoring another member, Lulu Powers (above, left), and her fabby new book, Lulu Powers Food to Flowers. Lulu is a local celebrity, having catered for everyone from Madonna to Bill Clinton. Needless to say, the woman can cook. For Wednesday night’s cooking club, the theme was “breakfast for dinner” (a well-documented favorite around our house) and we all picked a recipe out of Lulu’s book. Check out the table Sally set with newspapers for a tablecloth (a decorating tip from Lulu), oranges for place card holders and mini boxed cereals as a centerpiece. Lulu says she likes to “buy newspapers from several cities, as well as a few tabloids for fun (otherwise known as my “periodicals”)! Whenever I throw a brunch like this, I find that everyone really starts talking about world events and reading from the papers and starting friendly debates, which makes it like a morning roundtable.”

Okay, now for the food. Let’s start with Sally, who made a killer vegetable herb frittata that was the hit of the evening. A word about the photo below. Sally is standing next to a photo of her grandmother, Fay Pfeifer, who was a finalist in the Flour Division of the 1970 Pillsbury Bake Off for her Toffee Treasure Cake, which Sally describes as “more coffee cake than dessert, though made with Heath Bars – and progressive for that year because of her use of the bundt pan! She was from Little Rock, Arkansas, and every cook in my family has a book of her recipes called ‘Our FAYvorites.’ ”

Here’s a close-up of the frittata, and reason alone to buy the book.

Carrie made Lulu’s Granola for party favors plus a bowl for nibbling, and Stacy made awesome Chocolate Banana Bread with ice cream for dessert (sadly I don’t have a photo) as well Lulu’s Body Scrub made with coffee and lavender, which she put in these little canisters from Cost Plus. I’m keeping mine by our kitchen sink as it’s great for softening hands and smells divine.

As for the rest of the lineup, Sally also did Spicy English Breakfast Sausage Rolls; Alix made Green Salad with Orange Cilantro Dressing; Jess made Mini Turkey Breakfast Patties; Megan did Sugar-Crusted Raspberry Muffins; Nicky brought Cheddar and Ham Biscuits; I brought a Fruit Salad with Rosemary Syrup; and Lulu arrived with a tray of Bloody Mary fixings. Here’s a taste:


A seriously fun evening where the company was every bit as delicious as the food!

World Dinner Maps

In Design on February 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

Was freaking out last night that I didn’t have enough of my favorite Taïr Mercier translucent polypropylene place mats that I got in Paris a few years ago and then I remembered! For Christmas, my sister got Tiny G a set of 50 groovy disposable place mats featuring maps of four cities: Paris, London, New York and Tokyo. As it turns out, I’ll have enough of the Tokyo maps to set the table for our party of 10 tonight!

Haven’t yet nailed down flowers for the table, tick tock tick tock, but got great suggestions from Matthew in New York:

Florence Bond Peonies (white) with tulips. Forsythia (so simple, but so springy!) with wisteria wrapped around the stem, or falling from the vase to the table.

Appetite for Design

In Design, Food on January 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Square plates are kinda 80s, I know, but I couldn’t resist these 6-inch-square plates from Heath Ceramics to use for hors d’oeuvres. Usually when friends come over for dinner, Mr. Foodinista jumps on the opportunity to get a round of his favorite gooey Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Cheese, as well as some thinly sliced Fra Mani Toscano salami—fare that requires more than a paper cocktail napkin to handle. For years, I’ve been using some frumpy old Williams Sonoma hors d’oeuvres plates featuring French confiture labels that were a gift many lunes ago, but talk about 80s. (I’m hanging onto them though because it won’t be too long until they’re ironic.) As always, it’s the Heath glazes that make their pieces seem timeless. And I love mixing up the colors—I got a couple each of aqua, linen, matte brown and ruby red to complement our Heath dinnerware, which is French Grey.

Salt and Sea

In Design on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

place card holder

I’m getting really excited for Thanksgiving, every part of it from sitting down to eat with our nearest and dearest to picking which wine to pour to setting the table. A few weeks ago I found these seashell place card holders at Maison Midi on La Brea—six for $16.95. I got two sets. Each shell is different, and I love how they manage to be both casual and formal at the same time. The shells are so pretty on the table against these beautiful antique silver salt cellars from my mother-in-law.
salt cellar