Monday, September 26, 2011

power prints.

Artist Don Oehl may have just taken the phrase "power couple" to a whole new level with his witty print series based on the Hollywood power couple craze. Oehl combined fashion moguls with their media counterparts (and of course their names, accordingly) to create simple black and white prints infused with some wit and a bit of pop culture prowess.  Loving these prints for a fashionista's office or as a powder room conversation starter. What do you think? Anna + Karl or Marc + Sophia?

Both prints can be purchased at 20x200

Sunday, September 25, 2011

fall flatbreads.

Flatbreads are the perfect way to take the typical pizza concept and turn it up a notch.  Not only is the super-thin crust delicious and lighter than the traditional italian recipe, but it's an easy canvas to create a variety of exceptional recipes with unique flavor profiles.  A flatbread is the perfect menu item to alter based on seasonal ingredients - it's versatile enough to cut into neat little squares for cocktails or to simply sit alongside a steamy cup of soup for those chilly days in.  All you need is a bag of pre-made pizza dough (traditional white, whole wheat or herb all work great) and any ingredients that strike your fancy. Roll the dough out very thin (about 1/8-1/4") - I like to make it into a rectangle so I can cut it into squares. Layer on quality ingredients for the perfect bite; then, following the baking directions for the dough, bake on a sheet pan until golden brown and crispy  (or roll out in a circle and use a pizza stone). Here's a lovely recipe from Martha Stewart for a Mint, Feta and Lamb version, or try these other great flavor combinations I've tried in the past:

image and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Other delicious flavor combinations:
Caramelized Onion + Prosciutto + Fontina
Basil Pesto + Grilled Shrimp + Roasted Garlic + Mozzarella
Mushroom + Thyme + Gruyere
Goat Cheese + Fig + Prosciutto
Pesto + Chicken + Artichoke + Parmesan
Tomato + Ricotta + Basil + Fresh Mozzarella

The flatbreads only take about 10 minutes to cook and can be served at room temperature, so they are the perfect pick-up bites to serve at a party.  Experiment with different sauces, cheeses, and other fresh, seasonal ingredients to find your favorite combination! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

loafer lust.

As fall approaches, I've become absolutely smitten with the loafer/smoking slipper trend that has emerged for the season.  A classic silhouette, the loafer embodies timeless (and comfortable!) footwear, but what I'm loving most are the creative twists designers are bestowing on this preppy staple.  I'm currently coveting leopard slippers, classic black patent leather penny loafers, and the fabulous gold glitter flats from J.Crew.  Add a great day-to-night staple to your collection with J.Crew's heeled version in rich emerald satin. I think I may just have to have every pair...what style are you lusting over?

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