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Tuesday
Feb232010

10 essentials: raymond

cta map photo by wallyg, flickr.com1. Public transportation.

2. Homemade spaghetti sauce.

3. Little Cayman…no where else like it—especially when its cold at home.

4. Cole Hahn shoes. My feet love them.

5. Bubbly in a stemless flute and cocktails served in marta barware…what better way to have a Ketel One than on the rocks in the double old-fashioned.

jain monk bowls6. Jain Monk Bowls purchased on my travels.

7. Watching the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoons. Great memories.

8. Chatuchak Outdoor Market in Bangkok…you can get lost for days searching for treasures.Hitchcock photo by Fire Monkey Fish, flickr.com

9. Friends and Family.

10. Scary movies… the original Halloween or any Hitchcock film. Tippi Hedren is classic in the Birds and Marnie and who doesn’t love Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder.

Thursday
Feb182010

a thrifty cocktail party

During this great recession, what better way to cheer up than cocktails with friends in thrifty wardrobes?

Valentine’s weekend was the perfect time to concoct a few gelatin dishes, mix a rum punch, break out the lipstick red pumps and pile coats on the bed.

From head to toe, CB2 creatives dug deep into their closets for powder blue prom dresses, ruffled tuxedo shirts, and rhinestone costume jewelry—guilt-free of buying new bling.



How to make it modern? Loud plaid pants, candy cigarettes and stemless martini glasses. These stackable glasses take up a tenth of the space of stemmed versions and each is at the ready for a martini, cosmopolitan, or scotch and soda—topped off with re-usable tipsy toes ice cubes.

Thursday
Feb182010

recipe: rum punch

1-1/2L rum
1L ginger ale
3 small containers lemon/limeade frozen concentrate

ice block:
scoop one layer of maraschino cherries into a mini-loaf pan
fill with water and freeze
add to punch in large punch bowl

*bow tie optional

Wednesday
Feb172010

recipe: lauren's low carb sweet

Any morning you might mix these ingredients into a bowl and eat with a spoon. But why not surprise everyone by preparing them as a finger food for an office breakfast? Or a light and refreshing dessert?

apples, bite size sliced
Greek yogurt, a dollup on each
raw granola, sprinkled on top

Any variety of apples and granola will work, but the thicker Greek-style yogurt is key to keeping it neat.

Thanks to lauren, CB2 planner for this submission.

Tuesday
Feb162010

recipe: bloody mary shrimp

Shrimp cocktail meets everyone’s favorite Sunday-morning cocktail for a vodka-infused shrimp appetizer.

Shrimp:
1 pound medium shrimp in shell, peeled, deveined, pre-cooked
1-1/2 cups thinly sliced celery (3 to 4 ribs)
1 cup thinly sliced scallions (about 6)

Sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp/to taste un-drained bottled horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce

If frozen, thaw shrimp per package instructions
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
Spoon hors d’oeuvres sized portions into porcelain curve spoons (shown above)
Garnish with diced avocado (optional)

Makes about: 50 hors d’oeuvres
Takes about: 35-60min

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Thanks to chris at apartment therapy who contributed.