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Wednesday
Dec232009

recipe: easy mushroom and parsley salad

Mix in a bowl:
1 lb white mushrooms thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped parsley

Top with shaved parmesan and dressing:
lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper to taste

Unique, healthy, savory.

hint: have toothpicks handy for that pesky parsley!

Thanks to jen, CB2 planner, for this submission.

Tuesday
Dec222009

10 essentials: judy

1. Time off in Michigan, at the house and the Lake Michigan beaches. It re-energizes me and brings back memories of family vacations.

2. The change of seasons. I love the change in the light.

3. Throw pillows. A great inexpensive and quick update for a change of pace. I stock up with new ones every season. Favorites have been wave, seville, and puff.

4. Julius Shulman photography on Case Study Houses. Good design is timeless.

5. The Rolling Stones.

6. Our annual visit to Milan for the Salone. I love how art and design encompasses the entire city.

7. Everything about cars—vintage cars, Formula 1 races, horsepower… I’d be a gear-head if I was a guy.

8. TV marathons of Law & Order, Twilight Zone, and Bond movies.

9. Italian leather boots, preferably black, sexy and comfortable.

10. Hanging out with my husband Gus. He makes me laugh.

puff pillow
Milan 2009 1678
Thursday
Dec172009

10 essentials: the cocktail party

Whether “your place for cocktails” is the warm up act for guests heading to another event or staying for dinner, following are 10 essentials to get you through the party before the party.

1. Set a swanky mood with lounge music and soft candlelight.

2. Once you’ve greeted guests, invite them to the acacia mini bar for something to drink.

3. Chill a stainless cocktail shaker with ice from a stainless ice bucket.

4. Measure libations and bitters with a double jigger for proper mixology.

5. Serve tall tom collins or serious scotches in tambien barware.

6. And serve flirty cocktails in chilled libertinis.

7. Garnish cocktails with twists, olives or onions from a nagoya 3-part server.

8. Graciously present every drink on a restaurant cocktail napkin.
No cocktail party is complete without light appetizers.

9. Simple cheeses and crackers can be artfully arranged on plato with basic cheese cutters.

10. Lastly, stacks of white porcelain appetizer plates and mini flatware ready for use gives you more time to make sure everyone’s drink is properly refreshed.

Hint: be sure to cover all your bases by having plenty of non-alcoholic recipes and mixers.

Wednesday
Dec162009

recipe: easy champagne cocktails

Pour into a fluted glass:
1/2 jigger of St. Germain liquer
top with Champagne

Festive, sparkling, giddy.

Tuesday
Dec152009

3...2...1...happy new year!

Let’s get this party started!

Toasting the fresh start of a New Year is right up our alley so we’re ready to set-up the bar so everyone can raise a glass. The question is, which bar do you want to keep coming back to?

If you’re tight on space, a peekaboo console doesn’t create visual clutter and it can be multi-purpose. In an entryway, behind a sofa, as a desk or as a bar with all the necessities.

If mid-century is more your style, an acacia mini bar could fit right in—and store spirits behind closed doors during off hours.

If your existing furniture can mix with high-gloss, a halogen credenza would work now…and later as a media console for the big game.

The only thing left to ask is “what’ll you have?”.

hint: Try Raymond’s favorite “champagne” cocktail—procecco with a sugar cube and a dash of bitters.