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Thursday
Nov252010

giving thanks, 2010

Soho, NYAgain this year, we are sincerely grateful for the foodstuff contributions made coast-to-coast to regional food banks during our 17-day can do food drive.

Because of your generosity, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Atlanta Community Food Bank, City Harvest, Feeding South Florida, Lakeview Pantry, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the TNDC can continue their missions of feeding the hungry.

We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Midtown Atlanta, GABerkeley, CA

Thursday
Nov182010

countdown to turkey day

Start planning—counting guests, recipe searching, shopping… the big feast is just 7 days away.

Monday
Nov082010

recipe: vegetable couscous

2 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 zucchini, diced
1/4 yellow squash, diced
salt and pepper
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1-1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2-1/4 cups couscous
1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
2 tblsp cilantro, chopped
2 tblsp parsley
flat bread

Directions
Pre-cut and measure ingredients—since there are so many, it’ll help things go smoothly the rest of the way. Next, pre-heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil, bay leaf, onion, zucchini, yellow squash and salt and pepper. Saute 7 or 8 minutes, stir frequently.

Add pumpkin, chicken broth, cumin and coriander and bring to a boil. Add couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.

Remove the bay leaf, mix in tomato, cilantro, parsley and serve with warm Mediterranean flat breads.

Friday
Oct292010

halloween spirits

Spooky how every day objects take on new meaning this time of year…when a blackbird is more menacing, orange pairs with black, and properly placed toothpiks make a mini-cemetary.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Thanks to all store designers for their creative Halloween displays.

Thursday
Oct142010

how to: make a bubble wreath

In our latest catalog, our creative stylists used clear glass bubble balls to create modern wall art in the form of a wreath. While ours was made to appear permanently installed in the room, these instructions allow for temporary or Holiday decorating.

Supplies:
1. space on a wall that can be nailed, or a flat MDF board sized appropriately
2. pencil and string
3. 3” nails and a hammer
4. bubble balls—a mixture of 4” and 6” sizes
5. optional for the MDF: paint as desired and hanging hardware
hint: always contact your local hardware store for advice on which hanging hardware is appropriate for your wall art and walls.

Directions:
1. Measure to find the center of the wall area—or MDF board—intended to display the wreath. Connect that point to a pencil and draw a perfect circle.

2. Roughly following the circle, positioning nails slightly inside and outside the circle, hammer in nails at least 1/2”.

3. Check position by temporarily placing a few bubble balls on the nails for a visual.

4. Complete nailing and place bubble balls as desired—starting with large ones first and fill in with smaller ones.
hint hint: if installing temporarily, hang the board once all nails are secured—without the bubble balls for safety reasons—then add the bubble balls.