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Monday
Nov292010

host a tree trimming party

photo courtesy of: qmnonic Traditionally, Christmas trees were decorated on Christmas Eve and stayed up until the day after Twelfth Night, January 6th. Ironically, decorating an evergreen tree for Christmas supposedly started as the Protestant counterpart—as a symbol of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden—to Catholic Nativity scenes which are now often displayed under a tree.

Early decorations were foods such as sugared plums, gilded apples, white candy canes and strings of popcorn and cranberries. Woolworth’s was one of the first retailers to sell glass ornaments imported from Europe, and later made in the US, as the tradition made it’s way across many lands and down the social ladder from royalty.

Today, ornaments are made of glass, paper, wood, porcelain…most of us reminisce as we put up favorites from Christmases past and add new ones each year. Hosting a tree decorating party can be a quiet evening visiting—creating new memories while the work gets done—and before guests are off to a second or third party of the night.

Friday
Nov262010

recipe: leftover turkey sandwich

What to do with all those leftovers? How about a light sandwich…

toasted brioche´╗┐
turkey
honey mustard
frisée lettuce
tomato
swiss cheese
hard boiled egg
salt and pepper

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
Oct222010

halloween 2010: los angeles

Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve aren’t average days in LA—they’re as sacred as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and there are more than one way to celebrate:

What: West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Where: West Hollywood
When: Sunday, October 31

Multiple stages will feature musical acts, circus arts—but this year’s special feature is a tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

What: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Where: The Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA
When: Sunday, October 31

Looking for something a little more low-key? Catch John Barrymore in this silent classic—with accompanying music performed on a pipe organ.

What: The Birds, All Hallow’s Eve Eve
Where: Ojai Valley Inn
When: Saturday, October 30
Tickets: $25. in advance

Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect place to watch ‘The Birds’, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic scary movie set in the wild and beautiful Bodega Bay of northern California.

Tippi Hedren, the star of the film, will be stopping by for a Q&A session before the screening. Proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will help The Shambala Preserve, supported in part by the Roar Foundation which she began in 1983.

Thanks to nicole, west hollywood sales, for contributing the spirit of this submission.

Tuesday
Oct122010

how to: create a branch centerpiece

Entertaining season will be here soon so it’s time to get ready. By hanging a centerpiece over— instead of adding clutter to—the dining table, ample room is left for a clean modern table and unobstructed brunch to dinner conversations.

Select a branch sized to suit your dining space, paint for a high-gloss effect, and add colorful ornaments to trim your ‘tree’. To hang, use natural twine—or extra strong fish-line for a floating effect.

hint: consult a hardware store for the best advice on hanging hardware.