Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This past weekend I had a summer dinner party. It was ambitious, maybe too much, but the food got rave reviews and most importantly, it was a lot of fun.
White Gazpacho dressed with cucumbers and almonds (not pictured)
Oven Roasted Whole Trout with lemon and dill and creme fraiche on the side
Butter Bean and Basmati Rice pilaf
Watercress, walnut, radish and feta salad with vinaigrette
Tostones (Fried green plantains)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"...new insights into the behavior of our long-inscrutable, seabound mammalian counterparts began forcing us to reconsider and renegotiate what once seemed to be a distinct boundary between our world and theirs. Scientists have now documented behaviors like tool use and cooperative hunting strategies among whales. Orcas, or killer whales, have been found to mourn their own dead. Just three years ago, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York discovered, in the brains of a number of whale species, highly specialized neurons that are linked to, among other things, the use of language and were once thought to be the exclusive property of humans and a few other primates. Indeed, marine biologists are now revealing not only the dizzying variety of vocalizations among a number of whale species but also complex societal structures and cultures.Whales, we now know, teach and learn. They scheme. They cooperate, and they grieve. They recognize themselves and their friends. They know and fight back against their enemies."
a. One that enjoys special favor or regard.
b. One that is trusted, indulged, or preferred above all others, especially by a superior: a facrite of the monarch.
2. A contestant or competitor regarded as most likely to win.
Liked or preferred above all others; regarded with special favor.
OK, fine, it's just "favorite" misspelled. That's what happens when you have an interior decorator edit her "english-as-a-second-language" partner's writing. This sentence could use some help too.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Virginity and the City (New York Magazine)
Elna Baker is a 27-year-old Mormon living in New York whose stand-up comedy landed her a book deal.
My mother tells this story: When I was 6, I’d just started school and didn’t necessarily enjoy it, so I asked my mom what the word for being done with school was. “Graduate,” she replied. And my follow-up question was, “When do we graduate from church?” I was disappointed to find out the word for graduating from church was “death.” So I was always questioning my faith to a certain extent. Humor helped me cope. I was chubby, and I remember I told this funny story to my classmates, and then they all wanted to be my friend. I had no concept that this was something you could ever make a living off of, it was just this thing that I did. Then I went to Tisch—my parents were terrified—and I had a mentor who took an interest in me and encouraged me to tell my stories at the Moth. I consider myself a writer who happens to be Mormon, though on dates, I tend to introduce that fact as if it were an STD. ‘I should let you know … I’m Mormon. No, I really do want things to move forward here, but I have the Mormon.’ ”
Pre-order her book here: The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
1st course: Soft Shell Crab in Brown Butter and Lemon Vinaigrette
2nd course: Beet, Walnut and String Bean Salad
3rd course: Grilled Whole Lobster with side of Melted Irish Butter (for dipping!)
4th course: Cheese Course (Goat, Manchego, Cheddar) with Fig Marmalade
Hope you all had a Happy 4th of July
Thanks to the Cotton family for a great weekend.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
(my absolute favorite gallery in the world.)