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Copper Love

My copper cookware is one element of my life that unified my two main hobbies, cooking and decor. I have assembled the collection little like little. It’s Baumlin brand, which is made in France, but is not easy to find. It’s very similar to the Mauviel copper line which is sold at Bloomingdale’s. When we first moved in to this…

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I could eat guacamole as a meal. I should restate that. I have eaten guacamole as a meal. Shamelessly. With a spoon. I love it and I make mine the way I watched them make it at the table in Mexico. Rustic and chunky and with only onion, no garlic! If you like it the smoother more common way, just…

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Smoked Salmon & Roasted Asparagus Fettucine

You can’t grow up in this part of New York without a deep appreciation for Smoked Salmon, or as we call it, lox. My favorite kind is wild caught, sockeye salmon which you can pretty much buy refrigerated at any grocery store.  This dish is an adaptation of a lox and pasta dish that my mom and I once got…

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Pesto Linguine with Grilled Shrimp

One of my favorite summer recipes is my grilled shrimp over thin spaghetti with homemade pesto. I’m a bit of a pesto snob. I’ve tried a lot of store bought pestos and, aside from the fact that most aren’t made with 100% olive oil or super good cheese I just don’t find that the flavor of the basil preserves well….

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

I rarely decorate with flowers but May calls for florals in my mind. I brought out my favorite paper flower garland and wreath recently and it instantly added whimsy and color to the dining room. My garland is from Target last spring but Here is a similar garland for sale right now at Anthropologie! After trying a few spots I decided…

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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake

This delicious and healthy cake is easy to bake from scratch. I’ve heard about olive oil cakes for a while now and being Italian I always have olive oil in my pantry. I love ANY citrus or almond-flavored dessert so when I needed to make a cake for my birthday (Yes”my” you read that correctly! I’m the only person who…

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Dresser Update

Death (and disfigurement) be Not Proud Or, How I Refinished My Dresser. Let me just start by saying, that we live in a 108-year-old house, With very, very small closets. This place was designed for life 100 years ago. Life that only required of one set of clothes for working in the orchards (that once surrounded this house) one set…

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The Light Of My Life

The Light of My Life, ok well, Dining Room. For a while now, I’ve noticed that my taste has been evolving to a less traditional more eclectic and casual style. Because of this shift, I made the decision to change my formal dining room chandelier in order to help make the space less stuffy, more updated and more fun. The…

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Niçoise Salad

One of my favorite salads is  Nicoise Salad.  When I was growing up, my grandmother who was from Naples, Italy, would always make canned tuna with olive oil, black olives and red onion. I loved it. When I first tried a Nicoise salad in College it was a total light bulb moment for me, I realized that Nana’s “tuna with…

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