Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
2. Kate Nash "Merry Happy"
3. Boys Like Girls "Love Drunk"
4. Blessid Union of Souls "I Believe"
5. The Fratellis "For the Girl"
6. Finger Eleven "Paralyzer"
7. Lauryn Hill "Selah"
8. Paul Simon "You Can Call Me Al"
9. Jason DeRulo "Whatcha Say"
10. Santigold "Creator"
11. Ladytron "Destroy Everything You Touch"
12. Rilo Kiley "Paint's Peeling"
13. Demi Lovato "Here We Go Again"
14. Regina Spektor "Laughing With"
15. Petula Clark "Downtown"
16. Sean Kingston "Fire Burning"
17. Kristina DeBarge "Goodbye"
18. A*Teens "Can't Help Falling In Love With You"
19. Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"
20. Van Halen "Jump"
Saturday, August 29, 2009
And hopefully I'll be wearing this! What an amazing, fabulous, to die for 1950's cocktail dress. very Sabrina in Givenchy, yes? It's a pretty penny at $440, but if you consider it artwork it's an investment.
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 lemons, zested, plus thin slices for serving
- 2 cups heavy cream
Line a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin with paper muffin liners.
Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until well combined, then add the lemon juice and zest. Pour into a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens to the consistency of gravy, 8 to 10 minutes, (it should cling to the spoon when you stop stirring). Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve placed over a glass bowl. Stir the mixture occasionally to help release some of the heat. Once cooled to room temperature, put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until firm.
In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream to soft peaks. Whisk the chilled lemon curd to loosen it and fold half the cream into it to lighten. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until just blended. Divide the lemon whip between the muffin cups, smoothing the tops. Put the pan on a sheet tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours.
To serve, remove muffin tray from freezer and let stand 10 minutes. Serve immediately by placing thin lemon slices on a plate and inverting the lemon whip directly on top of the lemon slices (this prevents sliding on the plate). Drizzle berry sauce over the top and around the frozen lemon whip. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries and enjoy your refreshing cold treat!!!
You can check out this and other recipes from Claire on www.foodnetwork.com.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Pat Conroy is hands down, my favorite author. Coming from a Journalism and English major you would probably expect something more erudite, classic, and stuffy. But Pat Conroy's books are the only books that have ever hit me so hard I've openly cried (Prince of Tides and my absolute hands down all time favorite Beach Music; my copy is missing the front cover I've read it so many times). He and his characters are everything I am: Southern, crazy, and Catholic, which is not the easiest cocktail of roots to make. While the book has some faults, including the usual love-hate relationship I have with his novels - it spans too far of a time period, it's too sweetly sentimental - there are all the same reasons I love them, including his magnificent way with words. Pat Conroy can take me out of this apartment and into South Carolina in one paragraph. In South of Broad, his new novel, he brings to life a melange of backgrounds, histories, time, race, and class. It's been 14 years since he's had a novel, and this one is up there with the others, but not quite at the same level. At one point in the book, Pat's main character, Leo King, says:
Friday, August 21, 2009
Check out the website for more well-edited odds n' ends, such as apothecary jars, jacks door stoppers, and vintage poodles!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
In support of the 9/11 fund, Vogue and others are hosting "Fashion's Night Out," their own stimulus plan. I'm eager to see how this pans out - it seems like mass hysteria might ensue! No worries if you're not in New York, the entire roster of headliners can be found at www.fashionsnightout.com.