Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Bar Cart

I would love to have the right space for a bar cart.  So much nicer than some dusty bottles on top of the fridge...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Everyday Italian

Tonight for supper I made "Everyday Caponata" from Giada's "Everyday Italian" cookbook.

I've noticed that, unlike many celebrity chefs, her recipes really ARE simple and delicious...

This recipe is one of those things that I love - simple ingredients that turn out to be much more than the sum of their parts..

Here it is - and please do use as many organic ingredients as you can find!

Everyday Caponata
6 side-dish servings

1/4 cup olive oil
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cored seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes and their juices (I used fresh diced tomatoes)
3 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon drained capers
1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
fresh basil leaves for garnish (ooops - forgot!)

Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the eggplant and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the onions and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and saute about 5 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and their juice, raisins, and oregano. Simmer over a medium-low heat until the flavors blend together and the mixture thickens. This will take about 20 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, sugar, caper, and the salt and pepper. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the basil leaves for garnish.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

THINK about it...

In the mood for some critical thinking without the exorbitant tuition fees or mind-expanding drugs?

Watch THIS movie...

and read THIS book.

The revolution is now.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


So, my news is that I'm totally excited to have rented a new space in Retropolis, the vintage superstore of Houston.  I love having an Etsy shop but it was taking up too much space in our house and some things just need to be seen...

Retropolis is on 19th St. in Houston - a great walkable area of cool shops.  The outside is a bit unassuming.  Ha,ha, don't let that fool you...

Retropolis is two floors overflowing with everything vintage and fabulous...

There are over 30 dealers so it can be a bit overwhelming...

The building itself it totally funky - all original brick and wood...

My husband and I moved things in today in a bit of a rush..

We're off to Denver tomorrow morning so it's a start...

Cher Castro, the owner, is one of my favorite people ever.  I worked for her years ago before we moved to New Orleans.  I've had butterflies in my stomach all day doing something so new and different...

butterflies are good, don't you think?  wish me luck...