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Cooking in the kitchen with Wallis

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When we came across this vintage cookbook at an antiques shop, we just had to have it – Some Favorite Southern Recipes of The Duchess of Windsor is a collection of down home Southern American fare, culled by this now infamous non-Brit for her friends and others in the United Kingdom. As we scan the pages, we wonder how home cooks and entertainers in England were really enjoying her Smothered Chicken, Waffles & Syrup, Picked Watermelon Rind or Crab & Okra Gumbo. But it does, however, seem quite possible that her Frozen Tomato Salad and Tipsy Charlotte were quite popular in 1958 when it was first published. This one’s a real gem, not to mention what a fabulous hostess gift it will make if one is ever invited to the home of Madonna!

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eggs delivered fresh from the farm

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How lucky are we to have a couple dozen of these gorgeous chicken and guinea eggs delivered to our studio, fresh from Jaime and Jenna Lamond’s farm Upstate in Philmont, New York? Very lucky, indeed! The conventional eggs are from a mixed flock of New Hampshire Reds, Golden and Silver Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks and Ameraucanas. The smaller, pointier eggs are from White and French Pearl guinea fowl – a wonderful breed of layer that is a little less tame than your average chicken, but prized for their rich, little (high yolk to white ratio) eggs and their tick controlling abilities, as well as their slightly wilder brooding habits. Jaime says his guinea hens occasionally use the laying boxes in the coop with the chickens, but mostly tend to lay in clutches in high weeds or in the multiflora rose bushes that grow all around their farm. Jaime says, “I’ll hear them doing their laying call out far away from the coop, and then we’ll have to stamp around in the thorns looking for the nest.” The ones we were fortunate enough to have delivered came from a clutch he found last Sunday behind the woodshed. So incredibly charming – a hen that enjoys smelling the roses is a hen we can relate to! Thank you so much, Jaime for this amazing late spring, farm-fresh treat.

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High Tea fit for a Chelsea Queen

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When Betsy saw fit to give the most gorgeous, modern, subtle and tasteful set of hand-thrown pottery in the form of teacups, cream & sugar and teeny tiny spoons from abc carpet & home for m’s most recent birthday, there was only one thing to do: serve tea!  But not just any tea for these beauties would do. We brewed a fabulous pot of what we think is the ultimate – Bellocq  No 42 “Little Dickens” – laced with goodies like vanilla beans, calendula flowers, rose petals and raw cacao nibs available from our dear friends at Haven’s Kitchen, along with HK’s own freshly baked petite almond meringues, slices of girly, pink strawberry cake from Books of Wonder Cafe on 18th and fragrantly blushing white pineberries via Belgium from Eataly. After all, when you decide to do justice to high tea, one really must pull out all the stops – thanks for the inspiration, B!

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May Supper Club!

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On the evening of May 17th, we joined our new friends at the wonderful Haven’s Kitchen, as well as our beloved, old friends (and some friends we, delightfully, had yet to meet) to celebrate the sustainable, seasonal, local and truly world famously amazing food of extremely recent (this very month!) James Beard award winning “Best Chef” – Chef Michael Anthony of the famed Gramercy Tavern, as well as the very special birthday of our dearest pal, Mr. John McGinn. And what a fabulously delicious, festive, heart-warming, unique and inspiring evening it was!  Can each Haven’s Kitchen Supper Club possibly continue to be this special and magical? If we’ve learned anything at all from our experience here, we are thinking “absolutely!” If there is such a thing as a dinner party fairy, she has sprinkled her magic dust on this place – the exceptional food and wine pairings are guaranteed to delight the most buzz-killing food & wine snobs, and yet, the vibe is just about the most relaxed and congenial we have ever experienced – let the good times roll!

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pickled asparagus and more!

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One of the highlights of our recent trip to Maryland was our visit to the farmer’s market in St. Michael’s on Saturday where we ran into our friend, the lovely Carol Bean and her wares from local Pot Pie Farm. Carol always makes everything look lovely, but she really took our breath away with the pickling liquid for her asparagus demonstration at this week’s market, which was made with simple apple cider vinegar and fluffy, fresh chive flowers, which, to everyone’s absolute delight, turned both the vinegar and asparagus mixture a blushing shade of pink!  We are so charmed by everything Carol touches and can’t wait to see her storied Pot Pie Farm in person later in the summer – we’ve been excitedly planning a food shoot there in July with Carol and her husband who’s a local fisherman. Stay tuned …

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Sunday Brunch at The Lion

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Walking into The Lion on West 9th Street is like stepping back in time. The cozy, dark bar opens up into an airy, spacious dining room with thirty-foot ceilings, just the right amount of peeling paint and a giant skylight. The entire space is filled from eye level up with antique paintings, framed photographs and gilt mirrors, giving it a relaxed, but somewhat clubby atmosphere. May we recommend the spicy cornbread muffins with butter and balsamic strawberry preserves, the avocado toast with smoked salmon, capers & pickled shallot, all varieties of eggs and the berry Dutch pancakes with whipped ricotta – YUM!

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sweet little gift

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A belated thanks to our dear friends at Haven’s Kitchen for the thoughtful, delicious and now nearly gone gift of truly special Old Field Farm wild bee raw honey – you guys are the bestest! xo

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