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Month: June, 2011

SMALL-TOWN DREAMS (AND ASIAN SHREDDED CHICKEN SALAD)

When I first moved to New York City, I thought I’d be here just a few years, then jet back west. Comfortably installed in a bucolic beach or mountain town, I’d garden, get that novel going, and learn to make all of the “ethnic” foods I didn’t bother learning in the city*. Basically, retirement. Fast [...]

RUNNING SKIRT GONE WILD

For several years, a friend has told me of a supposed park a mere  55 miles north of the city, a place, she said, of lakes and streams, of hundreds of miles of hiking trails, of back-country camping and fishing, where, she claimed, bears and deer roam free. Like most El Dorado-type myths, I chalked [...]

ON THE UPCYCLE: A WORK DRESS TAKES A HOLIDAY

We all know recycling is good, and reusing even better, but I rarely apply this philosophy to my wardrobe. That’s why I love this week’s Sew Weekly challenge, the Refashionista: to take something in your closet that you don’t wear and make it into something you will. I picked a work dress that had languished [...]

PIMM’S CUP (REVISED)

Today’s feature is brought to you by what I hope shall become a regular installment on this here blog: Cocktail Math! For years I doggedly struggled with math. I even took two semesters of business calculus during a dark, confusing time of college when I thought I was a business major.  Every Tuesday and Thursday [...]

I’M COOL WITH TIE-DYE, MAN. ARE YOU?

  If you grew up around hippies, you may share my aversion (nearing allergic) to tie-dye. We kids of hippies usually aspire to a much more square kind of lifestyle and dress. So, it was with some surprise that I recently noticed myself admiring all the tie-dyed clothing I’ve been seeing this spring. (Maybe I’m [...]

THE BLACK/WHITE MASHUP

Today’s dress was inspired by the Sew Weekly challenge. For those not familiar, Sew Weekly is basically an online sewing circle, and every week there’s a theme. This week’s inspiration was the black-and-white gown that Audrey Hepburn wears to the Royal Ascot race in My Fair Lady. My dress is probably NOT appropriate for the [...]

VOUS ETES SALE, AND SO ARE YOUR PANTYHOSE!

I have a problem with my plow impulse, that instinct to get ‘er done quick. I’d make a lousy archeologist, always going for the big shovel over the tiny trowel and paintbrush. Although this impulse did make me a good cook on my dad’s fishing boat in Alaska, and got me a job the first [...]

PROCRASTINATION AND THE ART OF THE EVERYWOMAN TUBE DRESS

So, I’m working on something kind of big. At least, in my mind it’s big—as in intimidating, with lots of room for failure. I’m making a dress for someone else, and this dress is made of silk. NINE-AND-A-HALF YARDS OF EXPENSIVE, BEAUTIFUL, SLIPPERY SILK. Last week, I spent two afternoons getting to know the fabric, [...]

GET YOUR LARDON ON: SALAD LYONNAISE

I was going to wait to share this recipe, since I just wrote about Lyon, but frankly, the lettuce right now is just too good not to make this salad as soon as possible. If you like poached eggs and bacon—and at times beyond breakfast—this is the salad for you. The first time I had a [...]

MARTHA GRAHAM AND THE CASE OF THE NOT-SO-MAXI MAXI

Between the ages of 10 and 14, my favorite part of the day generally landed around 3:30 p.m., right about when dance class started. We lived in a small town with very few cultural type activities for kids interested in the arts. Thankfully a wonderful, tireless sixth grade teacher taught ballet and modern nearly daily in [...]