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Well Branded Austin

I wish I could say I just got back from a great weekend in Austin, but that wouldn’t be the truth!  It’s actually been months since I visited the great state of Texas where yes, everything is just bigger.  It was a quick weekend visit to see the hubby who was working out there for a while and then due to the hurricane in DC, I had to catch an even earlier flight home before the storm.  Below are some of my favorite examples of the clearly defined branding that flocked building all around the city.Austin

AND it wouldn’t be a trip to Austin without some serious tacos (including a visit to the trailer park for queso), new (to me) cowboy boots and a visit to the underside of the bridge that fills with bats… only during the day!Austin2



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Mardi Gras… a little late!

I surprised my husband with a trip to New Orleans the first weekend in February, which happened to be the start of the Mardi Gras celebration in the Crescent City!  From fried oysters with brie at Clancy’s to Muffulettas at Cochon Butcher to a new retail vendor for Haute Papier in The Stationer New Orleans to macarons and king’s cake at Sucre to the irresistible beignets at Cafe du Monde, it was a wonderful glutenous and relaxing trip!

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Cafe du Monde Beignets

I’ve been saving this one for ya… After a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of February, I knew I had to wait until today – Fat Tuesday – to share this recipe inspired by the deliciousness beyond coasted in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans’s legendary bakery.  Bon Appetit!

Cafe Du Monde Inspired Beignets
makes about six dozen

1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
6-7 cups bread flour
vegetable oil for frying
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A Taste of Spain

Well, I’m back… Fat, rested and with six pairs of new shoes and a couple of new kitchen toys.  What did I eat that I couldn’t get enough of, you ask?  These delicious morsels of goodness are at the top of the list.  When cooked properly, they have a light crunch on the outside and hot ooey, gooey ham meets cheese meets béchamel mixture in the middle.   Seriously, love at first bite!  Here’s the recipe I used to make them once getting home…

Jamon y Queso Croquettes
3 tbsp butter
1 spanish onion, diced
1/2 cup flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 ounces gorgonzola dulce
8 ounces serrano ham, cut into 1/2” strips
salt & pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 eggs, beaten, at room temperature
2 cups panko (or dried bread crumbs)
canola or olive oil for frying

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A Pictoral Taste

I’m back from an incredible journey in Argentina.  We traversed the country vising Iguazu Falls, Bariloche and Buenos Aires in search of delicious food, beautiful sights and R&R and found it all.  Here’s a little sampling of the photos.  I was obsessed with the empanadas and can’t wait to try making them (stay tuned for the recipe) and the architecture (also stay tuned for more pics of this).  Enjoy!

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I leave tomorrow for a nice long vacation in beautiful Argentina.  Though my posting will be light while I’m gone, stay tuned for a pictorial slide show of our adventures!

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Early Fall in Vermont

I’m back from a beautiful and relaxing long weekend in Vermont.  The foliage is just starting to turn, check out these pictures.   I did some baking (apple tarte tatin, of course) and will be sharing my mother-in-laws recipe for French Market Bean Soup soon.  Stay tuned…


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In Print: Clips from Food Sections


5. – The Chicago Tribune Versatile Cucumbers work in Soups or Appetizers “Often relegated to the relish tray or salad bowl, or pickled and left to languish in the refrigerator, cucumbers deserve some respect.”

4. – The Boston Globe We’re No Julie to Julia “We had just seen “Julie & Julia,’’ the movie about Julia Child and Julie Powell, the blogger who cooked her way through Child’s book. Child is an icon of cooking, and we are two people who like to cook. (Well, Devra cooks. Wesley just makes dinner.) But, we realized, neither of us had ever made any of Child’s recipes.”

3. – The LA Times Goji Taunts North American Farmers “Can it be that goji, the supposed legendary miracle fruit of ancient Tibet, is being grown in Dinuba? Nothing is surprising when it comes to this tiny orange berry. Virtually unknown in the United States five years ago, it is now seemingly everywhere, in martinis, granolas, nutritional supplements and even Lindsay Lohan’s tanning spray.”

2. – The NY Times Note to Myself: Take the Kitchen “Part of me loves to navigate the culinary wilderness of rental homes: the stale McCormick spices, the speckled enamel stockpots in which countless visitors have boiled their corn. Another part of me wants to make sure I can pull the cork from a bottle of wine and turn pork chops with a pair of tongs and whisk mayonnaise when I get there.”

1. – The Washington Post An American Blogger in Paris “Show him a tourist blinded by the City of Light, and he’ll show you someone who needs to be set straight. The city is so clean, they say. But you almost stepped in dog doo, he’ll say. The cafe culture is so rich, they say. But the coffee itself is horrific, he’ll say.”

photo from The NY Times

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Lobster for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Maine-or-BustI leave on Friday for a week in Casco Bay, Maine and in the mean time, I’ll be packing my best tips, tricks and recipes for this delicious crustacean.  If you’ve got a must try, send it to thedistrictdomestic(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll include it in my lists next week!

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From Sea to Shining Sea!

I can’t believe it’s over and I’m back from an incredibly busy and taxing week in NYC.  The National Stationery Show was a huge success – you’ll now be able to purchase Haute Papier’s products from over 50 stores from Miami to Portland to Shelburne, Vermont!  Here are some pictures from the week.

les_toiles_du_soleilI managed to find time to hunt out Les Toiles du Soleil in Chelsea which manufactures some of the most beautiful cotton fabrics out there.  You probably know their style best from French awnings and espadrilles.

sullivan_street_bakeryAnd what would be a trip to NY without stopping at Sullivan Street Bakery?  I picked up a bunch of their room temperature pizza, sticky buns and bread to go with cheese (after going to Murray’s, of course!)

soft_shell_crabsAnd believe it or not, I even got my fill of Virginia’s soft shell crabs at the International Food Festival on 9th Avenue on Saturday.

DSC_0056Here’s our booth still in transformation  – I couldn’t seem to even go a weekend without some sort of crafting project.

Sarah_Meyer_Walsh_and_Erin_Here’s our booth in it’s selling state.  Isn’t it pretty!

So, I’m back  (sigh!)  and ready to be cooking and gardening and sharing my pictures and anecdotes along the way.  I made a quick run to the garden last night to pick the peonies – they’re in full bloom and so beautiful now.  Stay tuned for gardening tips on peonies tomorrow!

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