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New York State of Mind

We just got back from my old hood, well not exactly, we tend to stay downtown and I lived  uptown, but apples and oranges or whatever they say. I am always being asked if I miss New York, and the true answer is I do................ but I don't.  Here's the thing, New York is a phenomenal city,  living there taught me so much, I love the energy, the resilience , and the beauty of it.  Being at the forefront of so much culture is a wonderful thing.  It's quick pace is exciting, and in my blood. Fashion, food, art, skyline, it's got it all, and I am and was so proud to be a New Yorker, even when it was...

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Vinaigre Blanc

You know the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and how her father is obsessed with using windex for everything?  Well that's how I am with white vinegar...and it works!   Nothing fancy here, we are talking about distilled white vinegar. The photos are the brands I happen to have in my home right now, I am not loyal to any particular one. There are so many uses for it, it's endless.   My consistent use of it started many years ago as a cleaning aid ( neurotic neat freak here ) but I now use it for much more .  Hint, the largest organ in the body. Vinegar is about 5% acetic acid, the acid that kills bacteria and...

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White

Achromatic color is a "color without color ", it is composed of a mixture of all frequencies of light.  I love white, all shades of it and find it looks beautiful when used to decorate a home.  When curating an all white or primarily white room , there are definitely some things to consider.  The use of pattern and texture for instance will make a room more visually interesting. Using texture and a pop of color also keeps the room from feeling cold and minimalist, (unless that is the look you want), I would still say use texture.  Use pops of color with accessories....pillows, throws, and rugs are good choices.  This makes it visually more interesting and easy to change...

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Duck

We had some time this weekend, and decided to tackle making duck confit.  It's a project that takes several days.   Doug had gotten 16 duck legs and an entire package of duck fat from his duck farmer friend.   Apparently you need to have a large quantity of fat in order to make confit. I don't like to think about fat, much less see it and knowingly cook with it but here goes... Confit: Chop fat into very small pieces. Put fat in heavy bottomed pot. Cook on low flame allowing fat to melt. Filter fat through sieve and cheesecloth, any remaining fat  can be cooked for cracklings.  Just in case you are in need of some! Store overnight...

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Last Days of Summer...

"Summer afternoon Summer afternoon; To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language ." Henry James... With end of summer  approaching I realized I had not relaxed by my pool once this entire season.  Since moving into our home, I had renovated it , decorated it ( still doing) gotten married in it, but not much mossing in it. Although I am type A, a somewhat neurotic New Yorker at heart, I still like to have that day, every now and again to decompress.   I needed to get my tush in one of those lounge cushions.  After all I had spent all that time choosing the fabric , driving down to L.A. to...

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