Last week I was invited to the newly opened second location of Boucherie on Park Ave S. Jerome Dihui, the chef of the meat packing now closed Pastis, is the executive chef. Pastis was one of my favorite restaurants so I was so excited to check Boucherie out!!! The menu is quintessential chic French Bistro. There is a fabulous charcuterie counter for carving special imported meats. The cocktails contain French and Martinique based spirits. I loved the entire experience. Everything was outstanding!!! I would say it is a "must try". For more information or to make a reservation, click HERE.
I love the clothing designs of Zac Posen so when I heard he wrote a cookbook, Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined, I had to check it out. I have not featured a cook book in a while so I thought this would be the perfect choice for Book Club Monday!
Zac Posen takes you on a culinary journey through his life with 100 recipes every bit as decadent and inspiring as his designs.
Since he was a child, world-renowned fashion designer Zac Posen has been cultivating his passion for cooking. For Zac, cooking and fashion are both sensory experiences. Whether you’re planning a meal or a fashion line, the goal is to create a masterpiece. In Cooking with Zac, Posen shares a curated collection of the favorite recipes, gathered throughout his extraordinary life--from longstanding family favorites to flavors he's discovered while traveling the globe.
When it comes to creating meals, Zac believes in a balance between healthy, fresh, local ingredients and exotic international dishes. In the same way that he breaks down barriers on the runway, he’s not afraid of taking risks in the kitchen: recipes range from delicate summer corn salads to beer can chicken to savory dashi-glazed lotus root. So put on your most stylish apron, and get cooking with Zac! - Amazon.com
For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.
One of my favorite caterers and Sponsors, Watson's Catering and Events is offering their delicious gourmet winter lunch for your office. What a special treat for employees, client meetings, celebrations and so much more. Please check out the details below and CONTACT Watson's to start planning the Menu!!! Bon Appetit!!!!!!
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Today's Book Club Monday choice is one of Oprah's too!!!!, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a must read epic love story!!! Here is the summary:
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward--with hope and pain--into the future. - Amazon.com
To order this book or for more information, click HERE.
I got so many messages that you guys LOVED the heads up on the Missoni Saks sale.....that I thought I would share another one with you....Jack Rogers just introduced a bunch of beautiful colorful sandals for under $100!!!!! Everyone loves Jacks and it is so nice that they are offering them at a lower price point. Actually they have a whole section on their site dedicated to shoes, boots and sandals all under $100.....click HERE to check it out...(scroll down the page to purchase the new sandals)..I have also pictured them below....Bon Weekend!!!!!!
PS You also might be able to get them on Amazon a little cheaper in some sizes shhhhhhhhhh..click HERE to see!!!!!!!
Ever since I did my self tour of Arthur Ave, I have been on an Italian cooking kick. I really wanted to perfect making tomato sauce. I think I finally found the secret and I will share it with you. Below you will find the easiest most delicious tomato sauce recipe. Bone Appetit!!!!
2 cans crushed tomatoes 1 large onion 1/2 stick butter salt to taste pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon sugar (to cut the acidity of the tomatoes) Combine ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours Remove onion and serve over your favorite pasta...garnish with basil leaf. Freeze whatever you have left over for next time!!!!
I recently sampled some items from Grove Collaborative. Grove brings all natural non chemical, non toxic cleaning products to its shoppers. They have a cleaning product for everything and they will suggest items according to what you ordered in the past or to what our similar households are ordering. I really like the idea of switching to non chemical cleaners. It's all around better for your household and the environment. If you want to try Grove Collaborative, here is my special link to get $10 off your order https://www.grove.co/referrer/5229282/.
Here are the products I tried and so far they are AWESOME:
Wool Dryer Balls
Walnut Scrubber Sponges
Seventh Generation Stone Cleaner
Mrs Meyers Multi Surface Cleaner (lavender & rosemary)
I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day. I would get so excited making my valentines growing up and when my kids were in grade school, we would get soooo into it. Cards, candy, little token gifts, we would send it all to their classmates. I really miss it. Twice during my marriage my husband gave me a puppy on Valentines Day....BEST GIFT EVER!!!!!! I found some really great gifts on Amazon for you and your Valentine this year!!!!! Love is in the Air!!!!!!!
This week's book choice is one that my own book club is reading this month, the NYT best seller, The Woman in the Window, by A J Finn. I have seen a bunch of people reading this book and posting it on instagram, so I was curious.....The story has been called ingenious and powerful and they say that you cannot put it down once you start. Here is the summary:
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. - Amazon.com
For more information or to order this book, click HERE.
Today's Fashionable Friend Friday is local photographer Wendy Baruchowitz. Wendy was literally my Christmas angel. It was the third week of December. And I had nothing.....no photo, or no card. None of my kids would let me take a photo of them so it was looking like we would not be sending Holiday cards this year. I had "met" Wendy on Facebook. We had messaged back and forth a couple of months ago. I decided to try my luck and reach out to her to see if she could fit us in for a mini shoot (wishful thinking the week before Christmas). Wendy was leaving to go on vacation that Wednesday, but she offered to have my kids come in on Monday and she would photograph them. Wendy worked for hours on my prints and she turned them around in ONE DAY, so I would be able to send out my cards by the end of the week......TOTAL ANGEL. And she did the most amazing job. Her photos were perfect. Every single one came out great. I HIGHLY recommend Wendy. She is so personable, accommodating and all around fabulously talented. To contact Wendy, email her HERE.
Here is one of my favorites from the photo shoot!!!!
Happy almost Superbowl...I have received a bunch of requests for something to bring to a Superbowl party. I found this recipe and thought it sounded soooo yummy. I really need to try it ASAP. However it looks so good it might be dangerous!!! Bon Appetit!!!
adapted from delish
1 large loaf of bread
1 stick butter, melted
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1 c. shredded fontina
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a serrated knife, crosshatch bread, making slices every inch in both directions and making sure to not slice all the way through the bottom of the loaf.
In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, garlic, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush bread with melted butter mixture, making sure to get inside crosshatches.
Stuff each crosshatch with mozzarella and fontina and wrap bread completely in foil.
Bake until cheese is melted and bread is warm and toasty, 20 minutes.