Category Archives: design

Cleaning Out the Basement–Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing

My tattered edition of this portfolio was picked up at a small bookstore in western Massachusetts. The folder was torn and it was shoved into a remainder bin. After framing one image–Cherries Jubilee (we live in DC, cherries are a … Continue reading

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Patisserie at Home

The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry. –Antonin Careme I used to repeat this quote to wind up my architect husband, but now I totally get it. In … Continue reading

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Symmetry Breakfast

See if there is any bacon, and if there is, ask the cook which pan to fry it in. Then ask if there are any eggs and if so, try and persuade the cook to poach two of them. It … Continue reading

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The Art of the Cheese Plate, Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over-sophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality. –Clifton Fadiman Every cheese book I’ve ever seen drives me crazy–describing cheeses that I can never … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–What to Serve at Parties

This is the best cover ever! The vibrating color combination, The paper’s subtle zig-zag texture, the signee ladies in slinky dresses and hats, and the graphic font layout. This pamphlet-style publication doesn’t include a year, but from those dresses and font, I’m … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

This menu, served on the S. S. Atlantic on July 4, 1963, displays the kind of happy United States history we’ve come to know is a fraction of the story. And check out the menu–more creativity in the word play … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Jonathan Swift’s Directions to Servants

You know Jonathan Swift as the man who recommended that, during the Potato Famine, starving Irish eat their babies, but this flint-hard satirist also explored power relationships in household employment. To anyone who straightens up before the house cleaner comes or who … Continue reading

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