Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Things will be slow around here this week as I am trying to get an exciting ELD announcement out by the end of the week, so forgive the silence for a bit!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011



I think I've stated my love for a good salad a few times before, so it shouldn't surprise you that I have fallen in love with my recent cooking purchase: For the Love of Salad by Jeanelle Mitchell. The book has a wide array of salad options ranging from leafy greens to pasta to hearty meat and seafood salads. I am especially excited about all of the new dressing options as I tend to find store bought dressings never quite satiate my appetite. What you see above is my favorite dressing/salad so far. I didn't follow the ingredients of the salad exactly and just added the vegetables I wanted -- tomatoes, avocado, radish, celery and red onion. But I did take the dressing from the book and I highly recommend it. It's easy, light and a great change to a regular vinaigrette. 

Recipe:
Basil Vinaigrette
1/2 Cup lightly packed fresh basil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 Tsp sea salt
1/4 Tsp ground pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

In a food processor, puree the basil with vinegar, salt, and pepper, then blend in oil. (You could use a blender if you don't have a food processor, or even just finely chop the basil by hand.) Easy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Random Friday thoughts

No real post here today just a few random thoughts/pictures that have lead me through the work week.
This wall (the color, the arrangement, everything about it!) and the accompanying article. Did you know a painting should be hung so that the middle is 60 inches off the ground?

These two bums. Gloria modeling our Moroccan pouffe and Maj lounging.

New ELD Earrings

This guy and his match that probably left the Guild Shop right after I did. So much for waiting for a good deal...

Images of the new polar bears, Gregor and Aleut, at the Nuremberg Zoo. More pics and story.
And if you haven't already, check out the videos of Knut on YouTube. MUCH better than that Rebecca Black girl everyone's talking about...

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011


On a recent trip to the makeup counter I came across the latest, greatest product from Chanel: Rouge Coco Shine. With the look of a lipstick, this product actually goes on more like a balm/gloss mixture - sheer and moisturizing with a nice shimmer. Perfect for summer. These are great if you aren't a lipstick wearer, like me, and just want a hint of long lasting color for the day. I haven't purchased yet, but I plan to do so soon. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Uchi cookbook!

While there is no shortage of GREAT restaurants in Houston, I still can't help but miss some of my old favorites in Austin. On the top of the list would be Tyson Cole's Uchi restaurant. Located in a restored house on South Lamar, Uchi is known for it's long wait time and fabulous fresh food. Needless to say, I am very excited about the release of the Uchi cookbook. I don't know how successful I'd be at recreating Cole's tasty dishes but I'm willing to give it a try, or maybe just add this title to my growing coffee table book collection?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Three amigos

Would love to have these pillows and just about everything else on the Virginia Johnson site.

I think they would look pretty cute in the same room as these nesting giraffe planters I spotted at Anthropologie last week.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

WIN A PARTY!!


Check out Elizabeth Lanier Designs on San Antonio Tidbits! Enter to win a necklace bar party with yours truly and five of your friends. You bring the bubbly and I'll bring the baubles and together we'll concoct the perfect cocktail. Each guest will choose a chain and adornments for a customized, hand-perfected look!

Check out the Tidbits album and post the looks you like on your Facebook wall to be automatically entered to win a free Necklace Bar party for six at your home. 

While you're at it, go ahead and subscribe to Tidbits! They share great secrets, sales and inside info to subscribers in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans.


In honor of St. Patty's day I'm posting a recipe from my favorite Irish-American, Bobby Flay! I made the spaghetti and meatballs from his Throwdown cookbook a couple of weeks ago and while they were quite labor-intensive they were definitely worth every minute of work. 


Serves: 4

Meatballs
2 tablespoons, plus 1 cup pure olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons ice water
¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
¾ pound ground chuck
¼ pound ground veal
¼ pound ground pork
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup dried bread crumbs (made from fresh white bread)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, about 1 ½ minutes.
2. Whisk together the eggs, water and parsley in a large bowl, add the garlic, meats and cheese and gently mix together until combined. Begin adding bread crumbs a tablespoon at a time until the mixture just holds together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Form the meat into 1 ½-inch balls.
3. Heat the remaining 1 cup of oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the meatballs and fry until golden brown on all sides. Carefully remove to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons pure olive oil
1 medium Spanish onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon red chile flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Two 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes and their juice, pureed in blender
1 small Cubano pepper
8 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb # 8 or #9 spaghetti, cooked al dente
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano
Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and chile flakes and cook until the onion is soft and the garlic is lightly golden brown on both sides. Add the tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds.
2. Stir in the pureed tomatoes, Cubano pepper and parsley sprigs, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the meatballs, reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the meatballs have cooked through and the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Place the spaghetti on a platter, top with the meatballs (using a slotted spoon). Stir the chopped basil into the tomato sauce and ladle some of the sauce over the spaghetti and meatballs. Grate lots of parmesan cheese over the top and garnish with fresh basil sprigs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


A. J.Crew B. Gap C. Lucchese D,E. Elizabeth Lanier Designs (Billie and Breck)

While the rodeo in Houston has been going on for about a week already, I will be making my first jaunt to the fairgrounds on Friday. I would say less is more when it comes to rodeo wear as it is pretty easy to cross the line into hokey/cheesy/embarrassing -- if you've ever been to a rodeo you know what I'm talking about. My outfit will look a little something like the one above but with a belt and a few more accessories. But before I can really worry about my outfit I am currently working on fasting to counteract the bazillion calories I will intake during my visit - corndogs, funnel cake, blooming onions - you name it I love it and will definitely have my fair share. Rodeo time is always a good time and I can't wait to kick off this 2011 season!



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RUN don't walk

to the grocery store to get the ingredients to make The Pioneer Woman's Beef with Snow Peas. I was a little scared to make this as I am no serious cook, but I am so happy I did! It was excellent and I plan to make it again soon!

Ingredients

  • 1-½ pound Flank Steak, Trimmed Of Fat And Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain
  • ½ cups Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Sherry Or Cooking Sherry
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch*
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 8 ounces, weight Fresh Snow Peas, Ends Trimmed
  • 5 whole Scallions, Cut Into Haf-inch Pieces On The Diagonal
  • Salt As Needed (use Sparingly)
  • 3 Tablespoons Peanut Or Olive Oil
  • Crushed Red Pepper, For Sprinkling
  • Jasmine Or Long Grain Rice, Cooked According To Package

Preparation Instructions

In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Add sliced meat to bowl and toss with hands. Set aside.
Heat oil in a heavy skillet (iron is best) or wok over high heat. Add snow peas and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside.
Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the scallions. Spread out meat as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate.
Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the first plateful of meat, the rest of the marinade, and the snow peas. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits.
Serve immediately over rice. Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the top to give it some spice.

* I omitted the cornstarch


Monday, March 7, 2011

I've seen people all over Houston carrying this Prada tote and while it's not exactly in my price range this Tory Burch version looks great and is a third of the price. Both made of Italian leather and available in a variety of colors, it really makes me wonder about the huge price difference. Sure there are a few noticeable differences, but what are we really paying for here?

Comfort food


Everyone has their own idea of what comfort food is and to me it's Mexican food. Hands down. Could eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner 24/7. So not too long ago I had my usual hankering for something spicy and gathered a few items I already had on hand and made a simple and delicious weeknight dinner (note: I said "simple and delicious" not "creative and healthy").

Tortilla Soup (adapted from a yumsugar recipe):

Extra virgin olive oil

2 medium onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium-size ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapeños, minced
1 quart chicken stock, homemade or store bought
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cumin
Pinch of chili powder
3 avocados

1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken


1 lime, cut in wedges
3 cups cheddar cheese (set some aside for garnish)


Directions

  1. Put a stockpot over medium heat and coat with a 2 count of olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, tomatoes, and jalapeños and cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables get pulpy. Pour in the stock, season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder* and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. 
  2. Once soup is hot all the way through add a handful or two of grated cheddar cheese (you be the judge) and stir thoroughly until cheese is melted into soup. Next add frozen corn and let soup simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Divide the shredded chicken among 4 soup bowls. Ladle the hot soup over the meat. Top with diced avocado and fried tortilla strips. Garnish with cilantro, cheese and lime wedges.
Serves 4.
*I added a little cumin and a little chili powder and let the soup simmer and then added a little more. Don't overdue it, but the smokiness and spiciness they add are a nice touch.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Love & Elephants



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Sunday!

I have my eye on this Jovovich-Hawk dress.

You do remember the anticipation of the Tucker for Target line, don't you? Well if you missed that train in September, hop aboard now because Target is re-releasing some of it's top lines from the Go Interntaional designer collections. Among the designers will be Luella Bartley, Paul & Joe (by Sophie Albou), Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler (by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez), Libertine (by Johnson Hartig), Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk (by Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk),  Thakoon (by Thakoon Panichgul), Rodarte (by Laura and Kate Mulleavy), Zac Posen and Tucker (by Gaby Basora). 

I will not be rushing to Target on Sunday but rather purchasing online like I did last time. I actually ordered quite a few things and then returned what I didn't want. With everything priced under $50 you should keep in mind that you can always have something altered if it doesn't fit exactly how you want. I got my Tucker dress in the mail last time and it looked like a sack of potatoes, but with a little nip and tuck from my seamstress it fits great now!

Items will be available March 13 (this Sunday) through April 10, but I suspect sizes will go quickly.

I just thought I'd start hyping it up so you can have something to look forward to this work week. Don't worry, I'll remind you again at the end of the week!