what are your new year’s…wishes?

We found this wonderful fragment on Rolu a few weeks back, attributed to Jorge Luis Borges; he’s one of our favorite writers, so we tried to find out  more about it. We discovered that it is from a poem called Instants (Instantes), which in fact, may not have been written by Borges after all. There’s an…

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new year’s eve recipe reprise: real onion dip!

About a year ago we wrote a post about all the things you could eat on, or with, potato chips. One, of course, is onion dip. In our version, it’s made with REAL onions, caramelized until brown (easy), cooled, and stirred into sour cream. It’s from Sally’s award-winning cookbook The Improvisational Cook, which will be…

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best thrift stores and flea markets of 2010

Over the years, we’ve gotten A LOT of stuff second-hand, from thrift stores, flea-markets, Ebay. It’s a way to get great things MUCH cheaper than retail. (Our most recent purchase: a tag-still-on, in-warranty Eames Soft-Pad Management Chair, for a fraction of what it would cost new.)  We appreciate Apartment Therapy’s national survey of Best Thrift…

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tuscan herb salt, p-butter cups and other homemade food gifts

If you are in a last minute quandary about unusual and much appreciated gifts,visit public radio’s The Splendid Table where Sally talks with Lynne Rosetto Kasper about Homemade Holiday Food Gifts. All are easy-to-make and pack a big bang-for-the buck.  Lemon-Scented Olive Oil with much of the flavor and a fraction of the price of classic Limonato…

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why not modernist gingerbread houses?

If we were going to make a gingerbread house, we’d forego the Victorian thing and go modernist, living out our architectural fantasies. We typed “modernist gingerbread houses” into Google Images and found a trove. Our favorite is Kristina Hahn’s wondrous creation, The Cake Study House.  The list of Special Features evoke stunning possibilities: banana succulents almond cacti…

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