Happy weekend! Get out there, enjoy the sunshine and have some fun.
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P.S. The lovely L just scored a new hat of her very own. How adorable is she?
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First and foremost host, Claire Robinson, a Memphis, Tennessee native turned New Yorker, is adorable.
Her simple dishes are perfect for whipping up after a busy day at work. They require a few ingredients (hence the show's name) and tend to be pretty simple to prepare.
She also stays true-to-her-roots by preparing a ton of Southern-inspired recipes from a much more hip, much less Paula Deen, perspective.
For example, how delicious does her Green Tomato and Vidalia Onion Gratin recipe look?
Tomato & Vidalia Onion Gratin
1/4 lb. bacon
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 large Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
4 large green or firm under-ripe heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
6 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Render bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the cooked bacon, along with 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat; pour the fat over the breadcrumbs and toss to coat.
Add the onion rounds to the skillet in batches and cook, without breaking the round slices apart, until there is some golden color, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.
To assemble the gratin, overlap the green tomato slices in one row in a large baking dish (9 x 11).
Next, make a row slightly overlapping of the partially cooked onion rounds, being careful to keep the slices intact.
Repeat steps until all tomatoes and onions are used; season tomatoes and onions heavily with pepper and lightly with salt.
Crumble the bacon over the vegetables; sprinkle the grated cheddar over the top followed by the breadcrumbs.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly; if the top is getting too brown, loosely cover with foil. (Yield 4-6 servings)
Perfect for warmer weather and perfectly Southern.
P.S. Claire has a really rocking cute pup named Newman.
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Currently feeling inspired by this enviable bar area...over the radiator! Talk about making your space work.
This lovely little cocktail station is nicely contained on its refined tray!
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This weekend when I found myself experiencing a mini-facial at the Laura Mercier counter in Bloomingdale's, I was mildly panicked at the amount of dough I would feel guilted into shelling out following my "session."
The good news? The mini facial was amazing. The even better news? I walked away with only two of the products. Hooray for willpower (and carefully saved birthday gift cards).
So far, I've become so obsessed with both of these purchases that I must insist any of you readers with sensitive skin march right out and pick them up for yourselves.
First up, Laura Mercier's One-Step Cleanser.
This miracle worker glides onto skin to remove even the most serious make-up jobs (including mascara). Apply and massage into dry skin, then rinse away. Your skin will be super clean, but still hydrated. Lovely!
Second, Laura Mercier's Perfecting Water Moisture Mist.
This toner is unlike any I've ever used before. Instead of relying on cotton balls or pads to apply, this hydrating toner is actually sprayed onto the face and decolletage. Quite refreshing!
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Even though the sun was out, NYC is still a few weeks shy of bare leg weather. I kept things springy in the chambray shirtdress below, red orange lips and a bright green scarf.
A grand day, indeed. Thanks again, gals ; )