Monthly Archives: June 2011

Flower Power :: Red Raspberry, Elderflower + Hibiscus Tea Gelée

  I’m trying to adopt an attitude of fun this summer.  A Bryan Adams, Summer of ’69, kind of fun. As an adult, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in responsibilities and forget the whole notion of what summer stands for.  Long bike rides, lounging at the beach, wearing bright colors, picking fresh fruit and wildflowers, […]


Well-Dressed :: 4 Vinaigrettes for Stylish Summer Entertaining

It was an unbearably hot summer day.  A stripped down, wearing next to nothing, lounging carelessly in the pool kind of day.  When the time came to take a break from the sweltering sun, I slowly meandered up the deck stairs in search of a cold drink.  In true form, my mom was in the […]


Hot Summer Days + Cool Entertaining Accessories

Well, hello there, summer! Balmy weather, leisurely trips to the beach and stylish backyard parties inspired this Mediterranean-influenced collection.  Full of cool, crisp lines, funky patterns and various price points, there’s really no excuse not to pick up a couple conversation-starter accessories for your next summer shindig. Personally, if I had my way, I’d have one […]


Simple Summer Sides :: Roasted Petite Red Onions + Cherry-Balsamic Glaze

Michigan is the “cherry capital of the world”.  Well, at least to its residents it is.  I can say that with authority as my late grandfather, Steve, would proudly hoist me on his broad shoulders each summer to grab a sweet taste of the very best.  Our summer cherry adventures were typically just the two […]


Paris :: Life is a Ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth

  My recent trip to Paris was primed to be an excellent culinary adventure. And, for the short time I was there, I relished every last morsel that crossed my lips.  However, something unexpected struck me.   I experienced one of those magical moments that only come along every once in a while in a […]

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