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ENTERTAINING | FOOD & DRINK
Before we know it, Autumn will be here so a few things need to be added to your to do list: update your wardrobe with new fall staples before the best ones are sold out and pick your garden before the cold gets to your vegetables and herbs. In my case I often have more herbs than I can use so I have to find ways to preserve them. When I do things like this, it makes me feel more connected to my great grandmothers I never got to know. My Cajun grandmother in Louisiana often tells me stories about her mom preserving all the foods they would grow on their farm. She says they were poor, but they always ate really well!!! For a Cajun, good food is good livin'.
This summer my father went crazy growing herbs and vegetables. He has the most incredible luck with plants. He sent me bags and bags and bags of different basil varieties from his gardens. So I got to work figuring out what to do with all of these before they wilted.
Here are some standard preserving techniques:
These are more fun (which is of course what I did):
- Infused Oils
- Infused Alcohols
- Infused Butters
LEMON BALM = LEMON BALM TEA
Many people think of tea as only being made of tea leaves. Yet any herb can be made into tea by simply steeping it in hot water. THAT'S HERBAL TEA! Fresh mint is my favorite. Lemon Balm feels like you are drinking a spa (in a good way)
Below it is shown as hot tea and cold tea.
For hot tea------
1/2 C FRESH HERBS
4 C HOT WATER (just barely boiling)
Steep in hot water for about 10 minutes, strain and drink.
|HOT LEMON BALM TEA|
1/2 C FRESH HERBS
4 C HOT WATER (just barely boiling)
Steep in hot water for about 10 minutes, strain into a glass jar, refrigerate and drink when cold.
|COLD LEMON BALM TEA|
THAI BASIL = THAI BASIL PESTO
Often I have made "regular" pesto, but figured the ingredients should change up a bit when using Thai Basil. A quick search online lead me to a few different sites with recipes. Using my own cooking and chemistry skills I put together this version:
INGREDIENTS: (yeilds 1/2c)
2 C THAI BASIL
1//2 C DRY ROASTED PEANUTS
2-4 CLOVES GARLIC (depends on your taste)
1 T FISH SAUCE
1 1/2 T DARK SESAME OIL
1 t CRUSHED RED PEPPER
1 t SUGAR
1 T RICE WINE VINEGAR
- Pick every stem off of basil and wash. This is labor intensive but worth it.
- Combine all ingredients except for oil in food processor or blender. Blend until finely chopped.
- Keep blending and slowly add in oil until it becomes paste like.
More oil can be added if necessary to get to this consistency.
- Store in a glass jar and refrigerate or eat immediately
AFRICAN BASIL = AFRICAN BASIL INFUSED OIL
This is the easiest of all. The only time consuming part is waiting for the oil to become infused.
Wash and completely dry herbs
Place herbs in clean jar
Pour in olive oil and seal bottle.
Store in cool, dry place for 1 week
If using fresh herbs it is recommended to store in refrigerator and use within a week. Infused oils will last longer if herbs are dried.
The same steps can be used to infuse in alcohol such as Vodka or Gin. Though fresh herbs can last for much longer in alcohol. So consider making an infused herbal Vodka for the upcoming holidays!
This little guy made it all the way from Louisiana in the Basil. This is how you know my dad's garden is organic. This is also why you must thoroughly clean all of your basil before blending it into pesto!!! Thank god my sister was here to help me deal. I might have screamed a little when I saw this. I guess I've been out of the country for too long and/ or my hormones are out of control
SPECIAL THANKS TO MY DAD FOR THE GREAT PRODUCE AND MY SISTER FOR THE HOURS SPENT PICKING EVERY STEM OFF. XOXO
SERIES | HOW TO HAVE THAT JENEE SAIS QUOI
One of my best tips for a quick spruce up around the house is FRESH FLOWERS.
This weekend I had guests coming to stay so wanted to add some special touches around the house to make it more pleasant for them. But don't forget to just treat yourself to some floral decor even when guests are not coming over.
I know this information is not ground breaking, but what you will find below is what gives my flower decorating that special Jenée Sais Quoi
A RANDOM BOUQUET OF MIXED FLOWERS: They are simply flowers from the Bodega - Nothing expensive though good quality. Being bodega flowers their bouquets are quite a mixed bag of flowers - they don't really harmonize together the way a professional florist would put together a bouquet. But this will not matter... Get 4 arrangements out of one bouquet (for about $15)
With a bit of creativity, you can group the flowers yourself that actually do go together into smaller arrangements. Some are also great alone in a bud vase.
PUT FLOWERS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES: Many people know that flowers are great on a dining room table, but forget about all the other unusual places they can add charm like: the bathroom, your desk, and a night table.
Creator of Myths, Fairytales and Dreams
Home & Entertaining | Home Decor
I never knew I could love sculpture until I discovered Eduardo Garza’s work. Many years ago we met at a dinner party in Bushwick and I was in his studio before dessert could be served. Like a true artist, found objects in nature were scattered about waiting to become fine works of art. Other pieces were almost complete and Eduardo picked up every small element andcread them to me like a storybook.
Since then I have watched his art find its way into Bergdorf Goodman and onto the pages of prestigious décor publications. His most recent collaboration with West Elm (owned by William Sonoma) is one of the most exciting, as it will make Eduardo’s masterpieces available to many more people across America, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. (More of Eduardo’s Bio) He can take a menacing object and with his unique aesthetic turn it into an “object of desire" - for instance his Golden Skull with a Crystal Crown and Replica Alligator skull. His use of warm metals and the application of precious stones makes this like jewelry for your home.
When you don’t have room for another RSVP to your arm party, just put your Eduardo Garza jewels atop you lamps, mantles and bedside tables. Every home should be filled with love and each piece he creates is filled with just that.
Eduardo at Work placing a finial atop a lamp
Lapis Lazuli Finials
More in Eduardo’s Own Words:
JSQ: What is your occupation and how did you get into this field?
EG: Artist. Thank God I was born an artist!
JSQ: Where do you live?
EG: I live in New York City where I find all my inspiration.
JSQ: What are you working on now?
EG: As soon as I finish sculpting the collection for Bergdorf Goodman in NY I will focus on a group of large sculptures that I am making for an art gallery show.
JSQ: (sitting on the edge of my chaise longue !!!) Can you tell me more about these large sculptures???
EG: For that you must come visit my new studio so that I can show you in person, Jenée Sais Quoi!!!
Pieces from the West Elm Collection
JSQ: Do you have a piece from your collection (new or old) that you think everyone should own? like a real classic that would be beautiful for every home and for every taste?
EG: The pulls and knobs that I individually hand make transform any piece of furniture and any room into something really spectacular. I continually get orders from architects and interior designers for their clients' drawers, cabinets and even doors. These decorative elements are like expensive shoes - they make a simple t-shirt and jeans look good.
Amethyst Pulls (lime shown for size reference ;)
JSQ: What do you listen to while you create?
EG: I always listen to inspiring lectures online while I work. Right now I have been focusing on history, neuroscience and astronomy.
JSQ: What is your first fashionable memory?
EG: Since I was a kid I have been interested in stones, metals and shapes. Looking through the pages of Vogue I remember being fascinated by all the jewelry designs I saw.
JSQ: Even when a person says they are not “into” fashion, they are still making fashion choices by buying clothes and choosing a daily look (simple or not). What is your personal style?
EG: My fashion style is based on comfort since I am always working. Some call it "NORMCORE"
JSQ: HAHAHAHAH I just posted a picture on instagram of me wearing a sweatshirt with turtleneck and someone commented #normcore. I had to look it up!!
JSQ: Je ne Sais Quoi is about having “that certain something special” - What is that certain something special for you?
EG: When I see genuine kindness in others, that person has "that je ne sais quoi"
JSQ: Many people Love quotes. Is there a quote or quotes that you live by?
EG: "All we are is dust in the wind."
JSQ: How appropriate.
Gold Plated replica Alligator skull
Napkin Rings: (L) 24K Gold Leaf w/ Turquoise (C) 24K Gold Leaf w/ Tiger Eye and Lapis Lazuli (R) 24K Gold Leaf w/ Pink Agate
STYLE FEATURE: Kristine Moore
Impeccable Host and a Jewelry Designer:
Well-Mannered, Well-Traveled & Well-Dressed
Kristine is the kind of person who throws a BBQ party with silver flatware and gold rimmed cocktail glasses. Years ago I got to know her through a job, but I got to really know her at the garden parties she threw during the summer. Her home is undoubtedly one put together with the fine eye of a designer and a patron of peculiar art. She is always dressed like a lady and never breaks a sweat as she serves a multi course meal.
Obviously for all of the reasons above, she had to be featured on Jenée Sais Quoi. She invited us to her home so that I could take photos of her apartment and discuss outfit ideas for summer soirées over local snacks from her neighborhood. She also prepared a very strong Negroni for us upon which the conversation lingered about her travels and favorite summer menu concepts. See below for more of this interview.
|Mid Century Couch with Graphic Pillows from Marimekko and Gilt|
|Always a gracious host, Kristine set out Italian 3 Layer Cake from her Bakery in Cobble hill and Fresh Cherries|
KM: This is the kind of dress I would throw on for one of my Garden Parties
Dress by Yumi Kim and Necklace from Calypso
|The Entryway has a coat rack and some of her own DIY wall design made of Gold paint and Hot Pink Tape|
|The Painting is an Op Art piece from 1977 purchased at a Consignment shop in Westport, Connecticut|
|Some outfit ideas for Summer Cocktail Parties (from left to right)|
Helmut Lang dress with Alexis Bittar necklace
Kelly Wearstler dress with Iosselliani necklace
Massimo Dutti dress with a vintage necklace from Paris
|A hot pink doodle by Kristine|
|Phillip Lim Handbag|
|KM: This is an outfit I would put together for a summer gallery show in Chelsea|
|Necklace by Iosselliani and Dress by Helmut Lang|
ECLECTIC, ALLURING, & À LA MODE
On a recent visit upstate (New York), we stayed with our friends Suzy and Roman. For obvious reasons their alluring home is a feature this week on Jenée Sais Quoi. It's so French Chic with it's eclectic use of bold colors and rare objects. This is certainly a skill the French are gifted with which is why à la mode translates to fashionable. Oh, did I mention Suzy and Roman are French???
Continue on to see French taste at it's finest.
JUNKIES' PROMISES NEVER LOOKED SO APPEALING
STYLE FEATURE: Angela of the Lower East Side and a Pastry Chef
Chill, Quirky, and Cute
|Welcome to Angela's where Chinatown runs into the LES|
|Angela dotes on her newly baked goods - Yeah Banana Bread|
HOME DECOR FEATURE: Felicia of Le Village in Eunice, Louisiana
Country Chic, Cozy & Full of History
(note: this place is so gorgeous, it is where we chose to get married - more photos here)
Following are some of my favorite scenes in the Main Guest house and an interview with the refined and cultured proprietor, Felicia H. Wiggins.
|Guest Room in Main House|
|Art in Main House|
|Guest Room in Main House|
|Guest Room in Main House|
|A bit of Eunice Literature|
|...and for Entertaining|
|Breakfast Prepared here - Gorgeous Window Treatment|
|Ferns & front porch fans welcome you to Le Village|
|Felicia and I on the side porch of the Main Guest House|
FHW: I have always enjoyed seeing how we all experience our interpretation of soothing spaces and what delights us in terms of visual images of spaces, imagined or otherwise.
JSQ: Where do you currently reside? And where do you wish you were living?
FHW: I love living in the country in SW Louisiana where I currently reside. I left here so many years ago and never thought I would live here again, but it has been a wonderful journey full of surprises. I may not have been open to owning this Cajun retreat and B & B until this point in life (I am a little ways over 60 yrs old:). Luckily my sweet husband has made it possible for me to continue on this journey to reunite with long-lost cousins and friends old & new.
|Felicia is such a wonderful host she will even swat those huge Louisiana Mosquitos for you :)|
|Across the way from the Porch, where we sat for this interview, is a perfectly rustic barn (now shed)|
|Looks like the Cat got out.|
This past autumn I picked out a pillow from print designer, Bonnie of Kaye Rachelle Designs. I liked it because it looked like the season: barren, cold and dark. But as Spring slowly arrives in New York and I start to make small changes around our home, it did not seem to fit. It was just too somber to fit my new Spring State of Mind. So, I took out some of my vintage flower broaches and made flowers grow on the tree!
Welcome Spring and all it's warmth, longer days and flowers (even if you have to fake it a little).
|The Bejeweled Bumble Bee is making a Beeline for the Flowers!|
|Broach Wedding Bouquet Spring Pins on Pillow|
When it comes to interior decorating, the bathroom is the one place you can confidently have fun with decor and color. While the rest of your house/ apartment can be a nice grown-ups abode, the room in your house with the toilet can stand a more amusing and vivid atmosphere.
Pictures of Lingerie or Pin-Up posters are great decor since this is where you are often caught in your undies anyway. LooPourie is one of my favorite bathroom products and looks pretty on LeToilet. Read more on website ;)
Brightly colored, Fabric, shower curtains add a softness to an otherwise porcelain hard room.
Graphic Bathmats that are nostalgic and fun to read add to the amusement. This one is from H&M's new home collection
Display your cosmetics. So much thought is put into the design and packaging of cosmetics and toiletries that there is no need to hide them in your medicine cabinet, unless you are a neat freak. On display, they are not only more easily accessible, but they add color and design to this little room.
Though, this end of the year task has become a nostalgic project as it obliges me to sift through a year of my life (now our life) and .... Reflect on the past and dream of the Future year.
I highly recommend incorporating this project into your routine. Having the chance to see all that took place in a single year gives perspective. I often imagine generations after me looking at these and getting to know what our daily lives were like. How much would I love to see my grandmothers' journals and scrapbooks from their early adulthood !!??!!
Any journal would work but I like the layout of this one. It can keep your mementos on the right days and has extra space for holidays. Unfortunately it does not have extra space for the new Jewish holidays I now celebrate, but adjustments can be made.
|...good things to come...|
|Predictions for 2012. One came true.|
|This is one of my favorite days in 2012: Bridal Shower and Barn Yard Bachelorette Party in Eunice, Louisiana|
|Just a portion of collection of journals over the years - Busting at the seams with memories!|
Moving was not in the plan, so a little furniture re-arranging and new accessories turned our home into what we now call: HOTEL ABOOBOO
The house now feels like a suite in some exotic Middle Eastern Paradise - hence the name.
|New Bowls from our Registry needs new Shelves. Thank god Ari is handy and can build just about anything I imagine. Since I was not wild about a curtain in the Kitchen these shelves serve as the perfect amount of privacy.|
|The Kitchen Look: a bit ore French than Exotic Middle East, but that's OK :)|
|Lounge Corner in Bed Room: The guitars are used to lull me to sleep and sometimes they are Used to drive me Crazy. Stumper Fielding Pillow shell from Portabello Road in London. Modern art on wall - My Own. Dresser - Ari's design.|
|Ari Playing Sweet Music in the Music Corner|
|New Marrakesh Style Curtains from Anthropology really make it feel like we wake up and go to sleep at Hotel Abooboo everyday. Missoni for Target blanket adds yet another exotic pattern.|
|Mix Match French Corner: I feel when odd objects are grouped together in a tasteful way it is very French. Some of the best French home I have been in are an eclectic mix of flea market nic nacs and boutique finds.|
|French Corner up Close: A photo of Ari and I the day after our engagement in Belgium. A milk glass vase from an antique store on Long Island. A bronze Sailboat sculpted by Ari's dad.|
Homebody Boutique Park Slope, Brooklyn : 7th Ave bt 15th & 16th St.
Eclectic, Dita von Teese, Surreal
This den is for the eclectic home and/or eclectic spirit. I imagine Dita Von Teese would have had items on her wedding registry here had she been informed of Homebody. It’s full of pretty things that are the right amount of “just a little off”.
The wares all seem novel and original, and they are because they are dreamed up by real artists. Looking through the shelves is like tasting Pad Thai for the first time: it’s a new sensory experience.
I took home a new throw pillow, but had a hard time deciding between the Doily Print on navy or the Skull Embroidery on brocade (both of which are THE HOT images of the moment). Eventually I choose the Doily print for my Neo-New Orleans style sitting room.
Other favorites items included hand felted bowls, whimsically sculpted Salt & Pepper shakers, and nightmare catcher journals.
It’s worth a visit for many reasons