Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Recipe: Debbie's Raw Corn Salad

I don't create that many of my own recipes and have no desire to. But sometimes I modify recipes and those become my preferred versions. And sometimes I throw together ingredients in a particularly memorable fashion so I can recreate it. These are "my" recipes and this is one of them.

The ingredients are suggestions. Replace with or add whatever looks good at the market or that you prefer. That's the beauty of a salad like this.

Everything except the corn needs to be fresh. For the corn, you can thaw out a bag of frozen corn. But I would not use canned tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are generally good year-round, you can just slice them in  half. No need to seed or dice when they start out so small. But this really is best in the summer when everything is at its peak.

4 ears of corn, kernels cut from the ears
1 enormous shallot, thinly sliced into half moons and then roughly chopped
1ish pound of ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1-2 large cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
Large bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped, stems and all
8oz crumbled feta cheese
Several tablespoons of olive oil
Juice of 1-2 limes
Salt to taste

As you prepare each ingredient, dump into a large mixing bowl.

Stir all of the ingredients together.

Add enough olive oil to thoroughly coat everything and then squeeze the limes directly into the salad, stirring to combine and tasting after you add the first lime to see if you need more. It should have a definite and lively lime flavor.

Finally, add the salt, tasting as you add to make sure you have the right amount.

And that's it!

I generally eat this with a spoon as a main course, but it would be great as a side dish. Or as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Pantone's color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Or as I like to call it, the color of my upstairs bathroom.

Which I painted 2 1/2 years ago.

Am I the only one who doesn't see Pantone as setting the trends but capitalizing on them? Honeysuckle Pink was the last one that seemed real. Tangerine Tango was an obvious grab at product placement, complete with Sephora tie-ins. It felt really forced, like they picked this color just because it would make a good lipstick. Did they get a new CEO or something? And then with 2013's color, it was so obvious - emerald was already popping up all over the place towards the end of 2012.

So yeah, not surprised at all that 2014's color is purple. It's the hot color right now and I LOVE it in my bathroom (makes my eyes look so green!), but purple isn't exactly new. House Beautiful has been featuring purple for years now. Apartment Therapy picked up on that back in 2009. And this year, many designers are realizing that they do actually like purple after all.  Two of my favorite blogs, Bossy Color and Centsational Girl, both did posts on purple this year.

Next year, I hope Pantone steps it up and picks a color that will start a trend, not copy one. Otherwise, they're basically just Andy from The Devil Wears Prada.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

a fun fridge

I love the tumblr Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table and I agree with it so much.

Crooked song lyrics in a non-working fireplace? Hate.

Overuse of antlers? Spare me. (click here for full pictures - I'll spare you)

What kills me is that most of these pictures seem like they're done by people who are trying too hard. Their antlers are ironic, not that they actually like antlers. The art often seems like stuff to fill up space (or to look cute for your Apartment Therapy house tour like the fireplace above) rather than because they actually like it.

I'm not a big fan of blank walls that stay blank forever. But I'm also not a fan of stuff for stuff's sake. I get itchy when I see a bookcase that has more tchotchkes than books (why not a curio cabinet instead?).

Some stuff is cool. A coworker once did a painting to fill up his blank wall by copying his striped area rug. Something you didn't even notice at first, but when you did, it was fresh and fun, not twee. And this was years before blogs so definitely his own idea.

And some stuff that FYNCT hates I love. Like this "fun fridge."

I mean, are you kidding me? My favorite David Hicks pattern on a fridge? And all the honeycomb lines line up? I want this. Bad.

My fridge works just fine. But it's white and I have it covered in magnets, which I kind of hate. But I have white walls in there and no real desire to paint them (I actually like white walls in a kitchen) so I think a white fridge would just be too boring.

Hmmm - removable wallpaper stuff is supposedly like contact paper. And Spoonflower lets you create your own design. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Crate & Barrel and John Robshaw

How excited was I when I got the latest Crate & Barrel catalog and saw the Verano chair slipcovered in John Robshaw fabric?

I love, love, love John Robshaw's patterns, which is why I recognized it immediately, even though the designer is not identified. They're just perfect. I tried really hard to figure out how to get this fabric into my developing living room scheme and was so sad when it wasn't working out. But there are other rooms and other projects.

Back to these chairs.

They have a full selection of fabrics so if you're like me and blue and brown isn't your favorite, no worries.

And the couch also comes in the same fabrics. So pretty!

I really hope it's successful as that could lead to more options for patterned couches. I'm not a fan of the belief that one should get a neutral couch because then you can change out the accessories. You know where that leads me? With a pillow graveyard in my attic. There's definitely something to be said for not having a lot of options.