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Weekly Wellegant Find: The French Chef in America (Book)

As a longtime fan of Julia Child, you can imagine how excited I was recently when I opened up my local newspaper and learned that Paul Prudhomme (nephew of Paul Child and co-author of Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France) was going to be speaking and signing his most recent book, The French Chef in America, at my local library.

You see, I had just read My Life in France a couple of months prior and loved it. My Life in France is the memoir of Julia Child, which she insisted on writing with her nephew, Alex Prudhomme, as she was getting on in years and preferred to dictate the stories to Alex and have him do the writing. I absolutely loved it! Not only did he maintain her unique voice, but the book revolves around two great loves of mine – food and France.

Now, Prudhomme was at it again with The French Chef in America. This follow-up book is the story of Julia Child’s career, after she moved back to America and embarked on her career as a cookbook author and one of  America’s first TV chefs. By the time Prudhomme wrote it, both Paul and Julia Child had passed away. He authored the book himself, relying, once again, on the stories recounted to him by Julia in the year or so preceding her death.

I wanted to hear Prudhomme speak and learn more about this incredible woman, so I immediately marked the date on my calendar and contacted my foodie friend, Jen (you might remember her from this interview!). We made a date to go together.

Alex Prudhomme’s talk was fascinating and the book did not disappoint. Once again, he managed to capture Julia’s voice and weave together her many interesting and entertaining stories. The book reveals the opportunities and the challenges Julia Child faced as she revolutionized both the American approach to food and made cooking a form of entertainment. It’s a fun and inspiring read and I highly recommend it.

As summer winds down, there are precious few days to linger over a good book. This one, however, is worth the time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be truly inspired by this authentic, passionate and really funny lady.

(If you’ve read it, I’d love for you to share your comments below.)

Enjoy,

Karen

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Recipe: Blistered Shishinto Peppers (GF)

I had never heard of Shishinto peppers until I visited Barcelona, Spain last year. It was a gorgeous day and we decided to lunch at a small, outdoor cafe. We saw the waiter bringing out plate after plate of these little peppers. They were piled high on the platter and still sizzled, having just come out of the pan. They were served with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt.

As everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, around us was eating them, we decided to give them a try (“when in Rome” and all…). I was assured by the waiter that they are not hot/spicy, so I was game. When they arrived, we dove in and just about licked the plate clean. They were absolutely delicious and quite easy to eat; they have a little stem that you can hold onto and simply take little (or not so little!) bites of the pepper until you’ve reached the stem (note: the seeds are eaten as well, unlike jalapenos and other hot/spicy varieties.

After returning from our trip, I began to see these little gems in Whole Foods. The truth is, I had probably walked by them before, mistakenly assuming that they were hot peppers. Now that I knew better, I began buying them whenever I saw them and preparing them the same way that they were prepared in Spain – blistered in a (very) hot pan with olive oil and salt.

Like most peppers, Shishinto peppers are in season during the summer months, so right now is the perfect time to make this recipe. Truly, it is SO simple and, as we know, simple preparations are often best way to highlight the natural flavors of fruits and veggies that are in season and at their peak.

Buon Appetit!

Karen

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Blistered Shishinto Peppers

Ingredients

  • Shishinto peppers no particular amount - as many as you desire or will fit in your pan
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and additional oil for drizzling
  • Coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a saute pan over high heat until the pan is very hot.
  2. Add the olive oil and the peppers. Saute the peppers, keeping a close watch on them. As soon as the skin on one side of the pepper becomes browned and blistered, turn it. Do this until all sides are nicely blistered (see photo above).
  3. Remove peppers from the heat and drizzle additional olive oil over them. Sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt and enjoy!

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Snarky Teas

How would you like to start your day with a hot cup of tea? Oh, not just any cup of tea…I’m talking about a steaming cup of “Wake the Fck Up” or “Fierce Btch”. Or maybe we need some tough love and opt, instead, for some “Get Your Sh*t Together”. Quite a way to start the day, right?

You can imagine my delight (and hysteria!?) when I was recently gifted with a big box of Snarky Teas. The special person who sent these to me knew that I was going through a stressful time and needed a little “Calm the F*ck Down” tea and, maybe a nightly cup of “Get Your *ss in Bed.” I don’t know how she found these teas but they absolutely hit the spot (the flavor blends are really nice!) and brought just the comic relief I needed. I promptly ordered a bunch so that I could gift a few friends with some and pass on the love. Keep in mind that you can purchase a “bouquet” of teas (an assortment that includes the teas described above) or individual teas, each in their own pretty tin)

We all know the comfort that a cup of tea brings. Now, imagine comfort AND deep belly laughs with close friends. In my opinion, the Snarky Tea Company is absolutely genius (and extremely Wellegant)!

Enjoy, my friends,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Balsamic Glaze

For me, the presentation of the food I’m eating is almost as important as the taste. I get excited about food that looks beautiful on the plate (and despite a total lack of scientific proof, I maintain that it actually does make the food taste better!?). Presentation can be enhanced in a number of ways – lovely plates/serving pieces, garnishes, and my personal favorite…the balsamic glaze.

You know when you’re in a restaurant and the outside of the dinner plate is drizzled with a dark syrup? That’s a balsamic glaze, which is nothing more than balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced down to a syrup. It’s sweet and tangy and lends just the right pop of flavor to the dish. Not to mention, it looks SO pretty!

In the summertime, I love to drizzle a balsamic glaze over grilled meats, veggies and even fruit (it’s especially divine with strawberries and peaches!). There are several brands that can usually be found in the vinegar section of the supermarket. If all else fails, Amazon stocks it, as well. Here’s one that I like a lot. I hope you enjoy!

 

Buon Appetit,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: NARS Copacabana Illuminator

One of the things that characterizes youthful skin is a dewy glow. Yet, we all have those days when, despite our best efforts to eat well, drink lots of water and moisturize our skin, it remains a bit lackluster. That’s when a highlighter or illuminator comes in very handy.

They generally come is liquid or powder form, however, I find that powder tends to settle in fine lines and dry out my skin, so I prefer the liquid variety. I recently found this Copacabana Illuminator by NARS and it’s quickly become one of my favorite beauty products.

A little goes a long way and I use it as follows: I put a tiny dab on my forefinger then rub my fingers together. I then pat my fingers over the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and the center of my forehead. I even press a bit into the inner corner of my eyelids (very eye-opening!). Then, I take a big fluffy brush and go over my entire face to blend it in and voila…that youthful, dewy glow!

Have a lovely week, my Wellegant ladies!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: “Paris Can Wait” (Movie)

From the moment I heard about this movie, I knew that it was my kind of film – an escape into the beautiful scenery of Provence, France along with gastronomic delights, romance and themes of being present, making pleasure a priority and living in the moment. Many critics compare it to one of my favorite films, “Under the Tuscan Sun” (also starring Diane Lane) and so I felt pretty confident that this film would be right up my Wellegant alley!

As the film summary states, “Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.”

I had the opportunity to check it out this past weekend and, while I think it was a bit light on plot development (it seemed more travelogue than story, as the characters move from one town and meal to the next), it was a feast for the senses and a light, enjoyable movie experience, especially for foodies and Francophiles like me.

If you’re looking for a fun little excursion in the French countryside without leaving your hometown, “Paris Can Wait” is just such an adventure. Check out the trailer, below:


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Weekly Wellegant Find: Vanessa Mooney Tassel Earrings

As I peruse the spring collections at some of my favorite stores, I’ve noticed a fun trend – the statement earring. I tend to wear very simple earrings, alternating between the same two pair, however, I’m feeling inspired to up my accessory game and invest in a brighter, bolder pair this season.

Fortunately, many of these statement earrings aren’t much of an investment at all. They can be found at all price points and in many different stores (both high and low end). In fact, some of the ones that I like best are quite inexpensive.

This pair by Vanessa Mooney happened to catch my eye. I love the combination of the sailor’s knot with the tassel. The red beads add a pop of color that will complement both neutrals and summer brights. And the $45 price tag makes this pair practical and affordable.

One popular trend this season is the off-the-shoulder top/dress. The statement earring is the perfect accessory to complement those off-the-shoulder pieces. I’m excited about the combination of this earring with another recent Wellegant Find, this dress. Summer style, indeed!

Be bold and have a lovely week!
Karen

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