James Bond made it clear how he liked his martinis. Shaken, not stirred. But it wasn’t just the vodka martini that Bond imbibed. He also was fond of the old fashioned, Americano and stinger.
Even before the suave Bond sidled up to the bar on screen, Americans were experimenting with all varieties of spirits. Gin. Vodka. Scotch. Even Crème-de-menthe. Prohibition, followed by the Great Depression and World War II, had left Americans wanting a good drink. From bustling cities to dewy new suburbs, high-quality liquor was flowing freely.
During the 50+ years that have ensued, cocktail crazes have come and gone. Today, the making of a cocktail has become a culinary craft. Mixologists concoct their own tonics, syrups and infusions and blend them with finely crafted, small-batch spirits.
Leafing through two enchanting cocktail books we’ve found two classic midcentury cocktails that have been recreated for today’s inquisitive paletes. Bottoms up! [...]
In a 2012 interview with Walter Isaacson for Smithsonian Magazine, Steve Jobs credited his passion for clean design and simplicity to his childhood home, a suburban tract home built by Joseph Eichler in the 1950s.
During this time, an unprecedented boom of creativity in architecture and design stimulated interest in streamlined forms and geometric shapes. We still know their names: Eames, Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Gehry and Lloyd Wright. And we still extol their brilliance.
These designers understood the need to bridge the modern industrial world and nature. When you think of Falling Water or the Farnsworth House, the setting is tantamount to the interior design. That’s why the midcentury aesthetic looks so good outdoors.
Take our Anders Collection. This is an iconic midcentury design, the sort of lines and aesthetic usually found only indoors. But its simple elegance becomes striking in an outdoor setting, as well. Its timeless style is characterized by the triple-canted frame, graduated slat back, channel back cushions and tapered legs.
Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 11. If you haven’t given it much thought, now is definitely the time to act. Here are four ideas that will delight your mom and show her that you care.
Whether it’s a stolen afternoon or just a quiet interlude, there’s no more delightful gift than the space and time to rejuvenate. Give Mom a beautiful place to call her own.
Toasty ciabatta bread, perfectly poached eggs, savory serrano ham – all topped with a velvety hollandaise. This is our rendition of the exalted Eggs Benedict. Serving this special breakfast on Mother’s Day is testament to the adage (probably learned from your mother) that actions speak louder than words.
Believe it or not, Eggs Benedict has American roots, dating back to the late 1800s. Yet it is the French hollandaise sauce that sets this dish apart. While it’s not extremely difficult to make, timing and attention to detail are essential. Setting out all your ingredients before you start – your mise en place – will help you pull this delectable dish together like a pro.
Contributed by Kelly Sterling
For the Hollandaise:
4 egg yolks
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pinch ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon water
1 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
12 thin slices serrano ham
4 slices ciabatta bread
1 bundle asparagus
chopped chives [...]