La Cafetière Ceramic Coffee Press
A pretty, vintage-look French press fitted with a stainless steel filter is an elegant way to make coffee. It holds up to eight cups of your favorite brew.
"Pura" French press in red by La Cafetière; $24; salutwineoutlet.com
Dabney Lee Monogrammed Recipe Box
This sleek "monogrammed" recipe box keeps favorite recipes organized the old-fashioned way, but gussied up with a classic updated look.
Dabney Lee Monogrammed Recipe Box; $80; dabneyleeathome.com
Bram Egyptian Clay Cooker
This terra cotta soup pot is durable enough for the oven and stovetop, and has the perfect Old World-look for a chic table centerpiece.
Bram Egyptian Pot; $92; bramcookware.com
Iacoli & McAllister Cake Stand
These one-of-a-kind pedestals made from vintage candlesticks are gorgeous enough to complement your decadent homemade sweets.
Iacoli & McAllister small yellow mini pedestal; $85; gretelhome.com
Beekman 1802 "A Year in the Country"
Experience a year in the country
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- bon appétit magazine | Mother's Day – Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:27 PM EDT
Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us. What's the one thing we bet everyone will serve that day? Guacamole. But will everyone's recipe come courtesy of James Beard Award-winning chef and Mexican cooking expert Rick Bayless? Probably not. Now yours can. After the jump, get the recipe for Bayless's sun-dried tomato guacamole, which his test kitchen director Deb Silberstein said would be her pick for its earthy, smoky flavor. (And since tomatoes aren't in season right now, sun-dried ones are a good stand-in, she says, both in terms of taste and texture.)Read More »from 4 Essential Guacamole Tips from Rick Bayless
You can also find the recipe in his forthcoming cookbook, Fiesta At Rick's, due out in July. Before you start mushing garlic and whacking through avocados, though, here are Bayless's top four tips for the best guacamole ever:
Start ripe. You need ripe avocados. If you bring home still-firm avocados from your local grocery, leave them at room temperature until soft. When the bulbous end of the avocado yields to firm pressure, the avocado is
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Wed, Apr 28, 2010 4:11 PM EDT
"Total chaos, no way to see the race, not even the track...nobody cares. Big lines at the outdoor betting windows, then stand back to watch winning numbers flash on the big board, like a giant bingo game.Read More »from 5 Ways to Cook and Bake with Bourbon for the Kentucky Derby
Old blacks arguing about bets; "Hold on there, I'll handle this" (waving pint of whiskey, fistful of dollar bills); girl riding
piggyback, T-shirt says, "Stolen from Fort Lauderdale Jail." Thousands of teen-agers, group singing "Let the Sun Shine In," ten soldiers guarding the American flag and a huge fat drunk wearing a blue football jersey (No. 80) reeling around with quart of beer in hand."
-Hunter S. Thompson
The above excerpt, from Thompson's 1970 article, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," was considered the first appearance of Gonzo journalism in the author's life, and it is certainly not about a two minute-long horse race. It tells the story of a celebration, or as Thompson puts it, the "vicious, drunken nightmare," of the Kentucky Derby. (Download the full
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 10:13 PM EDT
If you haven't seen Karlie Kloss, you've managed to avoid looking at a fashion magazine, beauty ad, or most of the Internet for the past year. This 17-year-old ballerina booked more Vogue editorials than any other model in the world last year; she has walked the runway for designers like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, Valentino, and Versace; and she was the face of Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola--all of this after being discovered as a 13-year-old kid in St. Louis.Read More »from A Cookie Recipe from Supermodel Karlie Kloss
We were excited to hear that Kloss's hobbies extend to something we could have easily related to as teenagers: baking. Do a little research on the model and you'll discover that she loves cookies just as much as she loves haute couture.
She baked designer Alexander Wang peanut butter cookies once when she came in for a fitting and recently sent a batch of Molasses Sugar Cookies to Teen Vogue editors after the magazine published a cover story on her.
Our friends at Teen Vogue gave the cookies rave reviews and they are
George Prochnik's recent piece in The Daily Beast explores the science behind restaurants' loud music, booming echos, and clattering tables--or as I like to call those things, "Why I'm still hoarse after a night out despite the fact that I don't smoke anymore."Read More »from 3 Reasons Why Restaurants Are So Loud
As it turns out, there are several factors at play:
1) Loud restaurants draw people in. Restaurateurs have found that louder restaurants are perceived as lively and successful. Very few people want to socialize in a silent room. If you're going out to drinks and dinner (and you are not a monk), you want to go somewhere fun, somewhere with energy. And nothing says "fun" like a pounding bass line. Loud spaces are more attractive to customers.
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2) Modern design trends amplify the noise. Think unfinished spaces and naked tables. As Prochnik writes "...we chow down in spaces evocative of an Industrial Revolution sweatshop, or a family-run
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Apr 20, 2010 11:31 PM EDT
There are many places on the web to learn the artistry of seduction, but this rose made from a straw wrapper will work its way to a woman's heart faster than a KFC Double Down Sandwich. Its charming craftsmanship shows you'll take extraordinary steps to impress her. More importantly, you can put the straw into a fresh glass of our Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade, and in 10 minutes, she'll think you're not only the best drink maker and the most creative person she's met, but also one of the best looking.
Check out the step-by-step instructions on making the straw topper here.
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More from Bon Appétit:
- 5 Restaurant Service Pet Peeves
- Bon Appétit's Spring Produce Guide: What to Buy, Recipes, and More
- 28 Best Recipes for Spring Vegetable
- Mom Was Wrong--It's OK to Eat with Your Hands
- Rent Them Now: The 6 Best Food Movies of All Time
It feels good to be green year round, so use Earth Day (this Thursday, April 22nd) as an excuse to reward yourself--and encourage good habits--with some stylish eco-friendly buys.Read More »from 10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets and Gifts for Earth Day
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1. Filtered Water Bottle ($9.95)
The Bobble bottle has a built in filter and is made from recycled, BPA-free plastic. Just fill it up with water and let the carbon filter do all the work--like making your water contaminant-free.
2. Energy-Efficient Bulb ($35)
Enjoy ambient lighting at the dinner table from an LED candelabra bulb built to last for an impressive 100,000 hours. The bulb is 90 percent more efficient than incandescent lights.
3. Re-Usable Cups ($14)
Avoid Styrofoam for your daily smoothie or iced tea and stick to Spirit's colorful and reusable acrylic tumblers. Buy during the month of April and the company will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to The Nature Conservancy.
4. Garden Compost Bin ($160)
Start cutting your landfill production by as much as two-thirds
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 19, 2010 11:05 PM EDT
Chocolate is a truly magical product. Not only does it taste great, but its physical properties allow it to be molded into a variety of awesome things, such as cars and clothes, or used to make beautiful paintings or sculptures. Who can say the same about caramel? After I saw this tutorial on painting with chocolate the other day, I thought of all of the other crazy stuff I've seen made with chocolate, thanks to the Internet.Read More »from 6 Crazy-Intricate and Fun Things Made with Chocolate
Here are my six favorite chocolate items:
1. Next time I have to give a PowerPoint presentation, instead of a real pie chart, I will just show my boss a picture of this chocolate pie chart from Mary & Matt. It'll probably be more interesting anyway. ( image via Chocolate editions )
2. This chocolate Wii controller seemed like a hilarious idea until I remembered how sweaty my hands get while I'm playing Wii bowling. Fortunately for us klutzes, accidentally throwing this at your TV would probably do less damage than a plastic controller. ( image via geek sugar)
If you haven't joined Foursquare--a location-based social media site--we've got one more reason why you should: Now you can get tips from Bon Appetit editors about where to go and what to eat based on where you are.Read More »from Another Reason to Join Foursquare
Here's how this works: Foursquare is similar to Facebook or Twitter in that you can become virtual friends with other people then communicate with them through the service. But on Foursquare you can "check in" at a location--a restaurant, park, shopping mall, museum, etc--when you arrive (using your phone and one of Foursquare's mobile apps), which sends a message to all of your friends telling them that you're there. By checking in, you can find out what your friends liked about that spot, which of your friends are nearby at the time, rack up points, earn badges, and become "the mayor" of any spot you've visited more than anyone else on Foursquare.
The service also allows you to leave tips at a location. So if your favorite bakery has a killer chocolate chip cookie, leave