Wednesday
Dec282011

Sunday Supper - Christmas Eats

The holidays are all about spending time surrounded by family, friends and lots of good eats.  My brother in law made a delicious batch of potato leek soup for Christmas Eve lunch which gave us the needed sustenance to start cooking for Christmas.

We made a huge batch of short ribs in tomato sauce that we cooked up on Saturday, let sit overnight and then cooked some more on Sunday.  We got the meat from Schatzie the Butcher on the Upper West Side who not only has a great selection of quality meats but the entertainment of just visiting is worth the trip.  We seasoned the short ribs with Italian seasonings (basil, red pepper, parsley) and browned them.  Then in the same pots, we sauteed garlic and onions, deglazed the pans with red wine and added the canned tomatoes.  We then put the browned ribs into the tomato sauce and let them simmer for a couple of hours.  Once they cooled to room temperature, we refrigerated them overnight and finished cooking them in the oven on Christmas day for a few hours. 

The beauty of making a dish like this is that it gets more flavorful overnight and it's almost impossible to overcook.  The longer it cooks the more tender the meat is (it should be falling off of the bone when you are serving it). 

My sister and I were up and out at the crack on Christmas morning to grab bagels and lox for breakfast.  We had mourned the loss of the Upper West Side's H&H Bagels but mourn for long we did not. Absolute Bagels (Broadway and 108th) has by far the Best.Bagels.Ever.  After fetching the bagels we arrived at Zabar's just before it opened which meant we got our lox quickly and were out of there.

After breakfast, we finished all of our cooking and prepping for my brother in laws siblings to arrive mid afternoon for our Christmas feast.

We had quite the antipasti spread to snack on.

The cured meats were from Salumeria Rosi.

The cheeses were from Fairway (pecorino toscano, cheddar, camembert, taleggio).  I never met a cheese I didn't like and these were no exception.

The final product; the short ribs served over fresh spinach pasta.

I can't leave out the abundant array of desserts that dear brother in law got from Veneiro's since he knows my father's love of Italian pastries. 

There you have it, the ridiculous amount of really good food that we enjoyed this holiday weekend.  I hope you too enjoyed lots of good eats however you celebrated your long holiday weekend.

Tuesday
Dec272011

Weekend Tidbits - Christmas in NYC

Festive holiday decor at Gramercy Tavern.

A fontina coverd meatball in potato puree makes for a decadent holiday lunch.

Post-lunch in the vestibule of the Gramercy Tavern. Wearing Sara Campbell jacket, H&M sweater, Rag&Bone jeans (similar here), Dolce Vita booties, Celine Bag, Hermes scarf, J Crew necklace

How cool are my sister and her husband's shoes?

I hope everyone had a wonderful and joyous long weekend with family and friends!

Thursday
Dec222011

Brights

Outfit details: Stylemint t-shirt, J Crew skirt, St. John necklace (similar here), Stuart Weitzman boots, Baublebar bracelets

The J Crew pencil skirt is the perfect fall and winter staple and this bright orange one is more versatile than one might think.  It paired perfectly with this multi-colored stripe Stylemint t-shirt.  I was a little wary of all these *mint sites (shoemint, jewelmint, stylemint) but gave the Stylemint t's a try and must say that I'm really a fan.  They are comfy, high quality and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. 

As I type this, it's Wednesday night and I am gearing up for a much needed long holiday weekend.  Today is like my Friday as I have no work tomorrow or for the next few days.  I'm looking forward to spending the Christmas weekend with family and friends.  Wishing you all the best for the holidays!

Wednesday
Dec212011

Sunday Supper - Linguine with Spinach and Shrimp

I have a lemon linguine recipe in my repertoire (you might have seen it before here) that is simple and delicious.  Tonight I made a version of lemon linguine with shrimp.  This go around, while the pasta was cooking, I sauteed some shrimp in olive oil and butter with some lemon juice, chives and red pepper flakes.  Once the pasta was just shy of al dente, I drained the pasta while reserving some of the pasta water.  I added the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauteed shrimp, added a wee bit more butter and some spinach with the reserved pasta water, covered the pan and let it simmer for just a couple of minutes. 

If you don't have or don't like shrimp, you could make this same recipe with chicken.

I served it up with a fresh tomato and basil salad. 

Tuesday
Dec202011

Holiday Outing

Outfit details: Kate Spade top (similar here), Stella McCartney for H&M tuxedo jacket (similar here), Ann Taylor trousers (similar here), Me Too booties (similar here), Elisha Daniels necklace (similar here and here), St. John and Hermes bracelets, Chanel pin, Miu Miu bag, Hermes scarf

Saturday night I had plans to go out with my friend Elisha for our annual holiday outing and gift giving.  I had a day of beauty planned (mani/pedi and hair) and was going out straight from being coiffed.  I had thought about wearing a skirt but then realized tights and pedis don't really work together.  So I wore this bright Kate Spade bow top with black Ann Taylor trousers and my trusty Stella McCartney for H&M tuxedo jacket.

Here are my baubles of choice for the evening.

Here I am post-coiffing.  I changed it up a bit by having some shaggy layers for more texture added.