Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Monday, January 18, 2016
Hooray for citrus season!! I am loving all those tangy zesty fruits that are showing up in the market, like these Satsuma oranges.
You might like to try making this
delicious citrus sauce for a piece of sautéed
chicken or fish. Click below for the recipe.
Posted by Diane Carnevale at 6:47 PM
Friday, January 1, 2016
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Winslow Homer's Sleigh Ride
Christmas Eve Meditation
There is a hush that comes on Christmas Eve—
Life's hurry and its stress grow far away;
And something in the silence seems to weave
A mood akin to sadness, yet we say
A "Merry Christmas" to the friends we meet,
And all the while we feel that mystic spell,
As if the Christ Child came on noiseless feet,
With something old, yet ever new, to tell
The eyes grow misty, yet they shed no tear,
And those that we have lost, somehow seem near.
by Margaret E Bruner (1886-1970)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
At Midsummer—also known as the Summer Solstice—the Holly King slays the Oak King to rule over the winter months. The days become shorter as we say farewell to the sun until the Winter Solstice comes around again on December 21st, when mother nature shuts down for her winter slumber. This almost doesn't make sense when you consider those warm summer days, but there you have it.
Both solstices are symbolic of an eternal cycle of fertility, growth, death and rebirth. Happy winter solstice, and hooray for longer days!
Posted by Diane Carnevale at 9:09 AM
Sunday, December 20, 2015
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
• Carrot, orange and sweet potato juice
• Lemony chicken broth with a dash of turmeric
• Lemony green and lemongrass tea
• Kale lemonade, made with lemon, green apples, kiwi, parsley ginger and avocado
• Blackberry and blueberry with a little coconut milk, splash of pom juice and splash of water
• Red beets, raspberries, fresh cranberries, a bit of freshly grated ginger, a smidge of honey, a splash of pom juice and water.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015
... or a roll! Most years we cook up a turkey on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, mainly so we can have a few leftover sandwiches the following week. We've been cooking boneless, stuffed turkey breast roulades for several years now. This year we stuffed our roulade with baby spinach leaves, and a stuffing made with the usual onions and celery, but also added in turkey sausage, fresh chopped parsley, dried apricots, and whole pecans. When the turkey roulade is cooked and sliced, the result is a colorful, succulent, mosaic of turkey and stuffing goodness. Here's how we make it:
The toughest part of making this roulade is removing the bone from the turkey (not for the faint of heart). If you aren't up for it, perhaps you can sweet talk your butcher into doing it. It's job security for them, right? After you wrangle your turkey, butterfly the meat out flat, season with salt and black pepper, stuff it with whatever stuffing you wish. We like adding this layer of green spinach leaves before adding the stuffing in.
Carefully roll the turkey, then tie the roulade with kitchen twine at at least three sections so the roulade doesn't explode. We also add trips of bacon to keep Tom Turkey moist (I know, right?!), but you can skip this part if you wish. Then just pop that bad boy in a toasty 350° oven for about an hour and a half until the inside reaches a temp of 160° with a meat thermometer. If you wanted to cook this for Thanksgiving, all of this prepping and stuffing business can be done the day before. Nice, neat and easy-peasy.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
This giant red lacquered steamer trunk with myriad pull-out drawers has been stuffed to the gills with global, girly goodies, including necklaces, bracelets, belts, handbags, scarves and well... Iris style! There are over 200 pieces—antique vintage and newly made—that have each been chosen by Iris herself to represent her crazy awesome s-t-y-l-e. The pieces are all handcrafted by women in places such as Nepal, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Tibet, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, and beyond. The fantasy trunk gift includes a personal styling session and lunch with Apfel at the Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown NYC. (OMG... what would you wear?!) Iris is one of my favorite fashion icons, and is still rocking it at age 94. I would love to know if she and Tony Doucette ever hung out together. Seriously. They both pulled off the "More is More" thing quite fabulously. Tempted? Watch the video here. Oh, and this little trunk will only set you back $80,000. A girl can dream, can't she?
Friday, November 6, 2015
This coming weekend is the Trustees of Reservations annual juried Crane Estate art show & sale! It's a nice chance to visit and view "... art highlighting the beauty of North Shore's landscapes and landmarks." I have 5 paintings in the show this year. The smaller ones are priced lower (think Christmas prezzies!).
The show is free and open to the public from 10AM to 4PM Saturday and Sunday. Also, there is a preview party Friday night (tonight!) from 7 to 10 PM, and the ticket price includes an open bar, catered hors d'oeuvres, and live music. They throw a good bash, so hope to see you there.
Even without the awesome art show, the Crane Estate is beautiful to visit this time of year, magically perched on a hillside that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. The kids can run wild and the adults can pop inside to see the paintings, then you can take a long walk on Crane's Beach, or stop into Russell Orchards on the way home for some apples or cider donuts.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
This is one of my favorite photos that we snapped in the Isle of Skye during our recent two-week spin around the Scottish countryside. (Hi Sheep!) What a beautiful country. The hillsides weren't just speckled with heath and heather plants—they were magnificently swathed in it. Although we have a small patchwork of a heath and heather garden in the front of our house, it's not quite this colored heather, which I seriously covet.
I sway towards these purply-mauve colors in my garden anyhow. Below is one of my flower borders in the spring, with alliums in full bloom, and two species of irises that are not too far behind and ready to bloom. This fall I planted heaps of mauve colored tulips in this flower border, so next spring it will be a symphony of mauve and purple colors, which—I hope—will remind me of this particular spot in Scotland... minus the sheep.
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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
She was stunningly beautiful in The Black Swan, along with Tyrone Power, and she portrayed a gorgeous gypsy Esmerelda along with Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Even if you don't watch the old classic films, surely you saw Miracle on 34th Street art least once in your life, in which she played little Susan Walker's mom. Maureen did a great interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio in the past few years, and her spitfire and spunk was showing even in her nineties. Hail and farewell, Miss O'Hara.
“I loved Mary Kate Danaher.
I loved the hell and fire in her.
She was a terrific dame, tough,
and didn’t let herself get walked on.”
— Maureen O'Hara
about her character in The Quiet Man
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Monday, October 19, 2015
Elissa's Poppies: 9 x 12
This is another "Hide & Seek" piece that I am putting in the upcoming Crane Estate / Castle Hill show. The painting is my interpretation of my friend Elissa's patch of poppies in springtime. The buds are just about to emerge into their orange-red blossoms. It looks like a mad tangle, but the blues and silvery greens are so very lovely. Can you find the hidden something?
Snake heads rising through a wicked tangle of silver foliage,
their carmine fiery tongues waiting to emerge...
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Not Alone: 10 x 20
Marsh in Ipswich, MA
This is a new work painted for the upcoming Crane Estate / Castle Hill show, whose theme this year is called "Hide & Seek." (Click on paintings to see them larger.) In that spirit, if you look very closely in this painting, you may find a certain something. It's difficult to see in this small photo, so hope you can make it to the show to see in person! More details on the Castle Hill show to come soon.
Here is the painting in progress.
and finally, framed
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
August Morning 4 x 6"
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Inspired by... the color squash blossom.
The Veuve Clicquot balloons are festive,
and I love Cecil Beaton's advice....
and I love Cecil Beaton's advice....
Be daring, be different!
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