5 Gorgeous Heirloom Tomato Recipes

Aren’t heirloom tomatoes such beautiful little creatures? They’re perfect for a late summer dinner by the beach, whether as a side salad or main dish. Below are 5  easy recipes to try as we bid adieu to another hot summer.

P.S. Did you know there’s a variety of heirloom tomatoes called family heirlooms, which are seeds passed down over several generations in a family. How precious is that?

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Heirloom tomato, avocado and burrata on grilled garlic toast

caprese naanGrilled caprese naan pizza with heirloom grape tomatoes

bltCaramelized bacon and heirloom tomato BLT with fried eggs and smoked gouda

tomatotart-680x1020Heirloom tomato and ricotta tart

Avocado-Heirloom-Tomato-Salad-copyHeirloom tomato and avocado salad

First Comes Baby?

15257963388_cd751715f4_bMy roommate’s sister started dating her boyfriend during freshman orientation almost 15 years ago and they recently decided to have their first baby, before they get married. At first, I was sort of flabbergasted by their unorthodox decision but then my roommate explained her sister’s reasoning: marriage is about the unity and celebration of family so why wouldn’t you want your children to take part in the wedding? After hearing that and thinking about my own preconceptions of marriage, I fell in love with the idea.

After all, shouldn’t marriage be built on a foundation of family values rather than our modern western notions of romance? Shouldn’t we first think of our husbands/wives as the fathers/mothers of our children and a far second as our romantic partners? Shouldn’t two people who truly love each other view themselves as a family rather than as a couple?

So why does marriage come before baby in the sequence of life events? Doesn’t it make more sense to commit to being a family first? In fact, Paul Hokemeyer, a JD/PhD and marriage and family therapist says

“…having a baby out of wedlock only strengthens a couple’s resolve and commitment to their marriage if it’s something they chose for their family. By being a choice instead of an obligation, marriage for these couples is something they embrace, rather than feel trapped by.”

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Plus, I do think it’d be nice to include your children at the wedding and celebrate the beauty of an entire family.

What about you? Would you ever pull a Brangelina or a Kimye?

 

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Art Prints for Water Lovers

Water PrintsThere’s nothing like a relaxing bubble bath to wash away the worries I’ve accumulated throughout the day, or a colossal ocean to show me how small my problems are compared to the sea. I love floating in the pool, reading by the beach, and running in the rain. I even invented the shower stretch – killing two birds with one stone after a sweat session at one of my beloved Equinox classes. Water cleanses away my worries and cures my anxiety better than any cocktail so when looking for prints to hang in my currently artless (i.e. soulless) room, I immediately searched for visual representations of the element I treasure so much.

Here are 9 pieces from $16 to $495 that I adore. Which one is your favorite?

Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

P.S. In full disclosure, as I’ve always honored honesty here, my favorite blog, Cup of Jo, has a very similar post here. I actually began drafting this blog post last week only to see on Tuesday that she and I are clearly kindred spirits :)

Met Gala 2016: Favorite Looks

My 12 favorite looks from the 2016 Met Gala exude not only sheer fashion genius but also so brilliantly portray this year’s theme: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” From sleek cut-outs paralleling technological minimalism to shimmery metallics echoing the “Silicon” in Silicon Valley, these red carpet dresses are totally machine couture. PicMonkey Collage

brie, x, kate hud

ciara, karlie, michelle

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Photos from Elle.com and Vogue.com

Thanksgiving Roundup

If you know me at all, then you know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday ever, ranked far above birthdays, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s, and even Christmas. There’s nothing better then getting together with your loved ones to celebrate all your good fortunes with tons of wonderful homecooked food.

Last Thanksgiving, I stayed in New York and made all the sides from scratch…

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IMG_5572IMG_5570This year I’m headed home to celebrate with my family, including my baby nephew. The menu has old favorites from last time:

as well as one new addition: a cheesy hasselback potato casserole in lieu of mac & cheese and mashed potatoes

If you need some more recipe inspiration, try the Thanksgiving recipe series from last year:

What do you guys have planned? Any must-try recipes?

 

With love from NYC,

Stephanie