7 End of Summer fragnances for her

The fall is upon us, but summer is still here and I intend to savor every single moment! I am sure you are with me. One of things I enjoy the most, about this time, is wearing a light end of summer fragrance. After  the initial rush of…

Top 2015 Backpacks and laptop bags

Like most urbanites, I carry most of my gear in a backpack. I am privileged to live in a city where I am able to travel by foot and/or use the transit system.  I usually pack all my sustenance needs for a day’s worth of urban exploration.…

Five plate sets to upgrade your game

When you open your kitchen cupboard, what do you see? Until recently mine contained a somewhat loosely fitting collection of plates, bowls and drinking glasses. All that changed when I courageously volunteered to host a dinner for my…

Happy Birthday Madonna!

The queen turns 57 today and Givenchy has posted three beautiful looks especially designed for her majesty by the house star designer Riccardo Tisci. At the 2012 Super Bowl, Madonna and her dancers wore roman inspired…

Easy tomato soup

Easy tomato soup 6-7 ripe tomato sauce 1 large onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 3 celery stalks, peeled and diced 8 cups salt free chicken stock 1 tbsp all purpose flour 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil Salt…

How to blanch and deseed tomatoes

Many sauces and soups call for blanching, peeling and seeding your tomatoes.   The process can be fairly messy but definitely worth the effort. This extra step ensures that your tomato sauces and soups have a smooth taste free of…

How to grow chives indoors

I always keep a pot of chives in my kitchen, it’s a quick and easy way to add flavor to many dishes. The herb comes from the family of leek and onions. It imparts a light flavor to lift a dish without overwhelming it.  Both the stem and…