This & That: August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What you Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch by Jennifer Reese

A book for bakers and cooks that came highly recommended from a fantastic baker herself, Jennifer Reese’s 2011 sensation of what to pick at the store and what to take care of in your kitchen contains over 120 recipes for the best homemade foods. Initially her curiosity for food all began when she lost her job and started blogging (visit her blog The Tipsy Baker here). Determined to save money where she could, her journey is the treat of what this book is all about. However, an immense amount of information and reassurance is delivered as a reminder that not everything needs to be made at home as each recipe contains answers to three questions: Should you make it or buy it? How much hassle is it? What’s the cost compared to store-bought?

The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

Published last year, de Blasi’s memoir has been compared to Eat, Pray, LoveThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and even Under the Tuscan Sun. These comparisons alone have me hooked. As the title states each Thursday night four Italian rural women gather to cook, share and drink the amazing bounty that is in their backyard. Drawn from de Blasi’s more than 20 years of living in the Umbria region with her husband and inspired by traveling, cooking, eating, and drinking in Italy, you will also find mouth-watering recipes within the pages to tempt your tastebuds.


Ingredienti: Marcella’ Guide to the Market by Marcella Hazan and Victor Hazan

The godmother of Italian cooking, Marcella Hazan, may have passed away in 2013, but her expertise, legacy and love for Italian food and cooking live on in her book that was just released last month. Compiled, translated and transcribed by her husband Victor, discover the key to any delicious meal, quality ingredients, and how shop for them. Ingredienti: Marcella’s Guide to the Market provides you with just these skills. Learn how to select vegetables, pasta, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, and all of the key elements of Marcella’s classic meals. (View her cookbooks here.) As well, if you are a devout lover of Italian cuisine, pick up her cookbook Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking to get started.

Francophile Find

French Lessons: The Art of Living and Loving Well by E.J. Gore

If you are looking for a Francophile book to enjoy each night before you go to bed, this is the book you’ve been looking for. Released a couple of years ago, a visitor to Paris, Susan Purcell, meets Gabrielle Lacroix and is immediately charmed and impressed with the woman’s ability to be at peace in her own company and carry a quiet self-confidence all the while enjoying what Paris has to offer. Begin the French lessons, as Susan is guided by Gabrielle and wonderful tips and secrets are revealed.


Cole Haan ‘Dellora’ Skimmer Flat

One of the many compliments I receive on my clothing is for my leopard flats that I have had for years. They truly are the most versatile and simple statement shoes to always have on hand during the fall and winter months. And since the fall season is right around the corner and Cole Haan makes quality chasseures, why not, pick up a pair for yourself?

Macy’s Bedding Close-Out Sales

You may have heard that 100 Macy stores will be closing around the country. Whether it is due to this news or not, I am not sure, but the sales this weekend are not to be missed. Especially if you are looking for the must-haves in the bedroom (bed covers, linens, pillows, etc.), take advantage of this opportunity.

Shoes of Prey Block Heel Pump

Block heels are en vogue this coming fall season, and you will begin to see them everywhere no matter what the heel height. What I love about this style is that they provide wonderful stability as opposed to a stiletto or narrow heel. With the suede color block offered in Shoes of Prey’ pump (other colors are available), this pair would be a wonderful statement when completing a simple neutral hued outfit.



~recipes for crostini six different ways~

A full week, but a wonderful week. With projects coming together and an exciting new yearly feature, TSLL French Week, ready to kick off next week, I couldn’t be more happy with how the month of August is turning out to be. I hope your week has gone well, and you’re looking ahead to a wonderful weekend.

As far as how I will be spending it, I think I will be diving into a new book, taking advantage of some summer end-of-season sales and beginning to think about refreshing my fall capsule wardrobe. With TSLL Fall Shopping Guide being released on Thursday September 1st, I have begun to look for items to share with you, as well as decipher the trends worth saving or splurging on. The September issues are beginning to arrive, and I must say that is the somewhat official sign that a new season is nearly here. However, we still have a few weeks left, so why not plan, dream and at the same time relax and recharge? While you’re recharging, I have pulled together a few articles and podcast episodes you might enjoy reading or listening to below. Thank you as always for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~A simple daily habit . . . 7 Amazing Benefits of Meditation

~Looking for basic French phrases that will always be a wise idea to have memorized? Check out this list from Lawless French

~Man Repeller‘s podcast “Oh Boy” welcomed Gloria Steinem to their 35th episode – tune in here.

~Such a refreshing read! No wonder single people have felt stigmatized. They have been! And according to this article, unfairly so. The New Science of Single People

~Blogger and author Sharon Santoni has introduced her readers to a new Stylish French Girlfriend and you will want to be introduced.

~Style advice from the effortless chic French women: 13 Slimming Style Rules Almost Every French Girl Follows

6 thoughts on “This & That: August 19, 2016

  1. I made butter recently…by accident. Chantilly that got overbeaten. It was delicious, but I wouldn’t do it on purpose.
    In one of my early French classes, the teacher had us memorize two dozen phrases each week. They were typical things a person would say. She said they needed to roll off the tongue effortlessly. It was good advice.
    Another thing to memorize is your phone number and address.

  2. Thank you so much for your weekly recommendations. I’ve been particularly into your book ones lately. In fact, I recently read Invincible Summer and enjoyed it. Plus, I plan to place The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club and French Lessons on my fall or possibly winter reading lists. Even though I have read de Blasi before, I hadn’t heard of this one… Merci beaucoup!

    1. Michelle, So happy you are enjoying the weekly This & That! It is a fun post to pull together each week to share what is new and catches my eye and what I think readers will enjoy checking out as well. Looks like you have some wonderful reading ahead this fall. Thank you very much for stopping by and for your comment.

  3. Sharon, I love This & That and look forward to it every week. As for French, a tip I learned was to not memorize words on their own – make up a sentence with the word in it and memorize that. I am amazed at how much more I retain!

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