This & That: October 26, 2018

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British Treat

~Burleigh Regal Peacock Teapot

Upon seeing Burleigh’s peacock teapot, I will admit I swooned more than a bit. Regal indeed, and as you will see when you click through the link, there are matching cups and saucers, as well as other details for your tea setting.


~Cook Like A Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten

Over the weekend I shared on the blog that the Barefoot Contessa returned to Food Network for her 15th season. Currently titled Cook Like a Pro to pair with the launch of her new book which was released this week, tune in for five more weeks to see a new episode on Sundays at 12:30. 

Having received the cookbook on Tuesday (see below), I have gone through it and dog earred all of the recipes I cannot wait to try. Needless, to say there were many. In fact, one of her recipes I remember her sharing a few years ago on her cooking show. I wrote it down at the time, tweaked it a little and it is the focus of the final episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen tomorrow (episode #8) – Pear Clafoutis. Inspired by Parisian chef Daniel Rose’s recipe, it is simple, yet full of elevated flavor.

~Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan

Also released this week was James Beard award winner Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook. In Everyday Dorie, readers will discover delicious recipes that offer a small surprise, such as her cannellini beans in cod en papillote and sweet chili chicken thighs. Simple to make with everyday, seasonal ingredients, check out her IG feed to see even more delicous meals and desserts that will tantalize your tastebuds.

~Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done by America’s Test Kitchen

I came across this book in Powell’s Bookstore earlier this month, and after flipping through it, put it on my list to share with TSLL readers. A compilation of one of the most popular sections of Cooks’ Illustrated magazine –  Quick Tips – discover new and proven Kitchen Hacks to up your game in the kitchen . . . and beyond!

~Modern Baking by Donna Hay

Just released this week, Australian baking and cooking bestselling author Donna Hay released a beautiful cookbook full of 250 of her favorite essential go-to recipes, tips and smart shortcuts as well as ways to use wholesome raw ingredients.

~Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma

Released earlier this month and chosen as the book of the month for Bon Appétit‘s October selection, Season is a cookbook full of 270 recipes and brilliant photography, offering ideas for mixing “the bold flavors of Indian cooking combine with familiar ingredients and recipes of the American South and California in fresh ways”.

Francophile Find

~Susan Hermann Loomis Cooking Class in Portland, Oregon

For my fellow lovers of food, France or just a good time to cook and then sit down and dine with cookbook author who has resided in Normandy, France, for more than twenty years and has 13 cookbooks to her name as well as being a professionally trained chef and proprietor of On Rue Tatin cooking school which was named one of Seven Best Cooking Schools in France by Food52, and has received consistent praise from major magazines and newspapers including the New York Times and food magazines, Susan Hermann Loomis is giving a private cooking class to potentially YOU if you are in the Portland, Oregon, area on Friday December 21 between 6-10pm (note: this class is not listed on her website. It is a special opportunity offered to TSLL to share with my readers as I am located in Oregon).

Sounds pretty awesome because it is! The menu is shared below, and after making the meal, students will have the opportunity to sit down with Susan and enjoy what she has taught the class to prepare. An entire evening and night of cooking, learning and dining with one of the great authors of the French cookbook talents who continues to share her expertise with readers. The cost is $175 (not $179 as stated in my newsletter – that is my error), and if you are interested, simply mail your check by December 1st to Marion Pruitt 25904 NE 45th St. Camas, WA 98607. Spots are limited (12). Email me at for the exact address of the class which is in SE Portland.

Learn more about Susan Hermann Loomis on her website On Rue Tatin, and for more information about upcoming cooking classes here in the states and in France, click here.

~Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook and Food Lover by Alexander Lobrano


~Elizabeth & James Mimi Striped Top

I am on a silk blouse kick this week, but both of the tops included in this week’s This & That caught my attention for their classic look, yet signature prints. Pair with pants or a skirt, either way, they are ideal for fall style and would be timeless patterns to be worn for years to come.

~Veronica Beard Jeffries Blouse

See above. 🙂 

~recipe for Lemon Curd Pavlova~

Sometimes I am unaware of how exhausted I am by the end of the week until I put my feet up on my ottoman Friday evening. Needless to say, after forgetting about two appointments this week, and having to reschedule, I told myself, perhaps you need more rest this weekend than you thought. How about you? How did your week go? I hope it has gone well, with an abundance of productivity, but also many moments of joy and pleasure. 

Already it is the last weekend of October, and I have to wonder how it passed so quickly. It has been an exquisitely beautiful month with Mother Nature earning more than two thumbs up from me for the magnficent colors we have had the opportunity to enjoy. This weekend it is supposed to rain, and for that as well, I am quite happy. Below are a more than a few articles and two videos I think you might enjoy. And be sure to stop by tomorrow when the final episode of Season 1 of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen is shared. Until then, bonne journée!

~Sharon Santoni shares the best places to view fall foliage in Paris

~Rebecca Plotnick of Everyday Parisian just returned from Paris, and she is sharing her Paris Diaries (the first day).

~Have you been watching Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat hosted by Salim Nosrat? If you finished the series as quickly as I have, you no doubt saw her Buttermilk Chicken – here is the recipe. [The New York Times]

~Looking for more productivity at work – check out these 15 Work Life Tips [Refinery 29]

~We all will benefit from being better thinkers – check out 16 Characteristics of Critical Thinkers []

~If you’re curious about the history behind the anthem “I Am Woman” be sure to read/listen to how the song came to be (it wasn’t because the producer believed it, but rather the singer who wrote it). And look for a biopic to be released in the next year which is currently be made in Australia about the Helen Reddy who was the writer and singer of the 1970 now well-known song that is making a return to the air waves. 

~Julia Louis Dreyfus received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor over the past weekend, becoming only the sixth woman to receive it in the past twenty years of the award been bestowed. Learn more about this talented lady’s career through comedy and film

~Ina Garten is ubiquitous at the moment and for good reason! Her cookbook is worth picking up. Here is a Q & A with Kitchn. And below is her segment with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night. I do believe she had a very good time, and so did he.

~Since we’re in the kitchen, here is a helpful video on how to poach eggs perfectly everyday time with Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology

One thought on “This & That: October 26, 2018

  1. A veritable feast Shannon. You’ve been so busy since you returned from France. Autumn is full of simple pleasures just waiting to be enjoyed. I am having a great time in my wellies in my orchard
    Have a great week?

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