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New Week Night Dinner Staple!

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My friend Caitlin recently passed this recipe along to me and I’ve made it a few times and LOVE it.  Its good hot and cold . . . the day of and the day after.  Enjoy!


Asian Spinach Salad

  • 1 small bag of spinach
  • 8 oz. bowtie pasta (cook, strain, cool)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. Sesame seeds
  • ½ C. Sunflower seeds
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 3 chicken breasts – season heavily with lemon pepper, grill and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 C. bean sprouts


  • ½ C. Canola oil
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Seasoned Rice vinegar (unseasoned works too)
  • ½ tsp sesame SEED oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh garlic
  • Toss together salad ingredients. Then mix all dressing ingredients and store in fridge. Return to room temp before combined.

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June 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Posted in Dara, Food

Across The Street . . .

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Weylin Seymour’s is an old bank converted into an events space and happens to be right across the street from me in Brooklyn.  We have a pretty perfect view of the entrance to the building so we always get a front row seat to the step and repeat (where the photographer’s take pictures of the guests for an event for those who do not know), or see the bride and groom arrive to their wedding reception.  Its a pretty incredible building and the site fee is $50,000 so the events are usually top notch and really fun to watch come together.  I was in awe of one event that happened a few weeks ago . . . there was a sea of votives on the floor when you opened the door to the building.  I thought, “wow, that’s a pretty pricey wedding!” . . . but found out a few days later that it wasn’t a wedding . . . it was an ENGAGEMENT PARTY!  Chloe Malle’s engagement party to be exact.  She’s the social editor for Vogue and the daughter of Candice Bergen.  The entire article about the event can be found here and below are a few of my favorite pictures.


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Michael C Fina’s daughter got married in the space last Saturday. A HUGE tent was set up in the parking lot next to the bank last Tuesday and there were nonstop deliveries of flowers, food, decor from Wednesday until Saturday morning.  At one point on Friday morning there were eight trucks delivering flowers.  Hopefully I’ll be able to track down a recap of that wedding some day soon!  Here is a picture of the bride and groom on the front steps.

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June 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Flowers on Friday: Orchid Whisperer

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Yes, that’s right.  I’m a self-proclaimed orchid whisperer and proud of it.  All of the following are orchids that I have REGROWN!

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And Diana, our amazing nanny, thinks I’m such a good orchid whisperer that she got me this one for mother’s day. 🙂

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Don’t even ask me how I’ve done it . . . I just have . . . and I love them all. 🙂  Have a great weekend!

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June 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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One of Ellen’s MANY projects is Refugee Artisans of Worcester (RAW) whose mission is to identify refugee artisans and assist them to self-sufficiency through the sale of their art.  There was recently an article published in the Worcester Magazine (where Ellen and Richard live).  check it out


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June 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

Vicki and Dave Are Married!

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Vicki and Dave were married on a BEAUTIFUL spring day in New Jersey on Saturday.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the three-day (rehearsal, wedding, brunch) event.

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This song will always remind me of dancing at their wedding.


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June 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm