While standing in line at the monogram shop yesterday, I met Illya Roberts, author of a new cookbook, Twelve Months of New Orleans Cooking. She had just returned from Taste of Chicago and was preparing for Taste of Dallas, which starts today at Fair Park. I love that while working away as the NBC5 Traffic Manager, on the side, she fulfilled a dream of hers to write this book at her mother's urging. I also like that she took authentic creole recipes and made them healthier; read: less butter. If you'd like to buy the book, you may visit her this weekend at the show or order it through her website.
i love blue & white ticking stripe. coral peonies. raspberry tarts. monograms. iced coffee. inside jokes. dinner parties. gas-lit lanterns. tartine in san francisco. ideas on napkins. fried okra. francesco clemente. striped beach umbrellas. arnold palmers. the honor system. old domino issues. room service. cobblestone streets. finding the perfect seashell. banana pudding. polaroid cameras. letterpress stationery. pumpkins in the fall. lemonade stands. the sailboats in conservatory water. old souls. starfish. wes anderson and woody allen films. plain white wedding cake. the velveteen rabbit. flea markets. slim aarons. "silly love songs" - paul mccartney. snail mail. sofia coppola. park avenue christmas trees. seaside, florida. mexican dresses. dirty martinis. the great gatsby dust jacket. galatoire's in the french quarter. lobster rolls. 84th & 2nd.