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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cobalt blue is a color that simply put stirs our emotions.  It is energetic and bold, rich and saturated and has been favored by royals for its regal aura.  Combined with white, royal blue harks the turret tops that sprinkle the hillsides of the Greek Mediterranean islands and fills a room with an unquestionable airiness that is perfectly at home in a traditional or contemporary setting. Darker shades make cobalt just as desirable, perfectly tempering its wild streak and lending just enough vibrancy to make a room soar. This season the runways have equally favored cobalt as one of the "it" colors, as its universally flattering tone is both serious and playful all at once.  So embrace your inner blue and try some cobalt-whether as an accessory or a more permanent piece, there is no denying its appeal.

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Dont forget the little ones...
[1] Whisteria – Chinese Brushstroke Lamp [2] Kohler – Camber Lavatory in Plum Design [3] Worlds Away – Werstler White Lacquer Dresser [4] Shumacher – ChiangMai Dragon Wallcovering [5] Sherwin Williams – Blueblood [6] Rubelli Fabric – Rattoppato [7] MAC Eyeliner – Petrol Blue [8] Tory Burch – Clines Ballet Flat [9] Bugalow5 - Jasper Square Porcelin Jar [10] Blue Bahia Granite Slab [11] Shumacher – Trellis Fabric in Marine [12] Global Views – Palace Bud Vases in Cobalt [13] Hermes – Ano Bracelet in Electric Blue [14] Hermes – Porcelain Teapot in Bleus d’Aileurs [15] Custom Cool Rugs – Double Daisy [16] Moroccan Poof in Blue [17] George Kovacs – Pendant Light [18] Bungalow5 – Parsons Coffee Table [19] Scotch Naturals NailLacquer – Flying Scotsman & Highland Mist [20] Ligne Roset – Clouds Motif [21] Jimmy Choo – Gail in Royal Blue [22] Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona Chair and Stool [23] Modern Kitchen [24] Deborah Marquit – Antoinette Bikini [25] Jason Wu – Belted Silk-gazar Dress [26] Marcel Wanders Stone stool in Blue [27] MAC Eyeshadow – Winkle [28] Neils Bendsten – ParkLounge Chair & Ottoman [29] Bisazza Tile – Summer Flowers in Blue [30] Arteriors – Topher Cobalt Banded Lamp (contact House of L) [31] Gramercy & Co – Agate Picture Frame [32] Blue Figure by Robert Motherwell, 1971 (private collection) [33] Residential Bathroom [34] West Elm – Paintbrush  Pillow [35] Siman Tu – Blue AgateNecklace [36] Elie Saab – Ready to Wear #42 [37] Italtrike oko Tricycle  [38] Rockstar Tutu in Royal Blue [39] Marc Jacobs Diaper Bag [40] DucDuc – Parker Crib [41] Bugaboo Stroller [42] Steiff Bear [43] Jean Bourget Sweater [44] Rody Blue Horse [45] Fatboy in Cobalt

we can dish it….if you can take it
I discovered the recipe for these ethereally fluffy pancakes when I bought the Cake Bible by ---- in the late 90's.  I honestly have never eaten a pancake with a more perfect consistency-crisp on the outside and cake-like on the interior.  Although it may seem like there are a lot of steps to this recipe, a stand-up mixer really makes light of the task and it is SO worth the extra effort for a this weekend indulgence.  A great organic bacon is the perfect compliment.  I also love to take some blueberry jam and mix it in the maple syrup for a little extra touch that compliments the berries in the pancakes. Lyon's Market, made in Garretsville, Ohio has an incredible array of jams and jellies, including their "Wit's End Blueberry Jam" which is incredible and available locally at Heinen's Grocery Stores.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

 Recipe from The Cake Bible
Makes 22 pancakes 
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 large eggs, separated yolks and whites
2 cups buttermilk
½ tsp cream of tartar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen and unthawed

1.       Preheat a griddle or frying pan.
2.       In large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until blended.
3.       In small bowl beat the yolks and buttermilk to blend slightly.
4.       In mixing bowl beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until stiff peaks form when beater is raised slowly.
5.       Add the yolk mixture to the flour mixture and mix lightly with a fork until the flour is moistened. Stir in the butter. The batter should be lumpy as overmixing will produce tough pancakes. Add the whites and fold in with slotted skimmer or rubber spatula.
6.       The griddle or frying pan should be hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Lightly butter it and pour on the batter in 4” rounds. Quickly drop 6 berries onto each cake. Test to doneness by lifting a corner of each pancake with a spatula. When golder brown, turn over and cook 30 seconds on the other side.
7.       Remove the pancakes to warm plates and keep warm in a low oven while cooking the remaining batter.


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