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Monday, July 15, 2013

Black & White

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” - Coco Chanel

The Black and White Cookie
recipe courtesy of browneyedbaker.com

Black and White Cookies (Browneyedbaker). “Black and white cookies are synonymous with New York City bakeries, and I always think of the Seinfeld “Look to the cookie!” episode when I see one....They’re a fabulous change of pace from the typical chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies that are found in most bakeries.”


For the Cookies:
4 cups cake flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
1¾ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup milk
For the Icing:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
⅓ cup water
¼ cup light corn syrup
5 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Make the Cookies: Adjust the oven racks to lower-middle and upper-middle positions and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
3. Beat the butter at medium speed for 30 seconds to loosen it up. Keeping the mixer running, gradually add in the sugar and then gradually increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, vanilla and lemon extract. Beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl again. With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour in four additions and the milk in three additions (beginning and ending with flour), and mix until just combined. Give the mixture a few final stirs with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour has been incorporated.
4. Use a ¼-cup measuring cup to scoop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart. Using moistened fingers, gently press each mound of dough into a 2½-inch circle. Bake until the edges of the cookies are set and light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Making the Icings: Melt the chocolate either in a medium bowl set over a small saucepan over barely-simmering water, or using the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments; set aside.
6. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and corn syrup to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Transfer ¾ cup of the icing to the bowl with the melted chocolate and whisk to combine.
7. Ice the Cookies: Place wire racks over wax paper to catch any drips. Use a small offset spatula to spread about 2 tablespoons of the vanilla icing onto half of each cookie. The icing should move on its own when the cookie is tilted; use the spatula to scrape any excess from around the edges. If the vanilla begins to thicken too much, stir in a teaspoon of warm water at a time until the icing goes back to a smoother, looser consistency. Place the finished cookies on the wire racks and allow to set for at least 15 minutes.
8. Again using a small offset spatula, spread the chocolate icing on the half of each cookie, scraping any excess icing from around the edge of the cookies. If the chocolate icing thickens too much, place the bowl on a small saucepan of barely simmering water so that it can re-melt. If it's still too thick, you can add warm water, a teaspoon at a time, until it returns to the correct consistency. Place the finished cookies on the wire racks and allow to set for at least 1 hour.
9. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you stack the cookies, be sure to place a piece of wax paper between layers.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Emerald City

The recent release of Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" was partially the inspiration for this blog as the Emerald City's palace, in all of its Art Deco glory, is utterly saturated in greens that almost pierce through the screen (apparently it is an entirely digital set, which is completely incomprehensible to me since it appears so real).  The decadent palace is a complete standout as the very walls seem to be entirely constructed of malachite blocks and mortared in gold.  Additionally, this is also essentially a continuation of the Emerald blog released a couple of weeks ago, but with more of a focus on malachite. This richly patterned stone, has been used since antiquity.  Originally used for its rich color pigment in oil paintings, it later captured the imagination of royalty, including the Russian Tzar family who used it in St. Petersburg's Winter Palace (now part of the Hermitage Museum) and Napoleon, who decorated his private quarters during his stay in the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Malachite's current resurgence can be enjoyed in a much less "over the top" application, however the wonderfully modern reincarnations of it, make for an incredible highlight in any room.

Raw Malachite

The Emerald City in Oz

Monday, February 18, 2013

The 2013 Color of the Year, according to Pantone, is Emerald Green. Green is the color of "Rejuvenation" and accoring to Pantone's Leatice Eisman green is "something that talks of new life".
 Our blog diplays the au courant trends, styles and designs for you to go green in 2013! For the new year think gems, dollar bills, fresh, fantasy....Think Green! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013



with Designer Libby Palmieri

Looking for something fresh 2013? Let's start with that closet, out with the old, in with the clean. We've got a new years resolution that doesn't involve a gym membership, a diet consisting of liquid shakes or a scale..woohoo!
Below are some helpful tips to get you well on your way to a super organized, neat and good looking closet.

1) Evaluate your wardrobe-assess your clothes and see what you wear and what has been "hanging around". ID these items two ways: either "tag" a hanger with a bright index card punch holed at the top or turn the piece the opposite way of how clothes are hung. Donate clothes you have not worn in a year or more unless they show signs of wear and look like they've seen better days.
2) Organize pieces by color and type-start with short sleeve items, then 3/4" length sleeves, followed lastly by long sleeves. Keeping similar items grouped together gives you a better opportunity to coordinate an outfit quicker. Color guide should go from whites to nudes, to colors within the same family to browns, grays and lastly blacks.
3) Keep hangers consistent and uniform in shape and color-nothing creates a neater looking closet. Choose between plastic, wood or wire depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
4) Jeans-keep denim organized by color and style-i.e skinny leg, boot cuts, etc and go in stacks from darkest to lightest; any jeans bearing vibrant hues should also be arranged together and by color.
5) Have a special area to collect dry clean items and put away clothes from the cleaners ASAP.
6) Keep odd ball sized items manageable-use containers such as cloth boxes or pretty baskets to keep smaller belts, bathing suits, tights, leggings etc neatly put away.
7) Decide how you are going to store your shoes and be consistent-whether you use shelves, original boxes with photos of the shoe stapled in front of it. Shoes that are infrequently worn can be stored in either original shoe box or in a clear shoe storage box at the top of a closet to leave more room for things that are used frequently.
8) Use packing sheets to separate delicate items and prevent sequins or beading from snagging; keep finer items in a garment bag to maintain pristine condition.
9) Sweaters should be folded in the same manner and stored by color for easy access.
10) Purses should be stuffed with tissue paper to maintain their original shape and put side by side; smaller clutches could be stacked.
11) Use space effectively above and below closet rods to maximize space.
12) Use shoe "trees" to keep boots from slouching and looking sloppy!
13) Invest in key pieces that will make life easier in your easier such a scarf holder to keep these items organized and easy to access; valet rods are also a great "extra" to set out an outfit or easily hang dryclean items to put them away.
14) Use shallow trays for costume jewelry and accessories
15) KEY TO KEEPING CLOSET LOOKING GREAT: don't slack off!! Keep up with your newly implemented system. You can keep your closet looking amazing all year long by just taking the extra few minutes when you are putting things away