Category Archives: Special Occasions

a room full of women

Thursday night, wearing a power pantsuit from Lilith Paris I attended the HOW Conference produced by the Quorum Initiative.

I met some of the most amazing women during the two-day conference. Entrepreneurs to C-suite executives, and women like myself starting our own businesses. Finally, a future I can see for myself.


Weekend Warrior: a new chapter begins

One of my friends is leaving New York City after 15 years and we spent the past weekend catching up with her Big Apple bucket list.

First stop, the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum:

 

We followed with a tour of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and fell in love with the rose gardens:

Tomorrow Kinga leaves for California, and a new chapter begins.


special occasions

This week I find myself meeting up with old friends and colleagues. I love that we are all able to stay connected and make the time to see each other in-person.

There was a time not so long ago when the in-person meetings, snail mail, and phone calls were our everyday touchpoints. Today, those touchpoints have all become virtual. We stay in the know via email, social media, SMS, and texts.

I love sending and receiving mail, and I’ve found over time that the in-person moments feel more like special occasions. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but my mind races with ideas on how we can plan more of them.

 


A Bronx Children’s Tale

Last night I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Bronx Children’s Museum inaugural gala. The program honored playwright Richard Abrons, entrepreneur Rafael Collado, and actress/activist Kerry Washington for their fundraising efforts in support of the museum which is set to open in the Bronx in 2018.

As part of the registration team, volunteers were trained by 501 Auctions to check-in each guest as participants for the live auction. The event was held at the Tribeca Rooftops, an event space in downtown Manhattan.


Buona Pasqua

A harbinger of spring greets me this morning.

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Blue Jay on the fire escape, @prez13

The forecast is 80 degrees and sunny.

Buona Pasqua, friends!


Blackberries and Prosecco

What I love most about special occasions is the opportunity to cook for people. Dinners, dessert, brunch. Last night I hosted Claire and Lee Ann friends visiting from Toronto. We had grilled pizza, tortilla Espanola, prosecco, wine, and chocolate.

I find the preparation cathartic, and at times, meditative.

Tomorrow Lulu will join me for Easter lunch at the treehouse. The weather forecast is dreamy: low 80s with a splash of sunshine. My mind is aflutter with ideas for the menu. I’ll prepare a simple tomato sauce with cavatelli, and a spinach salad. Serve it with fresh bread.

One of my favorite food blogs, Pinch of Yum features a recipe for Miracle No-Knead Bread. It’s a crumbly mess but according to Lindsay’s recipe in 12-18 hours the dough will be ready for the oven.

 

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Crumbled Miracle No-Knead Bread dough, @prez13

 

I’ve been itching to make a blackberry pie. Every recipe has the same formula for the filling: berries, sugar, flour, lemon juice. I decide to use honey instead of sugar, Balsamic vinegar instead of lemon. I macerate the blackberries then pour them into the pie crust.

Next stop the oven:

 

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Blackberry pie with egg white wash crust

 

90 minutes later and the berries are piping hot:

 

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Bubbling berries, Batman!

Next up is sorbet, a favorite complement to pie. I devised the recipe for Clementine Prosecco Sorbet one day when I discovered a flat bottle of bubbly in the refrigerator. It goes like this: Heat up a simple syrup of water and sugar then let it cool; add clementine juice (or any citrus that makes you happy) and Prosecco to the syrup. Then refrigerate until cold. Add to ice cream maker and churn for 25 minutes until solid, freeze for 1-2 hours, and voila!