Abigail Cahill O'Brien

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Claw-Hold-on-Summer Salad

In Food on September 30, 2009 at 9:58 am


Thought it’s technically fall, this week’s CSA produce delivery is seasonally torn. Apples, potatoes and eggplant rub elbows with the last of the tomatoes, peaches and watermelon. Last night the ingredients amalgamated into an undoubtedly summer-centric salad: watermelon, peach, tomato and basil dotted with creamy goat cheese and grilled chicken. Read on for recipe . . .


Etsy Roundup: Shoe Clips

In Fashion on September 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm


Get thee to Etsy for vintage shoe clips. If searching for vintage shoes in a slightly large or wide size bums you out, or if a new pair just isn’t in your future, pop a few of these in your cart and reinvent the ones you already own. Styles run the gamut from delightfully roccoco to restrained art deco, with plenty of gamine bows in between. Not to mention sparkle, ruffles and animal prints – oh my. Some cost as little as $3. Read on for favorites . . .

Weck Have You Been All My Life?

In Feathering the Nest, Food on September 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm


My friends’ bachelorette parties tend towards good food, wine and sunny environs.  For this I’ll count myself ever blessed.  The typical cakes and props are nerve wracking, the mandatory headgear humiliating.  Head garb ought to be a no-go zone for social coercion.  Thank goodness the tasteful trend continued this weekend.  We began my dear friend Amy’s festivities with a winery picnic lunch, which I packed in my newest storage crush: Weck canning jars. More jar love plus picnic recipes . . .

Pork Chops, Apples & Onions

In Food on September 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm


The other night I ate a skewered cube of foie gras swathed in cotton candy. If that’s one end of the culinary spectrum, pork chops and apples may be the other. I like both extremes (not to mention the middle ground), but when the evenings turn chilly I lean towards rustic, warm recipes at home.  This one shows up on my table in many permutations: sometimes as chops, others as a whole pork tenderloin.  It’s tasty, forgiving, and the flavors immediately conjure fall. Read on for recipe . . .

Not Exactly Camping

In Fashion, Flotsam on September 22, 2009 at 6:36 pm


We went to the Emmy’s this weekend. A perfect storm of extreme shyness, refusal to admit They’re more interesting than Us, and a general paranoia about getting thrown out resulted in only one celebrity picture. And even she would say I’m using the term celebrity liberally. Also, I’m pretty sure I called her “Kathie Lee Griffin.” Whoops! Here’s the nitty gritty . . .

Num Pang Quells Tum Pangs

In Food on September 16, 2009 at 10:31 pm


Don’t get me wrong.  I love my big suburban kitchen.  But I miss the sheer variety of quality food that was previously at my fingertips in New York, without me lifting a paring knife.  So when visiting I devolve into a flavor-crazed food zombie, planning my days around my favorites haunts.  “Museums?  But we’ll starve up there!”

And that’s why you’ll find me tucking into a Cambodian sandwich at Num Pang on a random Tuesday morning (12th St between 5th Ave & University). more . . .

Now That’s Pluck

In Fashion on September 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm


I just picked up this teal number from Pretty Little World Vintage.  It’s gone a long way towards satisfying a recently acute craving for feathers.

Good news – there’s plenty more on Etsy! more . . .

Beach Boys Tune: New to Me

In Flotsam on September 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm


Am I the last person on earth to discover Marcella by The Beach Boys?  It’s like the music fairies delivered a big bag of infectious end-of-summer fun to my door.