Moules Marinières

Mussels

One of my favorite things about summertime is the food. Fresh fruit for cobblers, seafood from local harbors and salads crafted from garden harvests…

We’ve seemed to have mastered the “Moules Marinières” dish, as we’ve feasted on mussels a few times and our recipe has progressively improved.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 
1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 small shallots
, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 
1 1/2 pounds mussels
  • 
8 ounces chicken stock
  • 
1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 
lemon wedges
  • 
salt and pepper
  • Crusty French bread

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Clean and remove beards from mussels.
  2. Preheat a large pot to medium and add olive oil and butter. Once butter has melted, add sliced shallots, a pinch of salt and pepper then cook for 5 minutes until the shallots have softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add wine, chicken stock and mussels, then cover with a lid and steam mussels for 8-10 minutes or until all mussels open. (If any mussels do not open, discard).
  4. Add cream and parsley, stir and season with salt if necessary.
  5. Serve with lemon wedges and slices of crusty French bread.

Enjoy!

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Fern Fanatic


image1-1My fern fetish began when my dear friend Betsy carried the most beautiful bouquet at her wedding with ferns. She later mentioned that Jackie Kennedy also had ferns in her bridal bouquet…

Ferns fascinate me as there are over 10,000 species and aesthetically, they exude a mystical yet understated elegance. On the subject of ferns, one of my favorites to follow on Instagram as of late is the English artist @lucindawhartonartist. Her posts usually include lovely vignettes around her Georgian Country home she is restoring, often with her two labrador retrievers in tow. She also seems to be a fern fanatic as her posts (akin to the above) include garden ferns around her home.

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Hunt

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We hopped over to Jessica Hagen’s Fine Art Gallery last evening to honor the work of Hunt Slonem. Hunt was in town to celebrate the occasion of having a solo exhibition at the gallery. His work, obstreperous in color and material, is well known for its neo-expressionist character, mostly of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds. Like Hunt’s own personal style, his pieces are splashy, colorful and equal parts whimsy. Hunt’s work is known around the world, with permanent collections at the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Moreau Foundation.

I first discovered Hunt’s work at a gallery in San Francisco, only to then see one of his bird paintings in Aspen. From then on, I was intrigued. View more of Hunt’s portfolio, here.

Above: A personal favorite –  A tangerine hued piece as part of Hunt’s oil on diamond dust (on canvas) collection. We then left with Hunt’s book “Bunnies” and scribe.

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WSJ: ‘Great Explorations in Kenya’

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The Wall Street Journal Magazine published a recent piece that covered Calvin Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp near Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The article touches on Kenya’s recent decline in its wildlife population, and Cottar’s quest for conservation. The June issue features two covers starring Anna Ewers and Edie Campbell (above), both of whom, are wrapped in Ralph Lauren and Gucci ensembles that will leave you drooling. Have a read, here. (Photography: Mikael Jansson)
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