Saturday, November 27, 2010

I saw Elizabeth Stanley's work in a recent Austin Monthly and loved everything. It's very fresh and modern and very Austin.

Fabulous photography from her website:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tequila-Lime Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Excellent new recipe to try. Don't attempt this without the food processor, though. In fact, if you don't have a food processor, go buy it now. It's life changing. Also don't let the cream sauce scare you.... it's all pretty healthy.


1.5 lbs large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed (fresh is best, but expensive)

Juice and rind of 1 medium orange
Juice and rind of 2 medium limes
1/4 c. tequila
1 tbsp. granulated sugar

8 oz. light sour cream
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (seeded and chopped - one chile, not one can)
1 tsp. adobo sauce (from the can above)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced

8 soft taco sized flour tortillas, warmed
1/2 head purple cabbage, shredded
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges
Avocado, chopped
Onions, chopped

1. Marinate Shrimp: Place all marinade ingredients in a large zip bag. Add shrimp. Zip closed and move bag around the coat shrimp. Place flat in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, turning every so often to make sure the marinade is reaching all shrimp.

2. Prepare Sauce: Place all ingredients in food processor. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.

3. Cook the Shrimp: Heat oil in large skillet to medium-heat. Saute bell pepper and onion until slightly charred. Drain shrimp from marinade and add to pan. Stir often, and cook just until shrimp turn pink and curl up. Remove from heat.

4. Assemble Tacos: In warmed tortillas, place shrimp, peppers and onions. Add cabbage, drizzle with chipotle cream sauce and sprinkle with cilantro, onion and avocado. Squeeze lime over taco.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've got royal fever

In honor of the official announcement that Prince William is engaged, I plan to start dressing, acting and looking more like Kate Middleton (and less like a frumpy lesbian).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Could have fooled me

Looking at these photos from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, I'd assume this was a loft apartment in San Francisco or New York. This is actually stylist Thea Beasley's apartment in Marietta, Ga., of all places. I love the eclectic look, and of course I cannot resist an all-white home. I also love Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles for constantly surprising me every month with new looks that don't follow the trends.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Georgia on my mind

I love this weekend home from Garden and Gun. It's in Columbus, Ga., and both the architect and interior designer are UGA grads. Even though they used one of the best architects and designers (Jim Strickland and Melanie Davis respectively), it just seems so unplanned and like it has been in the family for years and years. I think the true sign of a talented designer (or architect) is if a home looks un-designed.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reasons why I'm quitting my job to be an artist

I read in the NY Times yesterday that several contemporary works set price records at a recent Phillips de Pury & Company auction. In fact, in one evening they sold $117 million in contemporary art. Hmmmm.

$63 million
Andy Warhol's "Men in Her Life" (1962)

$6.8 million
Takashi Murakami's "Miss KO1" (1997)

$2.9 million
Maurizio Cattelan's "Charlie" (2003)

$4.5 million
Felix Gonzalez-Torres's "Untitled (Portrait of Marcel Brient)" (2003)

$3.6 million
Thomas Schutte's "Grosse Geist No. 15"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winter Wardrobe

Club Monaco never seems to fail me...and now with their collection on Shopbop you don't even have to make it into the stores.

all images via shopbop/ shop the look here