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Friday, April 11, 2014

friday link love

I don't think this light will ever get old. It's so infrequent it's like a treat each time.

Hi, friends, and happy Friday. We’re off to see our families for Passover and eat lots of matzo smeared with salted butter. I’ve been put in charge of dessert and I’m making a double batch of this cake. I did a test run of it earlier this week, made a few tweaks, and it was deemed a success by the book club, which I hosted this time. Some of you have asked me what we read and how we pick books, and here’s how our book club is structured. We rotate homes and the host makes dinner and picks the next book. And on and on we go. This way, your interests get a fair representation and we get to read books that we otherwise might not pick. Some of them we like, others – not so much. There’ve been highbrow picks like this and this, and lowbrow ones like this one (I won’t even make apologies for it, but I did lose a few braincells in the process). But we read, we get together, eat, discuss. We’ve been at it for over a decade I believe, though I joined about 8 years ago.

In other news, this has been a busy but manageable week (thank you, universe!) and I’m finally getting my brain in order to make real impact with the ice cream book. It feels like spring outside, and I’m looking forward to what our farmers’ market will have next week. I found a lovely yoga studio in our neighborhood and took a couple of classes and now – yowza! – so sore! – but in a good, happy, blissed-out way. I haven’t felt like this in awhile, and it’s wonderful. I’m looking forward to running in the park and yoga – and figuring out how to make time for “wellness”.

And finally, some exciting news, the book that I coauthored with chef Marc Forgione hits bookshelves on April 29! You can pre-order your copy on Amazon or pick up a copy at your local bookstore in a few weeks. I was particularly excited to be included in Saveur magazine’s April’s Books Worth Buying list, sharing the spot with David Lebovitz, whom I’ve deeply respected and admired over the years, and whose latest book has quickly become one of my favorites. David’s post on what goes into creating a book is particularly fantastic as it gets into the nitty-gritty of what it is to write a book. And let me tell you — it’s a process, and then some!

And that’s about all! I hope you have a relaxing, beautiful weekend ahead. xo, olga

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Friday, April 4, 2014

friday link love

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Hello, friends. It’s Friday again, which means time for links. I’m a bit rushed this morning, so I’m going to keep this short. Andrew and I hope to do a little home improvement this weekend – maybe paint an accent wall or something. If anyone has any leads on beautiful, classic brass door knobs, can you please leave a comment below? Thanks!

I also hope to pick up another plant somewhere, and to sleep past 7am. I’m nothing if not ambitious. Oh, and I’d like to tinker with a Passover dessert I’ve been thinking on. I wish you all a relaxing and cozy spring weekend. xo, olga

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Friday, March 28, 2014

friday link love

Was getting distracted at home - in my spring cleaning phase - so camping out here until I make a good dent. #bookwork

Hi friends, happy Friday! I’m currently awaiting comments from the chef on the manuscript, and after that, I hope, the delivery to the editor will be a speedy one. I took a little break on Wednesday to have lunch with one of my middle school English teachers. We’ve stayed in touch over the years, and it was really lovely catching up over some pizza. I even roped him into sharing a kale salad with me. We had lots to talk about. Immensely relevant things such as, which classical music composer, who died rather young, was the biggest loss for humanity in terms of further work we could’ve expected? My answer was Mozart; his – Schubert. And boy oh boy did we get to geek out over singular pieces of music, like Beethoven’s 7th symphony (my favorite!), his dislike of Lizst, and my indifference towards Haydn.

But most of this week has been somewhat of a blur. When I get to the final stages of a book, there’s a lot of nitpicking and fixing things here and there. Things like comma placements and rearranging various groupings of words. Things like order of the table-of-contents matching those of chapters. Are there any TKs left over in the manuscript that need to be filled. All fairly arbitrary stuff, but stuff that I feel makes the work, on the whole, better.

I was also sad to learn that one of my all time favorite sites, Television Without Pity, is getting shut down. NBC, which owns the site, pulled the plug (also pulled the plug on Daily Candy as well) citing funding issues of sorts. As long as I remember living in NYC, TWoP was a faithful companion to my limited television watching. I loved reading their recaplets in the morning following an episode, and then longer, 15-page snarky analyses a few days later. I had always admired the writers for TWoP – they had the kind of ease and eloquence I always wanted to have. And now – the site will be no more in about a week. Sad. I hope that given the site’s fervent following that someone scoops it up and rescues it from demise.

And on that note, I’m going to wish you all a happy weekend. I was going to do absolutely nothing – I feel like after this work-filled winter, I totally earned a weekend of sloth-like behavior. But, at the last minute, something very time sensitive fell into my lap, and well – there go my Saturday and Sunday. But tonight, tonight I get lucky – and see a dear friend who I so wish lived next door. Or across the street. And Sunday, we get to host some friends for brunch. All good things.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

kitchen reno – overhead and undercabinet lighting

Morning light. Also - slept in until 7:30!!

Before I do the “big reveal” with the kitchen – not that you will be very surprised – I wanted to talk about lighting. I’ve been questioning doing the “final” summary post, but I suppose it’s always good review everything, list total costs, and do a retrospective: lessons learned, mistakes made, etc. I think that for those of you following along and reading this, the last post might be the best one to read first. Get the full scope, the big picture, and then start drilling down into specifics.

Before I get into the lightings specifics, I think it would be helpful if I gave you a bit of a background because it will help you understand why I made the kinds of decisions I made in regards to lighting.

When I was dreaming of my future kitchen, I had a huge deal-breaker stipulation. Since my previous kitchen didn’t have any windows, the next kitchen had to have beautiful, natural light. I talked a big talk.

When we started looking at apartments, I took a first stab at it without Andrew. I had a more flexible schedule back then and it was harder for him to be away from the office during the weekdays. Given how crazy open houses tend to be in New York, I decided that my “first look” was going to be pre-open house.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

friday link love

At it again.

Hello, friends. Can you imagine my waking up this morning only to realize it’s Friday? I blinked and Monday became Friday – how? It’s the end of the week, said Andrew to me, rolling over in semi-awake state, The weekend begins tonight.

I’m jealous of the term weekend because until late-March-early-April, there are no weekdays or weekends – there are just days, and I have to use them to finish a manuscript. No pressure or anything. The sheer feeling of anxiety along (never mind all those other feelings I have to sift through) is enough to render me a little paralyzed. And yet, one word at a time, I keep reminding myself.

Yesterday, despite being plunged into Arctic chill, was great. You know why? Because I got to test more ice cream recipes with one of the amazing Van Leeuwen founders. Our testing days are long and intense, but so much fun, and really, who can complain having to taste different kinds of ice cream throughout the day. By about noon, we tasted a few batches we had churned a few days prior, and ice cream before noon, I must say, is pretty great. I was running to the subway at nine something en route to Greenpoint, to test, and saw some men pile into a corner bar that’s right by the subway stop. And it wasn’t even ten o’clock! Is drinking before noon way worse than eating ice cream before noon? Or am I just trying to make myself feel better? In any case, ice cream testing – hugely fun and I highly recommend it. Also recommended? Stretchy pants.

I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead. Outside of my book work (and finishing testing for it), I have high hopes to buy a rug for our living room floor. We were gifted some Amex cards around our wedding time, and we hung on to them to get something for the home. There’s a fantastic little textile shop in Boerum Hill (soon to be in Williamsburg, I believe), Sharktooth Club, and I’m a touch obsessed with their offerings. Beautiful, older, threadbare rugs that have so many stories to tell, so much history behind those threads. I certainly hope that we can grab one of them and continue their story at our home.

Have a great weekend!
xo, olga

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the trend is upward; the days are longer

Making some notes before some more custard deep diving.

Hello there, greetings from the land of panic-stricken nail-biters. From the island of post-its and stacks of paper everywhere. As of this moment, I have a little over two weeks to finish a manuscript for a book. And let’s just say I’m not where I want to be. Not even close. And instead of working on the book, I’m writing a post here. How’s that for procrastination? In a little while, I’m going to go to the kitchen and make some pie dough. On my marble counter. I don’t think a marble counter is christened until you make some pie dough on it, doesn’t that sound right?

I have slowly, cautiously, redipped my toes into cooking again. That stove/gas-leak/no-stove sitch managed to make me a little skittish. I can’t just up and start making souffles and think it’s smooth sailing from here on out. What if we get another lemon? What if?

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