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18 November 2013


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Flirty Foodie - No, I have not tried the Rigoni di Asiago, but thanks for the tip! I'll have to try them.

You know, it may have nothing to do with Italian figs per se, I just happen to get my preserves at a little Italian grocery and after so many failings and then so many consistently great successes with Italian brands, I've become a bit superstitious. But I think the difference between domestic and European brands must have something to do with sugar - meaning that domestic brands use more of it. All I know is that when I use domestic brands all the mashing in the world doesn't seem to allow them to spread throughout the cake. Instead, they clump and then make my cake stick to the pan in spots. Not being a professional, I have no idea what this means. Something to investigate in the future, but for now, I'm Italian all the way! Ha!

Flirty Foodie

I love the recipe. definitely something I plan on trying.

Out of curiosity why do you think that Italian jam works better than American brands? And have you ever tried Rigoni di Asiago's fig jam? I tend to love all of their products...


Julia, thank you. That is one of the nicest comments I'v ever gotten! I'm sure I will eventually have a book in the works. After so much time in publishing, with so many different clients, I've been working really hard to rediscover my own creative voice, which is one of the reasons I started blogging. I think as I become more comfortable with that, I'll be ready to take on a book again. In fact, I have at least 3 titles/concepts on paper. I'll get there! Thank you again.


Margery, we are all about real over here! But I just read about a study that said more creative breakthroughs happen in messy rooms than in tidy rooms, so I'm going with that!

I hear you about the un-decorating, but here's a little trick I use. If you decorate your house mostly with things that will make it through the winter, you can take the Christmas stuff out quickly and remove the rest bit by bit as the seasons change. That's one of the reasons I rely so much on using natural elements - nobody thinks pinecones or moss are just for Christmas (of course I say this with pumpkins sitting on my mantel and a half-decorated Christmas tree for a blog post on my right...)


As always this looks beautiful. I keep wishing/hoping you have a book in the works. Your ideas are always elegant. I love the NOLA vibe.


Wow, I've just spent some time catching up on your last 6 posts - I don't know where I've been but I'm glad I didn't miss these. Your Christmas styling is beautiful!! Normally I am overwhelmed with the idea of decorating for Christmas, or rather, the un-decorating that happens after the thrill is gone. Can't wait to get a copy of the mags for a closer look. You've set the bar high - simple, beautiful, elegant. Thanks also for keeping it real - love seeing the little feet on the sofa!

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