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A Weekend in the Big Easy

A Weekend in the Big Easy

“America has only three cities,” Tennessee Williams was rumored to have declared in the midst of writing A Streetcar Named Desire. “New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” The fact that this sentiment was also attributed to Mark Twain doesn’t make it any less true. New Orleans holds its own —even as it stands apart — as one of the great American cities.
Bookshelf Wealth Gone Bad: Debunking the Latest Tik-Tok Trend

Bookshelf Wealth Gone Bad: Debunking the Latest Tik-Tok Trend

I may be the last to have learned about the Tik Tok decorating trend known as “bookshelf wealth” - a design aesthetic centered on shelves of haphazardly placed books and objets displayed on built-in bookshelves to achieve a cozy, imperfect look. Anyone who has been living with books and art and beloved objects collected over a lifetime may find it curious to discover this is a new “trend.”  
 
At the risk of sounding snobbish, I’m wondering aloud if the Tik Tokkers defining the latest rage in decorating acknowledge that, like any form of wealth, bookshelf wealth can only be amassed over years and years of careful saving. 
Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 3

Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 3

A Day on the Right Bank. Head for the Palais Royal for shopping and if you’re really in the mood for an iconic meal, reserve lunch at Le Grand Vefour, Paris’ oldest restaurant which boasts 2 Michelin Stars.
Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 2

Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 2

Sunday shopping in the Marais is the BEST because most of the boutiques in Paris are closed on Sunday, and the vibe in the Marais is so festive on Sunday. It’s a great young quarter of the City with fantastic walkability and known for its arts schools and museums in addition to gentrified apartments and shops and restaurants. Also, the Place des Vosges is one of the most beautiful squares in Paris and it’s fun to get a coffee in a café in the arcades that line the square.

Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 1

Keith's Paris City Guide: Day 1

I’ve shared this itinerary over the years with friends and family traveling to Paris, and I’ve revised it at least twice recently, tailoring it to the tastes of my two grown children who recently had their first visits to Paris without their parents, which they both argue was the only “real” trip they’ve taken to the City of Light.
A Refined Beef Stew for a Festive Holiday

A Refined Beef Stew for a Festive Holiday

It’s no secret to any of my friends that boeuf bourguignon is my go-to dish for...
Bourbon Balls & Other Cocktail Supper Must-Haves

Bourbon Balls & Other Cocktail Supper Must-Haves

The bourbon ball is definitely an acquired taste, but Julia's recipe will make even the youngest guest at the party a fan of these boozy confections.
"Party Trick" from Veranda Magazine

"Party Trick" from Veranda Magazine

  VERANDA loves a party. In each print issue, the magazine spotlights gracious gatherings—from holiday dinners...
Keith's Nashville City Guide

Keith's Nashville City Guide

I hope you’ll enjoy a few of my favorite recommendations for visitors to Nashville, and some of my favorite pieces from our catalogue by Tennessee makers.
Year-Round Tomato Tart

Year-Round Tomato Tart

Make this tomato tart in any season!
Lisa Donovan's Chocolate Church Cake

Lisa Donovan's Chocolate Church Cake

When my friend Lisa Donovan serves this chocolate deliciousness, everyone is rendered speechless.
Mary Mack's Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Mary Mack's Fresh Peach Ice Cream

At some point in every summer of my childhood, my mother would pull out our...
Nora Jane's Summer Corn Pudding

Nora Jane's Summer Corn Pudding

Your guests will never guess that the key ingredient in this corn pudding is Jiffy Corn Muffin mix.
Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

This sangria recipe from Julia's hilarious book is perfect to have on hand as spring fades into summer. 
Cocktails for Derby Day and Spring

Cocktails for Derby Day and Spring

Frozen Mint Julep (by Julia Reed)  Makes about 4 drinks   I love a frozen...
Lemon Lover’s Tart

Lemon Lover’s Tart

Every Easter, we have the same menu. Roast leg of lamb with lemon and rosemary,...
Aunt Hebe's Christmas Baked Brie

Aunt Hebe's Christmas Baked Brie

I serve this baked brie with brown sugar and cognac in a puffed pastry at every Christmas party I host, and people go wild for it.
Mary Mack's Southern Cornbread Dressing

Mary Mack's Southern Cornbread Dressing

Every year for 52 years, my mother has orchestrated the most delicious Thanksgiving meal for...
Favorite Fall Recipes

Favorite Fall Recipes

My friend Claire Reishman is a true Renaissance woman. When she's not throwing beautiful clay...
Mary Mack's Squash Casserole

Mary Mack's Squash Casserole

To me, one version of culinary heaven is a summer supper made entirely from the...
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