Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

This is Ian. You’ll be lucky if you meet Ian and Michelli – they are hands down the best cooks I know. These beans are from their garden and they are slathered in herbs from that same spot and then frizzled in pork fat.  Doesn’t get better than this.

Oh, it might just get better if you look at the above photo. These ribs are from Wal-Mart (not a whole lot of options out in the country) but when you have magicians in the kitchen it really doesn’t matter where they are from (at least in regards to taste!).

Beba and a bottle of Rosé from Wolffer Estates on Long Island. That was a lovely bottle of wine. And that skin is a stag that Ian shot in the fall – it’s for real country in Pennsylvania.

This is Nelson – a big moosh of a foster – that I believe Ian and Michelli will be adopting at some point soon. Fingers crossed!

Hanging out waiting on the fireworks display.

Photos by John von Pamer

Sparklers make magic don’t you think?


Monday, February 8th, 2010

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching I have found myself thinking about love – what it is, what it means and how everyone has a different definition. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that these thoughts are crossing my mind while reading the spectacular book, The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk. A very literary minded friend lent it to me all the while saying “I just heard him speak on NPR – he’s fabulous – I had never heard of him before – but this book is all about love, loss and the desire to put things back together.  Just read it, I have a feeling that you will love it.” Being that she is always one to recommend a great book I took her advice and went to the beach with my book in tow and a couple days to read. That was last weekend. Now I’m at the beach again and I can’t put it down. And when I do put it down I find myself thinking about getting right back into it. In fact right now as I write this, I am looking forward to curling up in front of the fireplace and finding myself once again in Istanbul in the early 70s.  A quick summary (at least to the place that I am at): Istanbul society boy is engaged to society girl. Society boy goes into a boutique to buy his fiance a gift and sees an old family relation to which he feels enormously drawn. Has to see her again and falls in love. Continues to see her and eventually invites her to his engagement party where they discreetly dance and plan to meet the next day as always. All while this is happening he is still happy to be marrying his fiance and can’t believe his incredible luck that he can have both these women in his life. Problem: next day his lover doesn’t show up and he finds out that she has gone missing. He becomes physically ill with thoughts that he will never see her again and begins to do irrational things. All while their love affair is taking place he is collecting objects and mementos to keep and eventually to put in a museum of his own creation in Istanbul.  That is where I am now and it is incredible. It seems his way of loving  her is creating a memorial to her even before she is gone. He is collecting their whole story to show the world – it seems to be the only way that he can hold on to her without having her. I know people who are collectors – but the collection of love seems strange and intriguing. Although, now that I say that I was just on the beach with John collecting seashells as mementos of our trip to the beach. What I’ll do with them I’m not sure, but they will forever remind me of this blustery weekend so I guess I fall into that category as well.

I read a lot but haven’t been reading much fiction these days as business books seem to cover my nightstand.  That being said I am taking on the enjoyable task of reading more fiction. I always forget what a magical experience it is to be taken away by someone elses experiences.  If you have any great fiction reading suggestions please let me know – I’d love to hear from you.



Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Now that Christmas is over I’m finally getting a chance to post the Thanksgiving photos. Funny how time works. For Thanksgiving we spent the weekend at a wonderful home in Ghent, New York where we cooked, ate, stared into the fire and played some brutal rounds of spades. It was a perfect holiday, only to be followed by a perfect Christmas. I truly love this time of year, even with all of it’s expectations and demands I still think it is magical. I hope you all enjoyed your time with friends and family. We’re off to the Robert Frank show now to get inspired before it goes down on January 3rd. Don’t miss it.


The lake on the property with tree reflection.

Corinna and Rory on a walk. As Rory said, “It looks a bit Miller’s Crossing.”

A preview of what’s to come in the kitchen.

Chicken in the orchard.

The orchard next to the house.

Rory at Olana.

All photos by John von Pamer

I’m looking forward to posting more in the New Year. I have a goal of at least three posts a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and am looking into a new camera so I don’t have to rely so heavily on John’s gorgeous photos as he is in the process of launching his own blog! I can’t wait to check in on that every day. Since I’ve had some time this weekend I’ve had a chance to delve into the world of blogging and it really is impressive. It’s such an interesting format, I am really enjoying looking into everyone’s ideas and thoughts. Hope you have a wonderful week filled with many more parties and evenings with friends. See you soon.


Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I read a couple toasts today that I liked. One has nothing to do with the holidays, the other does. I liked both and wanted to share them with you:

“Health to my body, wealth to my purse, Heaven to my soul and I wish you no worse.”

and another from Ireland, a bit more holiday appropiate:

“May you be poor in misfortune this Christmas and rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends

and rich or poor, slow or quick, as happy as the New Year is long.”

They’re both Irish, they really know how to sum things up with so few words.

Here’s wishing you and all your loved ones the best holiday ever!


Monday, December 14th, 2009

A glimpse into how my mind works. A grouping of seemingly disparate items that upon closer inspection all add up to a life well lived. This is a listing of the little (and big) things that make your days more enjoyable because I believe luxury without necessity is boring and necessity without luxury is even more boring. These items are what I like to think of this as my gracious living “mash-up.”


These two wrote the book on life well lived. An intriguing glimpse into their homes all from the comfort of your couch. A perfect gift for the fashion and home obsessed alike.

One of the best suggestions that I’ve ever taken from a friend many years ago when she told me I needed this in my life. I love you Miss Silvia. (Thank you, Ms. Weiss!)

By now the word is out about this magical wallet. But the fact is is that the rumors are true. It will change your life, it will make you more organized, it will bring beauty and functionaliy to your world. Enough said.

Fragrance is an obsession of mine and this is one of the classic products that should be in everyone’s bathroom. At $12 it’s a bargain but doesn’t smell that way.  (Stay tuned for more about the C&P fragrance that is in development right now.)

Rick was our neighbor but that’s not the reason for this entry. These make everything better. From Bloody Marys to marinating pork in the brine, you’ll be happy to have these in your fridge.

Any time it’s snowing I know where I’m going. Angel’s Share, a perfect Japanese bar in the East Village is great all the time but especially wonderful with snow falling outside. Just make sure you leave a seat at the bar for me, please.

See you next week, hope you have lovely one filled with lots of parties and fun.


Monday, December 7th, 2009

Two more full weeks of shopping, how are you feeling? John and I braved the crowds on Sunday to do some East coast to West coast shopping as all of our things need to be sent by Thursday of this week, so that made this Sunday instrumental to keeping on top of it. We got things for nieces and nephews, Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers.  Followed up by a delicious meal for a day of “hard work”. Even John said “when you do it this early, it’s so much more enjoyable”.

PS. The wallet was featured in Daily Candy today on their national gift guide so we sent many of those off to their new homes. If you are interested in ordering one of these, I would do it sooner rather than later as they seem to be the Cabbage Patch Doll for stylish women of 2009.


For all those Francophiles in your life (by way of Japan in this case). This is a lovely little book complete with step by step instructions to crafting these lovely desserts when you can’t make it to LaDuree.

A beautiful ring by Katie Finn. This is modeled after a horse bit with a grey diamond in the center. It appeals to all I love: horses, gold and diamonds (that’s not really all I love, but that was fun to type). Need I say more?

I love Randi who makes this, and I particulary love this necklace. It is magical and wonderful and it is called Ancient Tongues which makes it even better. Like the most gorgeous spine wrapped around your neck. It’s a good one for a good girl.

If the coolest girl went to camp and was forced to make something, this would be it. Not everyone could come up with something so beautifully simple and interesting. But Lauren Manoogian did. Lucky for us.

Wow. All I can say about this piece is wow. It is glorious and sexy and tribal and all of the above. So I guess I actually have a lot more to say about it. But seriously, wow.

One last idea. An adored customer, Melissa Kushner,  started this wonderful organization called Goods for Good. It is based on the simple idea that we have the ability to turn excess into progress. The organization receives donations of surplus goods from companies, coordinates shipments to Africa and puts them in the hands of schools and community centers. Just the smallest item can make a difference. A pen in the hand of a school child can make the difference between going to class or not. A new meaning for the word bauble. Please give to them, it truly makes a difference

More to come next week. Have a fun one.


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

If you are looking for something spectacular for the holidays, this is the piece. Hand hammered brass nails are lovingly strung on a leather cord by talented designer Tini Bloom of Etten Eller (yes, her name is Tini, and yes, I want to name my daughter that at some point in the future).

And, if you are feeling a bit more subdued than the full blown amazonian glamour above this is a beautifuloption.  Brass nuts strung on thin chain make for a lovely weight around the neck, I really love this piece.

We also just received jewelry from Sunday’s Best that I’m putting out today as well as lingerie from The Lake & Stars. All great gifts for the holidays.


Monday, November 30th, 2009

Here we are at the second week of the gift guide; I hope that you’ve started thinking about your gift purchases because this does seem to be the one way to alleviate any anxiety. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a compulsive list maker and this is one of those places where the power of the list will make life simpler and easier, so pull out a pad of paper and your favorite pen and start coming up with those lists. This week we are focusing on something very dear to my heart: animals. I’m a firm believer that a house is not a home (nor is a store a store) without an animal (or two) around. This is a round-up of things your animals and animal lovers will both like. Enjoy!


If this doesn’t immediately make you want to get on Petfinder, I don’t know what will.

This gift does double duty for your loved ones that have dogs and babies. This shirt is really a baby tee, but Beba loves it and clearly makes a great model.

Double duty: farmer’s market or a ride for your little dog. Your decision, although I do like to use it forboth, usually at the same time.

This is the greatest leash around. Made from beautiful rope and brass, part of the proceeds go towards helping animals find their new homes. A great company.

See you next week!


Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Roulade

I think that 47 five star reviews on the Food Network website says something. That and the fact that my sister (an incredible baker) says this is one of those desserts that are magical. Well, she uses the word awesome but I prefer the word magical, guess we’re different that way! Anyways, I trust her opinion when it comes to these things so I’m making this tomorrow. In fact there are many things that we are making tomorrow, they are:

Roast Goose with Pear and Cranberry Chutney

Red Cabbage with Red Currant Jelly

Bread Sauce

Roast Potatoes in Goose Fat

Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Bacon

Green Beans with Almonds

Bread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples

Porcini and Onion Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Orange Zest

Irish Brown Bread with Smoked Salmon

Kale and Onion Tart

Mashed Butternut Squash

Pumpkin Roulade

Keylime Pie

Gingerbread Icebox Cake

Apple Galette

And just so you know, there are four of us partaking in this meal. Wish us luck. Lots of it. Have a gorgeous holiday spent with friends and family and thank you all for being a part of our family here at C&P.

Love, Kerrilynn


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

I’m one of those people who thoroughly enjoys buying gifts for friends, but I am fully aware that there are many of you out there who don’t feel this way. I’ve seen you come in over the years (on the 24th of December!) looking for something that suits your friend but not really knowing what to get, how much to spend and running out of time.  This is when the best of intentions can turn into a stressful experience and it just shouldn’t be this way.  So in hopes of making this holiday season easier we have created a weekly gift guide that covers all price ranges, styles and sentiments. For the next five Mondays (November 23- December 21) we will be giving you our thoughts and ideas on gifts. Most of these will come from the world of C&P but we might even throw in some things that are particularly special when we find them. So have fun with it this year; throw out those negative thoughts and replace them by really thinking about what your loved one would like and I promise it will bring you joy as well. I believe that finding the right gift for someone will make you feel like you received a gift yourself. Happy holidays!


These are the perfect mittens to get you through the upcoming cold months. Designed by Filippa K from Sweden these not only look great but will keep you warm all winter long. Only a Swede could come up with something so beautiful and utilitarian for our winter needs. Beautiful claystone lambskin outer lined with shearling.

A beautiful scarf to add to your winter coat. Channeling the best of the 70’s this rust wool scarf will have you cozy and warm all while looking stylish.

I have this sweater (in brown and cream) and can’t seem to stop wearing it. The perfect cardigan in cozy mohair and lambswool makes any outfit better. Great belted as well, this is a gift that will be loved for years to come.

Another beautiful scarf. A bit more romantic than 70’s, this one will be great for a friend or your Mom. Soft wool with beautiful paisley pattern makes it a classic.

See you next week with more ideas to come. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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