Haute n the Kitchen

Entertaining Inspired by my Travels & Traditions

I challenged everyone to get a little more green this week…in our diet and design, after being inspired by the House Beautiful Kitchen of the month.

Did you flirt with any dark leafy greens? Dip into some sexy silky avocado? Nibble on marinated green olives or drink in the goodness of a Green Machine smoothie?

Did you plant a hip terrarium with mosses and succulents on your kitchen island? Buy a new aloe or Ficus for the sunny kitchen corner or plant window herbs?

Did you get your greens on?

The farmers markets have been loaded with swiss chard, kale, mustard greens and spinach this week. How can we refuse? I picked up some black quinoa, because I am into dark trendy grains, and I was a little naughty by throwing some Sage Derby cheese in the basket – hey, its GREEN! If we are getting our healthy dark greens on, then avocado was destined for my kitchen counter as well. Now what? Did you plan a dinner party? Wake up thinking about green eggs and ham, like my friend Jeff?

If you did decide to Get Your Green on with a dinner tonite and are still pulling together ideas, here are a few more menu suggestions for inspiration.

Whole Wheat Tortillas or Crepes filled with sautéed spinach and fresh Ricotta, drizzled with warm basil & spinach pesto

Crispy Fried Kale Salad with Lardons & Roasted Red Onions

Tyler Florence’s Osso Buco with Kumquat Gremolata (as seen in this months House Beautiful as well)

Black Quinoa with Balsamic & Garlic Sauteed Swiss Chard and Avocado Slices

Best when mixed together!

Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Asparagus, Crispy Bacon & Currants tossed in a parsley walnut pesto

Green Tea Panna Cotta (from my book, pg. 187)

Greens & Grains


Embrace this weeks dark leafy green and walnut/ wood tones with a masculine design theme for your lunch or dinner. Dark bamboo placements, velvety green linens and moss & fern filled bowls with glass votives nestled in the greenery. I love the place card holder made from off cuts of aspen. Bark would be textural and masculine as well. Wood grain accents on the table round out the look and create a late -January rich, dark and earthy theme to your weekend.

Light a fire, play something soft and dark, like Bon Iver, and slow dance.

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