Coffee isn't just coffee in Sweden. It's a lifestyle.
Sweden is in the top three of the world's biggest coffee consumers (surpassed only by Finland and the Netherlands), and while Swedes certainly drink coffee in the morning like the rest of us, what's even more important in this Scandinavian country is the coffee break.
After an especially brutal winter, Rich was even more excited than usual to see springtime come to his beautiful roof garden. In the summer months, the rootop is his favorite room in the house, with walls of hydrangea and boxwood and pots of herbs and lettuces. So naturally, Rich wanted a little fanfare to celebrate the start of the season. To properly welcome summer, he threw a casual afternoon gathering for some friends and neighbors, serving food and drinks inspired by the bounty already flourishing in the garden. This week we'll be telling you all about his party, the recipes, the decor, and the shindig itself, starting today with the Party Plan. Want to see how he did it all?
Summer Solstice, from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), the so-called longest day of the year. It's the time to celebrate the sun and summertime and all that it offers: sticky, prodigious watermelons, velvety stone fruit, resolute zucchinis and bold, Rabelaisian tomatoes. Fireflies and fireworks and fire escapes. The opportunity to wear white linen shirts and buy too many ears of corn at the farmers market, or sit back and reap the rewards for your labors in the garden (resolute zucchinis indeed). This is the time of radiance and extroversion and plentitude. Don't sit it out!
Here's the last installment of the DIY wedding reception series I've been sharing with you this week (you can see all the posts here). Shopping for a big event like a wedding reception is not like a normal grocery run, and there are a few tips I've picked up to make it a little easier. These tips can be helpful for a range of parties, too — whether you're cooking for 50 at a graduation barbecue, or 200 at a wedding reception.
Several of you asked me about the crudité and hummus cups I served at the wedding I've been sharing with you this week. These are one of my favorite make-ahead appetizers for a big group; it's so nice to have some fresh, crunchy vegetables in an easy-to-eat format.
Here are a few tips for making these really stand out.
No matter how well-planned or orchestrated a party is, there is probably something you feel you could have done better. That was certainly the case at the wedding that I catered last month for my friends (see all the posts about it here).
So, in the interest of sharing, learning, and minor embarrassment on my part, let's take a look at the three things I probably should have done differently.
If you're throwing a big party or an event, like the wedding reception I've been sharing with you this week (see all the posts here), chances are good that you'll be setting up a buffet.
Ah the buffet — so convenient and yet prone to common shortcomings. A few simple tips, though, will help you avoid pitfalls and take your buffet from good to great. Here are my essential tips for a quality buffet line.
Even if you don’t normally like or watch soccer, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement of the World Cup. Walking down a street in New York, you notice all the bars and restaurants flooded with people huddled around the TV, beer in hand, watching a game at any given hour of the day. So fun!
If you’re watching at home, what better to cheer on USA than by making adorable red, white, and blue treats? I’ve rounded up some sweet things, some cold things, and a few savory things to see you through the games.
In Sweden, a country that's cold and dark for much of the year, celebrating the sun is of the utmost importance. This is why the national holiday midsommar is a much awaited for affair. Midsommar is my favorite day of the year, and no matter where I am I make it a point to celebrate.
Want to join in? Here's a guide to celebrating Swedish Midsummer like a Swede.
If you've been to Italy, you've no doubt seen folks sitting on the piazza having a cocktail before dinner. I can almost guarantee you that cocktail isn't a scotch on the rocks or a martini. Italy is the land of the aperitivo, or aperitif—a pre-dinner cocktail that's usually light on alcohol and refreshing. The aperitivo is meant to stimulate the appetite but not weigh down the palate, or get you too smashed. How civilized!
My favorite aperitivo is an Aperol Spritz, a combination of sparkling wine with a splash of Aperol (a bitter liquer) and club soda, usually garnished with an orange.