30 July 2009
This is a woman who has been inducted into the Art Director's Hall of Fame. Louise Fili Ltd. specializes in logo, package, restaurant and book design. The work is simple and straightforward and has the air of tangibility that I always love.
INGREDIENTS : sauce
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (these vary in heat)
- 2 limes (about 4 tbsp.)
- 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
INGREDIENTS : filling
- 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
- 2 large chicken breasts (about 1-1.5 lbs.)
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 bunches chard, stems removed
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Salsa or Rick’s Picks Handy Corn
- In a blender, mix garlic, chipotle peppers, lime juice, vinegar, and salt. Slowly add the olive while blending. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice the sweet potatoes (I use a mandolin). Place on cooking sheets (try not to overlap), drizzle with olive oil and salt. Bake the sweet potatoes until nice and done, about 15-20 minutes.
- While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook the chicken breasts in boiling water. When cooled, shred into small pieces with your hands or a fork.
- Wash the chard, remove the stems and roughly chop. Sauté chard in 1 tbsp. olive oil with a little salt.
- Combine sweet potatoes, chicken, chard and red onion in a large bowl. Pour on sauce and mix well.
- To serve, warm the tortillas (I used my gas burner) and pile high with the chicken/sweet potato mix. Garnish with cilantro, yogurt, and salsa
20 July 2009
Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has designed a calendar that uses the capillary action of ink spreading across the paper to display the date. Each month, a bottle of colored ink spreads across a sheet of paper embossed with numbers, coloring them in as it goes.
17 July 2009
British fashion designer Matthew Williamson's free-spirited gypsy patterns and vibrant colors dance across the Peacock Light rug. Hand-knotted in Kathmandu, the flamboyant wool and silk piece sports a pattern inspired by, as its name suggests, the exotic bird's feathers against a cream or navy ground.
So I was once on a plane home from somewhere a couple years back when I quickly got the vision of the store I will someday own. I sketched it all out - down to what the floors will look like, how the light will shine in through the transom windows - thinking about it, I should find that sketch. The main focal point in the space though was a huge tree sculpture - it was going to be painted in a rich gold. Any way, this email came across today and I had to include it on my blog because this is the closest thing I have seen - definitely more natural and organic than my original thought but the concept is there. The artificial trees can be commissioned from Nature Maker in California.
16 July 2009
STRANGE CLOSETS : Tate Gunnerson's blog. He describes himself as a "mild-mannered freelance writer, location scout and trend consultant who discovered his passion for design while rehabbing a pre-war Chicago building." In addition to publishing Strange Closets, he contributes regularly to Chicago Home + Garden, CS Interiors and the Huffington Post. BLOG
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Just ran across a really cool idea... an herb garden built into your kitchen design (lined with stainless - even the drainage goes through your sink plumbing). Jim Dase - a designer at Abruzzo Kitchens - thought of the idea for a Glencoe family who loves to cook. They even put grow light bulbs in the can lights and decorative fixtures. Purpose within design - or, more simply stated - design with purpose - I like that.