I attended a fabulous event the other night hosted by Margaret Russell who is the Editor in Chief at ELLE DECOR magazine.  She and her team invited me (among many others) to attend a cooking demonstration by Chef Daniel Boulud who is the author of ELLE DECOR’S ‘Daniel’s Dish’ column.  Not only was I honored to be included, but I was able to watch a master chef in his (actually GE’s) kitchen and sample one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time!  He (and his sous chef Cedric Tovar) prepared lamb kebabs, a side of pesto orzo and a yogurt sauce for dipping!  It was heavenly.  I’ve included some pictures from the evening as well as the recipes from Daniel.  I highly recommend trying this dish at your next dinner party.  It’s perfect for a casual backyard BBQ and will have all your guests raving by the time they leave.  Enjoy and thank you ELLE DECOR!

The beautiful GE studio in the AD building on 58th Street in NYC

The menu and image of the meal Daniel prepared

Daniel places the lamb kebabs on the grill

Daniel places the yogurt sauce into a side dish

..and the chef smiles as he presents the final dish!

Daniel Boulud and Margaret Russell

how perfect for your next summer BBQ!

The recipes so you can WOW your next guests





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The kitchen (in most cases) is by far the most used room in your house, even if it’s a studio apartment in NYC and sits on one wall of your entire living space.  You cook (or at least grab a plate to put your take-out on), you eat (if there’s room), you feed your kids, your cats, your dogs and you usually end up congregating in the kitchen when you have people over.  So if you’re spending so much time in your kitchen why not spend time making it a really comfortable and cool space that both you and your visitors can enjoy.

 

Create a comfy place to sit if you have the room

Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color!

Make the breakfast nook as cozy as possible

As far as city living goes, you’re usually stuck working with a limited space.  No excuse to ignore your kitchen.  In fact, you should give it more love and attention.  Check out these great small kitchens and let them inspire you to create a cooking nest of your own.

A new hanging fixture, trendy colorful runner, simple subway tiles, new appliances and simple white cabinetry with updated hardware has made this small space desireable to hang out in.  Are you asking for too many cooks in the kitchen?  Maybe, but if that’s the case, you’ve done something right!

Use your pots and pans as decoration and design

The floor is the best place to add a little punch.  If checkerboard isn’t your thing, pick a pattern that is and get out your paint brush.

Again, the floor has been given some life and the roman shade adds an element of modern chic

One of my favorite small kitchens by Ruthie Sommers.  Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a small space a dark color.  Just remember to keep the cabinetry and trim bright and popping – like this eye catching turquoise door!

Find a fun wallpaper and paste it to just one wall





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I’ve been shopping for ceiling fixtures for clients a ton lately and I’ve come across a lot that i like.  I even dug up my old source book and found some of my favorite fixtures that have caught my eye in the past.  The dining room and kitchen are two rooms that are begging for great fixtures centered over the table.  If your table isn’t lit up with an eye catching fixture, it’s time to shed a little light on the situation.

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