I recently visited my in-laws in Wisconsin for some much needed R & R. One of the best things about visiting them is getting to indulge in all sorts of home-cooked Americana cuisine, courtesy of my mother-in-law. After a particularly long afternoon nap, I awoke to find this amazing lemon sour cream pie sitting on the kitchen table, just waiting to be cut into. As you can see, I gave myself a nice big serving. The recipe for this is simple and straight-forward:
Lemon Sour Cream Pie
Lemon zest from one lemon
1 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 baked or bought graham cracker pie crust
Combine lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, egg yolks and milk in heavy
saucepan; cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in butter and cool mixture
to room temperature. Now fold sour cream into the mix and stir. Pour into the graham cracker pie crust.
When the weather is hot and humid, as it has been for a few days this past week, there’s nothing more refreshing to me than an ice cold glass of lassi. Lassi, which rhymes with fussy, hails from South Asia and is incredibly easy to make and enjoy. My take on two servings of lassi involves just four ingredients: One cup of low-fat yogurt, one cup of water, one cup of ice and three tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar (or as much sugar as is your preference). I use confectioner’s sugar because it dissolves easily in the cold beverage. You can also add a cup of mango pulp for a mango flavor but I prefer it plain. Put all the ingredients into a blender for four minutes and enjoy!
I’ve always been obsessed with texture detail. The palpable elements on the surface of some objects is what makes them special. Here are three texture-heavy favorites currently residing in my apartment. Above, the hammered outside of this otherwise streamlined metal pitcher is an ode to an amazing age-old technique. The pair of framed puzzle pieces below hangs above my bed. I love these plaster frames from Pier One–they look architectural and elegant with their nested lines. I repainted their surface with Behr’s Swiss Coffee paint and added the mounted, gold-painted puzzle pieces inside. And finally, this wood-carved Arabic verse piece reminds me of the delicate, lace-like carvings in walls of the Alcazar in Spain.
Recently I came across the MyDeco 3D Room Planning tool and have been having fun designing rooms. The tool allows you to upload a floor plan or build your own, place furniture and architectural elements from a list of available items and then render a high quality photo. Take a look at this Living Room I’ve put together and shop the room below for similar items.