Vianne’s Spiced Hot Chocolate

from My French Kitchen: A book of 120 Treasured Recipes by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat.) Harris encourages cooks to engage all their senses when cooking—look at what you’re cooking, smell the ingredients, mix them with your fingers, and enjoy their sounds and textures. Cooking she reminds us, is about as close to magic as modern society allows: to […]

Recipe: Pennoni Rigati con Cavolfiore

Excerpts from Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct by LeAnn  : I took my first solo trip to Italy a few years back. I spent six weeks in a one bedroom “appartamento” in a 14th century castle in a beautiful hilltop village south of Florence. Though I was there to write, relax and explore (all very pleasant activities […]

Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct

I was looking through some of our vacation photos today and I began to think about travel and who we are when we travel.    There’s a famous quote (attributed to Confucius) that translates to something like:  “Wherever you go, there you are.”    While there is the deeply spiritual aspect to this observation, I was musing […]

Heart of the Home

In my own design work and a common theme you will notice throughout l&l is that I gravitate towards neutral color schemes and rooms that often have unadorned walls—save for beautiful light fixtures or the beauty of the stone or plaster finish. I prefer very subtle pattern (if any), opting for tone-on-tone more often than […]