Happy New Year from all of us at The Lifestylist Brands. May 2014 bring you joy, laughter, and the opportunity to live life beautifully.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Lifestylist Brands! We have much to be thankful for, including the loyalty of our readers. May you Thanksgiving be full of family, friends, love and great food!
The Lifestylist philosophy is about “Life Celebrating Style”. Our clients life and style is what dictates how a Lifestylist® works with you. My favorite example is I had a client in Phoenix, Arizona that was a major Phoenix Suns fan, and their team colors are orange and purple. The client wanted their entire home done in these colors. What they wanted is what they got, complete with a child’s room with a hardwood floor striped like a basketball court. They wanted to stylishly celebrate their interests and love of their home team and we did!
I just spoke to a friend who’s dog just dug up their entire garden and her daughter slammed the door on the neighbor’s hand – all in about 30 minutes time. Her needs and lifestyle are completely different from my son – no kids, no dogs, and lives in front of his computer. What my style is wouldn’t work well for either of them which is why I need to understand the client and what their “hot buttons” are. It’s takes extra time and sleuthing to achieve this – many times the client has trouble putting into words exactly what they are looking for but they know it when they see it. I take the responsibility very seriously – a person’s environment can truly change their lives in a positive or negative way. If someone is happy in their home their quality of life improves.
Next to being a mother, becoming a Lifestylist® is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to expanding the concept and what it offers in the years to come. – we will be launching a new food line this Spring!
It’s hard to believe that this Lifestylist® made it through another year of The State Fair of Texas cooking contests! I am thrilled with the ribbons I won, and even though I missed a few of the contests I usually enter so I could take part in the Thermador Design Council, the information I received (as well as being pampered and having a chef cook almost every meal for us) was better than any ribbon.
When I’m thinking about what I want to enter and I’m looking for those special tools, Sur La Table is always my first stop. After I bought a digital candy thermometer there I started winning in the candy contests and now I can’t imagine life without it. I also know they will always have the perfect pan, cruet, or sea salt to make my entries stand out.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to get to photograph an event at the Dallas Sur La Table that was a book signing with Martha Stewart! For three hours I had a chance to see this icon in person, and for the record she could not have been more gracious. The Sur La Table team made the event go seamlessly, and everyone had a wonderful time.
When I was at the Thermador Culinary Center last week I heard great news – Sur La Table is now featuring Thermador appliances in many of their kitchens! Now you have the opportunity to take some of their cooking classes and be able to try out the steam oven and many of the other innovations that Thermador offers.
Today was one of those perfect days to visit the great State Fair of Texas. It’s something we look forward to every year – we even get season passes!
I’ve been entering the cooking contests for over 5 years now, and I’m proud to say I’ve gotten my share of blue ribbons. It has been so busy around here I haven’t had a chance to enter yet, but I think there are some categories that are calling my name. Last year I won in the Tricks with Mix Category, and I’m thinking I may have to see if I can get Best of Show this year. Be sure to check out some of our award winning (and not award winning) entries on our Fair Foodies site.
Because of our love of the State Fair of Texas, we have collected some really unusual items from the fair. This is what makes the Lifestylist® touch so unique – not only great items, but items with a story and history.
Congratulations to Thermador and Geri Higgins for the opening of the Portfolio Flagship store in Kansas City. There will be a functioning Thermador Culinary Studio in the store and Thermador’s executive chef Brad Peterson will be conducting cooking classes and demonstrations during the opening.
Geri is on the Thermador National Design Council with Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber, and we are hoping an invitation comes our way so we can see this beautiful new location in person!
Summer is here, and Chef Joanne Bondy is giving us lots of ways to enjoy the 72 degree temperatures inside the Gaylord Texan. Besides the very popular Jr Chef Camps, Chef Bondy will be hosting the Cheese and Beer Dinner on June 15th.
Joanne’s signature Habanero Corn will be featured in a new way – Habanero Cream Corn and Crab Soup. Author and Cheese Expert Liz Thorpe of Murray’s Cheese in NYC will be in attendance. This is the first in a series of dinners featuring artisan cheeses and great brews paired with of course… food and fun.
Here’s the menu for this amazing evening:
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
French Feta Stuffed Green Olives
Salami & Fontina Fontal Panini’s
Bourbon Cured Pickles with Aged Gouda
Blonde Ale – Fireman’s # 4 Longneck – Blanco, Texas
Habanero Corn and Crab Soup with Satori Sarvecchio Parmesan Crostini
Pale Ale – Lost Gold IPA – Blanco, Texas
Heirloom Tomato Salad with DiStefano Burrata
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Hefeweizen – Widmer Wheat Beer – Portland, Oregon
Beef Tenderloin with Smoke Haus Blue & Bacon Gratin
Warm Potato Salad
Herbed White Asparagus
Mustard Seed Braun Sauce
Ale – Brooklyn Brown Ale – Brooklyn, New York
Blueberry Pie with Lavender Butter
VBC Cremont Cheese Ice Cream
Barleywine Style – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale – Chico, California
Executive Chef Joanne Bondy Sous Chef Michael West
This Lifestylist® is so fortunate to be close to a great farmers market. The Dallas Farmers Market is open 365 days a year, and I love how they make sure you know which the local farmers and produce are.
One of my favorite farmers is Lemleys which has had a stall for as long as I can remember. If you want great tomatoes and peaches, this is definitely the place. They are so nice, and Mr. Lemley is often there on weekends sharing his knowledge.
Not only does buying from farmers help support the local economy, it also is an excellent way to save money and eat healthy. Search out your local farmers market and find out what a difference it can make in your lifestyle.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a Lazy Cook, and what could be easier than watermelon as a dessert? We just added some mint, sliced up our watermelon and that was it! Fantastic food doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Fresh, local and healthy is always the best choice.