Holiday Book Recommendations

Style your coffee table in a way to show care for yourself and care for others before your company arrives this holiday season. That way, if your annoying Uncle Freddy drones on about politics or religion, you can grab one of these books to virtually transport yourself to a beautiful peaceful place elsewhere. Suggestions and links on the blog: www.CourtneyPrice.com

Forget about what is on your holiday menu or what you are going to wear. What’s on your holiday reading list?  Important stuff to consider as you get your interiors together before the holiday season kicks off – because the right books multi-task as inspiration AND decor. Besides, it is always good to have a virtual escape within reach after a tryptophan-laden carb load, when your opinionated Uncle Freddy winds up on religion and politics. There are some gorgeous new books out this fall that will make it easier to maintain your holiday merry- and bonus, they will also make great gifts that people will actually like! [Read more…]

Almond Cookies

Almond cookies, recipe on www.CourtneyPrice.com

AT A GLANCE

Prep: 15 Minutes

Bake: 20-25 Minutes

Total: 35 Minutes

Yield: 21 cookies, depending on how big you make them

The picture says it all: these cookies have a thin, shell-like surface that reveals a moist and light almond-flavored enter.  I discovered this recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and these gluten-free cookies are super easy and delicious. I am a big believer in stocking the pantry with the best quality ingredients  you can find- like from King Arthur Flour- the difference is noticeable and worth the advance planning.

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The One Instant Pot Cookbook You MUST Own Now

Coq au vin, chicken in red wine sauce, from Instantly French!, as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Coq au vin

Instantly French! is the Reason to Buy an Instant Pot

Little known fact…

The pressure cooker might seem like a fad, but it was actually invented by a French physicist, Denis Papin, in the 17th century. French home cooks have long embraced the traditional pressure cooker as a way to get dinner quickly on the table, and most people grew up familiar with the whistling sound of their mother’s pressure cooker. Who knew?!

I have to admit that I was skeptical about the Instant Pot craze for a while before the irresistible Amazon Prime Day deals prompted my purchase.  Having read the explosive horror stories, my brand new pressure cooker sat in the box for a while as I wrapped my head around using it. My concerns were inflated; as long as you respect a few simple safety rules, this device is a winner.

Safety aside, the next question was what to cook. Visual temptations abound on social media, linking to recipes. I tried a few good recipes and a few marginal ones, but honestly, I wasn’t bowled over. Having grown up in New Orleans, the bar is high for GREAT FOOD, so I am willing to go the extra mile. When I lived in Washington DC I learned classic techniques of French Cuisine, just to apply them in healthy ways to cooking at home. I have the utmost respect for French culinary techniques because they serve as a solid foundation for all cooking, but I’m now wondering why the long way is even taught when this culinary HOV lane has been around for centuries. I didn’t realize how big I had hit the jackpot when I discovered [Read more…]

What I Love About Social Media Marketing

Steven King Quote on Creativity, www.CournteyPrice.com

Creativity

A key to creativity is to pursue knowledge without a sense of whether it will be relevant in the future. Too often, people assume that they can judge in advance what they need to understand and what they do not. Instead, creative people build up their knowledge base so that they will be ready for the opportunities that come later.

I have always been fascinated by what motivates people. Social media marketing is more than [Read more…]

Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

Dior & His Decorators: the first work on the two interior designers most closely associated with Christian Dior. Review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

© Association Willy Maywald

Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

by Maureen Footer, Interior Design Historian

Author Maureen Footer, a former interior designer and expert in French decorative arts, gives us the first in-depth account of the two Parisian interior designers associated with Christian Dior. Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy were much more than the interior designers for his home; they were personal friends and professional colleges of Dior.  It was Geffroy who introduced Dior to the world of couture. Grandpierre masterminded the look of Dior’s couture house- and was the one to “brand” Dior with the stylistic details that define the brand to this day, [Read more…]

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