Monday, December 27, 2010

Isaac Mizrahi on Cooking, Eating and Entertaining

When the snow keeps you captured at home, there are only a few things to occupy your time. There's always blessed sleep, but you have to roll out of bed at some point. Then there is eating but to get the good stuff, you have to cook.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper is one of our favorite culinary experts. Her podcast, The Splendid Table, is as comforting as a molten lava chocolate cake. It's cooking made simple, non-judgemental and always delicious. In a recent episode, our favorite fashion persona, Isaac Mizrahi is interviewed about holiday tips.

After a hard day's work, Isaac feeds himself with lots of wine in order to save up Weightwatchers points for when the real holiday festivities begin. This year, the in party food was not full course meals, according to Isaac, but heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts or dinner by the bite.



"I say good-bye to dinner. I love the hors d'oeuvre with the drink. And I love the dessert. Who needs a roast?" Isaac exclaims. It's the perfect way to keep your cloths closing. Truth is, we all know that's what really matters.

In the interview, Isaac also gives advice on making his toile cookie gifts, but it's his creative table setting suggestions that got us thinking, dah-ling. "I do newspaper instead of a table cloth and then lay glassware on top of that. I think if you get bored you can read through your plate." he says. "If you are at a really boring dinner-- I hope it's not mine-- you can read headlines or editorials."

Personally, we love the idea, but are concerned about newspaper print mixing with our food, or clothing. Do you think a clear table cloth should go on top or are we over thinking this one? An all white table setting is akin to the little black dress and is a timeless alternative.

When you are done shopping online, we urge you to listen to the Isaac's homemaking tips and continue on to hear Nigella Lawson speak about her favorite cookbooks. (She is truly a domestic goddess.) One podcast and we promise you will be hooked on LRK (Lynne Rossetto Kasper) as hard as you are on a JPG Birkin. It really doesn't get any better.

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