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      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 14

      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 14

      You may have noticed that I've been M.I.A. from the blog for over a month. Life has an unpredictable flow - sometimes it moves at a snail's pace then suddenly lifts you out of your comfort zone and tosses you into unfamiliar spaces with no instruction manual. That kind of explains the last few weeks of my life.

      I've moved my personal and professional lives to a brand new city with brand new energy. It's been exciting and unsettling. Anyone who has moved into a new home knows that it takes a village but we only had a tiny hamlet. The adventure continues....

      What is beyond me is that while most everything has been unpacked and put in its proper place, there are still some items from my kitchen that either lost their way, decided they weren't willing to make the move with us or have just vanished into thin air. I thought hosting a small dinner party last week for a few friends was a good idea but in the process, I had to repurchase many things I thought I already had. 

      One thing that was on my side was that I was able to catch a few fabulous sales on dinnerware, drinkware and cookware. Here are a few things I bought or want to buy for cooking and entertaining that may still be available at great prices:

       

      1.  These knives are so durable and stay sharp.

       



      2.  I bought these large bowls in all of my favorite colors.
      FIESTA Large Bistro Bowls





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      3.  This cookware set is the very best, IMO.

      TRAMONTINA Cookware Set
      4.  I'm a master Mocktail Mixologist so it's mandatory that I have interesting glassware.

      GODINGER - Sheer Colored Glassware

      5. Never underestimate the power of a good set of coasters to be an excellent conversation starter.
      JONATHAN ADLER Versailles Coasters




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      6. Seasonings have never tasted so good in these pretty salt & pepper shakers.
      JONATHAN ADLER Newport Salt & Pepper Set7.  I think this glass water pitcher is divine!

      JOYJOLT Infiniti Glass Water Pitcher

      8.  What better way to serve salad than with these.
      THE MET STORE Hosta Leaf Salad Servers9.  A little fussy? Yes. But I'm all in on these adorable napkin rings.
      THE MET STORE Gingko Napkin Ring Set
      10.  I'm a HUGE fan of these dessert plates and the company that makes them.
      CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL Valencia Dessert PlatesThat's all for now. Until next time, may your life be filled with joyous COLOR!
      Love, Juliet






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      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 12

      Color Collective: Links to  Colorful Living, Vol. 12

      Food tastes better when it is colorful. It just does! We eat with our mouths AND eyes so what food "looks" like impacts the flavor. And there's interesting research behind this phenomenon. Whether you believe there's a color/food connection or not, think of it this way: would you even take a bite of a blue apple? Here are some colorful links to satisfy the foodie in you:

      1.  I'm not sure eating square food is any healthier than eating food in it normal form but this company seems to think we need to rethink the shape of things. (DesignTaxi)

      2.  If you bake, you will surely want to get your hands on this plant-based food dye for all of your cupcake frosting needs. (Amazon)

      3.  This piece on "the year in snacks" is in no way practical but it is good for a couple of chuckles. (Grub Street)

      4. Who knew the color of egg yolks makes a difference in the quality of pasta? (Broken Palate)

      5.  I didn't realize that the already pretty perfect croissant was up for reinvention but change is good, I guess.  (Food & Wine)

      6.  The uber-colorful dinnerware and serveware from this brand automatically elevates your table setting game. (Amazon)

      7.  I'm also obsessed with this colorful cookware that is super high quality and makes your kitchen look like you've mastered the joy of cooking. (Macy's)

      8.  This beautiful vegan cookbook is jam-packed with soulful, Southern inspired recipes and food history that even non-vegans, like myself can greatly appreciate. (Amazon)

      9.  Those of us who miss going to great restaurants for memorable meals may not realize the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the entire industry. Here are a few ways to help support restaurants and their workers.

      10.  Did you know that I have a collection of colorful food recipes created by me and my Home Chef Extraordinaire (the love of my life) on the blog? 


       

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      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      When it comes to color, I haven't written the book but I sure have READ the books. One thing I know for sure, color is so much more than what can be gleaned by the naked eye. Color influences our perceptions, touches our deepest emotions, and moves our decisions.

      We have always existed in a color-filled world but we are rarely aware of the impact color has in our daily lives. Through books we can take a deep dive into the ways in which color has influenced our understanding of our global community, our differences and our commonalities.

       

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      From the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean to the works of Impressionist artists, these books are both tools for expanded knowledge and simply yummy reads.

       

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      Curl up with these books for a little trip down colorful highways and byways or display them on a coffee table to entice your guests. Here are 9 favorites from my personal library:

      Colorful Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

       

      1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay - The author is a genius at expanding our knowledge of color through the ages.
      2. Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman - The quintessential book on how color has expanded our horizons from the "house that color built".
      3. The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places by Taylor Fuller - Travel takes on a renewed importance when you take in the beautiful bucket list places profiled.
      4. Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy - Not necessarily a book on traditional colors, per se, but one of the best children's books on skin color, race and culture written from a child's perspective.  
      5. Interaction of Color by Josef Alber - The literal bible of color theory, this book has helped shape my color career and continues to be a guide for my jewelry designs.
      6. The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno - Plant-based foods never looked (or tasted) so good! A vibrant book of vegan recipes from a fellow New Jersey native (and somewhat of a neighbor).
      7. The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer - A must-have book for a map to bringing new life to any room through color and other home decor inspiration.
      8. Bisa Butler: Portraits by Erica Warren - Artists who use color in a manner that evoke strong emotional responses are my jam! Bisa's work not only speaks, it shouts loudly and with passion.
      9. Flower Color Theory by Darroch Putnam - Ever wonder how floral artists create such seamlessly elegant flower arrangements? This book will have you heading to the nearest farmer's market or flower stand to grab a few bouquets to play with.

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with rich, beautiful color!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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        Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

        Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs - JulRe Designs LLC

        In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. I'm sensing that it's almost that time again for me. It's critical at any time to be able to take a few steps back from it all but especially now when the world is getting better but is still a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

        Before I make any moves, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs but your favorite part of the chicken will do) and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

        Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

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        Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

        (serves 4)

        PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

        COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

         

        Ingredients

        2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

        1 tbsp maple syrup

        1 tbsp fresh rosemary

        ½ tsp onion powder

        ½ tsp garlic powder

        ¼ tsp paprika

        ¼ tsp salt

        ¼ tsp black pepper

        4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

         

        Directions 

        1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

        2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

        3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

        4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

        5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

         

        Until next time, live a color-filled life!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

         

          Noritake Co., Inc.

           

           

           

          Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

          Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

           Your colorful links for this week are below:

            • I was asked a couple of times about the colorful serving platter shown in last week's spicy recipe that I shared. Here it is. (Amazon)
            • My home color consulting clients are overwhelmingly loving this soothing color for their renovations. (Benjamin Moore)
            • As if the color selection for these bed sheets wasn't enough, they are the softest I've ever owned that don't squeeze the life out of your wallet. (Amazon)
            • What the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson (who passed away last month) had to say in this Master Class back in 2014 about ending racism is poignant. (Oprah.com)
            • Here's some funny with James Corden (host of The Late, Late Show on CBS) and singer The Weeknd from the Super Bowl. (YouTube)

           

          Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine's Day! Until next time, live life in love and color!

           

          Love, Juliet

           

          CLICK HERE to read the entire Color Collective series!

           

           

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