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My Holiday Entertaining Tips for Coup de Pouce

kim vallee interview for coup de pouce decembre 2012

kim vallee interview for coup de pouce decembre 2012

I just want to share an interview that I did for the magazine Coup de Pouce. I was happy to share my entertaining tips with the journalist Annie Richer for an article about the top 10 rules to be the perfect hostess or guest this holiday season.

You can read it all in the December 2012 issue of Coup de Pouce  from page 107 to 111. Etiquette expert Cendrine Chénel also shares her tips. We talk about it from different angles.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Dream Closet for Men

custom closet for men

When I talk about my ultimate closet space, I usually share features that would be great for me. But what about the man in my life! He deserves a stunning space where he can neatly organize his clothes and fashion accessories.

custom closet for men
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012

It is hard to beat the functional side of this closet designed for a male couple living in the iconic Habitat 67 here in Montreal.

white modern kitchen at habitat 67
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012

I invite you to check the rest of their interior at Maison et Demeure (the French-speaking edition of House and Home) since their home is modernly stunning. Interior designer Maria Rosa Di Ioia of Idea Design rethought their blank canvas space. I like what she did with the space.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

My Family-Friendly Decorating Tips in Canadian House & Home and Maison & Demeure

house and home photo gallery for family-friendly spaces

house and home photo gallery for family-friendly spaces

I was delighted when the talented team at Canadian House & Home and Maison & Demeure asked me if I would like to create a photo gallery about my favorite spaces. This top-notch home decorating magazine is always on my must-read list.

When they asked me what would be my angle, I immediately thought about decorating with kids in mind. Ever since I became a mom, I experienced the challenges of maintaining a stylish home with a young child. I featured inspiring family-friendly spaces and shared kid-friendly decorating tips that are fun and cool.

maison et demeure gallerie photo pour jeune familles

In fact, I have two photo galleries: one gallery for  Canadian House & Home and another one for Maison & Demeure, the French edition of Canadian House & Home. Each site has their own editorial staff. They handpicked the photos that spoke more to their audience. I love the look of both galleries.

Do not miss them and have a look right now.

SOURCING:
+ my photo gallery in Canadian House & Home
+ my photo gallery in Maison & Demeure

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

What’s for Dinner: Balsamic Roast Chicken

balsamic roast chicken

balsamic roast chicken

A one-pan dish not only saves you time, they build flavor while you do something else. I am partial to oven dishes versus a slow cooker. It’s because it’s the way I am used to cook.

The recipe on my to-do list is the Balsamic Roast chicken with caramelized pearl onions, olives and tomatoes that I saw in the March 2012 issue of Style at Home. It looks so tasty. Their wine expert, Konrad Ejbich suggests to pair it with a saucy Ripasso Valpolicella. You need a certain amount of sharpness to complement the olives and the tomatoes. The Ripasso Valpolicella is stronger that the fruity Valpolicella, but not as powerful as Amarone.

According to Wine Align, “the Ripasso technique involves taking leftover pomace from the production of Amarone and adding it to simple Valpolicella to kick-start a second fermentation; this method serves to boost the alcohol, body and tannins as well as add layers of complexity to the overall wine”.

Nov. 4th, 2012 Update: You can now find the recipe online here.
The recipe is also published on page 116 of the March print issue of Style at Home. You can buy a digital copy of Style at Home at Zinio. This is now where I subscribe to most of my magazines. Zinio operates a Canadian and an American store. Select your country for the flag at the right top corner.

SOURCING:
+ Style at Home (March 2012) – Photo by Edward Pond, Prop Styling by Lara McGraw

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

The Secrets of Pesto Making and Homemade Ice Cream from Saveur

pesto making secrets

pesto making secrets

Reading the latest issue of Saveur (Sept. 2011) taught me that the pesto starts with the smallest, palest basil leaves. It is because they do not have the bitterness and the licorice-like taste of the mature leaves. But if you have mature green basil leaves, simply blanch them for 30 seconds and plunge them in an ice bath right away. Another tip is that coarse sea salt will help pulverize the ingredients. You want a delicate flavor olive oil to not overpower your pesto. Go for an olive oil that is pale gold. Plus, you will get several recipes from across the Mediterranean.

ice cream unplugged

The second article that caught my attention is about homemade ice cream. They showcased 6 ways to make your own ice cream without an automatic ice maker, which include using coffee cans or Ziploc bags.

SOURCING:
+ Saveur

DESIGN and style LIVING

I’m in Fashion Magazine

kim in fashion magazine of May 2011

kim in fashion magazine of May 2011

Just a quick note to highlight the fact that I participated in an article where two dermatologists assess the daily routines of 5 women and give advice on aging gracefully. We each represent one decade.

This involved a photo shoot when I was 38-week pregnant. I was glad that it was only for a portrait. You can discover little facts about my life in the May 2011 issue of Fashion magazine. The photographer was Coey Kerr. My hair and makeup was done by Andrew Ly.

SOURCING:
+ Fashion Magazine – May 2011 issue

FAMILY LIVING with kids

Sweet Paul Magazine: Spring 2011 edition

sweet paul magazine spring 2011 kids

sweet paul magazine spring 2011 kids

Sweet Paul magazine is never short on inspiration and the spring issue doesn’t disappoint, with a special focus on DIY projects, shops and food created with kids in mind. Here are a few of our favorites.

Cupcakes On A Stick (above)

As if cupcakes couldn’t get cuter, Paul topped skewers with miniature cakes to create a decorative and delicious bouquet (page 46).

Tips for Decorating Kid’s Rooms

This seaside circus-themed bedroom is a triumph of imagination and functionality. Reclaimed wood throughout the room gives a nod to bygone boardwalk days. With space to stash toys, books and extra blankets, the “store and spin” ferris wheel-inspired storage system puts modular storage to shame! (page 32)

sweet paul magazine spring kids bedroom

Play With Your Food

Forget candy necklaces: the bread and tomato necklace is this season’s tasty, healthier alternative. The Play With Your Food feature is filled with clever ways to encourage little ones to play with their food, including puzzle sandwiches, fried rice boats and mini pies on a stick. These would be fantastic options for birthday parties or play dates. (page 98)

sweet paul magazine spring food

In The Box

It never fails: kids unwrap a great gift and find more fun playing with the box than the toy. That’s the inspiration behind these upcycled cardboard box projects: a rocket ship, a doll’s house, a dog and more. These projects would be an awesome way to teach kids about reducing waste by recycling and reusing materials. (page 78)

sweet paul spring issue cardboard box

There are so many sweet things to love in this issue of Sweet Paul. Check out the complete edition for project instructions, recipes and how tos!

SOURCING:
+ Sweet Paul Magazine – Spring 2011
+ Cupcake on a Stick
+ Tip’s For Decorating Kid’s Rooms
Play With Your Food
In The Box

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

To Grow Your Own Citrus Trees at Home

tips to grow citrus trees at home on sunset magazine

tips to grow citrus trees at home on sunset magazine

If there is a thing I envy from people who live in a warm region is their capability to grow their own citrus fruits. I wish i could have my own citrus orchard since I am a huge fan of citrus fruits for cooking and eating just by themselves.

For the ones who can grow their own citrus trees at home, I invite you to read this excellent article on Sunset magazine. The gardener tips come from Todd Porter and Diane Cu, the couple behind the White on Rice Couple blog. For the rest of us, the article is an eye candy.

SOURCING:
+ Growing citrus at home on Sunset – photo by Andrea Gómez Romero
+ photo of the Oroblanco grapefruits by Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple

FOOD + DRINK FOOD presentation

Three Easy Dinner Recipes from Donna Hay

lemony fish cakes :: recipe by donna hay

lemony fish cakes :: recipe by donna hay

With the Holiday so close, we are all looking for easy and delicious recipes to cook for dinner. I found three recipes on the February 2011 issue of Style at Home.

Lemony fish cakes by Donna Hay can be make with flaked salmon or trout. Serve them fish cakes with mayonnaise or a lightly sweet tartare sauce. Prepare a peppery green salad, serve a soup first and you are all set for a meal that all the family will enjoy.

everyday recipes for dinner on style at home february 2011

The garlic and chili chicken couscous is the type of meal I often serve at home. I like the taste  and the convenience of grilled chicken breasts and couscous. This reminds me that her lemon grilled chicken with almond couscous was the first Donna Hay’s recipe I ever made). The only fresh ingredients that won’t be in your pantry are the chicken breasts, 2 zucchinis and fresh parsley.

I plan to make the caper and crisp pancetta served with baby spinach. It is almost a mix between a pasta dish and salad.

SOURCING:
+ Recipes: Style at Home – February 2011 issue
+ Lemony fish cakes photo: William Meppem
+ Other photos: Con Poulos

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Sparkling Sangria and a Fruity Fennel Salad for Brunch

sparkling sangria

sparkling sangria

I spotted those on the last issue of Sweet Paul Magazine. Although it was intended for a Holiday brunch, I feel that it is something fresh and appetizing that you could serve anything. A sparkling sangria can replace any welcome punch. And for a modern twist, forgo the traditional punch bowl for a big glass jar.

grapefruit, fennel and apple salad with a grapefruit dressing

I often serve a fennel and fruit salad with a grilled fish. Remember the tropical fennel salad I prepare with a mango and a green apple. Fish and salad make a healthy meal that you can serve on a week day to your family or whenever you entertain. The grapefruit gives it a morning twist. I like to use a frisée salad because it feels elegant and adds textures. I bet that this salad will become popular on my salad repertoire. Get the recipe for his Grapefruit, fennel and apple salad with a grapefruit dressing.

SOURCING:
+ Brunch menu with recipes on the Holiday 2010 issue of Sweet Paul Magazine
+ Styling and photography by Andrew Purcell

LIVING TRENDS

I Switched to Digital Magazines

living etc digital magazine

living etc digital magazine

Earlier this summer, I got an iPad. My husband uses his iPad mostly to interact with friends on social networks and to read books with the Kindle application. I use my iPad to read magazines and do research for my blog. Why we have two is because an iPad is designed to be a personal device where you put your own content and subscribe to the content that interests you. we tried to share one and it was not practical. Plus, we would often want to use it at the same time.

Reading Magazines on the iPad

I read many international magazines. By subscribing to the digital version with Zinio, I save trees, I could save money (the price varies a lot from one publication to the next) but more important for an editor, I get fresher news. I just read the October 2010 issue of Living etc. It’s a huge advantage since the October print version of Living etc will hit the stores in Montreal in about month and a half. Finally, I save time since I do not need to wait in line to grab my magazines every month.

zinio library of my digital magazines

I can also read the magazine on my computer; Zinio supports Mac and PC. The nicer experience is definitely on the iPad. Once you downloaded an issue, you do not need to be connected to the Web to read the magazines. Therefore, it means that I can read the magazines anytime and anywhere.

So far, I went all digital for reading Dwell, Garden Design, Living etc, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur and Style at Home. I plan to add new ones as they become available.

SOURCING:
+ For Americans: Zinio
+ For Canadians: Zinio
+ Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi) $589.99 USD on Amazon.com [affiliate link]