Served in elegant sherry glasses, this black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas makes a gorgeous and stylish hors d’oeuvre (soup shots, anyone…?!), not to mention a healthy one.

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Crisp, cooling summer blues

August 10, 2012

Navy and white, a classic pairing that’s sophisticated yet casual. The colors evoke warm summer days, blue skies, ocean breezes and lazy lunches al fresco.

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Almost anything can be served in these stylish appetizer spoons: a mouthful of chilled soup, creamy ricotta topped with seasonal veggies and a drizzle of olive oil, or, as in these photographs, a lovely cucumber and avocado ceviche.

No matter the occasion, these appetizer spoons will make for a gorgeous spread.

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Sporks! They’re fun, adorable, petite. Great for serving dessert to a crowd, like this luscious strawberry sorbet with Grand Marnier

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The tulip

January 17, 2012

Bicolor tulips

This most elegant of flowers has, in its many forms, been cherished through the ages.

Its beauty prompted kings to dot their imperial gardens with thousands of bulbs. In the time of the Ottoman Empire, the tulip was revered above all other flowers; it was considered a symbol of abundance, nobility and privilege. And in early-1600s Europe, in the speculative frenzy known as the “Tulip Mania,” great fortunes were made – and sometimes, lost.

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