Happy Independence Day!

Happy July Fourth, everyone!  It's my one of my very favorite holidays.  So very American in the most classic sense.  It makes me want to head to my hometown and watch the Girl Scouts march in the town parade while the local police corp taps out the beat on a snare drum.  Throw in a snow cone and you're really in business.  Pete and I had grand plans to be out in the Hamptons with the rest of New York City, but Murphy's law has it that the deal I'm working on is scheduled to close Monday, which means that I'll be spending the weekend in my office tower.  But I'm lucky enough to be enjoying the fireworks from a friend's Tribeca rooftop rather than the conference floor of my firm.  Peter and I have spent most of today hanging out with my dad and tackling a surprising number of baby tasks.  It's official: we have almost everything we need and the nursery nook is now officially Parma Grey, our favorite pick from Farrow & Ball.  Can't wait to share pictures as we get everything into place.

Last year Peter and I hosted an indoor city picnic for all of our friends who were stuck in New York since the fourth fell awkwardly on a Wednesday and most everyone had to head back to work the next day.  Although my three favorite colors are red, navy and white, I wanted to celebrate with bright pinks and bold patterns.  Anthropolgie is a great place to find reasonably priced table cloths in a bright color or bold pattern and I'm in love with these Kim Seybert seer sucker napkins trimmed in hot pink.  I picked up a few flowers for small mason jar arrangements scattered around the table and spruced up my plain white Emile Henry serving bowls with a few yards of twine.  Lobster crackers and lobster pickers were placed on the table in a small sized wine bucket, available for $6 or so at Jamali.  

Last year was so very different than this one.  I had much less hair and a much smaller waist and if you'd had told me that a year later I'd be surrounded by unopened baby gadgets and a baby due within the month, I'd have laughed.  But it makes it all a little bit sweeter?  Or is that the heat getting to my head.

Happy Independence Day.  


Lobster In A Pot
Directions courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound

4 Lobsters (1 1/2 lb each)
1 c. white wine or beer
1 onion peeled and quartered
1/4 c. sea salt
4 bay leaves
fennell tops (if available)
1 T. Old Bay seasoning

Place all ingredients (except lobsters) in a tall pot.  Fill with water so that water is 4 fingers tall (around 2.5 inches).  Cover tightly and bring to a rolling boil.  Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.  Place each lobster, head town, tail curned under in the pot.  Cover, and bring back to a rolling boil.  After 5 minutes, uncover and rotate lobsters (bottom to top, top to bottom).  Cover again, raise heat to high and steam/boil an additional 3-4 minutes for soft-shell lobsters or 6-7 minutes for hard-shell lobsters.  Remove and let lobsters sit and drain for 5 minutes.  (Add 2 minutes additional cooking time per additional lobster, although its not recommended to cook more than 4 at a time.)

A hot but happy extended family