Author: Vesta de Yampert Fort

Fall Furnishings

“Custom” is the buzzword in decorating this year, as more retailers are curating their collections from custom wholesalers or creating their own signature lines that represent their particular vision. Here is a sampling of lines they love.      …

Taking a steak

In an effort to slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life, I have started going to the grocery store once a week. While this may seem like a non sequitur, it was really a challenge for me to…

A Spirited Season

It’s Carnival time and it can be hard to think of new things to replace our usual choices, so I turned my attention to cocktails. After all, there could nothing more cliché than drinks and Mardi Gras! So I made…

Apple of Your Eye

Thanksgiving, I know, is categorically not the time to incorporatehealthy eating, but I can’t help myself. For this holiday, my daughter,Abigail, and I are in charge of making the desserts. I decided to makean apple galette (free-form apple pie) using…

Super Food Me

  In an effort to repent from my years of indulgence, I have started to incorporate “super foods” into my diet. For those of you who don’t spend vast amounts of time reading magazines in the grocery store check-out line, super foods are…

FISH TALES

In an effort to get more Omega-3 in my diet, I made a resolution to eat more salmon. I usually only like it raw, as in sushi, but I eventually ventured out and discovered the salmon panini at Slice. It…

A Sweet Surrender

Meringues are the quintessential summer dessert because they are so light and versatile. I fill mine with seasonal berries and crème anglaise, but they would be equally delicious accompanied by a sorbet or even ice cream with chocolate sauce. They…

A Casual Lunch à Deux

Spring has sprung and it is definitely my favorite time of year. While I love going to restaurants and being waited on, sometimes it’s fun just to have a friend over and eat in the garden while we soak up…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: A Sweet Surrender

Meringues are the quintessential summer dessert because they are so light and versatile. I fill mine with seasonal berries and crème anglaise, but they would be equally delicious accompanied by a sorbet or even ice cream with chocolate sauce. They…

Pasta with a Purpose

If you’re traveling to the beach for spring break or to your country house for a long weekend, it’s nice to be able to bring along the first night’s dinner so you don’t have to run to the grocery store.…

Last-Minute Carnival Cuisine

Faced with a last-minute parade party and nothing to serve? The problem is easily solved if you keep a few staples on hand. Canned beans are an important item in any pantry—I use black and white beans most often, but…

A Light Touch

After the more formal ritual of the holidays, I always like to start the new year with a festive night of spicy Vietnamese-inspired food and some unfussy decorating. I love paper lanterns and on a recent trip to New York…

A World of Difference

Holiday traditions may vary, but one thing for certain is that there will be parties and other celebrations around this time of year. For as long as I can remember, my family’s tradition was to have a Christmas night party,…

Marrakech Express

It was one of the first cool days in September when I felt my taste buds tingle for the layered tastes of fall, and I couldn’t help but think of chili or a delicious gumbo. But now it’s November—and as…

The Italian Job

As much as I hate to admit it, spaghetti Bolognese is a staple in my “feed family fast” file—and that means using canned tomato sauce or tomato sauce in a jar. There are a few very good ones, and some…

Currying Flavor

A friend gave me a copy of the new Gourmet cookbook as a Christmas gift, and it took me back to my childhood when my mother used the first edition as her cooking “bible.” In the latest edition, Ruth Reichl,…

Thanksgiving leftovers get a healthy makeover

Coming from the rural South as I do, there are certain “white-trash” recipes bound to cross my—and your—table at one point. My mother tends to be a fan of very simple recipes and will often call me to pass one…

Family Flair

Walking into decorator Melissa Rufty’s house, one would never guess that she has three girls—Olivia, Lilly and Adair—under the age of 10, until one of them comes riding up on her bike with training wheels at a pretty fast pace.…