My old NYC friend Emanuele launched a website last week with his wife Joanna. The site is called Elizabeth Street, and it started a couple of months ago as an app for stylish moms who want to know the best places to eat, shop and play with kids in cities stateside and abroad. Emanuele and Joanna know a thing or two about style, as he hails from the family that started the Tod’s brand, and she, a NY fashion editor. There are some amazing contributors to the site, including Cynthia Rowley, Rosie Pope, Ivanka Trump and a whole host of (not famous) moms working “it” while working motherhood.
The app serves as a cool “to-do” list, as in a not-touristy guide for families while in cities like NY, LA, Paris, Milan, Rome, Berlin, London, Tokyo and more. There’s even a public casting invitation for you to be an Elizabeth Street Mom…as in…get out there with your fabulous self! You may be the next mom-tastic style icon for the ages. Check it out at www.elizabethstreet.com and let us know how it goes!
Shifting gears to fashionable food, I made a gratin dish that was a hit with the little one. This recipe was inspired by the darling lady known as the Barefoot Contessa, the Julia Child of our day. I took the liberty of cutting the butter in half and eliminating the Gruyère cheese and it tasted divine.
1 3 lb Cauliflower
2 c whole milk (2% would probably work fine)
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2/3 c parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp butter
1 handful of Panko breadcrumbs (or regular if that’s what you have on hand)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a pot and add the cauliflower. Let the water come to a boil and let the cauliflower steam for 3-4 minutes.
Heat a saucepan on medium heat and add the butter. Warm the milk in the microwave for about 1 minute, taking the chill off. When the butter is melted add the flour and stir constantly, about 1 minute. Add the milk and continue to stir until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, add the salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
Pour some of the sauce into the bottom of an oven safe dish. Add the cauliflower to the dish and pour the remaining sauce over the cauliflower and top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 minutes, until the breadcrumbs get somewhat golden.
Have a fantastic Day!