With or Without?


Or without?

Without, I think. And I’ll tell you why. That’s not a custom made shirt. Which means that were you to be close enough to determine the origin of my cologne, you might very well be distracted by the ill-fitting collar of my shirt. Specifically, the way the points hover above my chest without actually settling down and staying a while. A quick solution may be to take out the collar bones. But there is something else amiss. The way the tie hangs limply, a defeated fish with no proud arc, says even more.

Properly fit, with a bit of tie space, the collar and the tie perform a magnificent lift, arcing gracefully into the coat front without need for a tiebar, tack or collar pin. That’s when you know you’ve found something so very elegant. A well cut shirt.

This is what you’re shooting for (actually, there is a lot here to shoot for…):

(Image via the very good blog: Permanent Style)

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That’s a term in the advertising world referring to the fake copy (text) that is used as a place holder in an ad or website or what have you. Funny, because it looks more like Latin to me…

Above you see the results of my faking it. There has been a particularly good looking eggplant staring at me accusingly from the vegetable bin in the refrigerator. It should have been topped with a delicious béchamel sauce and all the accoutrements of a real “Moussaka.” With two sick children and a really convoluted schedule for the last few days, I wasn’t up to the challenge.

Still, it was a really pretty eggplant… so I faked a dish.

The Easy and Elegant Life Greeked Eggplant and Lamb for Two to Four.

Cut into 1/2″ thick rounds and salt your eggplant.
Spray with Olive Oil cooking spray or brush just a dab over each side.
Bake in a 450ºF oven for 10 minutes a side.
Set aside.

Heat a skillet and add 1 pound of ground lamb.
Season with 1 clove of minced garlic, a quarter of a grated onion, zest of 1/2 a lemon, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink. Set the meat aside and add 2 TBS of Olive Oil to the pan and reheat.

Lay out two plates and a shallow bowl.

In the shallow bowl beat one egg. In the first plate add about 1/2 cup of flour. In the second add an equal amount of Panko breadcrumbs.

Dip an eggplant slice into the egg, coat lightly with flour and then Panko. Fry each slice until golden brown on both sides.

Layer in a shallow, oven proof casserole a bed of the eggplant, topped with lamb mixture and a healthy dollop of prepared spaghetti sauce. Top with the second layer of eggplant, more sauce and some crumbled feta cheese. Spray the whole with some more Olive Oil cooking spray.

Either broil the result for 4 minutes (until the cheese looks a little brown) or bake in a 350ºF oven for 20-25 minutes.

Served with Romaine leaves and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing and a dry red wine.

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Free and Easy Culture for a Day

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For the event, museums and cultural institutions around the country borrow a page from the playbook of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and let in visitors free of charge.

What could be better in a recession than the chance to surround yourself with beauty at no charge. Plan a very easy and elegant day of it and save your money for a delightful luncheon.

(Via Stuart Elliott’s In Advertising.)

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