March 21, 2017

Elderflower Smash

Today just happens to be one of those random Instagram Holidays that we love… #NationalFlowerDay! Apparently, it’s also now officially spring, which I find hard to believe since we had all that snow last week in NYC…

In true LMP fashion, we knew we had to make a cocktail to celebrate this floral Holiday, so our lovely intern, Natalie, helped me brainstorm dome ideas, and we settled on this delicious Elderflower Smash.

Here’s what you need:

-St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
-cocktail shaker

Here’s what to do:

1) Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and combine 4 oz. gin, 3 oz. elderflower liqueur, 6 dashes of bitters, juice of 1 lemon and 8-10 fresh mint leaves.

2) Shake up all ingredients until well combined.
3) Fill cocktail glasses with ice, and pour mixture from cocktail shaker over top of ice.

4) Add lemon wedge and sprig of mint to each glass, and serve.

Enjoy, and Happy National Flower Day!

xx, Abby
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March 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend With Simply Beautiful Eating

Green isn’t limited to shamrocks and leprechauns. At this epic spread, it’s the inspiration for a healthy, yet hearty lunch that offers a spread of crudités with green goddess dip, mini fruit-topped pavlovas, and iced green tea.

Here’s what comes to mind when I think about St. Patrick’s Day: loads of green food, rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks and of course, leprechauns. Even if you’re not Irish, you can create, style, cook, bake and host a gorgeous and elegant St. Patrick’s Day party!

This table offers a lush meets luxe dining experience. Think green and leafy intertwined with white and gold accents for your table settings. In keeping with the traditions of this theme, I used all of Martha’s recipes to blend together a wonderful, healthy lunch for family and friends.

One of the most eye-catching details at this table? The four-leaf clover napkins! Since this holiday is always fun and festive, I wanted to try my hand at napkin-folding. The only problem I have with this type of challenge is following instructions. This was a perfect job for my husband to tackle. (I bet you didn’t know that he is an expert napkin folder. Now you do!) He has so much more patience when it comes to tasks like this, it’s wonderful. Here’s how!

One thing I loved doing for an anniversary party I hosted recently, was a DIY garland for the table runner. It was super easy, reasonably priced, and packed a punch as a focal point for a simply beautiful centerpiece. For this garland, I included frisée (pronounced “free-ZAY”), which is used to refer to a variety of endive with curly, pale green or yellow-ish leaves. I created the garland with an edible factor, which is also appealing to the eye.

Let’s get back to the food. I chose these recipes carefully, based on three ingredient colors: green, white, and a pop of gold. For a quick appetizer, I created a wonderful crudité platter with green goddess dip.

My main course dishes were super healthy, green, and packed with protein. A warm quinoa and chicken salad, baby bok choy with ginger and garlic plus a refreshing salad with buttermilk dressing.

Don’t forget a signature mocktail. I served a cool and refreshing iced green tea with cucumber, which paired perfectly with the meal.

Lastly, dessert was easy: mini pavlovas garnished with fruit and a fresh herb that kept the St. Patrick’s day theme going — green grapes, kiwi, and mint.

Wishing you a pot of gold and all the joy your heart can hold.

Here are some quick tips for hosting this party:

Get festive with your food, think green and clean.

Showcase your creativity by cutting foods into pretty themed shapes. For example, a green pepper sliced width-wise looks exactly like a shamrock or four-leaf clover.

Give your tablescape a focal point, like the DIY garland.

Incorporate traditional with a modern twist: a four-leaf clover napkin, gold drinking straws, confetti and a menu filled with color themed food.

Include a signature “green” drink.

Have fun!

Author/Photographer/Stylist: Debi Traub | @simplybeautifuleating created exclusively for

Martha Stewart Living

Party props: Little Miss Party

Tableware, Props: Pier 1 Imports

Florals: Irene’s Floral

Tableware, Props: HomeSense (U.S. readers can shop similar product at HomeGoods)

View all recipes by clicking on the pictures above

xx, Debi
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March 14, 2017

St. Paddy’s Day Spiked Shamrock Shake

Now that St. Paddy’s Day is almost here, not only am I seeing ads for McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes everywhere, but pretty much everyone I know has expressed their craving for one to me within the past few weeks.

Personally, I’ve never had one, but there’s gotta be a reason for all the hype, right? I decided to try my hand at a boozy version of one, and I gotta say, it turned out pretty delicious.  You guys will have to be the judges as to whether or not it is as good as the original!

Here’s what you need:
-vanilla ice cream
-mint simple syrup (recipe below)
-green food coloring
-fresh mint
-maraschino cherries
-whipped cream

Here’s you need for the mint simple syrup:
-fresh mint
-small saucepan
-fine mesh strainer

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan.
2) Add sprig of mint to saucepan, ripping up to release flavor.
3) Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce to a simmer, leaving on stove top for 2 minutes.

4) Remove saucepan from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.
5) Once thoroughly steeped, pour mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer to remove mint leaves.

Now, you’re ready to make your shakes!

Here’s what to do:
1) In blender, combine 4 cups vanilla ice cream, 2 oz. of whisky, 1 oz. of your mint simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of milk, and food coloring.  Blend until shake reaches your desired thickness.

2) Add drops of food coloring as needed until you reach your desired shade of green.

3) Once you are satisfied, pour shake into each glass.

4) Top with whipped cream, a cherry, and a sprig of mint.

Add a straw, and sip away.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day… Stay green!

xx, Abby
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March 8, 2017

How to host a brunch with a Savory Crêpes Bar

We were so spoiled when our friend Jennifer of Crêpes à la Maison asked if we’d like for her and her chef JC to come over and set up a Crêpes bar in our office….

We were like YES!  We’ll invite our friends, bring it!

Well did Jen ever bring it.  She lugged over a huge Crêpes machine, her adorable French chef and a variety of fresh ingredients to top with.

Chef got to work very quickly and whipped up a custom crepe for each of our guests. Some with ham, some with eggs, some with ratatouille that Jen made the night before!

My favorite part was being able to top each Crêpes with the toppings of my choice. I love the taste of fresh herbs all over my food and I just love love the spicy bite you get from scallions.

Everyone was ooohing and aaaaahing, just as you do when you indulge in French food.

What a fabulous tradition and delicious meal for a friendly lunch or a festive celebration.

We love you Jen! You are welcome over with Chef JC ANYTIME!

Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
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February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras Bourbon Milk Punch

Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, is one of those Holidays that I didn’t really learn to appreciate and celebrate until I was older… aka once I was 21.

I went to New Orleans for the first time a few months ago with my Dad and we had an absolute blast! I had always heard about how fun of a city it was, but seeing it myself was an entirely new experience.

That’s why, when Seri suggested that we celebrate Mardi Gras at LMP, I was so excited to mix up something delicious.  Unfortunately, I was sick yesterday and had to stay home, so Seri took the reins and made and took photos of this Milk Punch for me to show you guys.

Here’s what you need:
-1 oz. bourbon
-1 oz. dark rum
-1 tsp. sugar
-2 dashes vanilla extract
-5 oz. whole milk

Here’s what you do:
1) Add ice to fill each cocktail glass.
2) Over ice, combine bourbon, dark rum, sugar, vanilla extract and milk in each cocktail glass.  Stir gently to combine ingredients.

3) Sprinkle nutmeg on top of each glass for garnish.

You can serve this cocktail with traditional King Cakes for a Mardi Gras brunch.  Deck yourselves out with some purple, gold and green, and enjoy!

Until next week!

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats.

xx, Abby
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