I love this book on so many levels I don’t know where to start. First I adore the author, font maker, and mixologist Stuart Sandler. In addition to his cool cocktails his book really showcases all of his Font Diner fonts. I love retro things. Especially mid-century. Derek Yaniger’s retro illustrations are amazing. I [...]


Corn Soup

by rae on May 15, 2014

Harmony Valley Farm Sweet Corn Soup – L’Etoile Restaurant 3 T butter 2 large yellow onions, peeled and julienned (cut like matchsticks) 1 T salt 1/2 t black pepper 1 T sugar 1/4 t red pepper flakes 12 ears sweet corn, shucked and corn cut from the cob 3 cups cream 3 cups whole milk [...]


2 books and 1 movie

by rae on January 7, 2014

  I won’t even go on about how cold it is in Wisconsin. We know it is cold everywhere. I say stay in and read and watch movies! Here are 2 books by Ruth Ozeki that I just read. And enjoyed both. She has another book that is now on my list. A teenage girl [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

this was my book club book this month. I found it really interesting and equally sad and informative. I had no idea what happens in a women’s prison. With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

beautiful ruins by jess walter

by rae on October 21, 2013

fun read and it does open like a movie. Not to mention I love the cover art and typography. They give a movie poster feel from that era. Also on the 100 Notable Books, Book Review for 2012 by The New York Times. It is April 1962. A beautiful blond American actress, a dying beautiful [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

what’s on the drawing board

by rae on September 10, 2013

  RSVP Brush is still on the drawing board or more accurately the iPad and computer. I have been working on this and my website all Summer long. I am at the kerning and the adding of additional open type characters stage. That means I am able to see the end. The nice part is [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

code name verity by elizabeth wein

by rae on September 9, 2013

  this is my book club book for this month. It is young adult historical literature. And once I got into it could barely put it down. It takes place during WWII and it made me once again wish my Dad was still here. He was a radio operator in that war. I would have [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

gone girl by gillian flynn

by rae on August 19, 2013

  a chilling page turner. I had trouble putting it down. Ice-pick-sharp ¦ Spectacularly sneaky ¦ Impressively cage ¦ Gone Girl is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with even if, as in Amy’s case, they are already departed. [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

quiet by susan cain

by rae on June 6, 2013

this is our current car trip book. It is amazing. I, of course, really like this book because I am an introvert. My hubby is more of an extrovert. So we are enjoying listening and stopping the tape to discuss. This month we have 3 little car trips so this is really good for that [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

new Paris books

by rae on April 29, 2013

  you can never have too many Paris books. I am finding this one really intriguing because it is almost all illustrations. Really nice detailed line drawings. The kind you can look at and study for a long time. It is a nice over-sized almost square format which is quite satisfying too. I am like [...]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }