Former fashion designer Carolyne Roehm is renowned for combining a keen appreciation of beauty with practical know-how. Now, with this gorgeously illustrated guide, readers can go behind the scenes of her memorable parties, learn her entertaining secrets, and visit the glamorous homes where she has dazzled her prominent guests.
Imparting fresh ideas and inspiration for knockout events on any budget, At Home with Carolyne Roehm follows the calendar’s seasons to provide year-round suggestions for place settings, floral arrangements, and menus. Emphasizing creativity and natural elements, Carolyne Roehm’s tips are not exclusively geared toward elegant functions: Picnics, cozy fireside meals for two, afternoon teas, and formal dinner parties are treated with equal verve. Drawing on ingredients and imagery appropriate for spring, summer, winter, and fall and all the major holidays, this handsome collection yields a trove of simple but sophisticated recipes along with perfect tabletop and decorative accents to accompany them. Biscuit sandwiches of Mustard-Glazed and Smoked Cheddar; Shrimp and White Bean Salad; Zucchini and Watercress Soup; and Fudgy Rum Chocolate Cake are just a few of the delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes. For successful festive occasions that friends and family will remember for years, from a grand New Year’s Eve gala to a spring brunch with a floral theme, At Home with Carolyne Roehm is itself glorious cause for celebration.
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Before launching her own line of couture clothes, Carolyn Roehm worked with Oscar de la Renta. The author of five previous books, she divides her time among her exquisite homes in New York City, Paris, and Connecticut, all of which are frequently featured in the media.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
SWEET POTATO PEAR SOUP
-a recipe from At Home With Carolyne Roehm-
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup chopped shallots
2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and minced
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup orange juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 Bartlett pears, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pear brandy
Zest of 1 lime
Simmer potatoes in chicken stock, until potatoes are cooked through. Meanwhile, over low heat,
saute shallots and ginger in 2 tablespoons butter for about 5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, reserving liquid. Puree potatoes, shallots, ginger, and reserved liquid with
an immersion blender or in a food processor (in batches). Process until smooth. Return soup
to pan and season with salt and pepper. Over medium heat, saute pears in the remaining 2
tablespoons butter for 5 minutes. Remove the pears from the stove and add the pear
brandy. Return the pears to the stove and flambé pears until the alcohol burns off. Add
pears and pan juices to the soup. Reheat soup. Pour into individual bowls and top with lime
Makes 6 servings
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