Sally Schneider

Wabi-Sabi Lesson: Broken Blossom with Rubber Bands (+ haiku)

At dinner at photographer Ellen Silverman's house, I noticed a beautiful on-the-verge-of-flowering Amaryllis plant on her kitchen island...and next to it her clever, fast save of a cluster of buds that had broken off. It was as beautiful as the plant itself and embodied the elusive quality of wabi-sabi.

Read More 12.1.16 | 2:37am
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Ikea’s Stylish Frosta Stool is BACK to Hack and Embellish

I have had a set of four Ikea stacking stools for years. The $14 version of the iconic $500 vintage Alvar Aalto stool has done stylish double-duty as extra seating, side table, surface for projects… in a number of ...

Read More 11.29.16 | 1:34pm
Sally Schneider

Gifts for Eaters and Cooks via Sally and The Splendid Table

Wondering what to give cooks and eaters on your list over the holidays? Check out my interview with Melissa Clark on the great Splendid Table, airing around the country this week. To read more about the swell time-tested finds — both bought and made yourself —, follow these links.

Read More 11.27.16 | 6:31pm

Thanksgiving Special: The Alien Comic Counts Blessings

What should we be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? The Alien Comic, one of the most original, whole-hearted and daring people I have ever met, gives us a full run down, bringing new appreciation to things we almost certainly take for granted.

Read More 11.23.16 | 2:40am
Beatriz de Costa

Two Cranberry Sauces, One Complex, One Simple

Although I've had many cranberry sauces in my food-wandering days, I am partial to cooked ones that exploit cranberries' best qualities: an abundance of tannic red-fruit tartness and pectin that releases when the fruit softens to form a thick, jammy sauce. Here are two favorites.

Read More 11.22.16 | 1:00pm
Tony Feher, photo by Sally Schneider

A Blessing for Creatives for All Kinds (John O’Donohue)

A gift via email has fueled us ever since we received it: a blessing from poet and philosopher John O’Donohue's superb book Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. We find it to be the perfect first-thing-in-the-morning reading, and deeply heartening and calming anytime, so we've made a pdf you can download.

Read More 11.21.16 | 2:25am

How to Have Patience (Mira Keras)

Last summer I fought long and hard for a new prosthetic leg after a surgery drastically changed the shape of my residual limb. Getting a new prosthetic required dozens of hours of phone calls and pleading with insurance company phone reps. I was waiting in doctor’s offices and waiting on hold with my insurance company…and all this came while I was really waiting to heal. This extended lesson in patience actually helped me to be more patient with others.

Read More 11.16.16 | 2:37am