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Camping Anyone?



I am not a camper, but this snappy little camper is cute enough to make me re-think my stance on sleeping outdoors.

The teardrop camper was an instant classic when it first hit the American highway in the 1940s.  Often hand built in neighborhood garages from surplus war materials, the teardrop was a personal statement. 

Silver Tears Campers expands the personal statement into a road epic. Unencumbered, you’ll travel light, but smart, with everything you need, and nothing you don’t.  Pull it with your Mini (I’ve gotta get one of these too!).  Maneuver it deftly through the woods to the creek bank. Fry trout in the open-air kitchen (I do love pan fried rainbow trout).  Rub your hands across the figured maple countertop. Read that novel in the light of the kerosene lantern.   Fall asleep to the sound of rain on the aluminum roof. Dream of tomorrow’s adventures. Get up and go. 


Dinner First!


I’d use flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, basil, and chives for the salad, but you can use any combination of your favorite herbs. Serve with lemon slices, if you like.

  • 4  (6-ounce) trout fillets
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2  cups  mixed fresh herbs
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt


1. Score skin side of fish. Sprinkle fish with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add fish, skin side down, to pan; cook 4 minutes or until skin is crisp. Turn fish over; cook 1 minute or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. 

2. Combine herbs, remaining 2 teaspoons oil, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; toss gently to coat. Serve salad over fish. 

Bon Appetit 

Cristal Saint-Louis

I love to cook almost as much as I love to set my table.  My collection started with a set of limoge I bought at an auction on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — 144 pieces of white limoge with a simple gold band.  It’s the proverbial black dress for the table.  I can dress it up — I can dress it down.  But when I selected my crystal I couldn’t say no to Crystal Saint-Louis.    

For my red wine glass, I choose Tommy.  Tommy is a highly decorated pattern which requires all of Saint Louis’ expertise in crystal etching. The entire surface of the crystal is expertly decorated with an infinite number of fine cuts which create stunning light reflections.  This pattern compliments Bubbles which I choose for my hock wine, as there are also little bubbles on Tommy’s bowl.  I like to pretend that Tommy passed down to me from my great-grandmother.  

But the more modern me added Bubbles hock wine glasses to my table.  I  love the pop of green in the summer or during the Holidays.

Founded in 1586, Saint-Louis Crystal is one of Europe’s oldest and most esteemed cristalleries.  Master artisans shape and embellish each piece entirely by hand, using techniques developed by the acclaimed glass maker over four centuries ago.  Through 500 years of glassmaking, Saint-Louis has created some of the world’s most beautiful stemware.  And some of it’s on my table!

What’s on your table?


TOP DRAWER:  Of the highest quality, importance, or rank, as in The musicians in this pick-up orchestra were top drawer. It probably alludes to the uppermost drawer in a bureau or chest, where the most valuable objects (such as jewelry) are usually kept. [c. 1900]

I’ve toyed with writing a blog for years and I’m finally ready to add my voice to the conversation.  Blog names have come and gone but one thing remained the same, I wanted to share the best, the top drawer of anything and everything.  Sometimes it might be my opinion, sometimes it might be the writer you’ve always admired or the chef you dreamed you’d be or the architect you’d hire to build your dream house or the designer who’d furnish it.

I started reading blogs about 3 years ago, long before any friends or colleagues knew what they were or where to find them.  I’m not sure how I stumbled upon my first blog or which one it was, but it lead me to new friends that shared my passion for design, cooking, travel, architecture and gardening.

It’s fair to say I’ve stalked many blogs, rarely leaving a comment, but I’ve always enjoyed where the conversations have taken me.  I’ve watched several of my favorites grow and watched others fade away.  Everyday I find a new blog to add to my reading list.  And I wonder if they will stay or go, or grow and thrive.  

So pull up a chair and grow with me  —  Top Drawer No. 3 — The top 3 of anything and everything.  Here we go!