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Cooking Up a Color Story

With color on my mind, this past weekend I cooked up a dinner party and menu with a color theme - the red, white and green of the Mexican flag. Inspired by the cookbook, Frida's Fiesta's - Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera, I've been experimenting with the recipes and themes in the book. A very beautiful cookbook, the photos and stories are inspiring. The recipes. . . well, they remind me of my abuelita's (grandmother's) recipes, something very important is missing from most of them. The missing item is usually an ingredient, amount or technique that ranges between crucial to the success of the recipe to a minor taste problem. Maybe the recipe editor had more to do with this than Frida did, but nonetheless, reading her cookbook reminds me of my abuelita's passionate artistic temperament (she was a concert pianist and gifted chef). The recipes that my abuelita gave me were always more of a suggestion than a solution.

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Painting a Brown Accent Wall

Painting one wall a strongly different color than the others creates an accent wall. Only paint a accent wall if there is something on that wall or the architecture in that part of the room that you wish to emphasize. Click here to read more about accent walls.
How much brown is too much? When you have a lot of brown wood and still want more brown, I suggest that you choose an accent color that has brown (or a warm base color) in it, but is different from the wood.

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