Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

House Colors: Gray, White, Green or Black

Posted on | July 28, 2010 | 27 Comments

Greg and I gathering references to get our roof redone. In the meantime I’m snapping photos around town of potential roof colors. This morning I realized I’ve never shown photos of my potential house colors which to me totally relates to the roof color.

My two favorite houses in town are a shade of gray with dark shutters and white trim. The house above is gray/brown with dark green shutters. How cute is the whale over the front door? The cobblestone driveway is pretty awesome too! The second just a block away from my house is dark gray, white trim, with black shutters. See a photo of inside this house here (my fav wallpaper). Both color combos are traditional but feel a little dressier with contrasting dark shutters.

Update: The second house in this post recently got painted. Click here to view and find out the exact paint color to try yourself.

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Recipe: Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Posted on | July 27, 2010 | 19 Comments

It’s zucchini season in New England. I picked up a bunch of zucchini blossoms from my local farmer’s market over the weekend. I’ve never actually stuffed my own but I have spotted recipes a hundred times in magazines and online. Then, last week I was watching a Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie where this amazing Italian women was frying up a few—I’ve been dreaming about them ever since.

The process is pretty simple. Cut off the stems from each of the blossoms, make a small slice down the side of the blossom, remove the stamen, and give the flowers a cold water rinse. After reading a few different recipes I came up with my own adaption of the cheese stuffing. Ricotta is usually the base and other cheeses and herbs are added. Stuff each blossom with your cheese mixture, taking care to fold the petal over the hole for a nice seal. Dredge in an egg/flour mixture. Heat skillet with a substantial amount of olive oil for frying—about an inch. Fry three or four blossoms at a time. They are delicate so try not to overcrowd them. Remove from oil and top with fresh grated Parmesan. Enjoy!

Cheese Mixture
1 cup of fresh ricotta (I used Narragansett Creamery’s Renaissance Ricotta, amazing!)
1/2 cup feta
2 handfuls of flat leaf parsley
1 handful of basil

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