I’m just back from Italy, where I had pinzimonio for dinner 3 times in 2 weeks. It’s nothing more than beautifully cut and served raw vegetables served with oil, vinegar and salt.
It can be as hard to find a great denim skirt as it is a pair of jeans. I really like the versatility of this front fold denim skirt by Victoria Beckham’s newly launched Denim line (not as short as it looks on this tall model!). $340 at Neiman Marcus.
Jennifer Aniston is the co-owner of a hot skin care company called Living Proof—they just introduced the latest miracle potion that the press has been calling, “Spanx for the eye.” At $500 for a 7-week dose (available through your dermatologist), I’ve heard that Neotensil really works. To be precise, it works for 16-hours post-application, after which you turn back into a pumpkin!
Don’t let summer end without this lovely patio dress from LemLem. Featuring work of authentic Ethiopian weavers, a purchase also serves to preserve this lost art. ($311)
Anti-bra protest, California c. 1969
If you can’t get to the east coast for a real Shake Shack burger, here is the next best thing! You can always order your potato buns from Martin’s. This recipe is from a wonderful food blog called Serious Eats.
- 8 ounces beef sirloin, trimmed of gristle, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 ounces well-marbled beef chuck, trimmed of gristle, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 ounces well-marbled beef brisket, fat cap intact, trimmed of gristle, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 Martin’s Sandwich Rolls
- 4 tablespoons Shack Sauce (recipe follows)
- 4 leaves of green-leaf lettuce, clipped
- 8 center-cut slices ripe plum tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- 4 slices yellow American cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 4 slices kosher dill pickle
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch cayenne pepper
Place feed shaft, blade, and 1/4-inch die of meat grinder in freezer until well-chilled. Meanwhile, place meat chunks on rimmed baking sheet, leaving space between each piece and place in freezer for 10 minutes until meat is firm, but not frozen.
Combine meat in large bowl and toss to combine. Pass meat through grinder twice. Form into four disks, about 2-inches tall, and 2.5-inches wide. Refrigerate until ready for use.
Open buns but do not split hinge. Brush lightly with butter, then place under broiler or in toaster oven until golden brown, about 1 minute. Spread 1 tablespoon Shack Sauce on top half of each bun (for true authenticity, squirt out of squeeze bottle into three lines, three passes on each line). Place 1 leaf lettuce and 2 slices tomato on top half of each bun.
Using wadded-up paper towel, rub inside of heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet with vegetable oil, then place over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke. Season beef pucks on top side with salt and pepper, then place, seasoned side down, in skillet. Using back of heavy, flat spatula, press down on beef pucks firmly to form 4-inch round patties, being careful not to let it stick to bottom of spatula. Season top side with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp brown crust has formed, about 2-minutes.
Carefully scrape patties from skillet, and flip. Top each patty with 1 slice American cheese. Cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute longer. Transfer patties to burger bun bottoms, close sandwiches, and serve.
Shack Sauce: Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth, scraping down sides of blender with rubber spatula as necessary. Makes about 3/4 cup sauce.