The flurries are sticking. The air is chilly. But your bed? Toasty as ever. We understand the struggle of crawling out of it on winter days. Which is why stocking it with the coziest, fluffiest materials possible is a must. Here, Rue Living Inspirers reveal what they love most about their own relaxing sleep spaces.
The Lifestyle Expert: Camille Styles
“With my jam-packed schedule, my bedroom needs to feel like a serene escape. High-thread-count sheets and ultra plush duvets mean snuggling into the covers with a good book and a cup of tea on wintry evenings.”
The Editor: Crystal Palecek
“The bedroom is typically the most personal space. It should be a stress-free haven ready to unwind in. I always invest in making my bed as comfortable as possible with quality sheets, a cashmere throw, and plenty of pillows.”
The Foodies: Merrill Stubbs & Amanda Hesser
Merrill writes, “We have a really comfortable bed with an organic cotton mattress, but my must-have bed element? My pillows. They’re the same kind you would find in a luxury hotel – heavenly.” Amanda can’t live without “feather pillows. At least four. But for sleeping? A memory-foam pillow that frames to my head.”
Visit the Rue Living page and pile up high-thread-count sheets, flannel, cashmere, and more.
By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer
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You’re throwing a party. The RSVPs are in and the menu is planned to the last appetizer. Separating you from the restaurateurs of the world? The dripless wine pour. “The key is the flick of the wrist,” says Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. Here’s to rescuing a season’s worth of tablecloths – and upping your status while you’re at it.
We know, Thanksgiving was a few days ago. But if you hosted a 25-pound turkey and a table of 15, and no one went home with a goodie bag, we bet you still have a few half-eaten casseroles in the fridge. Enter: Rue Foodies and Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, who have these eight easy-to-whip-up recipes starring two-day-old mashed potatoes, turkey, and stale bread. Sounds delicious, right? Just you wait.
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Even the most experienced of home cooks have produced a colossal kitchen flop or two, “like the time one of us mixed up baking powder and cornstarch,” write Rue Living Inspirers and Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. The solution? Make-ahead hors d’oeuvres and starters, which are guaranteed to impress even if the main course has gone awry. Here, seven picks from The Foodies.
Store-bought pie? Who can blame you – that beast of a turkey took some serious time. Your super sneaky (and easy) solution? Made-from-scratch toppers brought to us by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders of Food52 and our own Rue Living Inspirers.
Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue “We loved the idea of fondue made with chocolate and cajeta (a close cousin of dulce de leche), and when we saw that this recipe used coconut milk in the cajeta, well, there was no holding us back. The fondue is silken and almost custardy, punctuated with rum and vanilla and generously salted, the way we like caramel to be. Not surprisingly, it is quite rich and sweet, and we found our favorite dipping instrument ended up being salty, extra-dark pretzels.”