Liz: It's dairy free, it's vegetarian, it's vegan and it's magically delicious...

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup Care of Food52

This soup might seem plain, but trust us. Paul Bertolli, who was at the helm of Chez Panisse and Oliveto for over 20 years, knows exactly how to make a vegetable become the best it can be. This recipe comes from Cooking by Hand, Bertolli's IACP award-winning book of recipes and essays, and makes for a soup that's delicate, sweet, and smooth as a flannel scarf.

Serves 8

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (6 ounces), sliced thin
  • 1 head very fresh cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds), broken into florets
  • Salt, to taste
  • 5 1/2 cups water, divided
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Warm the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Sweat the onion in the olive oil over low heat without letting it brown for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower, salt to taste, and 1/2 cup water. Raise the heat slightly, cover the pot tightly and stew the cauliflower for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Then add another 4 1/2 cups hot water, bring to a low simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes uncovered.
  3. Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender to a very smooth, creamy consistency. Let the soup stand for 20 minutes. In this time it will thicken slightly.
  4. Thin the soup with 1/2 cup hot water. Reheat the soup. Serve hot, drizzled with a thin stream of extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

Liz: This post is all Jane. She calls me an Armadillo (and others have likened my feet to those of a Balinese fire walker) because she thinks I never moisturize (I do) but I certainly do not sleep in gloves and socks (I'm sure your husband loves that, Jane).  

Jane: I promise you this is the easiest trick in the world and you will thank me! When I take yoga, I can barely concentrate on my poses because I am so distracted by the cracked feet around me. I'm here to tell you it's not necessary. Just follow these 3 simple steps to soft hands and feet. The first and most important step is the lemon. I learned this from Aida Bicaj, who is the best aesthetician in NYC (fer reals). Sqeeze the lemon on your hands. You know, on the top of  your hands - where your age shows (!!) not on your palms. Get it all over your cuticles. Lemon acts like a serum. It opens the skin so the cream can really get in there. Step two: slather on that cream. I use all of the above creams and they all work. Of course I worship my Valmont (gold standard) but sometimes I feel like using good old reliable Aquaphor. The magic is really the lemons and the gloves. Final step: slide those slippery hands into your cotton gloves and go to sleep. When you wake up you will not believe the difference. The same 3 steps work just as well for feet. Any old socks will do. You're Welcome!!!

Figue Military Jacket
Jane: I'm not gonna lie, I know these jackets are pricey but as our mother would say, "Jane, that jacket owes you NOTHING!". What she means by that is that I literally wear mine every day: as outerwear, under my winter coat, with a vest on top, with a big cardigan under... There is no outfit that isn't just a wee bit better with my Figue military jacket. They are all one of a kind so you won't see yourself comin' and goin'.

Li-lac Chocolates
$ your choice
Liz: Here is the thing, We live in New York City where there is no shortage of fancy chocolatiers. I have a bunch of faves but Li-lac is the one that I schlep to Grand Central for to get my fix. Jane's obsessed with the dark choclate pretzels. Personally, I'm all about the milk chocolate peanut clusters.

Photocube Printer
I love me some Shutterfly but sometimes I just want to plug that thing in and get my pictures ASAP. 'Nuff said. Oh and if you are not yet loving Fancy, you should be.


Liz: It is so cold in the freezing big apple these days that I just want to hibernate until spring. Nothing is better than a night home alone where I can let is all hang out and catch up on "House of Cards". Entre nous - Jane lives in pajamas. And when I say "lives in" I mean if you bump into her on the street on any given day you may catch sight of a pajama tail hanging out from under her sweater."

Jane:  Liz, I can't belive you just outed me! Anyway, I love a night in when I can let all my favorite products really luxuriate on my skin and not worry about having to put makeup on. I often put an imaginary "do not disturb" sign around my neck for my family to respect. No need with these socks!!