Do you know what’s better than caramelized shallots?  NOTHING ON THE PLANET EARTH EVER!  At least that’s what my mouth told me after I scarfed down this bowl of soup.  Yes, I scarfed it, but I shouldn’t have.  It’s not the kind of soup you should scarf down, because peeling sunchokes is laborious and caramelizing shallots just so takes time!  It’s the kind of soup you should eat delicately (no slurping!) with a pinky lifted.  Whilst drinking champagne and perhaps talking about current affairs.  But important current affairs like state of the housing market, not like Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian’s divorce.  Save that talk for a bowl of chili, OK? Happy eating!  xx- Sarah  {more after the jump}

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warm kale salad with caramelized shallots, pine nuts and apple

this is a post about salad, but before we dive into that kale goodness above lets talk about dining room tables.  because it’s pretty much all i can think about. and if i harass lou about it any more we may end up in counseling. last night we cleared all of the miscallaneous crap out of the dining room that was lingering since the move (only 5 months later!) and hung all our art. when the dust settled i realized that the perfect table for our room is one i have spent years lusting over!  it’s the saarinen tulip table (see it in spaces here and here). we picked up a vintage saarinen tulip side table years ago (for a steal because of a chip on one side that we happily cover up with a plant) and that white marble gem makes me happy every time i look at it, so can you even imagine my level of joy if we had 8 FEET OF IT IN OUR DINING ROOM!? i can, obviously.  and how pretty does food look on marble?  it tasted 40% better too (yes, i did eat off the side table. i have no shame). now we just need to stumble on one with a chip.  preferably on the underside. that shaves about $6500 off the price.  ok then. kale….

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