Haute Homemade: Create Custom Clothes

BLAME “PROJECT RUNWAY” — or maybe a fashion budget that’s gone auf Wiedersehen — for the current craze of embellishing T-shirts, turning old keys into jewelry and stitching vintage men’s ties into skirts. Even if you don’t own a sewing machine — or know how to knit — it’s easy to create custom clothes that […]

Shelf-Made: Guides to DIY Clothing

WANT TO GET started trimming, sewing or bedazzling clothing and accessories? These books offer a runway’s worth of guidance. » “Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things With Old Sweaters” ($16, Quarry Books): That shapeless cardigan you’ve been rocking since college needs reviving — stat Worry not: With crafty Stefanie Girard attending, your out-of-style, shrunken […]

The Cook of Love: Valentine's Day Tips For Dining A Deux

CALL IT A romance of star-crossed plates. Mike Hartnett‘s first attempt at cooking a romantic meal for girlfriend Devin loops endlessly in his head, a love disaster on par with the final scene of “Romeo and Juliet.” “I didn’t really know how to cook much at the time, but I thought it would be fun […]

Recipe for a Sizzling Setup: Ingredients for a Gourmet Kitchen

TO A GENERATION that DVRs shows on Food Network, the old kitchen standards (stainless-steel microwaves, granite-like countertops) are mere starting points. The area’s ritziest kitchens offer an assortment of upmarket perks sure to make home chefs — and resale-conscious buyers — swoon. » Gas Stove: In the kitchen, a gas range separates the serious cooks […]

An Essential Ingredient: Gourmet Kitchens

IF IT’S FOOTBALL season and the Steelers are playing, chances are decent that Logan Circle resident Noah Raizman is whipping up tailgating treats for 20 or 30 friends. A surgical resident by day but home chef and amateur mixologist by hobby, Raizman’s football parties — complete with “big, hearty dishes people can tuck into,” from […]

You'll Be in Nog Heaven: Classic or New-Wave Eggnog Brings Cheer at This Time of Year

AT SEASONAL SOIREES, good tidings often come ladled from an eggnog bowl. But all too often, the host slings store-bought, from-a-carton-stuff that packs a bah-humbug punch. “Most eggnog is incredibly boring,” says Kara Newman, spirits scribe and author of “Spice & Ice” ($17, Chronicle). “It’s a comfort food we consume out of tradition. The challenge: […]

'Tis a Gift to Give to Others: Washington Workplaces Give Back

AWKWARD SECRET SANTA gift swaps. Breathless chatter about the size — or lack — of year-end bonuses. Feigned admiration for the plastic Christmas tree. At some Washington workplaces, you can add charity donation drives and community service blitzes to the seasonal checklist. Though December do-goodery has long been a corporate hallmark, these days, work-sponsored good […]

Gift Guide 2009: Got Present Tensions?

SANTA HAS IT easy. The big elf gets people (often under 10) to just tell him, by letter or lap communication, what they want for Christmas or whichever holiday they mark. But for the rest of us, in an age of gift cards, experiential presents and more variations on the Kindle than there are books […]