Check out our newbisodes unrehearsed and interactive cooking segments with Chef Lea and newbies where she guides them through recipes and demonstrates basic cooking skills. “I never know what questions they’ll ask or what’s going to happen from one moment to the next. I think viewers will appreciate the authenticity.”

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Video Bite: Casbah Cool Tablescape

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Read Full Feature in Nesting Newbies Magazine, Issue No. 4
Casbah Cool Grill Tablescape-Jeannie Fraise styles a modern Moroccan table with a nesting theme at the Thomas Fogarty estate.

For this table, Jeannie Fraise of Lotus Bleu creates a modernscape with a Moroccan splash.

Jeannie chose a hot pink and steel gray color palette with soft, green accents. She and her design assistant, Allie Bruch, built the dining area layer by layer, beginning with a green-and-white-striped dhurrie rug by Madeline Weinrib. They rented and pushed together two children’s banquet tables (6’L x 30”W x 21”H) and used a gray tablecloth from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental topped with a printed cotton tablecloth by John Robshaw. The duo added placemats, dishware, napkins, flatware, cushions, and votives using items available through Lotus Bleu, including pieces by Madeline Weinrib, John Robshaw, Muskhane, Katherine Rally, Thomas Paul, and glassybaby. They placed a colorful collection of Lotus Bleu lacquerware (Jeannie designs and manufactures them in Vietnam), and sprinkled around small side tables from Oomph and Casamidy to hold nibbles and wine, so nothing was far from reach.

Opening Photo By: Natalie Wi
Video By: James Burkart

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Video Bite: How To Make Baklapops

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Read Full Feature in Nesting Newbies Magazine, Issue No. 4
How To Make Baklapops-Watch and learn to make your own crunchy, nutty, cinnamony, sugary bits of heaven with Chef Lea McIntosh!

Traditional baklava is a Middle Eastern nut-filled phyllo-dough pastry, made in sheets that are cut and served brownie-style. “I think that people want to enjoy pastries and desserts without over doing it,” says Lea. “BaklaPops are perfect, one-bite indulgences! And what doesn’t look cute on a stick?” Serve them for dessert at your next dinner party, wrap them up individually in cellophane and a bow as a perfect party favor, or bring them with you as your contribution to a potluck. They’re a make-ahead convenience, too as these treats store well at room temperature for several days.

“The recipe is very easy to make,” Lea notes. “But there are many steps involved; so, it may look intimidating…but don’t let that stop you from giving them a try. There is sweet reward at the end…and just one bite will convince you that baking from scratch is worth the effort.”

So, don your apron, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy! Chef Lea’s step-by-step video instruction will guide you through the process…Bon Appetweet!

Opening Photo By: Rio Costantini
Video By: James Burkart

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