Food & Wine

Victoria July - August 2017

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

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1 min.
dear friends

The very mention of the word summer has me thinking of slow-paced, relaxed months with time for entertaining friends, completing vacation plans, and simply enjoying being outdoors. For my family, the true test of its arrival is finding juicy, sweet seasonal fruits at the local farm stand. Nothing is more fitting than celebrating with sun-kissed peaches and watermelons. I have discovered that porch entertaining is such an easy way to gather a congenial group and create wonderful memories. By moving the festivities out of the house, you can treat yourself and guests to nature’s beauty and the magical sounds of songbirds. We gathered several favorite summer-fresh recipes, including my favorite, petite pies filled with ripe strawberries, and had a marvelous party on a bunting-adorned porch—a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth…

1 min.

Take a closer look at some of our favorite July/August features: Fresh-Picked Provisions On the lovely isle of Nantucket, Kaity Farrell and husband, Jacob, harvest the produce the area offers to create delectable farm-to-table culinary fare. Preserving a Legacy Since 1998, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company has been dedicated to sustaining agricultural heritage. Today, it is the largest supplier of nineteenth-century seeds. Treasures in Parma Each year, more than sixty thousand collectors flock to Italy for Mercanteinfiera, Europe’s premier antiques exhibition. A Delicious Indulgence What could be sweeter than peaches in summer? Victoria’s recipe developers present a delectable menu of nature’s most ambrosial fruit. We love your ideas! Do you have any suggestions about something you’d like to see in the magazine? If so, e-mail us at victoriamagazine@hoffmanmedia.com. SEE MORE V ON THE WEB at victoriamag.com Look for this symbol throughout the…

5 min.
endless summer

The most memorable summer vacation of my life happened on the white sands of Alys Beach over Labor Day weekend in 2014. I found the beach ready to give me long-awaited answers to several decades of searching. I rented an adult tricycle and rode through the magical, storybook streets in the evenings to savor the moonlight bouncing off the white facades of the houses while relishing the sounds of fountains. With instrumental music playing on headphones, I would find myself falling asleep in the Adirondack chairs under a blanket of stars winking their knowing into my surrender. A major decision in my life happened quickly, peacefully, and excitedly on that wonderful Florida beachscape. It was a time for shift, and poetry began to flow in my heart during that beautiful…

4 min.
changing acts

“We all long to be part of something larger than our own lives … to feel connected in a warmer , more concentrated way.” Every other year, the town I live in puts on a variety show. This year the local grocer was master of ceremonies; the new internist in town was Goddess of Love; and the Jones sisters, who are now too elderly to be part of the more strenuous dance acts, were Liberty Ladies, who waved at the audience from behind a cutout cardboard horse and buggy during the Fourth of July number. Everyone who wants to be in the show gets a part. When I first moved here, I signed up, mostly to prove my good intentions, and was put into an act with seven other women. We wore…

1 min.
the watercolor garden

Looking to botanical artists such as Maria Sibylla Merian and Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Carolyne sought to learn the art form yet set aside the scientific lens, which, for those illustrators, was the focal point. But, “that [approach] was not where my heart was,” she says. “I wanted to use my flowers as inspiration, make my butterflies and insects big and out of scale.” In a pursuit that has become a form of meditation, she looks to Merian for inspiration. “Despite her scientific intentions, Maria was a great visual fantasist,” Carolyne writes in At Home in the Garden, “and her pictures inspired me to put together elements from my garden in ways that are less literal and more playful and narrative-rich.” Look for Carolyne’s paintings, now available on note-cards, at carolyneroehm.com.…

2 min.
kissed by the sun