Thursday, June 30, 2011

Microwave Egg Cooker

Looking for a colorful way to start your morning?  Look no further than Megg the Egg Cooker.  We all know mornings can be hectic and stressful, but with Megg (which stands for Micro Egg) you can have a delicious, protein filled breakfast or snack in 45 seconds or less.  Make them anyway you like or let your kids prepare their own snack.  These little microwave egg cookers are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and made in France.  Better yet?  They're budget friendly too at only $6.00 each.

Megg Egg Cooker Directions
Prepare your eggs perfectly in the microwave: soft boiled, semi soft boiled, scrambled, meurette, coquotte, Benedict, or hard boiled.
1.  Crack open the egg and drop into Megg (or called micro egg) Discard the egg shell.
2.  Poke a hole in the egg yolk.  Add any seasonings desired.  Twist the lid back on to your Megg.
3.  Put Megg into the microwave at full power for as long as your cooking method calls (see the list below).

Cooking Times
Soft Boiled Egg: 25 seconds
Semi Soft Boiled Egg: 35 seconds
Hard Boiled Egg" 45 seconds.
Any egg with heavy cream added: add 5 seconds to cooking time

Tasting Tips
Chef Bernard Raymond offers these cooking tips for add in's to make your eggs extra yummy.
-Half a teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese
-A teaspoon of ketchup and/or tabasco sauce
-A teaspoon of old fashioned mustard and chopped parsley
-A teaspoon of heavy cream
-Shrimp and Dill

Bon appetite!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hostess Gifts with a French Flair

Europeans love their color!  They're not afraid to accent their kitchens with bright colors and fun designs.  So for the next hostess gift you find yourself giving, look to the French for inspiration.  Here are my top five favorite hostess gift ideas.

1.  A Chic Apron - Our Cuistot Aprons are durable, well constructed cotton, and feel as good on as they look on the hook.  If your hostess loves to bake or cook, she'd love a poppy colored apron.  Shown above in green and black.  Also available in select other colors and prints.  $70 each.

2.  Pretty Dishtowels - We all have dishtowels in our kitchen, but think back to the last time you actually treated yourself to some new, pretty designed towels.  Chances are your hostess hasn't either.  Try the Cuistot Green Jacquard Dishcloth, $17 (Shown above left) in green, fuschia, or black.

3.  Fancy Soap - Treat your hostess to some gourmet, made in France dish soap.  This little Soap and Brush Block, $27, comes complete with the soap and built in bristles.  (Shown on the chair, above) Created by Aquamanile and made by Marius Fabre, one of the last savonneries de Marseille that still uses the coulee method, a traditional manufacturing technique that guarantees the soap's purity and quality. 

4. Candles - visiting your hostess for a very short time or don't know her very well?  Candles are an excellent gift.  They're simple, chic, and inexpensive.  If you don't know your host's candle scent preference opt for a fun color or design in a scentless candle.  These pretties above, clockwise from top center, Small Cylindrical Candle, $10 each, MMI Pink Bird Candle, $21, and Malibu Kiwi Candle, $7 each.

5.  If you're looking for a hostess gift that is personable and something to be used and treasured often, look to European breakfast cups.  These large coffee cups are perfect for sipping coffee with the morning paper or on the back porch during a summer evening.  Best yet?  They come in beautiful gift boxes so all you have to do is pick up and go.  One of my favorite breakfast cups are from the Tanganyika collection (shown above).  Breakfast Cup Gift Set of Two, $58. 

Regardless of what hostess gift you select, don't forget that it's the thought that counts and your hostess will be flattered that you thought of her.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Picnic Gear

Summer has officially started!  The weather is warming up, the classical concerts in the park opened last weekend, so it is officially okay to plan those summer picnics and beach outings.  Check out some of our favorite and must have summer essentials!  No picnic would be complete without a glass of your favorite vino.  Make sure your precious wine bottle gets to your picnic, concert, or bbq in style with this insulated Break Isothermal Wine Tote, $19.  Also available in a double bottle style that carries two bottles for $25.

Being environmentally friendly by using cloth napkins never looked as chic.  Cloth napkins come in gorgeous and bright colors and patterns and are sure to brighten your day.  Shown above, Legend Moss Linen napkin (solid green in napkin ring), $11 each, Pirouette Moss Napkin (solid green, folded), $9 each, and Nature Enchante Napkin (print), $15 each.  Having a backyard picnic?  Go all out with lighted candles, napkin rings, and poppy contrasting colored flatware.  Shown above, Zubul Butterfly Napkin Rings, $45 set of six assorted colors, and Phenomene Table Fork in Raspberry, $9.

What picnic would be complete without a chic insulated tote?  I love this Break Isothermal Small Bag, $18, for it's retro inspired colors.  Also available in a larger picnic basket for $179.  Perfect for the party of one or some.

Beach outings can get windy, so make sure that table cloth stays in place with fun Table Cloth Weights, $23 set of four.  Available in Orange (shown above), Lemon, or Tomato shapes.

If you're worried about wine bottle drips on those pretty table cloths, you'll love these.  Haltogout Wine Servers, $16 set of two.  They're petite, flexible wine spouts to prevent drips and spills.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

National Candy Month & Pretty Candy Dishes

Who knew?  June is National Candy Month!  It's a fabulous excuse to eat candy, and as Chicagoans, we certaintly aren't short on sweet treats.  We have Frango, Garrett's Popcorn, Ferrera Pan, and a few others in our area.  But where's a candy affectionado to stash all their treats?  Traditional candy dishes are great, but don't be afraid to think outside the box for unusual and beautiful candy containers.  Here are some of our favorite dishes to stash your favorite treats in..and they're all sugar bowls!  The perfect size and shape for holding little candies.  So go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth this month. 

Above, this pretty porcelain dish translates to "Love is always a journey."  L'amour est toujours du voyage Sugar Bowl, $37.  Check out some of my other favorite dishes for hiding chocolates and more, below. 
Lignato  $32.
Limited quantity available.

Un Patio a cordoue, $43.

Tanganyika, $52 each
Features different images front and back.
Limited quantity available.
 What's your favorite candy and where do you stash it?
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome to Our Blog


Thank you for visiting the Genevieve Lethu Chicago blog!  We're excited to have a blog to share all our inspirations, recipes, and favorite products with you.  Here's a little about us:

We are located in Chicago on Michigan Avenue, in the 900 North Shops. We are the first U.S. location of this gorgeous French tabletop designer which is based in France and was founded in 1972.  Our philosophy is cooking for pleasure and setting a beautiful table, everyday.  We specialize in beautiful and functional cookware, tabletop dishes, glasses, and decorating accessories like crystal candlesticks, linen table cloths, candles, and more.  Learn our whole story here.

I'm Kirsten, I'll be your guide through all the napkins, recipes, tablescapes, gift ideas, etiquette questions and more!  Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any of your questions, stories, thoughts, or comments.  You can reach us via email at

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Coming Soon!


Welcome to Genevieve Lethu Chicago!  We are excited to bring you a new blog featuring the only Genevieve Lethu location in the United States.  Join us as we share the finest in French table top, the philosophy of cooking for pleasure, and setting a beautiful table, everyday!


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