Quick Shrimp On The Barbie

While my husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, reigns supreme over the barbecue year round, in my mind, the technique of grilling, combined with the flavor of grilled foods, perfectly captures the ease and essence of summertime cooking. Here’s a family favorite that’s both simple and delicious. Enjoy! Love, Nora Quick Barbecued Shrimp Ingredients: 1 lb. large…

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Grilled Summer Squash

While vacationing on Cape Cod a few years ago, the small cottage we rented came complete with a tiny herb garden abundant with fragrant oregano. Paired with freshly picked yellow squash from the Orlean’s Farmer’s Market, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt, pepper and placed on the grill, the delicious results perfectly captured…

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A Nantucket Picnic

While on vacation in Nantucket, one of my favorite ways to embrace the end of a summer day, is with a waterside, sunset on the beach picnic with my boys. Nothing fancy here. Just a simple dinner of Coal Roasted Garlic with a loaf of crusty bread and a plate of Caprese Salad, made from…

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Campfire Clams & Linguine

A while ago, we watched an episode of Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Jamie’s Food Escapes, that featured him visiting Italy, kicking back and preparing this mouth watering dish over an open fire. It. Looked. Amazing. Rick whipped up his own adaptation for a gathering of family and friends last summer and it was exactly what…

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Country Living Fair Here I Come!

The Volvo is stuffed with all kinds of gorgeousness! I’m looking so very forward to not only attending the Country Living Fair, in Rhinebeck, NY today, but also to giving a live presentation and demonstration. I can’t wait to share with you some style snippets of how to create stunning, living arrangements by simply combining…

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Remembering Katharine Hepburn

Friend, journalist, news anchor and author Ann Nyberg has just penned a wonderful book about Connecticut’s born and bred, Katharine Hepburn. A decades long fan, Ann had read a lot about her. Even tried to interview her once, getting so far as short phone conversation, which was quite an accomplishment as Hepburn was famous for…

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For You

For my fellow adoring, cajoling, multitasking, mama bear hugging, carpool bussing, cheerleading, cupcake making, Happy Birthday singing, boo-boo kissing, lullabye humming, storytelling, Go Fish playing, cookie baking, homework assisting, snack bringing, garden digging, flower arranging, morning waking, pancake flipping, morale boosting, bus awaiting, hardworking, and most of all caring moms…this flower is for you! Happy…

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

My dear friend Marlana Semenza, a talented photographer and stylist in North Carolina, is always searching for new inspiration. She found a treasure trove at her most recent discovery, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This historic public treasure, located on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, spans 55 acres and is divided into…

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Green + Brown = Black Gold

Compost. Black Gold. My Papa swore by the stuff. The heartiness and scale of his kitchen garden was proof positive of its miraculous powers. Like father, like daughter, when we moved into our Connecticut Country House, we excitedly set up our compost bin. Neighboring the spot was a sad bit of a stick of forsythia.…

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A Little Light Reading

Weekends are just the best! I hope that you’re able to carve out some time for yourself and sit down with our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House. Brimming with our favorite photography and practical snippets of decorating, gardening and entertaining info, it’s a wonderful way to jumpstart the weekend! Enjoy! Love, Nora

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Your 24/7 Country House Style Library

When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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Gearing Up For Game Day

My husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, is a great cook. I truly believe that he initially won my heart through my stomach. While the man conjures up a lot of amazing dishes, I’d have to say that his chili is a perennial favorite. Murph’s version is loosely based upon an old go-to Craig Claiborne cookbook, Craig…

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A Helping Hand

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”  – Jim Rohn Ain’t that the truth! This new year I’m focusing on spreading the love – the Country House lifestyle love! Whether it’s through this blog, my on-line…

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Dana’s Rosemary Roasted Party Pecans

‘Tis the season for entertaining. Whether you’re going somewhere, or hosting, this wonderful recipe from my friend Dana Shwartz, featured in our Holiday 2014 issue – https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/holiday-2014/ – is absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this party favorite Dana! Love, Nora Dana’s Rosemary Roasted Party Pecans Ingredients: 2 cups whole pecans 2 tablespoons honey 1…

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Getting ready and giving thanks

The table’s all set, the turkey’s in the oven, and it’s time to get busy on all the fixin’s! I just love this day. Wishing you and yours a wonderfully relaxing (or spirited!) eat, drink, and be merry kind of day! Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Nora

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Foodie Friday: The Mariposa Popovers

While shooting the fabulous home of my new friends, Trent DeBerry and Collin Robison, for the Autumn 2015 edition of Nora Murphy Country House, https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/autumn-2015/country-house-style/#.VkTOUaQzTtA, we were treated to the most glorious popovers I’ve ever had! When Texas natives Collin and Trent met, Collin was working at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, and the two would…

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Thank you note

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis Our Connecticut Country House family honor all who have served or are serving now to keep us and our homes safe. Thank you so very much! Love, Nora

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Throwback Halloween

One of my favorite Connecticut Country House photo shoots was a children’s Halloween party we hosted outside in front of the old house. Every moment of this shoot made me smile, from the cutest babies all dressed up to make you coo, to the splashiest good old-fashioned apple bobbing contest at the end of the…

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The Enchanted Table

Collin Robison and Trent DeBerry’s home is nothing short of a most gracious eighteenth century Connecticut country house. They share their story, as well as decorating tips, in the current autumn issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style – www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Today, Collin shares his thoughts and styling tips for creating his beautiful autumnal tablescape: “Let…

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Foodie Friday: Marta’s Chicken & Green Chile Stew

My friend Marta’s beautiful kitchen is full of thoughtful details, fabulous craftsmanship and unexpected touches. On the day of our shoot, we were welcomed by a warm, wonderful smell coming from a stockpot simmering away on the stove. Bubbling away was Marta’s Chicken & Green Chile Stew. For my hungry crew and me, just the…

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Foodie Friday: Downie Island Crepes

I think that weekends should be like mini vacations; a wonderful opportunity to kick back and relax with family and friends. While country house hopping in Canada last summer, we visited our dear friends, Holly and Bruce, at their family retreat on Downie Island, in Ontario, Canada. An amazing time was had, and you can…

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Autumn Joy

Yippee! The brand new, Autumn issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style is here! I’m so excited to share with you what you’ll find inside. To meet the wonderful people, and to be inspired by the beauty of the change in the season, click here: www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Enjoy! Love, Nora

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Bye Bye Birdie

I’ve been dreading this week for some time now. My boy, my one and only, beautiful, sweet boy, is leaving the nest to head off to college. This rite of passage is a tough one. I’ve been taken by surprise by the gamut of emotions that I’ve been going through. My brain is screaming at…

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Mrs. Bona’s Rule Of Thumb

Growing up on Melville Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut, my best friend Suzy lived right across the street. Our houses were of a 1920’s vintage, and as was custom of that era, both yards were taken up by gardens. Suzy’s mom, Mrs. Bona, was a very talented painter, who also had an amazing green thumb. The…

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Foodie Friday: Downie Island Blueberry Pie

Holly’s been one of my best buds since middle school.  A wonderful hostess, she has a lovely way of making you feel special and welcome the minute you step into her home.  Also an amazing baker, this delicious and beautiful Blueberry Pie, with heart cutouts, is a perfect example of her loving and giving nature. …

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