October 11, 2016

She's back....Ina's New Cookbook is (Almost) here!

Ina’s most personal cookbook yet, Cooking for Jeffrey is filled with the recipes Jeffrey and their friends request most often as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s many years together. There are traditional dishes that she’s updated, such as Brisket with Onions and Leeks, and Tsimmes, a vegetable stew with carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and prunes, and new favorites, like Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken and Roasted Salmon Tacos. You’ll also find wonderful new salads, including Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad and Kale Salad with Pancetta and Pecorino. 

Desserts range from simple Apple Pie Bars (see below) to showstoppers like Vanilla Rum Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel. For the first time, Ina has included a chapter devoted to bread and cheese, with recipes and tips for creating the perfect cheese course. With options like Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschettas and Challah with Saffron, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

From satisfying lunches to elegant dinners, here are the recipes Ina has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them with confidence to the people you love.

Ina's Apple Pie Bars

For the Crust
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Apple Filling1½ pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
1½ pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

For the crust, place the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and creamy. Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter-sugar mixture, beating until combined. Scatter two-thirds of the dough in clumps in a 9 × 13-inch baking pan and press it lightly with floured hands on the bottom and ½ inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown, and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, put the mixing bowl with the remaining dough back on the mixer, add the walnuts and cinnamon, and mix on low speed to combine. Set aside.

Reduce the oven to 350 degrees.

For the filling, combine the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples and lemon juice in a very large bowl. Add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Melt the butter in a large (10-inch-diameter) pot, add the apples, and simmer over medium to medium-low heat, stirring often, for 12 to 15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Spread the apples evenly over the crust, leaving a ½-inch border.

Pinch medium pieces of the remaining dough with your fingers and drop them evenly on top of the apples (they will not be covered). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.  Makes 12 bars.

Cooking for Jeffrey will be available on October 25th, 2016.  You may reserve your copy by phoning us at 708-246-5050, or place your order online {CLICK HERE} 

July 20, 2016

On the Rocks

Just over a year ago, Down East Magazine photographed my Mom's house for an article about Maine cottages.  It's in the July 2016 issue, and I thought I'd share a bit with all of you...
The amazing photographer, Cait Bourgault, spent the day with us in New Harbor; and we did what ever the opposite of a rain dance is, to coax the sun out for the first time in over a week.  I think we had about 42 minutes of sunlight.

Muddy dogs (Gracie & Lily) were running around inside and out, joined by their local buddies in mud, Hanna and Jeffery.  I had no sooner removed paw prints from one area, and they were destroying another! We managed to corral everyone, and Cait got right to work.

Our exceedingly clever friend, and expert gardener, Kahren got all the flowerbeds ship-shape...she knows everything about what can survive (and thrive) at the edge of the ocean.  Kahren has developed the gardens into a paradise of delight with colorful flowers all season long.  By mid-summer they are bursting with hundreds of blue hydrangeas, and the bees delight in all she provides them to pollinate.  The "Green Man" watches over all...

It was such a fun day!  Afterward we had a lovely party with friends and enjoyed all of the bountiful food and wine that had been brought in to style the shoot.  A few seagulls even dropped in to celebrate with us!

To see the full article, click the link: http://bit.ly/29oLr1u  

If you ever have the chance to visit "The Pine Tree State", DO IT!!!  Maine is an absolutely magical place that will make you marvel at the diversity of nature, the power of the sea, and your love of this amazing country.  Our website has a guide to Maine with some of my favorite places to visit on the Mid-coast.  Check it out here: http://bit.ly/29Hsz3B

July 11, 2016

This & That...

We've got a whole new line up from KATE SPADE!

New items are arriving from Kate Spade, and they sell out quickly, so please be sure to scoot on in and pick up whatever you need while we have it!  Think graduation, back to school, summer hostess gifts and on and on.  It's always nice that they do a summer release, as many designers hold everything back until fall.  Not Kate!

Speaking of summer, I've spend a few hours surfing around on Pinterest lately for warm-weather inspiration, and always find so many ideas and images. Don't you find that time moves in warp speed when you're meandering through the virtual world?  I look up shocked to realize it's 2 in the morning when, only moments before, it was just midnight!!!  Here's a taste from the Clever Girl board called Shades of Yellow...check us out next time you're wandering the web.
While we're at it, I'll mention the other rabbit hole out there. Its name is Instagram, and whatever time Pinterest doesn't eat up, Instagram happily will.  Designed more for use on a phone or tablet, Instagram is a visual repository that always leaves me in awe.  There are so may beautiful photos and creatively staged images.  The gardens and interiors are what I'm particularly drawn to, but there's something for every interest.  Be sure to follow along with Clever Girl as you explore..

July 2, 2016

Happy Fourth of July...

"Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea."

– John Gunther

We will be closed Monday, July 4th in observation of the holiday.  Happy Fourth of July to everyone...

June 28, 2016

The Farmhouse Cookbook

There's a new cookbook on our shelves... The Farmhouse Cookbook has arrived, and it's terrific!  This collection of over 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by the traditions of the farmhouse kitchen—with a modern twist—captures the true taste of today's country cooking and brings the fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors of a farmhouse kitchen into your own home. Stuffed full of details on selecting the best ingredients, eating seasonally, and foraging, this book is an invaluable source of information as well as a celebration of modern country living and how to get involved with the land and the food you eat.

From soups and pâtés to casseroles, roasts, salads and pies, and from tarts and crumbles to puddings, cakes, breads, jams and chutneys, produce from the farm and surrounding countryside is imaginatively combined to produce a wonderful range of heartwarming, seasonal dishes for all the family. Recipes such as Cheddar Farls Stuffed with Fried Eggs and Crispy Bacon, Broad Bean Hummus Toasts, Somerset Scrumpy Cake and Eton Mess Semifreddo bring the fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors of a farmhouse kitchen into your own home.

Here's a recipe to try that's perfect for lunch or dinner, any time of the year...


Serves 4-6
Gather the Goods:
2 ripe but firm dessert pears
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 small heads green chicory,
broken into separate leaves
2 small heads red chicory,
broken into separate leaves
40g watercress sprigs
50g radicchio leaves (optional)
100g de-rinded blue cheese, such as Devon Blue or Colston Basset, thinly sliced
The seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate

For the caramelized walnuts:
100g walnut halves
2 tbsp clear honey

For the dressing:
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp clear honey
1 tsp walnut oil
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the caramelized walnuts, preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Scatter the walnuts over a lined baking tray, drizzle with the honey and roast for 8-10 mins until toasted and caramelized. Leave to cool, then break into small pieces.
For the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, mustard and honey, then gradually whisk in the oils. Season well with salt and black pepper.
Slice the pears away from the core, toss with the lemon juice and set to one side.
Toss the salad leaves with 2 tbsp of the dressing and divide between plates. Tuck the slices of pear and cheese in bet ween the leaves and scatter over the walnut s and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle a little more dressing over and around each plate and serve straight away.

You'll find this, along with a great variety of other delicious cookbook on our website: shopclevergirl.com Click here for the link, and happy cooking!

June 13, 2016

Warm and Sunny

Summer has finally arrived, and we're ready the warm days, and long evenings. Crisp rosé feels just right these days, and we're all looking to entertain a bit more. I just posted this lovely picture on the Clever Girl INSTAGRAM account. If you haven't yet joined Instagram, you're in for a real treat.  There's so much to look at!  Be sure to follow us there as well as on our FACEBOOK page...
Speaking of dining outside and entertaining, take a look at these absolutely lovely dinner napkins we're carrying.  Emily Dickinson, Jack London, Mark Twain and D.H. Lawrence make appearances as eloquent dining companions in this set of four graphic cloth napkins adorned with amorous quotes by the literary greats...
 Text is culled from the archives of some of the world’s literary giants and hand-screened onto sheets of the sheerest cotton voile. The letter napkins arrive folded and enclosed in a classic string tie envelope for a truly special delivery.  I think they make a lovely hostess gift.

Encourage thoughtful discourse at your next dinner party by using them.  (And opening a bottle of rosé.)  Check them out right here.  Happy start to summer everyone...

June 6, 2016

"S" is for Summer

Hats off to Summer!
Hey everyone!  Hope you're in summer mode.  Schools is out, the graduation parties are in full swing, and Lake houses are being readied for the upcoming season. My garden is growing madly, and the weeds are attempting to join in the fun.  We're getting all sorts of goodies here at the store that say SUMMER in one form or another.  

One line that's always popular is Chavez for Charity. More than $1 million dollars has been raised by this company for their partner charities. Go color crazy and support a good cause at the same time.

We're always amazed when we open the box of these and see hundreds and hundreds of these happy, colorful bracelets. They're great to mix and match in all sorts of combinations, and, at just $10, they're really fun to give as gifts, too. We have several "color experts" here at Clever Girl that will be happy to assist you in putting together interesting combinations!

It seems everywhere I look this summer, this hat, from Eugenia Kim keeps popping up.  [see it here]  I was thrilled to order a version for the store that I think you'll all just love.  Not only is it adorable, and pithy, (and how often can one say that about a hat?) our version is only $44 dollars: that's $400 LESS than hers!  They'll go fast, so reserve yours ASAP, or ask to be placed on our wait list.


We've discovered the antidote to a scorchingly hot day! Bang Candy Company Flavored Syrups are made by hand in small batches with only the finest ingredients. They're perfect for making refreshing sodas, delicious cocktails and adding a touch of pizzaz to virtually any recipe! 

Basil is known as the "King of Herbs"and Peaches are regal in their own right. Roll out the red carpet for this royal marriage of flavors. Just add Prosecco for a heavenly Bellini with a twist! A splash of sparkling water makes for a delicious refreshing soda, possibly my very favorite!



Sweet, refreshing and feisty! Satisfy your cravings without getting in trouble. Deliciously-sweet pineapple with the freshness of cilantro and a subtle kick of jalapeno. Margaritas!!! (Plays well with Tequila.)

Happy Summer, everyone!
Don't forget the Farmer's Market is every Thursday from 2-7

May 22, 2016

What Katie Ate...on the Weekend

New on our cookbook shelves is the delightful, What Katie Ate on the Weekend.  This book is packed full of tasty recipes AND has amazing photography to boot.  At 320 pages, it's really full of delicious kitchen inspiration.

What Katie Ate: At the Weekend takes favorite recipes from Katie Quinn Davies' wildly successful blog, along with many never-seen-before recipes, and presents them in this gorgeous book filled with unique and beautiful photography. She shares her inspiring ideas for informal get-togethers, whether it be for a couple or a crowd. Entice your guests with Katie's refreshing take on flavor-packed pizzas, salads, tapas, cocktails and decadent desserts.
Caramelized onion, fennel and tomato focaccia

Gather the Goods:

  • 1 × 7 g sachet instant dried yeast
  • 2 pinches of caster sugar
  • ¹⁄³ cup (80 ml) olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 450 g strong flour
  • Fine salt
  • 4 red onions, finely sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 × 250 g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved sea salt


Combine the yeast, sugar, 2 tablespoons oil and 320 ml warm water in a bowl, then set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until frothy.
Sift the flour into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the centre, pour in the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Place in a large bowl that has been greased with a little olive oil and cover with a damp tea towel. Set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over low–medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 12–15 minutes or until soft. Add the brown sugar and vinegar and cook, stirring, for 7–10 minutes or until the onion is caramelised and the vinegar has been absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
Punch down the dough with your fist. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1–2 minutes. Spread the dough out to form a rough rectangle, then cover the surface evenly with the onion mixture. Scatter the fennel seeds on top, reserving a few to scatter over the cooked focaccia. Carefully fold the dough over on itself a few times until most of the onion mixture is incorporated into the dough (this bit can get a little sticky so ensure your work surface is well-floured).
Preheat the oven to 200°C fan-forced and grease a baking tray with olive oil. Press the dough into the prepared tray, cover with a damp tea towel and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 20 minutes or until doubled in volume. Use your finger to press dimples into the dough, then carefully press the tomato halves into the dimples. Brush well with oil and sprinkle over the remaining fennel seeds, then season with a few good pinches of sea salt.
Bake for 20–25 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 8

April 30, 2016

Short and Sweet...

I'm itching to get out in the yard, but Mother Natures seems to have other plans...Regardless of the chill and damp, happy weekend to you all.  Isn't this little guy cute?

April 28, 2016

Spirit of the South...

It's always a happy day when Garden & Gun drops through my mail slot; it's one of the best publications out there these days, and provides many happy hours of reading and armchair exploring.  Truly, there isn't much "gun" in it, and often not even the "garden" part either. But there are always great stories, interesting travel ideas, an article about a dog or two, and a column that I read first-thing from the witty and wry Julia Reed.  

Southern through and through, Julia is at once total southern bell steeped in tradition, and a thoroughly modern Millie.  Hailing from a fine, old, southern family, she has the two things I like most: a sense of humor, and great taste.  Therefore, I take great delight in stocking our shelves with her new book, Julia Reed's South.  No one embodies the rollicking spirit of great Southern party giving more than Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert.

Thrown everywhere from lush gardens and gracious interior spaces to a Mississippi River sandbar, Julia Reed’s parties capture the celebratory nature of entertaining in her native South. Here, her informative and down-to-earth guide to throwing an unforgettable party includes secrets she has collected over a lifetime of entertaining.

For this book, she offers up a feast of options for holiday cocktails, spring lunches, formal dinners, and even a hunt breakfast. Eleven seasonal events feature delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from fried chicken to Charlotte Russe and signature cocktails or wine-pairings—she introduces her talented friends (rum makers, potters, fabric designers, bakers) along the way. Each occasion includes gorgeous photographs showing her original approach to everything—from invitations and setting a table to arranging flowers and creating the mood. 

Treat yourself, or a friend that likes to entertain to this book, and subscribe to Garden and Gun while you're at it!

March 31, 2016

"L" is for Lint...

We love sharing our discoveries with all of you clever girls out there, and this one is quite nifty.  Let's face it: there aren't too many times when hearing the term, "extra sticky" is a good thing.  We've found the exception in this handy little product.  These are perfect for any pet owner, or girl on the go.  Why not send a clever girl off to college with a bunch of these to have on hand, or the recent grad to keep in their desk drawer on the new job.
Check out the diagram bellow to see all of the features (Love a schematic on a lint roller, feel so smart looking at it.  Also, note the "extra sticky" bit, too.)

So there you have it.  The latest clever contraption on our shelves.  $7.99 each.  Refills available.  All extra sticky....

March 10, 2016

Short Stack on the Shelves...

Look what we found!  "Cookbooks", called, Short Stack Editions.  These are everything we love: Handmade, informative, beautifully designed, and tasty!!  Each book is printed in New York City on high-quality paper and hand-stitched with baker’s twine.

Each Short Stack focuses on a single ingredient and is written by a single author. Every volume consists of 20 to 25 recipes, but beyond that, no two volumes are alike. In any given Short Stack Edition, there is a wide spectrum of recipes, ranging from sweet to savory, and breakfast to dinner. According to the founder, Nick Fauchald, "The format is reminiscent of the pamphlets that consumer packaged goods came with back in the 40's and 50's. You buy a bag of flour, for example, and they give you a book of recipes at the checkout lane. Grocery stores would have tons of these and that’s where people got inspiration. I was always fascinated by how important they were in our food culture, and they disappeared when we started looking to magazines and newspapers [for recipes]."  

I love that!  I've got several stacks of those pamphlets from my grandmother, and they're so kitschy and retro (and often, not super healthy, I might add)  That's why these new Short Stack books are so great...  Here are a few sample recipes to wet your appetite...

Roasted Broccoli Hummus 

Gather the Goods:
This is an excellent way to use up broccoli stems. Its uses go far beyond a dip: Try making a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and broccoli hummus. (From the Broccoli edition.)

  • 4 to 5 broccoli stems, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces, about 4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet on high heat for 30 seconds or until hot and fragrant
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ bunch parsley (about 12 sprigs), coarsely chopped
  • Salt
Pita or crackers, for serving

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a mixing bowl, toss the broccoli stems with the oil. Spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until the broccoli stems are well-browned and tender throughout, about 20 minutes.

Transfer the cooked stems to a food processor. Add the garlic, sesame seeds, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and 1 teaspoon of salt and process until smooth. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and serve warm with pita or crackers for dipping.
Serves 4

 Honey-Vanilla Old Fashioned

This is a perfect party and entertaining cocktail.  Refreshing, and a bit edgy, yet so simple that your guests can help themselves.   You can make the honey syrup up to 1 week ahead of time, then lay out the ingredients, buffet style, with a little instruction sheet for how to assemble the drink. (From the Honey edition.)

Gather the Goods:
  • 1½ ounces bourbon whiskey
  • ½ ounce rye whiskey
  • ¼ ounce orange blossom honey syrup (1 cup honey dissolved in 1 cup simmering water)
  • ¼ vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • 1 orange twist, for garnish
Combine the bourbon, rye, honey syrup, vanilla bean seeds and bitters in a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist and serve immediately.

Like the best cookbooks, Short Stack Editions consist of original recipes created and rigorously tested by a single author with the home cook in mind. They are beautiful objects meant to be collected, gifted and, most importantly, cooked from. And, like the best food magazines, Short Stack editions are concise, affordable and built for function.

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

More Info:
Click HERE to see these great books on the Clever Girl website.
Check out this fun video to see more....click HERE

February 23, 2016

Favorite Cookbook

I'm often asked what my favorite cookbook is, and Donna Hay's Seasons, is right at the top of my list.  I admit, I love to read cookbooks--not necessarily make every recipe in them.  Seasons not only has wonderful, tasty things to make, it's also filled with beautiful photography that's very inspirational.  
As the title implies, this cookbook is set up with menus to follow the calendar, and employs flavors and seasonings that are appropriate to the time of year.  As we are still in the winter months, I thought I'd share two that I have tried, and that seem like real cold weather comfort food. Serve either with a lightly tossed salad, or a bowl of tomato soup for absolute contentment. Both of these can easily be served as appetizers if you just slice into bite-sized nibbles.  Perfect for an Academy Awards party this weekend....

Mushroom, Pesto & Goat’s Cheese Rolls
Gather the goods:
30g butter
200g swiss brown mushrooms
sea salt and cracked black pepper
2 sourdough rolls, halved
80g fresh goat's curd or soft goat's cheese
½ cup (60g) grated Swiss cheese

basil pesto
1 cup basil leaves
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
⅓ cup (25g) finely grated parmesan
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ cup (125ml) olive oil
sea salt flakes

Directions:1 To make the pesto, process the basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, oil and salt in a small food processor until combined. Set aside.
2 Heat the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook for 5–8 minutes or until brown. Set aside.
3 Spread rolls with pesto and goat’s curd, top with the cheese and grill (broil) under a preheated hot grill for 1–2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Top with the mushrooms to serve.

Grilled Cheesy Leek Toast

Gather the Goods:
30g butter
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
30g butter, extra
1 tablespoon plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup (125ml) milk
¼ cup (60ml) dark ale, such as stout
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot English mustard
½ cup (60g) grated cheddar
2 egg yolks
sea salt and cracked black pepper
4 thick slices white bread

1 Heat the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the leek and cook for 5–8 minutes or until soft and brown. Set aside.
2 Melt the extra butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until light golden. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook for 30 seconds or until thickened.
3 Whisk in the ale, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, cheddar, egg yolks, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until thickened slightly
4 Top half of the bread with half of the leeks, then the remaining bread and leeks and the cheese mixture. Grill (broil) under a preheated hot grill for 1–2 minutes or until golden.
Click here to see the book at our online store.  My goodness!  Both recipes are so good.  Hope you try them... 

February 13, 2016

"V" is for Valentine

It's the day of hearts and flowers once again, and, as Valentine's Day happens to be falling on a cold, snowy Sunday this year, it's the perfect time for watching a favorite romantic movie or two.  My movie tastes lean toward the classics/vintage direction, and here's what we'll curl up to watch this weekend...
Pride and Prejudice

Let's just jump right in with some Jane Austen, shall we?  There's no more delightful tale of love conquers all than Pride and Prejudice.  Can you stand the tension?  Will they or won't they?  Happy ending abound, and Colin Firth is in it.  Perfection. 
Truly, Madly, Deeply
This is basically Ghost, but British.  Alan Rickman is great and has the deep voice which makes everything he says sound delicious.  If you only know him as Snape in the Harry Potter movies, you're in for a treat.
The Philadelphia Story
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn plus Jimmy Stewart!  First a Broadway play, this movie is always a treat; Hepburn is at her best, and the little sister is absolutely hilarious.  Cary Grant is the perfect rogue you'll want to root for.  
My Favorite Wife
For a vintage "light hearted romp", My Favorite Wife will fill the bill nicely.  Just watching Cary Grant trying to keep up with the situation is entertaining.  Beautiful Irene Dunne is perfect as wife #1.
The Thin Man
Finally, a bit of mystery to go along with the romance.  I adore the whole "Thin Man" series which features the sophisticated married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, and their affable pooch Asta.  This film has it all: humor, romance, glamour and loads of cocktails.  

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
P.S. For some of the Clever Girl's other favorite movies, click here...

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