Inspired By… Rebecca Kousky, Nest

Rebecca Kousky is the founder and Executive Director of Nest, an organization that raises money for women entrepreneurs in third-world countries. Through Nest partnerships are formed with designers in the US and abroad to help raise awareness and funds through micro-loans. Nest has an online shop where you can purchase all sorts of great products (including a few of my pieces) whose proceeds go to the charity. It has been a pleasure to watch Rebecca’s business grow and expand. It is also a great reminder to step outside of ourselves and support others who are less fortunate.


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What music are you listening to these days?

I love singer / songwriters. Love Madeleine Peyroux. Love the Vicky Cristina Barcelona soundtrack – wonderful acoustic guitar.

Read any good books lately?

Reading Snow by Orhan Pamuk. It is set in Turkey and brings back the smells and sounds of that country. We work there so it has a certain nostalgic quality for me.

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Have a yummy recipe to share?

Small addiction to rice pudding. Love Indian food.

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup Arborio rice
  • 8 teaspoons sugar
  • Whole nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Garnish: cinnamon
  • Equipment: 4 (6- to 8-oz) ramekins

Preheat oven to 325°F with rack in middle. Butter ramekins.

Add 1/2 cup milk, 4 teaspoons rice, 2 teaspoons sugar, and a pinch of salt to each ramekin. Finely grate a little nutmeg over each, then stir to combine.

Put ramekins in a shallow baking pan and bake until most of milk is absorbed and tops are golden-brown, about 1 hour (a skin will form). Cool puddings in ramekins on a rack, about 1 hour.

Discard skin from puddings, then stir 1 tablespoon cream into each. Puddings can be eaten at room temperature or chilled. If desired, chill puddings, covered, at least 30 minutes.

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What is inspiring you at the moment?

I am learning about weaving right now – the history of weaving around the world, various styles, patterns and techniques. I love how textiles tell the stories of communities and families.

What projects are you currently working on?

We just started a new project called the Nido Collaborative which is a fair trade souring business where domestic designers can be connected with our loan recipients to do the production. It is a win-win. Our women get more work- allowing them to better provide for themselves and their families- and the designers get beautiful products.

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