my recipe), I always tuck some away in the freezer. So, this isn't really a next night leftover meal for us, but a "hey, I can pull it plus some peas out of the freezer and have a yummy dinner in about 15 minutes without going to the store" type of dinner. We all need one of those to fall back on.
with rigatoni, cream & peas
1 lb. of rigatoni (or penne) pasta
2 cups of bolognese sauce
*mushrooms - if I had had some on hand!
1/3 cup of cream
1 cup of frozen peas
1/4 cup of parmesan
Cook pasta in large pot of salted boiling water. Meanwhile, reheat bolognese in a large saute pan. Once bubbly, add cream and simmer for about 3 minutes. Drain pasta and add to bolognese, tossing to coat. Add peas and fold in. Finish with parmesan.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Creamware Gratin Dishes (and Tart Pans) were the first things to go last Friday for the launch of my Fall products. We all love the idea of something simple to add fresh inspiration to our kitchen and menus. I also think it had something to do with the fact that they were filled with Truffled Mac & Cheese. Now that so many of you have these on the way to your house (most were sent yesterday, some today!) I thought it best to post the recipe... because this is the first thing you're going to make, right? I also think they'll make perfect individual apple cobblers topped with ice cream... or banana split bowls.
Creamware Gratin Dishes, Set of 6, $30
For those of you that missed them last Friday, I've reordered another shipment (of Creamware Tart Pans & Gratin Dishes!), expected to arrive here on Friday. You can order them from my store now, but be aware that they are not able to ship until next Monday.
These are great along side a steak for a comfy dinner at home, or a fancy dinner party. They can be made a day or two in advance, making them great for entertaining.
The best news about this recipe is that it is a very simple tweak to any existing Mac and Cheese recipe you like. The basic idea is to add the flavor of White Truffles (from butter or oil) and to make it look as truffly as possible by using tiny pieces of mushrooms. Truffle oil is easier to find than truffle butter, but both can be found at Whole Foods. Be sure to get the White Truffle products instead of black, for the better flavor.
Truffled Mac & Cheese
makes 4-5 side servings
1/2 box of shaped pasta (shells or cavatapi)
1/2 stick of butter
3 mushrooms, minced
1 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of flour
2 cups of milk
1 cup of white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup of monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons of truffle oil OR 4 tablespoons of truffle butter
salt & pepper, as needed
Cook pasta in boiling, salted water. Strain.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add minced mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add flour, stir to coat mushrooms and garlic until flour is absorbed into the butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add milk immediately, then stir constantly until all flour is mixed into the milk. Continue to cook on medium until it thickens and is bubbly. Remove from heat and add most of the shredded cheese, but reserve some for the top. Stir cheese in until smooth, then fold is pasta until it is all coated. Add truffle oil or butter in and stir until melted or mixed in.
Spoon pasta into small baking dishes and top each with shredded cheese and set aside.
If serving immediately, place under hot broiler in oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese on top is bubbly and slightly browned.
If you are making them ahead, keep in the refrigerator, then bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, just until heated through and slightly browned on top.
Get the mushrooms as small as possible. They should look like flakes or bits in the sauce.
For making cheese sauce, I always shred my own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is usually coated with something to keep the shreds from sticking, but prohibits smooth melting.
After sautéing mushrooms and garlic, add flour.
Then mix in flour, immediately.
Then add milk while stirring - whisking helps too - until smooth. When it bubbles and starts to thicken, remove from heat.
Add cheese into the milk and stir until smooth, then fold in pasta.
Top with cheese - or breadcrumbs, if you'd like.
This is our favorite dinner - balsamic vinaigrette tossed greens, seared steaks and truffled mac and cheese.
Hope you try it soon! Here is the link for the Creamware Gratin Dishes, $30 for a Set of 6. I can't wait to play with more ideas for these this Fall.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Welcome to the Fall Collection!
I almost contemplated calling this collection Home Sweet Home, as it is full of those little (and some big) things that fill our homes with warm a cozy moments. The new baking and cooking items have me re-inspired for Back-to-School dinners and desserts, the throws and pillows have transformed my hearth room into a cozy spot to curl up, my linen drawers are brimming with warm colors of Fall and my mudroom is now stocked with "House Stationery" in the form of a classic Oak Tree and everything I need for a beautiful gift.
This table features some new things, and some old things taking on a new role. My favorite Tumblers are doubling as vases, and my favorite wooden candle holders have been sprayed gold for the occasion. Don't they look totally different?
Shop the entire Fall Collection, here.
Provence Linen Collection
Classic natural linen accented with cream white stripes - this might be my favorite yet. It looks great with these peach and orange roses, but will look equally elegant with pumpkins at Thanksgiving and evergreen sprigs at Christmas. The natural background will feel fresh in the spring and summer, and cozy in the cooler months - a great investment.
Available in : Tablecloth : 54" Square, Runner : 53" Long x 20" Wide, Napkins : Set of 4, & Tea Towels, Set of 2.Smaller Brown Tart Pans
This is the little sister to last year's super popular Petite Brown Tart Pans. I still love the original size about (5.5" x 1"), but this smaller size (4" x 1") is just a bit smaller making it better proportioned for individual desserts, like these Chocolate Chip Bread Puddings. The recipe will be coming soon.
Shop Smaller Brown Tart Pans, here.
Creamware Petite Gratin Dish
I have a very long list of all of the plans I have for these little guys. The top of the list was this Truffled Macaroni & Cheese. I'm sure you understand why. I also plan to make individual shrimp scampi or scallop gratin ala Barefoot Contessa. I'm sure they would make lovely little creme brûlée dishes as well... especially because it more shallow and longer than a typical ramekin, giving more room for the caramelized sugar on top. Sometimes, just a little new kitchen goodie like this will provide fresh inspiration.Truffled Mac and Cheese recipe is coming soon.
Shop the Gratin Dish, here.
I use pillows and throws each season to evolve the feel of our home. This collection, in such warm, rich hues will take your home right into Autumn.
Shop all of the pillows, here.
This is the classic "cashmere sweater set" of throws. They are absolutely timeless, luxurious and rich. Each throw is double-sided, giving you options to change the look and feel instantly. The Grey blanket's opposing side is a light heathered grey. The Camel blanket's opposite side is a classic ivory cream. Right now I have both in my living room. And the camel in our bedroom. I couldn't choose. I'm sure you'll have the same problem.
Shop Throws, here.
These Herringbone Throws are back for another season in new colors because they are absolutely luscious. The softest thing you've ever felt. They are so so so soft, heavy and cozy - a blanket that you'll love curling up with in your favorite chair.
Colors Available Top to Bottom :
- Lexington Wheat
- Edgartown Sand
- Molten Chocolate
- Falmouth Grey
- Lexington Wheat
- Edgartown Sand
- Molten Chocolate
- Falmouth Grey
Large Basket Tray Set of 2
About 10 years ago I bought a basket that lived on our coffee table for the last 10 years. On occasion it made an appearance as an appetizer platter with dips and chips, or as a way to display sugar cookie favors at a party. After three moves it was no longer looking dapper enough to be in the center of our new family room, so I've upgraded to this dark wood set.
The beauty of this set is that, well, it is a set. Of two. A smaller that will live in my kitchen to hold everything from stacks of linen tea towels to bread and fruit. The larger will be on our ottoman filled with books, magazines and remotes. They are sturdy and the perfect scale.Harvest Basket, Set of 2
A couple of weeks ago I made a housewarming gift for my friend. The gift was a set of my kitchen bottles (filled with my favorites) and brushes. I had everything I needed for the gift except the basket - I had to go on a hunt for the basket. I ended up at Target and found a basket that was the right size, but I didn't love it. The next day I went to my own basket source where I've purchased my berry and apple baskets before. I wanted it to be a little bigger than I'd carried in the past, as it seems my gifts always need a bigger size. I also wanted a warm wood tone. Done. They made this perfect harvest basket for me.
I plan to use it for so many things. It fits my kitchen bottles and brushes perfectly, but would also be a great size for a homemade (large) banana bread or a big arrangement of cookies during the holidays. Look forward to seeing all of the different ways I find to use this basket.
House Warming Gift :
Here is my gift all wrapped up and ready for giving! I attached an Oak Tree Tag from my "House Stationery" collection, below.
Oak Tree "House" Stationery :
When we moved in our house I really wanted us to have "house stationery." I decided on this oak tree because we have a massive, massive oak tree right in the middle of our front yard. This is the first time I've included a Note & Envelop Set, as well. I plan to use it for everything from writing thank you's to inviting friends for dinner.
Shop Oak Tree Collection, here.
Above : My linen drawers looking very cozy... and full : )
I brought back many of my favorite linens from last Fall, but I've also added a few new favorites. This Natural & Cream Check is such a classic. I am sure I will use it all year long.
Shop Natural & Cream Check Tea Towels, here.
Provence Tea Towels
Another favorite this year is the Provence collection, which you might recognize from the table setting at the beginning of the post. It is utterly classic and will probably be my go-to for the next couple of months.
Shop the Provence Linen Tea Towels, here.
Creamware Tart Pan
This is a new item in my baking arsenal that has already gotten a lot of use. A little different from a pie plate, a tart pan is not as deep, but has a larger diameter. It works great for country cakes like this French Apple Cake, or for quiche or frittatas. I also love it for baked dips like a hot Spinach or Crab Dip.
I love how inexpensive these are so you can afford to buy them in multiples to use for large groups for brunch or dessert.
Shop the Tart Pan, here.
I hope you enjoyed browsing and are in the mood to cozy-up your house for Autumn. I'm off to coffee with Emma. Happy Friday : )
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tomorrow is the launch of the new Fall collection in my store. For a little teaser preview, today I'm sharing this Apple Cake in the new Creamware Tart Pan, $10. A little different from a pie plate, it is not as deep, but has a larger diameter.
I especially like it for simple country cakes like this Apple Cake. It seems that cakes have a reputation for being hard to make. Cakes like this are meant for simple elegant dinners... or in our case, after school snacks. They are easy to make; no frosting, no parchment lined pans and only one bowl. Serve with vanilla bean whipped cream, or just dusted with powdered sugar.
2 apples, one sliced, one peeled and diced
1 stick of butter, at room temp
2/3 cup of sugar
2 eggs, at room temp
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of butter
In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Once creamed, add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined. Add diced apples and fold in.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in tart pan (I put it in the microwave). Spread it around the bottom. Pour in cake batter and spread evenly in pan. Arrange apple slices on top. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, until browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Helping hands before school.
Apples arranged on top.
Baked and brown. See what the butter does to the edges!
I'll see you tomorrow morning (7am EST) when the Fall Collection is launched!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Mark your calendars and make a coffee date with yourself on Friday morning - the Fall Collection is here. This is a visual sneak peek of what has piled up in my mudroom this week featuring warm hues ready to cozy up your home this Autumn.
There's so much more to share on Friday... as I always say, it might be my favorite collection yet : )