Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ihave been in Paris for four days shopping for antiques at St. Ouen and other areas in Paris. Today I ventured out to the Foire de Chatou the antiques and brocante market outside Paris. A show that combines antiques and ham; yes I said ham. Ham, ham, and more ham. I lost count of the vendors offering ham served in so many ways.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Cool serene interiors can visually offer a retreat from the heat. Here are a few that caught my eye recently. Now on an antique note; notice how many of the rooms have a few antique pieces. Even a more contemporary room benefits from a piece with age and history.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Photo credit; Phoebe Howard
Photo Credit; Unknown
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Enjoy the search! Remember to buy antique silver. Reuse and recycle beautiful pieces from the past!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- One 4-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 6 eggs
- Molasses Cookies, if serving as ice cream sandwiches, optional recipe follows
- Molasses Cookies:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch salt
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup molasses
- Turbinado sugar, for coating
DirectionsIn a medium saucepan combine the cream, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, vanilla extract and ginger. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat and let sit for 1 hour.
In a small bowl, combine the eggs and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat to a homogeneous consistency.
Bring the cream-ginger mixture back to a boil and turn the heat off. Immediately strain and whisk a third of the cream mixture into the egg-sugar mixture and then immediately whisk the egg mixture back into the remaining cream mixture.
Chill the mixture over an ice water bath.
Churn the chilled mixture in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's directions.
Serve as is, or to make ice cream sandwiches, place 1 generous scoop of ice cream on the bottom of 1 Molasses Cookie and place another cookie on top. These can be done ahead and frozen. Let warm for 5 to10 minutes before serving.
Molasses Cookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt and set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then the molasses. In thirds, gently mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out the cookie dough into 1-inch balls onto a sheet tray covered with turbinado sugar. Gently toss the cookies in the sugar, covering them completely. Place the sugar-coated dough balls on another sheet tray and gently squish a little.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Yield: 36 cookies.
Photo; Food Network.Com
Monday, May 12, 2014
It was a grand glorious weekend that included a visit to the New York Botanical Gardens and a vigorous hike through Harlem on a quest for the best Burrata in the City. My daughter had been told that Casa Della Mozzarella on Arthur Avenue held fast to the honor of the best of the best. We had visions of creamy mozzarella and crusty bread that would be the stars of our picnic in the Gardens. So my son-in-law laden with a full back pack was gracious enough to “transport our picnic with a smile”. The Botanical Gardens were in full bloom and a picnic with cheese, bread, and wine offered the crowning touch. The next evening we spent one evening on a roof top playing Scrabble and watching the sun set over Manhattan.
Before we could blink….it was time to leave and head back to Aiken. The horses and our Lab, Traveler received great care in our absence. Tonight Traveler and I sat out on the back veranda until the last bit of sunlight had faded. I traded the sound of honking taxies and sirens for the sounds of crickets and the beautiful songs of Whippoorwills. Without a doubt; I realize a part of me belongs in the city and a part of me belongs in the country.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tea pot collection and red flowers
Silver bowls and trays
Silver cups, greenery, and flowers
Simple window boxes