Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I'm closing the shop early tomorrow in order to get to the market, buy what I need for Thanksgiving and Troy Night Out, and then get home to make the vittles. But I need caraway seeds. Think I'll be able to find them? If not I need to change my side dish lineup because I'd rather die than go market-hopping on the day before Thanksgiving.
What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?
This family takes the pot luck route and I couldn't be happier about it. Everyone pretty much makes the same stuff every year but I like to mix it up a bit and change things around. This year I'll be making the following:
Carrots and Parsnips with Caraway-Cider Glaze
I read about this in the November(?) issue of Country Home magazine and volunteered to make it this year for the family. If I can't find caraway seeds, I'll be making Barefoot Contessa's recipe for roasted carrots and parsnips.
I'm not all that familiar with Dave Lieberman or his recipes but I gave this one a shot a few years ago and everyone LOVED it. I've been asked to bring it to every Thanksgiving dinner after that, so it's now a staple, I guess. Even the non-veggie people liked this, and that's saying something. It's more of a steamed cauliflower than roasted, though. Just thought I'd put that out there in case you have issues with mushy veg.
Rutabagas with Caramelized Onions
The only time a rutabaga enters my house is a day or two before Thanksgiving every year and I really don't know why. They're delicious, and so incredibly versatile and yet I never even think about them until Novemberish. My grandfather insists that I make rutabagas for him every year and only a few people eat them. I'll be making a small dish this year. We've done the mashed, we've done the casserole, we've considered the gratin. It's all about the roasting this year, kids.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Of-freaking-course, because I'm not allowed at any family function without this damn dip. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. This stuff makes people mean.
Anyway, I'm curious to hear what you're making. Anything especially daring?
And just because I feel like throwing you a totally random addition to this post, I give you this because, well, it'll bring you sweet dreams tonight. I guarantee it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I guess I'm a dope.
Anyone know where I can catch a replay of the show? I'm so mad at myself right now.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
This morning, the Troy Record (a small local paper) printed this article:
TROY — The city’s Antiques District will be cast into the national limelight Monday as three local shops are featured as part of a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show after one the program’s designers made a visit to the area on Halloween.
Nate Berkus, one of Oprah’s featured design experts, was in the city on Oct. 31 looking for items to use in a home renovation project he was working on in Schenectady. He ended up taking his video crew along with him throughout the Antiques District and stopped along the way at Bournebrook Antiques, located at 172 River St., The Living Room, located at 274 River St., and the Antiques Warehouse, located at 78 Fourth St.
Mike Davis, owner of Bournebrook Antiques said he had recently gotten a phone call from the show’s producers which informed him that his shop and the district as a whole would be featured on an episode scheduled to air Monday.
“I think Troy will get a nice shot and, of course, we’re thrilled,” said Davis, who went on to explain that he believed Berkus had come to the city looking for suitable antiques because of a developing trend in recent years where several movie studios and production companies have come up from New York City searching for period-correct items to use as props or as part of their set design.
The most recent of these visits was made on Thursday morning when individuals from Redemption Pictures, a national film production company, came in to pick up an order of items which will be used on the set of the new “Sherlock Holmes” movie currently being filmed in London by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role and Jude Law as the infamous Doctor Watson.
According to Davis, studios and production companies have been frequenting his store for such items over the past three years, often sending two individuals, who quickly hunt through his three floors of antiques with a pen and paper in hand, make a few calls to their superiors, and give him a list of what they’d like to purchase.
“The word is out, and we’re kind of the place to come to find this great stuff that they need,” said Davis, who noted that his shop featured several tools, ropes, and chains from the late 19th century that could easily fit into the “Sherlock Holmes” time period.
Living Room owner Elizabeth Young said she had been briefly speechless when, standing in her Halloween costume, she saw Berkus walk into her store and ask if he could film her store for the Oprah Winfrey Show.
“It’s very exciting,” said Young, who believed the spot on the television program would give Troy priceless national attention. “I just hope that it really kind of solidifies us as a wonderful place to come shopping for antiques — a place where the likes of Oprah Winfrey’s interior designer wants to come and shop.”
Young also noted that Berkus’ visit may not have happened if not for Davis’ hard work over the years.
“I think probably the reason that Oprah’s people even knew about having an Antiques District is because of the hard work that Mike Davis has done at Bournebrook Antique Center over the years in really giving the district its own identity in downtown Troy,” said Young. “He has been stalwart and is truly the anchor of the Antiques District.”
Young said she has had similar experiences with television and movie crews looking to purchase items appropriate for projects they are working on and that she had recently rented a large amount of antiques to be used for the HBO mini-series “John Adams.”
“Between my shop and my parents’ store, we rented them about 80 percent of the furniture that you saw in that mini-series,” said Young, who said she had also recently supplied antiques to the production of “Revolutionary Road,” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. “You’d be surprised how many movies actually come upstate to rent antiques.”
Young’s mother, Christine, who owns the Antiques Warehouse with her husband, Norman, said that her family and their shops had received an on-screen credit for their work on “John Adams,” with the set designer taking home an Emmy award for the design and prop selection on the series, and that she hoped Troy would be mentioned more than a few seconds on Monday’s episode.“
I think Oprah has a tremendous audience and really influences people and what they do, so just highlighting the Antiques District and downtown Troy in general is a big plus,” said Christine Young. “Plus, I think that anything that can bring more people into downtown Troy is a tremendous bonus.”
She went on to explain that even though her family had been working with television shows and movies for more than 20 years, this was the first time she had sent out a mass e-mail to all of her customers telling them to watch a television show.
“It’s a little bit of Hollywood here in Troy, New York,” said her daughter, Elizabeth.The episode will air Monday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. on WNYT-Channel 13.
Oprah Winfrey is recommending downtown Troy as the place to shop this year! They were filming the area on Halloween, mostly in the antiques district, and the spot will be featured on Monday night's show. Holy crap!!! I don't sell antiques here, but the businesses here are all grouped in together so this means an amazing opportunity for all of us. How cool!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There were rows and rows of boxes full of yarn, free for the rummaging.
There were bags filled with other bags full of yarn in every color one could imagine.
And the group was allowed to roam freely there, permitted to search in every nook and cranny. And boy were there a lot of them.
The warehouse was filled with all sorts of fiber,
And more fiber,
And one very sadistic kitty.
And there were multiple floors to visit, too.
And this made the group happy.
Very, very happy.
Okay, maybe entirely too happy.
But soon it was time to wind down,
And weigh out.
And make their way back through Poughkeepsie, heading home.
But not before making a pit stop at the best farm stand
where you could buy fleshy pumpkins,
sugarplums, cider, apple dumplings and divine Greek wedding cakes.
The perfect ending to a great day. And the group, they were plenty happy...
Especially the ones who walked away with a half-pound of cashmere for $20. Yep.
Monday, November 17, 2008
8 ounces French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
1/2 cup sugar
18 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli chips...no chopping needed)
7 large egg yolks
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 275°F. Arrange bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake until light golden and dry, about 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack; cool completely. Increase oven temperature to 350°F.
Combine 3 cups whipping cream, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar in heavy large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 10 ounces white chocolate (about 1 3/4 cups) and stir until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm chocolate mixture.
Serve pudding warm with warm white chocolate sauce.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thank goodness my arthritis is only a little bit bad at this stage in my life. I've been crocheting like a madwoman, and man are my hands killing me. Still, scarves are flying out of here faster than I can make them. I'll keep on keepin' on.
Oh, and for you Stern fans out there, did you get this yet? I picked up my copy at the bookstore this morning (courtesy of Nabua via the leftovers from my birthday present...thanks again, Nab!) and made it through the first few chapters. I've cried twice already. What an amazing storyteller. He holds a special place in my heart.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Keith goes on a rant about this being an issue of love, but if you're cynical like me, love doesn't always come into consideration when it comes to issues like this. To me, this is about basic civil rights. Rights that we ALL have, regardless of what we do behind closed doors. Why is everyone so afraid?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Where is your mobile phone? nonexistent
Your hair color? natural
Your father? strong
Your favorite thing? friendship
Your dream last night? bizarro
Your dream goal? happiness
The room you're in? plentiful
Your hobby? hoarding
Your fear? dental
Where do you want to be in 6 years? insane
Where were you last night? dreamland
What you're not? hot
One of your wish-list items? this (is that cheating?)
Where you grew up? home
The last thing you did? sew
What are you wearing? cotton
Your TV? EVIL
Your pets? Snugglebunnies
Your computer? EVILER
Your mood? blase
Missing someone? always
Your summer? sweaty
Love someone? many
Your favorite color? Greens
When is the last time you laughed? Wednesday
When is the last time you cried? yesterday