Our Favorite Things… Southern Jubilee Glassware

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I am in love with this new glassware!

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A new addition to our store is this stunning glassware by Southern Jubilee.  Southern Jubilee is designed and created by two creative women… who truly have a great sense of style.

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This seeded style glassware is adorned with pewter pressed designs and initials and all products are made and handcrafted in the U.S.A.

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With a range of styles including stemless wine, wine glasses, iced tea glasses, bourbon glasses, carafes, and ice buckets – you are sure to find this line perfect for home entertaining or a unique and stylist wedding or housewarming gift.

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Find Southern Jubilee glassware at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or call to place an 315-440-6637 to order.

Recipe Triple Play… Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki  

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What’s not to love about Bourbon Barrel Foods’ Kentuckyaki?  This all-natural sauce is sweetened with Kentucky-grown sorghum syrup, flavored with fresh garlic and ginger; and a hint of Kentucky bourbon too. Looking for a little more kick?  You’ll want to try Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy for sure!

Both are perfect as a marinade on salmon, beef, chicken or veggies.  Delicious for vegetable stir fry.

We’ve got three more great reasons to keep Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki in your pantry…

We’ve got three more great reasons to keep Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki in your pantry…

#1 Kentuckyaki Pork & Grilled Pineapple Appetizer Meatballs

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Ingredients:

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs. pork, ground
  • 1/2 cup Kentuckyaki, plus extra for drizzling*
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (or parsley if you don’t care for cilantro), chopped
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Grilled Pineapple

  • 1 fresh pineapple

Directions

  1. For the meatballs: Combine all meatball ingredients.  Gently fold them together just until mixed – don’t over work the meat.
  2. Form 1.5” balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Roast at 400ºF for 22 minutes.  Remove from oven and lightly drizzle meatballs with additional Kentuckyaki.
  3. While meatballs are roasting – prepare the grilled pineapple.  Remove the skin of pineapple. Cut the fruit in half lengthwise, then cut into quarters. Slice the pineapple into even wedge-shaped slices – about ½” thick. Grill over medium high heat just until grill marks appear (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  4. Cut pineapple into bite size pieces and place on top of meatballs. Secure with a tooth pick.

 

#2 Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy Chicken Thighs

Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. Chicken Thighs, bone in
  • 1/2 bottle Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy*, plus extra for drizzling
  • 3 Tablespoons Bourbon Barrel Food Smoked Sesame Seeds*
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional garnish

Directions

Place chicken thighs and marinade in large Ziploc bag or a large baking dish.  Toss to coat.  Marinade in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.

Place skin side down on medium hot grill (375 degrees) cook for 12-14.  Flip and baste with additional Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy. Cook for additional 12-14 minutes or until juices run clear.   (Or use your oven… cook in 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes and baste after 20 minutes)

Plate chicken thighs and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  Sprinkle with smoked sesame seeds (and cilantro is using).

#3 Vegetable Stir Fry with Asian Noodles

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This is the perfect clean out your crisper drawer meal.  Use whatever you like here… Broccoli, red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, green beans, snow peas, carrots, zucchini sliced cabbage are just a few of my favorites.

  • 5 Cups of fresh veggies of your choice cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Napa Valley Naturals Grapeseed Oil*
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil*
  • ½ cup Kentuckyaki Sauce*
  • 3 blocks from a package of King Soba Brown Rice Ramen Noodles*, cooked per package instructions

Garnish:  Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sesame Seeds* and fresh cilantro – optional.

Directions

Over medium-high heat, stir fry veggies in Grapeseed oil for about 5 minutes.  Add ground ginger and toasted sesame oil then gently stir fry for additional 1-2 minutes.  Add Kentuckyaki sauce and ramen noodles and stir fry additional 2 minutes.

Garnish with smoked sesame seeds and cilantro if desired.  Drizzle with additional Kentuckyaki sauce.

Enjoy!

*Find these specialy food items at a la Maison in Baldwinsville, New York.  To place an order, call 315-440-6637 or email mgraham.alamaison@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

Eating Healthfully… Grilled Sesame Teriyaki Tuna

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One of the quickest ways to a healthy summer-time dinner is fish on the grill.  Impressive enough for company, but simple enough for any night of the week.

A personal favorite of mine is Grilled Sesame Teriyaki Tuna.  I find yellowfin tuna a great option for this recipe – it’s got a nice mild flavor and holds up great on the grill.

Grilled Sesame Teriyaki Tuna

Asian Marinade

4   Tbls.    Stonewall Kitchen Organic Sesame Teriyaki* (it’s also gluten-free!)
1   Tbls.    Tamari (gluten free)
2   Tbls.    White Vinegar
1   Tbls.    Napa Valley Naturals toasted Sesame Oil*
2   tsp.     Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sesame Seeds*

4              6 oz. pieces of yellowfin tuna, 1 inch thick
½  Cup    Stonewall Kitchen Organic Sesame Teriyaki Sauce*
2   tsp.    Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sesame Seeds*

In a bowl, add all the marinade ingredients together and whisk until thoroughly blended.  Place tuna steaks in a shallow baking dish and pour marinade of tuna.  Gently turn tuna to coat.  Chill for 30 mins – 1 hour.

Preheat grill.  Once grill is hot, place tuna on grill.  Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side or tuna is just opaque. (Only flip once to avoid sticking).  DISCARD LEFTOVER MARINADE.

Drizzle tuna with Stonewall Kitchen Organic Sesame Teriyaki and garnish with smoked sesame seeds. Tent and left rest for 5 minutes.

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Serving suggestion:  Serve with Asian noodles (i.e. King Soba Noodles*) tossed with steamed broccoli and Sesame Teriyaki Sauce; or basmati rice and healthy Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw**.

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*Ingredients available at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or contact us at www.alamaisonaccents.com

** Find Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw recipe on our website.

Enjoy!

Michele

Eating Healthfully… Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw

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Nothing pairs with summer grilling like a great slaw.  Although I love the classic sweet mayo based coleslaw, I also find the lighter (and healthier) taste of this Asian slaw delicious and refreshing paired with fish or chicken.

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Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw

4  Cups    Kale washed with ribs removedthen rolled and sliced thin (chiffonade)
4  Cups    Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
2               Carrots, large- shredded

Asian Vinaigrette
¼  Cup     GF Tamari or Soy Sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)
¼  Cup     Lemon Juice
¼  Cup     Napa Valley Naturals Grapeseed Oil*
2   Tbls.                Grated Ginger, fresh
2   Tbls.                White Vinegar
2   Tbls.                Napa Valley Naturals toasted Sesame Oil*
1   Tbls.                Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sesame Seeds*

Toss together the kale, red cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, add all the vinaigrette ingredients together and whisk until thoroughly blended.  Pour ½ the vinaigrette over the slaw and toss.  Serve immediately or chill for 1 hour.  Taste and apply more dressing if needed.

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Save left over vinaigrette use over green salad, toss with Asian noodles for a delicious Asian pasta salad, or use as a flavorful marinade.  Delicious on tuna or chicken.

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*Ingredients available at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or contact us at www.alamaisonaccents.com

Enjoy!

Michele

Our Favorite Things… Lilacs

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Nothing says summer is here like lilacs!  Their beautiful purple and white blooms are wonderfully fragrant and something I look forward to each year.    When in season, I like to cut them in bunches and bring them inside.  The sad part… they only last a short time.

To extend the season, we’ve added some beautiful faux lilac branches to a grouping of wired bottles – a lovely and rustic welcome to summer.

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Super Substitute…. “Saffron” Yellow Basmati Rice

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Many of us have a recipe or two that calls for saffron and experienced sticker shock when we looked at the price tag.

Saffron is a spice derived from the crocus sativus flower (or the Saffron crocus). As Saffron crocus grows and flowers, its vibrantly colored stigmas (or threads) are harvested, by hand, and dried to be used mainly as a gourmet seasoning and coloring agent in food. Saffron, is a rare and delicate spice and among the world’s most costly spices by weight.

An expensive ingredient that I don’t always have on hand, however, I have managed to get by substituting a combination of two spices that are always in my kitchen… turmeric and paprika.

My take on a “saffron” rice is a quick, easy and economical recipe that’s a great dish or perfect base for a quick dinner – just add diced chicken or shrimp and some veggies and you’re set.   I also sometimes serve this alongside my oven-fried haddock, my black beans or in a burrito.

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“Saffron” Yellow Basmati Rice
½    onion, finely diced
1    tablespoon olive oil
1    cup basmati rice
1 ¾ cup water or chicken stock
¼    teaspoon turmeric
½    teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a microwave safe bowl, cover and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Take out microwave, stir and cover again.  Return to microwave and cook at 50% power for additional 12 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.

Double this recipe to have extras on hand for easy weeknight meals.

Enjoy!

Michele

New Tricks for Serving Trays

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When it comes to versatility and adding value to your home, you can’t go wrong with investing in a nice wooden tray.  Trays are a hard working home accessory – a great option for organizing kitchen counters, consoles and dressers; and a must-have for the buffet table and home entertaining.

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Let’s not overlook their great decorative value as well.  Trays can add texture and impact to ottomans, cocktail tables and beneath centerpieces – a really detailed tray needs no adornment and can be centerpiece unto itself.

I love this reclaimed slat wood tray for its great texture and large scale – it’s a multi-function piece that I use all over the house throughout the year.  As a centerpiece this tray’s substantial size fills a long dining table with ease.

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Don’t limit your tray to horizontal use – I’m quite fond of it hang this one on my front door or a blank wall, changing the greenery with the seasons.

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It also works great to brighten a blank corner near the staircase.

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New or old, you can’t go wrong with a great tray for a little decorating inspiration!

 

Culinary Classics… Creamy Coleslaw

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When I was growing up, I often saw my mother, and my grandmother, reach for their Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for inspiration when making the family meal or getting ready to do some baking.

That same classic red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook was the first cookbook I received as a new bride, and I too, relied on it to learn how to cook and bake for my own family.

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Although I now have a library of cookbooks (I am a bit obsessed with them!), there are still certain classic recipes that I just don’t mess with – one being Better Homes and Gardens Coleslaw.   This creamy classic needs to no tampering – it’s always delicious and a big hit at family gatherings, picnics and with my oven baked fish fry.

It’s quick and easy – especially if you pick up a bag of angel hair pre-shredded coleslaw in your produce section.

Better Homes and Gardens Coleslaw

2  cups   shredded cabbage
1  medium carrot, shredded
½  small green or red sweet bell pepper, finely chopped
2  green onions, sliced (these are optional for me)
½  cup mayonnaise
1  tablespoon vinegar
2  teaspoons sugar
½  teaspoon celery seed

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Toss together the cabbage, carrot, pepper and onion.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and celery seed.

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Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture – toss to coat.  Cover and chill for 1 hour.  Makes 4 servings – double or triple for a bigger crowd.

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Watch it disappear… Enjoy!

Michele

Gluten Free Breakfast Treat… Colorful Confetti Donuts

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You don’t have to be gluten sensitive to enjoy these delicious little donuts!

Colorful Confetti Donuts (Gluten Free)

  • 1 Cup Orly’s Manhattan Flour Blend*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup almond or diary milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Bourbon Barrel Foods Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla*
  • 1/3 cup of rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar & salt).  Set aside.

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In a medium bowl mix together the wet ingredients (Milk, yogurt, egg, butter and vanilla).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Gently fold in the rainbow sprinkles.

Gently spoon batter into donut pan (about ¾ of the way full).  Tip – you can put the donut batter in a Ziploc bag and cut a small piece of the corner the bag… then squeeze and pipe the batter into the donut pan sections.   You’ll have enough for about 6-8 donuts.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.

Donut Glaze

  • ¼ cup almond or diary milk
  • 2 ½ cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles to decorate top (optional)

Mix together all the glaze ingredients.  Whisk until all the sugar has dissolved.  Place a large sheet of wax paper under your wire rack.   Dip the cooled donut right into the glaze then place back on wire rack and sprinkle with additional Rainbow sprinkles.  Leave until set.

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*Find these fine ingredients at a la Maison (or call 315-440-6637 to order).

If you’d like to make this recipe with regular flour, be sure to reduce the milk to ¼ of a cup.

 

 

Our Favorite Things… White Flower Arrangements

There are so many reasons to love an arrangement of white flowers and stems…Hydrangea white arrangementSimple elegance… These white hydrangeas arranged in chicken wired lined bottles work with a variety of design styles such as farmhouse, contemporary or traditional.

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Impact…  Even a single bloom has great impact.  Tuck this little arrangement on vanity, night stand or bookcase.

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Natural beauty… These creamy virbinum look to be growing wildly out of this arrangement.  I love to arrange flowers as you might see them in nature.  Organic, simple, beautiful.

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Simplicity… Keeping it simple with a few blooms of white peonies.

a la Maison flowersVersatility… White florals are a great choice for a house warming, hostess gift or wedding  decor as they are neutral and will always work.