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Our Favorite Things… Pottery Inspired by Nature

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It’s January in Central New York and I’m already dreaming about spring… Sunshine, fresh green foliage and flowers – I can’t wait!

In the meantime, there are so many ways to bring the outdoors in – including freshening up your tablescape.  Fresh flowers, centerpieces and seasonal linens are always an option to bring in natural elements, but how about your dinnerware?

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This gorgeous Riviera pottery is designed by the famous French floral designer, Christian Tortu. The detailed design on these Hydrangea leaf salad plates are amazing.

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Whether used in your tablescape, as appetizer plates for your spring gathering, or adorning a sidetable or night stand – they are sure to add a refreshing touch of nature.

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These petite Laurel Leaf plates are a perfect little dish for olives, condiments… plus how pretty would it be on a bedside tables and a little jewelry tray for rings and such?

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Simply to pretty to hide away – consider using them as art when not in use – hang them with plate hangers or display them on your mantel or buffet with an table top easel.  Stunning!

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Our Favorite Things… Southern Jubilee Glassware

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.

#easy entertaining, Appetizers, Entrees, Side Dishes, Triple Play Recipes

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.

 

 

 

 

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Living Beautifully… La Cadeaux Tableware

I have a weakness for pottery… all kids of pottery and dinnerware.  Although, I carry a variety of patterns in my store,  I always find a pattern or piece that catches my eye on vacation.  I have been known to carry large pottery platters and bowls  through the airport and in my carry-on bags to protect my new found purchases.

The challenge with pottery is that it’s fragile, and as a mother of three boys, I’ve lost my pieces of pottery due to breakage.  However, I am a very firm believer of using your dinnerware and glassware – everyday and any day!

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There is a solution to fretting over and guarding your dinnerware… La Cadeaux fine melamine china.  This gorgeous dinnerware is made of a heavier melamine, and truly looks like real ceramic Italian pottery – with designs inspired by the French and Italian countryside.

Beautiful enough for a special gathering, but kid-friendly, unbreakable and dishwasher safe.  Perfect for dining by the pool, patio or any of your outdoor entertaining needs.

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There may be lake effect snow in New York today, but Spring and al fresco dining season is just around the corner.  I can already picture that beautiful La Cadeaux Allegra Red dinnerware on my patio… come on Spring!

Bon Appétit!

For more information on La Cadeaux, please call a la Maison at 315-440-6637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giving Beautifully… Nora Fleming Servware

Oh how I love beautiful white pottery!  It mixes and matches with any style on any tablescape.

Nora Fleming takes it one step farther with their pottery – making it a snap to change to your tablescape for any occasion. As they say, one platter… every occasion!

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It is easy with a simple switch of a mini… adorable little pottery pieces that pop into your serveware.  Whether it’s a birthday celebration, 4th of July picnic, Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner or holiday open house – you’re all set with this pottery.

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Perfect for the hostess and entertainer… change or update your look for any occasion just by adding new minis.  Love it!

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Nora Fleming serveware… the perfect bridal shower and wedding gift for 2017!

For more information on Nora Fleming pottery visit a la Maison, Baldwinsville, NY or call 315-440-6637.

 

Cooking & Entertaining Ideas

Entertaining Simply – Recipe of the Week… Lemon Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette & Mixed Greens Salad

I can eat a salad every day and always serve one when I’m entertaining.  Here’s one of my healthy mixed greens salad:

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My Lemon Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette Mixed Greens Salad

Dressing

    3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 2 Tablespoons Raspberry Champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • ½ Teaspoon Borsari Citrus Seasoned Salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Salad

  • 6-8 cups mixed field greens
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (when in season)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 raw pecan halves, toasted (optional)

Directions:

Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and Borsari citrus salt. Drizzle and whisk in the olive oil.  Add black pepper to taste if needed.

Pick a beautiful bowl and fill with mixed greens. Gently toss in cranberries, pepitas and pecans. SUPER gently toss in the raspberries and vinaigrette. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Make it a meal:  Add in crumbled goat cheese and/or grilled chicken to serve as a light lunch or dinner.

You can also stop into our downtown store today for a taste.

Enjoy!

Michele