Gift Ideas

Giving Beautifully… Gift Baskets for the Holiday Season

A great gift that is easy to personalize is a gift basket. Be creative and make it yourself, or if you are pressed for time – call us at 315-440-6637 and we can pull one together for you!

Don’t limit your container to wicker baskets. A large mixing bowl for the baker; or a casserole dish for the avid cook; or a beverage bucket for those who love to entertain, makes a generous sized vessel for your gift basket items.

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Decorating, Living Beautifully

Living Beautifully… Winter White Mantel

I went for a more natural mantel in the Baldwinsville store to gently bring in the holiday and winter season.

An ornate frame painted ivory, a couple of moss wreaths and – with simple off-white bows… and a group of ivory lanterns and candles – along with some hanging tile medallions were just enough to give the holiday feel.

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Cooking & Entertaining Ideas, Events

`a la Maison at the Junior League Holiday Shoppes… Today’s Tastings

`a la Maison has moved our Downtown store to the New York State Fairgrounds for the annual Junior League Holiday Shoppes… along with an array home decor and gifts… we’ve brought a great selection of gourmet and specialty foods.

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Today shoppers can looks forward to sampling:

 – Forever Herbs Blackberry and Blueberry Jalapeno Compote

 – Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

– Lillie’s Q Bloody Mary Mix

 – Delicious pulled chicken recipe along with Lillie’s Q barbecue and Caroline Dirt… my favorite rub!

Food - Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders

The great thing about this recipe is that it is not only delicious but a little healthier for you than many of the pulled pork recipes you get out… plus it’s super quick and easy!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

Ingredients

3 lbs. boneless/skinl chicken breasts (or mix of boneless/skinless breast & thighs)

Sea salt & pepper

2 tsp. olive oil or grapeseed oil (for browning)

1 medium vadalia or sweet onion, sliced thin

1 cup Lillie Q Carolina BBQ Sauce*

Directions

Season chicken with sea salt and pepper, then brown chicken in 2 tsp. of olive oil or grapeseed oil (4 mins on each side). While chicken browns, place sliced onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Cut chicken breasts in half and place in slow cooker on top of onions. Pour Lillie Q Carolina BBQ sauce over the top. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Shred chicken with two forks. Serve with a buffet of toppings including:

 – Lillie Q Smoky BBQ*
 – Lillie Q White BBQ Sauce* (If you have not had white BBQ sauce… Wow! Delish!)
 – Creamy Coleslaw (if you’re short on time, grab it from your favorite deli)
– Diced dill pickle

Enjoy!

Michele

*You can find Lillie Q BBQ Sauces and rubs in both our Baldwinsville, Fayetteville and Downtown Syacuse stores.

Cooking & Entertaining Ideas

`a la Maison at the Junior League Holiday Shoppes… Today’s Tastings

`a la Maison has moved our Downtown store to the New York State Fairgrounds for the annual Junior League Holiday Shoppes… along with an array home decor and gifts… we’ve brought a great selection of gourmet and specialty foods.

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Today shoppers can looks forward to sampling:

– Forever Herbs Blackberry and Blueberry Jalapeno Compote

– Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

– Lillie’s Q Bloody Mary Mix

– Delicious pulled chicken recipe along with Lillie’s Q barbecue and Caroline Dirt… my favorite rub!

Food - Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders

The great thing about this recipe is that it is not only delicious but a little healthier for you than many of the pulled pork recipes you get out… plus it’s super quick and easy!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

Ingredients

3 lbs. boneless/skinl chicken breasts (or mix of boneless/skinless breast & thighs)

Sea salt & pepper

2 tsp. olive oil or grapeseed oil (for browning)

1 medium vadalia or sweet onion, sliced thin

1 cup Lillie Q Carolina BBQ Sauce*

Directions

Season chicken with sea salt and pepper, then brown chicken in 2 tsp. of olive oil or grapeseed oil (4 mins on each side). While chicken browns, place sliced onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Cut chicken breasts in half and place in slow cooker on top of onions. Pour Lillie Q Carolina BBQ sauce over the top. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Shred chicken with two forks. Serve with a buffet of toppings including:

– Lillie Q Smoky BBQ*
– Lillie Q White BBQ Sauce* (If you have not had white BBQ sauce… Wow! Delish!)
– Creamy Coleslaw (if you’re short on time, grab it from your favorite deli)
– Diced dill pickle

Enjoy!

Michele

*You can find Lillie Q BBQ Sauces and rubs in both our Baldwinsville, Fayetteville and Downtown Syacuse stores.

Appetizers, Cooking & Entertaining Ideas, Entrees, Recipe of the Week

Recipe of the Week… Sweet & Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs

We are attending a birthday dinner for one of our closest friends this weekend.  I am typically the go-to-girl to bring an appetizer and love whipping up something fun and different – so that is what I plan to do!

As a girl with 3 stores – time can sometimes be a challenge, however, I love to cook and have one of my favorite ingredients ready and waiting in my pantry – Forever Herbs Blackberry Jalapeno Compote.

Forever Herbs Blackberry Jalapeno Compote is a staple product in our stores, and our customers love it as much as I do.  This sweet and spicy berry-rich compote is delicious served right out the jar as a chutney with meats and is fantastic over Brie… but today it is getting an Asian twist in these Sweet & Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs.

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Sweet & Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs

 Ingredients

Meatballs:

3                     Scallions, chopped

2 cloves            Fresh Garlic, minced

2 tsp                 Fresh Ginger, minced

3 slices             Day Old Multigrain Bread*, crusts removed – ground into fresh bread crumbs

1/4 cup             Milk (Dairy or Plain unsweetened Almond Milk)

2 Tbls               Tamari or Soy Sauce*

1                      Egg, lightly beaten

1.5 lbs.             Ground Chicken

Glaze:

1/3 cup             Forever Herbs Blackberry Jalapeno Compote

1/2 cup             Hoisin Sauce*  (such as Joyce Chen Gluten Free Hoisin)

2 Tbls               Brown Sugar

1 Tbls               Tamari or Soy Sauce*

Set oven at 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix together the scallions, garlic, ginger, bread crumbs, milk, tamari sauce and the egg.  Add the ground chicken and gently mix with a fork or your hands.  DO NOT OVERMIX.

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Create meatballs using 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture (a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop makes this quick & easy!).  Place on parchment lined pan.  Bake for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

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Create the glaze while your meatballs bake.  Add the Blackberry Chipotle Compote, Hoisin Sauce, brown sugar and tamari sauce to a sauce pan and heat on medium heat until sugar and compote are melted and hot.

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Place half the meatballs and half the glaze in a bowl – toss to coat.  Repeat this process with other half of meatballs and glaze.  Place on a beautiful service platter or bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve as is an appetizer or with boston or iceburg lettuce for lettuce wraps.

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* For those who are gluten sensitive like I am…, use gluten free tamari, gluten free hoisin sauce and gluten free multigrain bread for this recipe.  These meatballs taste just as amazing and all your guests will love them!

 

Decorating, New at à la Maison

New Industrial High Top Table

Sneak a touch of industrial style into your home with this great little high top table. The perfect accent for your family room, kitchen or game room. It’s compact and a great piece to have for home entertaining. Find it in our Baldwinsville and Fayetteville, New York stores.

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New at à la Maison, Uncategorized

`a la Maison Joins The Shoppes at Limestone in Fayetteville, New York

We are pleased to share that `a la Maison was recently asked to join The Shoppes at Limestone!  Our petite boutique will be a great source for our east-side customers looking for unique gifts and accessories for the home… A quick and easy stop for that perfect house-warming, wedding or birthday gift.

Tom and I worked this past week putting the finishing touches on the space, and were ready in just in time for the grand opening on Thursday night.

A quick coat of our soft smoky blue paint.
A quick coat of our soft smoky blue paint.

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