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Tuesday
Nov232010

winter wonderland

It is definitely a winter wonderland here.  Can you believe we were actually colder than the North Pole yesterday?  Crazy!  This is really rare for this time of year. We will not be above freezing until Thursday.

Here's how my outdoor dining table looked when it started coming down.  The winter pansies are so pretty under the snow.  Can you see the snowflakes falling?


I also took a few of the back yard this morning.




I think I'll stay inside today with a hot cup of tea!

Monday
Nov222010

baby, it's cold outside

I'm so excited to report it's snowing outside!  This is pretty early for snowfall here in the Seattle area, but I love and welcome it.  So what's a girl to do?  How about some stylish accessories to keep warm and toasty?  Here's a little round-up from Anthropologie...

Holkham gloves...

Pixel perfect ascot...

Adorable peek-a-boo mittens...

Snowball fight scarf...

Suede strands beanie...

On the rink gloves...

Tousled beenie...

Saturday
Nov202010

turkey talk



A few of you have asked me how I prepare my turkey for Thanksgiving. This is my favorite recipe and it is sure to please. It comes from none other than the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. It's stuffed with citrus and herbs and the flavor is amazing. One thing I do differently is I brine my turkey overnight before this preparation. I use Williams-Sonoma's turkey brine. It makes the turkey incredibly moist and delicious. So, without further ado, here's my favorite turkey recipe...

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus
Ingredients:
1 (14 to 15 pound) turkey
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 onion, cut into wedges
6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 fresh sage sprigs
6 fresh oregano sprigs
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence (available at Williams-Sonoma)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Directions:
To make the turkey: position rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey on rack and set inside a large roasting pan. Place the orange, lemon and onion wedges, 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity. Tie the legs together to hold shape. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbs de provence, oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin. Let turkey stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.

Cover the turkey breast with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan. Baste turkey occasionally with pan juices. Continue roasting until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 to 175 degrees. Transfer turkey to platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.

To make the gravy: strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4 cup measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute, Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season as needed with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.

Bon Appetit!

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Friday
Nov192010

letter to mrs. claus


Dreaming of a birkin bag.  One can dream, right?

Wednesday
Nov172010

thanksgiving desserts

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love the cooking, the smells, being with family, and of course the food!  I always make a classic pumpkin pie for dessert, but I also found a few other options if you're looking for something a little different.


How about a pecan pie?  Very southern and oh, so delicious...

Perhaps a pear and sour cherry flat pie...

Or, take a look at this one...  Cranberry Almond Cinnamon tart.

Ok, I'm getting really hungry now!