A Local Thanksgivukkah Feast
We’re all familiar with everyone’s favorite time of year “Friendsgiving” but this year we are fortunate enough to enjoy a new hybrid holiday “Thanksgivukkah”. The special day of thanks coincides with the latke filled, week long celebration and we wanted to share our table bearings with all of you.
Inspired by the recent issue of one of our favorite reads Real Simple magazine, we decided to build our dinner around a less traditional but equally delicious, mouthwatering leg of lamb. (I’m sure we will all get our turkey fix this week!) Jenna roasted the lamb to perfection, adding a layer oregano and rosemary between sliced lemons and the gorgeous lamb meat. For sides, we enjoyed baked sweet potatoes, a savory bread pudding found on Food52 and a tangy cranberry apple sauce reminiscent of Jenna’s childhood Thanksgiving spot Ruffled Feathers, near her grandmother’s house in Westchester.
Our friend, Ali Ritchie, was kind enough to lend her table-scape expertise to the dinner, creating a warm, rich setting in which we enjoyed our meal. Our table linens, which Ali hand-dyed in a festive red-orange hue easily complimented the blue and gold accents in our flatware, dishes and bowls. (Quick Tip: Our go to spots for accessible serveware with great selections are Fishs Eddy in Union Square and thrift store Junk in Williamsburg.) Small tea light candles in glass votives were placed throughout the table with light flickering from the linen. The table arrangement was a simple vase filled with vibrant green, subtle foliage which we find very much apart of the holiday season. The end result was an amazing, bright fun holiday look that anyone could try at home. We are excited for the upcoming week of gluttonous eating with loved ones, we would love to see how your Thanksgiving meals turn out too!
Jenna and Nicole
Our Local: GIFT GUIDE
We can’t help but notice all the amazing gift guides popping up online, it made us want to put together a wish-list of our own.
1. Our favorite flower & coffee shop, Spina, just added a gorgeous sustainable candle line, Lite + Cycle. We swear we can’t go in the shop without leaving with something, and this is next on our list. Lite + Cycle expresses itself as a candle that is a simple blend of function, utility, beauty and responsibility which is why you can’t go wrong surprising a friend with this gift. Choosing between scents such as Lavender, Bergamot or Vetiver make it easy to look like a gifted gifter.
2. It’s no secret we love fresh, homemade jam. I mean who doesn’t? We have our personal favorites including the ladies at The Jam Stand. Their assortment 3 pack has the cutest packaging and you’re able to pick and choose the flavors you want to share. With options like Chai Heart Pumpkin, Not Just Peachy Sriracha, You’re My Boy BLUE-berry Bourbon and Razzy Gabby & a Side of Jalepeno, these jams cover your sweet & spicy needs while making a perfect gift for mom or any holiday hostess.
3. While perusing Food 52’s new provisions site for holiday gifts this year, we were so excited to find all the creative, useful and beautiful gifts available. Owls Brew, tea crafted for cocktails, immediately caught our eye. While keeping in mind the importance of a stocked bar for entertaining during holidays, we know this fresh natural mixer will not only impress guests with your cocktail skills but would be a welcomed gift by any specialty drink aficionado. Flavors include: The Classic - notes of darjeeling and lemon peel, and sweetened with agave, Pink & Black - a blend of black tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, and agave, splashed with strawberry and lemon juices and the Coco-Lada - a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices, pineapple juice and agave.
4. We wanted to include something that was beautiful to look at and read on this list. Jenna and I are always looking out for great tables books and new magazines that are informative and fun to share with our guests. For book gifts we love the idea of The Kinfolk Table or Four & Twenty Blackbirds new pie book, both informative and have gorgeous images. We were most impressed with Anthology Magazine, a new lifestyle quarterly we found through our beloved, Anthropologie (ok so we know they are not local but they are amazing for home inspiration). Anthology is an amazing quarterly print guide to living with substance and style. I know any friend we have would love to get a paid year subscription. Their most current issue turns their attention to the sartorial world, we can’t wait to read more!
Remember crafting? The excitement of brightly colored paints, brushes scattered on the table, setting up your palette and digging in. Well we do, and we are very excited for its return! Our new DIY series, “Book Club” is an ode to our girl scout-selves past. Okay so maybe we aren’t always reading books, but as the weather gets colder, we see this as an opportunity to spend time with friends over a glass of wine (or two) and let our creativity flow (find our process as Jenna would say).
This week we grabbed a bottle of Tempranillo from our very local wine store Grapepoint Wines and decided to create hand dyed and hand painted fabric. Our friend Ali, was kind enough to donate a beautiful deep blue paint and Jenna picked up an alluring, rich orange, which proved itself very versatile. The two paints were just enough to satisfy our color curiosities. Either by adding water, or diluting with a pearly white paint, we were able to manipulate the colors to our liking. We even ended up experimenting with the deep burgundy color of the wine which turned out really gorgeous, mimicking the fall colors, and a perfect hue for the holidays.
We were all really excited with our end products and hope to use the fabrics as material for throw pillows, decorative dish towels, table runners and more. Stay tuned for next month’s book club and let us know if you want to join. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, we welcome all makers and are very excited to have you join!
Jenna and Nicole
Local Lunch, with some help from Good Eggs
Wondering how you are going to get fresh locally sourced goods this winter? Look no further than marketplace to home delivery service, Good Eggs. We found out about the nice people at Good Eggs when they picked up our client Pie Corps, delicious sweet & savory pies to feature in their online offerings. After perusing their website we were hooked and couldn’t wait to order our own bundle of goodies.
The loot was delivered in the cutest (they have a greatest design team) brown paper bag with 7 ideas on how to re-use the bag (including our personal favorite, cat hideout!) The handwritten note thanking us for our order was such a special personal touch, we couldn’t wait to dig in.
It’s so simple, just head to Goodeggs.com, check out the amazing local farmers and foodmakers such as Prospect Hill Orchards (the crispiest, most delicious apples we have ever tasted), Fishkill Farms (essential eggs and dairy) among others for fresh produce, and so much more. Then check out the incredible local line-up of foodmakers for tasty snacks & extras sweets like Pie Corps, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Liddabit Sweets.
For our first order we settled on a whole seasoned rotisserie chicken from Dickson Farmstand Meats, you have the choice of cooked and uncooked, we went for the cooked, which is the beauty of having fresh delicious food delivered to your door. We prepared an apple, carrot slaw and roasted beets & butternut squash as our sides, and topped it off with two Brooklyn Brewery Octoberfests? A little bit extravagant but an amazing lunch with beautiful fall inspired ingredients. Try the slaw for yourself at home and as always let us know how you find using Good Eggs service, we love to hear what you guys think!
Xo Jenna & Nicole
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablspoon toasted sesame oil
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon caraway seed
1 teaspoon of thyme
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
4 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
3 honey crisp apples, sliced thinly, julienned
Whisk the mustard, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and caraway seed together in a large bowl. Add the shredded cabbage, carrots and apples. Toss together until the cabbage mixture is coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, so the flavors have time to marry.
An essential must-have for any great kitchen is uniquely hand-crafted serveware. The perfect serving tray, plates or bowls can add to the ultimate table setting or just as a conversation starter for your guests. This past week Jenna and I had the pleasure of meeting with the ladies of Mondays Projects, a Greenpoint (yes, we love Greenpoint) based ceramics studio who turn out some of most beautiful built by hand products, which no two are alike.
Mondays Projects started at weekly ceramics class at Choplet Pottery & Ceramic Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Originally Nina & Signe bonded over their love of clay in their Monday night class and decided to sign up for 8 week course after 8 week course. Jennifer and Signe had been long time friends dating back to junior high. Jennifer, a former photographer, missed being connected to a creative medium and soon began noticing Signe’s facebook posts about the Monday night class. The partnership happened quickly and soon an online store was established and the group began receiving emails for custom orders.
All three artists will without hesitation share that each member’s skills greatly compliment each others, making for a diverse and intriguing combination of product available.
Nina, with extensive food experience, began her career as a food writer and freelancing as a prop stylists. This understanding provides much background to the intuitive natural creation of practical plates and design with a clean and modern aesthetic.
Signe, a wardrobe stylist, grew up with her parents working at a creative fellowship where she encountered her first wheel. The formation of the wet clay left such a lasting impression, as a magical experience for Signe, that she still is moved by the tactile feel of producing her hand-built pieces. She is often referred as the “Queen of all nighters” because she is most productive on quiet nights, in the dark empty space, jamming to her song of choice and throwing down clay into the morning.
Jennifer, coming into ceramics with a MFA in photography was looking for an entirely new medium with no expectations and standards. She finds the clay itself the most inspiring, and might be the most intuitively experimental of the group. Many of her items are free formed, such as her incredible ombre and speckled planters. Others are extremely intricate, and surprisingly find themselves often coming from scraps.
Much of Monday’s inspiration comes from earthy, clay, raw materials but of course a pop of color is always fun to incorporate. One can easily spot the craftsmanship and detail that goes into each piece. When we asked if they use Monday serveware for house guests, they all agreed there is nothing more satisfying than to share their work in their own homes.
After meeting with this lovely group of ladies we are already getting rid of our own Ikea plates and signing up for the next Choplet class! You can purchase their goods at the Wythe Hotel this fall for a holiday pop-up shop or Joinery in Brooklyn. We are also excited to note they contribute specific serving pieces for Blue Hill at Stone Barns. See more of Monday Project products here and make sure to vote for them in Martha Stewart’s American Made Contest which ends October 7th.
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