Archive | November, 2012

what’s cooking … thanksgiving

part two – menu

I am so excited that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I woke up early this morning and started working on dishes for tomorrow. Toasting bread for stuffing, and cooking up our families favorite Horseradish Cranberry Sauce. This afternoon the Mister will make the brine for the turkey and deep fry it in the back yard tomorrow. There will be mashed potatoes, fennel salad, and side dishes provided by our lovely guests. I asked them to bring their favorite side from their childhood which I think is a nice way to incorporate everyone’s traditions into the holiday.

Thanksgiving Menu | K. Flick Studio

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Thanksgiving Menu | K. Flick Studio

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How good does all that look? Truth be told these are not the exact recipes that we will be using but I think that most of them will be fantastic. The recipe that I did want to share is our families cranberry sauce. Mom thinks that it might be from her mother, but she is not completely sure. It is one of my favorite things about the day and I would eat it year round, on everything if I could!

cranberry horseradish sauce

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

24 oz cranberries

6 tablespoons horseradish

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Put the first three ingredients in a pot. Slowly stir and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries. Return to a boil for 10 minutes. The cranberries will split, burst and break down. Spoon into a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in the horseradish and mustard. Cover and chill. Put this on everything, you will not be sorry!

I have no idea how many people this serves. It just depends on how much each person will eat and how much you want to have left over. I am also notorious for overestimating how much food we will need. We are having right people to dinner and I made the whole recipe. I am even a bit nervous that we might not have enough, but I am sure we will.

On a side note as someone who works in retail I implore you, not to go shopping on Thanksgiving. If you need something from the grocery store, fine they are open, but the retail chains that are open this year are disgusting. Stores should just be closed on Thanksgiving. Shop online if you are bored and having a shopping emergency. Remember that while you are off work and shopping at midnight there are people there working to make it possible. Trust me, no one wants to be working a midnight to 8am shift at a mega store. So just stay home. That’s all!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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what’s cooking … thanksgiving

part one – decor

I am so excited that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is my favorite holiday of the whole year and this year as always, we have a lot to be grateful for. This week I am busy planning my menu and decor for the event. We have a few staples that always appear at dinner but we always like to mix in a few new dishes from year to year. Once I have my menu set I will be sharing it here too. For today I wanted to share my decor inspiration. I hope you like it!

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio

thanksgiving inspiration 2012 | K. Flick Studio

 

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Oh goodness! I just realized that my links for these gorgeous photos were deleted by one of them! I fixed the situation as soon as I realized it.  Please know that I always credit my sources, and apologize for the mistake. 

 

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holiday windows bringing the cheer

It might seem like the holidays are still a far way away but alas they are not. Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, eek! We have been hard at work at the stores making them cheery and bright over the last few weeks. The holiday windows at Trohv are always some of our favorites.

Holiday Windows Trohv Baltimore 2012 |K. Flick Studio

Holiday Windows at Trohv Baltimore | K. Flick Studio

I am also very excited about the toy cars, trucks, and other vehicles that are adorned with trees and adding some cheer to our jewelry cases this year.

Winter 2012 Jewelry Display Case Display | K. Flick Studio

Winter 2012 Jewelry Display Case Display | K. Flick Studio

A snippet of what our in store signage will look like. This was my first time working with felt and I loved it! We used wool felt, I dislike the eco felt that so many people are using these days. In my opinion it does not have the depth that the wool does and I think that is one of the great qualities of the material.

Store Signs in Progress | K. Flick Studio

This week we are at the store in Washington, DC getting it ready for a big event this weekend. Today was our first day of set up and it is already beginning to sparkle. I will be sure to share the finished products of both stores in the next few weeks. Have you started holiday planing for your house?

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cook it … picnic sandwich

Hello there!!! It has been a while and for that I am sorry. Time seems to be slipping by these days. We are working on some projects at home, and holiday preparation/installation is in full swing at work. Excuses, excuses I know.

At the beginning of September the Mister and I went to Pender Island in the Gulf Islands, BC with my parents. The trip provided some much-needed rest and time with the family. We shopped at the farmers market shortly after we arrived and picked up most of our food for the week. There were breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables, preserves, blackberries, and some really good french pastries. I picked up most of the items I needed for my picnic sandwich here.

The next day we decided to drive to a beach and have a picnic lunch followed by an exploration of the coast line. It was the perfect opportunity for me to try my twist on this Sweet Paul recipe. The sandwich is simple to make, easy to pack, handheld, and yummy! What more could you want on a picnic?

 Picnic Sandwich | K. Flick Studio

Picnic Sandwich | K. Flick Studio

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picnic sandwich

1 round of rustic bread

bacon

tomatoes

smoked mozzarella

pesto

arugula

You probably noticed that there are not any measurements with this recipe and that is intentional. This is a rustic sandwich so if you want more of one thing add it, less of something else that’s fine too.

1. Cut the top off the bread round off. About 1/3 of the way down the round.

2. Scoop out the crumb on the top and the bottom with your hands. Be sure not to go all the way to the crust, but take enough out to give yourself a good space to layer into. Set the crumb to the side. I like to dry mine and save it for bread crumbs.

3. Liberally apply the pesto to the bottom the round. Be sure to cover all of the surface, sides as well.

3. Lay in your tomatoes, arugula, cheese, and as much bacon as you like.

Once you have finished adding all of your fillings they will be domed over the top of the round and your lid should fit nicely down over them. Squish the sandwich down with your hands to meld all the fillings and compress the sandwich. Wrap tightly in cling wrap. You are now ready to head out on your picnic.

Be sure to bring a bread knife with you to cut your sandwich once you arrive at your location. You will also need napkins, this can get a bit messy. We had a smallish rustic round that made 4 perfect sandwiches.

Good Picnic Sandwich | K. Fick Studio

The picnic sandwich is not about exact ingredients. You should see what looks good at the market and adjust accordingly, the possibilities are endless. I hope that you take an afternoon to make the picnic sandwich and spend some time with friends and family.

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Happy Eating!

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