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New Favorite Summer Cocktail: Tarragon Lemon Fizz

June 21, 2013 at 8:00 amBY Joanna

 

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I often struggle with the more traditional summer cocktails.  Mojitos, margaritas, daiquiris…they’re all delicious, but so sweet, and that means a terrible hangover the next day.  I can hardly handle any sweetness in these days.  I’m thinking it’s a process of aging, but who knows.  Either way, I’ve been looking for a new go-to refreshing summer cocktail, and I think I’ve found my match.  I’m calling it a tarragon-lemon fizz.

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This tarragon-lemon fizz is a concoction I came up with for a recent get together with friends, and the results were surprisingly easy going down, and gentle the next day.  The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and so great together.  Here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch fresh tarragon, 2 lemons, vodka, club soda, 1/2 cup sugar.

DIRECTIONS: In a small sauce pan combine sugar with 1/2 cup water.  Stir over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved.  Pour simple syrup mixture into a glass jar.  Add 3 sprigs of tarragon and juice from half a lemon.  Allow to cool.  Over ice combine 2 tbsp simple syrup (less or more depending on your sweet tolerance), 2 oz of vodka (I like Tito’s), 5 oz of club soda, slice of lemon and pinch of a tarragon sprig. Stir and enjoy!

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Preparing for Alt Summit: Business Cards

June 20, 2013 at 10:00 amBY Joanna

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We’re at Alt Summit this week! It’s our second year attending and we’re psyched to return.  Last year felt like training wheels.  We were slightly overwhelmed with all the amazing talent and wealth of knowledge.  It took weeks to fully absorb everything we’d taken in…and I’m not sure we’ve even digested it all yet, but he we go again…we’re off to Alt!  One thing Lorien and I agreed on right away was our need to better present our business cards.  Given that we’re in the unique position of having two blogs that are completely different – our challenge was to simplify the delivery system this year.  Right away I thought it would be nice to package the two cards into some sort of bundle.  These kraft paper envelopes perfectly fit the bill.  After some deliberation, we decided on the message for the outside of the envelope, ‘nice to meet you’!  Really…that’s what we’re thinking when we deliver our business cards to new acquaintances.  And to add a little more interest, we thought…how can we make one of our posts come to life?  We write about cooking and gardening so much, it seemed like a no-brainer to throw in some of our favorite cucumber seeds and a quick pickle recipe (super simple).  So here you have it – our bundled business cards for Alt NYC 2013.  We hope you get to grow some cucumbers and make pickles (and if you do we’d love to see!).

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Eating the Alphabet: B

June 19, 2013 at 10:00 amBY Joanna and Lorien

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For our second installation of this series, Lorien and I sifted through a long list of our favorite foods beginning with the letter ‘B’.  This series is really fun to work on (reminiscent of sesame street).  The ingredients are overwhelming….think of all the amazing foods beginning with ‘B’.  It wasn’t an easy choice, but we each chose a pair of ingredients and recipes we’d like to try.

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Joanna says: What would like be like without beets?? I don’t really want to know, but it wouldn’t be nearly as sweet.  I can eat a beet in just about any form, picked, roasted, mashed, baked….I’m a big fan.  Aside from staining my cutting board, beets have never left a bad impression on me.  I’ve attempted so many varieties of beet recipes, almost always resulting in delicious dish.  One beet recipe I’ve been meaning to try out, but haven’t tried on my own is Borscht.  This traditional and refreshing Ukrainian soup can be served hot or cold, but being summer, I think I’ll try out a cold version.  I found this recipe for Cold Summer Borscht straight from Alan Ginsberg.  Can’t wait to try it out.

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As much as I love a good beet…I have to say, basil is absolutely a staple in my summer diet.  One of my fave crops from the garden, basil can be used in a cocktail, in a pasta dish, endless salads, and the list goes on and on….I’ve tried my hand with so many basil recipes.  I think they’ve all been fantastic, and it must be due to the basil.  This herb is quintessential summer.  I had to dig deep to find a recipe I hadn’t tried, but I think I’ve found the perfect one on Bon AppetiteLemongrass-Basil Sherbert.  I’m already dusting off my ice cream maker.  Yum!

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Lorien says:When we did ‘Eating the Alpahbet: B’ I had a heard time choosing which foods and recipes I wanted to share, with ‘B’ I knew immediately that I wanted to share this Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels Sprouts recipe. Although b sprouts are not really in season, I’ve been drying to try this recipe… it just has to be good. My usual go-to recipe for cooking brussels sprouts is to coat in salt, pepper, garlic powder. Cook until crispy, almost chip like in a 350/400 degree oven. Squeeze lemon on before serving. It’s my favorite way and the easiest way to cook them, it even converted a brussels sprout hater into a brussels sprout lover.

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Choosing brownies was also a no brainer for me. Brownies are efinitely not the most chefy food, but I’m a sucker for a good, simple and delicious brownie. If there is a brownie in front of me, just like pizza or fries, I can not resist. If it’s a brownie icecream sundae, oh forget it…. While I’m exploring recipes for gluten free brownies, sometimes you just need the real thing and Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies can do you no wrong.

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A New Find: Tiny Atlas Quarterly

June 18, 2013 at 11:03 amBY Lorien

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I can’t really travel far this summer, but I am looking to plan some weekend camping trips or small staycations. But Tiny Atlas Quarterly, an online photography publication that I just discovered, has me wishing I could travel farther and more.

A new publication, I’m excited to see where it goes and what adventures they capture with their cameras. Created by a photographer with more photographers, stylists, art directors and designers contributing, I find Tiny Atlas Quarterly is simple, personable and relatable (all great things!). What is Tiny Quarterly Atlas about? In their words:

” With Tiny Atlas we are creating these stories for ourselves and for you. And while our clients may want the ever-sunny day, we also relish a moody storm sweeping acorss a moutnian range. With Tiny Atlas Quarterly we want to show you the places we lvoe to travel ourselves, both high and lowbrow. We also want to show you how we see our own backyards”.

I love the part about showing us how they see their own backyards… the rest of the About Page is just as well written and charming. I’m excited to see more pictures from Tiny Atlas Quarterly. Any other online magazines, publications that I should be seeing?

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Before and After: A 240 Year Old Map is Reborn

June 17, 2013 at 10:19 amBY Lorien

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On Wednesday Joanna and I are once again attending the conference Alt Design Summit in NYC. Last year was our first time going and we are thrilled to be going again. We learned so much from the speakers and from meeting fellow bloggers, and sitting in the offices of Martha Stewart wasn’t so bad either.

This year the speakers and the panel, in my opinion, are even better than last year and I know I’m going to learn so much. We’re ready to learn and to be inspired, and to spend some time in NYC (the weather is looking good, fingers crossed).

On my hunt to find things for Joanna and I to do while in NYC, I of course wandered from my search and I came across this story in the New York Times about a 240 year old map that was restored. It was amazing to see the before and after, and even if you don’t read the story, check out the interactive feature to see the amazing restoration that took place close-up.

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Father’s Day Brunch: Corned Beef Hash

June 14, 2013 at 12:41 pmBY Joanna

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I’m planning a last minute brunch for Father’s Day, and since it’s all about my dad, I’ll be making my first ever corned beef hash (it’s his absolute fave).  I have to say, I’m not really a fan, but I hope by making my own I can incorporate some tweeks here and there.  These four recipes seems to be a good starting place.  From here I’ll experiment a little.  Is it wrong to want to add some vegetables that aren’t a starch?  We’ll see what I can do.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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That’s What She Said: Taking a Trip to Vinny’s Antiques Center

June 13, 2013 at 10:30 amBY Joanna

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For this week’s ‘That’s What She Said’ post we made our way to Vinny’s Antique Center in Seekonk, MA. What a gem of a place, if you haven’t been yet it’s worth taking a drive (it’s less than a 1/2 hour from Providence). Two floors filled top to bottom, left to right with treasures from clocks, chairs, kitchenware, clothing, furniture, pictures…. a little something of everything. .

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Lorien says: Joanna had been before and since she is always raving about Vinny’s, I was excited to check it out. There were so many things to look at and so many things I could take home, but I went in with some tunnel vision. I went looking for tables and chairs that we could use in our house since we’re in need of a new kitchen table and possibly more seating. While I didn’t find my kitchen table I did find….

This amazing trunk. Even with being on the floor, the bright yellow caught my eye immediately. I love how worn in it is and I even love the color. I would love to take this home and find a place in our home for it. Such a great storage solution.

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The shape and the fabric, surprisingly, is what attracted to me to this chair. And while I do love the fabric I would love to reupholster this chair, maybe in a grey or grey tweed, and put it our family room. The brown of the chair would go great with my brown couch, and I love how thin the legs and arms are (I’m currently having a mini obsession with finding furniture that isn’t bulky).

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Every vendor has their own area, so as you walk the place you feel like you’re stepping into each vendor’s family room, and even if you’re not on the hunt to buy things it’s fun to just walk around. I love this one particular’s vendor spot. It was filled top to bottom with antiques from this gorgeous fan to vintage beer taps, toys and signs. The quality of everything was amazing and could easily go into anyone’s home as is. Everything about this vendor’s area was exactly what you thought of and wanted when you go to an antique store.

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Joanna says: I’ve been having a love affair with Vinny’s for years now.  When I first moved back to Providence from NYC, I combed Vinny’s for furniture (I had none), and found my kitchen table and chairs, my dresser, and a bazillion end tables (maybe 5).  They always have inexpensive pieces of furniture that just need a little love – sometimes a repaint or just a good cleaning. Absolutely the place to go if you’re looking for something unique and affordable.vinny's03vinny's02

Given that I am thinning out my collections of collections….I went to Vinny’s this time with restraint.  I mostly wanted to introduce Lorien to one of my fave shops, and I knew she was on the hunt for some new furniture.  Instead of looking for new chotchkies – I went through the store looking for inspiring graphic design.  Vintage packaging from mid-century always seems to be my favorite.  I found some fun examples…I love this Alka-Seltzer box and it’s colors.  And who wouldn’t want to read ‘Explorations in Non-Traditional Study‘ with that title and cover art.  Two thumbs up to a successful trip to Vinny’s.

 

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Interiors: Dash & Albert Rugs

June 12, 2013 at 10:00 amBY Joanna

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Lorien and I are pretty excited to be heading out to Alt Summit NYC next week.  It’s such an amazing gathering – packed full of bloggers at Martha Stewart Omnimedia for a day of amazing speakers, conversation and introductions.  We look forward to going all year.  Last year we had a blast, and this year should be even better.  Particularly because this year we’ll be attending a sponsor dinner the night before with Dash & Albert!  I’ve been a big fan of this textile company (mainly rugs, but they also make great tote bags, throw blankets and pillows) for quite some time.  One of my first jobs was in a retail boutique and they had me selling Dash & Albert rugs to interior designers for fancy beach houses.  Their designs are truly timeless, and most everything is stripped, so you know I’m on board.  I just checked out their site, and I could easily live in any one of their sets (they have the cutest pets lounging on their rugs). Having just refinished my floors, I’m in the market for a few new rugs, and I’ve got my eye on this Fair Isle Rosemary rug.  I think it would look great in my new grey living room.   Like most decisions I make – I’ll probably ponder this one for another year or so before I decide I should just buy the rug, but I hope it will be mine some time soon.

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The throws….oooh the throws! They have the best cotton throws that you can toss in the washing machine and dryer.  Mine has survived puppy chewing and years of washing, and it’s still going strong (with a few small holes).  I don’t need anther one, but I want another one – I’m trying to recognize the difference these days.  So maybe I’ll treat myself this summer.

Needless to say – I’m excited to join Dash & Albert for dinner next week.  I’ve been a customer, admirer, fan for quite some time now.  We’ll share pics with you next week.

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Etsy Finds: BagyBags

June 11, 2013 at 10:15 amBY Lorien

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I came across these bags on the fantastic blog Confetti Riot and I just had to share. I’ve had a mini obsession with finding a backpack for the summer. I’ve let go of the fact that wearing one makes me look way younger than I already look, I’ve let go of the fact that it isn’t the most ‘adult’ accessory and I’ve given into the comfort and convenience that a backpack gives you.

I have already found a cheap one at a Salvation Army and it was a lifesaver while camping, I only wish I had found these handmade bags from BagyBags earlier. The etsy store also has great totes, unisex backpacks and laptops cases. I love a good Etsy find.

1. Unisex, navy and chocobrown canvas Backpack, $95.70
2. Navy stripe denim fold over flap style tote , $78.80
3. Unisex, Navy stripe denim backpack with navy canvas flap, $95.70
4. 13 inch MacBook or Laptop sleeve / Laptop bag, $52.70

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{Small Business} Spotlight: Stock Culinary Goods

June 10, 2013 at 10:50 amBY Lorien

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The moment you walk into Stock Culinary Goods in Providence you feel like you’ve walked into a friends house (a friend who is one heck of a host with one heck of a house) because you automatically feel comfortable and put at ease. And if you’re like me, you are also gleefully happy about all the kitchen tools they have; everything from the essentials tools for the home cook or the expert chef to the fun accessories that make great gifts. I love the personalized notes that are included on the price tags and how many locally made items you can find. Yes, you don’t need everything in the store, but you’ll definitely want it all.

What I admire most about the store is the selection of items and how well curated the store is. The owner is clearly someone who knows her away around a kitchen, whether it’s a knife set fit for an expert or a fun pie plate, everything is something you will can use over and over again, and most importantly will want to use over and over again. You walk out of the store wanting to cook or host a party, and everything in the store seems made to help us enjoy the process of cooking that much more. So course I wanted to interview the owner, Jan, for Get Along and Go and she was kind of enough to answer some of our questions:

Can you tell us a little bit about Stock Culinary Goods?
Jan: Stock was founded as a way to bring community back to the process of buying for your kitchen. We sell products and resources that will help you conceive of, prepare and present food, but more than that, we like to think of our store as a fun and welcoming place where you can go to get inspired, ask questions, and hang out with others who value the importance of mealtime. I am constantly introducing customers to other customers and before you know it, we’re all in far reaching conversations. People who cook love to talk about it almost as much as they love to do it.

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What made you want to open Stock? What experiences of yours inspired the opening of Stock?
Jan: The dry answer is I wanted to open Stock because it wove together my interests and my recent career choices. Prior to Stock, I was the Director of Culinary Education and Food Forager for the Ocean House, a Relais and Chateaux Resort in Watch Hill. It was an amazing experience, but I live in Pawtucket and the commute was too much. Prior to that, I traveled the nation (and bits of Canada) writing about independent retail stores and restaurants for the eat.shop guides, which were a series of lush, print guidebooks that presented a curated selection of fantastic local shops and restaurants worldwide. Those honed my dedication to buying local and chef owned restaurants. But the real reason is that my husband and I haven’t thrown a party in 20 years or planned a vacation that didn’t revolve around food and cooking. We always end up in the kitchen. Now it’s like my office is the kitchen.

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I love how well curated the shop is, what are your favorite items? How do you choose which items to sell?
Jan: The curation is an interesting challenge. At first, it was easy because I opened with a small selection of things I love. And I felt strongly that an edited store would be the best approach. But after being here for a few months and listening to what people want, I have a much wider view of what to stock. It isn’t enough, in a vital, urban neighborhood like this, to be the “cooking-themed gift store on the corner. “ When a spatula breaks or a recipe calls for a jelly roll pan, I need to have those things. So I still strive to bring in a range of quality, well designed products, emphasizing American made and regionally produced as much as possible, but there’s a massive selection of everyday items too, from peelers to honey dippers to egg beaters.

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My favorite items will always be those things that are made by local craftsman. When helping people choose gifts, I love to steer them toward those things that aren’t “off the cargo boat, shipped out of the Dallas warehouse and fulfilled through the outlet in your town.” I have copper pots made by Jim Hamann from East Greenwich. I get the sweetest wood cheese presentation boards from Corwin Butterworth of Wakefield. And I carry beautiful measuring spoons from Beehive, out of Fall River, as just a few examples.

Describe your own cooking style?
Jan: I love to cook, but I am not terrifically patient. So I follow recipes if needed, but very loosely. Mostly I love to rely on a few fundamentals and just go with what’s in the kitchen. At the Ocean House, the cooks taught me to build flavor in layers makes all the difference. As far as what I cook, I do a lot of one pot and slow cooker projects because I have a big family to feed and not a lot of time to do it.

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In your own kitchen, what are the 3 tools you can’t live without and why?
Jan: This question comes up a lot, because these three items are a shock to me. If you told me ten years ago these would be my indispensable things, I would have said, no way, not for me. Well at least the first two. But I live for my electric kettle, my rice cooker and my brilliant 10” chef’s knife. I’m only proud of that last one.

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If you could dine with one chef, alive or deceased, who would it be?
Jan: She isn’t chef chef, but I would love to eat with MFK Fisher. Oh, the stories she could tell.

What do you think your secret ingredient in the kitchen is?
Jan: Salt isn’t a secret, is it?

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Where is your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island?
Jan: No can do. I have a handful. North, Farmstead, New Rivers, Flan Y Ajo, Cook & Brown bar, Chez Pascal, Nick’s, ugh, I could keep going!

What taste you always crave?
Jan: Spicy, spicy, spicy. Nothing, and I really mean this, has proven to be too spicy yet.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the events at Stock? What can we expect in the coming months?
Jan: We are always plotting fun events with some education thrown in. We’re often doing oyster shucking lessons and pairings with Campus Fine Wines. Those are a blast. We’ve got cookie decoration classes with the genius behind Eye Cookies. We get chefs in here to teach basic knife skills and sharpening. We teach classes, like ravioli making, to kids. We’ll have book clubs and author signings. It’s fun to teach new things to people, but at the end of the day, we’re really about community, appreciating food and cooking and having fun together.

Stock is located at 756 Hope Street and you can find them online at stockpvd.com. Thanks Jan!

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