Reuben Dutch Baby

On this Wine & Dine Wednesday first day of Spring a hearty Reuben Dutch Baby I made at Hawthorne week before last for my hubby. He had just driven back from the city seeing his mom and I wanted to make him a special treat. He loves a Reuben! This recipe is from Bon Appétit magazine, which I read on the airplane going to New York and it stuck with me, so I thought I would give it a go. It did not disappoint and was crazy filling.

4 large eggs, ½ cup milk, room temperature, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 4 ounces coarsely grated Swiss cheese (preferably Jarlsberg), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, salt & pepper

Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet in oven, preheat to 425°. Whisk eggs, milk, and 1 tsp. mustard in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add flour, whisking until smooth. Season with salt. Stir in half of cheese and ½ tsp. pepper.

Carefully remove preheated skillet from oven and add butter, swirl skillet to coat. Drape half of pastrami into skillet (it’s okay if it bends and folds over itself); season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over. Return skillet to oven and bake until Dutch baby is puffed and golden brown, 12–15 minutes.

Remove skillet from oven and heat broiler. Drape remaining pastrami over Dutch baby; top with remaining 2 oz. cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

Top with sauerkraut and mustard before serving.



 

 

Give Someone a Hug Today

Today is my 4th day in bed with this nasty cold/flu bug that has been going around. Getting a bit better each day but even taking Bailey out for a quick spin, as I just did, wipes me out completely. Of course this has meant I have read lots of news. Hence, my hug directive. So many beyond terrible things happening in the world as well as our own country. Makes me want to just pull the duvet over my head and hide for awhile. But we can’t. We must keep on spreading the love. And asking questions, and being aware, and informed and insisting on the truth for all matters. But when it all gets to be overwhelming, ask for a hug or give someone a hug. Whether two legged or four, a good hug can be some of the best medicine in the world.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 193

A big cheese platter can be awesome but also overwhelming, both for the host and guests. Try individual platters for your next gathering. Combine cheeses with jams, honey and candied ginger as well as a variety of crackers & bread for a simple and oh so tasty cheese spread.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

A Green, Green Shop Table

Yesterday was a full day of display, along with redoing the dining table vignette at the back of the Home store. How surprising, green has been on my mind! With the official start of Spring next week as well as St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I just decided to run with it. Oh, and those geranium places. They had quite a bit to do with it, as I have been dying to play with them since they came in. The green dotted tablecloth is actually a big roll of wrapping paper I adore. Once that was put into place everything else came together. The potted Livia Cetti geranium just had to be the centerpiece. Dinner is served!



 

 

Lily Love To The Rescue

My love of flowers runs deep. The happiness they bring to me is immeasurable. This last stay at Hawthorne is testimony to that fact. The eve we arrived a good sized snow arrived and we did not leave the house the next day. Which on almost all levels is heaven to me. Only thing missing were some blooms set about which we would normally pick up shopping our first full day there. I can honestly say I felt a tad off kilter that first day. Once we got out and did a little grocery shopping and picked up a bundle of lilies, all was right in my world. I know for some of you reading that might sound/seem extreme, but I really did breath easier once they dotted about the rooms. Flowers settle me. They make a space come alive. Others of you reading completely know what I am talking about. I am not meaning anything excessive or overly extravagant, just a few blooms that make the rooms full of life. Moments after arriving back in Seattle the other evening to the apartment, I walked straight to Whole Foods to pick up a bundle of tulips for the very same reason. The rooms woke up once the single stems were set here and there and all was right. The world may be chaotic outside, but home can envelop us. With a few flowers it certainly does for me. Happy week-end all! Much love, TKW



 

 

The Market Shop All Aglow

A very kind customer snapped this the other day when the sun was setting and it made the Market shop golden. We arrived back to Seattle last eve and I am ready to hit the ground running. I love being away but can’t wait to get to the shops once we are back to see all that has come in since we left. With Spring officially around the corner, all sorts of fun projects on the books. Thank you, always, for following along on our adventures… X, T2+B



 

 

The Zen of Painting

Yesterday I spent the afternoon painting. First at Little Hawthorne finishing the guest room and then in the basement of the big house working on a chair we put up in the meadow once the snow goes away. There is a zen to painting. Therapeutic and relaxing all at the same time. The methodical strokes of the brush. One of the things I like most is seeing/accomplishing something right in front of your own eyes. To create a whole new look in a short amount of time. Painting is one of the easiest and most economical ways to create something anew. If you end up not totally liking the color, try another. The joy is in the doing.



 

 

A Glass Bottle Collection

A collection can really be of something quite basic, super utilitarian but ultimately should be something that pleases you on many levels. At Hawthorne we started collecting old, heavy glass bottles & jars that have writing on them. We use them for single stem vases but when not called in to duty to hold a flower, they look swell massed together to enjoy visually as the collection in the dining room. We find them when out and about looking for vintage for the shops. I try and never spend more than $20 for one. These little beauties can be super spendy as they are quite old and certain ones become quite collectible. We pass on those and revel in the beauty of more basic versions. For it is a collection that is meant to be used, so if one breaks we are not all torn up by it. For it is a ‘working’ collection. To be admired when not in action but they really come to life when a bloom makes the little vessels just sing.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 192

For a cozy dinner table, use a variety of candle heights to add instant mood. Try tall tapers mixed with lower varieties along with super low tealights. A flicker of light will be wherever your eye lands.