We are thrilled to be hosting a book signing for the fabulous & creative & talented Dorie Greenspan and her new book Baking Chez Moi. The event is Tuesday the 4th of November from 5 to 7. The first 50 folks to sign up and buy a ticket in advance will get a personalized copy of the book by Dorie, plus a voucher for 25% off all your additional WK purchases for that evening–if so inclined to do a little shopping too. Sparkling wine, cider and other tasty treats will be served. Ticket price is $40 + tax. Please call the shop at 206.652.8350 to reserve your spot or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the door the eve of the event, minus the voucher, so buy early to capture this swell deal.
This is Dorie’s 11th book. Yes, you read that right, 11th! Called a “culinary guru” and for good reason, her new cook book centers on a collection of charming uncomplicated contemporary desserts, upending our ideas about French baking. A fab gift but also a keeper for your own library. Dorie is a Watson Kennedy customer and just one of the coolest, nicest folks. You will love meeting her.
What a fun evening it will be and what a fab way to kick off the Holiday shopping season!
The last few days have been rainy, rainy, rainy. I did a quick walk through some of the Market stalls yesterday to get a last look at the dahlias. Oh what a run they had and what a glorious season they gave us. They are hanging on for one last bit–the orange variety seeming to stand out among the rest. How very fitting for the time of the year. This season ending last purchase just seemed fitting to have them all snuggled together, finding a happy home on the dining table. Ready to great guests for the Friday night pizza & martini eve ahead. Thank you sweet dahlias for all the wonderful memories these months. Until next year…
I just can’t help myself sometimes. There is just something about the beauty of walking around a farmers market, I just have to click a few photos. Food can be so gorgeous. Plus I love being surrounded by the folks who actually grow the said food. They are artists and their medium is soil. So invigorating and highly visual these markets can be. We hosted a 50th birthday dinner at Hawthorne last Saturday for my best friend from college, Devin. A big kale salad was part of the menu so we made a trip into Hudson to walk the market there. Plus I told you lots of apple images were in the works…
Happy late October Thursday all!
Getting back from a trip, the first thing I do is walk around the shops and see what arrived when we were away. My oh my, some goodies certainly were unpacked and made their way out onto the shop floors. This is such an abundant, crazy busy, but crazy fun time of year to be a retailer. Here is what caught my eye yesterday afternoon as I snapped away images.
As we move into gift wrapping season, be on the lookout for interesting old papers, ledgers & maps. They make great wrapping paper with a highly creative bent. Tied off with simple string or twine then a finishing touch of a wax seal and you have a pretty nifty package to present.
We timed it pretty perfectly. This trip, which we did at exactly the same time last year, has so much to do with seeing the Fall colors. The drive up when we first arrived on the 9th, the colors were lovely but not quite there yet. Each day we would see them develop and turn. Like watching a natural dance. The trees that cocoon the house were still full of leaves. Today, they are beginning to be bare. Watching the wind blow them off is just poetic. It is such a special time to be here. We head back to Seattle tomorrow, rested and ready tackle the upcoming busy holiday season.
Bit by bit, we add a few things each stay and the house feels more and more like a home. Here are a few shots that I took this week of our now beloved Hawthorne.
This time of year and really right through the start of Spring, root vegetables are in abundance at the grocery store and at farm stands/farmers markets. There is just something about a big sheet pan or baking dish filled with a variety of root vegetables that I find immensely comforting. Baked/roasted at a high temperature really brings out the sweetness and caramelizes things a bit. I don’t even know where to begin the list on what this all is tasty with but let me try. Chicken tops the list, as does eggs. A piece of white fish such as halibut would be divine. Or truly, a big bowl of this alone would be a great vegetarian option. This could not be simpler, easier or quicker, so don’t blink or you might miss it.
You might have now noticed that I like cooking things at a high temperature. So often I say to set the oven at 400. This holds true here too. Cut up to roughly the same size little potatoes, like Yukon gold or reds. Scatter onto a baking sheet or baking dish. Then add pieces of whole peeled garlic. Next carrots, parsnips, rutabaga and turnips. Really any variation of these is lovely. No sweat if you can’t find them all. Again, try and have them cut to roughly the same size as the potatoes. Roughly is the key word here. This helps things cook evenly, but don’t worry if everything is not exact. I actually like the slight variations of everything. Looks cool once you plate it all up at the end. Then liberally sprinkle the whole lot with extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper. Either with your hands or a big spoon, mix all around so everything is evenly coated. Into that hot 400 degree oven it goes. Every 15 minutes move things around so they don’t stick and cook nicely on all sides. 45 minutes is usually a good amount of time, but more or less might be the ticket as all ovens vary slightly, as will cooking time by how large the pieces are cut up. Done. Your home will smell divine.
This book Provence, 1979 has been at the top of my list to read for awhile. I forgot to grab one as I was packing up at the shop the day before we left for New York last week. I wanted so badly to read it on this stay, we purchased it at the charming bookshop in Chatham the other day. It has been such a treat. A bit like taking a Provence trip while being ensconced at Hawthorne. Not a bad duo in the least. Written by the grandnephew of M.F.K. Fisher, it is a look back to a slice in time in the culinary world when a group of food legends (Julia Child, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher) converged on Provence. It is a bit like being a fly on the wall at a very special time. Change was in the air for the group of them. Many at the top of their game, the book centers on how this visit to Provence at this time in 1970 was pivotal to them all–how it shaped the next moves in their careers and in their lives. Being a lover of many things French, it is so interesting to read how many of these things influenced all of them as well. Like honoring the meal, savoring simple ingredients, and finding beauty in so many things/moments that the French are regaled and known for. I rarely read a book in several sittings, preferring to savor it over time. But this book is an exception. Even though I know how it all ends, I have just not been able to put it down. So good.
Just a reminder, if you are in the Hudson Valley area of Rhinebeck this afternoon, please stop into Paper Trail from 4 to 6 for my book signing. Would love to see you!
I am excited to be signing books tomorrow late afternoon from 4 to 6 at the oh so stylish Paper Trail in the oh so stylish Rhinebeck, New York. If you are in the area, please stop in! This visit has been part vacation, vintage shopping and book signings–what a fun trio at this most beautiful time of year in the Hudson Valley.
The falling leaves are just such brilliant varieties of color. The farm stands brimming with pumpkins. My love of white pumpkins again being fed. One of our favorite stands were offering them at 3 bucks each, so a little grouping on the front steps it would be. I find the creamy white variety soothing. Ever since I was a little kid, I gravitated towards them over the orange–and you know of my love of orange! We recently had the steps painted a deep green and the white pumpkins found a home on them nestled together to greet guests on this October stay.