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Hudson-Chatham Blanc de Blanc

Wine Wednesday is a super tasty sparking wine from our hood in Ghent, the Hudson-Chatham Winery. They make a Blanc de Blanc for about 20 bucks a bottle that will knock your socks off. We enjoyed it the other eve as we kicked-off our annual Sive niece supper/sleepover. All grown ups now, with several working in the culinary industry, they make us the meal and we supply the appetizers and drinks. I thought this would be a festive way to get the festivities started. With a nod towards the sweet, it was lovely serving it with cheese as it really stands up and compliments food. Would also be stellar served with dessert or chocolates. Of course the fab orange label grabbed my attention right off the bat, but this versatile bubbly will be on my list each Hawthorne stay.



 

 

Autumn In New York

As the song goes, “Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” As we bid adieu to our beloved Hawthorne until we arrive back on Christmas Day, this stay was relaxing and revivifying all at the same time. The carpet of leaves surrounding the house got thicker & thicker each day. It was about resting up for the busy shopkeeper season that is upon us. But we also squeezed in a good amount of entertaining both family and friends. The days were cool and the leaves changed colors a bit each day. It was all we had hoped it would be and then some. Thanks always for following along.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 173

A few blooms in the guest bathroom when you are hosting company is a nice visual touch in an often overlooked space.



 

 

A Sunday Thought

I have looked through my list of quotes this Sunday morning, and nothing was resonating with me, and then I found this. I am at a loss for words, as well as feelings because I am a bit, no make that completely, numb. The actions of yesterday as well as of this week have left me, as I am sure many of you, saddened/angry/dumbfounded. You know I do my darndest to keep my posts positive and upbeat, but today I am just not feeling it. Places of worship are sacred. Life is sacred. We as a society and country must not allow this to be ok. Compassion, respect and love must prevail over hate.



 

 

Right Before Guests Arrive

I snapped a few shots right before guests arrived. An early country supper as the sun goes down and the flicker of the candlelight dances about the dining room. A full week-end of entertaining ahead. Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since we started calling this house our home. Time flies. Enjoy and savor every moment of it…



 

 

Mums, Sage, Seckel Pears and Rosemary

Flower Friday brings all the good things we found at the Hudson Farmers Market last Saturday with a mum thrown in for good measure. Herbs, fruits and vegetables can be such pretty things to weave into a table tableau. You can pluck a few leaves to use in cooking along the way while you enjoy their beauty at the table. I have become a big mum fan as they seem to be available here in the Hudson Valley at every turn. We often get in the car to go ‘exploring’ with no real plan or direction. Just drive around the back country roads meandering and seeing what we see. Often there are little roadside stands. Some attended and others with an honor system jar where you put in your money. At 5 to 10 bucks for a big plant of mums, I have quickly become a convert. Plus they come in tons of colors. Of course the creamy whites with the starting hint of yellow are a favorite, working well with all the green in the house. Cheers to the upcoming last week-end in October!



 

 

An Autumn Afternoon at Hamilton

We took a field trip the other day and made the drive over to Clinton, New York, about two and a half hours from Hawthorne. Mister Sive went to Hamilton College and had not been back since we met. It has always been on our list as I so wanted to see the campus. Wow, meticulous beauty and history at every turn. Alexander Hamilton was a trustee of the school which was later named after him. It was a stunning upstate Autumn day filled with lots of memories.



 

 

Porthos Tuna in Olive Oil

Wine & Dine Wednesday is about the swellest canned tuna we just started carrying at the shop. I work with a French food importer who stocks the very best of the best, venturing out of France every once in awhile if the product suits their high standards and/or fancy. This Porthos tuna packed in olive oil certainly must have. The packaging caught my eye the moment I spotted it in their booth. Then we started chatting about it and they told me of the exceptional quality. Ding, ding, ding, “We have a winner here!” my brain whispered. Ok, shouted. For we are big tuna fans in our household. Since 1912, Porthos has been one of the largest canned fish companies in Portugal. What I like most about this is in each tin you get 2 big filets. Divine served as part of a Niçoise salad. But yesterday for lunch it was just a simple tuna fish salad sandwich I was craving. Bartlett House here in Ghent is a cafe with a bakery that makes an awesome seeded bread we adore. I look for any excuse to toast a few pieces up. The Porthos tuna is packed in olive oil which keeps the filets nice and moist plus I like using some of that oil when making the tuna salad.

In a bowl add the filets along with a bit of the oil, a big dollop of mayonnaise, a small dollop of Dijon mustard, along with a pinch of salt and a few cracks of fresh ground pepper. Then with a fork and knife break up the filets, incorporating all the ingredients together. Sometimes I add a few cornichons. Serve on toasted bread or over salad greens. Enjoy!

Side note: We almost always have a note in our checked luggage that the TSA has searched and gone through it. They must think, who are these people?! It is comical when we are packing up for a few week stay at Hawthorne. It is like a mini Watson Kennedy in the bag–hand & dish soap, canned tuna and sardines, always a bottle of Grove 45 extra virgin olive oil, French sea salt, Diptyque candles, big tea lights, taper candles, the latest bar soap we are loving, the newest dish towel to catch my eye, a small piece of art, books, the latest Paris Review, and a vintage object we could just not live without.



 

 

Cook Like A Pro by Ina Garten

Always fun when the shop gets a big stack of books the day the actual, much anticipated book is released. Such was the case yesterday when Olivia sent me this image from the Home store. Cook Like A Pro by the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, is the latest cookbook in a long line of best-selling books by the much adored author/tv host. She distills recipes down to their very essence, making her cooking always approachable. She is known for testing her dishes over and over again before publishing them, and you can certainly tell. Foolproof is a word that comes to mind. If I am working off one of her recipes, I always know it will be spot on. This is sure to be a winning gift for the upcoming gift giving season.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 172

Food, particularly vegetables, can be exquisite on the eye. If you know you are cooking them later in the day, leave them out on the counter to enjoy their beauty. They will also feed your soul.