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Another Ten

We shot 10 more goods the other day for the website, so another quick My Favorite Things Today as we head into our Thursday. I always love seeing new things grace our shelves. Hope you do too!



 

 

Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône

Wine & Dine Wednesday is a lovely Côtes du Rhône I picked up the other day on a 10 minute grocery shop. Let me set the scene. For anyone who catches ferry boats will completely understand. We were leaving WestWard heading back into town the other morning. TPS dropped me off at the Vashon Thriftway and then went to get us a coffee and a sweet for the boat. I had that amount of time to shop before he swings by to pick me up for us to then race to the ferry. Game on! I have written this before and will a million times more, I ADORE our island grocery store. Everything about it, from the helpful & kind folks who work there to the incredible variety of goods they offer–all top notch. So a quick shop for the week to augment what we already had back at the apartment was my task. I know every aisle quite well, as it has been 20 years of shopping them, and typically not on such a tight deadline. I knew I wanted to find a wine to serve with a few meals this week. Côtes du Rhône is my red ‘go-to’ as it pairs well with food and is not generally crazy expensive. Well, well, well, as I rounded the corner to the wine section this stylishly graphic bottle caught my eye. With a few minutes left on the clock, I quickly scanned the bottle. Then the price jumped out at me. 10 bucks. Done! I think of this as ‘table wine’ which is easy, breezy to drink with a simple weekday supper. It makes me think back to our many trips to France over the years and the tasty wines served in ceramic pitchers in cafes. This is that type of wine.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

January for most shopkeepers can be a quiet time. Shipments trickle in after the busy holidays and customers can be scarce. Longevity and location has helped to alleviate that quietness for us, and most days are humming. New, new, new is my mantra always, as keeping things fresh is well, what keeps things fresh. New displays, new merchandise–the combo keeps it moving and grooving. Here are ten goodies that caught my eye this past week. All now up on our website too.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 186

Setting a creative table can be as easy as just choosing a theme and running with it. Or in this case, swimming with it. Keep in mind too, dishtowels can make swell placements in a pinch.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

A Day of Display at the Market Shop

Last month, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman who had a family antique table he was looking to sell. Above said table! He was introduced to me by his Aunt, a blog reader from back East. The table could not be more perfect in the shop, feeling instantly like it had been there forever. The arrival of it spurred a full day of display making room, and once it arrived, filling it with all sorts of WK goodies. Valentine’s Day was also on our minds, so the front table received a little refresh. As well as all sorts of other displays that were looking a little ragged from the crazy busy holiday season. By the end of the day, everything was feeling fresh and looking sparkly again.



 

 

Watercolor-ish Tulips

Flower Friday brings a vase of exquisitely dancing tulips that almost look like they have been painted with watercolors. The light coming through the shutters was incredibly diffused, creating all sorts of interesting things going on with the image. The tulips some of my very favorite as they start creamy, then opening up with stripes of red and turning the lightest, lightest buttery yellow. Thought you would enjoy. Happy Friday all. Have the BEST weekend!



 

 

Sheet Pan Orange & Honey Glazed Chicken with Potatoes, Cauliflower and Thyme

This Thursday brings us a Wine & Dine Wednesday. Made this last night and just had to share. In my mind a big sheet pan is a cooks best friend. I use one or more almost every time I cook. They have incredible versatility. For this, I cooked the entire meal on one pan, so it made cleanup super easy. Plus it made cooking it all super easy.

Oven to my loved 400 to preheat while you get things ready. Dry skin on, bone in chicken thighs and drumsticks with a paper towel. Place on pan, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, then salt & pepper bowl sides. Citrus is looking amazing at the moment so I cut in half satsumas and whatever other oranges looked good in our bin. Place those on the sheet pan. Then cut medium sized potatoes in half. Along with good sized cauliflower florets. The idea with both is that they are not small as they will cook for an hour at high heat. Add both to the pan nesting all together with the chicken and oranges. Give a generous amount of EVOO to the potatoes, cauliflower and oranges. Along with a bunch of pinches of salt. Lastly, take off a bunch of thyme leaves and let it rain over the whole lot. Then add fresh stems here and there. Thyme is such a hearty herb with a delicate flavor.

Almost there! In a bowl juice 2 oranges. Add a teaspoon of honey for each piece of chicken. Put in microwave for 20 seconds to get the honey nice and loose. Stir. Spoon over the chicken pieces. It is now ready for the oven. Every 15 minutes turn, flip or move around everything on the pan. At the half hour point turn the pan completely around so things get equal time at the back of the oven. At the 45 minute mark check the chicken temp. You want internal to be 160. If things look nice and caramelized, pull out. If not, go to the hour mark. Enjoy!



 

 

Diptyque Valentine Candles at WK

Just In, two wildly yummy new Diptyque candles created in honor of Valentine’s Day. They arrived at the shop the other day and I can’t stop sniffing them, their floral goodness intoxicating. Plus I quite like the colored containers, which filters the light of the flame, creating a lovely moody environment when lit. It is always a treat when these limited edition candles arrive, as they make extra special gifts.



 

 

Pink & Green Windows

Our windows got a big refresh at the end of last week. Still wanting to stick with the plaid we used for the Holidays, the red became vibrant pink. Pink & green has always been a preppy favorite of mine, and these have that in spades. Heather painstakingly painted the vintage brown wooden chairs we have had forever to fit right in to each vignette. The chairs pull the whole color story together. Then works by Hugo Guinness and Jeanne McKay Hartmann were hung that got the windows started. Then it becomes many walks around the shop to see what catches our eye. A sort of moving puzzle. Green gourd lamps and lots of Livia Cetti paper geraniums and we were off and running. Oh, and I almost forgot, pink heart shaped balloons!