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Everthine: A Bridal Boutique

 

DRESSED IN WHITE

I had the pleasure of visiting Everthine after making a bridal appointment for my best friend who will be walking down the aisle this August. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience when it comes to finding the dress. With all the poofy bustles and high expectations, it can be challenging to find a relaxed environment to find the perfect gown.

The walls that comprise the boutique are that of a small home built in the 1700s; a house built by the the original owners’ father who lived in a larger version just a few blocks away. From the moment we walked through the turquoise painted door we felt special. We entered a room with a stone fireplace and vintage furniture that made us feel like we were home.

everthine7“I opened Everthine so women could have an experience I felt didn’t necessarily exist elsewhere,” said owner Chelsea McNamara. With Chelsea and the girls who work there it isn’t about your budget or being pressured into a certain mold, it is about being the best version of yourself on your special day.

I highly recommend visiting Chelsea and her team at Everthine in Madison, CT. The boutique even offers bridal party styling and customized appointments. Oh, and if you are wondering… the perfect dress was found that day for August.

Cheers to finding ‘the one’,
KP


TO MARKET, TO MARKET

 

STONINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET IS MOVING TO A NEW SPACE FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

As a coastal New Englander you have, more than likely, come to expect that a change of season brings a change in habit. Boats are hauled out of the water, blankets replace beach towels, and the chill of the morning air becomes familiar. For those of us living in Stonington, the colder weather also marks the move of our beloved Farmers’ Market indoors, this year to a new venue.

uRhOiASw8DWAmbKIBa9Z6_dLRFR_6VqkWTcmJml8g2oFor the past two summers I have had the pleasure of waking up bright and early Saturday mornings (wink-wink) and heading down to the town docks in the Stonington Boro to sell Saltwater Farm Vineyard wine. At 9am, the ‘opening bell’ is rung and, as I joke, the Farmers’ Market replaces stock market as the mornings main attraction. Saltwater Farm Vineyard’s signature display features a 1941 ton and a quarter Ford pick-up truck that attracts just as much attention as the wine. Visiting with customers and fellow vendors alike has become something I look forward to. I have said in the past that the Farmers’ Market represents the Boro at its best; new faces mix with market regulars, and friends catch up while more serious shoppers check off items for the evening’s dinner. For a few hours Saturday morning, the pace of life in the Boro slows down even more than usual.

farmers6And although Saltwater Farm Vineyard has retired from the market for the season, most of the vendors make the move indoors with the market for the winter months. This year marks the first time the Farmers’ Market will be held at the Velvet Mill in Stonington. This 19th Century New England mill, already home to several small businesses and artist studios, has been transitioning into a unique gathering space over the past several years. At the heart of the mill you will find the newly designated space for the Farmers’ Market. For a few hours on Saturdays the vast concrete floors, industrial lights and high ceilings are softened by the smell of fresh bread, flowers and glowing twinkle lights.

farmers9A wonderful addition to the already eclectic mix of farm and artisan offerings is the new cafe like seating area. Here, one could spend the morning sipping coffee, chatting with friends, or leisurely reading the paper, all the while sheltered from the elements. The space, which could seem cold and uninhabited, takes on a Pike Place vibe which is sure to develop even more warmth and personality as the Farmers’ Market eases into its new winter home.

mapThe indoor Stonington Boro Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning 10am to 1pm in the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave, Stonington CT, through mid spring. Bringing cash is highly recommended.

Stay tuned for future posts about the market’s offerings and the people who call the Velvet Mill home.

Visit the Stonington Village Farmers’ Market Facebook page here. Not local? Check here to find a market in your area.

Cheers to a cozy new spot,

JM

Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples and Caramel Apple Drizzle

 

PREPARE FOR A YUMMY BREAKFAST THIS WEEKEND…

Sunday mornings are for taking it easy, lingering over a nice big breakfast and a large cup of coffee. They’re for taking time to enjoy company and relish the particularly colorful display outside your kitchen window. This season is off to a beautiful start; our weather has been kind to us and the leaves are transitioning slowly so we can thoroughly enjoy them.

There are delicious dining options in town, but if you would rather stay snuggled in your PJ’s I’ve got an extra decadent dish to share, and I promise kids and adults alike will thank you for making it.

The Dutch baby, also known as a German pancake is a real treat if you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing one. They are easy to prepare and can be incredibly versatile, so don’t be shy. Breaking away from the familiar short stack, this is a large, single pancake baked in the oven with some fun visual effects. Once the impossibly thin batter of milk, eggs, and flour hits a sizzling hot cast iron skillet, it fluffs up into a culinary topographic map of mountains and then gracefully falls upon being removed from the heat. The end result is nothing of the cake-like texture we are all used to. Instead, it has a dense custard center with light and crispy edges, similar to a popover. I have paired this personal favorite with seasonally spiced apples and pecans with a drizzle of Clyde’s apple cider caramel for a sweet finish. This rendition is sure to warm your bones, so enjoy it with those you love.

Cheers to the other short stack,
KR

An Autumnal Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples, Pecans, and an Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

PECAN APPLE FILLING (make ahead):
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2-3 peeled and chopped crisp apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Sauté the apples in the butter with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over medium heat for about five minutes. Using a slotted spoon, move the apples to a bowl and set aside.

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Add the pecans and cook until the liquid has become thick and syrupy, about five minutes. Scrape into the bowl of apples, stir, and keep warm by covering with foil.

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APPLE CIDER CARAMEL SAUCE (make ahead):
2 Cups Clyde’s Sweet Cider
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pour the apple cider into a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Let it boil uncovered for approximately 20 minutes. The cider should reduce to about 1/3 cup and take on a thicker consistency. Reduce the heat to low and add the brown sugar, butter, cream and cinnamon. Bring the mixture back up to a boil and then lower to a simmer, stir constantly. When the caramel has thickened (about 2 minutes), remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

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DUTCH BABY:
3 eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup 2% milk at room temperature
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp kosher salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter divided

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Place a 12″ cast iron skillet (or oven proof pan) in the middle rack of your oven and pre-heat to 450 degrees. You want your pan and oven to both be up to temperature. Prepare your batter: whisk your eggs in a medium sized bowl until pale and frothy. Next, add your milk, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and beat until smooth. Pull the skillet out of your pre-heated oven and add the butter, swirl to coat. Immediately add your batter and return the pan to the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes without disturbing. When you see nicely browned edges, it’s ready to come out. Lastly, when the pancake has fallen, add the pecan apple filling and drizzle liberally with the apple cider caramel. Slice and serve immediately with a glass of Clyde’s Cider!

Tip: use the leftover caramel to drizzle over your favorite ice-cream, apple pie, or oatmeal.

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