Eucharisteo

November 22, 2018

From the Greek meaning thanksgiving…to be thankful. And, on this day let’s do just that, give thanks.

Then, pie.

 

Photo:gp

 

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Finishing Touches

November 18, 2018

With Thanksgiving dinner under control it might be a good idea to give a little thought to setting the table. Whether you’re hosting a few or a crowd, that table will be full, so keep things simple. No elaborate centerpiece, just a simplequietmodern statement of a neutral palette and a scattering of a few fresh flowers, fruit and fall leaves scavenged from the yard. Maximum style impact…very little effort. Done.

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While I generally favor Bosc pears for their warm sueded finish, this year I’ll be using Quince. Over the weekend they’ll be transformed into Quince Paste or Membrillo to enjoy later. Photo: gp https://simplequietmodern.com/2012/12/14/small-plates/

For everyday use or any special gathering there is nothing like the classic modern statement of Heath Ceramics Coupe Dinnerware and new Muir Flatware. Photo: https://www.heathceramics.com

I’m a sucker for a natural jute linen napkin. This one in Flax linen shot with silver brings it up a modern notch for the holiday. Photo: https://www.unisonhome.com/new/new-holiday-catalog/etoile-flax-and-silver-napkin.html

I’m still loving pink for Fall so why not the best of the MidCentury floral offerings than pale pink carnations? Just a few in each small container…cup, cocktail glass or vase…scattered about should do it. Photo: gp

Check your yard for just a handful of perfect fallen leaves.This year I’m liking the way the shape color and texture of these oak leaves works tucked in with everything else. Photo:gp

 

 

Make a Wish

November 16, 2018

If you were hoping Hans Wegner’s iconic C-24 ” Wishbone” chair was available in more than the 105 options already offered, you’ve gotten your wish. For a limited time Carl Hansen & Sons is offering the C-24 in a special edition in celebration of their 110th birthday. Available in eight colors with a natural paper cord seat, this specially priced limited edition will only be available until the end of this year. So many choices. That didn’t complicate the decision making did it?

 

 

 

 

Photo top: limited edition C 24 in Oyster Gray https://www.carlhansen.com/en/collection/chairs/ch24/wishbone-chair-oak-black-natur/variant/701

Photo bottom: http://remash.tumblr.com/post/179794332769/two-pavillions-tom-robertson-architects-photos

 

 

Crisis Averted

November 11, 2018

Before serving up a new recipe to your guests this Thanksgiving it might be a good idea to give it a test run or two. A fast or slow oven, even an ingredient omission or misprint, can be a spell disaster. Working out the kinks beforehand will guarantee success. Less than two weeks left…better get on it.

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Follow the directions on any package of fresh cranberries and add a bit of fresh or candied ginger to the mix.

Once you’ve mastered Gougere you’ll be making them any time there’s a gathering and some Champagne. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=gougere

Once we started roasting them, Brussels Sprouts became everyone’s favorite side. A little Bacon, a drizzle of walnut oil couldn’t hurt either. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Roasted+Brussels

Jackfruit “crab-less” crab cakes…another new ” go to” appetizer.  https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=JackFruit

Roasting off a Hubbard squash provides a superior result over canned pumpkin if you’re in the mood for pie. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Hubbard+squash+pie

photos: gp

 

 

Summer Holdover

October 28, 2018

We might be closing in on November, but I can’t help thinking that this Red Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Parmesan will add a little Summer brightness to your menu rotation this Fall and Winter. As easy as it was to whip up for those Summer picnics sand barbecues, you’ll find yourself serving this alongside your heartier favorites. And, in true simplequietmodern fashion it couldn’t be easier…three ingredients and a minimal amount of prep.

Adapted from the original from Molly Wizenberg of Orangette, this salad is this simple. One small Red Cabbage washed, cored, quartered and finely shredded tossed with a dressing of one clove of garlic run through your Microplane, the juice of one lemon, 3 Tablespoons olive and a good pinch of Kosher salt whisked together. Top with 1/4 cup grated parmesan and a generous grind of black pepper and toss again. That’s it.

photos: gp

 

 

 

Just Right

October 23, 2018

Heath Ceramics new Muir flatware. Designed by Heath in San Francisco and hand crafted by Sherrill Manufacturing in New York, the result is the perfect complement to any of your Heath dinnerware. Whether you’re setting a simplequietmodern place for one on any given weeknight, or entertaining a crowd during the holidays you can’t go wrong with the elegant MidCentury minimalism Muir brings to the table.

Photos: https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/flatware

 

 

Simple Enough

October 18, 2018

Feta…I love it. Yet every time I bought a new block it seemed I ended up tossing some out before I had time to use it on yet another Greek salad. Ugh…I hate waste. Simple solution… drizzle with olive oil and hit with a healthy dose of red pepper flakes, a grind or two of black pepper and a sprinkle of oregano. Bake at 400 Degrees until soft, about 10 minutes. As a prelude to dinner served with torn pits it’s delicious…..and, anything left over can be turned into a simple lunch with the addition of some pepperoncini, tomato and a few olives. Baked feta…..who knew?

Photos: gp