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Oct 24, 2014   |  0 comments

Lobster and Corn Chowder

1 large yellow onion(3cups)
1/2 lbs of prosciutto cubed
3 tbsp olive oil
8 cups organic Chicken broth
1/4 cups gluten free flour
1/4 tsp thyme
6 red potatoes diced in small cubes
2 carrots peeked diced in small cubes
3 ears of corn kernels sliced off
4 cups diced cooked lobster

  1. Place prosciutto in a large pot over low heat. Cook stirring until browned. Add onions, carrots and sauté about 10 minutes
  2. Add the flour to the prosciutto and cook stirring for about 10 min until slightly browned.
  3. Add the broth, potatoes, and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally for about 15 min until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the corn and heat for 10 min.
  5. Pour chowder into a warm tureen.
  6. Add the lobster to the top of the chowder.

Serve immediately

Ingredients

1 organic turkey (18 to 22 pounds)
½ pound (2 sticks) organic sweet butter at room temperature
½ cup organic maple syrup
4 fresh sage leaves
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 sheet parchment paper (for baking)
½ sheet tin foil (for baking)
1 cup organic chicken or turkey broth

Directions

  1. Wash the turkey inside and out, removing the internal organs (neck, heart etc.). Dry with paper towels and set turkey into roasting pan.
  2. Gently lift the skin carefully so as to not pierce the skin. Slip the sage leaves under the skin using a little butter as a lubricant under the skin. Salt and pepper inside and out.
  3. Warm the maple syrup and butter till just warm in a saucepan on low heat. Using a pastry brush, work all over outside of the turkey.
  4. Place turkey breast-side up and cover breast with parchment paper and foil, leaving thighs exposed. Add 1 cup of broth in bottom of roasting pan. Baste every 30 minutes for a really tender turkey.
  5. Put turkey in a 325° oven for 4 hours. Remove the tinfoil and parchment paper and baste with remaining butter/maple glaze.
  6. Continue to cook until breast skin is brown and crispy (approximately one hour) until internal temp reaches 120°. Take out of oven, cover with more parchment and foil.
  7. Take care to never let metal touch the meat. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Slice into ½ inch sections and serve.

Ingredients

2 cups black rice
2 cups pearled couscous
5 cups organic chicken broth
1 loaf gluten free whole wheat bread
1 cup organic olive oil
1 cup organic dried cranberries
1 yellow onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
2 organic carrots, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ pound (1 stick) butter cut into small cubes
Chopped flat leaf parsley to garnish

Directions

  1. Sautee onions, celery, and carrots over low heat until carrots are tender and onions are translucent. Set aside.
  2. Bring broth to boil over medium heat on stovetop.
  3. Add rice and couscous, cranberries (save aside 1 handful) and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from stove.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Cut bread into 1" cubes.
  8. Put bread in a zip-lock and add olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake.
  9. Place cubed bread on cookie sheet in hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir until golden brown and crisp.
  10. Take out of oven and cool.
  11. Add rice, couscous mixture, and cubed bread to large casserole. Dot with butter and cover with parchment paper. Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and add additional cranberries. Stir and garnish with some chopped parsley.
  13. Serve hot with Roast Maple Glaze Turkey.

Oct 02, 2014   |  0 comments

Halloween DIY Decorations

I was honored to submit an article to Maria Shriver's website this month with DIY Halloween decorations. Halloween really kicks off the Holidays season and as the weather starts to bring a bite to the air our thoughts turn to entertaining our friends, neighbors and families. This year I'm putting together a spooky miniature graveyard scene that you can use as a hall display or even as a table centerpiece. Click here to read the full blog post on MariaShriver.com.

The saying goes that if you choose a job that you love, you never have to work a day in your life.   This is how I feel, as I am able to spend my days transforming houses into warm and elegant homes.

I was so pleased to be able to work recently with Jensen Ackles (of TV's "Supernatural" fame) and his lovely wife, Danneel Harris, to update their nearly 6,000 sq. ft. Malibu home. This is a dynamic young couple and the dark, outdated style of the home just didn't suit them (or the home). I wanted to help them recreate the space with a more relaxed feel, yet maintain sophistication and style.

The Ackles had brought with them some beautiful furniture from a previous house, but we really needed to capture the more relaxed Malibu attitude for this home. I began with a palate of blues, grays and ivories to draw on the colors of the sand and ocean, which allow additional accessories to further enhance the mood. We used many of our custom pieces from Room at the Beach to add that comfortable ease and low-key style.

I love to start with the entryway, as that space sets the mood for the home and is an immediate reflection of the homeowners' taste and personality.   Before, this entryway had just a too-small table that sat unadorned alone. Instead, I added an extra-long, custom bench and a beautiful oversized painting from artist Karen Bezuidenhout to create a relaxed, yet bold welcome area.   

The original kitchen dining area had a rustic farmhouse table and large upholstered chairs with traditional tufted detail. We replaced the entire setting with a custom fumed white oak table with a natural light grey stain finish. This table has very clean lines that are balanced by the rounded back of the wishbone chairs.   A striped neutral rug anchors the room and patterned custom cushions on the chairs are whimsical, yet elegant. The Room at the Beach-designed, grey wooden chandelier adds a lighter feel than a traditional metal or dark wood chandelier, and a dark green banana tree in the corner brings the outdoors in.

 

Typical of Malibu, the home has amazing views, but many homeowners are reluctant to install any window treatments for fear of obstructing those views. I was able to demonstrate that drapes do not have to cover the windows or be heavy to create a more finished look. Additionally, I always feel that there is no sense of privacy or definition at the doorway if you can see directly into the home. We added drapes in many of the rooms to add that extra detail.

I loved this project because the house itself was a beautiful design with grand ocean views, but desperately need updating.   It is a perfect example of how the interior design can easily change the overall feel of the house, even within the same frame. What before was heavy Mediterranean, is now, with lighter colors, fabrics and unique accessories, the embodiment of relaxed, coastal living.

 

The Ackles have recently have put this home on the market, but it was wonderful to work with them and I find so much joy when transforming a home. Now, it's been quite exciting to see the house featured on many websites, like: Yahoo.com, LA Times, and Wall Street Journal. Let me know what you think of the home in the comment section below!

xo,
Elizabeth

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