What's Cookin'?

We recently posted an image on our Instagram featuring some delicious dishes, alongside one of our Fog Linen dish towels that we carry.  So many of you asked for the recipe, so here it is!  We have Real Simple Magazine to thank for all the goodness, it was featured in their July 2018 issue!  

Fog Linen dishtowel available at Fleur Inc

Cucumber & Melon Salad

1 small shallot, chopped finely

5 Tbsp. Champagne or white wine vinegar (We used our own champagne vinegar, infused with chive blooms from our garden!)

1 - 3lb cantaloupe, peeled and chopped

1 english cucumber, sliced

6 oz of feta cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)  

1/2 loaf ciabatta, sliced

7 Tbsp olive oil 

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves (ours came from the garden!)

1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted almonds (We used walnuts, because they were on hand!)

Freshly ground black pepper.

1. Mix together the shallots and vinegar.  Set aside to drizzle later on.

2. Arrange the cantaloupe and cucumber on a large platter and set that aside (We recommend using our DBO Home platter, shown below!).

3. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron grill pan and brush both side of the ciabatta with olive oil.  Grill until charred on both sides (We also rubbed fresh garlic on both sides for some extra delish!).

4.Whisk 1 tsp salt and the remaining olive oil into the shallot mixture & drizzle over the salad.  Top with the basil, walnuts pepper (to your taste) & sea salt.  Serve with the ciabatta!

5.Enjoy!

DBO Home available at Fleur

 

The DBO Home ceramic line that we carry would add to the presentation of this summer meal! Photo from their   This stunning collection is handmade in Connecticut, and each piece is different than the next.  It's a truly special line that we are so proud to carry.  

Fog Linen available at Fleur Inc

 

Maybe you prefer patio dining & you're looking for outdoor serving pieces?  The Fog Linen serving plates are perfect!  We use these all the time when friends and neighbors stop by.  Durable and wildly cute, they spruce up our table in an instant!

Either way, stop by the boutique to see our table ware collections, and happy summer cooking!

Early autumn color

Early autumn is such a funny time of year.  Yesterday I wore a dress and I was too cold.  Today I wore jeans and a three quarter length short and was far too warm.  This afternoon I bought a dress that can be layered for a wedding I am attending on Sunday.  Fashion is at it's absolute best in the autumn, and some might argue the same is the case for flowers.  The tones are deeper, jewel-toned, vibrant and outstanding.  I was reminded yesterday while flipping through Real Simple magazine that the reason leaves change colors is because of the pigment, anthocynin (cool weather combined with sunlight, etc, etc...).  And last weekend we worked on Melissa and Joe's wedding that truly felt  to be the perfect "say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn" tribute in floral form!

The colors are just so outstanding and vibrant, so beautiful and lush.  The bridal bouquet was compact and simply stunning.

And the bridesmaid's bouquets were beautiful as well.  You can't tell from these photos, but those dahlias are absolutely incredible.  They're locally grown too, which makes us all a teeny bit happier.

We didn't have time to snap photos of the centerpieces.  They were beautiful.  The low vases were quite similar to the bridesmaids and the talls were filled with orchids and hanging votives.  I'm excited to see the professional images.  I'm also just excited for autumn in general.  Darker skies are not too exciting at 8:00pm, however the colors, textures and nature's overall pattern in the fall is absolutely incredible.

In any case.., this wedding was gorgeous.  An adorable couple, colors that pop, and a beautiful early autumn afternoon.

Congratulations to Melissa and Joe!