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Entertaining into the New Year

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The holiday season is winding down but the Big Kahuna of holiday parties lays ahead. Whether you’re planning on a quiet evening getting hygge with a few friends or throwing a bash for everyone on your contact list, it’s good to have a few new recipes up your sleeve. Our staff chose some favorites for Prelude feasting from our library of cookbooks that still have us all abuzz. Our fearless leader, Tony, gravitates towards all things poultry and found a fabulous recipe for duck tacos with tomatillo salsa, which could be the start of a fabulous New Year’s Eve fiesta. The cookbook that features that and other fine options is available in the shop: Culinary BIRDS by Chef John Ash.

A fan favorite among our Prelude guests was prepared by Nichole, who is a busy mom as well as a gardenista and killer cook. Time was of the essence so she found an amazingly tasty recipe out of a new book to our shelves designed to save time called Halfway Homemade by Parrish Ritchie. We were all grateful for her choice in preparing the delectable “Speedy Firecracker Chicken”.

For the tastiest nibbles, we can count on Whitney, day in and day out for crunchy and healthy bits with her classic stand-by: Popcorn with Truffle Oil. No book required. Just pop the corn and toss in a bit of truffle oil. I made another healthy alternative: Mustard Roasted Broccoli Pate from a wonderful vegetarian cookbook First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright. She has a great website and you can find the recipe here:

http://thefirstmess.com/2013/12/12/mustard-roasted-broccoli-rillettes-recip…

For a sweet ending to the evening, Pamela was inspired by a recipe from the fantastic Taproot magazine (which we keep in stock) called Chickadee Cake. It was absolutely divine! If you haven’t checked out Taproot, we highly recommend it.

https://taprootmag.com

Look to the shop at Snug Harbor Farm for entertaining inspiration of all kinds. We’re always looking for new and fabulous cookbooks. We stock beautiful serving pieces, utensils, linens and glassware. With proper notice, we can even pull together floral dressing for your special occasions. The fact is, we love a good party and we’d be happy to help fine tune yours. Wishing one and all a very Happy New Year and look forward to more fun, beauty and adventure in 2018!

Dreaming of Spring

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It’s not even winter, yet. It’s getting dark but not as dark as it will be this weekend. The first real, sustained chill is in the air. The reality is: it will get much, much colder very quickly. This causes our attention to turn to spring and the new year. We all get excited about the arrival of bulbs to the shop. While we are putting our favorite gardens to sleep, we take the opportunity to punctuate beds and naturalize lawns with a spray of narcissus, tulips, scilla and fritallaria that will show themselves in all their glory next spring!

Delayed gratification can be sweet, too, you know. We are obsessed with certain alium and are dreaming of forcing the best varieties of all our favorite bulbs in pots to pull out in the dark, dead, cold of winter. It is this miraculous pop of color, growth and fragrance, in the midst of a snow storm, that will help us get through the unforgiving Northeast winter.

We’ve put together a starter kit of our favorite narcissus to offer on line and in our shop. This collection could provide the backbone or a backdrop for your springtime garden featuring your own mix of varieties.

  

We chose the classic Carlton bulb as a sign of pure sunshine and joy on a stem. Learn more about Carlton here:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-carlton-large-cupped-daffodil

Lovers of pure white pop of brightness will certainly appreciate Mount Hood. Here is more about this pristine beauty:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-mount-hood-trumpet-daffodil

And to emphasize the joy of new growth we include Fosters Favorite in the mix. It starts out a bright chartreuse that mellows.

We’d love to hear about your favorite fall plantings to enjoy in the spring. We still have several weeks of planting time ahead! lay the groundwork, now, for your favorite spots to visit and enjoy in the spring of 2018.