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January Ice Mantel

My January Ice Mantel tribute to crystalline purity.

My January Ice Mantel tribute to crystalline purity.

January Ice Mantel by night

January Ice Mantel by night.

January 2017 chez moi

January 2017 chez moi

January 9, 2017 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

Happy Holidays from my heart(h) to yours!

Happy Holidays from my Heart(h) to yours!

Happy Holidays from my Heart(h) to yours!

Angel Chimes. A tradition at my home. Not Christmas without them.

Angel Chimes. A tradition at my home. Not Christmas without them.

December 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

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December 8, 2016 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Intimate Thanksgiving featured in Beauty & the Feast, Life Choices Magazine

Debut of new feature in Life Choices Magazine

My column on food and table art in Life Choices Magazine

The new autumn edition of Life Choices Magazine is out with my feature column Beauty and the Feast focusing on an intimate Thanksgiving with all the fixings. Take your time reading all the wonderful articles submitted by a bevy of lovely ladies. You’ll find my column Beauty and the Feast on page 52.

A simple Thanksgiving celebrated among an intimate foursome of friends.

A simple Thanksgiving celebrated among an intimate foursome of friends. That’s pink champagne in the vintage coupes.

Roast turkey bursting with oyster cornbread dressing.

Roast turkey bursting with oyster cornbread dressing.

My great grandmother made pumpkin pies like this back on the prairie.

My great grandmother made pumpkin pies like this back on the prairie.

A page from the Walkertown NC Ladies cookbook with recipe for the most heavenly sweet yams ever.

A page from the Walkertown NC Ladies cookbook with recipe for the most heavenly sweet yams ever.

September 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick's Day

éire go brách!

March 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

An altar to January purity, peace and beauty

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When all the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, I usually strip my mantle right down for January austerity. This year my hunger for richness lingers on well into the new year. In these troubling times of world pain and conflict, I offer my altar to peace and beauty.

January 19, 2016 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Christmas means gløgg season at the Nielsen house

Nectar of the Gods. The Nielsen Christmas gløgg bottled, labeled and ready to gift

Nectar of the Gods. The Nielsen Christmas gløgg bottled, labeled and ready to gift

Every year we put on a smashing party and pack in 50 or 60 friends to imbibe Danish spiced (mulled) and fortified warm wine known as gløgg. In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced a little like water gurgling down a blocked drain. Glug. Glug. But with a kind of caveman growl. Put your whole body into it! Imagine how a Viking would sound.

We bottled the remainder, and I created some labels. Voila! Hostess gifts for those lovely friends who invite us this season.

Merry Christmas! Glaedelig Jul! Skål! Godt Nyt År. Happy New Year!

Countdown until guests arrive. Gløgg warm, glass cups, raisins and almonds ready.

Countdown until guests arrive. Gløgg warm. Glass cups, raisins and almonds ready. House smelling divine.

 

Cautionary note: Gløgg must be served warm – but never boiled. The boiling will not only burn off the alcohol but also dampen the spices. We’ve learned the hard way.

In each glass cup, put a spoonful of raisins and blanched almonds that have been soaked for days in brandy.

The key to the spicing is to use only fresh, be very generous, and let “mull” for at least two days. note: I buy only from Penzeys which sells the best spices in America. If you can’t make it to one of their many shops, order on line Penzeys.

Ingredients in our gløgg:
Red wine (mainly)
Port wine (generously)
Brandy (a little less than port)
Rum (go easy as this is what gives it real punch. You want your guests coherent)
Cinnamon sticks
Cardamon pods
Whole cloves
Fresh ginger root
Orange peel
Lemon peel
Sugar boiled in water to create syrup

The very beginning. Start with red wine and a bottle opener.

The very beginning. Start with red wine and a bottle opener.

Prep time with Jesper, Rex and Dawn

Prep time with Jesper, Rex and Dawn

December 21, 2015 at 10:30 pm 2 comments

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