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Ash and Prairie
Ash and Prairie
A pretty snack plate with prosciutto, manchego, and an avocado/greek yogurt dressing.
My research pays off with a new local find: Incessant by Bell’s!
JBerr whips out another delicious pair of drumsticks.
M experiments with virtual food pairings.
I research beers while M and J consult on Axis and Allies moves.
A rainy couple of days here in Kalamazoo. Lots of time spent at our
new dining table
Was a beautifully sunny day in Kalamazoo on Saturday. Linus napped on the freshly mowed grass all afternoon (thanks to JBerr, it’s golf-course pretty out there!), and I enjoyed a kir for happy hour, inspired by our friends who are living in France this year. They always bring the best Zoom happy hour snacks — kirs, pate, the works. I salivate during the calls and then afterwards, place an order for whatever they’re having at our local specialty market,
Rain all day yesterday and today, but the forecast for later in the week looks glorious. Happy Monday!
Two and a half years ago when I first moved into the Prairie House, Dr. JBerr very kindly loaned me his dining room table. It was a beautiful dropleaf made out of cherry and served me well these past few years. But after the kitchen renovation, the size of the dining room shrunk a bit and with its new size, a new dining table was needed. I searched and searched for months but could never find one that was exactly right. If the dimensions worked, then the styling was wonky or vice versa. Then, on a whim a few months ago, I contacted a
local craftsman, Rob Chamberlain
. The pictures of his work online were gorgeous, but I assumed there was no way I could afford to go bespoke, especially in the material I was hoping for, which was walnut. Nevertheless, I got in touch, and Rob invited JB and I down to his studio. We talked about various design ideas and left with the idea that we would share photos we found of things we liked. Even that process, however, proved difficult. I couldn’t think of the search terms to get at the type of table I really wanted, so search after search online, nothing quite matched what I was looking for.
But then, Rob suggested he come over and see the dining room in person to get a better sense of the space he’d be working with. While he was there, I was waving my arms around and said, “I’m looking for something that kind of reaches upwards…like arms…or tree branches. I want something that feels organic and growing upwards, but can’t find what I’m looking for to show you an example!” Rob stared at me and said, “I think I know exactly what you mean.” And then he pulled out a photo on his phone of a table he had built a decade before. It was one of those moments: that table was EXACTLY what I had been trying to put into words but couldn’t. And because he still had the templates for the original table, he was able to craft this beautiful thing within my budget.
And so today, Rob delivered this gorgeous, gleaming, solid walnut dining table.
Below those pix, a final snapshot of the cherry dropleaf table before it moved into the sunroom, and a delicious breakfast bagel!
Last night’s dinner was beef and
with all the fixins and season 5 of
A very dear friend dropped this off on the doorstep the other day. It is smooooth and delicious!
This breakfast dish (hash browns, barbacoa, cheddar, and egg) is deceptively pretty.
Each individual component was tasty on its own, but there was something about it all together that the sum turned out to be less
than the greater of each part in this case.
The weather has been spectacular the past couple of days here in Kalamazoo!
Here’s Linus doing his favorite thing: stalking around the yard.
Woke up in the morning to a giant, beautifully wrapped box in the kitchen, and inside were these gorgeous handmade dishes from my
, based right here in Kalamazoo. Got to spend the day with my three favorite fellas (one furry, two not), ate these delicious tacos for dinner, and sipped
my favorite midwestern supper club cocktail
(that JBerr sourced the ingredients for and mixed up in the afternoon as another wonderful birthday surprise). I had read an article, which of course I can’t re-find to link to right now, about how to celebrate a birthday during Coronavirus. So I took the article’s advice and sent out an email requesting memories from friends, and am savoring each one. The sun peeked out late in the afternoon. It was a precious, quiet, and lovely lovely birthday.
JBerr spent the entire day cooking delicious things. Linus helped clean the dishes afterwards
Min and I are about the same age in this picture with my mom and my brother
The reason I get to celebrate Mother’s Day
Negronis in the kitchen to keep us cooking
This potato gratin and green beans were the bomb
The first Beef Wellington I’ve ever tasted and JBerr has ever made
Started the day with pancakes
It was a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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