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A Casual + Stylish Harvest Party by charity buchika

Harvest party Teaselwood Design

Once we finished the design of my friend, Geraldean's equestrian chic-meets-mountain retreat den, we couldn't wait to celebrate both the beautiful space and the start of fall!

If you're going to celebrate the 'Teaselwood way,' you only need 4 things:

  1. Friends + family
  2. Beautiful, simple food
  3. Cocktails
  4. Fresh flowers

So Geraldean and I got a few ladies together and got our party on!

Friends 

Geraldean dressed everyone up in clothes from her shop, Skanaeteles 300'. She offers personal styling services there, so she knows her fashion. We even got our makeup and hair done. It was a true girls' night!

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Doesn't everyone look amazing?! 

Food

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I put together this charcuterie tray in minutes using fresh fruit (simple grape clusters and figs sliced in half are so pretty + fall-ish!), salami, prosciutto, and cheeses from - wait for it! - Trader Joe's.

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Seriously - they have the absolute best tasting cheeses there. And I love their rosemary and fig crackers. Yum! (This is not a sponsored post, by the way - I just shop there all the time!). 

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It's so easy to put a gorgeous spread like this together. You can do it too, I promise! (full disclosure: the sage leaves from my garden help make it gorgeous) 

By the way, this particular tray isn't from my online shop, but I often use my wood cutting boards in the same way. You can choose from several sizes, shapes, and colors here.

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I also made my cranberry and brie bites. It's one of my favorite party recipes because they work all the way from October to New Year's. I promise to post the recipe for you soon!

Cocktails

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We let everyone serve themselves cocktails from Geraldean's new bar setup (we just repurposed her den's existing built-ins!). 

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Fresh Flowers

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You'd think we spent a fortune on the fresh flowers I put all over the room, but I've got a secret about that - you'll never believe where they came from! Stay tuned for a post on that soon.

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We all had such a great time. I just can't think of better reasons to celebrate than enjoying the simple things - friends, home, and the beauty of the season. We totally brought the Teaselwood idea of 'Fine Living Simplified' to life!

Are you inspired to celebrate too? There's still time to snag some great partyware (not to mention hostess gifts, if you're the invitee!) from the shop before the season's over! 

Cheeseboard Making 101: Teaselwood’s Tips to a Perfect Platter by charity buchika

Mmmm. Cheeeese. Some might argue it’s one of the best foods ever created. And by “some”, we mean all of us at Teaselwood Farms.

Cheese is the ultimate food suitor – it pairs amazingly with so many other yummy goodies, both sweet and savory. Fresh bread, sweet grapes, grainy crackers, local honey, olives, smoked meats, nuts, not to mention wine? Infinite palate perfection. Whether we’re having company over or just hanging with the family, you can bet the cutting board is out and sitting atop it is a delectable mound of cheeses. Speaking of cutting boards, it makes sense that one of our very favorite items in the shop is… drum roll please… yes, our wide variety of cutting boards to slice (note: we didn’t say “cut”) and serve cheese, glorious cheese. Our cutting boards are hand carved upon order right here at our farm workshop! These one-of-a-kind beauties are available in a wide assortment of styles, too – European , paddle board, heart-shaped, pizza peel , etc – and a handful of woods to choose from – maple, walnut, cherry or ash.

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Now back to the good stuff, the cheese. The question is, how do you create the perfect platter? There really is no wrong answer. (OK, pairing goat cheese and Captain Crunch might be relatively disgusting, but you get the idea.) Here are some fantastic guidelines for achieving cheeseboard nirvana (yes, it’s really a thing… At least at our house it is):

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Cheeseboard making 101:

1. Pick your platter Choose a no muss, no fuss, knife- and mess-friendly serving dish… i.e. a stunning, cutting board from yours truly for our cheese platter we used our presentation board.

2. Get shopping:  A variety of cheeses (4-5 should work; any more than that and your guests and plate may be overwhelmed!): Aged Cheddar, Brie, Camembert, Goat Cheese, Gouda, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano you are always safe. As always, we highly encourage you to support local business with your purchases. We search our local farmers market and our local grocery stores local section to find local farms. A few  amazing places we have uncovered to try in CNY are Meadow Wood Farm , Ithaca Milk and  Muranda Cheese . We are also a big fan of Vermont cheeses and consider them to be local since they are right next door? A few of our favorite is Vermont Creamery and Consider Bardwell Farm . Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the cheesemonger (read: expert on all things cheese) while you’re there in order to make the best selection for your entertaining/cheese-eating event!

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3. Friends of le Fromage: Choose your accompanying treats wisely, to maximize flavor and texture. Go for a solid mix of…

  • Crunch: A few crackers and breads like bakery-fresh baguette, seedy bread sticks, grainy toasts. We found a great local brand of local Crackers from Talbott and Arding Seeded Spelt Crackers soooo good.
  • Salty tartness: A selection of olives and mini pickles
  • Ooey gooey sweetness: Jams, jellies, local honey, preserves
  • Smoked deliciousness: Cured meats like salami or prosciutto.
  • Fruity tang: Fresh seasonal fruits like pears, berries, apples, you name it, or dried fruits like apples, cherries, figs, or apricots
  • Savory goodness: Nuts such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc

And, pssst! Here’s a little serving tip: For optimal flavor, take the platter out an hour or so before your guests arrive – the coldness from the fridge actually masks the flavor of the cheese otherwise! 

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Oh, and be sure to have a bottle of wine (or Prosecco) on hand to truly top off the sensory experience!

There you have it, a beginner’s guide to a splendid snack dish this holiday season. We hope this inspires many luscious concoctions as you delve into the wide world of cheeseboards.

What about you – what are you favorite pairings when it comes to your own cutting board creations? Did we leave anything off the list that you love?

Cheers,

Charity

 

 

A Turkey Day Recipe from Our Family at Teaselwood to Yours: Amaaazing Apple Pie by charity buchika

What would Thanksgiving be without apple pie? I mean, really. That’s like Easter with no eggs. Halloween with – GASP – no candy! Certainly not a world any of us would like to live in. So let’s get baking! We at Teaselwood just so happen to have the perfect apple pie recipe right at our fingertips ready for you and your Thanksgiving Day celebration.

Here goes:

Apple Pie Recipe

Teaselwood’s Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 6 cups of sliced pared apples (tart apples
  • that are meant for baking are the best)
  • 3 Tbsp. of flour
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup of honey (I like raw but regular works too)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour and spices and set aside, in a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add flour and spice mixture toss to coat.
  2. In a small pan heat honey till it is a liquid consistency should not take long. Remove from heat add vanilla.
  3. Line a pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with the edge. Fill with apple mixture; pour honey mixture over the top; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  4. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  5. Bake at 375 ° for 25 minute. Remove foil and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until golden brown.
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Yum!

Cheers,

Charity

All photos by Alice G Patterson Photography for Teaselwood Design