Wrap me in Cashmere and Call me Happy

A new store opened recently (ish) in our area and I’ve been in there a few times now.

EVERYTHING in there is something I would want to own.

And I really try to not be one of those people with a perpetual case of the gimmies, always looking to The Jones’ to see what’s going on over the fence, but honestly, this store just makes me WANT. It’s like they reached into my brain, commandeered my Pinterest account and all of my pins and decided to make a store of what they found.

Everyone has encountered a store like this. It’s ok. You can fess up.

They have jewelry with natural, chunky stones….unusual plants and garden accessories, books, fabulous food and kitchen goods. It’s a fabulous blend between (betwixt?) the modern and the rustic. There is even a cafe and a coffee bar. Perfect. Call home, I’m moving in.

The funny part is that the building was once a giant car dealership and here they’ve done this amazing conversion and….there aren’t enough parking spaces. They’ve actually resorted to valet parking, which I find completely ludicrous for a retail store to have. But that’s just me. Last time I went, I circled right by the valets and parked myself. Enough is quite enough.

But back to the store. Last time I went, I could not leave without this particular cookbook that I stumbled upon. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I do not need another cookbook. But I will happily chalk this purchase up to the betterment of my family and their tummies. Happy tummies, happy people.

The name of the book alone drew me in and then when I started flipping the pages, I was hooked. As someone who loves the autumn, anything cozy, warm, wrapped in cashmere and accompanying a roaring fire is good to me. This book embodies that. The photos, the recipes…the tone of the book is somehow mesmerizing. And I’m talking about a cookbook here. Maybe I’m headed to the loony bin, but it’s the little things in life, right? YES, it IS the little things in the life. Indulge in those wee things that just add some sparkle and make you feel all wrapped in cashmere. This book is my thing at the moment.

I found two little recipes that I haven’t tried yet but they seem like winners. If they are not, my apologies. They do seem perfect for the upcoming holidays  in a simple-with-a-twist way. I’ll be making them soon and then we can compare notes.

Light a fire and go get cozy….

Trio of Honey-Baked Camembert with Calvados and herbs, serves about 15

3 (8 oz) boxes of Camembert cheese
3 Tb. calvados (apple brandy)
3 Tb. dark honey
1 garlic clove, sliced
3 fresh sage leaves
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 fresh bay leaves

Unwrap the cheeses and return them to their boxes. Using a skewer, make 6 or 7 holes in each cheese. Mix the calvados and honey together and spoon the mixture into and over the holes. Stud with the garlic slices and lightly press the sage, rosemary, and bay leaves onto each cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes.

Remove the boxes from the oven. Using sharp scissors, quickly make 3 cuts on the surface of each cheese, from the center out, and gently open the “petals” a little. Take the cheeses out of their boxes, put them on a cheeseboard or plate, and serve straight away with celery ribs, walnut bread, and radishes on the side for dipping.

Parmesan and rosemary wafers, makes 24 (perfect with a glass of wine)

2 sprigs of rosemary, needles stripped and finely chopped
8 oz. Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
2 baking sheets, lined with non-stick baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 400. Put the rosemary into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan. Put teaspoons of the mixture in little heaps on the baking sheets and flatten them out into circles, making sure that they are not too close, as they will spread. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until golden, then remove and let cool. Gently peel off the paper and serve.

These can be made in advance, but must be kept chilled in an airtight container until you are ready to serve.

Preheat oven to 400.

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