Monday, April 27, 2009

remnants of the past antique sale

What a great event ! It started Thursday with a few vendors setting up early. Carol clipped snowballs and greens for decorations and put up a darling spring drape over the barn door to welcome people. She ended up making bouquets to line the entrance which i hear everyone loved. Maybe we will make them for sale next spring.
Friday all the dealers poured in and it was so much fun seeing everyone again. Lots of hustle and bustle all day. We put together a little dinner down at the house for those that could attend. Lots of wine, good conversation and camaraderie I made a brie which several people asked about so here is the recipe
Baked Brie
1 sm round of brie (about 6 inches)
cut in half and cover with apricot jam
sprinkle on candied pecans lay other half on top
set on rolled out square of puff pastry (freezer section at grocery or trader joes
pull up corners into a little topknot. set in dish that you want to serve it in.
brush with egg wash bake for 20 minutes at 400o
serve with apple slices and crackers

Candied Pecans
I make a large quanity of these at once and keep them in the freezer.
3 T butter
1/2 cup sugar
11/2 cups pecans
Line a cookie sheet with foil, butter it and set aside
In a heavy skillet, melt butter, add sugar and then pecans. Cook over med heat stirring constantly 4 to 5 minutes or until sugar melts and turns rich golden brown. Remove from heat and spread pecan on baking sheet. Cool completely. Break into small pieces and store in air tight containers.
This is good in salads, over ice cream and also makes a nice little hostess gift

I also made some savory nuts to nibble on

Spiced rosemary Nuts (cashews are delicious as are almonds)

2 1/2 cup raw nuts
2T olive oil
11/2 T. chopped fresh rosemary
1T. sugar
11/2 t. ground cumin
1t. salt
1t.freshly ground pepper
1/4t. cayenne pepper(I like a bit more bite so i put a bit more
preheat oven to 300o
Place nuts in a bowl
Warm the olive oil in a pan, add the rosemary and stir til aromatic (about a min)
pour over nuts add remaining spices and stir to coat evenly.
Transfer to a baking pan, bake, stirring occasionally until nuts are toasted, About 20 minutes.
keep on hand to serve with drinks. Another good hostess gift when packaged in a cute little jar.

The sun was out on Saturday and everyone was all dressed up and ready for the crowd. It was a great turnout. lots more people than last year so as the word gets out it will just get better and better.

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