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Nov
15

Soup’s On….

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There’s nothing better on a chilly, rainy day in fall than to enjoy a rich, hearty soup or stew, let alone enjoying three different varieties.  Tuesday turned out to be the perfect day for our Warm Up with Soups and Stews Class with Chef Yvonne.  

Everyone enjoyed  taste-testing Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo with Baked Rice, Shrimp and Crab Imperial Stew, and Potato and Leek Soup.   In honor of the unofficial taste test tally, we’re including the recipe below for the taste winner!

Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken (bite size pieces)
  • 1 c. finely chopped onions
  • 1 c. finely chopped green peppers
  • ¾ c. finely chopped celery
  • 1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ground red peppers
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 7 c. chicken stock
  • 1 lb. Andouille smoked sausage or smoked kielbasa (bite size pieces)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic

Rub a generous amount of garlic powder, red pepper, and salt on chicken and let stand for 30 minutes.

Combine flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a plastic bag. Add chicken and coat. Reserve remaining flour. In a large skillet, heat 1 ½ inches of oil until very hot. Fry chicken until browned and meat is done. Drain on paper towels. Remove all but ½ c. of oil, leaving the scraps in bottom.

Place pan over high heat. Using a metal whisk, stir in reserved flour (½ cup). Cook, whisking constantly until roux is a dark red brown to black, but be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and add vegetables, stirring until roux stops getting darker. Return pan to low heat and cook until vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, place stock in 5 ½ quart pot and brink to a boil. Add roux by spoonfuls to boiling stock, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat, add sausage and minced garlic. Simmer 45 minutes uncovered. Add the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We, at Mary Sherwood Lake Living, hope you enjoy the fall and winter months savoring a big pot of warm soup.  As quoted by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Only the true in heart can make a good soup.”  Give it a try!

Mary

Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!

 

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Jun
08

AND THE LAKE GASTON WINNERS ARE…

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our giveaways during our recent After Hours WINOS event, Memorial Day weekend.  Three of the four winners were men.  That is quit a switch from our pool of women dominated shoppers.  So does this tell us something…do we have to serve them wine or beer to get them in the door?  You decide.

We appreciate the MEN and women who took time out of the busy and beautiful holiday weekend to spend some time with us.  We are truly the “winner” because of your continued support of our business.  It is nice to be right there with the following individuals in the “Winner’s Circle”.

Peter Varney from Charlotte, NC  Winner of a Wine Basket Carrier from Acacia Home and Garden

Kevin Byerly from Charlotte, NC  Winner of a Wine Basket Carrier from Acacia Home and Garden

Joann Robertson from Greenville, NC  Winner of W.I.N.O.S. Cook with Wine cookbook

Rob O’Neill from Rocky Mount, NC  Winner of a bottle of Rosemont Winery Kilravock Red Wine

Thanks once again to WINOS Creator Bonnie Jesseph, Acacia Home and Garden WINOS Furniture Marketing Director Diane Christensen,  Rosemont Winery Vintner, Justin Rose for attending the event and all the cast of back- scene individuals who made this a fabulous day!

If you missed this event make sure we have your email address so you can join us next time.

Here are a few pictures of the party:

W.I.N.O.S., aprons, napkins, cookbooks,

W.I.N.O.S. Display in Mary Sherwood Lake Living Showroom, Lake Gaston

Cast, WINOS event, tent display, party preparation, Lindsay Stewart, Autumn Wenger, Peggy Howard

The "Cast" preparing the "set" for the WINOS Event, Lindsay, Autumn and Peggy

WINOS Furniture, colorful outdoor seating, mobile outdoor rolling cart, reclining outdoor chair

Mary Sherwood Lake Living Outdoor WINOS Display

Spring flowers, Hydrangeas, lilies, yarrow

A Spring Bouquet

food, recipes, Capt Rodney's Boucan Glaze, WINOS, cookbook

Our fabulous food, some recipes found in the WINOS cookbooks

buffet, kitchen island, food, recipes, shoppers, multi-generational

Several generations enjoy the food together at Mary Sherwood Lake Living

Bonnie Jesseph, cookbook, book signing, customer,

Bonnie Jesseph, WINOS creator, signing a cookbook for Marcia Nicolai

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Women in Need of Sanity-W.I.N.O.S. at Lake Gaston

Right now, as I write this blog, I feel like “a women in need of sanity”.  It is very early in the morning and I am up before the sun.  I can hear the birds just waking up.  “No”, I am not going to tell you what time it is.  You go figure (it’s way too early to be typing!!!).

How did W.I.N.O.S. and Mary Sherwood Lake Living connect?  Here is the story. I had the pleasure of meeting a fun and talented women, Bonnie Jesseph, about a year ago on one of our many market trips. Autumn and I were immediately drawn to her new W.I.N.O.S. Furniture line because of the fabulous colors and designs. We knew the bright color palette would be perfect for our showroom.  We made the decision to purchase the line prior to the first production of the furniture. When I learned Bonnie was from Blowing Rock, NC I casually invited her to visit our store.  After much planning, Bonnie will be joining us for a special event Saturday, May 29, Memorial Day weekend.

Bonnie and I seemed to have a lot in common.  First, she is very talented business women (I think we have this in common?).  She is creative and has developed her brand to reflect her lifestyle.  She loves to cook, entertain and have fun!  She involves her friends and family in the development of her brand-especially as guinea pigs for her new recipes.  And, she feels it is important to give back to her community through various philanthropic causes.  She is engaged and enthusiastic about life, her business and her lifestyle. The title of her website, www.winoshavefun.com ,says it all.

I have been reading the introductions of several of her cookbooks and have found them quite entertaining.  The origin of the company name, alone, is so humorous. She gives credit to her sister, Jan, for the idea, Women in Need of Sanity.  She also writes: “My husband’s idea for the meaning of W.I.N.O.S. is Women in Need of Sex.  Good Lord, do they ever think of anything else?  Oh yeah, I forgot…golf and food! Ha-ha.”wine, winos, red wine, women, sanity, entertaing, cooking with wine

Her brand began as a cookbook with the fun logo of a woman diving into a wine glass.  She expanded her line after being flooded by requests to put the icon on napkins, aprons and T-shirts. She has once again grown her brand to include her own licensed furniture line, W.I.N.O.S. by Acacia Home and Gardenhttp://www.acaciahomeandgarden.com/winos.html

Now, I’ve just read she will be launching a new collection for Patio Living Concepts focusing on color and the use of lighting to create a casual outdoor entertainment environment. Congrats, Bonnie!

It is truly our pleasure to have Bonnie join us for a guest appearance at Mary Sherwood Lake Living on Saturday, May 29th.  Our After Hours Party begins at 4 PM. Listen to Bonnie tell her story and sign cookbooks, taste our local Rosemont Wines and sample food from  W.I.N.O.S. Go Tapas cookbook.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Be safe, have fun and find some sanity at beautiful Lake Gaston!

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