- 5 lbs. Red New Potatoes
- 1 qt. Heavy Cream
- 10 oz. Goat Cheese
- 1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese - grated
- 2 Tbs. Garlic
- ½ bunch Italian Parsley - chopped
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix cream with chopped garlic.
- Thinly slice potatoes – preferably on a mandolin.
- Let the potatoes soak in the heavy cream mixture for a few hours, preferably overnight.
- In a casserole dish, arrange potatoes (layered) and sprinkle with salt, fresh ground pepper, goat cheese, parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
- Continue layering until you run out of potatoes.
- Top the last layer of potatoes with cheeses, salt, pepper and parsley.
- Cover “lasagna” with parchment paper and foil.
- Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
- Remove parchment paper and foil.
- Place back in the oven for 30-45 minutes.
- Top will brown and potatoes will be cooked through.
- Test with the tip of a knife – potatoes should be tender.
This is my favorite time of the year, when you feel the chill of autumn in the morning air, and you can sense the Holidays approaching. Just like in fashion, there are trends in Christmas decorating that are stand outs each year. Here are some of my favorites… while remembering that everyone is busier than ever. So I have put the focus on the areas that give the best opportunity for creating family memories.[Read more...]
- 3 cups Quinoa - Cooked
- 1 cup Persimmon – thinly sliced
- ½ cup Roasted Leeks
- ½ cup Dried Cranberries
- ¼ cup Pomegranate seeds
- 2 cups Kale - Cut
- 1 cup Butternut Squash – Small cubes and roasted
- 1 cup Balsamic
- ½ cup Pomegranate Juice
- ½ cup Orange Juice
- ¼ cup Lime Juice
- ¼ cup Seasonal Rice Vinegar
- ¼ tsp. Garlic – chopped
- 1½ cups Olive Oil
- Zest from 1 Lime
- Zest from 1 Orange
- Slice persimmon into small thin strips.
- Cut and clean leeks, slicing into rings.
- Dry and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place on a sheet pan and roast at 325-degree in the oven until golden brown.
- For pomegranate seeds – cut pomegranate in half and holding over a bowl, tap outside part with a spoon and the seeds will drop into the bowl.
- For kale, use about one bunch. Strip the leaves off the stem and cut relatively small.
- In a bowl, massage the kale and toss with a touch of lemon juice and let sit. This will reduce the coarseness of the kale.
- For butternut squash, peel and slice in half and remove the seeds.
- Cut into the butternut squash into small cubes, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place on sheet and roast in oven at 325 degrees until soft and brown around the edges.
- For Pomegranate Glaze, put ingredients in a small pan and place on low heat stirring to blend.
- Allow to simmer and let it thicken slightly.
- Turn off heat and mixture should be slightly thick and syrupy.
- Amend your soil.
- Apply an organic fertilizer.
- Add worm castings or Malibu Compost and John and Bob’s Soil Optimizer.
- Cover everything with our Organic Planting Mix.
- Water only as needed. Usually in coastal climate areas once a week.
- Use the same amendments.
- Cover everything with our Premium Potting Soil.
- Water only as needed. Usually in coastal climate areas once every 4 to 5 days. If the container in less than 6 inches the water every three to five days.
Ingredients:1 Carrot Chopped 1 stalk of Celery Chopped 1/2 Onion Minced 1/2 tsp Garlic Chopped Pinch Crushed Red Chile 1/2 lb Cannellini Beans 1 bunch fresh Kale 1 piece Portuguese Sausage 1 cup White Wine 2 1/2 quarts of Chicken Stock Pinch Dried Oregano 1 Bay Leaf Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste
- Let Cannellini beans soak over night and rinse. Then simmer in water until tender. Allow to cool in cooking liquid.
- Kale - clean, remove stems and cut into pieces.
- Portuguese Linguica Sausage - cook, drain fat, cut.
- Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and pinch of crushed chile in olive oil until garlic begins to brown.
- Add carrots, celery and onions and sauté until veggies are soft.
- Add white wine and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pot, reduce wine to half.
- Add chicken stock, bay leaves and oregano and begin to simmer. Cook until stock has reduced by a quarter.
- Add sausage, kale and cook until kale is cooked through.
- Taste and season and stir. Add a bit of liquid from the cooked beans, taste and season again.
- To serve, ladle into a bowl and serve with warm crusty bread.
Butternut Squash BreadYIELD: 1 LOAF
- 1 medium butternut squash, roasted, flesh scooped out
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 bunch sage, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the butternut squash, eggs, oil, water, sugars and vanilla until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the butternut squash mixture. Combine just until incorporated; do not over mix. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- *Make it your own! Fold in toasted nuts, dried berries, chocolate, zucchini, etc.
First up, our very own Dr Frankenstein fiendishly creates a wicked (yet still charming) fairy!
Here a newer member of our team jumps right into the deep end with some mad calligraphy skills...
...and then demonstrates a villainous makeup application!
This is a Grandfather Clock being transformed into a more gruesome version of itself by yet another evil genius...
....whose super power is to destroy perfectly good pieces of furniture.
We at Rogers are proud to develop ground-breaking techniques transforming the ordinary into something of nightmares. Here we demonstrate our secret method for making things look old, ragged and, well, as if it had been dragged around from behind a cart.
We're all about transparency here. You won't see this glamorous side of decorating on 'Flip or Flop'!
All these activities occur back of house during the work week up until we can move into the room. That day the curtains go up (the ones that everyone peeks through to see what's happening), and then it's on! Furniture is moved out, different furniture is moved in, walls are covered with fabric, and new walls are installed. At this point we start layering in the "bones" of the setup. It's very woodsy this year so there's a lot of vines to wind around cabinets along with branches that go up and around hutches stretching out to the ceiling.
New rooms come to life with doors to creepy forest cottages being installed...
This is how we suspended displays that wrap up the wall to the roof, requiring the dexterity of some team members that also moonlight as contortionists...
Also, no self-respecting team of magicians would go anywhere without their bag of tricks. We have carts of tricks, two of them to help us get things done and to keep...erm...organized?
This is just the beginning. Next week I'll show you all the details as they're layered in and how they completely transform the space. There's a lot of work involved but we still have tons of fun. I hope you've enjoyed this exclusive tour and will join me for the next segment of 'Behind the Curtain'. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go remove hot-glue strands from my hair.
General maintenance is a very easy thing to do. For those of you who have planted your garden plants or vegetables, this is a good time to revisit those practices you may have over looked. Here’s a check list of some important points:
- Did you fertilize?
- If you applied fertilizer earlier in the season, make sure you read the label as this may be the time to apply another dose of fertilizer.
- Did you apply Worm Castings or Compost?
- This often over looked amendment is essential for allowing nutrients from the fertilizer to get to the plants roots. It also adds minor nutrients that you may not find in your fertilizer. It’s like adding fuel to your car’s engine. Without fuel the engine will not operate. Spread a thin layer around your plants and water.
- Have you checked your irrigation system?
- This is a great time for those of you that have an irrigation system to check your timer settings and irrigation heads. Adjust them for the proper water placement and flow.
- Have you added mulch over your gardening bed?
- Adding mulch will help conserve that precious water from evaporation. A 3-inch layer can save up to 30% in your garden.
These are just a few tips for timely garden maintenance for late spring and early summer. For more information on water wise gardens, check our other blogs.
"What's the Halloween theme this year?"
This may be the most asked question I get as a visual merchandiser at Rogers Gardens every year starting around, oh, April, at least by fellow employees (the most asked customer question is: "Don't you just love your job?" to which the answer is YES!). [Read more...]