6 posts categorized "Food"

MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER


Chillpill

Some days I need one of these....

The perfect margarita (2) 

 Other days call for one (or two) of these...

Decadent chocolate torte 

Just about any day could conjure up a reason for a slice of this....

Turkey Hill Southern Lemon Pie & espresso (5) 

but today I "settled"  for this:  Turkey Hill Southern Lemon Pie Ice Cream & some strong, hot french~pressed coffee...

Turkey Hill Southern Lemon Pie & espresso (3) 

Trust me, this is a keeper.  Rich & creamy lemon ice~cream, with swirls of marshmallow and pieces of real shortbread...but hurry, it's a "Limited Edition".  I think after a taste you'll agree:  the folks at Turkey Hill would be crazy to take this indulgence off the freezer shelf!


 

xx ~ Michelle


TABLE OR BOOTH?

This post has been swimming around in my mind for a few weeks now, as it has taken me that amount of time to absorb the wonderful events that transpired one glorious, sunny afternoon...

My sister invited my mother and I to come to Connecticut to spend the day and "do lunch"~~she had somewhere special to take us.  Knowing my sister and her refined culinary taste, I knew we would not be disappointed.  Little did I know there was far more than lunch awaiting us...

The Golden Lam Buttery Robert & Virginia Booth (7)

Tucked away in Northeastern Connecticut, in the sleepy little town of Brooklyn, is a wonderful place called The Golden Lamb Buttery, opened in 1963 by Proprietors Robert & Virginia Booth.

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"Virginia Wagoner Booth, known as Jimmie Booth, studied printing and engineering at Syracuse University. An engineer with Pratt & Whitney during World War II, she entered the fashion world as a bridal consultant at G. Fox in Hartford in 1945.
In 1952 Dorothy Shaver, of Lord & Taylor, hired Booth for the Hartford store and asked her to develop and manage The Country Clothes Shop in the 5thAvenue store in New York. There, Booth collaborated with and promoted such American designers as Clare Potter, Bonnie Cashin, and Claire McCardell. Booth also worked extensively with European designers.
Married to Bob Booth of Hillandale Weavers, Jimmie promoted the use of both American and European hand-loomed fabrics by her designers. She frequently modeled the fashions herself. Her casual, yet elegant, style is the epitome of "the American Look" still popular today.
In 1998, Jimmie Booth, Dorothy Shaver, and other creators of The American Look were saluted in the exhibition, "Designing Women: American Style 1940-1960"at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
In addition to her design work, Booth was a violinist with the Hartford Symphony in the 1940s, and later became the chef at the Brooklyn, Connecticut, Golden Lamb Buttery, which she and her husband, Bob, own and operate."
(Courtesy of Archives Center, Smithsonian,National Museum of American History)

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(Virginia Booth featured in The New York Times~Courtesy of
The Golden Lamb Buttery)

Robert Booth was the great grandson of William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army.  His father was textile mogul Henry Booth (1895~1969).

"In the early 1940s, (Henry) Booth came up with the idea for the PhotoMetriC camera system to be used in the custom tailoring industry. The system consisted of a specially-designed arrangement of nine mirrors. Eight mirrors reflected separate views of the customer and one mirror reflected the customer’s name and other information. These angled mirrors allowed a photograph to be taken which showed the customer from the front, back, side, and top. A slide of this photographic measurement would be sent, along with the customer’s garment order, to the manufacturer. When the order arrived, the tailor would project the customer’s image on a special screen which facilitated the taking of certain physical measurements. With the aid of the PhotoMetriC calculator, the tailor translated the measurements into specifications for a customer-specific garment. When finished, the garment would be mailed directly to the customer’s home. According to testimonials in the collection, the garments fit perfectly the first time, every time. The PhotoMetriC system both saved the tailor money and relieved the customer of the inconvenience of having to return to the tailor again and again for time-consuming fittings, alterations, and adjustments.
The PhotoMetriC system made its debut in two Richard Bennett stores in New York City on May 17, 1948. It was subsequently licensed to other select retailers such as: The Custom Gentleman (Englewood, NJ); Nathan’s (Richmond, VA); The Golden Fleece (Point Pleasant Borough, NJ); and Joseph’s (Terre Haute, IN). 
Hillandale, a Brooklyn, CT farm which Booth purchased about 1940, was later used to produce hand woven wool fabrics. These fabrics were used extensively by various PhotoMetriC retail outlets. Henry Booth’s son, Robert (b. 1924), took over farm operations circa 1960 and opened a retail outlet on the premises which featured a PhotoMetriC fitting room which provided custom tailoring until the mid-1970s. "
(courtesy of  The Lemelson Center, Smithsonian,National Museum of American History)

 

The Golden Lam Buttery Robert & Virginia Booth (42) 
(Courtesy of Hillandale Handweavers Farm Estate)
 

As we walked into the stable, which is the restaurant, my eye was drawn to this:

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Please bear in mind I did not have the advantage of the family history I have provided for you, dear reader.  As we stroll the length of the stable, the walls are covered with such a variety of art, artifacts, sketches, photographs, and paintings that my Art Gallery OCD begins lurking it's ugly head, I am overwhelmed.  I cannot seem to correlate the wonderful smell of horse & hay, the un~even barn board floor, the smell of fresh herbs & simmering pots of deliciousness wafting through a secret doorway, and this constant thread of couture fashion that seems to run through the vast estate.

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 (a quiet table for two, the most requested in the house)
 

Suddenly Katie, granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Booth, arrives.  She escorts us to the veranda for cocktails...a delightful idea.

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The view from the veranda.

 

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The aromas coming from the kitchen entice us to our table...the menu is simple but wonderful.   Zucchini Bisque and Duck Salad for me, my Mom and sister try the chilled fresh berry soup (which looks like a delicious dessert!), the Shrimp Salad & Crepe Du Jour...divine.

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Long, leisurely lunching is encouraged, if not required.  A wonderful change from the harried restaurant experience that has so sadly become accepted today.  So linger we did.   Just as we finished our lunch, the delightful sous~chef Betty arrived at our table, and the story telling began...

It was from her we learned all about Mr. & Mrs. Booth and their fascinating love story.  Mr. Booth's father (of Hillandale Handweavers)  made frequent trips to NYC for business and it was there his path crossed with Ms. Virginia Wagoner.  He returned from NY and told his son "There is someone I want you to meet."  The rest is history.  Ms. Wagoner became Mrs. Robert Booth, left the big city and moved out into the beautiful, but very quiet town of Brooklyn.  She went straight to work in the haberdashery with her new husband and father~in~law; her experience in the fashion/clothing industry proved extremely valuable to the family business.  Bespoke suits were the order of the day~~clients arrived from all over . . . and would return multiple times a year, either for fittings or for something new.

As time passed, Mrs. Booth, being of an engineering mind, realized that if their clients were willing to travel from all over to this quiet country town, they would need a place to dine.  Alas, there was no such place for miles and miles in any given direction.  In 1963 The Golden Lamb Buttery was born.  She renovated part of the barn across the street into a quaint restaurant, where weary travelers could find refreshment.  The menu was simple but with fresh ingredients from the farm & prepared by Mrs. Booth's loving hands~delicious!   Visitors were encouraged to linger and relax, to enjoy the beautiful view and the peaceful serenity of the farm which stood in stark contrast to the cities from which most had come.

This wonderful marriage of bespoke tailoring and gourmet food continued into the 1970s.  In 1971, The Golden Lamb Buttery began offering dinner... just as the custom tailoring part of the business was slipping away.  Ready~made clothing & synthetic fabrics had become the more fashionable choice for the masses and this wonderful old~world haberdashery eventually closed it's doors for good. 

In 2008, Mr. & Mrs. Booth's granddaughter, Katie Bogert,  accepted her role in the family legacy and began as hostess & proprietor of The Golden Lamb Buttery.  A large order, but one I greatly admire & respect.  To have such a young lady (perhaps in her late 20s, of course I couldn't ask!)  realize the wonderful heritage she has been granted and to do her part to keep it alive is practically unheard of today. 

Well advanced in years, Mr. & Mrs. Booth have since retired, but their presence is strongly felt everywhere, from Mrs. Booth's beautiful sketches to her hand~written recipes still used in the kitchen.  Some of the very first patrons are still coming to "The Lamb" some 40 years later to enjoy the experience.  Paul Newman, Glenn Close, Carol King & Alec Baldwin are just a few of the celebrities who made the journey to this quiet little corner of New England.  

That day will be a day I will always treasure...being just 15 miles or so from my grandparents dairy farm tugged at my heartstrings...how very much Mrs. Booth reminded me of my grandmother in so many ways.  The only thing which could have made this day any more perfect would have been the privilege of meeting this fascinating couple, Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Virginia Booth.  

At The Golden Lamb Buttery, you don't have to decide between a table or "Booth"~~you can enjoy both at your leisure...just be prepared to linger.

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Post Update/20 July 2011:  
The Golden Lamb  has also added a new country gift shop called "The Primitive Creek".   Staying within the country decor, the gift shop carries local artisans with items such as hand knitted scarves, knitted and felted wool purses, pottery, jewelry and Gourmet Chocolate Truffles just to mention a few.  For the folks with a taste of more modern flare they also carry Murano, Italy Glass, vintage/antique window glass in every color of the rainbow and much, much more.  Tami Hamel, a Folk Artist of acrylic painting, is the owner/operator of this wonderful gift shop added to the already enchanting establishment.  (See comment thread for more information provided by Ms. Hamel.)

 

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This post is dedicated to
the Memory of
Virginia Wagoner Booth 
20 June 1922 - 9 January 2011

 
 

xx ~ Michelle


GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

To celebrate our anniversary, my DH planned a little get~a~way to Cape Cod.  Anyone who grew up in New England most likely spent at least one week of summer vacation "on The Cape".  My family spent many.  We would rent a little seaside cottage and literally live on the beach for the entire week. 
It was divine . . . if you were a kid.  In retrospect, being an adult and a mother now, I seriously doubt it was divine for my Mom.  Five kids covered in sand, constantly hungry & trying to drown each other in the surf is a far cry from divine.  Now I know why they always had a night out alone, without any kids.  She probably needed a week alone by that point. 

Antique photograph of children at the shore 

Then there's the traffic.  That's the "not~so~divine" part for the Dad.  You would think, after all these years, someone would figure out a way to overcome the ever~present traffic issue for visiting Cape Cod.  I remember watching my step~father at the wheel, he would start out feigning optimism, but there was that last bend in the road before you saw it:  miles and miles and miles of red tail lights flashing in the distance.  "I hope everybody used the bathroom before we left" was all he would say.  He inevitably had a migraine by the time we arrived at our little shack by the sea.  Not so divine.

Vintage traffic

As we made our way down Route 6, I started to wonder how the Kennedy's handle this traffic issue.  Perhaps they know some secret back road passage that lands them smack in the middle of "Le Compound" in Hyannis-port?   "Maybe they still helicopter in", said DH.  Must be nice, I thought, staring at the line of cars ahead.  I shifted my thoughts to one of the best things about going away: food.  Suddenly, I'm hungry. 

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Brunch at "GB" ~ the original Gourmet Brunch.  517 Main Street, Hyannis.  Trust me on this one.

The Puritan Clothing Company Hyannis, MA

A walk along Main Street, the kind of old~fashioned, brick storefronts with colorful awnings Main Street that I adore, brought us to this Massachusetts landmark store:  The Puritan Clothing Company.  Founded in 1919 by Mr. Abraham Penn.  His goal?  

To provide classic, impeccably tailored clothing and personalized service and each had to be of the highest quality possible in order to succeed.

A quick visit inside the store proved that, nearly 100 years later, they continue to employ this formula for success.  I observed as a client of the establishment was waited on by a store clerk who knew his shopping history, he actually knew when the gentleman had purchased the garment he was discussing.  That's impressive.  Mr. Penn would be quite pleased.  My heart went pitter~patter: old~world boutique style shopping with attentive & personalized service.  My dream lives.

Tim's Books Main St. Hyannis

Unfortunately, I didn't make it into Tim's Books, but will make a point to on our next visit.

JFK Museum Hyannis, MA

We couldn't leave without enjoying a visit to the JFK Museum.  A gallery of beautiful images of the Kennedy family, some practically life~size so it seems as if they are right there with you.  Various monitors playing brief films of "The Days of Camelot" give it a very nostalgic charm, not to mention a great peek at the fashions of the day.  That Jackie, even hanging around the compound or sailing, she always looked fabulous.

Jackie O sailing
(Photo courtesy of LIFE)

We continue down Main Street, and lo and behold:  PLUSH & PLUNDER~~a vintage clothing shop.  My DH rolls his eyes, but, as this is a romantic get~away in celebration of our wonderful marriage, with his hand on the small of my back, he guides me through the door . . .  he lasted about 30 seconds, but I could have spent the entire day.  This is one of those shops that you could literally spend a day in and probably not see everything.  It has an almost museum~quality to it, and yet it's very comfortable to shop in.  I met Aimee, who, with her mother, has operated Plush & Plunder for almost 30 years.  Well known and shopped by some of the world's biggest entertainment celebrities (Demi Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Lee Remick, Julie Harris, Rita Moreno, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Channing, Christopher Reeves, Jaimie Farr of "M*A*S*H," John Ritter, Lyle Lovett, Tim Robbins and Shania Twain to name just a few)  they've carved a niche that I could only dream of.   We chatted "vintage" for a bit, exchanged cards and I went on my merry way.

The Brazilian Grill 

We had an amazing dinner experience at Brazilian Grill.  Let the reviews speak for me:

ZAGAT SURVEY 2006/07/08
"Come very hungry and try to pace yourself  at this phenomenon in Hyannis.  Enjoy an endless stream of sweet servers bearing delicious sizzling meats"
FODOR REVIEW 2006/07/08
"
The Brazilian Grill is the most remarkable place to eat on Cape Cod. "

Again, trust me on this.  Even my DH was beyond impressed, and that's quite a feat. 
It was a great little "Get~Away" and now I'm ready to get to work for The Top Shelf Flea!!  I'll also be announcing my Spring Give~Away this week~end, so be sure to check back for details.

Cape Cod Canal
 

 



 



 

xx ~ Michelle


A SUMMER FEAST FIT FOR A KING

We came back ashore to attend a great 25th Anniversary Party for some good friends, here are a few pictures from it. . .just try to ignore the barefoot beach bum kid who snuck over from next door!!

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Now you see why we had to be here!!  There is nothing like dinner at dusk by the water with candles, wine, great food and great friends. . .well worth the trip!!

xx ~ Michelle


LAZIN' ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON . . .

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Greetings from the Rhode Island Coast!  We've been on our boat since Tuesday. . .the weather was wonderful up until yesterday~~it turned a bit damp and drizzily. . .but vacation is still a great dose of R & R no matter what the weather is!

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Lots of lounging around the pool. . .

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Lots of fresh~picked clams and cold, crisp wine to wash them down. . .

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Hurry up, get the crackers, we have guests. . .

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A precious moment. . .

Hope your summer vacation is wonderful!!

xx ~ Michelle


Take Me Out to the Ballgame III

GOOD OLD~FASHIONED NEW ENGLAND CLAM BOIL!!!

( If you just logged on go back a few posts to Take Me Out To
The Ballgame I & II so you know what we are talking about!! )

Clambake This beautiful ad is from House & Garden many, many moons ago to advertise how wonderful it is to have a Clambake. . .(she looks a lot like THIS blogger vintage beauty!)

A Clam Bake is cooked in the ground with seaweed (and usually at the beach which it isn't quite warm enough for) so to make it a lot easier we chose to do a Clam Boil and this is what it looked like:

100_2452 A good old fashioned Clam Boil~~so delicious!!!  And here we are enjoying it:  Handsome Hubby, Uncle Bunckle, Arden, long lost orphan friend Brad who excels at self extended invitations to park it at our kitchen table (we are thinking of adding him as a write off this year!) LOL! and my little pumpkin girl. (I, of course, am balancing on a chair taking the picture!)

100_2453 I guess the dress code has altered once again. . .it's a bit on the messy side anyway so I wouldn't get too dressed up for it, even if I did live in the 50's.

Oh!  the joy of a weekend with family, friends & yummy food tastes better than ever!!! 

Michelle

xx ~ Michelle