Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Magic of Matelasse

Art in Background By Mary Maki Rae (c) 2012
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We've just finished the new upholstery on this Elegant Vintage Bench for clients.
The Fabric: A soft Red Matelasse - intricately woven in a subtle floral pattern.
This material proved to be so flexible and as easy to the hand - as to the eye-!  A real pleasure to work with.

We decided to just fold the Fabric under at the edges next to the wood frame.
Then finish with French Nails - leaving a precisely measured space between each one.
The results were most pleasing - Simple and Elegant-!



I thought the "Tambourine" Print (c)2012
would look so beautiful with this piece-!
(more info See:here)
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For more about Matelasse & more sample of the type of fabric See my post from 2009 below:




Images of Matelasse fabric samples from:
"World of Interiors" - June-2009
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stuffed Mushrooms & Tomatoes

The Chef Doll with another Recipe (c)2012
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ROBERT'S STUFFED MUSHROOMS
And TOMATOES
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Ingredients:
12-16 Large Fresh Plump Mushrooms
Or Three Large Tomatoes
16-20 Fresh Shrimp, Sauted in Butter
8-oz Pkg. Cream Cheese, (Remove Pkg. from fridge
1/2 hour before - to soften)
Parmesan Cheese,finely grated
Mini Peppers, finely chopped
Green Onions, finely chopped
Orange Zest, finely chopped
Mushroom stems, finely chopped
Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

Method:
1. Lightly saute shrimp in butter - set aside.
2. Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop.
3. Chop finely: mini peppers, green onions, and orange zest
And grate the Parmesan cheese.
4. Mix all of the above together in a bowl
with softened cream cheese.
5. Fill each mushroom and tomato with the cream cheese
mixture - Top with one or two shrimp & Parmesan cheese.
6. Place on large baking sheet or skillet and
Bake for 20 Minutes in 350 oven.
(We served the stuffed mushrooms with Baked Ham
and Green Salad & ate some for Hors d' Oeuves
before dinner too-!)
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SALAD MIXTURE:
Lettuce of your choice
A lot of chopped fresh Basil
Mini Pepper (Yellow & Orange) Sliced in rounds.
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Olives
Pepper Jack Cheese, grated.


DRESSING:
1/2 Cup Good Mayonnaise
1/2 Sour Cream
2-3 Tbls. Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tbls. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Tbls. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Fresh Basil, chopped mixed in
and on Top for Decoration.
(maybe some Sugar, if needed)
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