Friday, December 19, 2014

Throwback Christmas 2013


I have been so very busy (like all of you) and thought you would like a re-post of last Christmas!




My favorite Christmas decoration.  A winter swan I found from a museum going out of business.



My sister gave everyone a cinnamon bun tray with all the additions ready for our Christmas breakfast....great idea!



This picture shows how the rustic serving pieces and all special serving pieces make your meal look more robust and important.  My sister grabbed a hotel silver pitcher to serve her breadsticks wrapped with prosciutto shown behind my old cutting board.



The fried calamari looked perfect on this antique porcelain platter. 
The taste was also perfection!




My sister was supposed to bring a small antipasti to my house for Christmas dinner.  She assured me 3 times she didn't go overboard...you be the judge!



She made 2 kinds of stuffed mushrooms one with sausage and and one without. Also homemade cheese straws.



I love my sister's coffee station on the antique silver tray.



LOVE this cheese server.....paper thin curls with fig spread.



After the LIGHT hors d'oeuvres, snort, cocktail hour we had dinner

Menu
Truffle risotto with piglet mushrooms
Roasted kabocha squash with pomegranite seeds, above,
Standing rib roast with carmelized cipollini onion reduction
Spinach gratin
Whipped potatoes with lemon
Mixed green salad


In my family the doneness of the meat is a major topic before the big day AND a big stress!  I am sure all of you who like rare meat can relate to this.  The pressure mounts for the hostess (especially this non meat eating hostess) as family member after family member asks question after question...
 "Where did you get the meat?"
"Why did you buy 2 roasts and not one?"
"What temperature did you start it at?"
" What pan are you using?" "Cover it!!"  Or  "Don't cover  it!"
"You should put it on a higher rack !"  "We should have used the cooler" "don't open the oven! " where's the thermometer?" " stick it in here not there!!"
It's  TRULY hysterical!! And the BIG stress is if my father chimes in with concern about the meat because, of course,  you DO NOT WANT TO DISAPPOINT THE ITALIAN PAPA !!

So I did what any great chef du village would do.....asked my husband to be in charge of the meat!!! He can obsess about qtips so you can imagine him the week before Christmas. He bought 2 new thermometers!   I was completely confident as I went about all the other tasks of the meal. It became a reason for male bonding pictured above.  He put a post it on the oven warning everyone NOT to open the oven because that's another thing this family of cooks does....walks through the kitchen and opens pots and ovens.
Let's just say my Thermidor oven is very unreliable. I suspect the temperature did not reach the necessary 500 degrees


With the parade through the kitchen I didn't say one thing until he took it out and decided it was done because of the temperature. It was  a gross grey on the outside and I said
"I'm not serving it like that!"
Without missing a beat, he went down to his workroom and came up with a blow torch and crusted that roast to perfection!  And I announced as I often do
"And THAT'S why I married him!!"
He really is Macgyver!

I don't have a finished platter picture because all hell breaks loose carving and getting it to tableside hot and not overcooked!  As you probably can tell we all do well under stress, HA! and you feel as though you finished a great marathon when it's reported how delicious it is.  And don't think it would be sugar coated with polite comments of deliciousness.  Two years ago it was overcooked and as soon as the platters were brought to the table "the people" let us know.  I don't know why people don't like the holidays.....it's always so exciting!
 I realize when your kids get older their participation in the planning and cooking of the meal replaces the excitement of the gift giving Christmas morning and it's really fun.



Love silver trays...


I always have one favorite Christmas pic, above. The  fact I got my granddaughter to nap on Christmas Eve I considered a major score!


I am hosting Christmas Eve this year which will only bring more great comments and memories. Wishing you holidays of warmth and laughter and wonderful things in 2015.

Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Also we have daily flash sale specials we post only on social media! Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM ....IT'S EASY!!!!!



Warmest regards,
Bonny 

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
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Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
  
Trouvaille
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10-5:30
  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DON'T PANIC! Our Gift Guide 2014!



Okay, don't panic!! There is plenty of time left to finish off your shopping list (or maybe start). We will ship out your selections pronto and you can feel great about giving a true one of a kind treasure or something that has been carefully chosen to sit alongside heirloom pieces to last a lifetime.  Everyone feels so special when unwrapping a vintage or antique item. It's not something you can find in a department store.
 

Sissys jewelry has been extremely well received since their arrival a couple of months ago. With earrings starting at $10.00 and vintage statement necklaces and bracelets, some with handmade chains, we understand why new buyers tell us their one of a kind pendants and funky detailed necklaces are real conversation pieces for them. New arrivals are added weekly.
EMAIL ME for details.




And for the lover of exotic luxury, genuine ostrich skin leather clutches ($285.00) with horned back crocodile handles. EMAIL ME for details.



Interesting antique boxes from the 1800's are a go to keepsake gift that spans the generations. Useful and beautiful, these 19th century treasures will add importance wherever they are placed AND  provide a stylish catch all . I love this special gift as you know the box will be with them forever and the special quality will grow along with the lucky recipient. With the restored interiors these boxes have intricate inlays , mother of pearl and most even lock with the key! Prices range from $395.00 on up.
EMAIL ME for details and additional photos.




For the art lover a small original oil painting is always appreciated.  Did you know it's harder to find a great small painting than a large one? On an easel stand a small work of art makes any side table or bookshelf look more important. Pricing starts at $175.00. EMAIL ME for details.



For the adventurer on your list you can choose from the collection above. A vintage framed cowboy mixed media, horn candle holders( $265.00 set of 3) bleached antler, vintage binoculars with leather case ($175.00), a mounted vintage brass propeller ($275.00),  a mounted whale vertebra ($745.00) and a turtle shell on stand and horn coasters $64.00 set of 4). These items add the texture and interest each room needs and we feel nothing is better than a sculpture created from nature. EMAIL ME for details.



It's been FREEEEEZING here so a cozy blanket is always a great gift!! ($85.00-$165.00) Soft knits in stylish graphics they will feel good and look good too! EMAIL ME for details.



This is just a small sampling of what we have for the cook in your life. Everyone's "go to" mixing bowls this vintage set ($64.00)  indestructible. Items pictured include a stylish vintage Italian pitcher ($245.00), measuring  cups ($38.00), mid century dessert set with cake plate in an iconic graphic ($85.00 set),   whimsical kitchen towels, $18.00, and a vintage enamel bread bid ( $185.00)  in pure white to hold not just bread on the counter but crackers and even fruit!  Also available are mortar and pestles in LARGE and medium sized and various French kitchen bowls to use and also add character.



One of 3 stone serving platters above, ($295.00) to add another texture to your table. Also available as a serving plateau for $225.00



For the designer in your life this genuine moose antler looks great on a table or console but we also used it for entertaining with crackers piled alongside the cheeses.....SPECTACULAR!! Decadent and eye catching. Our crowns ($110.00) have been a hit with or without candles inside for your tablescapes.



LOTS of vintage glassware on hand.....always well received , our holiday collection is pictured above.  Fun and festive to give or use, OUR Santa mugs are the REAL THING.  100% vintage.  When these cuties come out Christmas morning, everyone chuckles.  We have also used them as place card holders at Christmas dinner with an evergreen sprig or filled plate side with special candy. EMAIL ME for details.



For the Christmas collector, 4 holiday trees available (starting at $185.00) with mercury glass ornaments....rare finds, hard to, part with I have to say.  Antique mercury glass has the sparkly luster we all want this time of year. EMAIL ME for details.



For a great hostess or teacher gift we took French honey or preserves,  nestled them in one of our our useful ceramic bisque cups, added a seashell and bamboo spoon and BAMM! For $25.00 everyone's happy!!



Soy based candles in a variety of vessels $34-$38, handmade coasters $54.00 , sparkly selenite candleholders $24.00 as well as one of a kind candlesticks, a staple during the season, are just a sampling of the dozens of special pieces on hand for all your gift and entertaining needs.


It's such a wonderful time of year and we all hope you stop by the warehouse to experience with us this great space decorated for the holidays. With it getting darker earlier now it illuminates in late afternoon ..we all just love being here and thank many of you for your warm compliments and for enjoying the special gifts and unique home accessories I have collected for you. I will be returning to my store after Christmas where we will recreate the magic!!  Don't forget to have FUN! XOXO 


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items 
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Also we have daily flash sale specials we post only on social media! Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM ....IT'S EASY!!!!!

Warm regards,
Bonny

  
Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas planter how to!


WEBSITE UPDATE and CHRISTMAS PLANTER HOW-TO!!!

My son came home this past weekend for his annual trip to "get the tree".  He is VERY "tree specific", lets call it, but I have to say he must be evolving because when he placed his find in the family room this year the size didn't warrant removing every piece of furniture from the room. HE LIKES IT BIG!!  He does a masterful job of placing each light and then scoots back to the city and I have 2 ladders around old tannenbaum for a month while I try and make it look less like Rockefeller Center and more like home....I truly LOVE Christmas but, probably like you, feel a little stressed with all the opportunities for fun. 



I showed a picture of the store planters last week on the blog and many of you commented on them so I thought I could give you a how- to with my own, above. Very easily done.



I went to our larger garden center and bought
Red branches
2 red artificial fruits I poked on green sticks from the gardencenter
2 picks of artificial magnolia leaves ( love the copper color)
Some cedar branches with seeds
Some cedar branches without seeds
Some evergreen boughs
3 "bricks " of oasis foam



Take the 3 bricks and place them hole side down in water, below



They absorb the water and also are easy to poke with stuff but so is dirt already in your pots.



Cut with a knife to fit.  The planter above is 12 inches in diameter




First the plain cedar 




Then add some cedar with the seeds..





Then add the evergreen for some form






Then add the magnolias in the center...the brown color is a nice contrast...and then add.....



red sticks for height.  I really wanted full red berry sprays but they only had short ones.  When I cut them I noticed the garden center had  sprayed healthy branches....the branches weren't even dried out yet .












The fruit....you should try and find plastic as in very cold weather the foam ones usually crack and show the white styrofoam underneath.



VOILA!! I must add that everything looks great in an antique real stone beautifully aged planter. EMAIL ME for pictures of planters I have available.



I placed an antler to bring a little lightness to it. Pinecones also look great!


On Thursday night I had fun hosting a workshop for the UPENN Metro club ! Such a great group of women who were pleasantly surprised at how creative they really are! Keep us in mind for your group meetings where we are happy to open our home for you....book club, home and school meetings, etc. Next week The Bar Method gals will dance in for their holiday party here. Surrounded by beautiful art and comfortable room settings, its a fun night out for all. Pics will be on Instagram and Facebook!


Not just the tree has to glitter! Sissys jewelry has been so well received....one of a kind treasure to give and receive



It's such a wonderful time of year and we all hope you stop by the warehouse to experience with us this great space decorated for the holidays. With it getting darker earlier now it illuminates in late afternoon ..we all just love being here and thank many of you for your warm compliments and for enjoying the special gifts and unique home accessories I have collected for you. I will be returning to my store after Christmas where we will recreate the magic!!  Don't forget to have FUN! XOXO 




Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items 
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM ....IT'S EASY!!!!! 


Warm regards,
Bonny


  
Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Let the season begin! Thanksgiving roundup!


I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving, with the 4 inches of snow we had it really looked like the holidays have started.  I still love every minute of the season and couldn't wait to hit the holiday music button on Pandora. (yes I'm one of those)

My family Thanksgiving was another gastronomic feast with all members contributing to orchestrate the most delicious meal.

The night before Thanksgiving the men get together for the ceremonial "injecting of the bird" for frying. We cook 2 birds, one for the fryer and one to roast in the oven. Even though they each have done it several times, listening to my brother in law, Tom, (with the skull cap hat) give directions was priceless. The location of the fryer is always at the "soup house" as we walk from house to house for each course. Tom came over from his appetizer prep at his house to participate in the injecting and have a bourbon and then get back home for his involved prep. Jim made delicious roasted butternut squash soup.



Because my 3 sisters and I all live in the same town in NJ walking from house to house is half the fun and a good chance to get some exercise in between courses. After the turkey course we literally drag our bodies around town to dessert.



With everyone very much into food there is no way to sample it all and we enjoy leftovers for days. My son and father, above,  at my sister Nicole's home, where she, her husband and daughters outdid themselves with the selection .....but how do you choose?
The yellow dolloped hor d'oeuvres above, were delicious homemade blue corn encrusted crab cakes with mango salsa and habanero cream, stuffed mushrooms on the far right...



Tom made what turned out to be my favorite ...root vegetable crostini (top one) with Jerusalem artichokes and fontina cheese...recipe HERE. The lower dish is bruschetta with roasted tomatoes and pancetta.



The antipasti looked beautiful in the stone platter (I have 2 available )



My niece Hilary prepared 2 baked bries. One with pesto and the other with figs and toasted pecans.



My sister prepared homemade spinach ravioli with sage butter and pignoli nuts, YUM! The dish beside it is the much anticipated million dollar candied bacon!



Jakey's fav is the bacon!



My son, Adam and my granddaughter Madison ...so sweet!



So much to be thankful for.



My 2 young nephews tossed the football with my son Ryan en route, such energy! My brother in law, Ricky submerges the fryer bird.  The roasted bird always looks much more picturesque although everyone likes the fried bird for its juiciness. Do you fry or roast?



My niece and nephews surprised us with an impromptu concert.



Me and my besties!



Things got a little whacky while we served up the entree!



Denise's table looked magical with an elegant autumnal table setting. I just loved her white pumpkins with the simple red berry branches. Her husband home baked the bread....Seasonal place cards completed the tasteful theme.

LOVE your gilded chandelier Nee, wherever did you find it ?? Wink wink (chandelier available)


Roasted delicata squash looked beautiful! The rind is edible too, which makes for an easier prep. Denise made some of the stuffing in muffin tins as most everyone likes "the crispy part".



I hosted dessert this year which is great for me as its my favorite course! I had to think ahead because of responsibilities at the store so making ice cream was a perfect choice. I used the Cuisinart ice cream maker after cooking the custard ingredients on the stove. It was so simple and was made a week ahead. The best coffee ice cream I ever tasted and the kids loved the cookies and cream version too. I just LOVED that I had 2 hotel silver bowls. I also made cheesecake with chocolate globs throughout.  Cheesecake freezes well too. Last minute prep was my apple crumble pie and Ryan added lemon cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting that morning. The picture above is my son and me with our zeppole!



It's such a wonderful time of year and we all hope you stop by the warehouse to experience with us this great space decorated for the holidays before I move back to the store.  With it getting darker earlier now it illuminates in late afternoon...we all just love being here and thank many of you for your warm compliments and so enjoying the special gifts and unique home accessories I have collected for you.  Don't forget to have FUN! XOXO


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Also we have daily flash sale specials we post only on social media! Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM....IT'S EASY!!!!!


  
Warm regards,
Bonny


  
Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30.