Compass WINTER 2012-13 Volume 2, Issue 3
Your essential guide to living life to the fullest.
Find your style, find yourself!
Party Central A primer for organizing, planning and throwing an amazing get-together
Gluten for Punishment Troubled by gluten allergies? A guide to gluten-free dining
Gift giving for everyone on your list
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From the editor It was a dark and stormy night. Not really, but I’ve always wanted to start a story with that lead-in. Speaking of storytellers, though, how about the incredible movies featured at Twin Cities Film Fest for 9 days in October? The festival staff did a great job bringing unique major and independent films to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre – including the local premiere of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie, Silver Linings Playbook (which opens nationwide Nov. 21). In case you missed it at the Fest, grab a drink at Lobby Lounge and enjoy this or any blockbuster opening at ShowPlace ICON during the holidays.
As autumn turns to winter, and the snow and temperatures begin to fall, I welcome you to come warm up with some retail therapy at The Shops at West End.
The Shops at West End is the place to see and be seen. The rebirth of an old favorite, Figlio, provides the perfect place to meet friends, old and new. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is bringing more and more national musicians to its stage. And Raku Modern Japanese Cuisine is set to open its sushi bar in November. This issue of Compass is packed full of entertaining ideas, recipes, beauty tips and new happenings at The Shops at West End, including a brief bio of future tenant Brush Studio. It also includes our age-appropriate gift picks for the holidays or any upcoming special event. As autumn turns to winter, and the snow and temperatures begin to fall, I welcome you to come warm up with some retail therapy at The Shops at West End. Whether you’re shopping for holiday or birthday gifts, football party snacks, or an outfit for a night on the town, our stores have the perfect fit for any occasion. Remember to have fun at the West End this holiday season, but stay safe. One can never say it enough, don’t drink and drive. Cabs run on regular intervals from West End Boulevard in the evening and are happy to get you home safely. Your car will be here waiting for you in the morning. Cheers!
Michael Landstad Senior Property Manager
Volume 2, Issue 2
Inside… What’s Hot....................................................... 4 What’s New..................................................... 6 Gluten for Punishment................................... 8 Party Central..................................................12 Hair for Occasions.........................................17 Holiday Gift Guide.........................................18 Find Your Style, Find Yourself......................24 Winter Recipes.............................................. 27 Winter Bling................................................... 30 Living at West End........................................ 32
The Shops at West End 1621 West End Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (763) 450-0554 www.theshopsatwestend.com West End Compass is a free publication of Duke Realty Corporation. Compass highlights merchants, restaurants and customers of The Shops at West End. Publisher: Duke Realty Corporation www.dukerealty.com Editor: Michael Landstad, Senior Property Manager Writing and Design: Pernsteiner Creative Group, Inc. www.pernsteiner.com Creative Director: Todd Pernsteiner Design: Jen Birr, Todd Pernsteiner Copy: Gina Gryniewski, Sarah Howard Copy Editor: Karline Koehler
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Close to everywhere The Shops at West End is located just five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis at the southwest corner of I-394 and Hwy 100 in St. Louis Park. Metro Transit buses and cabs are easy to catch from local and downtown hotels and living spaces. Driving? Plenty of free parking is available in above-and below-ground ramps.
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What’s hot Rojo adds local brews Popular Mexican restaurant Rojo has added three local beers to their lineup: Badger Hill (Minnesota Special Bitter), Lucid Air and Excelsior XLCR pale ale. These additions join a fully stocked bar with over 100 brands of premium tequillas, including Rojo’s own Herradura Reposado. Rojo’s tequila flights allow patrons to taste tequila from more than 17 different distilleries. Rojo Mexican Grill 1602 West End Blvd., (952) 657-5385
Design your own furniture Looking for furniture that fits perfectly with you interior design vision? Parmida Home carries Dinec, a custom furniture brand made using solid North American birch. Dinec offers hundreds of possible combinations for tables, chairs, buffets, hutches and curios – and all can be customized – legs, surface finishes, fabrics, knobs and handles. Whether your style is contemporary, modern, traditional or country, they have styles to fit any room. Visit Parmida and work with a staff interior designer to discuss options at the Dinec selection station. Parmida Home 1682 West End Blvd., (952) 405-9696
Rediscover your hair’s natural beauty Moroccanoil’s passion is empowering beautiful transformations. The product started with the original Moroccanoil Treatment which revolutionized the haircare industry. They’ve built their reputation on positive word of mouth from runways to salons to editorial spreads. Morroccanoil’s antioxidant infused, nutrient rich, innovative formulas are unmatched and provide dramatic results. That is why salon-exclusive Moroccanoil is preferred by professionals and consumers alike. Why? “Because our products simply work,” states moroccanoil’s website. Blast Blow Dry Bar 1668 West End Blvd., (612) 564-6959
Run lulu run Fitness brand lululemon, known for its amazing yoga apparel, also has the runner covered. From thermal shirts and jackets to scarves and hats, they’ll keep you warm from fall through winter. The reversible Brisk Neck Warmer (shown left) offers four-way stretch and flat seams for a cozy fit, continuous drawcord to avoid fishing for slipped string, and inherent wicking to help you stay warm and dry. lululemon 1639 West End Blvd., (763) 545-9069
Make a date with the dishes Leave it to Anthropologie to offer trendsetting home goods that are as practical as they are stylish. Perhaps their extensive line of uniquely illustrated dish towels will get you inspired to do the dishes more frequently. Anthro’s playful 2013 calendar dish towels will help keep your schedule organized and your dishes sparkling clean. Anthropologie 1622 West End Blvd., (763) 544-2053
What’s new Brush Studio coming to The Shops at West End Have you always wanted to be an artist but didn’t think you had the talent? Now you can paint a masterpiece while surrounded by your besties. Brush Studio offers an adult spin on paint by numbers. Get a few friends together and sign up for a painting class. For around $30* each, everyone gets a canvas and use of paints and brushes. A professional artist leads the two or three hour class as you recreate a famous or well-known painting – while sipping on wine or beer. A Brush Studio class is perfect for teambuilding, holiday parties, bachelorette parties and more. Brush Studio The Shops at West End opening winter 2013 in the arcade, across from phresh spa salon
Apricot Lane Boutique branches into Twin Cities Since 2007, Apricot Lane has grown around the country while using a strategy rarely done in the fashion industry – offer a national chain of franchises with a local boutique feel. Kristine Haas of Lakeville, MN, was ready to be her own boss. After working corporate sales and marketing for a number of years, she decided a retail boutique would be a great opportunity to take the leap to business ownership. While considering various business models, she wanted to chose one that would offer flexibility and corporate support. After extensive research, Haas discovered that Apricot Lane Boutique was the perfect fit! “I love Apricot Lane Boutique because of the unique shopping experience it offers guests. There’s nothing like it and this is the first in the Twin Cities,” said Haas. Apricot Lane features celebrity-inspired fashions and
designer labels and carries an impressive collection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories to create the hottest looks – all for an affordable price! In true boutique fashion, the store reminds customers of their ever-changing supply motto: “If you see it, buy it, because it won’t be here next week.”. Apricot Lane Boutique also sets itself apart from other chain retailers because it is locally owned. “We make all the buying decisions which allows us to stay on top of trends that are current and realistic for women,” said Haas. “And, because of the diversity of the styles, Apricot Lane appeals to both mothers and daughters.” Kristine also appreciated the corporation’s support of international, regional and local causes, including 3Strands Global, a fashion brand whose profits benefit victims of sex trafficking.
“Knowing I can make a difference with my store will make all the work worth it,” Haas replied. “By helping charities, as well as women find a style that is uniquely their own, it’s a win-win. I’m ready to see where this new endeavor can take me and my customers.” Apricot Lane Boutique 1669 West End Blvd. (952) 582-1951
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Figlio, the iconic eatery that spent more than two decades in Uptown Minneapolis, opened September 24 in its new space at The Shops at West End.
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Kaskaid Hospitality, known for CRAVE restaurants re-established the vibrant staple of the Twin Cities dining scene, well-known as the place for first dates, nights out with friends and killer Italian cuisine. The “new” Figlio has been designed to offer three distinct dining environments. The entry features a recreated circular bar area for individuals looking for a vibrant social scene. The dining area offers a welcoming space perfect for business lunches and family dinners. And the private dining space is ideal for client presentations and family celebrations. Award-winning chef J.P. Samuelson has continued the Figlio legacy by staying true to its signature dishes while also introducing a new Northern Italian and Mediterranean-inspired menu. Figlio enthusiasts will be happy to see many original favorites on the menu including calamari,
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Gluten for Punishment
By Gina Gryniewski
People choose gluten-free diets for various reasons, but for those with Celiac Disease, it’s a necessary way of life. For people with a gluten allergy, dining out can be very frustrating. In fact, people with celiac disease sometimes avoid eating in restaurants just to avoid the hassle. See page 10 for a primer on celiac disease. After being recently diagnosed with celiac disease, I quickly learned just how difficult going out to eat really was. I became frustrated and crabby, and tested the patience of the people who were dining with me. With time, dining out became much easier. I learned to frequent restaurants where the menus and staff were helpful and knowledgeable. After reading materials my doctor gave me and conducting my own research, I am now able to recognize menu items that could potentially irritate my system. I quickly learned what I loved and what I’d never order again when going out to eat. Now, going out to eat is fun again!
Below are some helpful tips when dining out, whether you have lots of experience or are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Eat before you go out. The hungrier you are, the more likely you are to make the wrong decision. If you don’t have time to snack on something beforehand, bring some fruit or gluten-free crackers to munch on while everyone else is eating from the breadbasket. I know it may feel weird, but it will make your dining out experience more enjoyable for everyone!
Know the gluten-free diet. This means not only knowing which ingredients to avoid, but also where they’re likely to be hidden, so you can avoid cross-contamination. Sauces are especially tricky, so know your stuff!
Research the restaurant ahead of time. This will help you determine what you can order or what questions you may have about a particular item. Some restaurants will have their gluten-free items listed on their menu, and others will require you to do more research. If the menu items aren’t
listed gluten-free, I always email the restaurant ahead of time, just to make sure I can find something safe to eat.
Tell your server about your allergy. Inform your server of your allergy and have them make the chef aware. Ask the server if he/she has any suggestions. You’ll be surprised at how much they know and how seriously they’ll take your allergy.
Have questions prepared. Always ask your server to tell the chef that you have a gluten allergy, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here are some things you can ask: • Are there croutons on the salad? Can you please leave them off? • What’s in the salad dressing? Is it made from scratch? • Do you make the soup from scratch? What ingredients were used? • Has the food been marinated in any sauce? • What ingredients are in this sauce? • Has the food been dusted with flour before being sautéed or fried? • Do you use the same oil for French fries as you do other breaded foods? • Are your mashed potatoes from a mix, or from real potatoes? • What is the crust made of in this dessert?
As always, check with your physician if you think you might have a gluten allergy. He or she can make recommendations based on your exact diagnosis. You didn’t choose to get a gluten allergy or celiac disease, but if you choose carefully off the menu, you can still enjoy life. You may be surprised at how good living gluten-free makes you feel and discover new foods you never thought about before.
Instead of a sandwich, try an unwich. An unwich includes all the yummy ingredients inside your favorite sandwich, stuffed inside a large lettuce leaf. Delicious and nutritious!
“At Cooper Pub, we can modify our food to be gluten-free. Instead of serving bread with our artichoke dip, we serve vegetables with it. Our delicious chicken curry is gluten-free and very popular. For dessert we have a deconstructed cheesecake that can be served without the graham crackers. It comes with cheesecake filling and fresh berries.” – Cooper Pub manager Nick Hess
Rainbow Foods has a large gluten-free section right in their store. Customers can choose everything from chips, granola bars and cereal to pasta and soy sauces. For those with a sweet tooth, they even carry gluten-free cake, cookie and bread mixes.
Subway Skip the bread and get a salad. Make any 6-inch sub a chopped salad and your taste buds will thank you! Noodles and Company Even Noodles and Co. has items without gluten. Their allergen guide is great for making your favorite item gluten-free. Try substituting rice noodles for pasta – you’ll be glad you did!
Little Szechuan “We note menu options that are completely gluten-free as-is and items that can be created glutenfree upon request.” – Little Szechuan manager Jay Konchok
You can also look for the gluten free icon on packaging for products in the Roundy’s family of brands including Roundy’s, Roundy’s Select, Roundy’s Fresh, Roundy’s Organics, Roundy’s Italian Classics and Clear Value items. This icon is being added to packaging over time as new items are introduced. Naturally Gluten-Free Foods: • Fresh, unseasoned fruits & vegetables • Plain, unseasoned meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, peas and beans
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Supplements Nutrishop has several glutenfree product lines. Quest Bars, Think Thin Bars and Promax LS Bars are top sellers for people who are on the go and don’t have much time for a sit down meal. With over 30 grams of protein per scoop and delicious flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Mint Chocolate), Pro7ein and ForzaPro shakes are also extremely popular.
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“We have quite a few glutenfree options on the menu at Rojo. Many are gluten-free as-is, but some need slight modification to be gluten-free. Our menu is available online, and any item with a black box next to it is (or can be) glutenfree. Next time you’re in ask your server or any manager and we’d be happy to walk you through the options. We hope to see you soon.” – Rojo Mexican Grill manager Peter Sebastian
• Naturally gluten-free grains like amaranth, buckwheat, rice, corn, potato, tapioca, bean, sorghum, soy, arrowroot, quinoa, nut flours and wild rice
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And the award goes to...Crave!
Not only does CRAVE Restaurant have gluten-free options, they have an entire gluten-free menu with over 25 items, including sushi. Visit craveamerica.com for more nutritional information and options. Bravo, CRAVE, for making dining experiences easy and delicious!
For your next meal at CRAVE, Compass recommends: Appetizer Salad Entrée Dessert
Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings Crave Salad Grilled Pork Chop Salted Caramel Mousse (without the cookie)
Ask The Expert
Celiac Disease? According to CeliacCentral.org, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, celiac disease is a genetic disorder or autoimmune disorder where the tissues of the body are attacked by the immune system. Consuming gluten interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food and damages the villi, a part of the small intestine. Problems such as malnourishment, cancer, osteoporosis, Type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases can occur when nutrients do not get absorbed into the bloodstream. Celiac disease can be brought on by stressful, physical and/or emotional events in a person’s life such as divorce, loss of a family member or surgery. There are nearly 300 symptoms associated with celiac disease. The most common are gastrointestinal, such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and nonintestinal, such as anemia, itchy skin rash, migraine headaches and bone/ joint pain, to name a few. Other groups of people who may be affected by gluten include children with autism or with ADHD, people with gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, and still others who believe that gluten-free food is healthier. Celiac Disease Facts: • An estimated 3 million Americans across all races, ages and genders suffer from celiac disease.
Linda R. Block RD MS Certified Diabetes Educator, HealthPartners Nutrition Services
Have you seen an increase of patients with celiac disease over the last five years?
Yes, whenever anemia is diagnosed along with gastrointestinal distress, a clinician always suspects celiac disease. We have a celiac packet which we provide to new patients. We didn’t have this five years ago, since we just didn’t see that many cases.
How do people get tested for celiac disease?
There are two ways to get tested. Patients can have a blood test or a biopsy. The biopsy is done through an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
What types of foods do people with celiac disease need to be careful with?
Celiacs cannot have grains which have gluten (wheat, barley and rye). There is a special grain called triticale, which is cross-bred with wheat, that also needs to be eliminated. One of the hardest things is finding non-wheat additives to food, as many condiments have wheat starch to thicken them or add to the flavor. These include wheat starch, bran, germ hydrolyzed gluten.
What advice do you give to people when dining out?
For people who don’t have celiac disease but are doing the gluten-free diet, is it a safe way to lose weight and stay healthy?
I am not really sure why the gluten-free diet has caught on, especially for weight loss. Perhaps, people who have weight problems eliminate most of the wheat-based junk food, pastries, fast food, pizza and the higher calorie food. Of course people feel better when they are not eating those foods, and they lose weight. If people are trying to lose weight with a gluten-free diet, they still have to be careful with the overall calories.
Eating out is a big challenge. Make certain you talk to the server about your gluten allergy or call the manager over if it seems the server is too casual with your requests. If you are really in a bind for something to eat, stick with potatoes, refried/black beans with corn tortillas, omelets or a steak with sweet potatoes. Yum!
Linda Block practices at Saint Paul and Woodbury clinic locations and can be reached at email@example.com or (952) 967-6726.
• It is estimated that 85% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease. • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today. • A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps celiacs create a glutenfree lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members. Source: National Foundation for Celiac Awareness www.celiaccentral.org
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Gluten-Free Shopper’s Guide Menu for the week Lunch ■■ Chili with beef an beans ■■ Beef tacos (use Zapata Stone Ground Corn Tortillas or Azteca Corn Tortillas) ■■ Chicken and vegetable stir-fry over rice ■■ Spaghetti with meat sauce (use corn pasta) ■■ Roast chicken, sweet potatoes and spinach Dinner ■■ Stuffed baked potato (top with leftover chili) ■■ Stuffed omelet (stuff with leftover stir-fried chicken and vegetables) ■■ Grilled cheese sandwich and roasted vegetables (use rice bread) ■■ Sausage soup and corn bread ■■ Sausage, steamed potatoes, peas and carrots
Desserts ■■ Fresh or canned fruit ■■ Frozen yogurt ■■ Homemade tapioca ■■ Homemade pudding ■■ Sorbets Snacks ■■ Fresh or canned fruit ■■ Popcorn cakes ■■ Popcorn ■■ Raw veggies ■■ Rice Cakes
Groceries for the week Fruits & Vegetables ■■ Apples ■■ Strawberries (any fruits that you enjoy) ■■ Broccoli ■■ Baking potatoes ■■ Cabbage ■■ Carrots ■■ Celery ■■ Garlic ■■ Green bell pepper
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■■ Rice bread
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■■ Corn tortillas ■■ Gluten-free cornbread mix
Canned Foods ■■ Kidney beans ■■ Fruit ■■ Tomato sauce ■■ Diced tomatoes ■■ Whole tomatoes ■■ Chicken stock
■■ Popcorn ■■ Rice cakes ■■ Tapioca pearls ■■ White rice
Frozen Foods ■■ Frozen yogurt ■■ Green peas ■■ Chicken strips ■■ Spinach Meats, Eggs & Cheese ■■ Aged cheese, i.e., cheddar, swiss, edam ■■ Fresh eggs ■■ Kielbasa sausage ■■ Lean ground beef ■■ Roasting chicken
For the Pantry ■■ Baking powder ■■ Basil ■■ Corn oil ■■ Cornstarch ■■ Gluten-free flour ■■ Olive oil ■■ Pepper ■■ Salt ■■ Shortening ■■ Sugar ■■ Vanilla extract
Breads, Pasta, Rice ■■ Brown rice ■■ Corn pasta
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Party Central By Kelly Branscomb Creator and owner of Small Serving Smallserving.blogspot.com Photograph by Rory Oâ€™Neill
Getting ready to throw a party? Whom should you invite? What should you prepare? Should it be a sitdown or a buffet meal, or should it just be snacks? How much room do you have? What can you do to have people talking about your party for days to come? Planning the party can be just as much fun as the party itself! To make it easier, we have assembled tips and tricks to planning a successful party that will make yours memorable for some time to come. 12
No matter what type of party you are having, organization is the key – be organized from start to finish. Having a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish, organization and a set timetable to help you get everything done will help you enjoy your party as much as your guests will. Know your time limits and be realistic about how much time you really have to plan for your party. Do not try to do the shopping, prep food, clean the house and have everyone over the same day. You will be too tired to enjoy your party and run the risk of being behind schedule. Instead do your shopping one to two days before the party. Choose recipes that you can make in advance. Prepare as much food as you can the day before, or morning of, your party. Save additional time by filling in your menu with prepared food and desserts from the bakery and deli departments at Rainbow. Or, if you’re looking to have the work done for you, catering from restaurants such as CRAVE is another option.
When you invite guests into your home the environment should be welcoming. You do not need to hire a professional to create the perfect party mood; you can find great accent touches by visiting Parmida Home and Anthropologie at The Shops at West End.
The best party planners know they cannot do it all. Enlist the help of friends or family. Give them specific tasks and responsibilities for preparty, during the party, and to help clean up after the party. Don’t be afraid to give suggestions if someone offers to bring food. To raise the bar on your next party consider hiring a bartender. Hiring a private bartender can really take a lot of pressure off of you and make your party something that will be talked about for days to come. A good bartender can help you determine how many alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to buy, will set up before the party, and will clean up at the end of the party. If you are having cocktails, ask your bartender to create a signature cocktail for your party based on a theme or to compliment the food being served.
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The term R.S.V.P. comes from the French expression “répondez s’il vous plaît,” meaning “please respond.” This response tells the host whether or not the guests plan to attend the party and can then determine quantities for food and beverages.
Keep Guests in Mind
Your party will be memorable with personal touches if you cater to your guests. Be mindful of dietary restrictions when planning your menu. It is not always possible to make an entire meal with restrictions, however having options to suit dietary needs makes guests feel special and welcomed. Know which beverages your guests like to drink and have them on hand for your party. Do not forget to have non-alcoholic and caffeine-free options.
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Pink Champagne On Ebani: Single dress, bracelet by local jewelry designer M. Bridget Designs Hair: Blast Blow Dry Bar
Know Your Etiquette
Whether you are the host or the guest, there are some basic party etiquette tips to keep in mind. The host should always welcome each guest upon arrival by greeting them at the door. It is important to have a space for guests to put personal belongings. If you have a number of guests arriving at the same time, enlist a volunteer that can help show guests where to put their belongings. If a guest does not know other guests, make introductions immediately and share something the guests may have in common with each other; once the guests start talking you are able to politely excuse yourself to greet other guests. Once your party is underway you should take time to be with each guest, but do not allow one guest to monopolize your time. At the end of the party, the host duties increase. Keep in mind that if you served alcohol, you take responsibility for the safety of your guests. If a guest has had too much to drink, a ride should be arranged for him/her. As each guest leaves, a good host will help gather their personal belongings and thank them for attending.
Guests should arrive right on time for a dinner party and no more than 30 minutes late for a cocktail party. Never accept an invitation and then not show up just because you don’t feel like going out. If you need to cancel inform your host as soon as possible via telephone.
Whether the invitation is verbal, mailed, or electronic, the party host often asks for the guest to R.S.V.P. If you know the host well and feel comfortable, call and offer to help the host with preparations or ask if there is anything you can bring, if appropriate. If the host does ask you to bring something it is important you follow through on the request.
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M ust party Products H ave If you’re planning a soiree, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to stock up! Below we’ve selected our must-haves for Grade-A parties. The aprons from Anthropologie are frilly, cute, and sure to be a conversation starter. Check out their dishware while you’re there too. Unique pieces are sure to delight guests. Stock up the liquor cabinet at Rainbow. From vodka, rum, gin, and tequila to a wide selection of craft beers and Minnesota-made wines, this liquor store is sure to have what your guests seek. Want to really impress your guests? Cedar Lake Wine & Spirits near The Shops at West End offers over 3,500 in-stock wines, including some of the finest wines and scotch, etc. from around the world.
If you’re the host and in need of a relaxing pre-party treat, head to Glamour Nails to get a fresh manicure and pedicure. Then head to phresh spa salon for a rejuvenating facial and massage. Looking the part is important too! Speaking of looking the part, any hostess knows that getting yourself prepped for the party can be the most work of all. Let someone else do the work at Blast Blow Dry Bar. Have your hair perfectly coifed for your occasion with no hassle.
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End of the Evening
When the evening ends, guests should not linger as the host will still have final cleanup to do. If a guest offers to help clean up, it is up to the host if he or she wants the extra help. If the host accepts the help, the guest should leave once the work is complete.
Sasha Westin of Fabuliss offers her tips for keeping your cool and being a fabulous host and guest at your next soiree. A relaxed and gracious hostess is the best hostess. Be ready, wear a conversation item, and remember to entertain! Relax about the logistics once the guests arrive.
You may not have the budget to hire a professional party planner, but with good organization you can be your own party planner and have a memorable gathering that your friends will talk about for weeks to come.
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Centerpieces in seasonal color, decorative lighting or candles, and washingmachine-friendly napkins and tablecloths are great ways to add style to a party without much effort.
The best hostess gift is something the host can use the next time he or she throws a party. Serving dishes can be a great conversation piece.
Hair: Blast Blow Dry Bar
Celebrating the magic and beauty of the season
Need to refresh the look of your home? Parmida has trendy and conversational pieces to revamp any space. If you’re attending, their selection of teas, candles, and lotions make for a perfect host/hostess gift. If your gathering involves grilling, pick up top-of-the-line meat selections from Omaha Steaks. Their rubs and seasonings also complement the meat perfectly. In need of a new outfit? For casual gatherings, Love Culture and Anthropologie have cute outfits always on hand. For more formal gatherings, White House | Black Market offers classic, on-trend couture, and JoS. A. Bank can help dress up your man. Accessories from Charming Charlie and Pink Champagne offer trendy, noteworthy pieces that won’t break the bank.
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T ips ON TABLE SETTING Dining at a formal dinner can be a little intimidating. Which fork do you use first? Is this the soup or dessert spoon? Should I know this? Knowing the utensils used in a table setting can take the guessing out of the long-standing tradition. It will help you come across as more prim and proper when sitting down to a formal meal. • Always use utensils from the outside in. So the fork on the outside will be the one to use with the first course. The same rule goes for glassware and cutlery. • Forks are placed to the left of the dishes, knives to the right. If a soup spoon will be used, it will it will be to the right of the knives. • The napkin should be placed on the far left of the place setting, unless a decorative napkin fold or ring is used. In that case, the napkin may be located wherever the party host or hostess chooses. • When bread and butter will be served, a separate plate and butter knife may be placed to the upper left of the place setting. • Plates are stacked at a place setting according to the order of serving. The plate for the main course will be at the bottom; salad plate/bowl, appetizer plate and soup bowl will be stacked in sequential order. • Last but not least, glassware. Typically the water glass is the largest-rimmed glass located to the left of other glasses (placed in the upper right of the setting). White and red wine glasses will be located next to it.
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Table Setting Basics A. Appetizer or salad plate B. Service plate C. Water glass D. Napkin E. Salad fork
F. Dinner fork G. Service knife H. Teaspoon I. Soup spoon
Shown: settings from Parmida Home
Holiday Events & Happenings
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Apricot Lane Boutique Friday, Nov. 23 & Saturday, Nov. 24 Black Friday Doorbuster Sales – Special offers; see “Apricot Lane West End” on facebook for details. December 2012 12 Days of Christmas Promotion – Special offers; see “Apricot Lane West End” on facebook for details. Apricot Lane 1669 West End Blvd. (952) 582-1951
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Saturday, Nov. 17 • 7-9 a.m. Early Bird Shopping – Registration is required. Please call (952) 540-0022
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Friday, Nov. 23 • 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Day After Thanksgiving Mystery Discount – Just bring your purchase to the counter and pick a mystery chip with a surprise 10%, 20%, or 30% discount on your entire purchase. Creative Kidstuff 1665 West End Blvd. (952) 540-0022
Blast Blow Dry Bar and phresh spa salon offer unique styling services to impress over the holidays. Check out details and prices at www.blastdrybar.com and www.phreshspasalon.com Phresh Holiday Spa Packages: Peace: Ultimate pedicure & spa manicure. $75 Love: 75 minute massage, mini facial and make-up touch up. $125 Joy: 60 minute massage, spa facial, spa manicure & pedicure, make-up touch up. $195
Blast SPecial Packages: Girls Night Out: The Blowout & Make Me Up full make-up application. $60/guest (save $10) Parties of 6 or more receive FREE VIP lounge access. Beverages and catering available. Call for more details.
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Special Drink Recipes Party drink recipes concocted by Cedar Lake Wine & Spirits
Holiday Cheer Cocktail - 1 oz peach schnapps - 2 oz passion fruit - 2 oz cranberry juice - 1-1/2 oz vodka Pour over ice.
After Dinner Mint (served warm)
- 1/2 oz white creme de menthe - 3/4 oz peach liqueur - 1/2 oz vodka - Fill with hot chocolate Garnish with whipped cream.
Cedar Lake RSVP
- 1-1/2 oz Woodford - 1/2 oz Luxardo - 4 oz 7up Garnish with a marischino cherry and orange slice.
Parmida Home’s free open house seminars are from 10-11:30 a.m. Attendees receive 15% off their entire purchase (not valid with other offers, some restrictions apply). Saturday, Nov. 17 Open House Seminar: Holiday Entertaining 101 Saturday, Dec. 8 Open House Seminar: Gift Buying for Any Budget Saturday, Jan. 12 Open House Seminar: Redesign My Room Parmida Home 1682 West End Blvd. (952) 405-9696
White House | Black Market
Thursday, Dec. 6 & Friday, Dec. 7 Holiday VIP Event – Special discounts and offers. Wednesday, Dec. 19 & Thursday, Dec. 20 Men’s Night Out – Special shopping nights for that special lady on your list! 1633 West End Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (763) 544-0602
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The Shops at West End Gift Guide 2012
In need of great gift ideas? The Shops at West End offers a variety of gift items for everyone on your list. Scroll our ideas and shop away!
} 1 } for little ones In need of a gift for a little one? From babies to toddlers, Creative KidStuff has what you need. The toy options here span many ages, interests, and educational levels — plus the prices are affordable. For baby, check out the name puzzle stool so your little one can start to learn his or her name. Plus, you can have the bottom of the stool customized with birthdate and other details. Looking for a toddler? The Wahoo from Marky Sparky functions as your child’s next best friend and also promotes balance and coordination. ABC Shape Sorter
}2 } for ages 5-13 Hatley Animal Slippers from Creative Kidstuff. Animal faced slippers with microsuede sole and exterior of fuzzy fleece. Available in a variety of styles.
}3} for tweens
}5} for teenagers The gear at Love Culture is on-trend and a favorite among trendsetting teens. From rock tees to fashionable accessories and jeans, Love Culture is a one-stop shop for the teenage girls on your list.
The accessories at Charming Charlie are sure to please any tween girl. From hot pinks to neon greens and blingy silver pieces — the accessory options are endless.
}4 } for the young thrill-seeker
Striped Contrast Tee
Chopard Red Watch
Test out your skills on the slope with the Stiga Snow Kick Bike available at Creative Kidstuff. Made of lightweight steel and aluminum, this unique kick bike brings a whole new game to the slopes. With three different height adjustments, riders can continue to use the snow kick as they grow. It’s foldable, making it easy to store and travel with.
}6} for the new college grads There’s no better way to enter the business world than in a new suit. For men, the suit combinations at JoS. A Bank are sure to help your new college grad feel collected, confident, and fashionable. The store often features great deals on suits and has a wide assortment of ties and shirts to go along with the suit. For the new female college grad, White House | Black Market offers a wide selection of professional outfits from their WORKIT® line. Their jackets, pants and tops can be used in many different combinations to keep her look new and exciting through every work day.
Duotone Turtleneck/ Pencil Dress
Joseph Slim Fit 2 Button Plain Front Wool Suit
}9 } for new moms
Ribbonwick ® candle
}7 } for a newly married couple If you’re in search of a gift for newlyweds, Parmida Home is a one-stop-shop. From home décor for their new home, such as the handcrafted firebowls, to housewarming gifts and decadent treats, Parmida has a wide array of unique and thoughtful gifts perfect for a new couple. Trendsetters? Ribbonwick ® candles make a contemporary statement. The Tea Leaf Collection features soft flowing shapes with a gray crackle finish and a fragrance inspired by nature – fine citrus tea and relaxing herbs. For a chic finish, the Brownstone Collection’s natural design portrays a sophisticated elegance. And, for a bold statement, the Décor Collection’s pure white ceramic highlights flowing curves that will enhance any decor. Ribbonwick candles are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles at Parmida Home.
} 8 } for hip dads Know a guy in your life who could use a bit of pampering? Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is your answer. Treat your guy to a luxury haircutting experience and he’ll walk out feeling like a million bucks. Shampoo and styling products from Crew and Woody’s make great stocking stuffers.
Woody’s Finishing Clay Crew shampoo and styling products
Photo courtesy of phresh spa salon
Many new moms only receive gifts for their baby. Which is great, but every now and then, the mom needs to be pampered too. Give the new mom in your life a treat with a pedicure or manicure at Glamour Nails. Top the day off with a massage or spa service at phresh spa salon. You’ll hear thank you more times than you ever imagined.
}10} for 30 to 40-something women The clothing and accessory options available at Hot Mama Primp and Apricot Lane are sure to please the woman in your life. From on-trend tops to perfectly fitting jeans, cute sweaters and unique accessories, Hot Mama, Primp and Apricot Lane are popular among women who want to be hip.
Black Sateen Legging by AG
Sequin Crew Sweater by RD Style
Mid Victorian Hoodie by Prairie Underground
}12} for 30 to 40-something men
}11} for young guys The celebrity-inspired looks at Pink Champagne are sure to have the teen on your list excited. Studded tees, designer jeans and trendy headwear will keep the teen in your life looking fresh. Gift cards to ShowPLace ICON Theatre also make a great stocking stuffer!
Is your guy in need of a fresh new look? Treat him to a look from JoS. A. Bank. Their lambswool sweater collection and cashmere scarf selection will add sophistication to your guy’s wardrobe and will also keep him warm! Is he always on the go? Help him stay groomed with the Hemergency Kit by Ms. & Mrs at Apricot Lane. This sleek, black mesh bag contains 22 emergency essentials for busy guys. From clothing stains to static cling, the Hemergency Survival Kit takes the guesswork out of men’s personal care. Smaller than a football, this ultra-compact collection can go anywhere he does– from home to the office and everywhere in between.
Parasuco LongSleeve T-shirt Parasuco Bootcut Denim Jeans
Organica BioFire Safety Fuel for Fire Pots or Flamepots by Evergreen
Fireside Fire Bowl
}13} for 50 to 60-something women Primp Pashmina scarves in a variety of colors and prints Apricot Lane Happily Ever After stacked rings
}14} for 50 to 60-something men The man who has everything can never have enough shirts. The Traveler Tartan Plaid Sportshirts from JoS. A. Bank are versatile, comfortable, and easy to wear. Pairing these with the Take it Easy Roadster leather jacket will give him a weekend look he’s sure to love.
Avid gardener? Parmida Home’s Fireside fire bowls make quite a statement in the garden or on the patio. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and textures that will complement any décor. Nothing promotes wellness like yoga and exercise, so get the lady in your life new workout gear from lululemon. Their Groove Pants come in a variety of colors, and styles and are perfect for yoga, Pilates, or any other exercise class.
}15} for new grandparents New grandparents are sure to be excited about the new little bundle of joy in their lives, so offer them a cordial worthy of the celebration. From high-end liquors to champagne and wine, Rainbow’s liquor department has the perfect celebratory gift.
Signature Gift Wrap! Present your gift in grand style with Omaha Steak’s burgandy gift box with ribbon. Pair it with a personalized message and you’ve got the perfect presentation for your tasteful gift!
}16} for the great employee The Savory Gift Assortment Package from Omaha Steaks: • 2
(5 oz.) filet mignons (5 oz.) top sirloins • 4 boneless chicken breasts • 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks burgers • 4 stuffed baked potatoes • 6 caramel apple tartlets • 2
Gift package price:$69 (Reg. $84)
} Stocking Stuffers } For the Smooth Skin fan Hand and body lotions make a great stocking 00 stuffer. Parmida $24 Home’s Shea Butter Lotion from K. hall designs is made with aloe vera extract, vegetable glycerin and is enhanced with a large dose of shea butter. The soothing lotion is not tested on animals and contains no petroleum products. Shea Butter Lotions come in scents of eucalyptus and chamomile, washed cotton, peony, egyptian jasmine and more.
Note: Prices and availability subject to change
The Lip Scrub: by Sara Happ
Sara Happ lip scrub found at Apricot Lane, Hot Mama and Primp eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips ridiculously soft and supple. Packs a concentrated punch of fresh. Cool and refreshing. A wake-up call for your lips!
iluv ePen for Kindle Fire
$19 This pen makes it easy to take notes, draw or simply turn a page without scratching the device surface, all while preventing fingerprints and smudges. Available at Verizon Wireless
The Shops at West End Gift Card
The Shops at West End gift card makes a great gift for any one, any age! Use it at any retailer or restaurant at The Shops at West End! You can’t go wrong with this perfect stocking stuffer!
}18} For the whiskey fan Whiskey Rocks are ice cube substitutes. The seasoned whiskey drinker’s dilemma is this: sipping chilled whiskey is enjoyable, but ice isn’t a cooling solution. It melts. Whiskey rocks guarantee a chilled drink that doesn’t get watered down, even when consumed at a slow pace. In this case, Anthropologie’s Whiskey Rocks are not only practical but are also stylish, taking on a playful skewered marshmallow design.
Chipper & Sprite Serving Set
}19} For the party host
}17} for the family pet
Party hosts can serve up twirling pasta and colorful salads with these enameldipped servers from Anthropologie. The set of two are made of stainless steel aluminum.
From steak treats to canine cookies, Omaha Steaks pet treats are sure to get tails wagging – all for under $10.
Seattle Chocolates Truffle Bars Seattle Chocolates Truffle Bars at Rainbow Foods boast a meltaway center embraced by a rich chocolate shell. Taste buds will be pleasantly surprised by flavors like Cappuccino Crunch, Meltaway Mint, Perfect Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate. These stocking stuffers come elegantly wrapped in gift-wrap-like packaging.
phresh spa salon pamering products Citrus Lip Balm
A petroleum free citrus treat for the lips with shea butter and sunflower seed oil to give lips maximum hydration and a sexy sheen.
Paddywax Candles 0 $50
Found at Primp, the larger tins ($13) add a little spice to your room’s looks and aroma! Available scents include Dandelion, Jasmine, and Geranium. For a petite-size burst of aromatherapy, try our little candles—at just $5 a pop, these look good enough to eat! Choose from scents like Chamomile, Lavender, Blood Orange, New Mown Hay and Mint Mojito!
Stone Crop Body Lotion
A hydrating and tightening lotion containing Biocomplex™, a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, coenzyme Q10, and alpha lipoic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.
All Wrapped Up Personal Shopping November 12, 13, and 14 Make an appointment to shop with a toy expert! You will receive undivided attention of a person who is genuinely interested in helping you select the very best toys for all the kids on your list. Save 20% on the entire purchase and get it all gift wrapped for free. Reservations required, please call (952) 540-0022.
What you wear says a lot about your personality and can affect your confidence. Whether you’re looking to revamp your entire wardrobe or just need help moving out of a clothing rut, having someone else do the styling and shopping work can be a thing of beauty. Enter the personal shopper. Here we profile three retailers with different approaches to personal shopping.
Story and photography by Todd Pernsteiner
In need of a little inspiration or help finding the perfect gift? Anthropologie offers personal shopping assistance to help make your way through its simple yet trendy designs. The Shops at West End Anthropologie offers the services of Ayanna Young, a hip, experienced visual merchandiser and styling expert. Young, like all Anthropologie personal shoppers, is a knowledgeable confidant who understands which colors, brands and silhouettes suit your style best. She provides complimentary oneon-one fashion, home décor and gift consultation. Customers schedule appointments with Young for a more intimate, one-on-one experience. Young can play the role of styling guru, time saver, confidence booster, outfitting whiz and honest friend – that can be hard to find! “I give my customers undivided attention with the goal of making them feel their very best,” said Young. “I want to help clients feel as beautiful and confident as they can be, making the transition into new looks easy and stress-free.” When making an appointment with Young online you’ll be able to give details about yourself — what are you looking for, your style and more. Anthropologie really takes the time to get to know you with their prequestionnaire. Shoppers can also call the store to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome as well; if Young is not available, other Anthropologie associates can help guide you through your decision process. Whether you’re in need of a full wardrobe makeover or just want to add a few eclectic pieces to your attire, the personal shopping skills of Ayanna Young are available at your beckon call – all you have to do is ask. Anthropologie (763) 544-2053 1622 West End Blvd.
White House | Black Market
When we first got together with Ashley Calhoon at White House | Black Market, she was sporting a new sequined blouse that just arrived at the store. “Whenever we can, we try on new merchandise to see how things feel and fit with different accessories,” said Calhoon who manages the stylish clothing boutique.
White House | Black Market associates are thoroughly trained in selecting the right styles for their different body types. “Our store appeals to every type of woman and that helps us in guiding customers to the styles they’re looking for. We offer classic silhouettes with trendy detailing that fit a variety of women, of all ages,” added Calhoon. “Plus we offer great accessories and footwear to complete a look.” You can tell a store that is responsive to their customers by how they go above and beyond typical customer service. Especially when they get to know a client personally. “If someone is short on time, they can call ahead and we’ll pull outfits and accessories and have them ready for them to try on when they get here,” pointed out Calhoon. “This is especially helpful with our Workkit® line. The sheik line offers the busy professional pieces that are easy to mixand-match.” While trying on apparel in a fitting room, customers will also notice how focused the WH|BM team is in pulling together additional
“Our store appeals to every type of woman and that helps us in guiding customers to the styles they’re looking for.” – Ashley Calhoon
pieces that would complement what the shopper is trying on. Customers are given additional options to consider based on their personal style, body type and shopping mission. WH|BM staff are always available to give expert advice on creating looks that work. In addition to one-to-one consultations, the store offers special “girls night out” parties for groups. Women are invited to gather friends or co-workers and host shopping parties complete with a dedicated personal stylist. The entire group receives 10% off their purchases during their party.
White House | Black Market also awards customers through their Little Black Book TM rewards program. After a customer spends $300 at the store, they are entitled to a wide range of member benefits, including 5 percent off purchases – for life. They are also made aware of special promotions, coupons and given a special birthday offer. When you walk into White House | Black Market, you are welcomed with a genuine greeting. You can tell the associates sincerely want to help you look your best. It’s a winning approach that will help you feel confident from day into evening – emphasizing their motto: “every place you go is more beautiful…simply because you’re there.” White House | Black Market (763) 544-0602 1633 West End Blvd.
Former runway and print model Briesemeister runs the eclectic boutique Pink Champagne with the same charm and personalized style found in every item. So it is no surprise that she is willing to go above and beyond to help customers find the perfect attire or gifts.
Media manager Les Glenna has used a personal shopper service for years. The Edina resident is busy juggling his children’s school and sports schedules and doesn’t have the time or energy to hit a large shopping mall. For purchasing assistance, Les relies on the services of Amy Briesemeister at Pink Champagne.
As a personal shopper, Briesemeister takes the time to get to know her customers and is quick to offer advice and input in updating a wardrobe or finding a perfect gift item that fits your style and personality. “I want them to love what they buy or I won’t let them walk out the door,” said Briesemeister.
“My office is right in Pink Champagne’s backyard, so I can run over there during lunch and be in and out in under 15 minutes,” said Glenna. “Amy knows me and my family and orders pieces she knows we will love to wear.”
“As a small shop, our inventory is changing out regularly,” said Briesemeister. “Plus, because our store is small, customers appreciate the intimate atmosphere.”
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Briesemeister works with shoppers in a variety of ways. Some bring in photos
of fashions they’ve seen online or in magazines to seek similar looks. Others rely on Briesemeister to stay on top of the hottest fashions. She’ll email customers photos of merchandise that she feels would fit their personality and style, then custom orders for them. And, of course, some find just their style in the store. Special orders are common at Pink Champagne. “Once we’ve decided on a style that fits a customer, I can place special orders catered to them,” says Briesemeister. It’s the “personal” nature of the personal shopper hat Briesemeister wears. It shows in how they feel with her selections. “My wife gets tons of complements from her friends over her outfits. She’s sure to point out that she got them from her husband,” said Glenna. “And Pink Champagne, of course.” Pink Champagne (952) 476-4100 1645 Park Place Blvd.
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We’re giving away a $100 West End Gift Card every day in December!
2 sign up at www.theshopsatwestend.com, 3 visit Guest Services located on the first floor of the ICON Theatre Lobby.
Winners will be contacted by The Shops at West End and posted on our Facebook page. Additional restrictions may apply.
Briesemeister assists Glenna in selecting a new pair of jeans.
Did you know the Bundt pan was invented just south of The Shops at West End? You betcha it was! For over 60 years, St. Louis Park-based Nordic Ware has been producing innovative cooking and bakeware products to help make kitchen life easier and more exciting. We’re excited to feature three great products and winter recipes courtesy of the folks at Nordic Ware and their demonstration partner, Terry John Zila. Products are available at NordicWare’s factory store. Details at nordicware.com. Bon appétit! Or for our Scandinavian friends, Vær så god!
About Terry John Zila Terry John Zila has been experimenting in the kitchen most of his life. Fifteen years in the restaurant industry have exposed him to a wide variety of cooking styles. In his classes, he uses that culinary knowledge to create fail-proof recipes geared to the home cook. Terry teaches at various locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area including Kitchen Window, Cooks of Crocus Hill, The Chef’s Gallery, Mackenthun’s, Nordic Ware and Kitchen in the Market. He also operates johnjeanjuan, a wedding cake and special occasion dessert business.
Rosemary Popovers Ingredients 2 eggs 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon melted butter
2 teaspoons fresh, snipped rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt
tip Make these in Nordic Ware’s Grand Popover Pan (Pictured)
Directions • Heat oven to 450º F.
Generously grease popover pan. • In medium bowl, beat
eggs slightly. Blend in remaining ingredients, just until smooth. Fill cups about half to three-quarters full. • Bake for 20 minutes,
then reduce oven temperature to 350º F. Bake 20 minutes longer, or until golden brown. Remove from pan and serve immediately. • For a drier popover,
prick the top of each popover the last five minutes of baking.
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb Recipe courtesy of Nordic Ware cooking class instructor Terry John Zila
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb
Ingredients 8-bone rack of lamb, Frenched (your butcher can do this) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 3 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups Panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup beef stock Dash red wine or sherry 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Directions • Place the chopped rosemary, thyme and
garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, and pulse to combine. Add the salt and pepper and pulse to combine. • With the motor of the food processor
running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture forms a paste. • Prepare the lamb: Season the lamb with
salt and pepper and spray with olive oil spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F. • Sear the rack on all sides in a preheated
pan over high heat. • Remove the rack of lamb from the pan
and smear all surfaces of the lamb with the herb paste.
• Press the Panko bread crumbs into the
herb paste coating the rack of lamb. • Place the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan.
Make this in the Nordic Ware Pro Cast Traditions Rectangular Baking Pan
Roast at 350°F for 15 minutes. Increase oven heat to Broil. Finish the lamb with 5 minutes under the broiler for medium-rare and just until the crust is brown. Do NOT allow the crust to burn. Watch carefully. • Remove the rack of lamb to a cutting
board and, using an instant-read thermometer, check the lamb for doneness. Rare: 130-135°F Cool red center Medium Rare: 135-140°F Warm red center Medium: 140-145°F Warm pink center NOTE: It is best not to cook lamb loin above medium doneness as it is such a lean cut and overcooking will render it tough and chewy.
Pan Sauce Directions When the lamb has reached the desired temperature, tent with foil and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before carving. Place the roasting pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the beef stock and the red wine or sherry, and heat, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce slightly and whisk in unsalted butter. Separate the lamb chops and place on individual plates. Spoon a tablespoon of pan sauce over each portion and serve immediately.
Cherry Hand Pies Recipe courtesy of Nordic Ware cooking class instructor Terry John Zila Makes 6 Ingredients 1 recipe Shortening Crust (recipe follows) 1 can pitted tart cherries, drained (reserving 3 tablespoons of the liquid) 1 1/2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 2 drops of red food coloring (optional) 1 egg white Directions • Preheat oven to 425°F. • Make filling: Drain cherries, reserving
3 tablespoons of their liquid in a large mixing bowl. • Add tapioca, salt, almond extract, and
lemon juice to the reserved cherry liquid, then add the drained cherries and the sugar.
Cherry Hand Pies
• Gently stir together and allow to stand
for 15 minutes. • Roll out enough of the crust to form a
6-inch circle. • Open the pocket pie crimper so that it
forms a 45-degree angle and ease the rolled pie crust into mold. You need to keep the crimper at an angle so that when you close it, it won’t tear the dough. • Add 2 tablespoons of the cherry filling
into the crust and gently close the crimper shut to seal the dough. Do not overfill as they will not hold together during baking. • Ease open the crimper. If the crust sticks
a bit, gently insert a butter knife along the fluted edge and the crimper should open. • Remove the pie from the crimper and
place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush crust with egg white. Repeat with remaining crust and filling. • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Shortening Dough Ingredients
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar
Make these using the Nordic Ware Pocket Pie Crimper
3/4 cup shortening, cut into small pieces 1/4 cup whole milk 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon lemon juice Dough Directions • Pulse the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food
processor fitted with a metal blade. • Pulse in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse
cornmeal. • In a mixing cup, measure milk, add egg yolk and lemon
juice and blend. • Add the milk mixture to the flour/shortening mixture
and pulse until a soft dough forms. • Turn onto a work surface and knead the mixture until
smooth and uniform (about 30 seconds). Roll as needed.
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Opening in Spring 2013, the Flats at West End offer high-end, upscale rental homes for those who want to be in the center of it all. This is an unbeatable location near The Shops at West End and within a stone’s throw of downtown Minneapolis. The Flats at West End are perfect for those who want to live near downtown without the hustle of downtown or uptown living. Pick up groceries at Rainbow, take in a movie at the ShowPlace ICON Theatre, take the five-minute drive to downtown for a show, or ride your bike to the Chain of Lakes.
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