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Features High style 10 Full capacity 16 Room revision 18 Moving trends 20 Organized advantage 32 Quiz: How organized is your office? 33

Departments Artist Spotlight 14 Garden Fix 24 Why we love our home 26 Organization Tool Kit 22 Green Fix 38 DĂŠcor Fix 40 Hospitality Fix 41

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hen I moved from New York to Memphis a few months ago, I decided to downsize. If I wasn’t using something regularly, I didn’t see any

sense in paying to ship it 1,000 miles home. With each bag of clothes marked for charity rather than for Memphis, I felt lighter. And I wished I had done this more regularly, so it wouldn’t be such an undertaking.

to page 29 to see the before and after photos from a kitchen makeover that helped homeowners put everything in its place. If you’re wondering how organized your office is, take our quiz on page 33. Our design friends set up a beautiful Valentine’s Day spread (pg.40) and our hospitality guru shared two recipes that will wow your friends at the next church or office potluck (pg. 41).

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send us some feedback. If you are embarking

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Decorative attic louvers combine design and function


o matter the climate or season, all attics need adequate ventilation, a feat that can be achieved discreetly. But many Mid-South homeowners are using ventilation as a means

to improve their home’s curb appeal. They’re doing so with metal louvered roof ornaments that keep air moving in attics and provide a decorative accent atop homes. In Memphis, Jim Rawlings is one of a few who create such decorative and functional additions. “People add these as a little decoration,” said Rawlings, owner and president of Metalaire Louver. “People go that route because they’re maintenance-free, decorative, last forever and give them that castle look.” Rawlings’ company, which was founded by his grandfather in 1952, makes attic ventilation equipment, flashing, decorative chimney caps and roof ornaments in a shop near Memphis International Airport. Aside from custom options, Metalaire Louver offers two styles of louvered ornaments – dormers, windows that protrude out of the roof, and cupolas, gazebo-like structures that sit atop the roof. In any form, these louvers ventilate attics naturally, without electricity or moving parts, providing the airflow – similar to the effect created by opening both the front and back doors on a home – needed in an attic.


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A louvered cupola

more than four decades of experience. “You see a lot more of it. Metal is there forever, you know?” Metalaire Louver makes almost all of its products from copper, which gets stronger as it ages. Eventually, copper turns green – think of an old penny or the Statue of Liberty. That green layer is called a patina, which actually protects the metal from further corrosion. Roof ornaments are typically catered to larger, more expensive houses, though they’re not limited to them. Finials, the oftenpointed decorations that adorn many homes, are likely the most common and popular ornament being added to roofs, but are strictly decorative and serve no function. “Today in new homes, there are so many bre aks in the roofs that you have a lot more opportunities for decorative items,” said David

This is a custom metal roof ornament that does not contain louvers “People think (attic ventilation) is just to get the heat out of your house, but you need it year-round,” said Rawlings. “Your house is always breathing, so even in the cold environment you've got to have that airflow. Without it you get stagnant air, which will cause mold or mildew. It's even more important when it's a hot environment like ours.”

" Today in new homes, there are so many breaks in the roofs that you have a lot more opportunities for decorative items." – David Apperson, real estate broker

Apperson, a broker with local company McWaters & Associates Realtors who has worked in Mid-South real estate since 1980.

More about louvered dormers and cupolas

Full dormers Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, louvered dormers can provide a stylish touch to a home while providing attic ventilation. The price of a dormer is affected by the slant of the roof, as steeper roofs require more material to properly install them on a home than do more shallow roofs.

Cupolas Adding the elegant look of a cupola can rid your home of boring roof lines while

Roof ornamentation is nothing new – take a look at just about

also ventilating your attic. Cupolas can be

any major building from nearly any era. But metal ornaments,

topped with a number of different shapes

particularly copper, have been making somewhat of a comeback in

and are often adorned with a finial or

residential structures in recent years, after they fell out of demand

weathervane. From top to bottom, they’re

during the recession and housing market crash.

usually in the eight-foot range, but can be

“Metal ornaments are coming back because they represent

bigger or smaller.

prominence and strength,” said homebuilder Don Willis, who has

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“We’re not as traditional here in Memphis as we were. This stuff was not very prevalent until the last decade.”

" Metal ornaments are coming back because they represent prominence and strength."

worthwhile for homeowners who want to accent to their rooftop. More information about Metalaire Louver’s louvered ornaments can be found at

– Don Willis, homebuilder Rawlings said demand for the ornaments his company makes, both louvered and not, dropped sharply during the recession but has continued to slowly increase since. And just as roof ornaments are becoming more popular, attic ventilation is becoming more important as new and renovated homes are sealed tighter, preventing fresh air from sneaking in through door and window frames, he said. How much value a louvered ornament adds to a home is difficult to pinpoint, but it’s added functionality makes them more

A louvered dormer


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Full A

Capacity Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Brandon Dill


majority of her clothes are on the left

countertop space she uses to charge

renovated their master bathroom,

and back walls of the closet. The right

her electronic gadgets. Lined jewelry

they decided to round out the

side contains a chest of drawers with

drawers help her keep track of her most





project with an update to their adjoining his-and-her closets. The closet makeovers made a qualityof-life difference that the couple had not expected, said Amy Dixon. “I was organized before, but this took

precious belongings, she said, and built in shoe shelves keep the room clutter-free. Special touches to Floyd Dixon’s closet, in addition to shelving for his shoes and brief cases, include tie and belt racks.

everything to a whole new level,” Amy

“A typical closet has a rod and a shelf,”

Dixon said. “I love knowing where all of

said Carruth. “We create structure based

my stuff is. Getting ready in the morning

on the clients’ needs, in order to increase

has become a real pleasure.”

the closet’s capacity and make places for

The Dixons employed the services of Dick Carruth at More than Closets to help them with the project. Carruth, who has been in the closet business for 18 years, said the key to a successful project is making sure that “form follows function.” Amy Dixon’s closet now has three levels for hanging clothes, and she uses

the clients’ stuff. Also important, said Carruth, is a design with built-in adjustability so that the room can “grow” with its owner. “Simple





“Sometimes people over construct and forget that the space needs to be user

a hook to grab items from the top. One

friendly. There’s a balance you have

of her favorite features, she said, is a

to strike between looking nice and

valet rod that she uses to put together

functioning well. For us, it’s critically

outfits as she prepares for travel. The

important that the form follow function.”


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transformed spaces


Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Kyle Kurlick

Revision W hen Lori and Keith Cheramie

“We were spoiled because we had

didn’t find exactly what they were looking


great closets in Louisiana, and I didn’t

for, so they decided on a home with a

Memphis from Shreveport, La.,

know if we would find that here,” said Lori

spare room that could be converted into


a master closet.




they searched long and hard for a home with ample closet space.


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After scouring the city, the Cheramie’s

In October, the Cheramie’s turned to

Incognito Custom Closets in Memphis to help them turn a dayroom into a bright, open and organized closet space. The closet took a day to install, and Lori Cheramie said she couldn’t be happier with the results. French doors open from the bedroom into the new closet, which has a two-tiered hanging clothes system. Shelving for shoes lines the back wall and an island in the middle contains a built-in ironing board on one side and lined jewelry drawers on the other. “I save so much time because I can find all of my clothes,” said Lori Cheramie. “It’s also easier to stay neat.” january • february 2014


transformed spaces




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Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Kyle Kurlick

hen Ann Butler moved from her


Morgan had previously installed a

multiple rods for hanging clothes and

condominium in South Bluffs to

pantry in Butler’s condo, which is now

drawers for folded clothes. The pantry in

a nearby house, she asked Ray

on the market, and she was more than

the condo was designed to fit the open

Morgan of More Space Place to help her

happy to help Butler make the most of

style of the space, with white shelving

utilize the space in her walk-in master

her new space.

that nearly blends into the wall. Stained

Butler’s closet has shelving for shoes,

drawers add a bit of pop, but the overall

simplicity of the design is in keeping with

America and continues to be the No. 1

where a bed was in sight, so Murphy

the modern, fresh style of the condo.

Murphy bed retailer in the country. The

invented a bed that disappeared.


Butler’s situation was somewhat

story behind Murphy beds traces back

unique, as many of Morgan’s clients

to 1894, when William L. Murphy wanted

come to More Space Place for help when

to invite women into his one-room

transitioning down from a home to a

apartment in San Francisco. At the time,

condominium, Morgan said. More Space

society frowned upon women who kept

office, which can then be converted into

Place began as Murphy Bed Centers of

company with bachelors in any room

a guest bedroom.

Morgan said a recent trend for Memphis area homeowners has been to build the disappearing bed into a home

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The Lawson family (from left) Adaline, 13, Katherine, Richard and Evans, 11, pose with their puppy Mabel inside their living room.

Hanging Lawsons Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Brandon Dill

with the

Evans Lawson, 11, swings high with help from his sister, Adaline Lawson, 13, in front of their family's Midtown home.


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Katherine and Richard Lawson enjoy the outdoor fireplace on the patio. Katherine Lawson says the outdoor fireplace is her favorite feature of the family’s Midtown home.


n a mild winter’s night, you’ll likely

dates back to the early 1900s. The two-

painted to look as though it is tiled,

find the Lawson family cozied

story home sits high above the street and

adding a whimsical touch to the back of

up around the outdoor fireplace

opens to a formal living room. A curved

the house.

in the backyard of their Midtown home.

front staircase leads to the second floor,

The Lawsons enjoy folk art and have

Katherine Lawson will pile blankets to

where the bedrooms are located. Past

their collection displayed throughout the

cushion the patio floor, and there will

the staircase, one can enter the den or

home. Adaline and Evans Lawson play

undoubtedly be s’mores supplies at the

walk through the butler’s pantry to enter

on the tire swing in the front yard but


the kitchen.

also have a play area in the guesthouse,

Richard and Katherine Lawson and

The kitchen is very open, with an

located in the back. The Lawsons have

their two children; Adaline, 13, and Evans,

abundance of light and a large island

two pets; a cat named Myrtle and a puppy

11, moved into their Midtown home in the

with bar stools for visitors. The tile in the

named Mabel.

Central Gardens neighborhood shortly

kitchen was hand-painted by a previous

Katherine Lawson said the family’s

after arriving in Memphis two years ago,

owner. The back staircase is also hand

favorite part of the home, hands down, is

when Richard Lawson took a post as Rector of Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Lawson family moved to Memphis from Decatur, Ala. When looking for a home, Katherine said being close to the church, where her children also attend school, was a top priority. “We knew we wanted to live in Midtown, and once we became familiar with Central Gardens, we just fell for it.” Katherine Lawson said her family is no stranger to older homes, and theirs

The Lawson family; Richard, Katherine, Adaline, 13, and Evans, 11, live in this Midtown Memphis home.

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The kitchen inside the Lawson family home features abundant natural light, an island with stovetop and arched doorway. Katherine Lawson says the family spends much of their time in the kitchen. the fireplace in the backyard. “Whenever we can, we have people over and entertain outside,” said Katherine Lawson. “And as a family, we’ll light the fire and go do yard work, or we’ll pile up with blankets and s’mores.


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hen Beverly Wickel contacted master kitchen designer Carol Jameson to plan a makeover for

her kitchen, she had four requests: open the room, add cream-colored cabinets, include a double oven and incorporate a large island. “I said, ‘Take as long as you want to get everything right,’” said Wickel. “And they did it just the way I wanted. This is it!” Before




kitchen was walled off from the family room. The linoleum floors, circa 1970, peeled





cabinetry showed its age; and the counter space was insufficient for Wickel’s cooking and baking needs. Wickel stored her groceries on open, industrial racks due to lack of a built-in pantry. Jameson’s goals for the project included opening and brightening the room and improving its functionality. Jameson, of Premier Countertops & More, is one of only three certified master kitchen and bath designers in the MidSouth area. Jameson worked with builder Skip Collins, of Before & After Builders, 30

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Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Nathan Berry

to complete the transformation. Collins and Jameson opened the room by knocking out the wall connecting the kitchen and family room. They installed a porcelain tile floor for the kitchen and hardwood floors for the family room. They then added custom cabinetry from Pierce Cabinets in Tupelo. The installation included a large island with sink and front-to-back cabinets for added storage. Jameson chose sparkling Cambria quartz countertops for the room. Quartz is nonporous, making for easier cleaning and






maintenance, said Jameson.

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Recessed, canned LED lights show

functionality for Wickel. The cabinets also

the electrical outlet, which pops out of

off the surfaces. A glass stone mosaic

include a pull out garbage can and pull

the countertop. To the side of the island,

backsplash between cabinets adds a

out towel rack.

against the windows, added countertop

layer of sophistication to the room. A Lazy

A closed pantry was also built

space was incorporated on top of a small

Susan on a ball-bearing system inside

into the back of the room for added

bookshelf, where Wickel plans to store

the cabinet closest to the stovetop adds

storage. A neat feature of the room is

her cookbooks.


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Organized The

Story by Sara P. Shirley Photos by Jason Terrell



hen Karen Eskin’s daughter

started her business, which is called The

needs. Then, she begins working with the


Organized Advantage.

client to create a plan of attack.



the school was working on

organizing its library. Eskin,



Eskin, who has also co-founded a party planning business, said the



organizing work has been a “mixed bag,”

organizationally-mind person, volunteered

from offices, to kitchens, to attics, to

for the project. Eighteen months later,

garages, to entire homes. She’s handled

every book had a home and the library


had a working system.

systems for clients who rarely sorted or

“I know now why people earn degrees in library science,”Eskin laughed. “But I have always enjoyed helping with that kind of stuff. After a few projects, my





opened mail. “The work I do really depends on the client,” said Eskin. Eskin’s





friends were like, ‘You really should get

personal consultation. She’ll walk through

paid for this.’”

the client’s home, learning as much as

And so, nine years ago, Eskin

she can about his or her lifestyle and

“I try to set up systems that work for the way each person lives,”Eskin said. “My goal is that, when I leave, the (client) will know how to maintain.”

Organizing Basics: needs * Everything a home. Don’t leave something out unless you use it every day.

Store your products * close to where you use them. Store the products you rarely use in the harder-to-reach storage spaces.

Let go of the things you * never use. The hardest part of her job, she said, is convincing clients to get rid of stuff. The best part, she said, is seeing the end result after a big project. “Organization is a time and money saver,” said Eskin. “I’ll meet someone with a super disorganized pantry, and I’ll find ten boxes of rice stuck in the very back. “When we can’t find what we have, we tend to go out and buy more of the same,” said Eskin. “That’s money wasted.”

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How organized is your office?

Read the statements on the left and right side of the numbered columns. Rate your reaction to each pair of phrases. Decide where you rate on a scale of 1(low) to 10(high).











I waste time looking for papers I need

I know exactly where all of my papers are and can locate them quickly

I waste time looking for electronic information I need

I know exactly where all of my electronic information is and can locate it quickly

I would be terrified if I were notified of an impending audit

I would be calm and assured if I were notified of an impending audit

I do not have enough space in my office

I have plenty of space in my office

I do not have a good system for managing articles and resources

I have a good system for managing articles and resources

I do not have a systematic method of purging outdated materials

I purge outdated materials on a regular basis

I have not identified what information (email, paper, electronic files) I should keep for historical purposes

I have identified what information (email, paper, electronic files) I should keep for historical purposes

I do not use my planner effectively

I use my planner effectively

I do not have a system for managing work in progress

I have a system for managing work in progress

I am often late completing projects

I am never late completing projects

My office does not reflect the quality of service I provide

My office reflects the quality of service I provide

I do not have sufficient, wellorganized book shelves and storage space

I have plenty of well-organized book shelves and storage space



Subtotal each column and then total the bottom row. If you scored:

108-120.............. Congratulations! You have your office operating smoothly. 61-107................. You’re on the right track but there is room for improvement. 37-60................... Disaster could be ahead if changes aren’t made soon! 36 or less........... Get help immediately!


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Crafts Valentine’s Jars

Once I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try it out. I love the idea of personalizing a mason jar to use as a candy holder for your sweet someone. To start, I cut hearts out of painter’s tape to use as a stencil. After that, I spray painted the jar black and let it dry overnight. The next day, I removed the painter’s tape and bedazzled the heart cut-out with a few sticky gems. The result wasn’t too bad, and it only took me a few minutes. My tip for this one would be to carefully spray the jar so that it is coated evenly with paint. Mine had a few rough spots.

Sparkly Jars

I tried two versions of bedazzled jars found on Pinterest. The first had incredibly simple instructions. The first step was to spray the inside of the jar with adhesive. The next step was to throw some sequins inside, put the lid on and shake the jar. I did both of these steps, numerous times, and I wasn’t incredibly pleased with the outcome. My first mistake was spraying way too much adhesive inside the jar, which left a gross residue. The next problem was trying to figure out how many sequins to throw inside and how to keep them from globbing on top of one another. The end result looked cool on the inside of the jar, but rather unappealing on the outside. The next jar I bedazzled by gluing gems on it. I liked this much better than the sequins.

Gift-wrapped Jars

This jar was the simplest to make and the easiest to replicate on a large scale if you wanted to use several to decorate for a party or event. I took glittery golden tulle ribbon, cut it to the size of the jar and wrapped it around the jar’s body. I then took three smaller ribbons, differing in color, and tied a bow around the center. The best part about making this jar was that I wasn’t covered in glue or spray paint afterword.

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If you haven’t already heard people talking about the energy efficiency of a home and mention the HERS score, you soon will. As we become more and more energy conscious, terms likes this are becoming commonplace.

So what is the HERS score? HERS stands for Home Energy

to compare the two houses’ energy consumption.

How to understand the HERS Score A house that is built to code and

Rating System and was established

Ask the builder of the new house and

meets the minimum requirements will

by the Residential Energy Services

homeowners of the existing house to give

have a HERS Score of 100. This would

Network or RESNET. It was created to

you the HERS scores for their houses.

be considered a "base line" house. On

score a home's energy consumption in

Continuing with this example, you

the other hand, a house that scores

comparison to the International Energy

are told that the new house has a HERS

higher than 100 -- say 115 -- consumes

Conservation Code (IECC), established

score of 110 and the 3-year-old house

15 percent MORE energy than is allowed

by the International Codes Council (ICC).

has a HERS Score of 65. Now what?

What does it mean? Let's say you are in the market to buy a new or used home. You find two. One is new and one is three years old. You like both but are having a hard time deciding which to go with. Of all the variables that go into your decision, one that should be a part of

per the Energy Code. And vice versa, a house that scores 85 consumes 15 percent LESS energy than is allowed per the Energy Code. The lower the HERS Score, the more energy efficient the house is and the less your monthly utility bill is. Now, back to our example. The 3-year-old




LESS energy than the new house and 35% LESS energy than is allowed by

the equation is how much energy the

the Energy Code. This may be just the

house consumes to heat and/or cool.

information you need in making your final

Past utility bills can help but that doesn't

decision. In this example, if the average

tell you the lifestyle variables that may

monthly utility bill of the 3-year-old house

be a part of ownership. Second, the new

is $150. The new house would cost you

house doesn't have a record of utility bills

a monthly average of $230, or about

for comparison. This is where a HERS

$1,000 more per year. Which would you

Score will help, as it is an objective way


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Tips for a


hospitality fix Recipes by Sarah Matheny Gordon

Potluck Dinner


s the holidays came and went,

cocktail weenies slathered with store-

bring appetizers and no one brings a

many had the experience of

bought BBQ sauce, or watery 7-layer

side dish. However with a few simple

participating in an office potluck:

dip that includes a few indistinguishable

tips, next year’s office potluck can be

an annual tradition that may feel tired, like

layers) aren’t exactly enticing. Even a

something to look forward to. You may

a bad Christmas movie rerun, rather than

potluck dinner hosted by a friend can

even consider hosting a potluck supper

festive and fun. Potluck staples (think

be a recipe for disaster if seven people

of your own!

1. Plan ahead.

If you are hosting a potluck, ask your friends what they plan to bring. Don’t be afraid to ask them

to change their dish so that all of the bases are covered. At the office, appoint someone to take charge of the event to keep track of what people are planning to bring in order to avoid duplicates.

2. Send an email or use social media to remind your guests of the date ahead of time to avoid a spread of last-minute grocery store platters. You might also use this opportunity to remind them what dish they volunteered to bring or to ask them to bring a specific dish.

3. If you have trouble coming up with an original recipe, modify a familiar dish. Try caramelized onion hummus with vegetables in place of ranch dip. Ditch your go-to recipe for sticky BBQ meatballs served from a crockpot; instead, use dinner rolls, store-bought marinara sauce, and sliced mozzarella cheese to make mini-meatball sub sandwiches.

4. Think outside of the box. Potluck staples exist for a reason: they are easy to prepare ahead of time, easy to transport, don’t require refrigeration or need to be kept warm, can be served at room-temperature, etc. When planning a dish to bring to a potluck, keep these limitations in mind.

Try one of the recipes on the following pages. They are easy to prepare and can be served at room temperature. They are sure to be a welcome departure from the old stand-bys.

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hospitality fix

“Hawaiian Glazed Pork Tenderloin Sliders”


or about $10 of ingredients plus

alternative to cocktail weenies and

make potluck-friendly sliders, slice the

a few pantry staples and an hour

BBQ meatballs.

roast into ¼ inch slices and top with

of your time, you can impress

Here, an inexpensive cut of meat

braised red onions and pineapple on

your friends and co-workers with

is transformed into a well-browned,

a King’s Hawaiian roll. To add even

these flavor-packed sliders, a welcome

juicy, tender roast in only an hour. To

more flavor and texture, add green leaf

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

quarter turn and cook for another

minutes. Add pineapple rings to

Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper

three minutes, repeating until well

top of roast in last five minutes of

onto all sides and allow to come to

browned on all sides and ends.

cooking. Transfer roast to carving

room temperature. In a small bowl,

Remove roast to a clean plate and

board and let rest 15 minutes

stir together first four ingredients

pour off fat from skillet. Add honey

before slicing to allow juices to

plus the juice from the pineapples.

mixture and cook for one minute;

redistribute. Meanwhile, set skillet

Reserve pineapple rings.

add onions and cook one minute

over high heat and boil for about 1

more. Return tenderloin to pan,

minute to reduce. Pour glaze over

ovenproof skillet over medium-

nestling it into onions and turning it

tenderloin. Roast is ready to carve

high heat until just smoking. Place

to coat with glaze.

when center registers about 150


Heat oil in heavy-bottomed,

roast fat-side down in skillet. Cook

Place skillet in oven and cook

for about three minutes until well-

until center of tenderloin registers

browned. Using tongs, rotate one-

about 135 degrees, 30 to 45


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degrees. Serve slices of pork on rolls topped with pineapple and onions.

lettuce and Swiss cheese. This dish looks and tastes fantastic, and no one will guess how simple and affordable it is to prepare.

Broccoli Slaw with Cashews and Golden Raisins


kip the boring vegetable tray

and it’s perfect for an office pot-luck --

and the sad, wilting tossed salad

assemble it in the morning and stick it in

that will be thrown away at the

the office refrigerator, and it will be ready

end of the day. Instead, try this crowd-

to enjoy at lunch time (rather than being

pleaser of a recipe for Broccoli Slaw. It

past its prime).

is inexpensive and easy to put together,

INGREDIENTs 3 Tablespoons honey

Directions Whisk sugar and vinegar in

¼ cup Coke or Dr. Pepper

medium bowl until sugar dissolves.

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Gradually whisk in oil.

1 pinch cayenne pepper and/or 1 pinch red pepper flakes

Combine remaining ingredients, including flavor packets from ramen

1 small can of pineapple rings (about ¼ cup)

noodles, in a large bowl. (The salad

1 large red onion, sliced into ¼” rings

on the night before.) Drizzle salad

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 boneless pork shoulder loin roast (2 ½ - 3 pounds) 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt Fresh ground black pepper 1 pack Hawaiian rolls

can be prepared up to this point mixture with dressing and toss until well coated. Refrigerate, covered, for 1-2 hours to allow noodles to soften. Toss salad again before serving.

INGREDIENTs ½ cup sugar 1/3 cup white vinegar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 bag broccoli slaw mix (10 or 12 ounces, found near lettuce in supermarket) 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli florets (½ inch pieces) 2 packages instant ramen noodles, uncooked, crushed, flavor packets reserved (any flavor is fine) 1 cup cashews, roughly chopped ½ cup golden raisins january • february 2014



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