Goat Farmers of The Amazing Race Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:29:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Five Beautiful Things Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:39:53 +0000 number-5

Variations on the Ginkgo

Ever since I was young, I was enamored of the ginkgo tree. I love the shape of its leaves and the uniformity of its signature vibrant yellow hue during the autumn months. It seems I am not alone, either. The tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, is native to China and was considered beautiful enough to be planted on the sacred grounds of Buddhist temples. It was first cultivated in North America in 1784 in Philadelphia and is now planted worldwide as a landscape plant. The fan-like shape of the ginkgo leaf has been used as a decorative motif for centuries: from furniture to jewelry, wallpaper to textiles.

The ginkgo’s charm may lie in its resilience. It is one of the oldest trees in the world. Modern ginkgoes are virtually the same as fossil specimens of the same species dating back more than 100 million years. The only plant older than the ginkgo is the fern. Much like the fern, the ginkgo reproduces itself using ovules that are fertilized by motile sperm, which are released by pollen grains when the tree germinates.

There is a ginkgo grove planted not too far from where I work and I love visiting it this time of year on my walk home to marvel at the swath of vibrant yellow and the striking shape of the fallen leaves. Below are five beautiful photos of the ginkgo used as a decorative motif. The first photograph was taken by my friend Lori Coleman who lives in Culpepper, Virginia. This tree grows in her back yard.



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Leftover Stuffing Hacks Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:58:35 +0000  

stuffing-hacksStuffing shouldn’t just be a Thanksgiving and sometimes-Christmas dish. We should be eating stuffing year round! It’s more versatile than you think…and can be paired with everything from fish to beef to pork to veggies. (No, we’re not getting paid by StoveTop.)

But while there are hundreds of ideas online for what to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, you won’t find many for leftover stuffing. Maybe people just toss it out because, after all, “it’s just soggy bread.” But we waste nothing on the farm. So over the years we’ve come up with a lot of fabulous ideas for using up stuffing post-holiday. Check ‘em out below.  (We’ve also got ideas for leftover cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.)

FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE!:  Stuffing freezes better than any other part of Thanksgiving dinner. So while you’re cramming down leftover mashed potatoes and turkey to beat the spoilage clock, put your leftover stuffing on ice. Tip: it’s best to freeze it individually portioned spoonfuls or squares on a baking sheet first, then put in freezer bags.
STUFFING QUICHE:  Press leftover stuffing into the bottom and up the sides of a deep dish pie plate to use as the shell for your favorite quiche recipe.
MEATLOAF:  You know how meatloaf calls for breadcrumbs and spices? Well…what is stuffing anyway? Yep. Bread and spices. Mix stuffing into your favorite meatloaf recipe instead of breadcrumbs.
CHICKEN SOUP DUMPLINGS:  When you get that bad winter cold next February, pull out some leftover  Thanksgiving stuffing from the freezer, mix in an egg, roll into tight balls and drop into simmering chicken soup. If it doesn’t cure you, it will at least remind you to be thankful that it’s not pneumonia.
BLUE CHEESE BITES: Roll stuffing around a tablespoon-sized hunk of blue cheese. If stuffing is very wet, roll in dried bread crumbs and bake until cheese in middle is warm and gooey.
STUFFED SQUASH:  Place acorn squash halves in baking dish, spoon stuffing in cavities, drizzle with maple syrup, cover loosely with foil, and bake at 350F until squash is softened.
FISH:  Stuffed trout isn’t just for fancy restaurants. Pick up a nice, whole fish from your best grocer and bake fish with stuffing in cavity.
FRUITY STUFFED PORK: In our first cookbook we taught you to use leftover fruitcake as a stuffing for pork. Turn your leftover stuffing into an even better stuffing by adding chopped dried prunes, apricots & apples and using to stuff pork chops or roast.
STUFFED APPLE SIDE: Baked apples aren’t just for dessert. By stuffing apples with savory stuffing before baking (add a few raisins too!) they can be served alongside the main course.
ONION SOUP ADD-IN:  Prepare your favorite onion soup recipe (leaving out any spices other than salt & pepper,) add a generous spoon full of stuffing to simmering mixture, melt gruyere cheese over top.
CROUTONS: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, bread cubes to bread cubes. Spread leftover stuffing evenly across a baking sheet and bake at 350F until almost, but not completely dry. Cut into cubes, and return to oven until totally dry. Great with a crisp romaine salad.
STUFFING JAM CAKES:  A great savory/sweet breakfast side. Flatten stuffing into cakes, fry in butter alongside eggs, top with apple butter or concord grape jelly

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Brilliant Tin Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:55:33 +0000 Snowflake-1000


How a bit of Christmas Past came back to the Present.

Gustav Meyer came to New York to work as a confectioner in 1864.  But he was also an inventor.  His most notable creations were customized molds to manufacture logoed sugar wafers for the hotel trade…and the bubble gum whistle!

Always a man of many ideas, he held patents for things as varied as cake decorating machines, edible ice cream scoops and radiator humidifiers.

In 1880, Gustav began the production of “Tin Brilliant Ornaments” for Christmas trees.  Using his knowledge of mold making for confections, he created an intricately-carved brass mold embedded with real faceted gem stones.  The tin cast ornaments had the concave impressions of the gemstones which served to catch and reflect ambient light.  The “gems” were decorated with brightly colored paint that made them look like actual jewels.

Over the next decades, the ornaments became a world-wide sensation. Their unique configuration could make a Christmas tree twinkle in a way that had never been seen before.

But in the early 20th century, electric Christmas tree lights were developed and the public had a new way of making their tree sparkle.  The era of the Tin Brilliant Ornament had passed.

Gustav suffered a stroke in 1917 and died the following year.  His family donated most of his metal equipment to wartime scrap drives.

The ornaments were “lost” for decades.


So how did they come to be the signature ornament for Beekman 1802 this year?


Sometime in the 1970s, Bill and Janet Rigsby who live just down the way from us in Cooperstown, NY,  were at an antique shop in Staten Island, NY.  In the bottom drawer of an old wooden desk, they found a box with over 40 ornament molds.

In 1987, Bill and Janet used the molds to make the ornaments once again.  At the time, Gustav’s daughters were still alive and living on Staten Island.  The Rigby’s located the youngest daughter, Emilie.  Even though she was now blind, when they placed the new ornament in her hand she exclaimed, “Brillanten! It’s Poppa’s brillanten.”


See how each of the Beekman 1802 Signature Christmas Ornament for 2014 is made:




This holiday season, Bill and Janet created two ornaments exclusively for Beekman 1802 using the original molds created by Gustav Meyer.  You can see them by clicking here





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Leftover Mashed Potato Hacks Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:58:56 +0000 mashed-potato-hacks

Mashed potatoes…how can something so good the first day be so bad by the next? Well, technically the answer has to do with starch content, cellular structure, and the fact that God just intended us to eat mashed potatoes when they’re hot, dangit.

We’re not sure what overcomes us, but we always make too many mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. Did we really think that each dinner guest could consume the mashed equivalent of four whole potatoes? Yes. Yes we did. And they can’t. So we’ve had to be pretty creative in coming up with uses for leftover smashers:

SAVORY POTATO CHEESE PANCAKES:  Potato pancakes are kinda the obvious choice for leftover mashed potatoes. Kick it up a notch with cheese. Simply combine 3 cups of potatoes with a few tablespoons of flour, half a cup of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, parsley or chives, and an egg. Mush together, dredge in a little more flour, and fry ‘em up in some vegetable oil.
MUSHINS:  Turn those cold mashers into breakfast muffins. Replace 1/3 of the flour in your favorite corn muffin recipe with mashed potatoes. Add some chopped peppers (green, red or hot.) Bake as usual. (You can check out the breakfast muffin recipe in our new Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.)
GNOCCHI:  Ummm…this one’s almost too easy. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, you’re already half done making gnocchi. Use any recipe online, and of course top it with our Mortgage Lifter Sauce.
CHOCOLATE CAKE:  Yep. We said chocolate cake. Swap out 1/3 of the flour with mashed potatoes in your favorite chocolate cake recipe. (Don’t worry if the potatoes have salt. Just use really rich dark chocolate in your recipe, omit any added salt in the recipe, and use unsalted butter.)
CHOWDER:  Instead of adding flour to thicken your clam or corn chowder recipe, add mashed potatoes, and stir well.
CARAMELIZED ONION POTATO HAND PIES: We already have this hand-pie recipe on our website. How easy is that? You’re welcome.
MASHALOO:  Sounds like the name of a 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon. But actually it’s just adding garam masala spices, lemon zest, curry and cayenne pepper to your mashed potatoes. Sometimes leftovers are easier to finish if you just change the flavor completely.
SHEPHERDS PIE: We probably don’t need to remind you that this is a mashed potato option. But just in case you forgot, we didn’t.
JAPANESE SALAD:  To your mashed potatoes, add some wasabi mayonnaise, rice vinegar, chopped steamed carrots, chopped hardboiled egg, chopped cucumber, chopped cooked ham & sesame seeds. Serve chilled.
CRAB CAKES: Substitute mashed potatoes for half of the crackers/panko/breadcrumbs called for in your favorite crab cake recipe.
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES:  When heating the cream to make truffle filling, dissolve some mashed potatoes in with it before adding chocolate. Adds a great texture.
POTATO-STUFFED MEATLOF:  You serve potatoes with meatloaf, right? Why not serve them in meatloaf? Fill your meatloaf tin halfway with meat mixture, add mashed potoatoes (leaving an inch border,) cover with remaining meat mixture, and bake as usual.

(Check out our “hacks” for leftover cranberry sauce and leftover stuffing.)


Do you have some of your own great ideas for using up mashed potatoes? Share them in the comment section…

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The December Chatter Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:40:41 +0000 chatter square

We’ve lobbied really hard for Garrison Keillor to give up life in Lake Wobegone and move to Sharon Springs, but thus far he has not answered our letters or returned our calls.

Sharon Springs has beautiful people and above-average children, too, so on to Plan B.

What is a small town village without a small town paper to keep track of what everyone is doing?

Nancy Pfau, the town historian, is now editor of our own little paper.

Each month you can check back here for a new issue and follow the lives of the real village people. If you pay a real visit, you may even want to submit a story idea of your own!

You may not live in small town, but at least you can pretend.

See below for the December 2014 Issue



The Chatter for December 2014

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The Way We Were Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:55:59 +0000 We started designing our first collection of bed linens 3 years ago, collecting scraps of stitch work, antique textiles, block prints, and etchings to use as inspiration. With our ideas in hand, we started scouring the landscape for producers.

But what we learned was that the things we wanted to create could no longer be made in the USA.  The factories for the level of detail and handiwork, the machinery and even the know-how to operate that machinery is slowly fading away into a sepia-toned haze of America’s past.

Maybe one day Beekman 1802 linens will be so popular that we’ll build our own factory, but until then, each of our first 4 bed collections is named in honor of a historic textile town in New York State where beautiful things once were made.

Take a look:



During the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Stillwater was a turning point toward American independence.

Independent spirit. Free spirit. American spirit. Those are the things that inspire our most popular bed design.






Bellvale, NY, was part of a land grant from Queen Anne in 1703. New world settlers were drawn to the area because of the abundant timber, game and water power readily available from Long House Creek, allowing the operation of water wheel driven mills.

Our Bellvale bed is inspired by the currents of that creek and all of the creativity and craftsmanship that it powered.





The industrial nature of Fulton, NY, led to a very stable workforce for many years. In fact, during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, the New York Sun newspaper wrote a lengthy article describing Fulton, its residents and the strong local economy. It was headlined as, “Fulton, the City the Great Depression Missed.” That type of work-ethic and the natural beauty of New York State inspired our Fulton Bed.





Sangerfield was named in honor of Col. Jedediah Sanger in return for which it is said that he agreed to present a cask of rum at the first town meeting and fifty acres of land to the first church denomination which should first build a house of worship.   As you drive west on Route 20, you can see a highway mileage marker that lists both Sharon Springs and Sangerfield as destinations.



To see the entire collection of Beekman 1802 Heirloom Bed Linens, you can find them all at Bloomingdales!  Click here



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Five Beautiful Things Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:30:55 +0000 IMG_9063


Edmund Dulac

On a recent trip to my family’s home, I came across a very old storybook that once belonged to my mother called Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. Inside were the most fantastical illustrations by Edmund Dulac, a French-born artist who lived and worked in England during the early 20th Century. With snow covering much of the northeast and an increased desire to curl up and dream by the fire with a good book, I thought I would share five of his whimsical illustrations to spur our imaginations.




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The Maine Attraction Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:47:17 +0000 Geras Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco has long-included Beekman 1802 products in their “gorgeous little things” collection—products as an art form!  James Geras and Daniel Tousignant are men of great style and taste, which is why we were thrilled when they shared with us the details of a recent renovation project.

1. You live in San Francisco. Why buy a house in Maine?

Why Maine? It’s America’s vacation land; it’s steeped in history; we have some family there; and after visiting we just fell in love with the pure Maine country side and the fact that it has a coastal climate

2. What did you think when you first laid eyes on the house?

The house had been previously owned by a bit of a hoarder, so it was hard to see the entire inside, but we loved the fact that the house was all original and hadn’t been remodeled. They just didn’t see the need to remodel, so some of the rooms had the original paint

3. What was the most surprising thing that happened during the renovation process?

The renovation project was done over a three years, so we took our time and the biggest surprise was the original beams in the kitchen

4. What is your favorite decorative item in the house?

Elmer, Elmer, and Elmer–the full sized one solid piece of wood statue of the local salvage yard owner

5. What feature of the house did you spend a lot of time and thought that people overlook?

Actually the opposite of overlooking, but people love and obsess about the mural in the living room , and I did it in an afternoon *snap*

6. Do you feel that you are completely done with the house or is there another project?

Never completely done, there is a whole list of projects.

Right now we have plans to build a disco room in the middle of the forest–four glass walls enclosing a lighted dance floor, disco ball, and surround sound! We also want to buy a wonderful metal Airstream and trick it out as a guest suite for visiting friends.
We just purchased an 1850 carriage house in the nearby village of Wiscasset that has been used by a law firm for the past 30 years and we are taking it to its original state and making it our east coast gallery and flagship store for our new company Sheepscot Hill. (That will of course feature Beekman 1802 items!!)



This house renovation was recently featured in NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE.    Click here to see more beautiful photos of the home and read more of the story.

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Holiday Pop Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:42:54 +0000 Our goal with Beekman 1802 is to create a farm that’s bigger than its fences. We are always trying to figure out new ways to reach Beekman neighbors wherever in the world they may be.

This summer we opened our first ever pop-up store, the Beekman 1802 Summer Annex in Cooperstown, NY.

Now we’ve just opened the Beekman 1802 Holiday Gift Emporium in Manhattan’s East Village.

If you can’t make it to New York City for the holidays, you can still take a look around our teeny tiny piece of the city where we got our start.

From city to country and then back again!




The Gift Emporium is located at 80 East 7th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)

Open Tue-Sun from 12-6

Private Shopping Appointments with Brent or Josh on Mondays by calling 518.284.6039

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Five Beautiful Things Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:20:24 +0000 il_340x270.378148387_lema


Bruno Walpoth

Silent and motionless, the wood sculptures of Italian-born artist Bruno Walpoth impart either a sense of calm or unease for the viewer. With their fixed gazes, rigid limbs and closed mouths, they evoke those moments in our own lives when we venture inward, looking for answers in a wondrous or troubling daydream. Most of Walpoth’s figures and busts are lifesize, making them all the more intriguing. He begins by selecting enormous blocks of wood, or fusing together several smaller blocks, and then slowly carving out the figures’ features. It is a painstaking process that takes months. Eschewing bold color, Walpoth paints his sculptures in a fine wash of muted paints, giving them a ghostly pallor – like visitors from another realm. Click here to learn more about this fascinating artist.



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