June 18, 2018

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Ancient Greek Sandals

Here at Dovecote, we always jump on the opportunity to stock (and wear!) shoes that are not only stylish, but comfortable. We also love a good backstory, which makes Ancient Greek Sandals one of our very favorite new lines.

Inspired by Greek mythology, shoe designer Christina Martini and CEO Nikolas Minoglou debuted their collection of sandals. They were motivated by stories they heard of Greek gods and goddesses who had their sandals made by an accomplished sandal maker who infused each pair with magical powers.

Using leathers and velvets, these handmade shoes may not have powers, but they are both beautiful and functional, using techniques that have existed for centuries.

Stock your summer shoe wardrobe with these great sandals! We know you’ll love them just as much as we do.

June 11, 2018

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Award-Winning Chutneys at Nest

Le Bon Magot, or “the hidden treasure”, produces specialty chutney and marmalata inspired by the owner’s family heritage and international experience. The chutney has been a ubiquitous part of Indian cuisine since before 500 B.C., with each region relying on a distinctive spice blend to preserve locally cultivated or foraged produce. Currently, Nest offers four varieties of these uniquely flavored chutneys —all winners of the sofi award, the specialty food industry’s highest honor:

Brinjal Caponata
2018 Gold Winner
With origins in Western India, the sweet-and-sour taste of this relish pairs well with ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt. The purple aubergine seasoned with cumin and curry leaves is delicious swirled into traditional mashed potatoes, added to an Asian-inspired meatloaf, or rolled into a flatbread filled with spicy omelette for a unique breakfast on-the-go.

Lemon-Sultana Marmalata
2017 Bronze Winner
Fragrant Afghan saffron, licorice-scented caraway, citrusy lemon and tart verjus all conspire to produce an evocative marmalade reminiscent of the dried fruit preserves of Turkey. Drizzle it on cheesecake, use it in a classic bread pudding or stuff it in a crêpe with mascarpone cream for an unusual dessert.

Tomato and White Sultana Chutney
2017 Gold Winner
With the sweet fruitiness of tomato married to piquant Kashmiri chilies seasoned with ginger and garam masala, you will not feel the need to reach for ketchup. Whether jazzing up charcuterie or simply applied on toasted ciabatta, this chutney will become your plate-side companion at every meal.

Spiced Raisin Marmalata
2017 Gold Winner
Ebony nuggets of raisin hang in a sweet and spicy syrup, honoring ras al hanout, North Africa’s signature blend of rose petals, cinnamon, and cardamom. Bake up a spiced version of a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie or try a riff on a PB&J with feta and pine nuts for an East-meets-West treat!

Stop in to see the collection at Nest and be sure to ask for a signature recipe provided for each variety.

~Carolyn, Nest Stylist

June 04, 2018

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The Perfect Summer Setting

Warm summer breezes. Rocking on the front porch. Soft fruit scents wafting in the air. A tall iced drink in my hand. This is what I think of as the perfect summer scene!

I love to light a refreshing citrus-scented candle at this time of year and at Nest we have the most delightful lemon, lime and orange votives that look as though you just sliced a juicy orb in half. Scatter them on your dining table with a sprinkle of fresh blossoms and leaves. Their soft scents pair well with summer foods.

And have you tried our Bella Cucina Farmhouse Lemons yet? Cut into ready-to-use wedges, these special preserved lemons are hand-packed in salt brine to keep their intense yellow color and sweet flavor. Season roast asparagus, poultry dishes, salads or baked goods with a studding of chopped rind. We have a delightful recipe to share with you for Lemon and Mint Poundcake, so be sure to ask for a copy when you visit us!

Another wonderful idea for a simple, no-bake dessert are Bella Cucina’s Crostata Sweet Butter Pastry Tarts. Delicately baked to a golden brown, fill these morsels with Lemon Cream and top with a dot of whipped cream. The perfect sweet ending to another beautiful summer day!

There’s always something new at Nest so I hope you’ll stop in and let us help you create your perfect summer setting!

~Carolyn, NEST stylist