February 2014 archive

PMC Cooks: Tuscan Brisket

These cold wintery days always give me a craving for comfort food.   Usually, my inspiration for a recipe comes from ingredients that are available and this recipe is no different. Our local grocery store was having a sale on whole brisket so I thought, “let’s see what comfort food I can create.”
PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

   Unwrapping the whole brisket, my first challenge was the realization that this was a huge hunk of untrimmed meat.  I wasn’t sure where to begin so I stared at it and decided to call on Paul to trim the brisket. He does such a good job cleaning our deer, I figured the principles for the cow can’t be much different.
  Here is what the piece of meat looked like….yours will be a lot like this if you choose to buy a whole brisket.  If I was preparing this again, I would buy an already trim one because so much fat came off that it was a lot of weight that I paid for and just threw away.  I think I might have trimmed a little too much off, though.  That top part is called the fat cap.  It is usually at least 1/2″ thick and I removed most of the cap.
PMC Cooks Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

When Paul finished with the brisket, we ended up with two pieces. The A.”flat”, which corned beef, pastrami and your meat market trimmed brisket is made from. And, the B.”point”, which is much thinner and the grain runs in a different direction.  I saved it for a later recipe.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Paul and I went to New Orleans for the New Year and enjoyed the most amazing Tuscan pork rib prepared by our brother-in-law, Mike.  That recipe was my inspiration for this brisket. After the meat was trimmed I combined all the ingredients (recipe below) and basically made a dry rub.  I then place the brisket in a zip lock bag for about 24hrs.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped sage
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground allspice
  • Balsamic glaze (at very end, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar, preferably one aged for at least 5 years

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare your meat by trimming excess fat. Watch this video on how to trim your brisket (it goes on to tell you how to barbecue it).

 I used our fantastic real Portuguese porcelain serve ware to bake the brisket.  Our entire family loves to cook and entertain but have always found it hard to find the large size bakeware and serving pieces it takes when we all get together.  On a buying trip to Europe, we found a wonderful small Portuguese manufacturer.  It bakes beautifully and I love the way my recipes just look so professionally presented in them.
Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

I used our large rectangular platter. I coated the platter in olive oil and then added the aged balsamic vinegar.

After trimming your brisket, mix all of the dry ingredients together and coat  the brisket. If you have a convection oven, use that setting for approximately 20 min.  You want the top to sear. You can also accomplish that task with a cast iron skillet.

Cover and lower heat to 325*.  Cook for 2 hours.

At the very end, brush with the balsamic glaze. Check the cooking time because depending upon the thickness of the meat it will vary.  It was delicious.  The leftovers we will turn into BBQ sandwiches for another night.

Cheers!

Debbie Michael

Design Trends: Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 2

Part 2! After my last post chronicling our Vegas-sized fun, I bet you thought we didn’t get any work done. Well, the proof is below. New designers, importers, looks, and lines at Las Vegas Market inspired us and our Fall 2014 season will be be our most progressive yet! From mid-century modern to boho chic, to classic styles and even a country-farm decor, our Fall 2014 line will have something for everyone. Below are a few of our favorite looks.

Las Vegas Market Report - Subtle Surroundings

Las Vegas Market Report – Subtle Surroundings

I love how the book spines are turned in to make a monochromatic look. The flowers add the perfect pop of color. We have those sheepskin pillows, y’all! I have them on my couch and can vouch for their coziness.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Instead of cluttering up bookcases with chotskies, pile in old glass bottles. Green bottles are used here in varying shades. I love how this look blurs the lines between furniture, art & decor. They make a bold, inexpensive statement.

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers.

Close up of the carved skull.

Close up of the carved skull.

Peta would not approve of this design. These authentic bovine skulls are meticulously hand-carved with different designs. They add the perfect bit of texture to the metal, industrial light fixture and reclaimed teak table.

Retro White Design Trend

Retro White Design Trend

Good morning, Angels! Charlie would approve of this look.  We saw so many looks that seemed to have one foot in 2014 and one foot in 1975. To Charlie!

Green & Gold Greek Key Mid-century Modern Look

Green & Gold Greek Key

Mmmmm. Emerald green and gold. I love the mixture of mid-century modern elements with Chinese designs and bamboo textures.  The glass top, atom coffee table & gold drum ottoman look like they should always be kept together, like a salt and pepper shaker. The stark black wall cozies up the hard lines, sleek textures, and colors.

Grey, ivory, gold, black - A bit of bling in this serene setting.

Grey, ivory, gold, black – A bit of bling in this serene setting.

This space is serene with some bling! A frosted glass, beaded chandelier adds the right texture and contrast to the glass top, gold geometric table and lucite base, sheepskin stool. The ivory silk couch anchors the varying textures and is crowned by the perfect piece of art to round off this luxe, comfortable space.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Here, we see the Americana look graduate with more sophisticated style by using whimsical wall paper, lush pillows and upholstery, & an antique, hand knotted rug. I love the old globe set in to the coffee table and the antique toy trucks on the simple book shelves. This would be a great look for a stylish family’s den.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Everything seen above is either reclaimed, recycled, or Made in the USA. The simplicity is accomplished by major statement pieces like the pool ball wall art and the glass-dome, collage light fixture. The horse is a genuine antique from India and the pillows are made from recycled Indian saris. The sofa is 100% USA made and FSC Certified wood & Organic fabrics and feathers. We are proud to offer line line soon!

 An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

We drew great inspiration from this piece, and any of you reader that spend time around a flea market will, too! This ottoman is made from an old metal milk crate that has an antique sari top. This would be a perfect weekend DIY project.

Vegas gave us clarity to see the future of our fall line and our style grew new dimensions. We can’t wait for you all to enjoy them and hear what you think in the upcoming months.

-Elizabeth Michael

Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 1 – All Play

Las Vegas is a lot of things. You can basically do whatever you want whenever you want.  Just hang out in a hotel lobby for 5 minutes and you will undoubtedly hear, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

buyers toasting in vegas

That’s me on the left with Debbie Michael, & Lucia Deen toasting.

After 20 days in Atlanta and Dallas, our buying team stepped off our 3 hour non-stop to Las Vegas exhausted. Our bittersweet arrival meant five more days of work, but with the promise of Vegas-sized activities at night.  Certainly more exciting than Dallas or Atlanta, right?

Aria Lobby - Year of the Horse

Aria Lobby – Year of the Horse

We had high hopes of productive days and parties at night.  We only made it out two nights. One night to see Cirque du Soleil’s Love and then another night to see Carlos Santana.

hunters thompson vegas quote

Truth.

The shows were amazing, but what really entertained us were all the new looks unveiled at market.  You probably didn’t think we would ever get to the market trend report, huh??? Stay tuned for Part 2!