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PMC Cooks: Girl Hunter Venison Curry

Hi guys! Today we are excited to be sharing a recipe from our favorite “Girl Hunter” and chef extraordinaire, Georgia Pellegrini. For those not familiar she is fierce, feminine, and fabulous- a real “Jane” of all trades. No worries, we asked permission before we borrowed this recipe previously posted on her blog which you should definitely check out!

Fun fact-  The venison used in this dish came from Paul’s hunting camp on the Mississippi River. For more details on that trip take a look at this post of Georgia’s blog.

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I brought a nice venison haunch back from my Girl Hunter Weekend in Arkansas. Ain’t it a beauty?

DSC3349-copyIt was aged for about 20 days. And since I was having a gathering of a large group of people I decided to put it to good use. I’ve made many stews before so I decided to think a little bit outside the box and made…

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You should make it too, it’s amazing. And if you don’t have venison you can also use lamb, beef or bison and it will be delicious. Just be sure to use a tougher cut so that the collagen breaks down and becomes buttery in the stew.

You will need: grape seed oil, venison, lemongrass, garlic, onion, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, dried chili flakes, curry powder, coconut milk, chicken stock, butternut squash, and cilantro.

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Dice your ginger, onion, lemongrass and garlic.

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In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil until it is nice and hot. You want the meat to brown well.
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Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
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Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.
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Add your spices!
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Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well. Your kitchen will start to smell amazing.
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Pour in the coconut milk.
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…and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
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After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
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Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve!

You will love this. It’s great for these cold winter months.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 10

This recipe also works well with lamb, beef and bison.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 venison haunch, cubed (about 5 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
  • 4 tablespoons curry
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large butternut squash, cut into cubes
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil. Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
  5. After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
  6. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

 

Paul Michael Company at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

Hi, Elizabeth Michael here!

Once a year, as a company, we all pull together and do something so utterly insane, it surprises us every time. You ask, “Why would you continue to do something so crazy?” The answer is you! Every year we set up a temporary store in Houston, TX at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. And, every year we are so blown away by our customers in Houston, we come back.

Our team prepares all year long to pull off the amazing feat of opening up a 40,000 sq ft booth at the Reliant Center in Houston in only 5 days.  We buy special merchandise almost a year in advance, and pour through spreadsheets and floor plans to make sure everything will fit and be merchandised in just the right way. We ship down twenty-five 18-wheelers, over 100 employees, and spend only 5 days setting up and two days breaking the booth down. Our 40,000 sq ft booth is bigger than all but one of our stores (Monroe, LA weighs in at 49,000 sq ft).

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On Wednesday night, there is a preview party, where guests can shop, dine, and drink before the show officially opens.  We all get dressed up and have fun with the customers. Every year this group of ladies finds Paul and takes a photo. This was 2012’s picture. Paul was really into it!PaulMichaelCompany_SayCheese

On Thursday, the crowd comes.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday bring different shoppers every day. Houstonites know how to shop and decorate! Most of the time, they forget to leave room in the car for their friends.PaulMichaelCompany_LoadedDown

Or, they need dock passes to pick up their loot because they can’t physically carry it out.PaulMichaelCompany_SoManyBagsEvery year we bring over 12 different Christmas looks, solid wood furniture, dinnerware, lamps, wall art, candles, gifts, and our exclusive line of furniture, home decor, and cutting boards made out of locally harvested wood in our wood shop in Dermott, AR, USA. Some pieces are even made out of reclaimed and repurposed antiques or architectural salvage.

Even the news came to report last year!PaulMichaelCompany_CameraEquipNutcracker Market is a holiday wonderland. Our employees always love taking a quick break to go shop around.  Here’s assistant Store Manager, Kate Roane, Debbie Michael, visual merchandiser, Ashley Mayo, and I taking a quick break and photo-op to record our colored jeans collection.PaulMichaelCompany_ColoredDenim

I wonder what year we will look back on this picture and think, “Remember that colored jeans fad?”

When we do get a moment to go shop, our favorite booths are China Baroque, a jewelry company that uses broken antique china as jewels, Pajama Party, insanely cute, comfortable and inexpensive pajama sets, Donne di Domani,  the ever-popular Italian marinara sauce, and Great Lakes Tea & Spice, selling their loose- leaf teas, spices, and tea paraphernalia.

We have been talking about doing this for a while, but this is the year, 2013…. Drum roll… We will be doing a time lapse of the set up and will be posting it after the show. Stay tuned.

To all of our Houston fans out there, don’t forget to come to the Nutcracker Market  November 7th – 10th.

 

 

 

 

Fun Spring Centerpiece Ideas

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The table centerpiece is a great way to add a personal and creative touch to your table layout and interior design as a whole. The following are a few unique centerpiece ideas that are perfect for the spring season.

  • Flower Bouquet: A flower bouquet is the standard go-to centerpiece, but instead of carefully arranging the flowers, group them together by type in order to create a more natural look. Use the blossoms from your flowering shrubs along with your own garden’s flowers instead of going to a florist.
  • Poppy Bouquet: To introduce a bold dash of color with your centerpiece, use a tall vase full of poppy flowers. There’s a price for their extravagant color though; they’ll only last a few days.
  • Tea Cup Vase: Tea cups tend to be charming in themselves, so why not use them as a centerpiece? Place a small flower arrangement in a teacup and sit it on it’s saucer.
  • Bottled Fern Fronds: This one is beautiful in its simplicity. Simply take a wine, olive oil or vinegar bottle, remove the labels and place fern fronds inside.

Visit us at Paul Michael Company to pick up accessories perfect for your spring centerpieces.

Inspired by Pinterest: Cool Ideas for Recycled Glass Jars

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One of the most common containers found in stores and homes alike are often overlooked for their storage capabilities. Take a look in your cupboards and discover how many items you have that are in jars. Each one of these containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes which can stylishly be reused.

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A simple glass jar can become fashionable and functional. You can easily label them with a simple slip of paper, but why stop there? Consider placing a design on the outside of it with a stencil or other craft items. Use a clear or colored glass container to display fun items inside.

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There are many stencils on the market and glass paint is available at your local craft store. You can also consider chalkboard paint so you can relabel your jars again as much as you like. Remember, how you arrange them is half the fun so put them somewhere equally as creative to showoff your masterpiece.

At the Paul Michael Company, we have wonderful inspiration and options to help you decorate and organize your home or office. If you are looking for ideas for decor, or methods to decorate your empty containers, visit our Facebook page to find out more.

Decor That Goes from the Wedding Sanctuary to Your Personal Sanctuary

Many people dream of a spring wedding, and it’s the most common time of year that couples choose to get married for plenty of good reasons, the biggest of which is that the weather is always great, allowing for outdoor ceremonies and receptions that wouldn’t have been comfortable for guests even a month before.

Using decor at your reception that you can later use in your home is a great and functional way to go about choosing your decor. It’ll save you money in the long run as well! Paul Michael Company did just that recently at a wedding very close to us –  Paul’s youngest daughter just got married! So of course, we incorporated lots of goodies from PMC that will fit in fantastically inside the newlyweds’ home now that the ceremony is over.

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Decor at the wedding.

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Decor at the wedding.

 

Decor at the wedding.

Decor at the wedding.

Just to give you some ideas, here are some of the items we used in the wedding that can also be brought home and put to good use. Don’t forget that you can register for all these items and more at your local Paul Michael Company store!

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Cutting board via Paul Michael Co.

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Sofa via Paul Michael Co.

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Chair via Paul Michael Co.

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Glass vase via Paul Michael Co.

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Decorative glass cake stand via Paul Michael Co.

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Decorative platter via Paul Michael Co.

Be sure to visit your closest Paul Michael Co. store for details on how we can help dress up your spring or summer wedding!

Chevron Accents Can Make Home Decor Pop

You are probably already using stripes in home décor nowadays, as many homeowners already do. But do you really want to? Do you really find them appealing? What about adding a pattern that is different and unique? Chevron accents are a huge trend in the design industry and rightly so. Chevron patterns offer the clean, simplistic look of stripes, but in a more dramatic fashion.

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Though not new, chevron patterns still offer the element of surprise. Many people have not thought to decorate with the pattern yet. Especially when used as accents and details, chevron patterns offer a contemporary, stylish look for a home.

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We carry plenty of amazing vases for your home decorating needs.

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You can find these lovely pillows in our store.

What sort of patterns are you typically drawn to? If chevron hasn’t been on the top of your list yet, we encourage you to head to one of our Paul Michael locations, and check our lovely selection of chevron accessories and accents.

 

Fun Recycling Projects to Decorate Your Home

You are always looking to do some redecorating in your home. These projects are always fun and give your home a new look. When thinking of home decorating ideas why not give your home a unique and beautiful look along with being eco-friendly at the same time. Keeping used items out of landfills is a great thing to do for our planet.

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Below are a few ideas on getting started with some recycled objects to decorate your home. Let your imagination and whimsy soar!

  • Mini cloches – Turn stemware upside down to enclose small items
  • Paint swatch organizers – Put two swatches back-to-back and stitch together the sides and bottom.
  • Wallpaper tree – Fashion a tree out of old wallpaper and affix to a wall
  • Mason jar lotion dispenser – Convert a Mason jar into a lotion dispenser for a vintage look
  • Fork and spoon door handles – Make door pulls from a fork and spoon from the same set

Home decorating ideas are only limited by your fancy and imagination. Use some common household objects for home decoration to give your home an individual look.

For more information on ideas and material for decorating your home check out The Paul Michael Company!

Need a New Hobby? Think Antiques!

Collecting antiques can be more than just an interesting and timeless way to decorate your house; it can also be a fun hobby! You’ll have the thrill of discovery every time you find the perfect piece for your home, and collecting antiques has several benefits both to your home and to the environment.

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Stories of the Past
Just the thoughts that will come when you look at that nineteenth century lantern on your fireplace mantle will have you appreciating your new hobby all the more. Who owned the lantern when it was first made? Who else thought this vase would be perfect for their home?  A good antique can connect you to people of similar tastes from the past.

Built to Last
Antiques are still around for a reason, and that is due to the fact that they were built to withstand the years of use.  Additionally, regardless of what trends come and go in design, your antiques will always be in style.

Environmentally Friendly
Buying antiques is better for the environment than purchasing newly manufactured items, especially those that aren’t built to last and may need to be thrown away in a few years.

The Paul Michael Company carries unique antique finds, and we would love to have you come in and visit at any of our locations. Come to our Facebook page too; we’d be happy to share with you many ideas on decorating with antiques.

Lovely Ideas for Decorating with Red

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Decorating with red can be intimidating. If you’ve ever tried to find that perfect shade of red lipstick, or just the right paint color, you know just how hard it can be. With Valentine’s Day inching closer, we’re all well aware that the color red signifies love. But you can show your adoration for this vibrant hue year-round with a few creative home decorating ideas. Let’s dive right in!

  1. Wow them at the front door. Nothing is more inviting or intriguing than a red door. Choose a shade of red paint that’ll pop against your home’s exterior.
  2. Accessorize. Sometimes less is more – add a hint of red in unexpected places such as your coffee table, throw pillows or mantle.
  3. Show your artistic side. An injection of red through a painting or a piece of art can draw your eye to an otherwise invisible area of the room.
  4. Step on it. An area rug infused with red permeates warmth throughout the space without being overwhelming.
  5. Weave your way. A pillow or throw can add function and beauty to your space while complimenting other fabrics in the room.

The Paul Michael Company has all kinds of great accessories for your home, so stop in and visit us today.

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Paul Michael Company would like to wish all our clients and customers a very joyous holiday and look forward to seeing everyone at any of our four convenient locations in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana in the coming New Year.

 

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