Usher in the Holiday Season with Rich Hues, Lush Fabrics & A Little Sparkle
‘Tis the season.
Photographed byShane O’Donnell
Food styled byKara Mickelson
Fashion styled byTanya Monaghan
Hair byDionah Austgen
Makeup byBeth Follert
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Oysters with Mignonette Sauce
Recipe courtesy Walter Nunez
Makes 2½ cups
1 cup plus 1¼ teaspoons sake
piece konbu (2–3 inches in length)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced
freshly cracked black pepper
In a saucepan over medium heat, reduce sake by half. Add konbu; remove from heat and let mixture cool. Add rice wine vinegar and salt. Let sauce rest for 2 hours at room temperature. Prior to serving, add apples, pepper and more salt, to taste. Serve with fresh oysters.
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Cherry Lime Pisco Sour
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces 100% cherry juice
2 ounces pisco sour
2 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
1½ tablespoons pasteurized liquid 100% egg whites
½ ounce Cherry Lime Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously for two minutes. Pour into a glass. Add bitters and a couple drops of Cherry Lime Simple Syrup. Enjoy.
Cherry Lime Simple Syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
juice of one lime
1/3 cup cherry juice
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, lime and cherry juices and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool and store in refrigerator. Can be made a week in advance.
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Osetra caviar provided by greatamericanseafoodmarket.com
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