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Hilde’s 10 Favorite Holiday Foods!

1. Belgian Endive Gratin with Ham & Gruyere Cheese

This is my all-time favorite holiday dish to make for my family and friends. If you’ve never had endives before, let this be your first experience. And if you have had them before, be prepared to fall head over heels. This dish is very easy to prepare and you can serve it as a side dish or as a light entree with some crusty bread and a side salad. The flavor of these baked endives is beyond incredible and you’re going to score points with whomever you serve these to!
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon course salt
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 oz black forest ham, sliced 1/8 inch thick and cut lengthwise into 2 1/2 inch wide strips
6 endives
1 cup milk
1/4 freshly grated nutmeg
1 oz gruyere cheese, grated
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add endives and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook until soft and tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside, covered.
2. Butter a 6-by-10-inch baking dish; set aside. Place milk in a small saucepan over low heat. In another small pan, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly pour heated milk into mixture; whisk constantly, avoiding lumps. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg. Cook mixture; whisk slowly but constantly until thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.
3. Wrap a piece of ham around each endive, and place in baking dish. Spoon sauce over endives. Sprinkle cheese over sauce. Bake until golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

2. Creamy Pumpkin Soup

3. Roasted Root Vegetables

 

4. Steamed Mussels in White Wine
with Fries and Mayo Aioli

5. Beef Stew (In Belgium we call it Stoofvlees)

 6. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

7. Steak frites with Green Peppercorn Sauce

8. Herb Roasted Wild Salmon

 

9. Gorgonzola Italian Sausage Pasta (AKA Pasta Elefante Street)

When my son was in grad school in Scotland he lived with two Italians on Elephant Street. His roommates taught him a very simple and basic pasta that he said happened to be the only ingredients left in their shared fridge! The ingredients are crumbled Italian sausage, mushrooms, heavy whipping cream, Gorgonzola crumbles, salt/pepper, red chili flakes, garlic, onion, white wine and mushrooms with a drizzling of finely chopped Italian parsley as a garnish. The main key is light on the cream and a bit heavier on the white wine when sautéing the ingredients. It’s delicious and the strong cheese cream sauce is contrasted with the spice of the Italian sausage complemented by the crisp outlier parsley taste.

 

10. Crepes with Grand Marnier & Vanilla Ice Cream

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10 Design Instagrams You Should Be Following!

Instagram is probably my favorite social media platform.  I love being inspired by the beautiful images of my favorite designers.  Following along as they work on a new project, seeing a beautiful bedroom reveal, or watching as they style interiors flawlessly! 
For better or for worse Instagram has definitely influenced the interior design world. From romantic to modern, to country these are my 10 designer Instagrams to watch this month!

And don't forget to follow us on Instagram too! :) 
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10 More of Our Favorite Stores!

This year we are celebrating 10 years of being in business! In honor of our great

decade we've decided to share with you "10" of our

favorite products, stores, eateries, gifts, ETC. each month for the entire year!

Thank you for being part of our Pom Pom at Home family

and for another 10 years to come!

 

1. Back Row Home

8570 Katy Fwy #111, Houston, TX 77024

 

 

2. Lexi & Lake Home

3937 Lakeshore Drive, Kelowna, BC V1W 1V3, Canada

 

 

3. Shed Fine Goods

327 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770

 

4. Mary Cates & Co.

5370 West Lovers Lane, Suite 328 Dallas, Texas 75209

 

5. Carol Hicks Bolton

301 S Lincoln St. Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

 

 6. Seibel’s

2927 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209

 

7. Summer House

57 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941

 

 

8. Iron Gate

338 W Main St, Franklin, TN 37064

 

 

9. McKee & Co

Corona Del Mar Plaza, 984 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

10. Jubeelee

903 NW Wall ST Suite 110 Bend, Oregon 97703

Thank you to all these fabulous stores!

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Summer Travels!

This summer was filled with many fun adventures! My favorite thing about having the opportunity to travel is being able to absorb and observe so much inspiration, culture, & joie de vivre in other parts of the world that I am then able to bring back with me and infuse into our Pom Pom at Home collections.  

This year, we were able to spend time in several different countries. First, we headed to Denmark, Copenhagen to see longtime friends, then to our home country of Belgium to celebrate my youngest son's nuptials with family, back to Los Angeles for a short time, & then finally a beautiful trip to Portugal where we were introduced to the incredible craftsmen and factories that we will be working with in the upcoming year. 

As summer winds to an end I wanted to take a look back at these wonderful countries and share with you some of the highlights our of trips hopefully inspiring you to visit them as well!

 

Denmark 

Seeing some old friends and getting incredibly inspired by the shops & architecture.  

With some friends outside of the famous florist, Tage Anderson. 

Very inspired by him and his artistry. 

The most famous shopping street in Copenhagen. 

Our friends, Per and Helle, brought us to see the Little Mermaid statue made famous by Hans Christian Anderson.  It's much smaller and harder to spot than people expect!

The interior of the King's Palace in Copenhagen. 

 

Hygge has become very popular worldwide. It's the Danish way of being cozy and happy. Which has always been the way of life here. 

 

Illums Bolighus a beautiful Scandinavian design shop. Great for inspiration!

It's worth the cost of the boat to see the city from a different perspective. Get some wine and cheese and enjoy!

 

Belgium

My home land where much of my family still lives and the place where I fell in love with linen!

 

Up at my brother's Lake Cabin to celebrate Michael & Bianca's wedding!

We did a bit of traveling around Belgium. Here Michael and Bianca are at the famous statue of Manneke Pis (Little Peeing Boy) in Brussels. 

 Walking thru Brussels to the Grand Place. Enjoying the great Art Deco buildings on the way. 

When in Brussels, one has to buy Belgian chocolate. 

We had a chance to visit our hometown of Antwerp and visit our old restaurant, De Pottekijker. Unfortunately it was closed for lunch but everything was exactly how we had it 30 years ago.

 Antwerp is still one of the most interesting cities to get your creative juices flowing! It's architecture, fashion, design, & culinary.

 

Portugal

An absolutely beautiful country! We mixed business with pleasure as we were there to visit some factories and meet with craftsmen. 

 

Guimarães is a very charming and historic city.  Built in the 13th century it's the birthplace of Portugal.  This medieval city is surrounded by a lot of textile industry which is what brought us there. 

 While driving up to wine country we were stopped by a religious procession. 

Enjoying the views and architecture of Porto.

The city is incredibly affordable. We had this lovely little spread of port, meat, and olives for only a few dollars!

We took our time driving from Porto down to Lisbon and stopped off at this little fishing town where all the fisher-people were drying the day's catch. 

Palácio da Pena is a Roman castle, located in Sintra, Portugal.

 

Downtown Lisbon and the Santa Justa Lift where people ride the elevator to the top to view the city. 

Lisbon is such a beautiful city. I loved all the ceramic tile work we saw while walking around, just like the one you see behind us! 

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Our Rental Home Renovation!

This Summer, my husband, Reza, and I decided to take on the giant task of flipping a home we purchased here in L.A. (on a whim!) to turn it into a rental house.
My son and his new wife had actually been house hunting and put an offer on this home and one other. Amazingly both offers were accepted. They chose not to go with this one but because the house was such a great deal (it needed A LOT of work), Reza and I decided to jump on it and buy it ourselves. 
Over the course of 2 months, Reza and a small crew of 5 transformed the home inside and out...

The home was built in 1951.  It features orange shag carpeting, a brick fireplace, and enough wood paneling to create a bonfire the size of Texas.  The main floor is divided into 3 levels, each divided by one small sloping carpeted step. 

 The original owner of the home was a Welder/Iron Smith. We found that most of the hardware, brackets, and door fixtures were handmade by him often in funny shapes or with various initials on them, most likely those of his children and family.  We actually kept almost all of his original metal work including this interesting chandelier in the dining room.

 

 

Overall, the entire process was pretty enjoyable except for perhaps the electrical and plumbing components.  Most of our inspiration was found from the many open houses we visit on the weekends and from a few of our friends' homes.  The home is currently occupied by a young family and I think after all is said and done, we would do it again! 

 

 

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