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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lobster Love!

Summer is here and it's the perfect time to start making all of our seasonal favorites. That's why when we saw this lobster roll recipe from Gilt Taste, we couldn't help but share it! Lobster rolls are a great party food because you can make them ahead of time. And if you're up for the task of making your own rolls, our lobster themed products are the perfect addition for your seaside-themed summer soiree!

Lobster Rolls
Serves 2
2 lobsters, 1¼ pounds each.

3-4 tablespoons homemade mayonnaise (more if you prefer, but I like my rolls to be mostly lobster)

2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
½ rib celery, chopped
A few drops of lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Pepperidge Farm top-split hot dog buns

Cook, chill, and shell the lobsters: Bring a large pot of heavily-salted water to a boil over high heat. Submerge the lobsters and cook for 10 minutes, then place the lobsters at once in ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well. Remove all the meat from the lobster and chop into ½-inch pieces, reserving the tomalley and the roe in a small bowl.

Dress the lobster: Stir the tomalley and roe into the mayonnaise, and dress the lobster meat with it. Add celery, onion, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator (it will last 2 days).

Butter and crisp buns: Just before serving, melt a pat of butter in a small saute pan over medium heat and toast the hot dog buns on one side. When they’re golden, remove them. Add the second pat of butter and toast the buns on the other side. Spoon the lobster salad into the buns and serve immediately.

This is more than you need. But it keeps for at least a week, and there’s something wonderful about knowing you have homemade mayonnaise on hand for sandwiches, tartar sauce and dressings.
Makes 2 cups

2 egg yolks
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Pinch of salt
About 2 cups oil, at room temperature (not cold)

Crank the food processor: Put everything but the oil into a food processor and process until creamy, about 15 seconds. With the machine still running, slowly pour the oil into the machine until your mayonnaise is the consistency that you want.

For some more tips and the full version, see Ruth Reichl's recipe.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Introducing Julie Browning Bova Fine Paper & Gifts!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new collaboration, Julie Browning Bova Fine Paper & Gifts! The new collection offers 11 products which have over 140 unique combinations that include a wide array of products and designs. Look for the collection this month at retailers and on Julie Browning Bova's website. We asked Jane Boatman Geller to share her thoughts with you regarding the collection. Here's what she had to say:

1. What made you feel that this collection with Julie Browning Bova was the right move for you?

Jane: Julie has such richness as an interior designer—all of that creativity and style was begging to be brought to the market in the paper and gift industry. We feel the JBB collection is very complimentary of the Boatman Geller look. Since we already have the production / wholesale end in place it was an easy fit.

2. Will you be infusing her designs into all your personalized product offerings?

Jane: We are launching the JBB line with those products that are the best fit for JBB's style and design. We are excited to be offering her designs on 11 different products to start.

3. What do you feel sets this apart from other collections?

Jane: JBB's designs have a sophistication and depth of style that is rarely seen in the paper and gift industry. The cornerstone of her designs is equestrian in nature which is a new niche in our industry. We feel the richness of the look speaks to an upscale lifestyle—whether or not horses are your passion!

4. Is there anything that you'd like to share about the development of the collection and the items you're introducing?

Jane: Julie's designs were presented to us in quite a finished format. They really were ready to be taken to the next step and polished for product. Julie's clear vision for her brand made for an almost effortless creation from concept to end product. Julie and I are both hoosiers at heart and feel passionately that good design isn't found only on the coasts—but right here in the midwest too!

5. What are you most excited about in terms of this launch?

Jane: Being able to offer such a lovely line of paper and gifts that we feel will be enthusiastically received by the Boatman Geller retailers across the country.

Friday, June 1, 2012

We Have a Winner!

At the end of April we set out to give away birth announcements to one lucky winner.

Congratulations to Jennifer of Wake Forest, North Carolina! Jennifer has won Boatman Geller birth announcements valued at $125.00!

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Jennifer, not only for winning, but also on her new arrival! We can't wait to see the birth announcements she picks out. Shop for birth announcements, shower invitations, and more online at Boatman Geller.