Artisan Gardner

 Warm weather brings an irresistible urge to dine outdoors & an appetite for seasonal menus calls for dishes made with fresh ingredients.

Beets from the garden for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

"Seasonal" can also apply to schedules that may find you running or relaxing. Either way, uncomplicated meals made at home with simple ingredients are smart & healthy and offer the perfect opportunity to sit down together and give thanks.

Dinner Napkin | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

 Artisan Gardner is a nod to Laura Gardner ~ a friend & fabulous cook! There is a liveliness in Laura's cooking. Partly due to her genuine love of preparing good food & her seasoned career in the culinary & hospitality industry, but mainly it's her generosity and ease in which she entertains.

Fresh Beets ready to slice for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

A casual invitation to dinner at the Gardner's fills us with joyful anticipation! We just know it's going to be good ~ and it's definitely a collaboration. Her mouth watering menus are always earthy & regional and Mr. Gardner's wine pairings beautifully compliment the meal & elevate the evening. They are quite a team in the kitchen & in real life!

Fresh Beets ready to peel and slice for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

You may be wondering why all the beet photos. Well ~ It's because they're in season and because Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza was on the menu! Since Laura prefers to cook off-book & I'm a visual gal, I grabbed my iPhone and started snapping away!

Here is the result with recipe & instructions below. 

 

Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza

{Ingredients}

Serves 4

4 medium sized Beets with greens

Dough 

{White or Wheat ~ Fresh or Packaged}

Corn Meal

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Goat Cheese

Provolone Cheese

Dried Figs

Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

At the Gardner's, everyone hangs out in the kitchen. If you want to pitch in, Laura and her husband welcome you to roll up your sleeves. The ultimate compliment is when she ties an apron around your waist!

Gingham Checks and Kitchen Apron | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection 

{Directions} 

Wash beets & greens. Remove greens & set aside.

Peel beets with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. 

Fresh Beets for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Slice to medium thickness using a mandolin.

{be smart & use the guard}

Toss with S&P and 2 tsp. olive oil.

Sliced Fresh Beets for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Chop greens.

Toss with S&P and 2 tsp. olive oil.

Chopped Beet Greens for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Let dough rest at room temp and then separate into sections for individual pizzas. Use your ar·ti·san fingers to gently press the dough into rustic shapes.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza Prep (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Let the dough rest again as it will bounce back a little. Prepare a sheet pan sprinkled with corn meal to prevent dough from sticking.

Place pizzas on pan & prepare cheeses.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza Prep | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Grill the beets over medium high heat, flipping & rotating until they start to spot or blister. 

Grilled Beets | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Over medium high heat place individual pizzas on the grill for approximately 4 minutes or until the underside becomes golden brown and easily releases from grill.

After a minute, you can lift an edge and peek underneath. You want a slight char around the edge, which adds a lot of flavor!

Grilled Pizza Dough (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection Flip the dough back onto pan with corn meal so uncooked side is facing down.

Grilled Pizza Dough | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Spread the top grilled side of dough generously with goat cheese.

Layer with the fresh chopped greens & grilled beets.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (4) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Top with dried figs.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (3) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Top with provolone cheese.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Place pizzas back on grill for another 4 minutes to brown underside of dough. Cover with lid during this time to allow cheese to melt.

Best when served hot off the grill!

These were quite filling so a sliced heirloom tomato with fresh basil & sea salt would be a great side & as always, a selection from J. Lohr Vineyards is the perfect compliment to any meal prepared by Artisan Gardner!

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

I hope you're looking forward to a great summer weekend! Get your grill fired up, dial up your favorite music, gather together and enjoy some chewy, crispy & smoky Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza!

As always, a selection from J. Lohr Vineyards is the perfect compliment to any meal prepared by Artisan Gardner!

Special thanks to my friend Laura. The Artisan Gardner who reminds me that cooking at home is not about perfection. It's about cooking what you like, how you like and for who you like.

Bon appetite! 

Heart Beet | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Bespoke Cabanas & Boutique Tents

 Tis the season for soirĂ©es!

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 In Lexington they begin in Spring and don't slow down till the end of summer. It's during this time when we find ourselves running & jumping at Keeneland, Rolex, the Triple Crown, High Hope Steeplechase & on the Polo fields as well!

Custom Boutique Tents Cocktail Umbrellas | Colin Cowie Weddings | Photo by Liz Banfield

Also on the calendar are dinner parties & birthday parties, weddings & graduations, bourbon tastings & barbeques!

Custom Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Adrienne Page

Whatever the occasion, outdoor entertaining is one of the hallmarks of summer that I love, be it a rooftop garden, an elegantly manicured patio or sprawling lawn.

Custom Cabana by Boutique Tents | Designed for Todd Events

The sun shines bright on our old Kentucky home & the sky tends to open up on a moments notice. Wanting to avoid being drenched by an occasional rain, we find ourselves seeking stylish shelter!

Toile Scallop Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Adrienne Page The best person to seek stylish shelter with is Anne Girault at Boutique Tents! Anne can renew your vision & your faith when it comes to entertaining in the great outdoors.

Custom Boutique Tents Beach Cabana

Whether your hosting a fundraiser that calls for seating five hundred ~

Custom designed tent by Boutique Tents | Steven Boyle

Or cocktails at six ~

Custom Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Jose Villa

Boutique Tents has a beautiful array of bespoke cabanas, boutique tents, and timeless umbrellas that will complement your own personal style!

Bespoke Cabana by Boutique Tents | Designed for Tara Guerard

Anne has been immersed in the oeuvre of tents for nearly a decade. Her creations are inspired by her love of fashion, travel, motifs in nature, textiles, architecture and interior design & it shows!

Hollis Valance | Custom Design by Boutique Tents

A valance with three layers of color, texture and motion and the hand painted pattern on the interior roof are fine examples of the innate sense of craft and workmanship that transforms these tents & cabanas into exquisite environments.

Bespoke tent and valance design by Boutique Tents | Designed for Calder Clark | Photo by A. Bryan

  Her designs are so richly detailed. I love the classic style and touch of whimsy!

Bespoke tent and valance by Boutique Tents | Commissioned for Steven Boyle Design

Perhaps you would prefer that weekend guests slip out of their wet suits outdoors as well.

Boutique Tents has got them covered!

Bespoke Cabana by Boutique Tents | Lula Kate Marsh

And a beautiful bespoke umbrella is guaranteed to add character to your inner sanctuary and provide a charming place to plan your next soiree ~ quick before the summer ends!

Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Commissioned for Lewis Miller Designs

Here's a sneak peek of a new parasol prototype & custom cocktail umbrellas for a wedding. At Boutique Tents the planning never ends!

Peek at a new Parasol prototype via Anne Melvin Girault | Instagram  Always coming up with new custom designs. Photo Anne Melvin Girault | Instagram

  Boutique Tents offers more than couture party cabanas, tents & scalloped cocktail umbrellas... on their website you'll also find custom fabric valances, beautifully hand painted aisle rugs and banners!

Bespoke Valance by Boutique Tents | Design for Tara Guerard | Photo by Liz Banfield

JK Aisle Runner by Boutique Tents | Designed for Tara Guerard

Boutique Tents Custom Banner | Pinterest

I was so pleased to discover Anne Girault and her gorgeous Boutique Tents!

We became social on Instagram & she is so nice!

Anne Melvin Girault | Boutique TentsBe it a summer soiree or relaxing with the Sunday paper, I love to be outdoors and enjoying my surroundings, doesn't everyone?

Custom Design Kitty Cat Cabana from Boutique TentsThank you Anne! 1AAA Signature

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Always bring flowers!

Happy Valentine's Day!

This post is dedicated to all the wonderful women I've come to know. But mostly to those of you who are freezing & absolutely finished with this cold stuff!

For you, flowers & a far reaching hug.

Peony Class Little Flower School

If you received flowers for Valentine's Day from an admirer ~ Congratulations!

If not, send him this link from Gardenista to hang on to forever!

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine Flowers

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine's Flowers via Gardenista

If you bought beautiful flowers for yourself ~ which I have been known to do ~ I am so proud of you!

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If you received fresh-cut flowers from your best friend's garden, this post is not for you!

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Sorry. It's 15 outside with a wind chill of -3!

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Trying to stay positive ~

I have to say though that my favorite flowers are cut fresh from the garden.

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If you bring me flowers from your garden, I will know the love and dedication that went into growing them with your heart & hands.

That makes them even prettier!

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Please note that you don't have to bring flowers. You could simply bring a little bit of green.

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Social etiquette reminds us that arriving with flowers for a host or hostess is not a good choice. They'll have to excuse themselves from guests to find a vase, cut the stems & get them in water. I agree in most situations ~ however, if you're planning on coming to my house ~ you can always bring flowers! I have plenty of vases & water & I'll cut the stems the next day.

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To my freezing friends I say ~ hang in there.

To my warm friends too ~

I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO

These are for you!

photo Amy Merrick

Returning to A Place Called Home




Patricia van Essche and her delightful illustrations are always a breath of fresh air here at The Lisa Porter Collection. You can imagine how thrilled I was this evening to find that she is the Chic Illustrator of the Week in the digital publication of
Town & Country magazine! 
Congratulations Patricia ~ XO 

Home illustration by pve design.



"They always ask,
'Hey mom, do you like doing that? How much are you getting paid for that'!"

Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin
Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin

"I hope I give them a good lesson for the future when I tell them often:
learn to love what you do and it will love you back!" pve

These wonderful words of wisdom are from the lovely & talented wife, mother & artist Patricia van Essche, seen here with her three children who ask really great questions!

Patricia van Essche and her children

Patricia's incredible art has me thinking about how each one of us has in a corner of our memory, a place that we once called home. 

Home illustration by pve design.


These homes are the safety deposit boxes of our memories.  Loving marriages, great parties, happy childhoods and long held family traditions.
 
Home illustration by pve design.

Some families live in a home for a little while and some families live in a home forever!  Either way, feelings of security and emotional comfort grow naturally from the sights, sounds & scents of the familiar.

Home illustration by pve design. 
With each home that my husband and I have lived in, I have certain distinct memories.  I can close my eyes and visualize bringing home our newborn babies, the smell of rising bread, the feel of beach sand on the kitchen floor, the sound of my daughters voice as she comes through the door, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn by my son.

Home illustration by pve design.

Our move from California to Kentucky was a biggie!  In the last ten years, so much good life has been lived here. I'll always hang on to memories of planting my first garden & the day a brand new puppy named Gracie arrived.

"Home is where the heart is and when a commission comes to me, all I can imagine are the many hearts who have entered this home. A home is where the heart is even after one moves on." pve

Home illustration by pve design.

So very true!  Everyone leaves home and everyone finds a place to call home.  Turns out that the end is many times the beginning!
I loved reading Patricia's interview when she sat down with another one of my favorite artist, Anne Harwell at Annechovie.  Found out that Patricia is a Kentucky-bred, born & raised right here in the Bluegrass!

Illustration by pve design

Thank you so much Patricia for allowing me the privilege of sharing your incredible artistry & your words of wisdom here at The Lisa Porter Collection. 


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