Monday, December 22, 2014

Hollywood Holiday Glamour 1950s/60s

From Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren, the Hollywood elite dressed for Christmas (1950s/60s).

Elizabeth Taylor

Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

Marilyn Monroe

Sophia Loren

President John & Jackie Kennedy

Kim Novak

Audrey Hepburn

Aren't they fabulous??

1st image: Ava Gardner

images from / Jennifer Algoo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Dinner in the 1600s

Have you ever imagined what a Christmas dinner was like during the Renaissance period?

According to Robert May, who published the first menu in 1660, and the book, The Accomplisht Cook, May suggests 39 dishes split over two courses, plus oysters, oranges, lemons, and jellies for dessert.

Fascinating! Here are some examples from the book...


1. A collar of brawn [pork that is rolled, tied, and boiled in wine and seasonings].
2. Stewed Broth of Mutton marrow bones.
3. A grand Sallet [salad].
4. A pottage [thick stew] of caponets [young castrated roosters].
5. A breast of veal in stoffado [stuffed veal].
6. A boil’d partridge.
7. A chine (a cut of meat containing backbone) of beef, or surloin roast. Here’s May’s recipe:

To roast a Chine, Rib, Loin, Brisket, or Fillet of Beef, Draw them with parsley, rosemary, tyme, sweet marjoram, sage, winter savory, or lemon, or plain without any of them, fresh or salt, as you please; broach it, or spit it, roast it and baste it with butter; a good chine of beef will ask six hours roasting.

For the sauce take strait tops of rosemary, sage-leaves, picked parsley, tyme, and sweet marjoram; and strew them in wine vinegar, and the beef gravy; or otherways with gravy and juice of oranges and lemons. Sometimes for change in saucers of vinegar and pepper.

8. Minced pies.

9. A Jegote [sausage] of mutton with anchove sauce.
10. A made dish of sweet-bread (Here’s a recipe from A New Booke of Cookerie by John Murrell, published in 1615: Boyle, or roast your Sweet-bread, and put into it a few Parboyld Currens, a minst Date, the yolkes of two new laid Eggs, a piece of a Manchet grated fine. Season it with a little Pepper, Salt, Nutmeg, and Sugar, wring in the juice of an Orange, or Lemon, and put it between two sheets of puft-paste, or any other good Paste: and either bake it, or fry it, whether you please.)
11. A swan roast.
12. A pasty of venison.
13. A kid with a pudding in his belly.
14. A steak pie.
15. A hanch of venison roasted.
16. A turkey roast and stuck with cloves.
17. A made dish of chickens in puff paste.
18. Two bran geese roasted, one larded [larding is inserting or weaving strips of fat in the meat, sometimes with a needle].
19. Two large capons, one larded.
20. A Custard.

And this doesn't include the second course!

If you're interested in purchasing a revised edition of Robert May's book, click here.

Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Arrivals & Last Minute Shopping!

If you need to send the perfect gift that speaks from your heart, there is still time to have your order arrive before Christmas.

We also offer custom gift wrapping. Visit us at Paris Hotel Boutique! 

Thank you for your continued support all year. You make shopping for you a fun experience!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Chanukah...

This photo is of my husband in Sweden at 2 years old. If I don't mind saying, I think it should be a card!

Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Chanukah.

May the festival of lights illuminate your lives with love, prosperity and joy!

Friday, December 05, 2014

20% off Storewide Holiday Sale at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

HOLIDAY ARRIVALS at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Please join us and be the first to preview our finest offerings for the season at Paris Hotel Boutique!

We're also introducing our first custom candle line, made of 100% soy wax with the finest oils. Very excited!

Over 50 items added today. Some highlights include:

 • Victorian Men's Cufflinks

 • Antique Tobacciana Accessories

 • 19th C. French Signed Fencing Statues

 • Art Deco Perpetual Calendars

 • Victorian Intaglio Rings

•  Vintage Paris Souvenir Bracelet

•  Collection of Hotel Silver & much, much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

When witches go riding, 
and black cats are seen,
 the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Happy Halloween! Stay Safe!