Author: Vicki Payne

Campfire Harvest Bread Pudding Recipe

Campfire cooking in a Dutch oven is fun for the whole family, whether you are camping or not. Our Harvest Bread Pudding is just one great idea for campfire cooking inside the Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill. This luscious bread pudding is loaded with a harvest of pears, cranberries and walnuts, plus a cinnamon swirl for festive flavor. We lightly toast the bread over the wood fire before making the pudding for extra campfire essence. Servings 6 Ingredients 20 ounces brioche bread, sliced 1-inch thick 2 large eggs 3 egg yolks ¾ cup light brown sugar 1 cup whole milk 3...

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Grilled Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Polenta Recipe

This is the perfect salad to prepare on the Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill, and kale has never tasted so good! Brushed with garlic oil and grilled over a wood fire, it develops earthy flavors as the leaves turn crispy around the edges. Goat cheese polenta is grilled as well, for a delightfully distinctive flavor. Blistered cherry tomatoes and maple vinaigrette add the perfect touch of sweetness. Make the polenta a day in advance so that it is easier to grill. Servings 4 Ingredients For the goat cheese polenta 4 ounces goat’s milk brie, we use Wellspring Creamery 1 cup goat’s...

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A Space of His Own Part 2: The Design Phase

It’s like the car ad, it’s critical I know what you like, what you don’t like and what you need. The design phase of any project is essential to its success. The footprint of the house, how it sits on the lot, its size, shape and features need to be completely finalized long before a shovel hits the ground. Bill and builder discussing the lot and tree removal. It’s hard for homeowners to be patient and work through all the fine details it takes to build a new house. As the Project Manager, it is up to me to...

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Same Kind of Different as Me

Have you read “Same Kind of Different as Me”? A New York Times best seller, book club favorite and now a movie. A true story about a millionaire art dealer, this wife and the homeless man that changed their life. Ron Hall the author, screenwriter and the producer of the movie is my cousin. It took him 8 years to bring this inspiring story to the big screen. It’s been amazing to follow his journey in so many ways. Two weeks ago, my husband, Jerry and I flew to Hollywood to attend the red-carpet premiere and party. The movie...

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You’ve probably seen this rough, granular surfaced leather material used on a variety of surfaces but never knew what it was. Originally used for elegant book bindings, pocketbooks and small boxes and cases it’s look is very distinct. Shagreen once made from horse hides is now made from the skins of sharks and rays. It looks delicate but it is water resistant and very durable. When swords and daggers were once the vogue Shagreen was used for hilts and scabbards. Most often associated with the Art Deco era due to its luxury and exoticism appearance. Real Shagreen is expensive...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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