EMERALD

March 5, 2016

Color, color, color.

Iittala’s new glass color is breath-taking. A vivid green, first featured in Aalto’s collection in 1932. Has now inspired a new color of glass for Iittala’s portfolio.

Emerald is a jewel like color that gives a luxurious feel to glass. This sophisticated color has been added to several of Iittala’s collections.

Emerald can be found here at: scandinaviangrace.com

 

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Aarre

January 4, 2016

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Aarre

(meaning Treasure in Finnish) wall art are exquisite and unique. Perfect to bring any plain wall to life with color.

Professor Oliva Toikka worked with each designer throughout the process and challenged their imagination to produce these unique pieces.

Inspired by under water life, flora and the cosmos. The pieces come to life in the hands of the very skilled Iittala factory glass blowers.Anemone 110x93mm pale pink_JPGAnemone

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Saturnus

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Tähtisumu

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Kentauri

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Koralli

 Aarre can be found here @ scandinaviangrace.com


Who’s a pretty little bird……. You Are !

December 6, 2015

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This is for the Birds !

Oiva Toikka is one of the most well known names in Finnish glass art. His style, rich, imaginative and bold, has earned him international praise and many awards. Toikka’s Birds embody Iittala’s commitment to craftsmanship and imagination. Each Bird incorporates new color combinations and techniques to produce one of a kind creations that are collected worldwide.

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Birds can be found here @ scandinaviangrace.com

 


New Brewery Planned in Shokan’s Scandinavian Grace Building

December 2, 2015

Catskill Eats

A Woodstock resident who learned to brew beer after quitting Wall Street plans to open a new brewery in Ulster County, in the building that’s currently home to the Scandanavian Grace store and coffee shop.

Rick Shobin and his business partner, Scott Shimomura, have struck a deal with owners Alan and Juliette Eisenson to buy the 2-acre property at 2866-2872 Route 28. It includes the 2,700-square-foot commercial space as well as a separate two-bedroom house, according to the Eisensons’ for sale by owner listing. The sale is scheduled to close in January, both parties say.

“Rick will have one of the best locations on the gateway to the Catskills, and a great location to develop his great ideas,” Alan Eisenson said.

Scandanavian Grace expects to be ousted as soon as the deal is completed. Owner Fredrik Larsson said he is scouting for a new home for his high-design store and small cafe…

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Kladdkaka

November 28, 2015

It’s almost Christmas… So you know what that means. Time to eat cake!

Kladdkaka is a traditional Swedish sticky chocolate cake. It’s gooey and oh so good.

A quick and easy recipe that’s ready to eat in an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of powdered unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Use a spring form 9 inch pan. Butter and flour the pan and set aside.

Sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder and set aside.

Wisk the eggs and sugar until fluffy and then slowly fold in the flour mixture, then the vanilla and the butter. Don’t over mix, you want as much volume as possible or you’ll get a pancake. But you do want it blended enough. Tricky I know.

Bake on the lower rack for about 28 to 32 minutes. The edges should be done but the center still slightly gooey. Use a toothpick to test. It should come out clean on the edges but slightly gooey in the center. If you over cook it you will get brownies…. but just as good.

Let cool and then dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream!

The cake will look great on our Kastehelmi Cake Platter from iittala. Available here @ scandinaviangrace.com. After all presentation is important.

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Tanssi

November 21, 2015

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The new Tanssi collection from Iittala is gorgeous.

The Tanssi collection was designed by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. Created for the Finnish National Opera production of The Cunning Little Vixen. The Czech opera tells the story of the coexistence of animals and humans in this mystical forest.

The combination of tableware, pillows, tea towels, tins and even a table runner, will help to create a beautiful table setting for the holidays. Your guest will be jealous!

The Tanssi collection can be purchased here @ scandinaviangrace.com


Kilt

November 12, 2015

Asplund has done it again! The new Kilt Collection designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune…. Elegance!

A beautiful Tartan pattern. A custom layout, size and color, what’s not to love!

Asplund, one of Sweden’s leading design and interiors firms has won several awards for its elegant designs. You can find their products through out the world.

The collection is produced mostly in Sweden. Asplund ensures the highest quality materials and craftsmanship is used, while adhering to a strict ethical and environmental production process.

Kilt, the most beautiful pieces of furniture you will every own.

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Kilt Light Series pictured here can be order here at @ scandinaviangrace.com

 


Toscakaka?

November 8, 2015

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to eat CAKE!

Toscakaka, a traditional Swedish Caramel Almond cake is perfect for the holidays. There are many variations of this recipe but all delicious just the same.

You will need:

for the cake

  • 2 sticks of butter – melted
  • 4 eggs whipped till white
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk

for the topping

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup of toasted slivered almonds

Toast your almonds till they are slightly golden brown and set aside.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and set aside.

Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan with a removable bottom. Line the bottom with baking parchment to make it easier to remove your cake. Set your pan aside.

In a mixer whip the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together and then gently sift and fold half into the egg and sugar mixture using a spatula. Drizzle half the milk in and fold. Repeat with the second half of the flour and milk. Drizzle half the butter on top and fold in and then the rest, careful not to over mix as you want to keep as much volume as possible. Gently pour the mixture into your pan. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes until it’s barely a light golden brown.

While the cake is baking you should be preparing the topping as you want it hot and ready to pour on the cake immediately and pop back into the oven so as not to allow your cake to cool.

Mix the butter, sugar, flour and cream in a sauce pan. High heat until it comes to a boil and then low heat so it barely bubbles. Always stirring. It should bubble and thicken as you cook the mixture, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the toasted almonds. You can use regular slivered almonds but if you toast them first it will help bring out the flavor of the almonds in the topping. Some people like to add almond extract to their cake. I like this recipe better as it does not overpower the cake with an almond taste.

Test your cake with a toothpick. It should come out clean as you want the cake to be firm enough to support your topping but not completely done. It’s tricky I know. Nothing is as annoying as pouring your mixture on top and having it collapse into your cake. It will still make a delicious gooey mess.

Pour your mixture on top gently as the cake will still be very delicate. Turn the oven up to 425F and pop your cake back in the oven on top of a cookie or baking pan. This will prevent the cake from burning on the bottom. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes, just long enough for the top to turn a golden brown. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes and then use a knife to gently loosen the edges and remove from the pan.

Serve at room temperature with Coffee. Many Swedes like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And of course you should serve your cake on one of our beautiful cake platters. After all, presentation is important.

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Mon Amie Cake Platter from iittala is available here at scandinaviangrace.com


Red, red, RED !

November 4, 2015

I’ve always loved iittalas’ products. The patterns, the designs, the style. But when I saw iittalas’ new fall items. All I could see was RED!…and I’m in love!

Iittalas’ beautiful classics are now available in red like, Origo, Taika, Teema, Kastehelmi. Some are only available during the holiday season. Some are new collections like Tanssi and Nappula. Now iittala has added, cushion covers, tea towels and throws oh my!

I can’t wait to decorate my holiday table!

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All are available on our

new online shop

scandinaviangrace.com

 


ORIGO

July 3, 2013

At last, my favorite cup just got better!

Origo by Iittala has got a new look. Origo known for its unique striped pattern, has added a new color, Serene Green. And what a better way to introduce a new color scheme, than with a new product. Origo’s long-awaited new mug!

Alfredo Haberli has designed a slightly larger 13.5 ounce mug with a unique handle in Iittala’s Origo style. It’s available in the new serene green, as well as the original brown and orange colors, so you can update your collection. This will make all you coffee and tea drinkers happy!

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Origo can be found here at : scandinaviangrace.com

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