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Chris H. Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker. In his book, Chris shares his landscape and gardening knowledge along with his unique flair for home decor and design. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
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Meal

Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta

Pancetta is cured unsmoked Italian bacon available at the grocery deli counter. It gives this elegant dish a deep, savory note. If you can't find gnocchi, substitute another short pasta.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups gnocchi mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)
Total:30 Minutes
Ingredients

1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
2 ounces pancetta, cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmesan cheese
Preparation

1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Keep warm.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.

3. Add shallots and asparagus to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add gnocchi, pancetta, reserved cooking liquid, juice, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute. Serve with cheese.

Appetizer

 

Lemon Ricotta Thyme Spread

32 oz Ricotta cheese
2 tsp fresh thyme (just the leaves)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 baguette, thinly sliced
2-3 garlic cloves
Olive oil for drizzling
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then mix together the ricotta, thyme, lemon, salt, and pepper. Set aside. Slice the baguette into thin slices, then bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Immediately after removing from oven, rub one end of a garlic clove over a baguette slice then drizzle with olive oil. Repeat with the remaining slices. Transfer the ricotta mixture to a pretty bowl, then surround it with the baguette slices. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any remaining thyme and lemon zest.

Craft

Stained-Glass Panels

Incredibly, this stained-glass panel is made from upcycled wine bottle bottoms. To design your own custom panel, choose an assortment of bottle sizes, patterns, and colors, then cut off the bottom of each bottle. Arrange the bottoms in a pleasing pattern, then hang your creation on the wall as art or in a window to catch the sun.

 

Drink

Bourbon Old Fashioned
Try this quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail with your favorite bourbon.

Ingredients:
• 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
• 1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
• 1 Orange wheel
• 1 Maraschino cherry
• 1 splash Club soda
• 2 oz Bourbon

Garnish: Fresh orange wheel and cherry
Glass: Old Fashioned

Directions:
In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

Plants

Butternut Lantana

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