For our Winter Whites menu, we were inspired by the classic English ploughman’s lunch; a filling, soul-satisfying and low-maintenance fare. A rustic spread of hearty bread, delicious cheeses, tasty accompaniments, a wholesome soup, and some flavorful sweets.

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Ploughman's Lunch

A traditional English fare, the Ploughman’s Lunch usually consists of a hearty cheese, pickled foods and delightfully crusty bread. To make this a complete and savory meal, add some hard boiled eggs, chips, and a few tasty condiments like jams, chutneys, or mustard. Voila! A yummy deconstructed cheese sandwich, table-ready in a pinch.

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These adirondack chairs, protected from the elements by the house’s patio roof, offer one of the greatest views of the property. A big fan of the front porch, Amy substitutes these chairs for a wooden bench about halfway through the warmer season for a change in scenery.

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Crumble Coffee Cake

The best way to work up an appetite before lunch? Go play outside! Take your favorite four-legged friend out for a long walk, regale in the cold air, the muffled sound of cracking snow underneath your feet, then come in for a well-deserved lunch!

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Kitchen View

Open shelving is not only a practical and convenient way to organize kitchen storage, it also allows Amy to show off her pretty dishware all of time, many of which are her own creations. She paired this rustic look with natural materials, like a thick marble countertop and a granite island in a leathered antique brown finish. Stylized edges give the accent piece some definite flair, as do the massive farmhouse legs, made of ebonized and stained maple.

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Amy’s ceramic works are a labor of love. It requires an entire day of work to produce 12 pieces. The designer makes her pots extra special by adding pieces of horse hairs to her works, which produce the charred black rims of the cup featured here.

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The black trim inside the window frames surrounded by white give these kitchen windows some depth. This keeps with the subtle monochromatic scheme our designer, Amy, chose for the house’s exterior.

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Potato Leek Soup

This hearty potato leek soup is a warm and satisfying respite to a cold winter's day. The Yukon gold potatoes used in this recipe give it a creamy consistency, so it’s dairy free. Simple and indulgent, this soup gets an extra kick from the drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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Amy had always wanted metal framed windows, typical of Southern-styled homes, so she painted the trims of all the ground-floor windows black. Darkened trims are less obstructive than white ones and allowed the family to see more of the outside.

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Pilot Coffee Espresso

Amy and her husband are coffee aficionados and partial to Americanos to get their day started. Pilot Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee shop in Toronto, Canada, has a signature espresso blend that’s been the Hallmark of their business since the very beginning. A blend of dark fruit, swiss chocolate and nutty tones with a medium acidity.

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Fresh Handmade Unsalted Herb Butter

Few things are more delicious than freshly made butter on warm crusty bread. Our recipe is sinfully simple and a great way to include some fresh garden herbs in the kitchen.

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Chocolate Espresso Muffins

A delightful breakfast treat, these moist and tender chocolate espresso muffins will give you a good reason to get out of bed and keep you full so you can tackle that busy schedule. Light and fluffy on the inside, crunchy on top!

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Pilot Coffee Espresso

Amy and her husband are coffee aficionados and partial to Americanos to get their day started. Pilot Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee shop in Toronto, Canada, has a signature espresso blend that’s been the Hallmark of their business since the very beginning. A blend of dark fruit, swiss chocolate and nutty tones with a medium acidity.

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There is nothing better than waking up in the morning to a warm and tender slice of coffee cake. A recipe to satisfy any equal parts crumbly and delicious craving.