OK, so you will be working very hard to prepare for the big dinner this week. You will make sure you have everything you need and will be making lists and trying to ensure everything goes smoothly. But what about right after dinner when you are faced with all those…  Wait for it… Leftovers?

Your hard work deserves to be stored in a nice container, not some dollar store plastic or old margarine tub. That is why I love the glass Food Storage Containers I found from the fine folks at Kate Spade. Yes, that Kate Spade.

About the Food Storage Containers from Kate Spade:

“Hey, good looking: this darling container makes storing, toting and warming things up a snap, thanks to the glass material and locking lid.”

Find the Food Storage Containers from Kate Spade here.

Check out the whole world of Kate Spade here.

Understanding neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and developing prevention and treatments is important work and the is what the fine folks at the UC Davis MIND Institute are committed to.

About UC Davis MIND Institute:

“The UC Davis MIND Institute is unique in its vision and multidisciplinary research approach. We are committed to finding the causes, developing improved treatments and preventing the onset of neurodevelopmental disorders. Though we are community based, the MIND Institute is an international research facility providing much needed information, education and outreach throughout the world. The speed towards accomplishing our mission is directly related to our resources. To succeed, we need your support.”

Learn more about UC Davis MIND Institute and how you can support them here.

FF: The Herb and Salad Chopper from Microplane

I like a nice chopped salad as much as the next guy but never make them at home – too much work. Now the prospect of homemade chopped salad is much closer since I found the elegant Herb and Salad Chopper from the fine folks at Microplane.

About the Herb and Salad Chopper from Microplane:

“The Microplane Herb and Salad Chopper was awarded the 2015 iF Design Award! Grab this convenient and efficient Herb and Salad Chopper when the recipe calls for chopped leafy greens or herbs.  Two ultra-sharp, surgical stainless steel blades are fixed into the handle and retract into the unit for storage.  Three simple steps to activate the blades. Pull the release tab out, then push down on the tab until the blades appear, finally release tab on the other end.  Now the mezzaluna is ready for use.  The double blade provides efficient and effortless mincing or chopping by rocking the unit back and forth over the greens. Super sharp blades easily chop fresh leafy greens, and herbs and mince onions, garlic, chocolate, and nuts.  The handle is shaped to fit the curve of your hand and has a soft-touch grip making it comfortable to use.”

Find the Herb and Salad Chopper from Microplane here.

See all the other elegant and functional products of Microplane here.

FF: The Wooden Muddler from the Cocktail Emporium

Sometimes you need to chop and other times you need to muddle – which is why everyone needs a good muddler – like the classic wooden muddler I found from the fine folks at Toronto-based Cocktail Emporium.

About the Wooden Muddler from the Cocktail Emporium:

“An old fashioned wooden muddler in a cotton gift pouch with Mojito Recipe. Available in three styles.”

This muddler makes a great host/hostess gift for your favorite cocktail lover – it even comes with a gift pouch.

Find the Wooden Muddler from the Cocktail Emporium here.

See all the great products for you home bar available from Cocktail Emporium here.

From the earliest days of Lost Cowboy I have been relating tales about the family heirloom turkey platter that is the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving dinner. I have also featured several turkey platters over the years and now it is a tradition. This year just in time for Thanksgiving (dude, it’s only a week away!), I found the Gather Turkey Large Oval Platter from the fine folks at Vietri.

About the Gather Turkey Large Oval Platter from Vietri:

“Gather around the table and enjoy time spent with the ones you love most with the Gather Turkey Large Oval Platter, hand-painted in Veneto using a unique sponging technique.”

Find the Gather Turkey Large Oval Platter from Vietri here.

See all the fine handcrafted Italian tableware from Vietri here.

What better for the week before Thanksgiving than to feature a book about entertaining? Well, that’s what I have today, Gatherings – Recipes for Feasts Great and Small by Flora Shedden, perfect for the gatherings (great and small) that we will have coming up over the next several weeks.

About Gatherings – Recipes for Feasts Great and Small by Flora Shedden: “Take the effort out of entertaining with Gatherings – a collection of delicious recipes to enjoy cooking and eating. A gathering is an easy way of cooking and hosting. It means no pressure, no code of conduct, and everyone – cook included – can actually enjoy themselves. This collection is a mixture of modern dishes, staple snacks, salads and sides, interesting bakes, and puddings perfect to end a feast with. Nothing overly fussy or complicated, just tasty, pretty plates of food. Choose from the chapters led by occasion or pick and choose from dishes such as Sloe Gin Braised Venison, Cocoa Nib Brownies and Redcurrant Pavlovas to put on a spread. There are menu ideas to show you how.”

Gatherings – Recipes for Feasts Great and Small by Flora Shedden is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

A while back my brother and sister-in-law gave me a copy of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach and I have not put it down since. As a self-professed bourbon aficionado, I realized I did not know too much about the fine spirit and needed some guidance, and The Bourbon Tasting Notebook was the perfect primer.

About The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach: The Bourbon Tasting Notebook is an essential logbook for any bourbon enthusiast. With a record amount of bourbon whiskey aging in warehouses and visits to Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries topping half a million annually, it is obvious that bourbon is enjoying unprecedented popularity. This logbook will give the bourbon lover the perfect way to track their samplings, with over 200 featured brands. Authors Susan Reigler and Michael Veach sampled every brand featured, documenting the flavors, tastes and smells they experienced, along with the proof, age, type, style, mash bill, color, price, nose, taste, and finish for each bourbon, and full-color photos of each bottle for easy reference. They did not assign ratings, letting readers make their own determinations. The bourbons are also indexed by proof and style, along with a checklist so each person can keep track of what has been sampled and record his or her preferences.”

With new distillers coming out with new bourbons all the time it is nice to have a record of what you have tried and what you like – The Bourbon Tasting Notebook helps you do that and gives you an idea of what you have left to try. So many bourbons so little time.

The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

 

There is a long history of folklore surrounding gravy boats in my life – something about my Aunt forgetting to serve gravy with the turkey one year and another misguided gift from a friend – long stories for another time. But with the biggest gravy day of the year coming up next week, it is a good idea to have a nice way to serve it, and there is no better way to serve your Thanksgiving gravy than with the Pewter Stoneware Sauce Boat I found from the fine folks at Juliska.

About the Pewter Stoneware Sauce Boat from Juliska:

“From our Pewter Collection – A great finishing touch for your Pewter Stoneware collection, our sauce boat has a lovely silhouette and is perfect for your most decadent sauces and mouthwatering gravies.”

Find the Pewter Stoneware Sauce Boat from Juliska here.

See all the great items for your holiday table from Juliska here.

I don’t drink many cocktails, well none actually, as I prefer my liquor, when just bourbon, neat. But I love the idea all the fixins’ that go along with cocktail culture, including bitters. I never thought I would ever really use bitters until I was told that a splash of bitters in soda water makes a nice little beverage. Since I drink gallons of soda water and seltzer every day I figured I should give bitters a chance. (Wasn’t that a John Lennon song?). Well there are plenty of bitters out there in many different forms and flavors, which makes the Bitters Collection I found from the fine folks at Brooklyn-based Cecil & Merl the perfect way to try them out.

About the Bitters Collection from Cecil & Merl:

“Since it is too hard to choose just one, get them all! Our Bitters Collection provides pure and distinct flavors for your cocktails and your cooking. Whether you are following a recipe or creating your own. This collection can also enhance the flavors of your favorite desserts, soups, smoothies, teas, and vinaigrettes. Simply add to soda water and enjoy as a digestif. Our bitters are handcrafted in small batches in Brooklyn using only natural ingredients.”

The bitters from Cecil & Merl come in a variety of blends including Cherry, Apricot, Cucumber, Lemon Ginger, Turmeric

Find the Bitters Collection from Cecil & Merl here.

Learn more and see what else Cecil & Merl have to offer here.

If you are looking to downsize your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner without losing its glamour – try simplifying it with this recipe for One-Pan Roast Turkey Breast and Root Veggies I found from the fine folks at Good Housekeeping magazine.

About the recipe for One-Pan Roast Turkey Breast and Root Veggies from Good Housekeeping:

“Just one single dish to cook up a fancy feast for eight? We’re calling that a win.”

Find the One-Pan Roast Turkey Breast and Root Veggies from Good Housekeeping here.

See all the recipes and great tips for your holiday entertaining from from Good Housekeeping here.

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