Archive for November, 2014

GIFT WE WANT

 

The Works of John Steinbeck – collector set – from Juniper Books.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Advent Calendars from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Help empower disenfranchised youth with The Hetrick-Martin Institute.

GIFT WE WANT

 

A Celestron digital microscope.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Happy Advent Candle To Go from Donkey.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Help “save them all” by supporting pet adoptions through BestFriends.org.

www14.7On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I am just resting enjoying the post-holiday aura while preparing for the pending holiday season madness. My mind is wandering back to my late summer vacation in Wellfleet – the charming seaside town on Cape Cod.

I was thinking in particular about Uncle Tim’s Bridge, which is a one of the town’s many iconic motifs. The Bridge, which connects the town to a tidal island over Duck Creek is often the subject of artists and photographers who come from all over to capture the beauty of the town.

On my visit this past September, I took a few photographs of Uncle Tim’s Bridge myself and thought today would be a great day to share them.

Click on the thumbnail in the gallery below to see the full photograph:

TD1OK, so it is the “day after” – call it Black Friday if you need to – but I call in Smorgas-Bowl Friday – when I take a little of everything that is leftover from Thanksgiving dinner and mix it together in a bowl in a concoction my mother christened the Smorgas-Bowl – a play on the smorgasbord.

That is the best way to take care of leftovers in my humble opinion (the epic Thanksgiving Dinner sandwich is a close second) but there are tons of ideas for how to use the leftover turkey. The fine folks at Kraft have put together a nice resource of recipes with some great uses for all that turkey.

About the Turkey Recipes from Kraft: “Let the Thanksgiving turkey continue its winning streak in these amazing recipes for hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads and more. You’ll find Healthy Living suppers that turn the turkey into something smart, and easy casserole recipes and quick skillet recipes to offset the hours you spent preparing the feast. You may also want to check out stuffing recipes for more ideas, and using leftovers in pita and wrap recipes means sending the kids back to school with something yummy in their lunch boxes!”

I am going to try the BBQ Turkey Pita.

See the Leftover Turkey Recipes from Kraft here.

The Christmas shopping season is officially on and starting tomorrow we will be presentig our 6th annual 25 Days of Christmas. However, today we kick off the season with a few finds for the foodie on your list.

FF: The Copper Dutch Ovens from Falk

FALKWhen it comes to cookware you can find all manner of quality products at every price point. But for my money (and you need to have a little) there is nothing better than the copper cookware from Falk. In particular, I like Falk’s classic oval Dutch Oven.

About Falk’s classic oval Dutch Oven: “Sometimes referred to as a Dutch oven, Cocotte, French oven or even stock pot, these pots are oval with steep sides. Generally used for roasting, stewing or braising. You can even use these handy pots for deep frying. Dutch Ovens are versatile pieces of cooking equipment that are used both on the stovetop for searing and in the oven for finishing.”

See all the classic copper cookware of Falk here.

FF: The Durand vintage cork remover

DURAIf you have a wine lover on your gift list, the innovative The Durand – designed to remove corks from vintage wine bottles without polluting the vintage – may just be the perfect choice.

About the Durand vintage cork remover: “A wine collector, known for outstanding vertical tastings, and having struggled with difficulties in extracting some older and fragile corks, developed and produced the Durand. The Durand is a fully patented, and surprisingly simple, two part device that permits the user to successfully remove older and fragile wine bottle corks whole and intact. The Durand has been tested and used with great success by numerous wine lovers, collectors, and local and internationally known sommeliers. It has extracted the cork … completely … each and every time.”

Learn more about The Durand vintage cork remover here.

FF: The Hedley and Bennett Pho Apron from JB Prince

APREvery would-be chef needs a good apron. The world is full of novelty aprons (I fancy one that makes it look like I have washboard abs) but the serious cook appreciates a professional quality apron, like the Hedley and Bennett Pho Apron I found at JB Prince.

About Hedley and Bennett Pho Apron: “Named after the delicious Vietnamese soup. The Pho apron is clean, simple, comfortable and durable. Made from 8 oz Taiwanese 2% stretch denim, double lap pocket, double pen pocket, black straps and black matte hardware.”

See all the Hedley and Bennett Aprons available from JB Prince here.

See all the world class tools and equipment for chefs from JB Prince here.

 

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TD2My mother’s basic turkey stuffing is by far the best stuffing one could ever hope to have in a lifetime and it is a standard at our Thanksgiving dinners every year. However, my sister insists on making an “alternative stuffing” every year and some of these efforts have been better than others. But the one we will try this year sounds like a real winner: the recipe for Chef Stephanie Izard’s Stuffing with Apples & Pork Sausage I found from Abe’s Market.

About the recipe for Chef Stephanie Izard’s Stuffing with Apples & Pork Sausage: “Stuffing can be bland, lumpy and gross, but it shouldn’t be. Do yourself a flavor (ha, see what we did there?) and follow chef Stephanie Izard’s recipe for stuffing with apples, using some day-old nutty and a sweeter bread, pork sausage, cheddar cheese, her Rub #1 and more for this sweet and savory spin on Thanksgiving stuffing.”

Find the recipe for Chef Stephanie Izard’s Stuffing with Apples & Pork Sausage from Abe’s Market here.

See all the great resources and product from Abe’s Market here.

SIDESJust in time for Thanksgiving (at least for the Kindle version) I present: The Big Book of Sides: More than 450 Recipes for the Best Vegetables, Grains, Salads, Breads, Sauces, and More by Rick Rodgers.

If you are like me, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes and I am always looking for new twists on old classics and totally new ideas to compliment the turkey. In The Big Book of Sides, Mr. Rodgers gives us more than 400 great ideas for side dishes that will make any dinner more special.

About The Big Book of Sides by Rick Rodgers: “Whether planning a quick dinner after work or a holiday meal for a crowd, you will never be stumped for a side dish again. Side dishes make the meal. Think about it: What’s a burger without fries, turkey without stuffing, or barbecue without coleslaw, baked beans, or macaroni and cheese—or all three? The Big Book of Sides contains more than 450 delicious recipes to complement any dish. Award-winning cooking teacher and author Rick Rodgers has carefully compiled a variety of wonderful options, from traditional to inspired, Americana to ethnic, Southern fare to California cuisine. Sections include Eat Your Vegetables, From the Root Cellar, A Hill of Beans, Righteous Rice and Great Grains, and Pasta and Friends.”

More than just a book for the holidays, The Big Book of Sides will give you ideas for meals throughout the year and maybe even a few that will become the main course.

The Big Book of Sides by Rick Rodgers is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

TD3Spice up your Thanksgiving dinner with the Cranberry Horseradish Chutney I found from Beth’s Farm Kitchen.

If you order today with overnight shipping you can get in time for the big dinner…

…if not, order it anyway as the Cranberry Horseradish Chutney makes for the perfect condiment for the most epic of day-after Thanksgiving sandwich.

Find the Cranberry Horseradish Chutney from Beth’s Farm Kitchen here.

See all the great jams, jellies, chutneys, relishes, marmalades and other great products from Beth Farms Kitchen here.