Archive for June, 2016

v1The fine folks at Food52 specialize in bringing cooks and food lovers together to share recipes and ideas. They also have fine collection of products for the aspiring chef. However, it is Food52’s ever-changing collection of vintage items that keeps me coming back.

A visit to Food52’s vintage site is like taking a trip to a perfectly curated flea market featuring items like, these vintage seltzer bottles (above right): “Take a sojourn into the days before plastic. Manufacturers of soda water appeared in Argentina in the early 1900’s and chose engraved colored glass for their product. They picked up the bottles from homes and restaurants daily and refilled them, just like a milkman would. These bottles are originals from pre-1940’s Argentina; the dates (1914-1935) are stamped on the metal neck of each bottle. Display them as they are or remove the tops and add a spray of flowers to use them as a vase.”

v2…or this vintage French oyster basket (right): “We like to collect things for our home that have a story and a history. This vintage French oyster basket was used on the coast of France to grow oysters in the sea beds. They’re at least 40 years old — the merchant moved heaven and earth to salvage them from the French seaside town of Royen and clean them up. They’re retired from the oyster beds, and now perfect for storage of just about anything.”

Check out the current Vintage Collection from Food52 here.

Check out all the cool things from Food52 here.

slThe fine folks at Southern Living magazine have put together dozens of recipes designed to help you make the most of what you can pick up at your local farmers’ market. The recipes are designed to help you “take advantage of summer’s vibrant bounty from farmers’ markets, local farm stands, or even your own backyard with these delicious recipes.”

I like the recipe for Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad which offers this tip: “Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.”

Find the recipe for Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad from Southern Living here.

Find Southern Living’s 51 Summer Farmers’ Market recipes here.

See all the great recipes and delightful southern charm of Southern Living here.

scIt is summer, which means many of us are spending a lot of time out in the sun and that isn’t necessarily a good thing as skin cancer rates are alarmingly high. The fine folks at the Skin Cancer Foundation are focused on building awareness on prevention and early detection.

About the Skin Cancer Foundation: “Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.”

Learn more about the Skin Cancer Foundation here.

I am still looking for the perfect bar cart, and I know I will find something soon as everywhere I look these days I see one or something that I want to convert into one. However, unfortunately my eye tends to drift towards high-end carts from fancy design houses that I know I could never touch – but we can look, right? Today’s Friday Finds are two awesome bar carts from places where you have to request a price – clearly not IKEA.

FF: Bar Cart No. 1 from The New Traditionalists

bc1First up is the really classy the Bar Cart No. 1 I found from the fine folks at The New Traditionalists.

About the Bar Cart No. 1 from The New Traditionalists:

“Designed in New York City. Hand made in New England using North American Black Walnut, Oak, or Maple. Each piece of wood is hand selected based on desired grain character and finish process. Classic joinery construction. Available in any of our hand-applied stains or multi-layered artisan finishes. Oil Rubbed Natural Walnut tray is removable for cleaning.”

Find the Bar Cart No. 1 from The New Traditionalists here.

See all the great furnishings from The New Traditionalists here.

FF: The Valet Bar Cart from Stellar Works

bc2Next up is the equally elegant Valet Bar Cart from the fine folks at Stellar Works, which mixes in the use of leather to add an extra element of cool.

About the Valet Bar Cart from Stellar Works:

“Powder coated steel frame. Leather. Brass plated stainless steel. Veneer laminate boards.”

Find the Valet Bar Cart from Stellar Works here.

See all the great furnishings from Stellar Works here.

grillAll dads like to grill don’t they? Well many do, which makes the Gourmet Grilling Essentials Crate I found from the fine folks at Olive & Cocoa the perfect Father’s Day gift.

About the Gourmet Grilling Essentials Crate from Olive & Cocoa: “Whether grill master or casual backyard cook, our Gourmet Grilling Essentials crate is sure to inspire endless tasty dishes. The ultimate book of barbeque, “Grilling, Grilling & More Grilling!” is a collection of mouth-watering recipes for everything from classic burgers and corn on the cob to exotic inspirations from Asia to South America. Featuring 144 pages, this essential grilling cookbook comes paired with a tin of all natural smoky barbeque spices, a black pinstripe chef’s apron, and eight twig shaped metal skewers. Set comes gift wrapped together in a hand crafted wood crate with ribbon.”

Find the Gourmet Grilling Essentials Crate from Olive & Cocoa here.

See all the great gift ideas from Olive & Cocoa here.

coolAs someone who loves bikes and everything about them, I also like things that celebrate one of the all-time greatest combinations of design and function. Which is why I was attracted to this week’s Read: My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon.

About My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon: “For some the bike is much more than an accessory for the daily commute: there are the plucky few who have embarked on life-changing momentous global journeys; while for others bike ownership offers the chance to be part of a loyal, passionate, and strong-minded community of fellow enthusiasts embarking on club excursions. The bikes featured here chart the bicycle’s progress over the years in terms of design and also celebrates those owners who have given their bikes their very own stamp of individuality. Among this collection of cool bikes are classic racing bikes, high-tech machines that use the latest in material science and aerodynamics, eccentric bikes designed for specific purposes, and rarities coveted by serious collectors. The book covers all styles and makes from around the world, and is divided into such sections as urban; commercial; touring and sporting; vintage and eccentric; custom bikes; eco and community bikes; workshops, shops and cafés; and accessories including fashion.”

In My Cool Bike, Mr. Haddon helps us celebrate everything that is cool about bikes and shows us how the bicycle has influenced our culture in many way beyond transportation.

My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


grillHave you ever been to a state park or road-side rest area and see those permanent grills standing proudly in the picnic area? When you saw one, did you think to yourself how cool it would be to have one of them in your own yard? Well, thanks to the fine folks at Gempler’s, you can have you very own industrial grade Park Grill.

About the Park Grill from Gempler’s: “This heavy-duty, vandal-resistant park grill has a fire box made of 3/16″ steel with continuous weld construction. A formed ash lip on the park grill provides extra reinforcement and helps retain coals in the box. The 300 sq. grill has 1/2″ steel bars welded on 1″ centers and adjusts to four heights in the anti-theft designed slots. The park grill handles have heavy-duty cool spring grips designed for public use. This park grill comes with rounded corners, drain holes and 360° rotation on a 41″Lx2-3/8″ outer dia. galvanized pedestal. Black enamel finish is heat and rust resistant. Weighs 79 lbs. USA made.”

Find the Park Grill from Gempler’s here.

Find all the “commercial grade outdoor work gear” from Gempler’s here.

fritThis is the weekend I used to hold an annual brunch for my friends when I lived in Boston’s tony Back Bay and trendy South End. I now live on the prairie in Kansas (just across the Missouri River from the great American city of Kansas City, MO) and do not have that brunch anymore but I have plenty of vegetables and eggs and can still have a brunch all by myself.

All of this is just a set-up for the great recipe for a Spring Vegetable Frittata I found in Real Simple magazine – which would be the perfect dish for any brunch.

From the recipe for Spring Vegetable Frittata from Real Simple: “Whisk together the eggs, 1 teaspoon 
of the salt, and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Pour over the vegetables in the skillet and cook, stirring gently, until the eggs just begin to set, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the goat cheese and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until the center is set, 10 to 12 minutes.”

Mmm, goat cheese!

Find the recipe for Spring Vegetable Frittata from Real Simple here.

See all the great recipes and other household tips from Real Simple here.

The fine folks at Best Friends Animal Society are dedicated to saving all homeless pets – a lofty goal but we can certainly do better.

wayAbout Best Friends Animal Society:

“The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to end the killing in America’s animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All.”

Learn more about Best Friends Animal Society and how you can help here.