Archive for November, 2017

Another quick snapshot taken while back in New Hampshire for the Thanksgiving weekend. I took this shot while leaving dinner in Portsmouth at the great Oar House – the sun setting in the west as seen across Portsmouth’s famous Market Square.

I have never been a huge fan of kitschy art in the vein of Dogs Playing Poker, but every now and then is see a piece that just makes me smile – like the Man Bites Dog print I found from the fine folks at Houzz.

About the Man Bites Dog print from Houzz:

“Fun and funky art and laughter is good for your soul! On this particular piece, an acrylic overlay has been hand applied. The acrylic dries with a textured feel and look. It is then framed to size without glass in a deep brown moulding. Comes ready to hang and was hand assembled in the USA!”

Find the Man Bites Dog print from Houzz here.

See all the great home design and decoration ideas t from Houzz here.

This is a gratuitous post allowing me to show pictures of my sister’s lovable and adorable puppy, Lullah (right).

I had the opportunity to hang out with her over an extended Thanksgiving weekend at the family Lodge in New Hampshire and took a few snapshots.

I love this one of Lullah out and about with just a bit of snow and some evergreen branches – which was all totally random – but lead to a nice representation of the season at hand. I recommended to my sister that she use this picture as a Christmas card, and I think she very well may do that.

Meanwhile, don’t you just love those little front paws?

See? I told you – totally gratuitous.

 

 

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.

 

 

This past weekend while back in New Hampshire for an awesome family Thanksgiving, I was able to stop by my favorite spot – the view of Mount Chocorua as seen across Lake Chorcorua in Tamworth. The seasons are changing as it was very cold with snow capping the great mountain’s iconic stone summit. Soon the lake will be frozen over and the winter fun will begin.

I have a few colanders I use all the time for straining pasta or washing fruits and vegetables, but they are all either metal, plastic or silicone and I have often thought there must be a better material to make these essential tools out of. Well, there is and it is ceramic – like the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders I found from the fine folks at Nickey Kehoe.

About the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders from Nickey Kehoe:

“These colanders are hand thrown on the potter’s wheel and hand carved with a delicate, functional design. Perfect for straining your favorite vegetables and pastas. This functional and decorative bowl can go from sink to table! The body is a raw stoneware clay. A beautiful white glaze decorates the interior of the bowl, giving the piece a classic lightness of color. We mix all of our glazes in studio using all natural, non-toxic, lead-free materials. Each bowl is fired twice. The final firing is a cone 10 high reduction atmosphere. This allows the piece to be highly durable, microwave and dishwasher safe.”

Find the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders from Nickey Kehoe here.

See all the products from the fine folks at Nickey Kehoe here.

If you are not still dealing with leftover desserts from Thanksgiving – I found the perfect treat to make today before the Christmas treats take over – this recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Coconut Hazelnut Filling I found from the fine folks at Thrive Market.

About the recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Coconut Hazelnut Filling from Thrive Market:

“Pipe a creamy filling between tender cookies, and you’ve got whoopie pies—a great excuse to eat two cookies at once, if you ask us. Since we can’t get enough pumpkin spice this time of year, we used an easy, gluten-free mix from Simple Mills and paired it with a decadent Nutiva hazelnut filling. It’s a match made in dessert heaven.”

Find the recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Coconut Hazelnut Filling from Thrive Market (including a video) here.

Visit Thrive Market online here.

If there ever was a cause that we can all get behind it has to be fighting childhood cancer. Research is the key to fighting cancer, and that is what the fine folks at the Children’s Cancer Research Fund are all about.

About Children’s Cancer Research Fund:

“Every week, 38 kids pass away from cancer. We want to stop this, so we support the brightest and boldest minds whose groundbreaking research is leading to better treatments and cures. We also fund vital family support services and advocate for childhood cancer education and awareness.”

Learn more about Children’s Cancer Research Fund and how you can help here.

FF: The Fermín Ibérico Sausage Trio from La Tienda

If you are familiar with the fine Spanish cured meats from Fermín Ibérico then you know it is hard to just pick one to sample – which makes the Fermín Ibérico Sausage Trio, available from La Tienda, the perfect thing for your holiday entertaining.

About the Fermín Ibérico Sausage Trio from La Tienda:

“Experience the exceptional flavor of Ibérico pork with this trio of artisan cured meats from Spain. These three distinct sausages were hung to cure in the cool mountain air of La Alberca for several weeks, and now they are ready to be sliced and served with an aged cheese and a bottle of fine wine. This trio of sausages is the perfect introduction to the rich curing tradition of Spain. Packed in an attractive box and requiring no refrigeration, it is a great gift for foodies and Spanish food enthusiasts. Each of these sausages features a distinct flavor. The all natural mild chorizo has a deep smoky flavor and tender bite. The spicy chorizo is seasoned with hot pimentón de La Vera, the famous smoked paprika of Spain. The salchichón is cured with whole black peppercorns, somewhat like an artisan salami.”

Find the Fermín Ibérico Sausage Trio from La Tienda here.

See all the great products from La Tienda here.

FF: The Maple Syrup Butter from Epicurean Butter

We like to add a bit of honey or honeycomb to our charcuterie boards, which adds some sweetness to the savory delights at hand. Likewise, a fine infused butter will make you meats and cheeses excel – like the Maple Syrup Butter I found from the fine folks at Epicurean Butter.

About the Maple Syrup Butter from Epicurean Butter:

“Real maple syrup and smooth butter combine in this adaptable, not too sweet compound butter. Impress your friends with roasted pork and a maple beurre blanc, or keep it simple and adorn French toast with a pat of butter and a dusting of powdered sugar. Melt it to add dimension to steamed carrots or smear it on warm cornbread.”

Find the Maple Syrup Butter from Epicurean Butter here.

See all the flavored butters from Epicurean Butter here.