It’s October, time for apple cider and all things fabulous and fall! If you’re lucky enough to live near an organic orchard where you can pick your own fruit, you know the joy of truly fresh apples. And you probably also know the joy of truly good apple cider. Nothing says fall quite like a hot spiced cider, so we’ve gathered a few of our favorite grown-up cider recipes. Try these with your favorite locally-produced organic cider (and sure, you could always buy an organic cider at the store if local isn’t an option)! Most of these can easily be made without the alcohol if you need a kid-friendly version as well. Happy Halloween! Continue reading
Are you ready for fall? Now that back to school is done, there’s a little lull before the holidays start. It’s a perfect time for entertaining. It’s also a perfect time to update your table. Keeping your kitchen, food prep and tableware eco-friendly can be a challenge, especially if you like to have different looks for each season. But, with the right pieces, it’s easy to achieve a mix and match style that can go from summer barbecues to fall football parties with ease. Want a green table? We’ve gathered some of our favorite pieces for prep and service.
Keep yourself tidy with this chef’s style apron that offers generous coverage (so your clothes stay guest-ready). A linen-cotton blend ensures this apron is as green as it is gorgeous and the fabric just gets softer with each washing.
A kitchen workhorse, linen tea towels look good and serve multiple uses from drying glassware to acting as a potholder, trivet, or even an oversize napkin, or a perfect placemat. We love the fall motif and the water-based inks; the fabric will soften with washing, but these inks will not fade.
A good knife is essential to your kitchen. Keep yours safely out of the way, but attractively available in this reclaimed wood holder, filled with bamboo sticks to keep your knives securely in place.
Keep everything within easy reach of your stove with this smooth, sleek bamboo utensil holder. Coated with a light, food-safe oil, the natural, certified organic bamboo is heat and stain resistant and will look good in any kitchen.
Keeping a salt cellar near your stove or food prep area is a trick of most good cooks. It makes it easier to reach for “just a pinch” of kosher salt. This gorgeous cellar is made from teak remnants that would otherwise be discarded. Handmade and unique, no two are exactly alike.
Skip the plastics! Reach for biodegradable bamboo fiber mixing bowls instead. This set of five nesting bowls is a perfect kitchen accessory you can feel good about.
Classic designs never go out of style. Reclaimed acacia wood looks gorgeous and the food-safe lacquer will keep it that way for years. Perfect for tossing salads or serving rolls.
Carry your gear in classy style. A sturdy tray is a kitchen necessity, from carrying drinks, to corralling condiments, they serve a wide range of uses. Made entirely from bamboo, this tray’s sleek, simple style compliments any décor.
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Dinner parties have come back into vogue, though we think they never really went out of style! Today’s dinner parties aren’t formal, stuffy affairs, instead, they’re casual gatherings of friends over good food and good conversation. Hosting a successful party doesn’t require mad-hostess skills, or even a large dining room table and matching fine china and color-coordinated, themed décor custom selected for the occasion. All of those things are nice, and if you’re so inclined, go for it. But they’re not required. The most important element of any dinner party is simple – a relaxed, hospitable host who’s ready to enjoy an evening with friends. Continue reading
It’s that time of year, time for parties and get togethers and celebrations of all sorts. We’re continuing our focus on entertaining with some tips on putting together a simple and fun get together that your friends and family will love. A cheese party. Continue reading