Why use porcelain facsimiles of pumpkins to serve seasonal soups when you can go right to the source and use real pumpkins? Carve a large one as a terrine or hollow out several mini pumpkins for individual serving bowls.
Themed bowls? Seriously? If you're anything like me, you're saying, "Wait! Theme tabletops can get cheesy in nothing flat!" Nonetheless, the autumn season gets me all giddy and I can't resist a little something special on the table in acknowledgement. These acorn bowls would do the trick without going over the top in the seasonal theme department:
Adam Brackney of Workerman just sent me a peek at the handmade goods for the kitchen he's crafting out of wood, and I find them charming! Take a peek at his handiwork — spreaders and minimalist modern cutting boards.
Q: I have a reached a dead end in finding cute, durable, mostly crack-resistant dinnerware to add to my wedding registry. I'd like dishes that are not super heavy or annoying to wash, and I would love something with a little character, like polka dots or a print. Anyone have suggestions?
Quitokeeto (pronounced "kee-toh") is an online pop-up shop curated by Heidi Swanson (of 101cookbooks.com) and Wayne Bremser. With an eye towards beautiful, lasting design, the shop features utilitarian kitchen "jewelry" and unique products from small producers. Their aim is to stock a very short list of things that are special, lovely, and worth owning.
Chevron may come and go, but polka dots (and other dot designs) will never go out of style. They're timeless—simultaneously sweet and classic, yet still cool and modern-looking when done right. I'm rediscovering my love for dots, and today's finds may convert me fully. Don't you just love that red polka dot linen tablecloth? Or the gold dotted bowl? So fun and frisky. I'm sold.
Yesterday Dana suggested serving heavily garnished salads on a platter instead of in a bowl to prevent heavier ingredients from falling to the bottom. Inspired by that suggestion, I went searching for beautiful, unusual serving platters. No plain white platters here!
We're all familiar with 'sinkers', right? They're the delicious but weighty additions to green salads that immediately end up on the bottom of the bowl after one toss. Think radish, tomato, avocado, beets, any chunk of vegetable or nut that has a bit of weight to it. The solution? Forget the salad bowl and reach for a platter instead!
When Geoffrey Lilge agreed to help outfit Highlands Kitchen, his wife's award-winning restaurant in Edmonton, Canada, he had no idea it would lead to a new career for him. He became obsessed with finding the perfect cutting and charcuterie boards, which eventually led to OnOurTable, a collection of handcrafted wooden kitchen objects that Lilge makes in his Alberta woodshop.
Do you have a berry bowl? Berry bowls have holes in the bottom so you can rinse and serve berries in the same dish. Usually made of ceramic and often handmade, we think they're a pretty way to serve and snack on berries this summer! (And there's no reason you can't use them for small vegetables as well!) Here are five berry bowls we're particularly fond of: