These napkins are made of practical, hard-wearing linen (with a linen price tag, too, although I'll always argue linen is the better buy in the kitchen since it lasts much longer than lesser fabrics). I love the pattern and the casual color that is very forgiving on everyday stains. A great set.
Swanson's came out with this line of infused broths and they're really quite good - an easy, flavorful shortcut for busy nights. I use this surprisingly spicy Thai Ginger broth for quick soups or for cooking mussels like in our tutorial today.
I have a similar set of tea light holders, and they've been in use for years now. I like the white porcelain, which goes with anything and everything, and the flickering light from the constellation of dots. Easy, romantic, and perfect for long dinners on summer evenings, indoors or out.
Scharffen Berger makes my favorite milk chocolate and they really amped it up in this bar I tasted at the Summer Fancy Food Show. It has toasted coconut and macadamia nuts under 33% cacao milk chocolate, and it basically tastes like a Samoa cookie. So good. (The photo is of the one bar remaining; the other was immediately snarfed by our officemates!)
I don't mark up my cookbooks very much, but when I do, it's usually with sticky notes, stuck here and there to flag the pages to remember. I love these little sticky notes from Lotta Jansdotter; I've been a fan of her Scandinavian-inspired design for a long time.
Here's one for our Australian friends: a new mixer on the market from Electrolux. Electrolux has long offered a heavy-duty Assistent mixer aimed towards the serious baking crowd, but these have now reverted to their Swedish name, Ankarsrum (see our review of this lovely machine here). This leaves the Assistent name open for a new line of stand mixers with sleek styling and some nice features, like a LED light that shines into the bowl. Available in August.