I don't have special china or dishes for the holidays, but I do like to glam up the table a bit this time of year. So these platters at Canvas caught my eye -- I love the gold glaze paired with the organic, casual shape. Pretty and useful all year round, but especially nice for the holidays.
This may not seem like a very interesting or "holiday-aware" Daily Find, but oh boy, am I excited about it. And it actually ties in quite neatly to my holiday habits. Every time I throw a dinner party, I rely on a whiteboard to help me keep track of what I need to cook, components to prep, and other tasks like wiping down the bathroom sink and setting the table. I just found this classy glass erasable board at IKEA, and it far outshines the smaller, plastic-framed board I've been using. I'm looking forward to setting it up by the fridge and planning and tracking many, many meals on it.
I stopped into Crate & Barrel this weekend, and a little display of these glasses caught my eye immediately. They are thin and delicate, and their proportions are quite pretty in person (I feel like the photos on the website don't do them justice). They're also multi-functional: I'd use them as wine or cocktail glasses, and I'd layer puddings, mousses, and trifles in them for an elegant dessert presentation.
I saw this carving board at the Food52 Shop (see their listing here) and kind of gasped. It was just the carving board that I had been looking for: Practically slanted, so all those good juices don't run over the countertop, yet not riddled with spikes and extra carving and ornamentation. Modern and sleek. Very beautiful.
Our esteemed wine columnist, Mary, has enthused over some of the newer, better boxed wine brands coming on the market. Wine in a bag can stay fresher longer, and there are some good choices available now (see this post and this post for more of Mary's thoughts on bag-in-box wine). If you like the convenience and economy of bag-in-box, here's a classy way to present it at a big holiday bash: a wood barrel designed to hold a bag of wine. Stylish and practical (less drippy).
We don't cover a lot of snack products on The Kitchn, but LesserEvil sent me a few flavors of these new chia crisps to try, and I was really impressed. It's nice during the holiday season to have something gluten-free yet truly tasty on hand for GF guests, and these light yet flavorful crisps would satisfy nearly anyone. Their nutrition attributes read like a scorecard: No Trans Fat, Gluten Free, No Milk Hormones, Cholesterol Free, Corn Free, Not Genetically Modified, Good Source of Fiber.... and on and on, but the thing that I was impressed by was how delicious they were. I especially liked these salty, punchy feta and black olive crisps, but also check them out in Jalapeno White Cheddar, Dill Pickle, and Southern Barbecue.
I adore my Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish, and I have my eye on this accompanying loaf pan. I think that it would make a beautiful dish for meatloaf and savory breads or casseroles. Bring it straight from the oven to the table.
I'm just so smitten with these mugs. They come in two sizes - one just the right size for a generous cup of soup, and the other for an afternoon sip of tea. I love their sturdy construction and the whimsical dots. This is gear for winter, right here.
Lead-free, fully vitrified stoneware. Made in Ohio exclusively for Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
I am a big fan of swing-top bottles (especially these economical ones from IKEA). I spotted these colored versions from Bormioli, and I think they would be so pretty in jumbled sets of different colors, dotting a bright holiday table.
We've spoken admiringly before of Tramontina's well-priced enameled Dutch ovens. Emma, for instance, really loves hers. Here's a new piece from Tramontina with a bit sleeker shape. I like the white color, and the integrated handles. And all still for a good price.
Cambria's roundup yesterday of pretty modern trivets reminded me of how a trivet is always a good little gift -- especially when it's as quietly beautiful as this one. It's woven out of straw and won't burn or scorch under the hot pots of food we're turning out this time of year. Handmade in Japan.
I've been on the hunt for an understated and modern, yet not too expensive faucet for my new kitchen. Here's what we ended up with: a simple one-handled faucet from Hansgrohe. My husband who, I admit, does the bulk of the dishes, is staunchly opposed to pull-down sprayer faucets, so we opted for the simplest model with no sprayer. I bought it in classic chrome, but it does also come in "Steel Optik," for an upcharge of about $55.
I'm really loving this new line of tea towels from Los Angeles-based Poketo, who has built a business out of printing and showcasing work from independent artists. These tea towels are a fun reminder of the wealth of vegetables all around us this time of year.
18” x 26” 100% pure linen. Handprinted using non-toxic water-based inks.
I don't know how well this pretty skimmer will hold up in a busy kitchen, but I have to point it out just for its sheer beauty. A skimmer is a very functional, handy object to have around (I like it for making small batches of pasta - just skim out the pasta instead of dumping all the water). This one was "inspired by wild flowers in an English meadow" (awww) and is made from beech wood and stainless steel. I imagine its stainless blade would be easier to clean, too, than the standard mesh basket.
Happy Halloween! I've had my eye on this zombie cookie cutter for weeks - wouldn't cookies made with this be funny on a Halloween dessert plate? You wouldn't even need to decorate them too much. Just slap on some white zig-zags and call them mummy zombies. (Out of stock on the Sur La Table website, but probably available, and very much on sale, in stores.)
I gravitate towards earthy, handmade things in the fall, especially rustic mugs and hand-thrown pottery pieces like this utensil jar. This one, though, has a peppy, poppy punch of color with bright blue curlicues and a black stripe. It's earthy but modern. A great little utensil jar or vase for the kitchen.
Are clouds replacing birds as the hipster motif of choice? I don't know, but I really like this sweet bread board, which has a little whimsy in its puffy shape, but is still practical for bread and cheese.
If you're getting seriously enthusiastic about homemade pasta and want to progress past hand-cut noodles and rolled lasagna sheets, this pasta extruder from KitchenAid is your next step. This gadget is wicked fun. It's basically like those old Play-Doh sets where you can extrude shapes of dough. This comes with several different plates that let you make bucatini, rigatoni, macaroni, fusilli, and more. I do think the price is a little steep, but I can't fault the attachment's quality in any way. It's solidly built, simple to operate, and easy to clean. See our full review of it here...