Enough with the cake, the candy, the overwhelming sweets. Here’s a nice change of plans: an organic gift tower. An assortment of plump, organic fruits. A bottle of organic sparkling lemonade. A packet of organic trail mix. And did I mention organic? (Thanks to The Fruit Company for sending one over for us to see for ourselves.) This is a present I would welcome.
Just in time for Easter (or, for that matter, Mother’s or Father’s Day) comes two delightful treats straight out of the heart of Tennessee. First up, a bevy, an assortment, oh hell, let’s just call it what it is, an embarrassment of meaty riches in the form of not one, not two, not even three, but four large packages stuffed with probably the best type of meat known to humanity in flavors ranging from jalapeño to Cajun. And what to have with this splendid bacon? Why biscuits and preserves. Biscuits and blackberry preserves. Biscuits and peach preserves. And, oh the riches, biscuits and strawberry preserves. All courtesy of the Loveless Cafe. Thanks y’all!
Now here is a pretty pitcher, just in time for lemonade, ice tea, sangria season: the Emile Henry 1 quart Urban pitcher. Yes, I know you think au gratin dishes and fluted casseroles and even roasters when you think Emile Henry, but I’m telling you, you need to also think pitcher. Especially this pitcher. Available in a small rainbow of soothing shades such as juniper and slate and simply perfect for dappled sunlight, it is handcrafted from burgundy clay from the Burgundy region of France. I’m so glad they sent one over for me to try. How lovely.
Ahh springtime in Paris. But what is that on the menu? Is that truffles? Or frog’s legs? Is it a lovely cheese? A delicious stew? Or even snails? What is that on the Menu? A Simple Guide to French Food Words is a list of the most popular French words and phrases with clear, simple, straightforward translations for each. Never again will you struggle to understand a French menu. Never again will you be embarrassed in front of a snooty waiter. And never again will you be surprised by what you are served. (And if you need help with Italian food, see the second book in the What is that on the Menu series: What is that on the Menu? A Simple Guide to Italian Food Words.)
Here is a truly delightful line from Rosanna: Voyage. And the best of the line is the charming French trays. Based on ephemera found by Rosanna around the world, the wee voyage porcelain trays ($12 each) are microwave and dishwasher safe and perfect for everything from petite fours to spare change. The first, below, is the TRAVEL FRANCE TRAY. The second is the AUBERGE TRAY. Ooooh la la.