Staff Picks: Martha

by Gia19. September 2013 11:08

We're kicking off our birthday week with our first staff picks post by our fearless leader - Martha! Click here to see all of Martha's favorite products.

Click here to see all of our staff favorites - on sale for our birthday month!

Name:

Martha

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

  • Sundried Tomato and Cayenne Pepper Angel Hair Pasta with Herbed Lemon Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Colerain (Eastern NC) Barbeque Chicken with Homemade Vinegar Slaw and Corbread
  • Chicken Marbella - from Silver Palate Cookbook
  • Pickled Shrimp with Onions on Crackers
  • Psari Plaki - Greek Baked Fish with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Lemon Juice and Dill

What are your favorite restaurants?

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

After 40+ years in the business, I have all of the small kitchen tools I could want, so here's a wishlist:

  • A Butcherblock Countertop
  • A Screen Porch - to be able to eat outside without mosquitos
  • A Double Set of Ovens
  • A Case of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • Champagne Glasses - exactly like my Govino plastic ones but in elegant glass.

Secret Weapon: Grapefruit Spoon

by Gia16. July 2013 12:56

Secret Weapon is our series on products that can be used for purposes outside of their intended use.

At first glance, a grapefruit spoon is one of those extraneous tools that makes one task much easier, but I rarely eat halved grapefruits and I use a grapefruit spoon almost daily.

Here's 5 more tasks for your grapefruit spoon: 

  1. Core soft or hard fruits and vegetables
  2. Create decorative lines on cake icing or cookies
  3. Remove strawberry stems
  4. Scrape ice for granita or piragüa
  5. Use as a tiny side-of-bowl style strainer

Have more secret uses for your grapefruit spoon? Tell us in the comments!

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Vendor Spotlight: Lodge Cast Iron

by Gia3. July 2013 10:35

 

When considering a company to kick off our July Made in America sale, Lodge was the obvious choice. While cast iron cookware has been used worldwide for hundreds of years, we still think of the cast iron skillet as an American icon - as versatile, hardworking, and durable as the Americans that have used them.

Founded in 1896, Lodge Cookware Company is still based in South Pittsburg, TN and led by two descendants of the original founder, Joseph Lodge. A commitment to innovation, employee support and environmental responsibility has allowed Lodge to prosper through two World Wars and the Great Depression. 

 Here are some things we love about Lodge Cast Iron:

Their Lodge Logic line is pre-seasoned. If you've ever accidentally filled your home with smoke while attempting to season a brand new cast iron pan, you realize the sheer genius of this.

Because of their commitment to quality and the environment, you know you're getting a pure Cast Iron pan. What does that mean?

  • The pan will heat up at a consistent temperature and maintain that high, constant, heat throughout the cooking process. This makes cast iron the ideal medium for frying, searing, and creating perfectly crispy cornbread.
  • You can put the pan on the stove, in the oven, on the grill, or directly into a campfire. No need to worry about whether impurities in the metal will leach into your foods at certain temperatures.
  • The cast iron is so durable that it will last for generations. Seriously - some of our customers have century old cast iron pans that they still use every day.
  • Once you season it, it is naturally nonstick. No PTFEs to worry about, no nagging your kids to use non-metal spatulas, no dousing the pan in globs of butter just to fry some eggs.
  • Cooking in a cast iron skillet is a great way for vegetarians (or anyone, really) to increase their iron intake without having to take nasty supplements (yes this has been scientifically proven).

Check out our Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - 15% off for the entire month of July!

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