Archive for the 'Favorite Things' Category

Gifts for Foodies: French Market Garden Kit

Monday, December 18th, 2006

This nicely packaged seed collection could convince this non-gardener to dig her hands in the soil. For those with a culinary sense, this kit gives a nice spread of garden vegetables to entertain the pallet. French market Garden, from Potting Shed Creations: a unique seed collection of Provençal gourmet vegetables for gardening cooks who want [...]

Homemade Chocolate Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Fellow maker Julie Ree puts the template for chocolate holding paper pyramids to great use by making an advent calendar garland. I love how she uses the little pyramids as sculptural objects to decorate her house. This is a wonderful reminder to share those gems of an idea you may have; when shared, the idea [...]

Wooden Sushi for Grown Ups

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A thought on buying the cute wooden sushi kit for yourself: gluing magnets to the sushi pieces and putting them up on the fridge would be a great way to play with this kit, and yet not have to deal with having toys stashed somewhere out of sight. I don’t suggest gluing magnets on if [...]

Raising a Little Foodie

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I’ve been on an informal quest to pick up cool baby products for my expecting friends Judah and Danica. It started with creating an “I ♥ boobs” bib, and continued in Japan with the purchase of cute squeaky baby shoe souvenirs (heh- those are going to be great at toddler stage!). Adding to their baby [...]

Time for Vanilla Beans, Again

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Over one year later… It’s time for another vanilla bean purchase! I just bought one pound of organic Tahitians from eBay for $18, shipping included. This eBay shopping is jolly good stuff! I plan on giving these out for Christmas this year, mostly stuffed in bottles of bourbon: that magic ju-ju to add to eggnog.

Vanilla Paste in a Pump

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Nice design spotted in Intermezzo Magazine: Vanilla Bean paste in a pump dispenser. This seems like a great idea for dispensing a thick ingredient that doesn’t dirty up a spoon. Even better is that the product manufacturer, NoMU specifies the pump volume (1 ml) and allows the top to swivel closed to provide an air [...]

Fried Origami Cranes

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

It’s amazing, its insane… and I just know you wish you had a witness to your crazy culinary muttering saying that you would have done this sooner… cause the evil genius’s at Evil Mad Scientist beat you to it: making wonton wrapper origami cranes. This site provides a step by step show-all, making you feel [...]

Tiny Burger Cuteness

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Craftster user hercuteness has the cutest entry in a make it small event- a tiny fast food meal of hamburger, fries and a drink. A plastic food tray and food containers were even made! This has got my creative juices flowing!

Portland Gourmet Rice Krispee Treats

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Back in July, before leaving for Japan, I wrote a bit about showing Sweet’s co-workers how easy and good homemade rice crispee treats can be. He had reported to me a stunning story about a co-worker buying rice crispee treats from a vending machine… can you imagine? Shaking my head… Soon after that post, Portland [...]

Camping Meals- Your Ultimate?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

This last weekend, Sweets and I joined our motorcycle friends out camping under the beautiful starry nights of a clear Oregon sky. We’ve been looking forward to this trip for quite sometime and weren’t going to let a bit of jet lag drag us down! Fortunately, a couple days camping turned out to be the [...]