Just a Pinch

February 18, 2017

Sometimes all you need for a recipe is a pinch of a spice or dried herb that you don’t  generally keep on hand. With the cost of spices and the quantity usually packaged you might think twice about trying something new. Sure, you’ll have it the next time you need it, but that occasion might be so far off that you’ll need to replace what has gone stale. Until now. The genius of Spice Miser is that minimal increments of a wide array of exotics are available neatly packed in tiny zip-lock bags. A tablespoon of fennel seed?….smoked salt?…Anise stars?….they’ve got you covered from .99 a pack. Someone was thinking.

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BLT – B + C

July 30, 2016

Now that Summer tomatoes are starting to pop up I’m craving a BLT. A guilty pleasure to be sure, particularly with my favorite bacon from Whole Foods. While I limit my bacon intake to twice a year, a sandwich in the Summer and with pancakes on a particularly cold and snowy Winter morning, I’m left wanting more. Then a friend reveals her secret for a BLT without the B. Cheese! That’s right. Cheese. I had to give it a go. So I baked off a couple of slices of provolone dusted with a bit of grated parmesan until they were golden at 375 degrees. Pulling them from the oven, I let them cool a few seconds and flipped, returning to the oven to brown the reverse. I kept an eye on them, as this went quickly. While they cooled, they crisped up, giving me time to set up the toast, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I assembled as I would my favorite BLT and Boom! Done. And good. I’m not missing the Oink.

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I was so excited with that successful result, I decided to treat myself another Summertime favorite, a Vernors Float. A single scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with the oldest soda in America, Vernors Original Ginger Soda, kept it short and sweet.

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Now’s a good time to start on your list as well. And, to help you along I’ve pulled together a few simplequietmodern ideas to get you going…mostly simple… that are thoughtful, inspired and won’t break the bank. If they aren’t  a fit for someone on your list there is no harm in treating yourself to a little gift is there?

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From top to bottom:

Who wouldn’t love this festive serving bowl from Heath in their holiday ruby and red suede glaze …extra special when filled with some spicy Maple Cayenne Glazed Walnuts. http://www.heathceramics.com/catalog/product/view/id/1538/s/bowl-ruby-red-suede-red/category/3/

You have plenty of time left to knit someone special this basic cap in Purl Soho’s new Merino Worsted Twist yarn. I have one near identical in cotton that I wear constantly so I know this’ll be a hit. Yarn, pattern and supplies needed are available through Purl.http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/10/10/purl-soho-basic-hats-for-everyone.html

This iPad Mini sleeve in charcoal suede from  Need Supply Co. will add some simplequietmodern protection to our favorite new mobile device. http://needsupply.com/ipad-mini-sleeve.html

It doesn’t get any better than homemade marshmallows covered in chocolate unless you’ve received a gift of these…Jenna’s Peppermint Sticks from Simply Good Kitchen in Birmingham, Michigan. Thick dark chocolate over homemade marshmallow bars with just the perfect dusting of finely crushed peppermint sticks. You better get some for yourself while you’re at it. http://www.simplygoodkitchen.com/default.htm

These faceted balancing blocks of white-painted wood from Need Supply Company would definitely keep one happily occupied while on stuck on “hold”.  http://needsupply.com/mens/new/balancing-blocks.html

Oaktown Spice Shop’s Everything Bagel Spice Blend takes one of our favorite flavor combinations and makes it easily applicable to almost anything. http://food52.com/provisions/products/37-oaktown-spice-shop-the-better-than-everything-bagel

Merry Christmas from pig heaven. Who wouldn’t love the a pound or two of thick cut bacon from Whole Foods Market. It could easily turn a vegetarian into a flexetarian. I’m just sayin’.

If it’s a gift for a gardener that has you stumped perhaps this galvanized weeder will fit the bill. I’m thinking a stroll through the garden won’t be complete without one. http://www.shopterrain.com/new-arrivals-garden-plants/galvanized-utility-weeder/productOptionIDs/bd0459cc-8958-45c4-b120-330bd8a8856a