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Cookbook Review: The Sprouted Kitchen – A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

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Fast Review:

A welcome addition to any kitchen looking to eat better. This book will help you make nourishing food and inspire you with different ingredient combinations. The Sprouted Kitchen is realistic healthy food you want to eat!
Sara Forte’s Sprouted Kitchen blog is beautiful. It is sleekly designed and simple. Her goal, as stated on her blog, is: to make healthy-ish food that fits into your everyday life, using mostly produce, whole grains, healthy fats, natural sugar alternatives and the like. Her husband is the photographer for her website and both books. The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods was released in 2012 and it is extremely representative of the blog’s style and voice. If you’re looking for a cookbook full of fresh takes, here it is.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In:

Fans of healthful takes on food, those focused on a primary produce oriented diet, cookbook readers who like bright California style cuisine

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Nuts and Bolts:

The book begins with “A Bit About the Sprouted Kitchen”; followed by “Ingredients and Tools”; before getting into the recipe sections. The recipe sections are split into the following chapters: “To Start the Morning”; “Salads and Sides”; “Mains”; “Snacks to Share”; “The Happy Hour”; “Treats”; and “Etc.”. The introduction to the blog is helpful– especially since Sara includes a bit on how to read the book. This includes a lot about seasoning preference, where they get the majority of their produce, and really encourages the reader to go with their intuition– cooking should be fun! “Ingredients and Tools” breaks down what to stock in your pantry and is really focused on minimally processed staples. The list of tools is refreshingly minimal and most of it you probably already have.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is a fitting start for Sara’s recipes. There are a wide variety of morning meals included: omelets, breakfast tostadas, plenty of baked goods, and even a vegetable-based eggs benedict. You’ll be planning a healthy brunch in no time. “Salads and Sides” is self-explanatory but is anything but boring. Even the green bean recipe (haricot vert) here looks refreshing and colorful. The recipes here rely on familiar vegetables and grains with interesting twists (honey mustard and broccoli, acorn squash with hazelnuts and balsamic). While “Mains” mostly focuses on vegetables, there are a few fish and poultry dishes included. The vegetarian entrees are hearty and filling. The next chapter focuses on snacks or small meals. Sara says she prefers to eat a number or small meals a day and these keep her properly fueled. Some are simple riffs on hummus, a fun strawberry and leek quesadilla, or smoothie. “The Happy Hour” focuses on getting together with friends for drinks and appetizers. There are plenty of drinks and nibbles in here to make any happy hour a hit. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dessert is still probably the thing people look forward to most. Sara takes care of your even your most decadent dessert craving in “Treats.” Chocolate, cookies, cakes…they’re all represented here (and more!). The cookbook rounds out with “Etc.” or handy staples to have on hand like roasted garlic, or caramelized onions.

The recipes here are easy to follow and beautifully photographed. Everything is clearly laid out and every recipe has a section next to it. This includes a story, pointers, commentary that makes for conversational reading.

Pick your copy up at Relish Decor today and don’t forget to try out the second cookbook from The Sprouted Kitchen while you’re there!

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What to Make:

For Breakfast: Roasted Tomato and Herb Omelette (p. 23) and then eat the rest of the roasted tomatoes for the rest of the day, Pumpkin Pecan Granola (p. 36)
For Dinner: Haricot Vert with Avocado Goddess Dressing (p. 56), Mashies and Greens (p. 83), Walnut-Crusted Wild Salmon with Edamame Mash (p. 123), Chipotle and Apple Turkey Burgers (p. 129)
For Your Happy Hour: Toasty Nuts (p. 146), Black Cherry Refresher (p. 168), Baked Artichoke Dip (p. 173), Red Grape Salsa on Crostini (p. 186)
For Dessert: Almond Meal-Strawberry Cake (p. 202), Peanut Butter Pretzel Tartlets (p. 206), Inside-Out Apple Pie a la mode (p. 216)

Cookbook Review: Miette

Fast Review: Get inspired to bake up a storm with photos and recipes from San Francisco’s adorably delicious pastry shop

Miette is on many of San Francisco’s best-loved lists of bakeries. Chef and owner Meg Ray shares some of her most popular recipes in Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop. While Meg is self-taught she never really considered having a career in baking. She actually studied art and design before going to work in technology. She opened Miette, the French word for “crumb” in 2001 and has since opened more stores. Miette has a heavy focus on local and organic and puts an emphasis on baking in the season. Thumb through this book to be inspired to bake classic American layer cakes, French cookies and pastries sure to impress anyone.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In: Bakers with a passion for presentation, fans of Ladurée and European bakeries

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Cookbook Review: Small Victories

Relish Decor Julia Turshen’s Small Victories Cookbook Review

Fast Review: Looking for a new “go-to”? Well, it’s here. Find a place for this engaging cookbook on one of your shelves. You won’t regret it.

You may have heard of Julia Turshen before. She’s worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, and Dana Cowin. She’s written articles for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Saveur (to name a few). She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe. It’s safe to say that she knows her stuff. Julia named this book for some valuable advice she shares: “becoming a confident cook means mastering one delicious thing at a time, taking pleasure in each small victory.” This personal book shares 95 recipes with countless variations and advice for cooks of any skill level. The message is clear through the many delicious recipes that the author has one goal and that is for the reader to be able to celebrate their own cooking triumphs.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In: Fans of Ina Garten (she writes the foreword), new cooks who favor a versatile and realistic cookbook or seasoned cooks who want a new valuable addition to their library.

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Relish Recipe: Jambalaya

Have you ever visited New Orleans? If so, how about during Mardi Gras? I agree it is an awesome experience but a little crazy! You don’t have to be physically in NOLA to take part in the festivities. Host your own Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras themed party with flashy decor, king cake and of course great cajun eats! Anytime you entertain, the less mess the better; that is why I am obsessed with one dish meals. The Staub 5.5 Quart Cocotte is great for making large batches for big groups of people, all with little cleanup. The Staub dutch oven is the best piece of cookware I own. I am just in love with the cherry red color. Red isn’t your color? No worries- they come in a ton of colors, shapes, and sizes. The Staub 5.5 Quart Cocotte is great for stove stop sautéing and stewing and then finishing up in the oven. To celebrate Mardi Gras in our house, I will be making a big old Staub pot of Jambalaya. It is super easy and sure to please your entire party. Check out the simple recipe below!

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5 reasons to love the Staub Essential Pot

Blog Relish Decor Top 5 Reasons To Love Your Staub Essential Pot

Our latest cast-iron obsession is with the Staub Essential Pot, a new staple of cast-iron cookware.
These little beauties are also stovetop and oven safe, with enameled bottoms for safe cooking on a myriad of surfaces. Unlike the squared bottoms and flatter lids of Staub’s round cocottesthe Essential Pot features a more rounded interior and a domed lid. The shape lends itself for more even heat transference, perfect for risottos and stews, where even heating is vital.  

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A Gift For…The Ultimate Gift Guide

Giving a holiday gift that’s meaningful, useful, and affordable can be a challenge. But at Relish Decor we’ve got you covered! Whether you need a present for that person always trying out the latest recipes, and whipping up delicious cakes or cookies; the friend who is a bit of a cocktail aficionado; the host or hostess who always has a dinner or party going on at their place; or the great cook in your life – you can find the perfect gift at Relish Decor!

Relish Decor gifts for the baker

1. Rolling Pin $55  |  2. Dough whip $10 – Available in store  |  3. Potholder Set $24  |  4. Magnetic Kitchen Timer $17  |  5. Maple Cookbook $22.95 – Available in store  |  6. Hedley & Bennett Apron $98


Relish Decor gifts for the mixologist

1. Mix N Measure Cup $10  |  2. Stainless Steel Straws $12  |  3. Cocktails for the Holidays Book $19.95 – Available in store  |  4. Tippleman’s Syrups $38  |  5. Bittermilk Syrup $20  |  6. Mini Measure $8 – Available in store   |  7. Bar Mops $18


Relish Decor gifts for the entertainer

1. Hobnail candle $32  |  2. Fire Cracker Bark $26 – Available in store  |  3. French Stripe Linen Towel $20  |  4. Martha Stewart’s Appetizers Cookbook $27.50 – Available in store   |  5. Salt & Pepper Cellar $42  |  6. Beverage Dispenser $42


Relish Decor gifts for the chef

1. Cutting Board Oil $34  |  2. Plenty Cookbook $35  |  3. Prime Cuts Dishtowel $16  |  4. Fruitwood Utensil $18  |  5. Cutting board $138 – Available in store


Let’s not forget the stocking stuffers! Who doesn’t like reaching down the stocking on Christmas morning and discovering small, fun and useful little gifts! Here are our top 6 stocking stuffer ideas for her and for him!

Relish Decor stocking stuffers for her

1. Embossed bowls $8  |  2. Deer dishtowel $16 – Available in store  |  3. Measuring spoons $6 – Available in store   |  4. Cake tester $10  |  5. Wine pearls $26 – Available in store   |  6. Colorful Dishcloths $12 – Available in store


Relish Decor stocking stuffers for him

1. Black linen dishtowel $20  |  2. Old Man Drinks $14.95 – Available in store  |  3. Wall Mount Bottle Opener $10  |  4. Bittermilk Syrup $20  |  5. Whiskey Stones $26 – Available in store   | 6. Beef jerky $8.50- Available in store

Salted Caramel Recipe

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Homemade gifts are one of our favorite ways to say thank you during the holidays. They are perfect for neighboors, teachers, co-workers, and that person on your list who has everything. This sea salt caramel is dead simple to make and easily packages up for adorable gift giving. It only uses a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, just pick up some cute jars and you are good to go. Read on for the full recipe and try not to eat it all yourself!

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Cookbook Review: Mug Cakes

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Fast Review: For when you want cake. Now.

We’ve all been there. A sugar craving has hit and you need something sugary to eat ASAP. Gone are the days of dragging out a mixer, turning on the oven, and dirtying every dish in your kitchen just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Now you can simply crack open a copy of Mug Cakes to have a personal sized cake ready in minutes!  With recipes for everything from spicy banana bread to red velvet cake, this little book is a treasure trove of desserts. And best of all you mix, bake and eat the cakes out of a single mug, so there are no dishes to clean up after you’ve enjoyed your treat.

Who’s kitchen would you find it in: dorm-bound college students, families with kids, adults who have a sweet tooth

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Father’s Day Favorites

fathers day polyvore relish decorFather’s Day is coming up fast, but it’s not too late to grab the perfect gift for dad!  This collection of leather accented aprons, super-sharp steak knives, and artisan bar products is sure to earn you brownie points. If you’re really looking to impress him, pick up a handheld smoking gun, complete with classic smokehouse wood chips. It’s the grilling gadget he won’t be able to put down all summer.

1. Bittermilk Oaxacan Old Fashioned $18 | 2. Mini Button Thermometer Set $20 | 3. Birdkage Peyton Apron $144 | 4. Laguiole Steak Knives $98 | 5. Brew Bread Mix $10 | 6. Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters $16 | 7. The Smoking Gun $138 | 8. Smokehouse Collection Wood Chips $46



Vendor Spotlight: Jacobsen Salt Co.


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You might think you know salt. Ben Jacobsen wants you to think again. A few delicate flakes of his Jacobsen Salt Co. finishing salt on your morning eggs and toast will completely change the way you see this humble ingredient. Harvested from the chilly waters of Oregon’s Netarts Bay, these pure sea salts are in a class of their own.  World-renowned chefs such as Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, and April Bloomfield all swear by Jacobsen and use it exclusively in their kitchens.  Read on to learn more about the artisan salts, seasonings, and sweets offered by this great American company.

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