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Cookbook review: The Art of Simple Food II- Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden

Relish Decor The Art Of Simple Food Cookbook Review

Fast Review: Recipes to help guide you through the farmers market and may even inspire you to see how green your thumb can be. Read this book if you’re a fan of vegetables and looking for creative ways to serve them that highlight and compliment their fresh flavor.

Alice Waters is a James Beard award-winning chef. She owns Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe in Berkeley, California. She is a big advocate for sustainable agriculture. Her talent and passion are evident in the pages of The Art of Simple Food II. The front of the book begins with a mantra “Treasure the farmer, Nurture the soil, Plant wherever you are, Learn from nature, Cultivate your palate, Make your own, Eat whole food, Share the harvest, Teach children the art of simple food.” It is clear from the content of this book that this mantra is something Alice wholly believes in and hopes others are inspired by.

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

Photo by Hugh Forte

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.

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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