I love your blog and the amazing food you cook, and now I’m officially adding you to my list of things I’m thankful for because YOU FINALLY GAVE ME AN IDEA OF WHAT TO GET MY DAD FOR CHRISTMAS. Smoked sugar, “Wilder Quarterly”, and that delish Catbird candle. God bless you.
Get out of here with that smoked sugar! My bf would love it. He’s up for anything with smoke. Once, it was ice for a cocktail. That project burned right through the bottom of a pot, made our place smell like a dive bar, and totally worked. Good times.
Eleanor- Good question! I am sure there are great new cheeses out there, but I am afraid I haven’t been very adventurous recently and don’t have any suggestions. I’ll make trying more cheese a resolution for 2013. ; )
TIM! I love everything about this list – a tour around your house, heart and mind. If only you were here we could have smoked sugar cocktail and an album review party. That mini tin of salt is so cool!
OMG TIM! This Thanksgiving I am thankful for you and your blog. I’ve truly loved your blog these past 10 months (since I started following you) and your gift guide is beyond brilliant. I love everything about it! You’re so funny and I truly enjoy getting a glimpse of you and your home. We just legalized gay marriage in Washington State, so I think you and Brian need to move here so we can be friends, enjoy cocktails and have dinner parties :)
I love your holiday gift guide. Last year I bought the little glass spinny thing that loves light (dang it, can’t remember the name for the life of me), but it makes me & my husband so happy looking at it. And in this guide you mention my most favorite movie ever, Days of Heaven, so I’m thrilled. I’ve also bookmarked half your list for my own personal one :) Thanks Tim! You are the best.
Great list of ideas. Love the duvet cover. My favorite idea though is the framed photo of Angela Lansbury. Can you tell me where you came upon that particular photo? I love it. It is so perfect! Jessica Fletcher, my hero :)
That mini tin of Maldon Salt is too much. Sheer brilliance. Seeing as I am that person that carries around a mini jar of a friend’s home-made crushed red pepper flakes, I think this may just be the best stocking stuffer ever…(with an extra one for my purse of course :)
I’ve started doing gift guides this year (two up so far with more to come between now and Christmas) and I’m with you on all of these suggestions! I’ve been eyeing up gold cutlery for a while (but I’m not convinced that I would get it passed my husband), Rookie is the site that I wish had existed when I was 15 (so I obviously bought myself the yearbook), and we have the tarot deck candle in our kitchen. Going to go and look up the rhubarb hops syrup now…
Your lists are always beautiful, thoughtful and inspired! I am a huge fan of Quince and Apple’s Tart Cherry and White Tea preserves. It pairs beautifully with another amazing Wisconsin cheese, Evalon goat cheese, (served on a slice of lightly toasted baguette)! Can you find it in Chicago? If not, plan another trip to Madison! http://www.saxoncreamery.com/online/our_cheeses/evalon/
I am keen on the sea flakes box :-). I always travel outside of Southern Europe with a little bottle of olive oil (usually in my cosmetic bag, just in case I cross borders where they check all the food, like they do here in New Zealand). If the food taste really bland I generally manage to save it by adding a little olive oil (and if applicable, lemon juice and salt), but during my last trip in the Pacific I also bought with me some salt flakes, and they made such a difference!! Still, I didn’t have a proper box for them, Thank you for the idea.
Another great list, thank you for putting it together. And I couldn’t agree with you more about using a tool for its intended purpose. I bought a copper Jam pan a long time ago in France and love using it every year when I make my peach jam!
Also, Smoked Sugar…I cant image how good that would taste when used in a glaze
Thanks for all you bring to the web and my own little corner of the universe. I’ve been a lurking reader for some time, but the fact that you managed to come up with a culinary item involving smoke that my mother, a chef who loves all things smoked and always says “hugs,” when I ask what I can give her for Christmas, doesn’t own requires a shout-out. You are awesome! I, and my mother, come the 25th, thank you! Cheers and a very merry holiday season. I hope it goes on and on…