January 16, 2017

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Tangerine Rosemary Martini

The tangerines on our tree at the shop are in abundance right now, perfect for foraging and turning into a winter cocktail. Rosemary seemed to be the perfect woody compliment to the sweet tart tangerine. Ryan and I made these to sip on while watching the Golden Globes last week but they are delightful for any occasion! This martini looks especially good atop our coasters and Jean tray.

Tangerine and Rosemary Martini
Ingredients 
 
Honey Rosemary simple syrup
1 cup water
1 cup honey
4 large sprigs Rosemary
Tangerine and Rosemary Martini
2 ounces vodka
juice from 1-2 tangerines, about a half cup
1 Tablespoon honey rosemary simple syrup
sprig of rosemary for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and honey to a boil. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Keep an eye on it, the simple syrup will bubble up as soon as it starts boiling. Pour the warm simple syrup into a glass container and add the sprigs of rosemary to steep. Transfer to the fridge to cool.
  2. In a martini shaker, combine all the cocktail ingredients with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
June 28, 2016

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When a Friend calls...

 

When our friend Jill Elmore (chef to Jennifer Anniston) texts to say she can't find any beautiful countertop paper towel holders anywhere, the challenge to make one was on! This would not be just any paper towel holder - it would be a beautiful combination of wood and brass that would stand proud on the counter.

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March 02, 2016

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Food for Thought: Composting at Home

 

As a kid growing up in Seattle, I distinctly remember my mother assigning me the chore of emptying the kitchen compost collection into the large compost bin in our back yard. It was on the third level of a tiered yard, and I dreaded the walk all the way up the steps, the chills of revulsion as I lifted the lid and saw the writhing mass of worms breaking down the mulch. I would toss the compost into the bin as quickly as I could, completely grossed out by the idea of dirt and bugs and rot. Looking back, home composting has become one of the fondest memories I have.

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January 27, 2016

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Artful Wooden Spoons

Who doesn't love a wooden spoon? Remember the perfectly worn one your mother or grandmother had in your childhood? Whether being used every day or displayed as a piece of art, wooden spoons seem to elicit a certain kind of devotion.

Within each handmade spoon are infinite opportunities for artistic expression. Length, size, wood, grain, whimsy... Utility meets art in a new classic design by The Wooden Palate.

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June 02, 2014

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Food for Thought: Whipping Up the Perfect Guac

Even with recent lime shortages across much of the country, spring is still the perfect time to whip up a bowl of guac for your first porch sits or barbecues of the season. Always a party favorite, our guacamole recipe is a fresh take on the classic dip that has been around since the time of the Aztecs. We spruce up your average guac by tossing in pomegranate seeds and pepitas. Pepitas are a great source of magnesium, zinc and healthy fatty acids while the pomegranate adds a certain flamboyance you're sure to love. Pair it with some crispy tortilla chips or slap a glob into your favorite burrito, and all will be good in the world. 

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April 29, 2014

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Food for Thought: Salt, & So Much More

To many, salt is just salt. If you want to look further, however, salt is so much more than your typical ingredient. There are many distinct characteristics and varieties of salt out there; distinguishing between them can help progress your cooking abilities to wow your next dinner guests by enhancing the flavors of your food. Below are some salt recommendations from The Wooden Palate that you can experiment with to create your next spread with.  

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March 20, 2014

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Back from NYNOW!

Actually... we've been back for a few weeks now, but are still flying high from our successful time spent in New York at the NYNOW trade show. Getting to the east coast doesn't happen as often as we would like, so making the most of our short trip quickly became a priority. Along with our current retailers who stopped by to see us and our latest luxurious necessities, we met tons of other talented artisans and opened a myriad of new accounts worldwide who will soon be offering our elegantly organic handmade pieces in their shops.

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January 28, 2014

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Find the Wooden Palate on Instagram

Hey guys if you haven't already started following us on Instagram check us out at @the_woodenpalate. Make sure to share any photos of your Wooden Palate goods and how you're putting them to use.  Use the #thewoodenpalate hashtag!

January 17, 2014

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Shooting for Martha Stewart Living with Dave Lauridsen

 

Dave Lauridsen, photographer on our Martha Stewart Living shoot, shares what a great time he had with us in the shop and how much he learned about our Atlantic City Boardwalk wood on his blog, the dl. We love Dave!

January 05, 2014

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Customs: Breakfast in Bed Tray

Take a look at one of our favorite new custom pieces! The Wooden Palate "Breakfast in Bed Tray."