Archive for the 'Favorite Things' Category

Eugene’s Kitchen Witch

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

I’ll forever be in debt to Michelle for giving me a heads up about Kitchen Witch. First encountered at Eugene’s Holiday Market, she has found a number of local retailers to carry her chocolates during non-Market seasons. Passion Flower started carrying Kitchen Witch chocolates a little bit before Valentine’s Day. Sundance Natural Foods also carries [...]

Pyramid Truffle Boxes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

I have a fetish for suave packaging… like many food blog readers I imagine. I tend to buy tea by its packaging, and chocolates too: with firey golden bright candy wrappers bringing out my inner crow. In combination with this packaging fetish resides a compulsion to collect beautiful papers too. Hand colored, silk threaded, metallic [...]

Tip: Drinking More Water

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

I think I finally get it: what all the Southern fuss about iced tea is. When you’re busy trying to be healthy and drinking over 8 glasses of water a day, one gets a bit tired of water.  I still don’t subscribe to sweetened iced teas, but I have found a close relative… Eugene’s downtown [...]

Tea Forte Found!

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I just found a Eugene supply for these smashingly cute tea bags… PassionFlower. I should have known that store owner Jewel Murphy would get her hands on these sooner or later. They have a number of the tea ‘bags’ open in their store display (on a cute tree, perched as blossoms) so that they are [...]

Fortune Cookie Necklace

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’ve loved making fortune cookies since I first laid eyes on instructions how to pinch these goodies into existence. In my ceramic days I would make bright shiny raku fired cookies to hand out on Valentine’s Day, tucking little fortunes inside too. This last weekend I took a class in making jewelry out of silver [...]

Gifts for Foodies,  part V

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I was happy to relocate my favorite vinegar supplier in Eugene, Susanna’s Vinegars. She had a table at the side wing of the Holiday Market, a location I only discovered on the last day of the market! The vinegar table ended up being an example of buying for myself when also shopping for others. Susanna’s [...]

Crunchy Fruity

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

I’ve been enjoying the freeze dried fruits of Just Tomatoes, etc for a couple of months now, ever since I first picked up a tup of their crunchy dry strawberries. Only now am I discovering their website for the first time and finding all sorts of great freeze dried items that my local stores don’t [...]

Strawberry Marshmallows

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

My Christmas present givers helped remind me of a significant gift for foodies in the kitchen: a kitchen aid stand mixer! We promptly broke it out of its box and made fluffy eggnog with it. Good mixer. In a moment of divine food blog inspiration, Michelle at Accidental Scientist made a batch of Christmas marshmallows- [...]

Gifts for Foodies, part IV

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

I’ve really enjoyed creating t-shirts in my Cafe Press store. My t-shirt making obsession started out with making fun of co-workers taking the elevator up one flight (while holding sacks of fast-food). It’s a great outlet for fun ideas, and doodles too! Sweets came up with this newest t-shirt slogan, I crave the cook and [...]

Cu-tea, Tea Forte

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

In the category of cute packaging… Tea Forte. I always enjoy reviewing re-designs of common objects. Tea bags are a definite common everyday object in my household. We toggle back and forth between using loose tea and using bags. However, I don’t consider myself to be at odds with the design of the common tea [...]


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