jonboy Balsamic Berry Caramels

Yum. Yes, you read that right, balsamic berry caramels. I always do a happy dance when these seasonal treats arrive from the local caramel maestros at jonboy. Made from raspberries & blackberries grown at Hayton and Sidhu Farms here in Washington State. Each caramel is lovingly wrapped, so a few of these are sweet added to a gift or added to a place setting for a tasty addition. The boxes the perfect size to fit in luggage to take as little gifts when traveling. 

A lovely, lovely July week-end to you all! T



The Gift of Hydrangea 

Flower Friday is about the gift of flowers. I have written about this before, and I for sure will many more times too. If your garden is plentiful, giving some of that bounty away to friends who are gardenless will be HUGELY appreciated. Our friend Peg grows a variety of hydrangea and keeps us well-stocked throughout the season and every time she brings me a new bundle I am happy beyond measure. The gift of flowers you grow yourself is like giving a part of yourself. Much like giving food you have cooked, which is I think is a majorly winning gift, as well. You will be thought of each time the recipient glances at the flowers, and in the case of hydrangea, that can be quite awhile, as they often dry beautifully once they are beyond their peak.



My Favorite Things Today

I have been out of commission since Saturday with a bum knee. Argh. Tons of icing and bed rest. Been missing all sorts of fun things being sidelined, so I enlisted the fab WK family to shoot some of the goods/vignettes that caught their eye. Today’s assortment is a collective effort with a big shout-out of thanks to them. Many things new, many things tried & true.



Les Gardettes Rosé

Wine Wednesday brings a new rosé to my ever-expanding roster of French varieties. My eye went right to that label, being a lover of all things crown related, which was the first thing that grabbed me. Our island grocer stocks wines both high & low, but there is always a heavy concentration of rosé this time of year under $20, which is hits the sweet spot for me for the beloved pink. So in the basket it went to be enjoyed for a dinner for two under the umbrellas on what has turned out to be a stupendous city and island July.

From the maker: Named after the two guardian towers of the castle, Les Gardettes is the entrance to the castle and to the Montfaucon range of wines. Concentrated in both color and flavor, the Les Gardettes rosé delivers a healthy dose of French relaxation just like good rosé should. This blend of Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache is a true rosé de saignée (French for “bleed”) where some of the wine is removed from the vat leaving a smaller amount of wine left to bleed with the skins which intensifies color, tannins and concentration. Les Gardettes is full of strawberry, peach and other stone fruit flavors supported by good acidity and freshness.



Saint-André with Candied Ginger or Pickled Figs

Saint-André is a French triple crème cow’s milk cheese, and is our ‘go to’ cheese if we are only serving one option. It is best left out for several hours before serving, as it softens beautifully and taking the chill off of it really opens up all the complex flavors. We often serve it with pieces of candied ginger as the combo is quite something. Recently we started stocking pickled figs at the shop and they are also a winning combo. Slices of baguette or a really good cracker are what we set out as the transporter for all that goodness.



Ted’s Tip No. 106

Sometimes your body, mind & spirit just need what I like to call a ‘nothing’ day. A day where you do nothing but relax, look at the water, look at the sky, the moon, the stars, the grass, a painting. Whatever puts your mind at ease. A time to have nothing scheduled and let time slip away.



A Sunday Thought



INNA jam/pickle/shrub at Watson Kennedy 

A well-stocked larder is such a pretty sight. Same goes for a shop shelf newly refreshed with a new shipment. Such is the case with our INNA goods. These have become “go to” tasty gifts for host/hostess treats. 

A little bit of background by this awesome company from Northern California that I am so proud to offer at WK: We make fresh, seasonal jams from organic fruit sourced within 150 miles of our Emeryville kitchen. By sourcing produce directly from local organic farmers we’re able to get the best possible fruit – fruit that’s picked ripe and is absolutely fresh. Our single-varietal jams are crafted so that each fruit varietal’s unique essence and natural subtleties shine through in bright flavors. A jar of jam contains fruit from a single source! We don’t mix fruit, we don’t add herbs, spices or flavorings – INNA jam tastes like the freshly picked fruit from which it was made, each jar a time capsule of flavor.



Hydrangea Happiness

Actually, make that MAJOR Hydrangea Happiness! My oh my, they are out in full force and are quite something. On our drive to the ferry to take us to the island, we pass one of the most breathtaking masses of hydrangea I have ever been lucky enough to set my eyes on. We have never stopped for me to take photos. The other evening we did. That might have been when you heard a holler of glee! Had to share some of them with you all on this Flower Friday. Hope all is well in your world and you are having just the best July. From Seattle. Big Hugs, Ted



Hand Braided Wicker Placemats at WK

The moment these were unpacked, I knew a pair had to come home. These hand braided wicker placemats are stylish and utilitarian all at the same time. Quite ample in size, so the utensils fit nice and comfortably on the mat, which can often be a challenge. They have a very versatile town as well as country vibe to them, which always rates high in my book.