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December 13, 2013

A few of our favorite things: The Queen’s online gift guide for the foodie in your life!

by Crystal Cook

Gift Collage

(Gift descriptions, clockwise)

1. Pineapple Beverage Dispenser $68.00: If you grew up in the south like I did, then you know that pineapples are THE symbol of southern hospitality. In fact, my mom had more pineapple decor than any one woman should ever have. This pineapple beverage dispenser from Anthropologie, reminds me of my childhood and is perfect for some sweet tea or lemonade!

2. 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set $39.95: Contain yourself if you can! This 10-piece glass set from Williams Sonoma is my favorite! Simple, beautiful and functional, they’re very useful for preparing your mise en place and for storing in small kitchens.

3. Charles Viancin Silicone Food Storage Lid Covers $7.95–$12.95: Plastic wrap be gone! I am in love with this silicone creation that provides an airtight seal, and works with any smooth-rimmed bowl or pot. Oh and did I mention it is dishwasher, microwave AND oven safe?!

4. Personalized Casserole Dish $54.00: The beauty of the casserole dish is its variety. Not just the ingredients you fill it with, but the shape, size, color or pattern of the dish. Go on, girl, get crazy—express yourself! With so many fun hues, sizes and shapes, even on the busiest of occasions or the dooziest of days, placing your meal in a sunny container can change your entire mood.

5. Dotty Match Potholders $12.00: They’re cute! They’re colorful! They’re comfy! And let’s face it… a girl can never have too many pot holders.

6. Jalapeño Corer $10.95: How many times have you removed the seeds from a jalapeño and then neglected to wash your hands before rubbing your eyes? It burns! Oh, how it burns! Never make that mistake again with this gadget gem!

7. Casserole Carriers $38.00: Made from amazing chevron-printed fabrics, these totes make for easy transport and real down-home appeal. They’re chic and sassy! Want to make one of your own? Check out our latest cookbook or this YouTube video and learn how to craft your own!

8. Scalloped Celebration Cake Stand $24.00–$38.00: You worked hard on that sweet treat, so show it off! From a cake to cupcakes, even a big pile of cookies, every day is a special occasion with these adorable stands.

9. The Casserole Queens Make-a-Meal Cookbook: Mix and Match 100 Casseroles, Salads, Sides, and Desserts & The Casserole Queens Cookbook: Put Some Lovin’ in Your Oven with 100 Easy One-Dish Recipes Come on, you knew these would make our list!

10. Custom Heirloom Silverware Jewelry, starting as low as $30.00: Order custom-made, or ready-to-wear one-of-a-kind pieces, from Elizabeth Lyons Designs this holiday season. These unique silverware-to-jewelry pieces make for a very special holiday gift and are so very culinary chic! (Hence the name!)

Happy shopping!

March 15, 2013

Hey NYC! Chefday will help make it a great day!

by Sandy Pollock

New Yorkers are some lucky dogs!

Crystal and I were introduced to a couple of great food entrepreneurs, Laurent Moïsi and Agathe Roncey, the last time we were in New York City. They, along with a great team, have started a company called Chefday


The concept of the business is a food delivery service where you receive all the ingredients you need to prepare a meal. The ingredients have all been neatly pre-measured, cleaned, and are pretty much ready to go into your dish. Other than some light chopping, dinner really is almost on the table. Chefday is a great service for people who want to participate in the preparation of the food they eat, but need it to be made simple, fresh, and fool-proof. I had a great time making and eating my dish, which was the Stir Fried Green Bean Vermicelli. It was easy to prepare and fresh, spicy, and super flavorful.

I also think it is super cool that they have a how-to video for every dish they offer: However; I only used the printed instructions and found them to be clear and easy to follow.

Keep up the great work and best of luck to everyone at Chefday. If you live in NYC, give them a try!

Delivery bag

Delivery bag


Ingredients: So cute!

How to

How to: Clear to understand and the online video provided was very easy to understand!

Time to eat!

Time to eat! Very very flavorful!

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