For July, I opted to trim the excess by narrowing my morsels of love to the Top Ten. While I certainly experienced more treasures throughout the month, ten seemed to be a reasonable amount to share. I hope you will enjoy these favorites and find a few of your own from the mix:
- Lucas & Lewellan Vineyard 2011 Riesling: I am fortunate to have a generous mother who shared her birthday present from my brother, which was a 3-month membership to The California Wine Club. This particular club is unique in the fact that the wine comes from small wineries. To be completely truthful, I enjoyed each of the red and white wines that arrived over the past 3 months, but for me, the Riesling stood above the rest. It was a refreshing white wine touched with both sweetness and a scoach of tartness. Along with endorsing the Riesling, I also recommend the wine club as a gift for yourself or your loved ones.
- All Clad Stainless Steel 3-Quart Cassoulet with Lid: Thanks to my Uncle Bill and a wonderful dinner party together, I was afforded the opportunity to make beef bourguignon for the first time in this incredibly beautiful and durable cookware. The cassoulet allowed everything to brown and cook so evenly that the dish turned out to be a snap. This cookware tends to be pricey, but if you enjoy the act of cooking and do it frequently, I believe it is a worthy investment.
- The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread: If you have been following me this month, you would probably have guessed this book would make the top ten morsels of love for July. I regularly referenced this tome of fine artisanal bread baking throughout the month. Also, it was the inspiration to kick off my new Artisanal Bread Series.
- Breadtopia: I happened upon this appealing website one evening when I was looking for some clever quotes about bread. Throughout the site, I discovered so much more. They offer scores of information about bread baking in a welcoming and accessible way. Also, they include videos, which test different products and present non-biased results.
- The Art of Bread Community on Google+: I have met some fabulous teachers who freely offer their insights and experience about the art and science of bread making through this Google + community. This group speaks in formulas and bread terminology and feeds my curiosities about artisanal bread baking.
- Martin Shervington andChef Dennis Littley from Google+: Chef Dennis Littley is a generous food blogger who regularly provides free lectures on improving your blog (he is definitely a person to connect with on Google + if you are a blogger). A couple weeks ago, he invited Martin Shervington to speak on the best uses of Google+. Since his lecture, I have spent most of my social media time on Google + and have enjoyed it more than the other options (except, of course, pinterest).
- Fox point Seasoning from Penzey’s Spices: Thanks again to my Uncle Bill who shared his bounty of spices, which included this savory onion/garlic blend. He was happy to part with the seasoning, because he has so many spices that he could open his own store.
- Homemade Fudge Sauce: This was a treat my Aunt Marion made for the July birthdays in our family. We loved it so much my mother replicated it a week later and I reproduced it the following week. The recipe is as follows:
- Silk Road Fair Trade Market red stained bamboo salad serving set: The other day, I was feeling a bit antsy, so I took an hour-long road trip north to the bucolic town of New Wilmington. This small town is known for Amish farms and Westminster College. Upon driving through the main roadway of town, I immediately spied the Silk Road shop. Since I am a fan of fair trade markets, I was instantly drawn to the beautiful wares of the store. The bamboo salad server with accoutred bowls popped out as a lovely addition to a household collection.
- Vistaprint marketing and business materials: I have been using Vistaprint since I started the blog 1 1/2 years ago. However, I purchased some Vistaprint goodies this month to further spread the word about The Word Magician’s Kitchen. These items included magnetic signs for my car and some promotional pens. The advertising is already working, because various people have stopped me to ask me about my blog after reading the signs on the car. Vistaprint is an affordable resource for any business’s promotional needs.
*The Bread Baker’s Apprentice image from At The Very Yeast
*Fox Point image fromGift Giving Guy
*Fudge recipe image from How Sweet Eats
*Car image created by The Word Magician