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Thank You Gifts for the Holiday Season



The holidays are upon us and it’s one my favorite times of the year. There is so much happening, but no matter how busy you may get, add saying thank you with a thoughtful gift for your host or hostess to your to-do list. We’ve put together some quick and easy thank you gift ideas so that are easy to mail or bring with you to a special party or dinner and show your appreciation and spread some holiday cheer.

Canning Strawberry Jam - Take 1

We’ve had a really great response to our Weck Jars. They have so many awesome uses (dry goods, storing asparagus, Ina’s Herbed Goat Cheese), but I decided to try my hand at canning and use them as initially intended. So I decided to make jam. It’s strawberry season. Strawberry jam is one of my favorites. I see posts and recipes for jam all over the place. My mom used to make jam - I never helped, but how hard could it be?

Introducing Farmhouse Pottery

Last summer, while on vacation in East Hampton, I was lucky enough to visit with Ina Garten in her home. I noticed a beautiful piece of pottery sitting out (everything in Ina’s home is beautiful!). I immediately grabbed it, turned it upside down, and saw the Farmhouse Pottery seal. I did some quick research on the company and knew right away that these pieces (and this company) were perfect for Cassandra’s Kitchen.

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Herbed Goat Cheese in a Weck Jar

Lately at Cassandra’s Kitchen, we spend every spare moment pouring over the recipes in Cooking for Jeffrey. The response to the book has been tremendous and we’ve done our best to stock cookware, tableware, and products that Ina uses and features in the book. This week we wanted to highlight the Weck Canning Jar that Ina uses for her Herbed Goat Cheese.

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New Barefoot Contessa Website

We’re so excited about the launch of Ina’s new Barefoot Contessa website. We knew it was in the works and we have been quietly anticipating the fresh new look, gorgeous photos and of course, her special shopping section featuring Cassandra’s Kitchen!!

 

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Back-to-School Lunches

Back To School! I think we’re all ready to get back into a routine. New clothes are hanging in the closet, school supplies are neat and tidy, and I’m super motivated to pack my kids healthy lunches that they will actually eat.

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New Year's Resolution - Pantry Organization

photo courtesy Amanda Hesser, Food52

We're highlighting our favorite New Year's resolution on the blog. Pantry Organization. It's a game changer. Photo: Amanda Hesser, Food52

Leftovers

Leftovers