Peacock Salt Cellars, Pink Salt and a Picnic
Today we are going to break down the perfect gourmet picnic into four basic parts. Keep these simple ingredients on hand and some beautiful Vagabond House pieces at the ready and you will be prepped to host guests at a moment's notice.
The four categories are: Nuts, Cheese (Protein)
Unique Condiment (...like the lavender honey butter below...)
Gourmet Sugar and Salt (Cheaper than gourmet anything else!)
Fresh and Hot Main Carb (Can make or purchase)
The beauty of this little system is that the first three items can be kept on hand, while the fresh and warm carb makes the meal seem completely thought out and requiring hours upon hours of prep. Let's start with the easiest one though:
Hello acorns! Of course, acorns are fun, but take quite a bit of prep to actually eat. Try almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios. Buy in bulk at your grocery store for the hands-down BEST price. Of course, when you are ready to serve them, there is simply no better way than in the Squirrel Cracker Nut Bowl. Isn't he charming?
displayed on a beautiful Vagabond House serving piece. Cheddar would look like a million bucks on this plate!
when pouring the butter from the dispenser. However, I love the look of them so much that I leave them in. To each his own!
Also note that this mixture is best used freshly made. The mix will solidify back into a butter-like state and becomes difficult to pour if it is left to sit. Think pan-gravy that needs to be used right away and not saved.
See that little bit of red? That is gel food coloring and it is STRONG. The colors are super intense and a teensy tiny bit goes a long, long way. I got a pack of Wilton gels about a year ago and I have barely made a dent in them. Simply take the food coloring and pick a nice LARGE grain rock salt.(There are giant boxes for just a few bucks -- kosher salt it about as small as I like to go -- I like the CRUNCH of salt.)
Simply stir the gel in and allow the color to turn the entire bowl pink! Start with the smallest amount you can get on a spoon, then add more if you want a darker pink. You can dye sugar the same way -- try sanding sugar for large "chunks".
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