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Guide to the Holidays

Sauce Gift Guide: When money’s no object…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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Significant other always out-gift you? Never sure Mom knows just how much you appreciate all she does to keep you sane? We gotchu. When it’s time to spare no expense, order one of these gifts goals to put your money where your oh-so-grateful mouth is.

1. Farmbot
What’s better than giving someone a garden? Giving one they don’t have to tend. Farmbot is a farming machine operated by your phone that works day and night to plant, weed, water and grow food in a raised bed according to your preferences. It optimally cares for each plant, so you can grow a variety without having to remember all the details. Just harvest and eat!
$2,595. farmbot.io

2. June Intelligent Oven
If I told you there was a convection oven and computer in one that bakes, broils, toasts and roasts your food, and then sends you a push notification to let you know it’s done, would you want it? Same. A camera, a scale and presets mean she knows what you’re cooking and how to cook it without telling her a single thing. If that special someone has ever wanted a personal sous chef, here’s your chance to make their dream come true.
$1,500. juneoven.com

3. Wine Club Membership
Wine club memberships are the gift that keeps on giving. Every month, your loved one gets two thoughtfully selected bottles that fall in line with that month’s theme. Let the folks at Parker’s Table make you look like a star by gifting the perfect bottle again and again and again.
$360 to $900 per year. parkerstable.com

4. Staub Oval Cocette
What makes this particular Staub line seriously special is the eternally chic gold-and-white color combo. We love this size for searing then braising meats or even roasting a chicken. Yes, please.
5.75-quart: $325. shop.goop.com

5. Officine Gullo Professional Refrigerator
Made of handcrafted metal by artisans in Florence, this Lamborghini of refrigerators has a stainless-steel interior with wooden shelves and a temperature- and humidity-controlled wine cellar to keep your bottles in pristine condition. This is so much more than a machine to keep your food cold – it’s a work of art.
Price upon request. officinegullo.com

Meera Nagarajan is art director at Sauce Magazine. 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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These are the gifts for loved ones with unparalleled taste. If they appreciate the glaze on a plate while out to dinner or notice the beauty in patinaed hardware, they’ll adore these five presents almost as much as they do you.

1. De Buyer Swing Plus Mandolin
Know a type A cook? Chances are you do. Give them the tool to make perfectly sliced cucumbers and julienned carrots, and save them the Xanax they needn’t take.
$100.
 Williams Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com

2. Fiesta Napkins
For the aesthetically minded designer host, we suggest Kim Seybert Fiesta Napkins. Pretty enough to frame for display, they feature shibori-style dye patterns and a bold, patterned edge.
Four-pack: $64. Sallie Home, salliehome.com



3. Springerle Cookie Molds
St. Louis’ German-French history comes with cherished food traditions: rolling out strudel dough or baking Old World cookies like the delicate, anise-flavored Springerle. These holiday cookie molds will be cherished by the family baker.
Prices vary.
 Springerle Joy, springerlejoy.com

4. Culinary Torch
Not just for putting the finishing touches on creme brulee. Sear perfect steaks, bubble cheese on lasagna or caramelize, well, anything. This is a chef’s tool of luxury.
$56. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

5. Kate Walter Hand-Painted Bowls or Platters
Local artist Kate Walter is churning out botanically inspired pottery based on her love of gardening. Gift these to someone who will cherish them enough to pass them along for generations.

Prices vary. Houska Gallery, houska.com

Maggie Pearson is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Foodies are the best people to buy for. With so many great products out there, it’s easy to find something they don’t already have in their kitchens. These five gifts scream thoughtfulness without scary price tags.

1. Boska Girolle Cheese Curler
For 800 years – from the time Swiss monks invented Tête de Moine to the 1980s when the country that brought us engineering invented the girolle – people used whatever they had to scrape the delicious, semi-hard cheese into paper-thin slices. Boska’s girolle makes easy work of shaving Tête de Moine into delightful curlicues, releasing its nutty aroma and complex flavor.
$50. Larder & Cupboard, larderandcupboard.com

2. Olive Oil Straight from Sparta
The Chronis family of St. Louis owns an olive grove in Greece. They control everything from cultivating and cold-pressing the Kalamata olives to bottling and selling the resulting extra-virgin olive oil – now at a retail boutique in St. Louis. Pick up a bottle of the Olea Gold oil and a packet of Greek wild herbs for a dipping sauce of the gods.
Olive oil: $20. Herbs: $5. Olea Estates, oleaestates.com

3. Olive Wood Salt Box
Olive wood is as exotic and beautiful as it is hard and strong. It’s just what designer salt wants. With extraordinary, unique grain patterns, no two salt boxes are the same, making them the definition of a one-of-a-kind gift. And over time, the olive wood will take on a richer, darker, even more beautiful hue.
$50. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

4. Bubbly Liqueur Sets
Each set pairs a bottle of Italian sparkling wine with a liqueur for festive, bubbly cocktails perfect for holiday parties galore. Choose from four sets, including the classic Kir Royale made with crème de cassis and prosecco. Who doesn’t love bubbles?
$28 to $29. Vom Fass, vomfassusa.com

5. Bottle Snaps
When blacksmith Andrew Andrasko isn’t fabricating and forging large sculptures for parks, galleries and businesses, he can be found in his studio hammering out useful metal kitchen tools like ladles, spatulas, meat forks … and these cool bottle openers in three colors.
$28. NHB KnifeWorks, nhbknifeworks.com

Michael Renner is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who regularly pens New & Notable reviews

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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When your coffers are dwindling but you’re still obligated, here are five creative and clever gifts for food and drink lovers that won’t pain your bank account or show up as next year’s re-gift.

 

1. Missouri State Cookie Cutter & Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Food-based fiction is a special mix rarely executed well. Give both the book and a little Missouri love to the local baker in your life.
Book: $16. Left Bank Books, left-bank.com; Cookie cutter: $5. Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods, lemongem.com

2. Facture Goods Brass Spoons
Anyone could use these gorgeous, handmade brass spoons sized for a salt cellar, coffee stirrer or even serving dishes.
$18 to $22. Bowood Farms, bowoodfarms.com

3. “Hold Me Closer Tony Danza” Tumbler
Getting adequately caffeinated before one leaves the house is a task many of us fail on the daily. Gift this to the friend that needs coffee to live – all of your friends.
$14.50. Phoenix Rising, shopphoenixrising.com

4. Collin Garrity Stick Vases
Handmade from beautiful woods that stand up to time and wear, these dainty lil’ vases will give anyone’s table a unique organic beauty.
$8 to $24. Urban Matter, urbanmatterstl.com

5. Firecracker Press STL Coasters
With these thick letterpressed coasters, there’s zero chance Granny’s Manhattan will sweat its way through to her burled wood table.
Four-pack: $12. Union Studio, stlunionstudio.com

Maggie Pearson is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Holiday Hacks: Batch the booze and head to Austria

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Avoid playing bartender all night and choose one great cocktail or punch to serve alongside beer and wine. No time to batch? Planter’s House offers bottled Manhattans, Negronis and more, mixed and ready to go.

For the perfect bottle of wine, look to Austria, which is turning out some amazing medium-bodied, food-friendly reds perfect for the holidays. Sommelier Patricia Wamhoff of Lile Wines recommended Straka Blaufränkisch, available at Reeds American Table. 

“It has bright fruit flavors with good acidity and medium body. The tannins are moderate, and therefore it works well with a number of items from stuffing to the candied yams,” she said. “It’s a great crowd pleaser.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Whether you want to take your meal to the next level or need to win the it’s-not-a-competition potluck, sides like spiced carrots, roast broccoli and slow-cooker mashed potatoes have you covered.

1. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

2. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

3. Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

4. Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Rocking the kitchen choreography is only one part of great hospitality. Having something for everyone can be effortless with recipes like decadent kosher short ribs, vegetarian wild mushroom lasagna and vegan creamed spinach (the secret is silken tofu – no one needs to know). Bonus: all can be made up to two days ahead.

But even when you’re cooking all week, finding the time and space to make your dream menu can be a big problem. For a stress-free holiday, free up your stovetop and save that premium oven space with recipes like slow-cooker mashed potatoes and by using your grill (set to low) to keep dishes warm. You’ve got this.

1. Recipe: Hot and Fast Roast Turkey

2. Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish 

3. Recipe: Wild Mushroom Lasagna 

4. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

5. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

6. Recipe: Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

7. Recipe: Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Host smarter, not harder. Dessert is one of the easiest things to outsource for the holidays.

Pick up favorites like pecan pie from Sugaree Baking Co., or opt for classics reimagined by the elaborate French pastry wizards at Nathaniel Reid Bakery (like the ones pictured here).

If you’re on the fence of the great pie-cake debate, have it all with the Pake from La Patisserie Chouquette, a cake/pie hybrid that layers toasted buttercream between eggnog cheesecake, spice cake, pumpkin pie and bourbon-pecan pie.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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Friday, November 10th, 2017

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First impressions matter, but they don’t have to be painful. Pick just a couple show-stopping, low-effort appetizers and fill in the gaps with easy cocktail party fare like bruschetta and a charcuterie board so you can start big and still focus on killing it with the rest of the meal. These fast, simple snacks take minimal effort for maximum flavor.

Scatter your snacks in more than one place and dish them out in batches throughout the evening. Snack-designated gathering spots prevent bottlenecks in a crowded kitchen, and timing is everything if you want to keep your drinking guests from donning a lampshade because you ran out of food.

1. Recipe: Spiced Mixed Nuts

2. Recipe: Roasted Artichokes with Garlic Aioli

3. Recipe: Spicy Bacon Caramel Corn

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director.

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Guide to the Holidays 2016: Holiday Carryout

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

 

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Even when hosting a big rich holiday dinner, time is a luxury few can afford. Since there’s no shame in buying what the pros can do better, here are a few ideas to keep the hectic out of your holiday.

1. Fresh, bright and coppery oysters are a huge treat that wow guests with little effort.
Market price. Bob’s Seafood, 8660 Olive Blvd., 314.993.4844, University City, bobsseafoodstl.com

2. Local Harvest’s food case will be stocked with holiday classics from a new catering endeavor, Seed Sprout Spoon, this year. Opt for the caramelized cauliflower with walnuts and garlic – high roasting coaxes out a nice crunch.
3 pounds: $10. Local Harvest Grocery, 3137 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.865.5260, localharvestgrocery.com

3. Cannoli, those fried pastry shells stuffed with sweetened ricotta and rolled in chocolate chips, candied fruit or pistachios, are a hallmark of The Hill.
Prices vary. Missouri Baking Co., 2027 Edwards St., St. Louis, 314.773.6566

4. Sugaree’s rich and salty-sweet Momo Tarts are a local version of the famous Crack Pie from New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar, with a gooey butter cake-like consistency. The individual tarts mean no one has to share dessert.
$2.75 each. Sugaree Baking Co., 1242 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, 314.645.5496, sugareebaking.com

5. Smooth, buttery sweet potato casserole with a nutty, crunchy crust can take hours of prep, but the folks at Winslow’s Home have you covered. Order ahead to make sure you get enough.
2 pounds: $14. Winslow’s Home, 7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.725.7559, winslowshome.com

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