The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Home Cook? Let Them Learn.

The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Home Cook? Let Them Learn.

It can be tough to find the perfect gift for a foodie friend. Try forgoing the standard gift basket and giving a unique and lasting gift such as a cooking class. Here are several excellent choices for breadbaking, cheesemaking and even homebrewing experiences that are sure to improve that foodie friend’s skills in and around the kitchen:

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Meet the Maker: Fiona Blunden, Gilder

Meet the Maker: Fiona Blunden, Gilder

Light streams in from a bank of windows at the Blunden Gilding Studio and the overhead spotlights make the gold gleam on a recently finished mirror, while a round, grand frame sits nearby waiting to be restored. The studio, home of the gilder, Fiona Blunden, is filled with the tools of her craft, an ancient profession with techniques dating before the Middle Ages. A dozen jars are filled with brushes of every size and interesting items (like an agate tipped burnishing tool and gilder’s pad) lie on the table. The art of gilding involves the process of applying gold leaf to surfaces to create a thin coating of gold, which is a laborious process that Blunden has mastered over many years.

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The Nation’s Best American Made Pop-Up Markets

The Nation’s Best American Made Pop-Up Markets

Across the country, the appearance of “pop-up markets,” essentially temporary retail events combining product and food sales, entertainment and demonstrations, is becoming commonplace. Several of the best markets have gained notoriety for their excellent selection of brands focusing on the highest quality American made products.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Reviving Foot Stomping Folk Music From Days of Old

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Reviving Foot Stomping Folk Music From Days of Old

he music and vocals of the Carolina Chocolate Drops evoke another era with timeless tunes performed with boundless passion and energy. The traditional African-American string band revisits early Southern music of the ‘20s and ‘30s, returning to time-honored songs like “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Trouble in Your Mind.” They also transform contemporary songs into string arrangements, like Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style” and Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose.”

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In the Raw: Premium Denim Brands on The Rise

In the Raw: Premium Denim Brands on The Rise

In the past decade, demand has grown significantly for premium quality denim products which are more durable and heavier than standard denim products. The terms raw denim and selvedge denim have become commonplace – raw (or dry) denim referring to denim that is not washed after being dyed, and selvedge denim referring to denim that is woven on traditional shuttle looms with finished, fray-resistant ends. Both are prized for their long-term durability and lower environmental impact.

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