Posts categorized as Gifts

We’re selling plants at the Ridgewood Market!

Plant Sale

Stop by and say hello this Sunday at Gottscheer Hall. We’re selling house plants in recycled cans. There are some great vendors this spring, check’m out.

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Mobile Shopping Boutique Coming To Rockaway!

End of the A

We recently caught up with Rockaway residents Beth Waytowich and Tara Mckiernan, co-owners and creators of  the End of the A Mobile Boutique. Yes, we’re talking about an on-wheels fashion boutique servicing the Rockaways! Here’s the scoop… Q: What was the inspiration for End Of The A Mobile Boutique? The inspiration for the name ‘End Of The A’ is Rockaway being the last stop of the A train. The idea for a mobile boutique stemmed from Tara and I wanting to turn our love for fashion and the beach into a business. Rockaway […]

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st. florence watching over the cocktail hour

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My sister made this amazing collage of my mother placidly watching over the food at our wedding, 4 years ago today. It’s surreal and awesome!

Nicole’s bridal Shower Wine Basket

Bridal Shower Wine Basket

Tomato reader Nicole, from San Jose California shared with us her Bridal Shower Wine Basket photos.  She came across our post “For the Newlyweds Who Love Wine – Bridal Shower Gift” and used it as inspiration for her own beautiful gift basket (pictured above). Nicole took it one step further adding wine glasses with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” painted on. I asked Nicole how she made the glasses… I used a Sharpie paint pen (medium tip), typed out the letters on the computer in the  font and size that I wanted, and […]

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gifts of food – the spring onion

ramp pesto

I woke up sleepily last Tuesday morning, opened the fridge to get milk for my coffee and noticed mini cute tupperwares.  A few blinks later, I saw they were filled with an interesting butter spread and pesto! Food surprises are  one of my favorite things.  As soon as I tasted ramp in the butter, I knew this was the tasty work of my friend Jen, and that The Forms had dropped the treats off in the middle of the night while working in our studio – like a food Santa Claus! I remember Jen telling me […]

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Sandy Stories: Pumpkin Bread

Rockway House

Time is passing here in Rockaway and we are moving forward. Our neighborhood is not where it was or where we hope it could be, but it is winter and spring will bring renewal. But we need the familiar, the normal, the comforts of before Sandy. In this spirit, after Thanksgiving had come and gone in the cold, I was reminded of what was always normal for me at this time of year — pumpkin bread. Every year I would bake all through November and create delicious, spicy, tasty pumpkin […]

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An unexpected gift

Cooking Pasta with Love

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am working from my companies disaster recovery site (not sure thats even the right terminology). The working environment is  different than what I am used to. I’m used to having a cube and only some slightly noisy neighbors (one being my brother Chris who has the office adjacent to my cube). Now, the set up is similar to a trading floor or a newsroom, where there are no dividers and just desks, everyone can see each other. As someone who used to […]

Sandy Stories: How To Eat Without Power (or Heat)

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  One of the things I missed in the weeks after Sandy — besides, heat, hot water and electricity, of course — was the ability to create a delicious meal. Mike and I were in the house for a time in the dark and cold but we still had to eat (although our appetite was diminished a bit due to stress and cold.) Our power was out, but we still had the gas stove to cook food and make coffee  All I had to do was turn the knob and […]

Cooking Class at Rustico

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To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband Mike signed me up for a cooking class at Rustico in Manhattan. I thought for a second that he was dissatisfied with the food I have been serving him, until he explained why he got it for me. “I thought it would be something different,” he said. No longer offended, I checked out the site to see what class I’d choose. I selected a holiday cookie class. We would make 6 Italian style cookies in less than 3 hours – something I […]

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The Gift of Food and Drink

Spice Gift

Of late, I’ve been into giving (and receiving) gifts of food and beverage. It’s a fun idea to consider this holiday season. Lets get the juices flowing… Wine, beer or alcohol: if you have a friend/family member that indulges in these pleasures, you just can’t go wrong with these gifts. Usually I pick up wine for 13 bucks or less, so receiving a fancy bottle is always a welcomed treat. Same goes for vodka, whiskey and other liquors. Peroni for your beer drinking paisans – so easy! I’m sure your friends […]

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