Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Night Football Recipes

Football season is in full effect and we hope that whatever team you are rooting for is playing well this year!  We of course are rooting for the snacks that are associated with football.  Just because it is a Monday night, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same goodies you enjoy during the weekend games.  Here are a few family friendly recipes you can enjoy on a Monday evening while watching the game.

Buffalo Wings - makes 2 dozen
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Season chicken with salt and pepper
  2. Toss wings in 1/2 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Bake 20 minutes.  Turn wings and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.  Finish under a medium-high broiler for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss cooked wings with 1/2 cup warmed Buffalo Wing Sauce until generously coated.
  4. Serve on a large platter with celery sticks and dressing.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches - serves 6-8
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Rub salt & pepper onto the pork.  Heat vegetable oil in a heavy ovenproof cooking pot that has a lit over medium-high heat.
  3. With the lid off, brown the roast on all sides.  Drain off all but 2 Tablespoons of fat and pour the jar of Simmering Sauce over the pork.
  4. Cover pot and back 2 1/2 to 3 hours until pork can easily be pulled apart with a fork.
  5. Spoon sauce over the roast meat several times during baking.
  6. Remove roast from pot, pull pork apart removing any fat.  Add pulled pork back into the pot with the leftover sauce and stir.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Behind the Scenes: A look at how we create our detailed labels

Back in 1991, when Jim and Jonathan headed to their first Farmers' Market in Portsmouth, NH to sell their first jars of jams and marmalade they spent hours hand writing all of the labels the night before.  Now, more than 20 years later our labels are still created in a similar fashion; at least the first one is before going to print.

The process of creating our labels is not nearly as simple as it appears when you're looking at in on the shelf in your local store. Have you ever really looked closely at the beautiful images found on our labels?  Those are hand sketched by our extremely talented Senior Graphic Designer, Melissa.  Not only does she hand sketch each botanical on our labels, she also helps to paint a lot of the packaging you see in the stores, such as the wraps you see on our candles.

Yes, these are ALL hand painted!

And the product name you see?  Those are all still hand written by owner and founder, Jonathan.  If you look closely at our products you'll notice that they are not all exactly the same.  He obviously no longer writes each and every one, but he does write the first version which is then transferred onto the labels for design and printing.

When a new product is approved for production (you can read about our approval process here) Melissa gets started on any botanical that will be on the label, while Jonathan gets to work writing out a few versions to pick from.

Melissa sketching a botanical that will go on one of our new products launched in January 2013

This botanical will go on a label, often as an accent behind the product name, or on the side panel.
Jonathan submits a few versions of each product and selects which one should go on the packaging

Here is an example of a completed label.  Notice the beautiful image in the background, and the hand written text.

As mentioned previously, a lot of our packaging is also hand painted as well;

Using real fruit as a guide, Melissa was able to create this fantastic packaging that is currently being used for our Toast and Jam Gift.

Final Product

It is always amazing to see the time and effort that goes into each and every product we place on our shelves and we are lucky to have such an amazing team that pulls together each detail necessary for the final product.  Next time you are enjoying our product, be sure to take a close look and enjoy the small details along with the quality taste.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Add a Touch of Halloween Spook to your Traditional Fall D├ęcor

Although Halloween is known to revolve around dressing up in crazy costumes and trick-or-treating, there are several ways that you can get into the spirit of the holiday without breaking out the face paint and pumpkin carving kit!   Here are a few decorations we like to incorporate into our traditional fall decor during Halloween.

We love adding subtle, spooky decorations such as these wire spiders
This pumpkin stand turns a normal pumpkin into a fun decoration and involves no carving.

Add a scary touch to your everyday place settings
Welcome your your guests into your house with a seasonal decorative door mat.
For more fun ideas, treats and recipes for Halloween, please visit our website.