This past weekend we took a family trip to St. Louis to see the Forest Park Balloon Glow but while I was there I absolutely HAD to make a stop in my favorite store, Crate & Barrel. This place is like Disneyland for Foodies. While I would agree with some critics who say the merchandise is over-priced, there’s also some fantastic buys to be found. When you’re looking for food props, simple and affordable are two words that are your best friend. Both can be found at Crate & Barrel! Most dishes I buy are less than $5, some even as low as $2.
Baking Illustrated cookbook – Ever since I started getting the Cooking Illustrated magazines in the mail, I just knew I had to get this cookbook for baking. Cooking Illustrated is a trusted resource for all things food and while it may not be pimped out with gorgeous food photography, it is packed with tried and true recipes that are a great starting point for your own baked goods.
Farmhouse Wood Salad Paddles – While they’re designed for scooping up portions of salad or pasta, they’re also perfectly sized for displaying photos of small salads or desserts. I’m glad I picked these out but I’m really bummed I didn’t pay attention when I bought them. They’re suppose to be a set of 2 for $19.95 but the cashier charged me $19.95 for each paddle resulting in a double-charge that would cost me more in gas driving 100 miles back to St. Louis to get the refund.
Mini Whisk - Aside from being totally adorable, this mini whisk does actual serve a purpose. There are times I find myself with need to whisk just a single egg or a little cornstarch and broth. Neither of those require a regular whisk but the mini whisk is ideal for the small job.
Lots of White Plates – I bought both the Round and Square Mercer Appetizer Plates because you just never know which shape with make an appetizer or dessert really stand out. At less than $3 each, you can afford to get both. I also found a larger white appetizer plate for less than $2.