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Good food deserves better: revenge of the ramekin

This post has nothing to with ramekins. It’s just that this is the fourth in a series of musings about artful dinnerware, and I’m running out of clever sequel titles.

If you’ve read the other three posts, you know the gist. If you’re going to entertain this holiday season – or anytime around the calendar – don’t serve your wonderful food on trash (i.e., disposable plates and aluminum pans). Conversely, if all you have time to prepare is a “pack of Nabs,” at least unwrap them and place them on a tea towel in a lovely basket. Make bad food look edible, and good food look superb by serving on Kentucky Crafted items for the kitchen and dinning room.

I’ve covered the basics like plates, mugs and casserole dishes, and now I’d like to get fancy. The following are not things that everyone needs. What you are about to experience covers two things important to holiday entertaining: wowing the cream cheese out of the people who come to your house and finding gift items for the gourmand who thinks he or she already has everything.

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For example, you’re never going to impress your wine aficionado friend with a bottle of wine, unless you’re a sommelier. Stop trying, and buy this fine wine caddy by Doug Haley. Made from maple, cherry or exotic woods, the caddy will hold bottles, glasses and even cheese and crackers or desserts.

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I know it’s not practical to buy kitchen gadgets that only do one thing, but sometimes a uni-tasker’s unique nature is a good conversation starter (i.e., guest impresser). Besides, Stone Fence Pottery’s garlic grater works up garlic and artfully presents oil emulsions for dipping – that’s one more task than a regular, old garlic press.

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Matthew Gaddie is a skilled ceramicist, but — I’m embarrassed to admit — I had no idea what this was when I first saw it at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.  I sort of thought it was a bird bath, maybe? That’s why these things are best left to the artists; this is actually a genius chip and dip or salad bowl, equipped to serve three different dressings or dips. This is the reason he was best of show in 2014, and I’m merely writing an article about his creations. Amazing, impressive, and no one else you know has one. Furthermore, you can get the ugly Wishbone and Ken’s Steakhouse dressing bottles off of your gorgeous table.

So that’s how you dazzle even the most ennui-ridden epicurean. Oh! I almost forgot; here’s an assortment of ramekins from Tater Knob Pottery in case you were feeling cheated by the title.

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Sarah Schmitt, arts access director 

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Tempt Your Senses: Taste

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas – Booth 165

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

Tea containers are attractive and made of recycled paper. Elmwood Inn promises to be “your cup of serenity.”

I can personally attest to the temptations imparted by the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. I am a coffee person, but in 2012 my nose followed the steam from steeping leaves all the way to their booth at the Market. If you follow the scent in 2013, you will not be disappointed. Elmwood offers several product lines including white, green and black teas, Ayurvedic blends, Oolongs, flavored teas, private labels, and herbals and infusions. Teas can be purchased loose or in sachets. If you’re new to tea culture and want to know how best to brew your new purchases, Elmwood also offers tea seminars and prints publications through their Benjamin Press book division.

Brownings Country Ham – Booth 159

Kentucky Proud vendor, Brownings Country Ham - Booth 159

Smoky, salty and farm-fresh, country ham is a Kentucky tradition best served on biscuits. Brownings sells those too.

When you taste country ham, the initial flavor is saltiness. But the best hams give you so much more. The year spent curing should leave the ham with flavors  only developed through age and atmosphere just like wine, fine cheeses and pickled vegetables. A good country ham should be “educated.” Since 1970, Brownings has offered hams, cuts and slices that don’t overwhelm the palate with salt, but are “just rich, wholesome, and cured to perfection.” If country ham is still not your thing, Brownings also cures premium bacons, which are wholly in fashion right now.

Cellar Door Chocolates – Booth 157

Cellar Door Chocolates

Meet the champagne truffle. It’s made of luxury, extravagance and chocolate.

I doubt that I need to try very hard to tempt readers with chocolate. Chocolate has long been associated with desire, decadence and even wantonness. Hold on to your seats, because Cellar Door takes the “the food of the gods” to a whole new level with flavor pairings that cannot be ignored or refused. Cayenne pepper, wasabi pea, imperial stout, licorice and green chile combine with cocoa to make delicious truffles and barks. The results are novel tastes that could only happen in a global economy and stimulating, ancient flavors from Mesoamerica.

Boone Creek Creamery – Booth 505

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Rhapsody En Bleu – what she lacks in beauty she makes up in good “taste.”

These cheeses are made old-world style, but the product is completely Kentucky – right down to the grass that the cows eat. And in this case, geography doesn’t limit variety. Boone Creek Creamery creates over 40 different varieties in season, including homages to Kentucky like wildcat blue, Kentucky Derby (infused with bourbon) and blackberry serenade (gruyere infused with blackberry wine).

Applecreek Orchards – Booth 507 

Applecreek Orchards

The “fruit” from this orchard can go on your sundae with flavors like bourbon caramel and amaretto fudge.

As you might expect, Applecreek Orchard offers sweet and sticky jams and preserves including blackberry, seedless red raspberry, strawberry, amaretto cherry, bourbon cherry and peach with maraschino cherries. However, they also produce tasty barbecue sauces, fruit butters, dessert toppings, marinades, salsas and relishes. Anything you make – sweet or savory – Applecreek Farms can make it a little better.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

Are your sense tempted, yet? For more peeks and previews, check out our titillating Pinterest board.

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