What to take to a Picnic // Sam I Am I Do
Want to have a simple, but delicious picnic?  It’s quite simple really.

Pack the following:

A thin and pretty blanket.

A great bottle of cava or rosé or both.

Lovely plastic glasses.

Beautiful cloth napkins.

Lots of nuts such as marcona almonds.

Fresh in-season fruit.

A crusty baguette.

A combination of cheeses, such as Good Thunder, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, and Bucheron.

Knives for spreading.

A nice tray to put everything on.

A cute shoes to slip off.



How To Cure Hiccups // Sam I Am I DoHiccups are a mysterious thing.  Most of the time, they seem to come out of no where.  A couple weeks ago, I was at a bar called The King’s Head in Portland, Maine, when a girl came down with the hiccups.  Like a medicine man, the bartender assured her he had the cure.  He shook out a several dashes of bitters into a glass; (enough to take one large sip), and then grabbed a lime wedge.  He told her to drink down the bitters, and then immediately suck on the lime wedge (which helped with the strong flavors).  The girl’s face was puckered in disgust, but she was instantly cured of the hiccups.  Crazy, right?



Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner Review // Sam I Am I DoI love wood, and have slowly grown a collection of utensils for my kitchen.  I use them everyday, but after a while they lose their luster.  To keep them in good shape, I like to use Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.  The conditioner is a combination of food-safe mineral oil for moisture, with beeswax and carnauba wax that acts as a protective sealant.

Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner Review // Sam I Am I Do

Wood Utensils before Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.

Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner Review // Sam I Am I Do

Applying the conditioner to the wood.

Conditioning my utensils is a  relaxing ritual that I try to do twice a year, while watching bad television (bad = really good). The process is really simple:

1.  Place the conditioner bottle in a bowl of hot water to help warm it up.  This allows the conditioner to seep deeper into the wood.

2.  Rub the conditioner with a rag in the direction of the grain, and let sit for at least twenty minutes.

3.  Using the same rag, buff the wood and wipe any excess conditioner off.

4.  Repeat if needed.

Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner Review // Sam I Am I Do

Wood utensils after using Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.

If your wood is looking a little weathered, I definitely recommend trying Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.  It breathes new life into your wood, richening the color, and protecting it for months to come.