Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

We lean heavily on a few sources for much of our inspiration here at “Design Your Lifestyle”. One of those sources, the team at Design New Jersey, released their Great Gifts list for the 2017 holiday shopping season – and we love it!

The article, entitled “11 Great Gifts to Round Out Your List” (written by Marirose Krall), covers a lot of ground with a smartly selected group of 11 gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list this holiday season.

Do you have a friend who’s “the life of the party”? What about new parents, design hobbyists, wine lovers and gourmets? This single list from Design New Jersey has them all covered! Whether it’s Christmas shopping, Chanukah gifts, a “Friends-mas” get-together or a birthday that falls during the holiday season, Ms. Krall’s gift list will provide you thoughtful, stylish guidance!

We strongly encourage each of you to visit the Design New Jersey website and read the full article for yourself. As a way to whet your appetite, we’ve selected several of Ms. Krall’s “Great Gifts” for 2017 that we love the most.

Enjoy!

Our Favorites: Design New Jersey’s 2017 “Great Gifts”

1. EDGES Custom Cutlery’s Sommelier Collection

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

We’ve featured EDGES Custom Cutlery numerous times on our blog, so we were thrilled to see its inclusion on the Design New Jersey “Great Gifts” list. This list features the stunning Sommelier Collection, a set of stunning hand-crafted knives with handles made from the American White Oak of actual wine barrels.

The result is a world-class knife blade with a unique wood handle, and a backstory to share with its users for generations to come.

2. Decor Kitchen Appliances’ WineStation

The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)
The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)

From the Decor website:

The WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger. A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

3. Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse

Land of Nod's Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)
Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)

We adore this safari-influenced playhouse for the young ones in your life. Inspire the explorer in every child with this playhouse from Land of Nod, which features cotton canvas side panels that can be rolled up and secured. At 55″ tall and nearly 50″ in diameter, there’s plenty of room for little ones to play, imagination, and spot their favorite jungle animals!

Order The Perfect Pairing Knife in Time for The Holidays

Order The Perfect Pairing Knife in Time for The Holidays

The 2017 holiday season is nearly upon us, and the perfect paring knife is a wonderful gift option for the professional or casual chef in your life.

We’ve been touting the wonderful EDGES Custom Cutlery line for quite some time now, and with good reason. Edges Custom Cutlery is a line of cutlery developed by designer Anthony Michael Salerno and his father Peter Salerno (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer) to bring pro chefs and serious home chefs some of the finest performing ergonomic cutlery that can be offered.

EDGES Perfect paring knife

Since EDGES’ inception in 2015, the line of custom cutlery has been highly regarded by its buyers, as well as some highly notable chefs and kitchen artisans. One such review came from Mary A. Moulds, the Culinary Events Manager for Miele USA:

All I can is “Wow”! Where I am normally grabbing 5-6 different knives to do particular things in the kitchen, I was able  to call 3 knives my “go-to” for the evening. There was so much versatility and flexibility in these knives that served dual purposes for the novice or experienced chef.

EDGES Perfect paring knife

EDGES Custom Cutlery recently released a fleet of Perfect Paring Knives in time for the 2017 holiday season. These 4″ paring knives feature full tang construction and are entirely handmade by master knifemaker Aldo Bruno, with custom design by Anthony Michael Salerno.

Each knife is made to order, ensuring that your EDGES Perfect Paring Knife is truly one-of-a-kind, and unique to any other paring knife on the market. Each custom knife order comes with your choice of handle material, pin material, and color (if stabilized wood).

EDGES Perfect paring knife

In addition, each 4″ paring knife features an AEB-L stainless blade with satin finish. The liner material is Black Micarta.

This article features several of your options for EDGES’ Perfect Paring Knife this season, including olive and red stabilized wood handles and a gorgeous option featuring American White Oak taken from wine barrel staves.

For more information on ordering a custom EDGES Perfect Paring Knife, please visit the official EDGES Custom Cutlery store page, or call (201) 251-6608.

 

Artist Spotlight: “Man Cave” Pop Art + Paintings From Jason Cordero

Jason Cordero’s Sick Pop Art And “Dude Culture” Paintings

Attention, Man Cave Dwellers: We have your wall art.

"Just Put on the Glasses": original artwork from Jason Cordero.
“Just Put on the Glasses”: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

Jason Cordero is a pretty cool guy, and a good artist to boot. His current collection of pop art, wall paintings, and mixed media artwork (available for sale) is a pretty sweet collection for any fan of action movies, retro gaming, or just well-constructed eclectic paintings.

From Super Mario to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, fish tacos to one bad-ass owl, Cordero’s art is a tribute to “dude” pop culture. (Don’t take that to mean that it’s only for men – after all, we have a ton of love for our retro gamer and movie geek gals out there!)

Raccoon Super Mario: original artwork from Jason Cordero.
Raccoon Super Mario: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

Jason isn’t afraid to mix it up when it comes to finding the proper tools to ply his craft. Acrylics, markers, pencil, sugar spray paint, and meticulously cut stencils (some of which take 30-40 hours to create by hand) are some of the media Cordero utilizes to create his art. The resulting pieces manage to occupy the same “theme” visually while casting quite disparate imagery and textures.

From 8″x10″ to 30″x40″ stretched canvas, Cordero’s works range from modest to large in size and are functional in any “man cave”, rec room, or personal space.

"Owl Rising": original artwork from Jason Cordero.
“Owl Rising”: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

We love the idea of hanging Cordero’s work around an entertainment room against light neutral walls, letting the paintings “pop” out around your gaming center, home entertainment system or video game consoles.

Browse through our sample images of Jason Cordero’s eclectic, entertaining pop art, paintings and mixed media work, then click out to browse his gallery of items for sale.

 

Our Favorite New Custom Cutlery and Chef’s Knives – On Sale!

New Custom Cutlery and Chef’s Knives To Drool Over!

Whenever we here at Design Your Lifestyle are in search of the latest high-quality custom cutlery and chef’s knives (a few of us are pretty serious home chefs, after all), there’s only one place we turn. Sometimes, skipping the bigger brands in favor of artisan knives and cutlery pieces is the best way to assure you get the very best craftsmanship, attention to detail, and unique individual pieces to call your own.

Much like custom home design, there’s nothing better than having a set of knives you know are personal to you. Thanks to our trusted advisors at Buy Kitchen Knives, we’re always sure each knife we order is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by expert craftsmen, and of the highest quality.

EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!

The thing we like best about Buy Kitchen Knives’ selection is that each brand is proficient in small-batch custom cutlery. It’s also a one-stop cutlery shop for brands we love and trust like EDGES Custom Cutlery, Falls River Cutlery and AMS Knifeworks.

Also, all of Buy Kitchen Knives’ prices INCLUDE US shipping costs – no hidden add-ons!

With the new spring season of 2017 right around the corner, the staff at Buy Kitchen Knives contacted us directly and let us know about their Spring Blowout Sale. Some of their finest cutlery and custom knife pieces (many made within the last 1-2 months) are slashed in price to accommodate new stock entering their online storefront this spring.

In other words, it’s the BEST time to invest in custom cutlery for you, a loved one, or a professional or home chef in your life.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces in Buy Kitchen Knives’ Spring Sale stock!

Buy Kitchen Knives: Our Favorite Spring Sale 2017 Cutlery Pieces

EDGES Custom Cutlery – 8″ Chef and 4″ Paring “Prince Tribute” Set

EDGES Custom Cutlery 8" Chef and 4" Paring Knife Prince Tribute Set.

Crafted in honor of The Purple One’s life, music and passing, this Prince Tribute set features custom-made, one-of-a-kind 8″ chef’s and 4″ paring knives by EDGES Custom Cutlery. Priced down to move at just $700.00 combined, this handcrafted knife set is sleek, efficient and aesthetically beautiful.

Falls River Cutlery – 6″ Chef/Utility Knife

Falls River Cutlery 6" Chef/Utility Knife

From the trusted Falls River Cutlery collection, this unique 6″ custom knife piece is as versatile as it is effective. The 6″ design is slightly smaller than the average chef’s knife but still packs all the usefulness of its larger counterparts. By taking several inches off the classic Chef’s Knife design, this 6″ version provides far more utility and versatility in the kitchen, all for a price of just $200.00

EDGES Custom Cutlery – 8″ Chef’s Knife With Petite Handle

EDGES Custom Cutlery 6" Chef's Knife with Petite Handle

Those of us with smaller hands who love working in the kitchen know the struggle of finding a beautiful, strong 8″ chef’s knife with a handle that’s just a little too big or bulky for us. Enter the Petite Handle version of EDGES’ 8″ Chef’s Knife, with a smaller handle construction that still balances perfectly at the ricasso. A truly one-of-a-kind piece, this is a steal at $500.00.

Give The Christmas Gift of Custom Handcrafted Cutlery in 2016!

Click Here for Exclusive Christmas 2016 Custom Cutlery Deals!

For the serious home chef, restauranteur, fine chef, sommelier, or culinary arts expert in your life, there’s nothing quite like a handcrafted piece of custom cutlery. For our money, there is no better Christmas 2016 custom cutlery gift option than a piece of fine knifeware from EDGES Custom Cutlery.

The brainchild of designer and knifemaker Anthony Michael Salerno (AKTI, NKBA Member), EDGES is a state-of-the-art custom cutlery and knifeware line designed for the individual user in mind. Each piece of EDGES cutlery is handcrafted and made to order based on client specifications – ensuring that your piece of EDGES custom cutlery is wholly unique, never to be duplicated.

Yes, every piece in the EDGES custom cutlery line is made by hand!

EDGES Custom Cutlery is a line that brings pro chefs and serious home chefs some of the finest performing ergonomic cutlery that can be offered. EDGES is distributed in Wyckoff, NJ at Peter Salerno, Inc., and is available at BuyKitchenKnives.com.

Each of the knives pictured below (and on BuyKitchenKnives.com) is currently priced TO MOVE for the 2016 Christmas and holiday season. This includes the stunning, world-class Sommelier Collection, in which each piece uses genuine American White Oak from used wine barrel staves.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.
The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

Anthony designed these knives with three aspects in mind: Performance, Handling, and Looks. Each knife has its own distinct look and feel while remaining balanced, ergonomic, and light. All EDGES custom knives are perfectly balanced at the ricasso with contoured handles to ensure your knife feels like an extension of your hand.

Since its inception, EDGES has quickly established a reputation as a state-of-the-art balance of performance, handling, and looks. The ergonomic design of each custom EDGES cutlery piece is perfectly balanced at the ricasso with meticulously contoured handles.

The rest of the active EDGES custom cutlery line currently available for sale can be viewed (and purchased) at BuyKitchenKnives.com, the premier online source for custom-crafted knives, cutlery, and artwork – OR by contacting Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or via the contact form below.

Signature Series Acid Splash High Carbon Blade from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $750 (with custom leather pouch).
Signature Series Acid Splash High Carbon Blade from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $750 (with custom leather pouch).
Black and Blue Paring Knife from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $250.
Black and Blue Paring Knife from EDGES Custom Cutlery. Retail $250.
The Red Monarch, one of the debut knives in the EDGES custom cutlery collection from Peter Salerno Inc.!
The Red Monarch, one of the debut knives in the EDGES custom cutlery collection from Peter Salerno Inc.!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!

Chefs and Wine Lovers – This is YOUR Holiday 2016 Custom Cutlery Set!

The Perfect Custom Cutlery Set for Chefs and Wine Lovers

Yes, yes, we’re supposed to be impartial. But if you don’t purchase this custom cutlery set designed for lovers of fine wine soon, we will. (Without hesitation!)

The Sommelier Collection from EDGES Custom Cutlery is a limited edition series of custom cutlery, in which each knife handle is created from genuine American White Oak wood from used wine barrel staves. In other words, every handle of every knife in this custom cutlery collection was once part of a gorgeous, aged wine barrel.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.
The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

Think of the history of fine wine nestled and stained forever in the handles of these beautiful, unique pieces. Each knife carries inside its handle a rich history of wine making and craftsmanship, not to mention being cut from the finest American White Oak.

The Sommelier Collection arrives just in time for 2016 holiday shopping, and is the quintessential gift for wine lovers, professional chefs, home chefs, and sommeliers alike. The EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection includes 4″ paring knives, 6″ utility knives, and 8″ professional chef’s knives. These world-class cutlery pieces are available for individual purchase, or at a special price rate as a 3-piece knife set.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

EDGES Custom Cutlery is currently a proprietary brand of Peter Salerno Inc., enriching its status as a world-class mecca of custom craftsmanship. Since its inception, EDGES has quickly established a reputation as a state-of-the-art balance of performance, handling, and looks. The ergonomic design of each custom EDGES cutlery piece is perfectly balanced at the ricasso with meticulously contoured handles.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

After speaking with dozens of home-cooks and professional chefs, Anthony Michael Salerno, AKTI, NKBA Member, designed a collection of simple yet elegant designs for both the home kitchen and professional kitchen. Peter Salerno Inc. collaborated with Aldo Bruno (New Jersey Steel Baron) to use only the highest quality materials and ensure that each knife is hand-ground and hand-assembled right here in New Jersey to bring each client a truly custom piece by local knifemakers.

The EDGES cutlery Sommelier collection: the perfect 2016 holiday gift for chefs and wine lovers.

The rest of the active EDGES custom cutlery line currently available for sale can be viewed (and purchased) at BuyKitchenKnives.com, the premier online source for custom-crafted knives, cutlery, and artwork – OR by contacting Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or via the contact form below.