The other morning I had a dilemma - a dire need for a Bloody Mary (let's just say a new bar opened near my workplace and a friend and I vented for too long over whiskey and gingers) and brand new agate coasts from Uncommon Goods that I wanted to put to work. But, naturally, we were out of: fresh flowers for the weekend, tomato juice, and skewer supplies. We walked to the market (like usual), and snagged a bunch of local produce and flowers and the makings of a good skewer.
Back at home, I skewered and Ben crafted our cocktails. And then we sat down for the two minutes of time we get together with Ben's new rotation schedule and sipped Bloody Marys until it was time to get on with work, projects, and studying. I was happy to have the opportunity for a few minutes with Ben... and with my new coasters. I think I'm a coaster hoarder. We have a collection of wood coasters, thick agate coasters I found thrifting, and are in the market for some stone coasters to even out the natural coaster theme in the house. But when Uncommon Goods sent along these beautiful, vibrant, thin agate coasters, they trumped any slate or stone coasters I was looking for. They make a wonderful addition to the coffee table and are a great host for a morning Bloody Mary.
If you're looking for unique gifts, Uncommon Goods is a wonderful place. I was drooling over trinkets and pretty gifts, especially when shopping for my Mom's birthday in the past month (specifically their delicate pieces like these and these) on their website because I haven't seen most of their products before in other stores or local shops. Beyond the great selection, they're a wonderful company that treats their employees well, features many hand-made items that were created here in the U.S. by artists. I highly recommend taking a peek at their selection of items as you look forward to the holidays!
Tomato juice (we like V8 spicy or low-sodium)
1.5 oz Vodka (preferably local, like Crater Lake)
Skewers or toothpicks
Olympia Provisions Soppressata
Wedge of Tillamook Extra Sharp White Cheddar
Wet the edge of a tall glass with the juice from a slice of lemon (or water). Rim the glass with a mixture of sea salt, paprika and cumin (to taste).
Add ice to your glass. Pour in 1.5 oz of vodka, a squirt of sriracha, a pea sized amount of horseradish, 1/4 tsp of worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of lemon. Grind in a bit of pepper. Add ice.
Skewers should be crafted with a nod to all of your favorite things - love cheese? Stack some gouda, cheddar, and a mozzarella ball on your skewer. Cured meats fiend? Fry up some bacon and layer that skewer with thick sliced salami, soppressata, and a rolled up piece of prosciutto. Pickle freak? How about Kosher snack'ems (dill, of course), a pickled onion, pepperoncini, and green olives! Have at it. For our skewer, we used a wedge of local cheese, some local soppressata, pickles, and olives.
*The perfect Bloody Mary is all about your tastes! If you hate spicy, nix the sriracha and decrease the amount of horseradish and add more lemon and worcestershire. If you're not a sodium fan, get the low sodium tomato juice and don't rim your glass.