Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Us From Uncommon Goods: Great Gifts, A Giveaway, and a Delicious Apple Crostata

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway. Vickie Keller Hemphill who entered on Savoury Table's Facebook page is my winner. Congratulations Vickie!

Mr. H and I have just celebrated a big anniversary. It is hard to believe that the young, handsome man that I married and agreed to grow old with is still just as good looking as the day I met him.  Good thing for him that I have stayed that fresh young girl that he met all those years ago too (well, almost). Yeah sure, we both that a few scuffs on us but who wouldn't after all these years?

For our last milestone anniversary we took a weekend trip to Austin to see family and just hang out. We had planned to have a fancy schmancy dinner date but landed up sitting under the neon sign of Torchy's tacos with my son, niece, and nephew drinking margaritas and eating tacos. I wouldn't have had it any other way. One of our best anniversaries ever.

We didn't do anything big this year either, but something nice did happen to us in the form of a gift from Uncommon Goods. In case you aren't aware of this sight, it features unique jewelry, designer decor, tabletop and handcrafted gifts that are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Uncommon Goods makes it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Half of their merchandise is made by hand and most of it is made here in the USA. This site is definitely my new go to for those hard to shop for friends and family on my Christmas list.

I was invited by Uncommon Goods to have a look through their sight, choose something on them and see what I thought before passing their information on to you. I have to say, it took me literally hours browsing through their beautiful Anniversary Gifts collection to finally settle on a beautiful personalized vase to commemorate our big day. I love the handmade character of this vase, its whimsical design is a charming addition to our tabletop, especially when filled with roses from my garden.

I, of course, enjoyed browsing through their beautiful Anniversary Collection for our vase. If you are looking ahead and shopping for something different for the holidays, visit their unique Christmas gift collection. Looking for just a little something? Click here, for their great selection of stocking stuffers.  They've even got a great selection of gifts under $50. I think you are really going to love their site.

Since I want to include you in our celebration, I've got a beautiful little gift to give to one of my readers compliments of Uncommon Goods. Valued at $32, I have a pair of recycled glass, stemless wine glasses that will go to one lucky winner who will be randomly chosen from the comments below. All you have to do to enter is visit one of the clickable links above and tell me the name of the one item you would like to receive (other than these glasses or my vase, of course).

Leave your answer in the comment section of this blog or at Savoury Table's Facebook page, and I will randomly choose a winner on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. Be sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to someone else after 24 hours. Open to readers in the US only.

We hope to take a trip to a tropical location early next year, but until then it was a big steak dinner, a nice bottle of wine and a great dessert. Our starter and main course was up to someone else to prepare and clean up after, but the dessert was all up to me.

Since Mr. H is a huge apple pie lover, and I don't make them nearly enough for his liking, this anniversary I made him one of the best. Rustic and full of juicy apples, this apple crostata is not only easy to make but it is also delicious. This just may have to become an anniversary tradition.

Apple Crostata

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for garnish
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (4 ounces) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
3 tablespoons ice cold vodka or water
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 medium size apples (I used a combination of granny smith and honey crisp), peeled, cored and chopped into 1" cubes
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch allspice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Place flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture looks like cornmeal.

With the processor turned on, slowly add the vodka or water until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl and forms a ball.

Remove dough from the bowl of the processor. Form into a disc shape, wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Place apples, brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, allspice, flour and lemon juice in a medium size bowl. Mix well to completely combine. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove dough from the refrigerator and place on a well floured surface. Roll dough out to a 11" circle. Carefully transfer dough to a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Mound apple mixture in the center of the dough leaving about 2 - 3" of dough around the edge. Pull dough up towards the apple mixture and pleat to secure. Repeat until all of the dough is formed around the apples.

Brush dough with beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter.

Place into preheated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until it is golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream, sharp cheddar cheese or ice cold heavy cream poured over (an English favorite that I love) and enjoy.

Serves 6.

Uncommon Goods provided me with a product of my choosing from their website to review. All opinions provided here are my own. No monetary compensation was given in exchange for this post or my review.

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