Chocolate dipped Peanut Butter cookies with Pomegranate salt....

My schedule today is a bit maddening as I have appointment after appointment scheduled and with all the plans and priorities to keep, I have not utilized my time all that well the past 24 hours. So...I'm in need of a quick post today. And did I mention I'm hungry? I never eat well when I'm busy. And when I'm hungry, I want carbs and chocolate. Specifically anything made by teenage phenom, Izy Hassock. 

I love to check out Izy's food blog, Top With Cinnamon, to see what she's concocted next- and photographed so beautifully. These Chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies with pomegranate salt stopped me in my tracks as the flavor combo just sounded so good. I could easily eat a dozen in one sitting right now...

Check out her blog post to learn a few of her recipe tidbits which include how she came up with pomegranate salt, why she used oat flour and baking powder instead of baking soda. Every ingredient has a rhyme and a reason in Izy's world. She's a gem doing what she does at just 17. And luckily for blogs and social media, she can share her talent with all of us. See the entire post, here. 

 

Photos: Izy Hossack    Content: Sweet Peach


Brooks Reitz Shares His Favorites...

Brooks Reitz of Charleston, South Carolina has a good thing going. As the mastermind behind the Jack Rudy Cocktail Company, he has created a legion of avid fans across the country. His small batch tonics are incredibly good and his care for product quality and design is truly inspiring. Featured in the NY Times, Garden & Gun, GQ and Bon Appetit to name a few, Brooks was kind enough to take a little time to share his favorite Holiday Gift Picks with Sweet Peach. Thank you Brooks...

1. BILLYKIRK CARD CASE WITH SNAPS, $74. Billykirk, a collaboration between the very talented Bray brothers, has been around for quite some time. This wallet, which is the only one I carry to this day, is streamlined and thin. The leather has gotten softer and more supple with each passing day and it never fails to invoke a compliment. 

2. CREAM-NUT PEANUT BUTTER, $6.49. Surely peanut butter is one of the most widely consumed foods in our fair nation, but most brands are packed with all manner of terrible sugars, preservatives and chemicals. Cream-Nut is BY FAR the greatest peanut butter ever made. Crafted by the same family for over 80 years in Michigan, this stuff is so good, it's worth buying by the case. 

3. ROPE KNOT DOORSTOP BY THE-COMMONS, $45. The Commons, a brilliant pop up shop in Charleston, focuses on American made objects for the home. I recently picked up a doorstop made from nautical rope (in pic above) that I use as a paperweight. The cool thing is they used technical rope to give it a modern feel. I love it. 

4. CERAMIC ASHTRAY BY HOTEL SAINT CECILIA, $25. I don't smoke but on a recent trip to Austin for my girlfriend's birthday, I picked up this ceramic ashtray from Hotel Saint Cecilia. Liz Lambert, the owner, is one of the most exciting hoteliers in the nation, as this hotel is a dream. I use this ashtray atop my bedside table for change, my watch and other crap I accumulate each day. 

5. QUILTED FLEECE CPO JACKET, $275. David Mullen, the owner of Save Khaki, designs beautiful, understated clothing that is produced in the USA. His clothes are made for guys that like nice clothing but don't have a taste for too much trend or fluff- like me! This jacket is perfect for Charleston, where it never gets too cold. You can toss it on when you leave the house and it carries you through the day.  

As a big fan of Brooks' wares, I had to include some pics and links to his incredible creations, the Small Batch Tonic and the Small Batch Grenadine. You'll find these in stores across the US or on his site, here. They make an amazing holiday gift- made better when you can share it with friends and family on a cold, winter's night. Enjoy.