From peppy lime to refined olive, I’ve never met a green that I didn’t like. But these days it seems like I can’t swipe an inch across my feed without seeing herbaceous dining rooms, kitchen cabinets, boudoirs, feature ceilings – even tool boxes (?). While sage (Salvia officinalis) has long been valued for its earthy taste and medicinal properties, sage green is the official vibe of 2021 in my opinion.
“Sage green is reminiscent of the farmers’ markets in spring, when all leaf products are finally back in season,” says the designer and interior designer Anna Brettschneider. “It’s a muted green with gray undertones, somewhere between cool mint and warm moss.” According to Brettschneider, it is a color that we naturally associate with nature. Sage also comes into the house for dinner – in the form of funky pepper mills and fancy pans and pretty placemats. Especially during the pandemic, “we want to feel more connected to nature,” she explains. “It also makes aesthetic sense to reflect the ingredients you cook with throughout the kitchen.”
Sowden salt and pepper mill
Keep calm and keep turning. This minimalist grinder is made of stainless steel and has an adjustable grinding degree.
Colors play a huge role in the way we interpret the world around us. When we were all walking barefoot and roaming a monolithic piece of earth, different colors helped us identify two very important things: food and mate (it was an easier time). Colors have a psychological effect on us through their saturation, brightness and hue, explains Sally Augustin, PhD, environmental psychologist and director of Illinois-based Design With Science, a consulting firm that applies research-based knowledge to space and object design. “We form cultural associations with color families that have a common name – for example, we associate blues with credibility and trustworthiness,” she says. Sage green, on the other hand, is “very relaxing for us to look at”. It is the chromatic answer to these times.
“Color is very important to us,” explains Our Place co-founder Shiza Shahid. “We use it to honor the rituals that have nourished us over the centuries.” The sage-colored release of their Instagram-famous Always Pan celebrates the eponymous herb for its spread in kitchens and culinary traditions around the world. “Sage green also symbolizes sustainability and the health of the earth we share – something that is very important to us,” says Shahid. For the Food52 crockery buyer, Casey Simring, their literal job is to ponder colors and textures all day and make sure a product lives up to the team’s “less is more” motto. And sage green, she says, is a popular shade that plays well with neutral colors. “When you see such soft, inviting green, it’s hard not to think about freshness,” explains Simring. “After the last year and a half, I think everyone is now looking for that fresh feeling.”
The Russian doll of the cooking utensils, this pan, the steam basket and the beech wood spatula nestle under a pretty sage dome.
A quick way to bring sage green into your kitchen is with a coat of paint (in a shade like the atmospheric name “Endless Day” or “Country Spring”). “That can mean removing all cabinet doors and splattering them with paint, or simply painting a few walls in your room with a fresh coat of paint,” advises Brettschneider. If you (or your landlord) are afraid of painting, think small and add pops of color over your dishes. Placemats, for example, “are a great way to bring color and style to your table without using a full dinner set or accent wall in the dining room,” agrees Simring. Remember, Brettschneider makes sure to tie everything together with accent colors like soft terracotta, acid yellow, and bright orange. Just like the herb, sage green likes to be the star of the show – or it takes a cool and calm fade into the background.
If you really want to get involved, as they say, my colleague and resident BA systems expert Joseph Hernandez Reluctantly admits that sage is one of the easier herbs to grow at home. “So ….. I really hate growing herbs indoors because they’re not ‘easy’ as everyone says; they have a short lifespan and death wishes (look at you basil), ”he explains of Slack. “But sage is quite fertile and hearty.” Not to forget, delicious! A fully grown sage plant will reward you with plenty of aromatic leaves for buttery soft tortellini, golden parathas and all tostadas.
Uashmama Essential placemats 4-pack
These Perfetto placemats are made in Italy from wax-coated paper, which means they are splash and stain resistant and just need to be quickly wiped off after each use.
A good DO is something that you will use for a lifetime; Cooking bread, pasta, stews and braised beef. With its ceramic coating, it is also ultra-non-stick (bless!).
Stojo 16oz collapsible coffee mug
Fill it with wine! Hot coffee! Icetea! Fold, stow, and repeat.
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The 7 best kitchen offers for early Amazon Prime Day 2021 that Bon Appétit editors want
Like Christmas and my mom’s praise, Amazon Prime Day only comes once a year. While it doesn’t technically start until Monday, we’ve rounded up the best early Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals to buy right now. If you’ve been waiting for a Mondo sale to buy this Le Creuset or replace your age-old kitchen tongs, get them early before the hordes sink (these lightning deals go faster than Jeff Bezos’ space rocket). Amazon Prime Day begins June 21st at midnight PST and lasts for 48 hours. So if you’re not a Prime member, log in here and check back on Monday as we continue to reveal the best kitchen deals.
In the eternal words of Sisqo, “pliers pliers pliers”, so to speak. Save 55% on this 9-inch set (Test Kitchen Director Chris Morocco’s preferred plier length) and 12-inch silicone-tipped pliers. This is a lightning deal so act fast!
Silicone and stainless steel pliers – pack of 2
Perhaps the best early Amazon Prime Day 2021 deal of them all is this 3.5 quart Le Creuset sauté pan, now 40% off. Not quite as deep as Le Creuset’s iconic Dutch Oven, the sauté pan has a wide base ideal for browning and braising, and its sloping sides allow you to really get into corners with a whisk or spoon.
Le Creuset sauté pan in enamelled cast iron (3.5 qt.)
In 2017, we boldly claimed that a fish spatula was the only spatula you need, and we stand by it. Tender enough for top pancakes but sturdy enough to turn a burger, a fish spatula is a versatile kitchen tool that every amateur cook needs. Save over 50% on this Amazon Prime Day.
Stainless steel fish spatula
With this 24-piece glass food storage set (now 40% off) you are well on the way to getting single-use plastics out of your kitchen.
Bayco 24-Piece Glass Storage Food Containers
Did the lack of a springform pan stop you from making a Basque roasted cheesecake? Your time is now.
9 inch spring pan cake pan
Save this beautiful stainless steel kettle for my princesses.
Electric kettle with gooseneck made of stainless steel
If, like digital editor-in-chief Amanda Shapiro, you’re a virgin who loves a good system, stock up on these wire storage baskets, currently 32% off.
Wire Storage Baskets – Pack of 4
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A dish that your guests will love … and a backup just in case
Welcome to You’ve Got Time for This, a column where Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Dawn Davis highlights recipes from our archives that are delicious, easily accessible, and work every time.
I’m here to rave about a dish from the BA archives that pays off with minimal fuss, but first let me tell you about one dinner that the party went wrong.
When my friend Greg graduated from law school, it was time for a party. I reached out to Second Helpings at Union Square Cafe because the main courses are consistently tasty and foolproof, if admittedly a bit complicated. I chose the Indian bouillabaisse, monkfish and shellfish, cooked in a fragrant broth with accents of cardamom, coriander seeds and fenugreek flowered in mustard oil. As a starter, I served a hearty lentil and celery salad that I thought could serve as a main course should a dinner guest be allergic to shellfish. What could go wrong?
Much. One of Greg’s friends, let’s call her Madeleine, was not only allergic to shellfish but also to lentils. As for dinner parties, it’s been an embarrassing bankruptcy. I didn’t know how to turn at the time, so it was up to Madeleine to save the day. She was always polite and pretended to have had a late lunch. I could hear her stomach growling with hunger.
Since that day I’ve always been asking if anyone has allergies and I always have a backup plan that I had to use this weekend.
I had a dinner party on Friday and chose another shellfish recipe: Chris Morocco’s chile lime clams with tomato and grilled bread. This dish is over the top delicious and is refined with restaurant-grade butter and sambal oelek, a chilli paste that adds flavor, but in this case not much spiciness. With autumn hues, this dish is gorgeous, especially with a touch of red onion (which I used in addition to the shallots called for in the recipe) and brightly colored cherry tomatoes. The pan goes straight to the direct heat of a grill, although you can use your stovetop instead. Everyone loved it so much that we tried hard to get that little bit of leftover in the pan. (If you like mussels, I highly recommend.)
I did notice, however, that a friend was eating around the clams and opted for the chickpeas, jam, caramelized onions, and grilled bread instead. I had asked before; She wasn’t allergic to shellfish. So what was the problem? Coriander, with which the dish is ready.
Instead of panicking, I turned to my choice this time: Fridge-Dive Pesto Pasta. It’s great for an impromptu Plan B because, as the name suggests, you can make it with “any leftover hardy greens, lettuce, or herb that you don’t know what to do with.” I had fresh arugula and basil and some wilted escarole and parsley on hand, although I suspect it hardly matters because it’s the sesame seeds I toasted in the pan while the greens cook and the ricotta salad that makes it memorable. (Ricotta may not be a pantry, but it takes a while, good enough to have on hand.) Twenty minutes later the pasta was ready and this time no one went hungry. So if a surprising allergy or aversion shows up, don’t panic – open another bottle of wine and bring your water to a boil.
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When it’s too hot to cook, I turn to my Royal Gourmet Flat Top Grill
This is highly recommended, a column that explores what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now.
Like yesterday and the day before yesterday, it is almost 100 degrees in Austin, so hot that I feel like a melting figure in a Dali painting. Should I heat my pan or my oven? Prepare an ambitious recipe? Give me a call in November when autumn does begin in Texas and my mood can no longer be described as “sweating”. That’s why my Royal Gourmet Flat-Top Grill was my savior this summer. Dinner is ready in the time it takes to chop a broccoli, and the only tools for cleaning are a bottle of water and a spatula. It perfectly delivers a Hong Kong street vendor’s wok-Hei and, more importantly, it brings me back to my ultimate childhood comfort food: food court take-out from Sarku Japan, a teppanyaki chain that sells almost exclusively in malls all of America can be found.
In the sprawling suburbs of Cypress, Texas, northwest of Houston, summers are best described by their duality – the Gulf Coast heat (demonstrated by the Texan Neapolitan, sunburned on top, pale in the middle, with a distinctive Old Navy flip-flop -Tan on the bottom) and the coolness of the mall where it’s always 65 degrees. The mall raised me when I was five years old walking around permanently sticky playgrounds up to my thirteenth year doing Forever 21. It’s in my DNA – even my prom was at the mall. And while some kids grew up with PB&J or Little Caesar’s Hot-N-Readys, I grew up on Sarku Japan. Every time I visited Willowbrook Mall, my mom and I shared a $ 5.69 styrofoam box of teriyaki chicken and beef, perfectly caramelized and piled high on rice and steamed vegetables. For an additional $ 1.79, we ventured to double our meat, but only after taking a free sample.
Now at home, the Royal Gourmet Grill challenges me to escape the rigidity of daily menu planning. Armed with a squirt bottle and a spatula, I reef. Whether it’s a smash burger, tacos al pastor or my favorite diner breakfast, the flat top makes it easy for me to just pop up without the pressure of perfection. No timers, no thermometers, just me and my mise en place are flowing. When the neighbors curiously perk up their heads to smell my teppanyaki, it’s time to toss the glaze on the meat, the sweet and savory varnish balanced by the pleasant familiarity of cabbage and rice .
Now that I’ve left my hometown, the nearest Sarku Japan is about a 30-minute drive away, in an unfamiliar mall that someone else raised but still has the best summer air conditioning this side of the Colorado River. A trip to the mall feels a little sad now. Some things, like low-rise jeans, are better left in the past. But thanks to my Royal Gourmet Grill, I can eat food court teppanyaki at any time. In a way, cooking Sarku Japan at home hits the same note as cooking a Cantonese recipe from my mother. It feels like a return to my legacy, a culture shaped by frappuccinos, soft pretzels and the Zumiez background music. Mall Food Court Teppanyaki is a part of me, and my backyard plancha is my homecoming.
Royal Gourmet flat grill
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