This past week we had a fantastic opportunity to take over the Instagram of UncommonGoods, a company we have been fans of in the past and had previously had an opportunity to work with on some product promotions, which resulted in some great looking recipes and product photos that the folks at Uncommon really loved. Uncommongoods is a retailer that offers tons of unique artisan and designer items perfect for our sense of style and a company that is devoted to making a difference, be it via their commitment to sustainability or their commitment to providing an outlet for artists and craftsmen to bring their products to market. This post contains sponsored content brought to you by UncommonGoods. We received free products to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.
Taking over an Instagram feed other than ours was a first for us (and to be honest a little intimidating!) but with a chance to share our work with a bunch of new viewers and a way bigger audience, we wanted to bring some really beautiful ideas to Uncommongoods’ readers. We started out with a really awesome taco kit, which we made some vegetarian tacos for:
Hi guys, it’s Jay and Leah from @gastronomblog, we hope your week is going well! We are so excited to share this Taco Serving Kit with you! With 2 little boys everyday at our house is Taco Tuesday, and the wide array of bowls lets our boys make tacos their own way! These veggie tacos were a big hit! #UGinstatakeover
We also made a really great batch of Beer Brittle Chocolate Bark and a nice Stout and Champagne cocktail that we served on this cool Milk and Cookies Dunk and Drink set:
Hi all, let’s “wine” down our week with this lovely Stout and Champagne cocktail, along with Beer Brittle Chocolate Bark, served on the Milk and Cookies Dunk and Drink set, an @uncommongoods exclusive! It’s a handy tray that makes enjoying dessert even handier! The Beer Brittle is made with stout as well, and goes so great with the cocktail! We say Cheers!, and hope you have enjoyed following along with us this week! Be sure to follow us @gastronomblog for more pictures and the recipes for these fabulous treats! #UGinstatakeover
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We also had a chance to check out this really nice Stoneware Butter Crock:
Can we confess something? Butter can cure a lot of ills in our house, because butter. We at @gastronomblog have to admit that this Blueberry Thyme butter in this gorgeous stoneware Butter Crock made our lives grand! The beautiful wooden spreader was a lovely touch to our table, as well! The added convenience of being able to store and serve in the same container is great! #UGinstatakeover
Of course this gorgeous Butter Crock had to have something that tasted as awesome as the crock looked, so we came up with a really delicious Blueberry Thyme butter. Incorporating fresh blueberries and fragrant thyme, this compound butter has a sweet and savory flavor that really worked as a spread on toast or especially French Toast. We got some great shots of a delicious butter in a beautiful crock!
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 1/2 Tbsp thyme, fresh, or 1/2 Tbsp dried
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 loaf Crusty Bread: Baguette or French Loaf
- 3 eggs
- 1 cups milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- dash cinnamon
- Maple Syrup for serving
- Sifted Powder Sugar, For Serving (optional)
- Place butter in stand mixer, or in large bowl if using hand mixer.
- Pour in blueberries and blend until berries are broken up and butter is slightly purple colored.
- Add in thyme and salt, mix until blended.
- Place on saran wrap in a long tube shape, wrap with foil and twist ends opposite ways to tighten. You can also place in a mold to form a ball.
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then in the fridge before serving.
- Cut bread into slices 1/2 inch thick.
- In a dish, mix together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon
- Whisk to combine.
- Dip bread slices in mixture, coating both sides, then remove from dish and set aside.
- Repeat until all bread is coated.
- Heat iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.
- Sizzle butter in the pan when hot.
- Cook French toast on both sides until golden brown, being careful not to burn.
- Top with Blueberry Thyme butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!
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