Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013



The proverbial sound you've heard coming from hatchpress the last few months. If you wondered where we went or what in the world happened to us... we are still here. 

Alive. And well! 

We have been busy working on a little project. 
A little... BIG project. 

"What inspires you in the kitchen?" 
A question we continually ask. Not literally. It is naturally woven into an ongoing conversation. A topic of discussion that never fades away. 

We talk about what we made for dinner. About the new finishing salt we tried; or how we cooked on a salt block. About the cool antique kitchen scale we found at a flea market. The peppers and heirloom tomatoes we are growing in the garden. How we will slice and sprinkle them with the new finishing salt for a perfect simple summer salad. How we tasted sea beans at the grower's market and what their briny, salty tang would pair well with. About the restaurant we tried and the fantastic dish we ordered... On and on it goes. Life happens in the kitchen. 

What inspires us in the kitchen? The notion that we will be life long learners. That we are hungry for more. That we will never run out of interesting adventures and experiences while cooking and sharing meals. These are the ideas that motivate and excite us. 

For the last six months we have been working diligently on the research and development of A Kitchen Box. AKB is a new subscription; kitchen inspiration in your mailbox and your inbox. This goes beyond the blog. We find inspiration, pack it in a box and ship it to your door. A tangible sensory experience.

See. Taste. Learn. Try.

A Kitchen Box is more than a product or useful items for your kitchen. It is full of those things, but it is much more. It will speak to your senses and spark your intuition. Peak your interest and motivate you to share. It will make you feel good while feeding your desire to do the same for others. 

We are inviting you to be a part of our market test. If we have peaked your interest, come visit us at for all the details. We are opening up 100 spots for our summer market test. A season of inspiration. We can't wait to share!

Brooke & Ang 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Planning a Tea Party is an easy, inexpensive, way to entertain without a lot of fuss and it can be adapted to fit many occasions... birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, mother's day, and just for fun.  And, the bonus is you can plan for brunch or an afternoon tea.

Confession: we aren't big tea enthusiasts.
While we enjoy it every once in a while, it's not our thing. So, if you're looking for a how to on planning a proper "high tea", we aren't your girls! We prefer the mix & match kind of Tea Party where it's less about etiquette and more about gathering around a table to share life along with flowers, pretty linens, and fancy tea cups.

With three girls between us, we've thrown our share of tea parties, impromptu fancy after school snacks and full blown birthday parties. Over the years, we've amassed a collection of tea cups, saucers, tea pots, and pretty plates. In the past we've kept them in a convenient drawer in the dining room at the ready to brighten a boring afternoon. Now our girls have nearly outgrown the "tea party" era, so we keep a box stored in the garage. 

We didn't go purchase sets of cups and saucers. But rather collected them over time... one or two here and there. Thrift shops, Goodwill, and 2nd hand stores are great places for such finds. Antique malls have tea cups in abundance. If you have little girls or tea party plans in your future, start a collection so you're ready when the Tea Party mood strikes.

Monday, May 6, 2013


This weekend we planned a Tea Party.

Tea Parties are a perfect excuse to entertain on a budget. 
Tomorrow, we'll share some brilliant money and time saving tips, plus recipes for a few of our favorite tiny treats. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


A lovely thing about parenting... in the midst of the busy, homework, sports, and dinner shuffle, there are moments of brilliance and clarity. Times when we're especially proud. 

Today was one of those moments.
A lot more happens at the kitchen table than just dinner.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Originally posted a year ago but completely worthy of a repost.

What's your favorite foodie quote? 

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