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Thanksgiving Cooking and Preparation Ideas and Gifts

by Jamie Sanford on November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and I’ve been in full Thanksgiving-prep mode, even though I will not be doing most of the cooking at my house.  My husband will do most of the cooking, and that’s really better for everyone involved.

Last year, William made our turkey breast (no full turkey for just the 2 of us) with this recipe from Martha Stewart.

I did see this fabulous preparation that Tyler Florence presented on a recent Food Network special that I’m intrigued by, as I love figs and the glaze that he makes looks fantastic.  Here’s the video:

So, in some further preparation for Thanksgiving, I found some cute and helpful items to make the holiday festive and fabulous.


Crate & Barrel Gravy Boat with Warmer, $12.95. Ambient lighting and warm gravy? Sounds good to me.

Crate & Barrel Turkey Brine & Brining Bag, $11.95. For those who like the idea of cooking, but want the easiest possible solution.

Crate & Barrel Gourmet Turkey Rub, $4.95. A continuation of the previous item, some assistance for those of us who aren’t inclined in the culinary arts.


Williams-Sonoma Decorative Turkeys, $29.95 – $49.95. Classy-looking turkeys for your table, or other areas of the house. I quite enjoy literal decor such as this, so the turkeys are right up my alley.


Williams-Sonoma 3-Tiered Oven Rack, $22. Perfect for cooking all 6 side dishes in the oven at the same time.

Writing this post has me even more excited for Thanksgiving.  I’d love to share Thanksgiving ideas and recipes in the comments – let me know what your favorites are!

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Premium Lobster Club Membership

by Jamie Sanford on May 30, 2010

This is prohibitively expensive, but I feel that part of what I enjoy about writing The Daily Wishlist is finding lots of things, even the ridiculous.

You get your own lobster trap for a season, which you can monitor online.

More from the website:.

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Enjoy the rewards of Catch a Piece of Maine by requesting your lobster dinners, caught by your lobsterman, to be shipped to whomever you choose, whenever you want, wherever you like. To make your lobster dinners even more memorable, our Captains will actually give you a call the day your lobster dinners arrive. Share this rare experience with your family, friends, or a group of co-workers for everyone to enjoy. We invite you to come aboard our lobster boat in Maine to meet the lobstermen and see first hand how your dinner is harvested. Choose this remarkable gift for yourself or to surprise your family, friends, or business associates. Order today and reserve your own piece of Maine.

I really like to eat lobster, so I’m sure this would be a great gift for another lobster lover.  Impractical, yes, but now you have something to talk about the next time someone orders lobster when you’re out to dinner.

You can Catch a Piece of Maine for a mere $2,995.

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