spring recipes and serving ware

15 May 2019.  What are you serving this season?  With spring in progress we are thinking about changing up our menus to match the longer and (hopefully) warmer days.  In the Northeast, we still have as many chilly and rainy days in May as sunny warm ones, so this time of year certainly feels like a slow transition.  But, we're thinking ahead to meals eaten out of doors.  We're hoping they can't be too far off.

We're really inspired by British chef Anna Jones and her vegetable forward seasonal recipes.  Here are a few that are on our menu wishlist this spring.

English Garden Toasts: roasted radishes, sweet peas, chives and goat cheese on toasted sourdough bread

New Spring Potatoes with Four Sauces: little potatoes with garlic aioli, a caper and lemon sauce, a parsley, herb and olive oil sauce, and a cherry tomato and smoked paprika sauce

Chargrilled Spring Vegetables: grilled asparagus, potatoes, watercress, eggs and capers

For dessert: fresh seasonal fruit 

So, now that we've got our menu planned let's talk about serving it.  We have a selection of both mango wood and brass serving utensils in the Shop Fog Linen Et Cetera Etc. section of our shop.  Our brass plates and trays and our  linen coated trays for also work well for serving out of doors.

Here's to spring flavors! 


Mother's Day

1 May 2019.  Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day?  We're often inspired when our customers order a combination of Shop Fog Linen products that look like they would make the most wonderful gift.  Sometimes things look so great together, we have to take a photo or make a note of it before we send it out! 

The other day, a customer hit upon a perfect combo that we thought any mom would appreciate: an elegant and useful selection of a Roserie scarf, a pair of linen socks, and a linen coated tray.  There are many great color combinations to choose from and when these three items are stacked together they look so beautiful.  Just add a little gift wrap and you have a really lovely gift for someone special.  We'll even do the gift wrapping for you, just send us a note with your order.

Please let us know how we can help you put your mother's day gift together.  And here's to all the mothers out there!  Happy Mother's Day.  


Early Summer Clothing Collection '19

2 May 2019.  Our early summer clothing collection from Fog Linen is in the house.  It's always exciting getting the first part of the summer collection in the shop and this year there are plenty of new shapes, designs and details to share.

Here are a few of the pieces we've got our eye on:

Malin Dress: Cool comfort.  This simple maxi-length sleeveless dress has a tie belt at the waist and comes in Black and Lapis blue.

Marianne Dress: The versatile Marianne dress has a drawstring waist that can be gathered for a fitted look or left loose.  In two colors: a sophisticated Nuit and our favorite green check pattern, Ben.  Wear it as a dress or as a tunic over pants.

Ingrid Top:  This lovely sleeveless top has a soft gathered neckline and a flowing shape.  In Rose and Acier.  

Julia Top:  We love the petite round collar and crisp tailored details of the Julia top.  With a relaxed width at the bottom, the Julia top can be worn loose or tucked in.  In three colors: Ardoise, Blue Gris, and our new natural gingham pattern, Colin.

Olivia Wrap Dress:  So comfortable for summer!  With a notched collar, and a side tie detail, the Olivia wrap dress is an easy, no fuss option to keep you cool and looking stylish.  In Albatre and Black.

Kristel Top.  The elegant drape and the dolman sleeves of the Kristel top give it movement and flow.  In Agate and Black.  

Check out all our new arrivals here.

Free Summer catalog included in your order while supplies last!

 


blogger appreciation

25 April 2019.  We love seeing how people use Shop Fog Linen at home and we're thrilled when our customers post our linens on social media. Recently, we've been flattered to have our products appear in some pretty great Instagram feeds, blog posts, the cover of a new cookbook and even a Netflix series.  We'd just like to take a moment to say "Thank you" to all the folks out there who have given us a shout out.  Keep the # tags coming! 

Special thanks to:

Marcella DiLonardo of Modest Marce.  Congratulations to Marcella on her new cookbook, Bake the Seasons and a huge thank you to her for featuring our Grey Thin White Stripe kitchen cloth on the cover.  We can't wait to try some recipes.  

Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves.  Erin's been kind enough to feature our Jenn napkins many times on her blog and in her lovely Instagram feed.  We love how she incorporates them into her "life in a tiny apartment". 

Samin Nosrat.  How excited we were to see Samin wearing our White Navy Stripe Daily Apron in her Netflix series "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat".  We are huge fans of her book, her show and her recipes.  

Cynthia Chen McTernan of Two Red Bowls.  We love seeing Cynthia's beautiful  Instagram shots, which include our Natural Linen kitchen cloths styled next to her yummy food.

Remodelista.  We were so happy to see our new brass shelf featured on the Remoldelista blog recently.  They've been flying off our shelves ever since.  They've also included our cotton blanket in a bedroom renovation here.  We think it fits in perfectly.  

Bon Appetit. Our Jenn Linen tablecloth was included in their recent spring tablecloth round-up.  Thanks to @michibuttons for the shout out.

How do you use Fog Linen at home?  Let us know by tagging us on Instagram with @shopfoglinen and #shopfoglinen.  We can't wait to see what you're up to.


earth day: napkins

22 April 2019.  Today is the 49th anniversary of Earth Day.  For us, it serves as a gentle reminder to find new ways to reduce our footprint on this amazing planet. 

We like to think every little bit of effort counts and we hope that our linen napkins and kitchen cloths are making a difference in the amount of resources we consume.

Using cloth napkins and kitchen cloths helps reduce the amount of paper we use on a daily basis, steering us away from relying on paper napkins and towels.   

As well as being a sustainable option, our linens look great while working hard.  Win, win!  

If you're interested in other ways to reduce your footprint, check out A Billion Acts of Green from Earth Day Network.  It's a great resource for learning more about protecting our planet.  They've also included a list of Earth Day Tips to get you started around your home and community.  We like that #15 is: Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.  

Happy Earth Day!


under armor

16 April 2019.  Just in time for  spring and summer, our pettipants and petticoats are perfect for wearing beneath sheer dresses, robes and tunics.  Although the idea of a "petticoat" harkens back to old-fashioned modesty, these pieces are modern and simple.   

The pettipants are made from a light-weight linen and have a slim elasticized waist. The leg is cut full and straight to the hem. 

The petticoat is a light-weight linen half slip, with an a-line shape and on-seam splits at the hem for ease of movement.

Both pieces are a nice alternative to a full slip.

We think they make a beautiful gift for mother's day too!


kitchen cloths: form and function

2 April 2019.  Kitchen cloths are a staple here at Shop Fog Linen.  While we use them everyday without thinking too deeply about it, we thought it would be fun to share a bit about their back story.

Fog Linen Work founder, Yumiko Sekine originally designed the kitchen cloths to be used not just as dish towels, but as multi-taskers around the kitchen.  From polishing glasses to wiping up cooking spills and drying hands, kitchen cloths do double duty.  

Our kitchen cloths are 100% linen, made from flax grown, woven and sewn in Lithuania.  We offer them in two different weights.  While the regular weight is quick drying, and perfect for drying hands, silverware and glassware, the heavier weight (our "thick" kitchen cloth) will absorb more liquid for cleaning up big spills or an epic round of dish drying.  

We also use them as cleaning and polishing cloths for kitchen counters and appliances, as well as for a variety of cooking tasks, from drying a handful of freshly washed herbs to taking the skin off toasted hazelnuts. 

While our kitchen cloths start off with a stiff, freshly ironed texture, the linen becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash.  We recommend that you machine wash them on a gentle cycle in cold water and let them air or line dry.  We find if you give them a shake fresh out of the washing machine while damp, and a quick smooth with your hand, they will dry with minimal wrinkling.  If you must put them in the dryer, tumble dry a on low setting, and know that they will shrink a bit, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  If you have the time and inclination, you can iron them on a medium to medium-high setting for a super smooth surface.  

Let us know how you plan to use them in your kitchen!


when life gives you limes

20 March 2019.  Looking for new ways to use citrus for spring beverages?  We're currently inspired by limes.  Here are a few ideas:

Simple Limeaid

Blackberry Limeaid 

And if you're looking for something with a bit of a kick, try this one:

Arugula Gimlet

Once you've got your drinks made and the weather cooperates, let our trays give you a hand in bringing them outside to your guests.  We're happy to have our green plaid tray with its' cheerful gingham green pattern back in stock in all three sizes.    Three cheers for spring! 

Visit here to see all our tray patterns.


new spring colorways

12 March 2019.  Color is a must this time of year.  We're enjoying the longer days and sunnier skies, but there's still a nip in the air around these parts and we need a little boost of color to get us through until things are blossoming and blooming outside.

Happily, we've got some new patterns in the shop to share that will bring cheer to your kitchen, table, and closet.   

Let us introduce you to:

Isabelle: a cheerful pink and white windowpane check that comes in tablecloths, placemats, aprons, pouches, and kitchen cloths.

Merissa: a lovely pink gingham that comes in trays, scarves, handkerchieves, and this beautiful shirt.

George: a handsome navy and white pinstripe stripe that comes in a variety of products, including apronstablecloths, placemats, coasters, and linen trays.  There are a few George items in our apparel section as well.

Steph: a pretty navy and white check that comes in coasters, tablecloths, placemats, kitchen cloths, and linen traysSteph also graces some of our clothing.  

We hope you'll enjoy these new additions this spring!  


brightening up with fresh herbs

5 March 2019.  We're feeling it!  Spring is just around the corner and we're ready to lighten things up a bit.  This time of year, while we await the produce of spring, we're counting on handfuls of fresh herbs to brighten our cooking.  Whether we're buying them at the grocery store or growing them on our windowsill, herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, thyme, basil, and rosemary add great flavor to all types of cuisines.  

Freshly chopped and added to salads, soups, pasta, eggs...we could go on and on, but you get the idea!   Use a pinch or a handful, what ever suits your tastebuds, but you won't regret the extra effort it takes to chop up a bunch and sprinkle away.  

Lately, we've been loving the combo of cilantro and mint chopped together and added on top of a bowl of soup.  Or mixed into a fresh salad with oranges, feta cheese and green olives.  

Then there's our favorite winter pesto, substituting fresh flat leaf Italian parsley and walnuts for basil and pine nuts.  Great on pasta, slathered on toast or crackers, or atop scrambled or fried eggs, this one's is a winner.

If you're looking for more inspiration on using herbs in your cooking you can try Samin Nosrat's  wonderful cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat or Yottam Ottolenghi's inspiring Jerusalem.  

If you want to try growing fresh herbs indoors, check out this article from Gardener's Supply for some good tips.  

Stay fresh!