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 aprons, tablecloths, 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 trays. Steph also graces some of our clothing.
We hope you'll enjoy these new additions this spring!
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.
16 February 2019. It may be too early to say spring is around the corner, but our spring clothing line has arrived, with beautiful pieces that have us dreaming about sunny skies and warm breezes.
This year's fresh color palette includes blues ranging from robin's egg to deep raisin, a creamy ivory with just a hint of rosy blush, an elegant chalky white with a bit of gray, and gingham patterns in a lovely bright pink and an elegant black check.
We're counting on the Mara and Robin Coats to keep us warm in unpredictable spring weather, along with the ever faithful Roserie and Tuz scarves to protect us from chilly spring breezes.
The elegant Naomi dress with its simple flowing lines and self belt, is a great dress for bridging the seasonal gap, while the Doris dress with its peter pan collar is just plain adorable.
Both the Marcia and Annis top sport a lovely check pattern in pink and black respectively.
Once more, we love the fact that most pants, skirts, and dresses are now designed with on seam pockets, our favorite practical detail. We hope you love it too.
31 January 2019. As many of you know, we share a little retail space with our sister biz Pod. Our shops will be closed to walk-in traffic February 3 through March 4. It will be business-as-usual online and all of your orders will ship during this time. We can always be reached via email.
17 January 2019. Anyone else ready for a reset this January? Here at Shop Fog Linen, we're looking for ways to make a clean start to 2019 by refreshing what's on our table. This 7 day reset from Anna Jones, a cook and author based in Britain, looks like the perfect place to start. Anna's healthy plant based recipes sound nourishing and comforting to both body and soul.
While we're freshening up the food on our table, we're also freshening up our tabletops with the Jenn linen tablecloth. Jenn's clean lines and simple windowpane pattern will refresh your space in an instant.
Here's to new beginnings!
10 January 2019. Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! The start of the year always feels like a clean slate, a chance to try new things and refresh our spirit.
In the past, we've made long lists of resolutions, some easier to keep than others. This year we're going to skip the resolutions and focus on simple things that make us happy.
Here's our list of "non-resolutions":
Invite friends to dinner more often
Make time in the day to read or listen to something enjoyable
Cook a new recipe from a favorite cookbook
Get in touch with a friend or relative just to say hello
Light some candles
Drink more water
Good luck on your own resolutions or lack thereof! In the meantime, we are wishing you all a happy, peaceful and healthy new year.
19 December 2018. As the winter solstice approaches we are thinking of ways to to make our days feel bright and fresh despite the cold and fewer hours of daylight. Our favorite pick-me-up for this time of year is citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, we love them all!
This ginger grapefruit curd recipe from Heidi Swanson hits all the right notes for us. It's great spread on toast or alongside a buttery piece of shortbread. Or just eaten right off the spoon! Making a batch to gift to friends and family is a wonderfully easy holiday treat. And don't forget to save a bit for yourself.
We're wishing you all a warm and sparkly holiday and a happy new year. We are so thankful for all your support throughout 2018 and look forward to seeing you in the new year. XO
*Warehouse Holiday Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12-5 through December 24th.
*Our Online Shop and Warehouse will be closed December 25-January 1. Orders placed during this time will be shipped on January 2, 2019.
4 December 2018. Have a kid that likes to cook or wants to try it out? Why not tie on an apron and head for the kitchen? Homemade treats make wonderful holiday gifts and we love giving kids a chance to make something for their teachers, friends, grandparents, or anyone on their holiday list.
Yes, it might get messy, but the results will be worth it. Giving children confidence in the kitchen is a gift in itself!
Start out simple...no need to re-create a Great British Baking Show challenge.
Here are a few easily baked favorites that kids and parents can get behind:
Chewy Molasses Cookies
Hazelnut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
And did we mention we think aprons make great gifts as well?
Check out our full selection of aprons for the whole family.
Happy holiday baking!
20 November 2018. When I remember my grandmother and her cooking, I always picture her in an apron, for she never cooked without one. She passed her formidable cooking skills along to my mother, and in turn, her habit of wearing an apron.
In spite of this, when I began cooking, it didn't occur to me to wear an apron. This was a huge oversight, and many favorite articles of clothing were splattered with tomato sauce, olive oil, and various other substances that never came out in the wash. I'm not sure when I realized that an apron would solve this problem, but one day I happened across a linen apron in a small shop and had the sense to buy it. A full apron in natural linen, it was practical but not too matronly. It was not my mother's or my grandmother's apron, but it fit me to a T and years later I continue to wear it everyday in my kitchen. In fact, I can't cook without it.
Often when cooking, I think of my grandmother, her aprons, and her wonderful recipes. This season I'll be making her corn pudding, and her pecan pie, while my mother will make her apple pie and her famous dinner rolls. And we will be tying on our aprons, preserving both our clothing and our memories!
If you're looking for an apron to help you out in the kitchen, check out our full selection. We hope you'll find your perfect match! And don't forget, our aprons make great gifts for friends and family. Just saying!
6 November 2018. Holiday season is fast approaching. Time to set your table! This year we're not going to get worried about being too formal. While it's great to follow tradition, it's fun to create new ones as well.
Not surprisingly, we love setting our tables with linen. Starting with our linen tablecloths, we build color and texture with our linen napkins, adding flowers and candles if we're feeling fancy.
For some simple rules on how to go elegant or casual with your place settings, check out The Emily Post Institute's guide for table setting.
If you're looking for some floral inspiration, this Gardenista DIY is a good place to start. We also love Foraged Flora by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale*.
Beeswax candles are our favorite way to light up the table. If you're local to the Boston area, stop by our sister store, Pod, in Cambridge, MA for a lovely selection of unusual shapes and sizes of beeswax candles from England.
But as much fun as it is to create a beautiful setting, the most important part of a holiday table (besides the food!) are the people gathered around it. Enjoying a meal and sharing a sense of community are what make a holiday gathering special. Here's to wishing you a warm and wonderful celebration wherever you happen to be, and whatever you are celebrating!
* we carry this book at our brick and mortar sister store, Pod too! stop by in person to purchase!