Jets Best Bets…
Looking for a great wedding gift? Something small as a
housewarming gift? Need a gift for a bridal shower? Here’s a great trio of
ideas: Pat McGilberry’s monogrammed tea
towels, Stacey Little’s cookbook, and a French rolling pin from Burt Fuller.
Black Belt Treasures Volunteer and Artist Pat McGilberry
monograms a single letter on large size flour sack tea towels. Her tea towels have been selling at BBTCAC for several
years and have become a top seller. She says, “I started these as a retirement
hobby. They really took off when I
started doing only a single monogram.” Her hobby keeps her busy, and she is now
donating her proceeds to charities in honor of two of her grandchildren.
Linking to her past, she loves the work because it connects her to “Grandmother,”
who produced needed and utilitarian products, and to Grannie, who sewed
heirloom pieces, including Pat’s own wedding dress.
Stacey Little, an increasingly well-known cookbook author
and southern food blogger (make sure you visit his blog), gave a well-attended cooking demonstration at
BBT in 2014. His The Southern Bite Cookbook is the top-selling cookbook at BBT
and would make a great gift to any home chef. Here’s his pimento cheese recipe:
1 lb block sharp cheddar
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup mayonnaise
1 4oz jar chopped pimentos, drained
2 tablespoons grated onion
? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
salt to taste
Grate cheese. Combine shredded cheddar, cream cheese, mayo,
pimentos, grated onion, black pepper, and garlic. Stir to combine. Add salt to taste.
You might want to add some bacon bits, and a summer tomato
is a must!
And don’t forget the hand
turned rolling pin! The artist Burt Fuller says, “I been whittlin’ since I
was a kid.” Burt uses mahogany, walnut,
Osage orange, and several other woods to craft not only rolling pins, but a
variety of kitchen utensils like tasting spoons, spreaders, and roux stirrers.
In addition to his woodworking, Burt has a passion for music and had a dance
band when he was only fourteen. He’s been a member of a gospel group for more
than 30 years and is a regular with the Jacky Jack White’s Sucarnochee Review
in Sumter County.
BBT has gift and wedding registries. Plus, your gifts are
beautifully wrapped, for free!