Compared to a century ago, home cooks have it easy. But in those moments when you become wistful for the "simple" kitchen life from a bygone era, channel your inner homesteader and make butter. This butter churner sports an old-fashioned look, but with upgrades like stainless steel gears and food-grade silicone paddles. All you need is heavy cream and 10 minutes of elbow grease. When the butter takes shape, you'll also have buttermilk for cooking and baking. Look at you go, Ma Ingalls! $29.95, thegrommet.com/kilner.
Wood Cheese Boards
When Muss & Turner's needed presentation trays for food, its chef de cuisine, Dameren Parenteau, reached out to his father-in-law, Gary Herlinger, a hobbyist woodworker who resides in Marietta. Herlinger's cheese boards, available for purchase at the Smyrna restaurant, are made of salvaged wood, with natural edges and imperfections like small knotholes left untouched. His latest pieces are made from black walnut as well as spalted wood (coloration caused by fungi) from a beaver-severed hackberry tree. Small board: $30; large board: $45. Available at Muss & Turner's, 1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Smyrna, 770-434-1114, http://www.mussandturners.com/.
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