Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bobby Flay Acacia Bowls and Bread Dip Recipe

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are honest and my own. Two products were received for review and mentioned below.
Bowl is HUGE! The salad in there was "dinner" salad for TWO. Could probably serve 6 large dinner salads in that bowl.
Bobby Flay Acacia Salad Serving Bowl
Bobby Flay Acacia Bread Bowl
Holds a standard baguette {not cut to show the length}

Growing up, I was around a lot of dinner parties that my parents threw quite frequently with some of our family and friends. My mom would start cooking two days prior and she had more than 20 dishes made out with not only the finest taste, but exquisite presentation. We would sit at the table for 4-6 hours eating, enjoying ourselves, and talking. Well, as a teenager, I didn't do a whole lot of talking. I did eat though. That I was good at. But looking back, I never appreciated the value of sitting down with the people you love most and enjoying yourself over a long gourmet meal.

I got another taste of this tradition when I went to France with two of my best friends our senior year of high school to visit a foreign exchange student that had gone to school with us. There, it was common to eat dinner for 2-3 hours and to go through many {5-6} courses throughout the meal. They really took pride in the food that they made, and somehow it always, never fails, tasted better because of the conversations that we had and the company that we were with.

And again, presentation.

After graduating college, becoming a wife, and soon after becoming a mother, I realized that I too wanted to learn how to set a beautiful colorful table, and to please people through their bellies. Although I am nowhere close, I have definitely been making baby steps and learning a lot from those that are much wiser than I am---for instance my mother and mother-in-law. Little tricks and ideas here and there, and of course pinterest has helped along the way.

I also had the opportunity to add two beautiful pieces by Bobby Flay { Bobby Flay Acacia Salad Serving Bowl and Bobby Flay Acacia Bread Bowl  } to my dinner collection. Well, to my collection in general. The salad serving bowl is perfect for making large salads and could serve 6 large salads nicely. The bread bowl fits a standard size baguette and the length is the best feature which takes away the idea of having to pass the bread basket around for people to get their slice. It reaches everyone. Quality is definitely not lacking, and I see it being in my home for 20+ years down the road. Lastly, the pictures speak for themselves, but the rich acacia wood is just beautiful to look at and really adds that higher quality to the presentation.

Presentation, taste, and good company is key.

So is finding new delicious recipes, and I have a really good one for you. An oil to dip your bread in that will leave all your guests wanting to take some home with them.

Original recipe from


1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sun-dried tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/8 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 pinch salt (optional)


1 Pour olive oil in a bowl and add sun dried tomato paste.
2 Pour basil, thyme, and rosemary into the palm of your hand and then crush the spices by rolling them in between your thumb and pointer finger. Add to the oil mixture.
3 Add the garlic and pepper (and salt if you are using it).
4 Using a fork, stir/mix the spices into the oil.
5 Allow to sit at room temp for about 4 hours for the flavors to start to blend if you have time. Otherwise, go ahead and serve it right away.


  1. The bowls really do look beautiful. I've never sat down for a meal like the ones you describe (not even at Thanksgiving) but I think that sounds great! Thanks a lot for the bread dip recipe :)

  2. YUM! I loooove fresh bread and oils but it's something I never think to do in our home. Must change that :)


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