Beautiful Gumbo

I’ve been going through all my catalogs to pick out presents for next month, and when I flipped through the Mignon Faget book, I found this gumbo necklace!

It’s got shrimp, crab, and okra in silver (or gold) along with keishi pearls, flourite, and peridot. Ohmygosh do I ever love it! The red bean charm bracelet and the banana leaf napkin rings are great too.

The catalog says that the banana leaf napkin rings are made out of pewter. Av’s dad, who can make, fix, dream-up, invent, and in general do anything, made some tallis clips out of pewter that he was showing me this weekend. He made a mold, heated the pewter, and cast the clips. They looked great!

I thought to melt any kind of metal like that, you would need special equipment, but he said that pewter has such a low melting point that it’s very easy to do (and it’s lead-free). The next time he does this, I’m going to take pictures! So interesting!

Tom Fitzmorris’ sends emails M-F about the food scene in New Orleans, and he’s got a listing of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving this year (Bayona, Brennan’s, Commander’s, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Ralph’s on the Park…) along with some recipes, here. The savory bread pudding sounds wonderful…

Oh – and I just went to the Commander’s website, and in the summer of 2008, they’re going to open a restaurant in Destin! Hmmm…

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