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A Kitchen Accessory

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday!!! It’s starting to be my favorite time of the year in Brooklyn and every day I am so happy to wake up with the windows open and the breeze blowing through the curtains. Last night Pedro and some friends of ours had the best night in Red Hook and I think I’m going to take a bike ride over there today. But first coffee.

A few weeks ago I broke down and finally bought another not so necessary but adorable still kitchen accessory. These little Dansk butter warmers are everywhere on food and style blogs (including Food52). I’d never seen anyone actually using the butter warmer (how often do people heat butter) but since buying it I can attest that I use it almost every day. Am I really warming that much butter? Nope. But I do heat my milk before pouring it in my coffee and for that task, the little Dansk pot is perfect.

It holds enough milk for two cups of coffee and the wooden handle makes it super easy to grab and pour. Obviously it looks adorable on my kitchen shelf too… Hope you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee right now too, Hart Beat!

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P.S. Pitcher, candles, candle stick holders, and butter keeper all from the Food52 Shop.

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What I do at Food52

Hannah Hart Beat

Hey Hart Beat. Happy weekend! I’ve been mucho busy lately since in two weeks I’m taking some (well needed) time off and heading to Costa Rica with my mom. What does that mean to you? Well, it means now that this week and next I’ve been swamped getting all my work done at Food52 so that I can sign off for the full week I’ll be away.

I was thinking the other day about my job at Food52 and how maybe some of you might wonder what it is I do exactly at the company. So here we go.

For the first year at the company, I was our Email Coordinator and pretty much built and sent all those annoying but beautiful emails from our editorial and shop sides of the company. And now? I was promoted to our Merchandising Manager at the beginning of this year! So besides writing these posts to you, and taking some baller Instagram shots, I work full time planning, strategizing, data diving and designing your onsite experience with the Food52 Shop.

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A behind the scenes photo with a handful of the props we have on hand.

I’m not gonna lie Hart Beat, it’s pretty cool. It involves so many different kinds of thinking. Even more exciting, all these big ideas that I have for our shoppers I get to see actually happen on our site, in email and in social. On any day I’m meeting with our Product Team thinking about cool ways to display content on the site, planning our monthly email calendar to promote new and older but beloved products, watching our talented stylist and photographers bring to life the products we sell, or like, a million other things. It’s both creative and data driven and that combination is so fascinating to me.

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One of our photographers James Ransom setting up a photo shoot in our office kitchen.

I also get to do cool things like write articles for the site about things like Pedro and me painting our kitchen and how to build the perfect fire and share some recipes I have up my sleeve likemy family’s famous Booby Rolls and my “world famous” pasta and meat sauce. And sometimes I even get to attend events at the office and take photos for the site (Ruth Reichl! Food52 Wedding Registry!) Plus I met Cookie Monster!!!!!

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A photo I took for said Ruth Reichl dinner party of Amanda, Kristen, and Ruth.

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I go goo-goo eyes for Cookie Monster when he came to the office.

So there you go. Maybe that made sense? I don’t know, it’s how I explain my job to my parents’ friends. We can also do a mini AMA (ask me anything) in the comments here. So ask away Hart Beat! And I’ll try to tell you more about what it’s like working in merchandising at Food52.

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Just Not Sorry

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Evening, Hart Beat. Sorry for the radio silence for a few days there. I promise I’m back and have a few posts for ya. This first one comes from a suggestion of a friend at work. In our All Staff slack room she posted this genius google mail plug-in Just Not Sorry and I was like OH MAMACITA DOES THE WORLD (do I) NEED THIS.

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If you didn’t pick up from the screenshot above Just Not Sorry is a gmail plug-in that warns you when you use words or phrases that undermine your message. The words will be underlined for correction plus each correction gives you a quote or summary of how the phrase might be perceived.

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I hate to say this but I am 100% guilty of qualifying things I say at the office. It’s something I don’t understand (for real though). I should say what I mean and mean what I say! Yes that may be a Dr. Suess reference but whatever, this stops now. It kind of reminds me of this post I wrote last year about using exclamation points too much in work email. Since then I’ve definitely toned down the exclamation points and now, after this plug-in, I have a reminder to cut back on the “just’s,” “sorry but’s,” and “I think’s.” Are you with me, Hart Beat?

Plug-in recommended by Kenzi Wilbur and top photo of Debbie Harry from The New York Times.

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How to Build the Perfect Fire on Food52

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Hey Hart Beat! Today on Food52 an article I wrote is published about how to build the perfect fire. When I was home for Christmas this winter I spent about 95% of my time sitting in front of my parent’s fireplace and you can read on the site a detailed instruction on how to make a fire if you’re not super comfortable yet.

Here on Hart Beat I thought I would share a little teaser of some fireplace photos. I’m freezing and am betting you are too so let’s all pretend that the fire from these pictures are pushing the heat through the screen onto our cold toes.

Read the article here and make sure to pass it on to you’re friends. ✨🔥

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Snowpocalypse 2016 brought to you by Hudson

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You warm, Hart Beat? If you’re living anywhere near the East Coast right now then you’re being dowsed in a heavy slam of snow. Right now outside our Brooklyn apartment we already have one foot! Pedro and I both braved the weather this afternoon (he went into the city and I visited Marina in Park Slope for pie and coffee) but now we are snug as two bugs in a rug in our cozy apartment. What’s keeping us alive? You might ask. The answer is simple. The answer is Hudson.

Early in the Fall Pedro and I visited Hudson, NY for the day and both of decided it was the best place to escape NYC for the day. Tonight, he and I are both realizing that “Hudson” branded products are keeping us sane. (That, my bean boots and a kitchen stocked with Annie’s Mac & Cheese and  Genius Chicken.) Between the two of us we have Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, a Hudson scented candle from Hawkins New York, and Hudson Standard Bitters. Why are these things keeping us alive? Two words, drinks and candles. What more could  you want on a snow day?

P.S. This playlist is killing it right now.

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Heart of Darkness coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee

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Happy Sunday morning, Hart Beat! Sundays are one of my favorite days because they mean I can sit down, relax, catch up with Pedro, and drink a delicious cup of coffee. Yup, since last spring when I dabbled in the tea vs. coffee experiment I have stayed true to the winner of that battle. Although my dentist would like to sway me otherwise, coffee has won and I still drink a cup (or two🙉) a day. Since coffee is such a subtle but IMPORTANT part of my life, I thought I would share two things that have been making my perfect cup this week.

  1. Delicious coffee beans. While there are a few places in New York and Brooklyn that brew delicious coffee (looking at you 7 Grams and Gorilla Coffee), my most favorite ground coffee comes from No. Six Depot. Six Depot opened a few years in the Berkshires, one town over from where I grew up. The coffee is a) delicious and b) has the most beautiful packaging and names for each roast. Example, am drinking Heart of Darkness now. It is everything.
  2. This coffee scooper. Okay, this one doesn’t necessarily brew the best coffee but since buying it at the Food52 Holiday Market I’ve been obsessed. The little Black Walnut Wooden Coffee Scoop it the perfect size because you can keep it in your coffee grinds bag. Yup, that’s right. I keep it right in there so every morning when I go to make my coffee it’s sitting right there waiting. It is so pretty and sparks so much joy that it’s one of my most favorite tools in my kitchen.

Happy coffee drinking, Hart Beat!

Little Sister Kitchen

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Morning, Hart Beat. Have I mentioned lately that I work for Food52? I know what you’re saying to yourselves, of course you have Hannah! We get it, you work for a beautiful place and eat delicious food. I don’t mention this very often here on Hart Beat because when I first started this here blog, one of my founding mission statements (of sorts?) was that Hart Beat would NEVER become a food blog. (Please excuse this post).

I’m not sure why I had such a strong reaction to this but I did and honestly, I still do. I love food and I love cooking but I am by no means someone to give recipe recommendations nor do I particularly like reading recipes in a blog sense. And why would I write things that I wouldn’t even want to read? In the same vain as this Instacrush profile was, today’s post inches close to the line of Hart Beat’s food blog anti-mission statement. This morning I want to tell you about a new blog that I’ve started reading and why you should too.

Little Sister Kitchen was created by a friend of mine from High School and has been stealing my heart as of late. Grace graduated from our high school, went to school in Iowa and now lives in Boston working for an ecommerce site. I heard through the grapevine of social media that Grace started a cooking blog and since I’m now engulfed in the food world, I knew I had to check it out. Oh Hart Beat, thank god that I did.

Grace takes the most beautiful photos and has the most down to earth writing style that I’ve read in a while. In her posts not only does she give the recipe and a detailed description of the cooking process but, she also gives a little backstory to the history of the recipe. Here’s a little excerpt from her most recent post:

It’s easy to get down on yourself when you’re 24. You have a good job and a desk with a view, a big kitchen with two windows that let in the morning breeze, and are by all accounts the luckiest girl in the world. And yet, there’s this nagging sensation that runs deep—that you aren’t where you need to be yet.

I never actually had a something I wanted to ‘be when I grew up.’ I always knew I was passionate, but after my short-lived dreams of being an opera singer (sorry, siblings, for stationing myself in the echo-y stairwell for hours at a time, belting out ballads where they sounded the loudest) my dreams became less specific. In college, it was easy to indulge in the challenges of my classes, analyzing paintings by and working laboriously through esoteric texts. But I had this fear of not knowing what I’d be good at.

Well said, Grace, well said. Figuring out what your supposed to do, or even want to do, in your early twenties is all but impossible. It’s nice to see another friend going through the similar struggles that I know only so well. Lucky for both you and me, Hart Beat, Grace has found her passion in Little Sister Kitchen and now we get to follow along for the ride.

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All photos generously from Little Sister Kitchen.

An ode to summer naps

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Hello Hart Beat. We did it. We made it through to the end of the week. Whew. Summer is my favorite time of year but, as much as I love my job, sometimes when I’m sitting at my desk and look over outside the window next to me I can’t believe I’m sitting inside on such a beautiful day. Other than going to the beach, and drinking an Old Fashioned on a rooftop bar, my favorite summer activity is taking a little siesta.

I know what you’re asking right now. Oh Hannah, don’t you always love taking naps? Honestly, Hart Beat, the answer is yes. I love taking naps. But napping in the summer is on it’s own plateau of heavenliness. I think it’s something about the summer air and the breeze that blows through your open window. It’s magical.

Over the past few months the Food52 office was redone. It is a gorgeous space and I feel very lucky to come into work every day. The only bummer is about five feet from my desk is the comfiest looking couch known to man. It beckons at me everyday for an afternoon siesta. Sadly, ever day I have to say no. Sorry couch, such sad times.Maybe when I own my own company someday I can give into the desire to close my eyes for twenty minutes (more like an hour, amiright?)

Photo via Homepolish.

Food52 Registry event = All the beautiful things

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Since I started working at Food52 I’ve had a hard time containing myself from buying all the beautiful things from the Food52 Shop. All day long I’m surrounded by all the dishware and home goods that any Pinterest obsessed girl could easily fall in love with and lucky (or unluckily for my bank account), yesterday was no different.

On Tuesday, Food52 announced the launch of it’s new Wedding Registry for the online Shop that the site curates. Yesterday at the office we hosted an event and invited couples to come to our space and look at all the products we have on our Shop that people can register with. Scheduled by appointment, about a dozen couples and a handful of press came to our Chelsea office to see first hand what is on the site.

I covered the Food52 registry event for the blog here and for Food52 but I wanted to share some of the photos with you here first. Doesn’t it look beautiful, Hart Beat? I’m not anywhere near registering for gifts but man, all I can say is for those out there who are at that time I am super, super jealous. And, can you please register for a new drying rack for me?

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