The talent behind the curtain
Diane and I met years ago in a corn field in Indiana. Instant chemistry. Circumstances prevented us from plowing that field. In 2008 we met again in the same Indiana corn field (weird crop-circle type coincidence). This time we harnessed our energy, synergy happened and we haven’t stopped since.
We are pitchmen
Not the usual “as-seen-on tv” type pitchmen though. We find and sell products that we love and use at home. Then we market them in our own special way. I am the talker/explainer/storyteller/pitchman. Diane is the brains behind the operation. She organizes things, can finish a project and knows how to get me off the couch. She is wild about Harry and she is the love of my life. We are passionate about each other but also about the things we sell.
Just so you know
We have been trying to stay away from selling things that say “Made in China” on them. We do this whenever we can. That’s a hard order these days. If we can source anything from the U.S. we do. Sometimes, we just can’t find the stuff we need here. As far as our plates go, they are made in Spain and they will remain that way. Pottery, ceramics, and tile have been made in Spain by family artisans for many centuries. We like that. We are happy to help maintain their craft, way of life and help them prosper. If China had a product that was made by the family artisans for centuries then we might even have a go at that. Quite frankly we are tired of our 21st century Walmart world, so if we can avoid “Made in China,” we will.
Where it all began: our little gourmet garlic grater plate, made in Spain
Our little Spanish grating plate has its origins deep in Roman antiquity. Rough surfaced Spanish plates and bowls have been found throughout the Mediterranean world. Some of these date back to the first century. Today, this little plate is part of a unique cooking culture that stretches from Spain, France, Italy to the Adriatic and beyond. They are hand made and hand painted by Spanish artisans who are part of an industry that has been creating pottery, tile and ceramics for a millennium. Our grating plates are beautiful and functional. They are displayable and dishwasher safe. They conform to European Union and American standards for lead and cadmium paint. In other words they are safe for you and your family.
Grate cheese, chocolate, nutmeg, ginger root, bread crumbs, lemon zest and on and on.
Even if you use this plate for only garlic and nothing else, you will never regret your purchase. Our little plate grates garlic that is as spreadable and as pliable as butter. Use it for sauces, soups, stews, marinades, garlic bread, garlic butter. Spread it on roasted meats for true Mediterranean cuisine. Use it in dipping oils. We even mix it with honey and spread in on toasted bagels. You are limited only by your culinary creativity.
Chef’s never press their garlic. Know why?
Chefs know that pressing is a process for separating the juice from the pulp of things like grapes, olives and oranges. Garlic juice contains flavor, aroma, amino acids, sulfides and a bunch of natural sugars. In other words, complex chemistry. Garlic’s sugars are responsible for it’s stickiness. Press those sugars out and you have an imbalance. You have more pulp than juice. Garlic pulp is bitter without garlic’s natural sweetener. Pressing garlic means that you use the most bitter part of the garlic in your recipes. When you use the plate, everything in the garlic remains on the plate. Brush it off the plate and you have wonderfully balanced garlic. You have to experience it. This is garlic perfection! This is D-Grater.
When you use D-Grater you get all the garlic you started with. Ever notice that 2/3 of a clove of garlic stays in the your press. What a waste. You never waste a bit of garlic with D-Grater.