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Featured Buyer: Michele Foley of

Nov 19, 2008

by aisleseat314 handmade and vintage goods

This week’s Featured Buyer is Michele Foley, an associate editor at, the destination for food, drink, and fun on the Web. Michele handpicks almost all of the products that make it onto CHOW, whether it be via her monthly product column called Wanted or through the TWICE-YEARLY gift guides. She’s a huge fan of Etsy and has featured its wares on CHOW before—below are some of her favorite food related items, ripe for holiday feasting.

I’ve always been a big lover of good design. I’m enamored (and envious!) of folks who have a talent at being crafty and creating beautiful things. Doing product coverage for CHOW has been a great experience for me. As a result, I’ve spent way too much money on things for my home and have met a ton of really cool, smart designers. Whenever I am picking out things for the site or myself, I make it a point to showcase items that are unique and made with love. Etsy is an obvious place for me to turn!

Bon Appetit Creepy Crawly Dinner Plate
by foldedpigs

The bon appetit creepy crawly dinner plate from foldedpigs appeals to my fondness towards entomology. I also like how it plays on ones fear of finding bugs in food. To me there’s something intriguing about pairing the delicate with the scary.

Handmixer Sterling Silver Necklace
by ballandchain

When I saw this handmixer sterling silver necklace, I knew it was the perfect gift for all my friends who love to cookit’s got wonderful kitsch appeal. I’m just starting to invest in jewelry myself, and I like pieces that can be fun and personal like the ones ballandchain makes.

What’s the Word Platter
by MayLuk

I recently started taking letterpress printing classes, which has turned me into a bigger font nerd than I already was. It’s no surprise that this What’s the Word Platter from MayLuk became an item to covet.

Block Print Nest Apron
by artgoodies

I love all the items in artgoodies shop, but have especially fallen for the block print nest apron. I’ve always been a fan of vintage prints, so I like that she incorporates old biology patterns into her work. There’s also something great about a waist apron: wearing one make me feel like I’m wearing a cute, new skirt.

Set of 3 Tea Towels
by Patapri

Patapri‘s wares just ooze with cuteness, from the patterns to her great use of color. Her set of three tea towels made perfect (and super appreciated) holiday gifts for three of my friends last year.

The Buttermint Tiles
by maiziejane

I’m all for using tiles in the kitchen, whether they’re hanging on the walls or serving double-duty as trivets. The Buttermint Tiles by maiziejane are really fun and remind me of something I’d find in a 50’s kitchen, from the pastel palette to the vintage-y appliances.

(Learn how-to make your own trivet in this Etsy How-Tuesday video.)

Stream O Conciousness
by nonfictiondesign

Interesting dinnerware is a great conversation-starter, which is why I like nonfictiondesign‘s Stream O Conciousness platter. It’s as if she took all these bits of life’s ephemera and served them up on a plate.

Hot Air Balloon Tea Towel

I have a thing for tea towels. They can instantly change the mood of a kitchen by adding pops of color and design in unexpected places. In my home, I have a collection of towels that are actually used, and others that are just for display. The bold red annabelwaterman uses in her Hot Air Balloon Tea Towel is really lovely. Looking at it makes me feel like I’m on vacation somewhere dreamy and fun.

Porcelain Replica Milk Bottles
by alyssaettinger

The minute I saw Alyssa Ettinger’s Porcelain Replica Milk Bottles on Design*Sponge, I was smitten. Not only did I feature them on CHOW, I bought three for myself. I like that they are hand-cast using real antique milk bottles—I use mine to display fresh cut flowers in the living room.

Seven Deadly Sins Coffee/Tea set
by Trixiedelicious

Trixiedelicious is yet another Etsy seller I cannot get enough of. She reclaims old plates and cups to make her wares, putting bold words on delicate pieces of china. Her Seven Deadly Sins coffee/tea set would be great for a tea party with friends, and the fact that every set you get is really an original (hand painted by her) is pretty cool.

And now, Michele shares some of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Working at Chow has given Michele a lot of food insights. If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving table this year, check out Chow’s Thanksgiving for Six Holiday Menu.

I am torn between two recipes as my personal favorites. If you’re eating turkey this Thanksgiving, how about Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider? (Check out this fun video showing the turkey being prepared!)


Looking for a side dish or a vegetarian option? The Creamy Carrot Casserole is another favorite.


For more Chow’s Thanksgiving menus, check out their Holiday Hub!

Thanks to Michele for all of her amazing picks! Check out for the latest in food, drink, and fun.

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Seven Deadly Sins coffee\/tea set
Seven Deadly Sins coffee\/tea set
Buttermint Tiles - Set of Four
Buttermint Tiles - Set of Four
block print nest apron
block print nest apron
Stream O Conciousness
Stream O Conciousness
Hot Air Balloon Tea Towel
Hot Air Balloon Tea Towel
Sophisticated Gold And Silver Stainless Steel Appetizer Set (Fork, Spoon And Spreader)
Sophisticated Gold And Silver Stainless Steel Appetizer Set (Fork, Spoon And Spreader)
Your choice of Set of 3 kitchen towels
Your choice of Set of 3 kitchen towels
Sweet PUMPKIN PIE Hair Clip
Sweet PUMPKIN PIE Hair Clip
Set of Two Screen-printed Dishcloths
Set of Two Screen-printed Dishcloths
What's the Word Platter
What's the Word Platter
YOU'RE THE BEST tiny text bowl
YOU'RE THE BEST tiny text bowl
reserved for neawear
reserved for neawear
HANDMIXER sterling silver necklace
HANDMIXER sterling silver necklace
Reversible Cafe Apron Cherry Citrus
Reversible Cafe Apron Cherry Citrus
Apple Cinnamon Fruit Cobbler Candle
Apple Cinnamon Fruit Cobbler Candle


  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article, amazing recipes, & awesome items!

  • LittleMaryMoo

    LittleMaryMoo said 8 years ago

    Wow, what great items to add to your kitchen or to give as gift to the foodie in your life. Thank you!

  • Shutterkate

    Shutterkate said 8 years ago

    Hah! That turkey is INSANE, and I'm pretty sure my husband would love it. Those carrots look mighty tasty as well.

  • VKnO

    VKnO said 8 years ago

    I'm getting hungry....... Great article!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 8 years ago

    Excellent finds. Can't help pointing out my favorites, tho: The Stream o consciousness platter and trixiedelicious's cups!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 8 years ago

    love the buttermint tiles...

  • TeenAngster Admin

    TeenAngster said 8 years ago

    The carrot casserole looks so, so good to me.

  • dollyknits

    dollyknits said 8 years ago

    This is the most excellent article! I have hearted nearly everything. I LOVE Ballandchain and MaizieJane. Super.

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox said 8 years ago

    I too am in LOVE with that apron from artgoodies. What is is about a waist apron that makes one feel so professional and organized? I need to have that apron!

  • bonitastreet

    bonitastreet said 8 years ago

    Great collection of stuff for Thanksgiving! I love MayLuk's plates.

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 8 years ago

    Fantasic pics, I've found a few favourites here! Thank :)

  • kjoosupplies

    kjoosupplies said 8 years ago

    This sound perfect! Thanks for sharing*

  • maupoo

    maupoo said 8 years ago

    Great selection. Love to try out the recipes.

  • ronniegunn

    ronniegunn said 8 years ago

    Bacon Pear Turkey. Yep, it's a done deal at our house. Loved your picks. Thank you Michele. Keep spreading the word!

  • LegendSpiceCompany

    LegendSpiceCompany said 8 years ago

    wow...I LOVE your website - that cranberry pie looks yummy that is on your homepage :) I make a killer Cranberry Meringue Pie myself!(oldddd family recipe).... I might be able to be bribed to share the recipe ;-)

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 8 years ago

    i love that eat plate!

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 8 years ago

    Whoa didn't expect recipes in a Storque article! Neato torpedo!

  • neawear

    neawear said 8 years ago

    Heyyy those are MY eggcups in the Etsy Mini! lollll ;) Waiting for them to arrive in the mail :D

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    What a great article!!! YAY recipes!!

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage said 8 years ago

    love that steam o consciousness plate! x

  • dreaminofbeadin

    dreaminofbeadin said 8 years ago

    I'll be adding many of these to my own personal wish list. Great finds!

  • pseudobunny

    pseudobunny said 8 years ago

    Great article! I really need some of those things...the cockaroach plate..the tea set...the bacon wrapped turkey...OH MY GOD!!! Thanks for letting me know how empty my life would be without etsy &!!

  • adornmentsbymilani

    adornmentsbymilani said 8 years ago

    What a cool website. I'm a big foodie so those recipes are def something I'd try.

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 8 years ago

    Yay! Another Michele with one L :) Oh! and really great finds. Very cute. The little nest apron is so sweet!

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you. Now I know what to cook my boyfriend for thanksgiving.... he's american, I'm swedish and I have never cooked turkey before... :o) Love your picks. Where did you get that top you are wearing? It's very nice!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    Great picks! Michele has fantastic taste. Also, I'm a huge fan.

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the discoveries, Michele, what a lovely (and yummy) selection!!

  • westcorinthstudio

    westcorinthstudio said 8 years ago

    Great choices; thanks for sharing!

  • nostalgiaorganics

    nostalgiaorganics said 8 years ago

    Great choices, Michele. I agree, lovely!

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 8 years ago


  • RareEarth

    RareEarth said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Picks! That creepy crawly plate gave me the shivers though. LOL

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 8 years ago

    awesome picks

  • cakehouse

    cakehouse said 8 years ago

    fantastic picks! i *heart* may luk's platters.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    wow, I love everything especially the tiles!

  • ZestyB

    ZestyB said 8 years ago


  • kittyd

    kittyd said 8 years ago

    I better not let my kids see the bacon wrapped turkey recipe...they think everything is better wrapped in bacon.

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    The milk bottles are awesome!

  • NBsCloset

    NBsCloset said 8 years ago

    Yes the Barbecue Bible I love that BOOK!

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 8 years ago

    great article! and now i know another website to guide all the foodies in my family toward, thanks! :)

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 8 years ago

    I did not even realize etsy featured buyers! That's great. More proof that you can really find anything and everything here on etsy!

  • kusu

    kusu said 8 years ago

    Beautiful choices as well as recipes! I can't wait to try the recipe for Creamy Carrot Casserole!

  • WelcomeToLaLaLand

    WelcomeToLaLaLand said 8 years ago

    The handmixer necklace is sweet!!

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 8 years ago

    Wow, great article! Love the handmixer necklace and "eat" plate!

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 8 years ago

    great picks! i particularly love the porcelain milk bottles.

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 8 years ago

    Great article. I love the Set of 3 Tea Towels by Patapri there so cute. Thanks for the recipes.

  • ksewingbasket

    ksewingbasket said 8 years ago

    The work of alyssaettinger is superb. Hats off to the bacon wrapped turkey.

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 8 years ago

    Seriously? We are so-totally making that Bacon Turkey this year! Brilliant.

  • momomatic

    momomatic said 8 years ago

    Fantastic idea (the featured buyer). And wonderful picks!

  • tisana

    tisana said 8 years ago

    great ideas, thanks!

  • glassbyhelene

    glassbyhelene said 8 years ago

    I want your job. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life. Helene

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article.Thank you very mach for the recipes.

  • prettypeonies

    prettypeonies said 8 years ago

    oh my.. love that ' what's the word ' pink plate !!

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 8 years ago

    I will be trying that casserole soon!

  • Angelique4you

    Angelique4you said 8 years ago

    I love people like yoy, they get away from chinese market. I hope Etsy gets more around. Happy Holidays

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  • bashayer

    bashayer said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing the recipes! Great pieces and finds!

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