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Well Spent: Thanksgiving Edition 

  • Cutting board from Burkleman

When we say giving thanks, we mean to these great makers and shops—for local home, table, edible and drinkable treasures that turn any meal into an occasion. Whatever your fare or inclination, here’s a dollop of Hudson Valley goodness from elegant to hearty, iron to linen to wood to wine. Just don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Form Is Function

From Burkelman in Cold Spring are sleek, handmade wares by William Reardon in New York stoneware: The pitcher is a neatly elongated revision of the traditional English jug, $200; the mixing bowl has a pouring edge, a quietly functional take on the classic batter bowl, $80. Both come in Turquoise, Aubergine, Cream, or Orange. And if you're looking for that perfect carving board, there's David Rasmussen's solid walnut Bias Carving Board, shot through with diagonals of color and entirely food safe, $175.

Aim High, Serve Low, Add Glow

Three ways to elevate your dining room from Hudson Home: An impressive chandelier by Thomas O'Brien makes a rustically grand statement over any table. By special order, in aged iron or antique white finish; $1,750. Nesting serving trays in concentric rectangles of woven rattan are low-slung updates of Tiki chic, perfect for passing out canapés; $90-$150. Set things aglow with Cire Trudon candles by France's oldest candlemaker (and supplier to Louis XIV), in an array of sublime scents, $95 and up.

The Only Way to Serve Elephant

Set an inventive and wittier table with large animal platters from Paper Trail in Rhinebeck: Made of stoneware, they feature graphic transfers of large animals from scientific illustrations, including an elephant, a whale, and a giraffe. They're safe for microwave, oven and dishwasher, $30.

Sturdy, with Color

Light House Style in Saugerties has top-shelf items for home and entertaining, including a Le Creuset soup tureen in classic cherry red that takes three quarts of goodness from stove to table brightly and beautifully. Well designed, it will last for years of repasting, is easy to clean, and dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe; $99. The same stoneware is used for Le Creuset's capacious 12-ounce mugs—perfect for hot toddies or mulled cider, in a range of saturated hues, $14 each.

Lap of Luxury

Set a table with sublime linen napkins from Boxwood Linen and it instantly whispers with understated luxury. The Chatham shop makes its own 100 percent pure linen goods for the home, from tea towels to tablecloths to sheets, available in subtle shades like Oyster and Dijon, with optional monogramming (so they're great gifts as well). Belgian linen napkins, $26.50; linen table runner, $71; best linen tablecloth, $363.

Perfectly Hewn

Valatie home and gift boutique Great Finds is stocked with the well-crafted and well-made. Overlooking the legendary Houdini House (site of Houdini's last films), the shop has inventive bowls made by woodworker Spencer Peterman, who sources fallen trees during frequent woods walks in western Massachusetts and turns them into bowls on a specially designed lathe. Of black walnut, spalted maple, and more, these are entirely food safe. Medium serving bowl, $259. And toast the season with lovely French drinking glasses adorned with bees, scrolls, or seashells, $12 each.

Country-Folksy Comforts

Frazzleberries in Warwick serves up homespun home goods and folk art: Their Mason jar lid coasters have cork bases inside (the better to soak up any errant drops) and are stamped with country farm images of a pig, a rooster, and the words "Mason Jar." Get a whole set to handle your guests and don't worry about the furniture; $4.99 each. Serve your snacks in cheery bowls by Color Code: Glazed in bright Honey Butter, Pumpkin, and Wasabi, they're durable and seasonally appropriate. Small, $7.99; medium, $12.99; large, $16.99.



Jones Farm in Cornwall has treats famous on both sides of the Hudson: bestselling Harvest Bread Pudding, regular with cider, cream and rum, $12.95; holiday with cranberries, spices, and pumpkin, $14.95. Locally made Coyote Kitchen Jams come in flavors like strawberry balsamic with cracked black pepper and thin-cut grapefruit; 4 oz. jar, $5.99. Scrumptious Hudson Valley Caramels are $7.75 for a 5 oz. bag.


In maple syrup, there's the real thing and then there's the other stuff; Crown Maple & Madava Farms in Dover Plains have the real thing, and gallons of it. The intense Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is a pure organic wonder that riffs off the bourbon barrels it ages in, 375 ml, $19.95. The Crown Maple trio offers a variety pack of full-size bottles for cooking, baking, and cocktails: Amber Color and Rich Taste, Dark Color and Robust Taste, and Very Dark Color and Strong Taste. All are varieties of Crown Maple Grade-A syrup, and all are insanely amazing, $59.95.


Little Ghent Farm is a picturesque family shop and rural gem that produces remarkable loaves of bread in their rustic kitchen: crusty and chewy sourdough comes in boule and white tin forms, $7 each; their focaccia is, well, to die for, $16 for half a sheet. Bring as a hostess gift wrapped in a cotton bread bag, $5, and you’ll be loved forever. And don’t forget the dogs: handmade dog treats, 4-ounce bag (about 30 treats), $6.00.


The Kingston Wine Co. specializes in the kind of European wines that make you want to stand up and raise a glass. Recommended for the season are a 2013 Cabernet Franc (Elizabeth's Vineyard) from Eminence Road Farm Winery, $20.99; a 2014 Beaujolais Rouge from Domain Depeuble, $15.99; and for something altogether different, an organic 2012 Slovenian Orange Wine, $23.99.


The right bitters can really kick up a cocktail a notch, and Dutch's Spirits from the Harvest Homestead Farm in Pine Plains include finely handcrafted versions. Go for Dutch's American Era Variety Three-Pack for a sampling, including one-oz. bottles of Dutch's Colonial Cocktail Bitters, Boomtown Bitters, and Dutch's Prohibitors, $14.95. There's also the swanky Sugar Wash Moonshine, approximately $25 for 750ml. Check with local liquor stores, or contact Dutch's directly.

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