The Elusive Find

Labor of Love

The Elusive Find August 19th, 2013 — by:

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Chucklet & Honey, based in Flowood, Mississippi, was founded in 2010 by Chuck Hargett. Chuck grew up in the Deep South on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. As a youngster he was called everything in the book, and the nickname Chucklet soon became a favorite.

Jumping creeks, catching crawdads, peeling back wild sugarcane, tasting the sweet nectar of honeysuckle growing free in the woods … some of Chuck’s favorite memories of growing up in the South are food-related. And most revolve around spending time with his mom, Janice Hargett, affectionately known as Honey. Like a true Southern gal, Honey was a whiz with sweets; chewy cookies, magnificent cakes, impressive pies, and all manner of luscious desserts sprang from her tiny Mississippi kitchen. Chucklet found himself learning how to make the best-ever chocolate chip cookies, angel food cakes, and all sorts of icings … everything from scratch, using the freshest ingredients he could find.

In 2010, Chuck began preparing for the leap into his own bakery business. Cookie recipes were tried and retried. Friends and family tasted and retasted. The art of baking the perfect cookie, as dense in texture as it is rich in flavor, was, in fact, perfected. And Chuck gathered all of his travel experiences and all of his culinary expertise and returned to the scene of his youth. You can take the boy out of the South but you just can’t take the South out of the boy—and now it’s come full circle. Honey, of course, watches over everything.

The result is a company that is not only founded on the Southern traditions of fresh ingredients and sweet treats, but also the Southern ideals of kindness and hospitality. Chucklet & Honey offers rich, deliciously dense cookies with a Southern flair, all wrapped up in a package designed by a seasoned pro.

Here at Taigan we love all of Chuck’s cookies, so the Chucklet Sampler is a perfect solution!

 

Boston Strong

The Elusive Find June 23rd, 2013 — by:

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As we approach a patriotic holiday weekend we all have Boston on our minds. Support one of America’s favorite teams by sporting this comfy shirt as they power through their season!

 

 

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What better way to celebrate National Fairy Tale Day than with something that really lets your child’s imagination run wild? The Freaky King and Queen is a whimsical story with blank pages allowing your little one to bring the tale to life with their own drawings. Brilliant!

Bubble Up

The Elusive Find January 5th, 2013 — by:

bubble bath- insideIt’s National Bubble Bath Day! And what better way to celebrate than with Barr Co.’s Bubble Elixer? Crafted with natural plant extracts, soothing botanicals and oatmeal, this elixir offers lofty bubbles and an honest clean scent. Simply perfection.

 

Rare Roots

The Elusive Find May 29th, 2012 — by:

Our friend Jean-Noel has done it again! The proprietor of Napa Valley’s (and Taigan’s) VGS Chateau Potelle, Jean-Noel Fourmeaux du Sartel not only makes some of the region’s finest wines, he leads annual trips through Burgundy and Bordeaux that get the highest marks. (His guests rave about the fact that his sense of fun and curiosity are as developed as his singular nose!) But on a recent trip to Bordeaux, he sussed out more than swell wine–Jean-Noel ran across a local sculptor who makes a handful of limited edition carafes every year and he snapped up all of them on the spot. There are only 12 of this year’s carafes, called the “Roots of Life,” in existence, and each is numbered and signed. Made to hold a standard 750ml bottle of wine, they are tougher than they look and can withstand a washing in very hot water. Jean-Noel says they remind him of the deep roots his vines put down in his mountain vineyard. For the rest of us, they are astonishingly beautiful–and useful–works of art.