Tennessee: Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

 

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The latest concoction in our Americana Appetites series brings you some good ol’ Memphis Dry Rub Ribs from Tennessee! This recipe came from Paula Deen, the most epic mother of country home cooking.

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Virginia was once again defeated in our social media poll of which state you would like to see next. Here at Tomahawk, we are yet to visit the great state of Tennessee—despite our love of country music—but even though we may not have yet experienced this recipe in it’s hometown, we must admit that these bad boys southern-charmed the pants off us, nonetheless.

The sweet mixture of brown sugar with a hint of a kick in the cayenne pepper leaves your mouth wondering if it’s naughty or nice; and the slow cooking creates a tenderness above that of even the most comforting southern momma. Are you drooling yet? We are. Give it a go and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
TDco.

A Mallet Whackin’ Good Time

No matter where you live in this great country (unless you’re in Southern California!), it’s pretty much a given that you’ve been experiencing the same cold snap that we have here in Charm City.  While we’re all about cuddling up next to the fire with a blanket and a glass of wine (or two), we’ve mostly been spending our days dreaming of the coming warmth.

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Here in MD, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a classic Chesapeake Crab Feast! We’ve come up with a list for the perfect feast with friends and family – here’s what you’ll need:

1. Set the date – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day…Any day is a good crab feast day!

2. Guest list – Invite your crustacean loving friends

3. Crab paper – You’ll want to protect your picnic table from the delicious mess – we may be biased, but think that our new paper is perfect!

4. Old Bay (We never leave home without it!)

5. Crab mallets

6. Serrated knives

7. Paper towels

8. Side dishes – Might we suggest burgers, potato salad or corn on the cob?

9. Maryland Blue Crabs (estimate 6 per person)

10. Ice-cold beer – We’ll leave this selection up to you!

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We recommend making this a full-day event – start around 2 and enjoy the festivities late into that long summer night—everyone loves wrapping up cool evenings with a bonfire. Now get to pickin’ and enjoy!

Cheers!
– J

P.S. Don’t forget to check back in our shop next month to order your crab paper, mallets and more for your feast this summer: just add crabs (and beer).

 

Like-Minded Mamas Holiday Giveaway!

 

Book Giveaway

This has been a crazy fall for us here at TDco., but we’re happy to share with you one of our most recent projects that has come to completion!

Like-Minded Mamas

Meet Tonya, Heather and Stephanie, a group of three passionate women who make up The Like-Minded Mamas. Anything and everything natural health related, they’re on it! This fall, they have transformed almost every holiday recipe staple into healthy, nourishing alternatives that are satisfying for both the body and the mind. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, you’ll take comfort in knowing you’re staying true to REAL food when following their cookbook this holiday season.

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With its organic letterforms and personal touch, hand-lettering was the perfect gateway to helping the book spring to life. In collaboration of layout with Crimson Design Works, we lettered anything from the cover to section headers to recipe titles with as much care and finesse as is used in each and every one of the Like-Minded Mamas’ recipes.

Take a peek and be sure to enter our holiday giveaway to win a free printed copy—simply visit the TDco Facebook page and comment on our giveaway post!

Happy, healthy holidays to you and yours.

Cheers!
J.

Alaska: Drunken King Crab Legs

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We’re back at it with the newest recipe from our Americana Appetites series! The people have spoken and Alaska has defeated Virginia in our social media survey for the next state delicacy. This week, crab meat, beer and butter triumphantly reign in The Last Frontier’s go-to dish.

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So today we’re venturing through cold waters and beautiful mountains to whip up some drunken king crab legs. I’m happy to say that I’ve had the unforgettable opportunity to visit this great state and feast upon some of these beauties in their freshest environment. As a Marylander, I may be a seasoned crustacean lover, but I can certainly advocate that people should venture outside their comfort zone to try some king crab legs at least once in their life—unless you’re allergic to shellfish, in which case, stick to the land dwellers.

This week’s recipe is fairly straightforward; easy to prepare even for those of us that may struggle in the kitchen. So enjoy our hand-lettering, give it a whirl and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
J.

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes

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Our first recipe for Americana Appetites is complete! Alabama’s Fried Green Tomatoes—people really eat these? Apparently! Their salty sweetness creates a combination unlike any other. If you’re looking for the best ones, make a lunch stop at the Irondale Cafe where they serve ’em up with their homemade remoulade sauce.

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We’ll be leaving the next recipe choice up to the masses. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tomahawkdesignco to participate in the survey!

Cheers,
J.

Introducing “Americana Appetites”

Americana Appetites

Design AND food? I’m in heaven and happy to introduce today: Americana Appetites. As I’ve started to do more hand-lettering and launched the official opening of The Calligraphy Kitchen, I’ve found that recipes are an amazing execution of design practices. This new project will be slowly evolving into a series of homegrown and hand-lettered recipes for each of the 50 states’ most beloved cuisine—practicing both my culinary and creative skills, simultaneously!

While this may seem a bit like designing the cover before you write the book, I decided to look at this project as more of a developing brand. And where does a brand begin? With the logo.

This introductory image for the series captures both the culinary and artistic detail of every piece by highlighting the humanistic, hands-on connection between cooking and art—two of life’s most simple pleasures. I hope you’re as excited as I am to begin this delicious journey through the 50 states. Check back later this week for our inaugural recipe—Alabama!

Cheers,
J.

 

Food Type: Maryland Style Crabcakes

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If there’s one thing Marylanders know, it’s crustaceans. Maryland-style crabcakes populate menus across the country, yet never quite live up to their hometown flair anywhere other than the Old Line State. From the Old Bay to the jumbo lump meat, these crabcakes always leave your mouth watering for more—not to mention, a cold Natty Boh.

This week’s Food Type is the beginning of an upcoming collection that will bring to life homespun recipes from each of the 50 states. As we’re working our way from Maine lobster rolls all the way over to California fish tacos, these handlettered pieces will unfold into the Calligraphy Kitchen’s “Americana Appetite” series. Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help out with your state’s recipe decision! Cheers, J.

Food Type: Birroteca

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Live in Baltimore? Visiting soon? Be sure to check out Birroteca, a modern take on delicious Italian cuisine. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is spot-on for a laid-back meal in its quaint Hampden locale. I’ll be heading back soon to dabble in some brussel sprouts and get my fix of the olive oil and sea salt ice cream—sound weird? You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Cheers!
J.

Food Type: Candied Bacon

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Today’s Food Type is Father’s Day appropriate! Need a last minute gift? You know Dad will love something made by his favorite child—and believe me, you WILL be the favorite after he tastes this. The best part? It’s so simple! Creating the typography for this one took longer than making the actual recipe; in case you can’t tell, that is love…design love with a side of bacon.

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A special shoutout to my friend Allison for documenting each delicious step! We certainly enjoyed the final product.

Cheers!
J.

 

 

Food Type: Little Havana

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Today’s Food Type comes from what I like to think is a well-kept Baltimore secret. Pop in for some tacos, a mojito (their specialty) or simply to enjoy the warm breezes on the patio. I also happen to love the restored warehouse in which the cabana resides, representing the urban Baltimore vibe alongside the beachy Latin flair. Enjoy!

Cheers,
J.

Food Type: Ryleigh’s Oyster

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This whole “starting your own design business” deal is, as I expected, tough work. You begin to realize that the business side is just as important as the design side and finding that balance between corporate and creative can be taxing. So lately I’ve been scrubbing my brain for ways to keep my skills sharp in the spare moments that I do happen to find.


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Behold, my first attempt at a typographic restaurant review. I love food, I love type, so why the heck not? This particular infographic reflects some of my all-time fave things about one of Fed Hill’s finest, Ryleigh’s Oyster. But don’t just take my word(s) for it, stop by and check them out next time you find yourself around Charm City! You’ll be sure to see me there in the upcoming months when their open-air atmosphere blows back into style in the arms of those warm summer breezes.

Cheers,
J.