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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales start Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Hello again, and happy Thanksgiving! We’re psyched to announce that our Black Friday sale* is going to be running Thanksgiving day (11/26) through Cyber Monday (11/30) to give you optimal time to enjoy your family and still get in on the great deals.  Plus, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (we definitely qualify) and Cyber Monday, how can we not keep the sale going all weekend long?

Free shipping for the holidays

First of all, Free Shipping!  That’s right, all retail orders placed 11/26 through 11/30 qualify for free GROUND shipping. If you want it there faster, you’re going to have to pay. But you’ve got PLENTY of time until Christmas!

Promo Code $10 Off

Second, any retail order of our Acaciaware® is 20% off! The unique, hand carved wood pieces are great for gifting and for serving, so buy some for you and some for a friend. You’ll end up with beautiful serveware for the holidays and  your friend will get a gift they’ll cherish for years to come! Plus, a sale this good on Acaciaware® only comes around once a year!

Happy Holidays

We hope that you all have fun, happy and safe holidays, and that you enjoy your time with loved ones. We’re thankful to each and every one of you for being such devoted customers. Happy Thanksgiving!

*These deals are for retail customers only and are not combinable with other offers including our Newsletter Sign Up Coupon Code and blogger discount codes. Save that 15% discount for another time! Wholesale and commercial accounts do not qualify. If you order online and receive free shipping or free items, we WILL charge you for the shipping and we will NOT include those items on your purchase. Thanks for your understanding. Any questions? Call us at (888) 207-8999 or email [email protected].

Fall Flowers: Pacific Merchants’ Flower Arrangement Tutorial

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Dear readers,

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a productive, awesome, inspiring week. #TGIF

With both Thanksgiving and winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start decorating.  I love creating my own floral arrangement when I entertain; yes it takes a lot prep work, but it totally doubles as a de-stresser and I even look at flower arranging as a little “me time” while I’m going crazy trying to prepare.  As they say…stop and smell the roses! I sure did when I was making this floral centerpiece.

One of my coworkers taught me a really cool arrangement trick during our last Pacific Merchants photo shoot, and I want to share it with you.  We wanted a shorter, fuller arrangement so we decided to style our flowers in one of our Mason Cash Classic Cane Mixing Bowls.  In this DIY tutorial I used our size 30 mixing bowl so that the flowers spill over the bowl a little bit, making for a dramatic and luscious table centerpiece.

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowl Flower Arrangement

Here’s what you’ll need:


-Clear tape, or seasonal washi tape

-Scissors (preferably a stronger pair that can cut through flower stems)

-A bowl or wide mouthed jar (I suggest our Classic Cane Size 24 Mixing Bowl, our Acacia Wood Bowls or our 1L Open Storage Crock. Really, the beauty of this technique is that any kind of bowl works! This is a great opportunity to get creative.)

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1. Pick out some flowers!  I went to my local florist and hand selected all the flowers to use in my centerpiece.  I opted for a mix of late fall/early winter colors to complement the recent change in seasons.  I also added some greens, eucalyptus in this case, to fill in some of that extra space and give a cooler feel to counter all the warm colors. Eucalyptus has a nice and gentle scent to it and dries really well. If you want to keep things lower budget, focus on one or two eye-catching flowers and lots of small, cheap filler flowers and greens. As long as the colors look nice together, even the cheapest flowers look incredible. I love Trader Joe’s for their reasonably priced flowers.

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2. With your tape of choice (I used washi so you can better see what I’m doing!) start creating a grid across the bowl. This will help you place flowers and keep them in place.  Alternatively, use floral foam, which you can most likely find at your local craft store.

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowls Fall Flower Arrangement

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3. Time to style your flowers!  I generally try and go for a balanced arrangement in color, size, shape, and placement of flowers.  For any beginners out there, here are ten tips on flower arrangements, brought to you by the one and only Martha Stewart (.com).  The only downside of using colored tape is that sometimes it shows through if you don’t pack your flowers in tight enough, or if the tape folds over the edge of the bowl too much.  You can definitely hide the tape with flowers, but just a reminder to keep an eye out!

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Mason Cash Classic Cane Mixing Bowl Flower Arrangement

4. Bask in the colors, scents, and glory of your arrangement.  It’s such a treat for me to create something like this; it really helps me wind down after a busy day!  It takes some creative energy, but it’s an indulgent and relaxing process.  These centerpieces make great gifts as well, especially for those who love to cook and bake;  Our bowls are a staple for any serious kitchen when it’s not full of beautiful flowers! It’s a gift that does double-duty.

Tag your floral arrangement photos with #pacificmerchants on Instagram (@pacificmerchant) and Facebook/Twitter to show us what you’re up to!

Have a great weekend, folks.

Thanksgiving Wild Rice Salad

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Pacific Merchants and Chef Louise
Thanksgiving is the Super bowl of holidays for cooks everywhere. There is so much planning, shopping, recipe testing, and decorating all for that one meal. Before we even begin to cook the “big meal” we have the pre game show – appetizers and cocktails to keep everyone happy while you cook a giant bird that ends up tasting well… like turkey. Don’t let my football talk fool you into to thinking I know anything about the game. I’m just barely aware that football is on television during Thanksgiving and that it has something to do with the teams that play at the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, right?


It’s too early in the month to start talking about my lack of enthusiasm for cooking turkeys on Thanksgiving, so for now let’s just talk cranberries. Thanksgiving can be a bit overwhelming even for seasoned chefs, maybe that’s why Americans have resorted to opening a can when it comes to the cranberries. It’s almost become a tradition to have a bowl of jiggly wiggly cranberry sauce on the table with the ring indentation still intact. I have to admit, I love the stuff. Give me a roll with a slab of butter and a nice glob of cranberries and I’ll call it Thanksgiving.

This is a great fall salad that is made with cranberries and tossed in cranberry vinaigrette. It sounds odd with the rice and raw vegetables, believe me I know, but it’s incredibly flavorful and full of texture with a unique sweet and savory flavor balance. Because it’s made without lettuce and served cold or at room temperature, it is a perfect “do-ahead” salad for your holiday table. Try serving salad in a Mason Cash pudding basin or a beautiful acacia wood salad bowl – remember presentation is everything, your guests will be so impressed – it will be a sure touchdown.

Serve this with a butternut squash soup for a complete lunch or dinner.

How will you serve your cranberries this Thanksgiving season?

Wild Rice and Cranberry Salad with Candied Walnuts
Serves 8-10
1 ½ cups uncooked wild rice
6 -7 cups water
1 Tablespoon salt
6 cups cooked chicken breast or turkey- cut into medium dice
3 cups carrots – thinly sliced on the bias
2 cups celery – thinly sliced on the bias
¾ cup green onions – sliced thinly on the bias
¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon
1 cup dried soft cranberries
1 cup candied walnuts
• In a large sauce pot bring the rice to a rolling boil with the salt- cook for about 45 minutes or until rice splits.
• Remove from the heat and pour into a strainer- allow to cool.

• In a large Mason Cash mixing bowl, combine cooled rice, chicken, carrots, celery, onions, tarragon, and cranberries.

Toss with cranberry vinaigrette a little at a time to coat evenly – to taste.

• Top with candied walnuts
Cranberry Vinaigrette
½ cup canned cranberry
1 Tablespoon shallot- chopped
1 small clove of garlic – minced
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar or tarragon vinegar
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup walnut oil
2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
• Combine all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake well – chill

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