The Wild Kitchen


Wonderful Walnut

June 12, 2019 Molly McGuire

Wonderful Walnut

 You can tell by our name that cherry wood is our favorite, but today I’d like to sing the praises of another gorgeous material you’ll find in our shop: walnut wood. Native to North America, black walnut trees (juglans nigra) can reach heights of more than 100 feet, with trunk diameters of three feet or more. These trees grow throughout most of the eastern half of the United States, but prime walnut needs rich, moist but well-drained soil such as that found in the upper Mississippi River Valley (which happens to be right where we’re located!). The species has been...


Small Things to Make Your Kitchen More Environmentally Friendly

June 07, 2019 Molly McGuire

Small Things to Make Your Kitchen More Environmentally Friendly

At Wild Cherry Spoon Co., we love the planet and we try to be good to it when we can. That’s why we only use local, ethically harvested, sustainable urban lumber to create our products. That also means that when you purchase a Wild Cherry product, you’ve made an environmentally friendly choice, too! As a society, we need to make some big changes to counteract climate change. But on an individual level, sometimes the advice for living a greener life—like buying new, efficient appliances for the kitchen—is out of reach for those of us who rent or don’t have the budget....


Mac and Cheese Musings (and a recipe)

June 05, 2019 Molly McGuire

Mac and Cheese Musings (and a recipe)

As a kid, I hated boxed mac and cheese, and would only eat the noodles buttered—no orange-powder cheese sauce for me! That’s not because I didn’t like cheese; on the contrary, I loved cheese and did not suffer neon-colored cheese powder. I was also the only kid I knew who hated Goldfish snacks. I feel pretty much the same today: love cheese, hate the powdered or reconstituted stuff (white cheddar-flavored Cheez-Its being the main exception to this rule).  When I moved to Wisconsin as a teenager, I discovered real mac and cheese. Also known as baked mac and cheese, or...


All About Cherry Wood

May 24, 2019 Molly McGuire

All About Cherry Wood

Whenever someone asks what inspired the name Wild Cherry Spoon Co., co-owner and chief artisan Tim McGuire replies that cherry wood is his favorite material to carve. This inspired me to do a little research on what makes the wild cherry tree (Prunus serotina) special. Read on to learn about this abundant resource, from its historic use as imitation mahogany, to its possible medicinal properties--and to see some of my favorite images of our cherry wood products!   Prunus serotina goes by many common names, including black cherry, wild cherry, and whiskey cherry. According to Wood Magazine, the species was prevalent...


Kitchen Lore: Truth or Tall Tale?

May 20, 2019 Molly McGuire

Kitchen Lore: Truth or Tall Tale?

I have a confession: I’ve never enjoyed cooking all that much. I know, I know…working in a shop that specializes in kitchen tools, this confession is particularly shameful. In my defense, I love all things handmade, so if anything is going to convince me to spend more time in the kitchen, it’s working with gorgeous handmade utensils from Wild Cherry Spoon Co. And whether I enjoy it or not, my wallet always feels better when I commit to cooking at least a few meals each week. So even an impatient cook like myself has picked up a bit of kitchen...

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