Two months ago, Jen and I drove up the St. Croix River and found a potter (Lief Bjornson) in St. Croix Falls. Back then we each ordered a brie baker and a garlic plate. Last week we found out our custom orders were ready, so we hopped back in the MIni and hit the road. That night, I used one of the pieces, a garlic plate, for the first time. I admit I was unsure what to expect, but really, what a great idea. Essentially, it’s just a simple plate, but in the center is a texture that you rub a fresh clove of garlic on. The texture chews up the garlic and the natural juices from the garlic pour out. Then, you add some good olive oil and dip some good bread in it. And man, you really can taste the garlic. I was so pleasantly surprised.