Monday, July 21, 2014

Grilled Pork Chops with Homemade Garlic Herbed Butter

Tis the season to be grillin'!   Shawn might argue that there are no seasonal boundaries for grilling.  I take that back.  Shawn would actually insist that there are no seasonal boundaries for grilling. During rain, sleet, snow, even during a tornado watch it isn't at all unusual to find my husband standing outside in sub zero, torrential weather if there is some meat he can grill.  And grill he does!

This is a dish that we used to make quite often, summers ago.  I'm not even sure how it fell off of our radar because it's a win-win dish as it is just as easy to make as it is delicious to eat.  Do you ever forget about a dish and then something sparks your memory and you're like, "oh yeah, we have got to make that soon"?   A couple of weeks ago we were talking about a Spinach salad I make with warm bacon dressing and these pork chops immediately popped into my head;  I've never not served the chops without the Spinach salad.  It reminded me how good they were and so we made them shortly thereafter.

For the pork, you can grill whatever your favorite cut is.  We always do thick cut, boneless chops but a tenderloin would be equally yummy!

Just brush the chops with a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and grill them to your liking.  The real treat in this is the herbed butter you allow to melt on top when they are just hot off the grill.

Here's the butter at room temperature in a pretty red transferware salt cellar.  These are great little bowls for all sorts of sauces, etc.  Last Fall, when I wrote about how I was chosen to provide a new nightclub, Rose.Rabbit.Lie, at The Cosmopolitan Hotel with 1700+ pieces of transferware I showed you all a pic of how these are used in the restaurant for serving caviar.

The butter can be frozen and thawed later as well so you might want to make a couple of sticks.  You can take them out of the freezer as needed.

Herbed Butter (for poultry or pork)

1 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon rosemary (I used dried this time but prefer fresh)
2 teaspoons dried orange peel
salt to taste (or use salted butter)
pepper to taste, if desired

Mix all ingredients well.  Serve soft or make it extra pretty by chilling and then rolling into a tube or shape however you wish.  
You can slice it into pats.  Serve a dollop or small pat of butter on grilled chicken or pork just after pulling it off the grill.  

Below is a pic of the butter, after being rolled and chilled, cut into small pats.  The wooden carved butter dish is antique.  Check my shop for these if you're interested as I've currently got one or two, one with a blue transferware insert.  

I plan to post the recipe for the Spinach salad soon, as it goes so nicely with the pork, but the only close to decent pic I got is this one of Ethan helping put it together.  So, the spinach salad recipe will have to wait until I get better photos to share with you.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Beary Brown Transferware House

I love seeing rooms that harmoniously marry rustic and refined decor as is the case in this house from Horton Designs.  
From your first step into the house you are welcomed with warm woods and a carved black forest bear to hang your coat.

I think the bears are adorable found throughout the home, and the basket of big pinecones under the entry table is a warm natural accent reminiscent of the outdoors.

I'd love to find some of these faux bois tree stump planters.  I love anything faux bois (French for false wood).

The carved bears in the dining room serve as butlers, one holding fresh bread and the other holds a honey pot overhead.  The green glassware adds a punch of unexpected color to the dining table with a huge bouquet of fresh tulips in creamy white.

But, what really caught this girl's eye….
was the impressive collection  of
brown transfer ware  artfully arranged on the wall!

You can see more of this house at Horton Designs.  And, of course you all know where you can buy brown transferware! =)


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July and a 1776 sale!

I'm sure you all are busy like me, getting ready for the 4th of July! 
I have been SO hungry for coconut cake lately.  I have found myself staring at endless pins with different recipes.  I can taste it now!  I decided to make one and take it to my sisters house tomorrow, where we're going to celebrate Independence.  I'm also making dirt and worms, minus the (gummy) worms.  I bet most of you have had it or seen the recipe.  My kids, especially Ethan and Trevor LOVE it.  Those two boys have the same birthday and often ask me to make it in lieu of cake (although now that I think about it they usually ask for cake too)!

I didn't fully set a 4th of July table.  I started to but never got it all together.  My dining room is still in the works.  I can't afford to put wallpaper up right now, which is really what I'd love to do and the curtains are make shift (what was in the house when we moved in) for now.  Most all of my red transferware is in there, but it's stacked here and there and not really displayed.  I'm hoping to work on that room in the next couple of weeks.

So, in the meantime, I thought I'd share what I did put together along with a picture of a past patriotic tablescape.  

Additionally I am having a 1776 sale.  17.76% off your entire purchase over the next few days.  Just enter code 1776 at

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Feeling blessed to have been born in this great nation!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

More Traditional Red White & Blue Rooms with Transferware

A couple of weeks ago I shared some pictures of beautiful rooms in red and blue color schemes decorated with transferware.    Here is another roundup of rooms that I adore, all with red and blue color schemes and all with transferware! 


 (via Traditional Home)

(via enchanted home)

(my old living room)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Little Sparrow in my Entry Way

A little bird with plumage brown,
Beside my window flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Then taps upon my window pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my notice to its song;
But I work on, nor heed its lay,
Till, in neglect, it flies away.

So birds of peace and hope and love
Come fluttering earthward from above,
To settle on life's window-sills,
And ease our load of earthly ills;
But we, in traffic's rush and din
Too deep engaged to let them in,
With deadened heart and sense plod on,
Nor know our loss till they are gone.

~Paul Laurence Dunbar

One of my favorite little pieces of red transferware is this sparrow shaped bird ashtray from Clarice Cliff / Royal Staffordshire which hovers just above the entry table in our foyer.  I have displayed it on my hutch in previous houses.  It has lived better days as it's been dropped and broken and glued back together, but I still like it just the same.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Transferware Test Plates

Today I'm following up on the Split Personality Plate I  posted about yesterday.  I actually hadn't finished my post and accidentally published it so I decided to keep it as it was and follow up today.

Below are some really special examples of what are called sample or test plates.  These were used by numerous potters including Wedgwood as a guide for painters to ensure consistency in coloration.   

 photo: Pamela Younes

Another use for the sample plates was to show prospective clients different colors.

From Marion Harris:

 "Used since the 18th century, sampling formats provide detailed insights into the manufacturing processes, technological innovations and design tastes of their respective eras. The beautifully composed sample books served multiple purposes, from quality control measures for printers and dyers in the textile industry, to archives of all the patterns produced by a manufacturer in a given year, to retail vehicles for salesmen. In commercially competitive fields during the 18th and 19th centuries, sample books were highly valuable and carefully guarded against espionage attacks by manufacturers. During the 20th century, sampling formats became a practical means of disseminating color palettes for each season."

The plate below by J. P. Emery depicts 15 wedges in shades of blue, green and brown where each corresponds to a transfer printed landscape cartouche and floral border.  Numbers are written below each transfer color which would denote the factory color.  It is dated February of 1899 and also notes that colors 6145 through 6153 (blues) were fired in a Slosh Oven.

(photo Wikipedia)

These next two plates below by A J Wilkinson would have been used as a sample to show prospective clients various transfer colors, stamps and designs.

Sample plates in an enclosed case at the Gladstone Pottery Museum at Stoke On Trent
 photo courtesy Cindy Gerus Haschytz 

Below is a selection of sample wares from Marion Harris' 19th and early 20th century ceramic color chart plates.    The ultra rare 'pitcher plates' served to show retail stores the range of designs.  These pieces are very rare  (though I will say that I saw one recently on Ebay sell for next to nothing compared to the prices you can see above at $1500 per plate!) and desirable.   Few were made and fewer have survived!
photo Marion Harris 

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