Gibson Althea Teal 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

Teal Reactive Glaze 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set

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The Gibson Althea Teal 16-piece dinnerware set has a soft beige reactive glaze with a touch of teal and blue accent in a modern geometric pattern. The plates are a stylish soft square. The 16-piece teal dinnerware set is a complete service for four and includes four each of the following: dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls and mugs. Gibson Elite

Stoneware dinnerware is designed for everyday use and for added convenience is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Reactive glazes are a blend of art and science so enjoy the variations and uniqueness of every piece. They are formulated to produce reactions during the kiln firing resulting in varied and beautiful effects on your dinnerware. The final appearance of the glaze is dependent on firing temperature, glaze thickness and the composition of the stoneware body. The same glaze can look quite different on different clay bodies. 

The Dinnerware Buying Guide has useful information on what to expect from stoneware, product care and how dinnerware is sold.

Gibson Althea Teal Dinnerware Set Specifications

  • Pattern/Color: Althea/Teal, Beige and Blue
  • Material: Stoneware
  • Care instructions: Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Service for: Four (4)
  • Number of pieces in set: Sixteen (16)
  • Food safe (FDA, California Prop 65) for lead and cadmium
  • Manufactured in China

Set Includes:

• Four (4) Dinner plates: 11.25″ Soft Square
• Four (4) Salad/Dessert plates: 9″ Soft Square
• Four (4) Bowls: 7.25″ Soft Square
• Four (4) Mugs: 14 ounces

Gibson Item No. 105983.16
UPC 085081291646

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  1. Bloody Mary RecipeBloody Mary Recipe

    One of my favorite drinks regardless of the season is a flavorful Bloody Mary. Some like them hot and some like them mild but whatever your preference this easy recipe works well.

    4 ounces The Original Clamato Juice
    2 ounces vodka
    1 shake garlic powder
    2 shakes celery salt
    3 dashes Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
    2 slices lime
    2 slices jalapeno pepper
    1 teaspoon horseradish

    Sprinkle the celery salt on a flat sauce. Rub the rim of the glass with a slice of lime and gently rub the moist edge with the celery salt.

    Add the Clamato juice, vodka, garlic powder, Worcestershire Sauce, juice of the remaining lime wedge and the horseradish to a shaker and shake well. Taste for seasoning and heat and adjust if necessary.

    Strain into an ice filled celery salt rimmed glass, add the jalapeno pepper slices and garnish with pimiento stuffed green olives.

    The perfect Bloody Mary deserves the best iced-beverage glass. Plum Street Pottery carries a great selection of beautiful and durable Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal glasses.

    Convention 12.5 ounce Iced-Beverage glass
    Banquet 14.2 ounce Long Drink glass
    For more recipes go to our blog. 

    Share your favorite recipes. We would love to hear from you!

  2. Warm Weather Punch and Wine Cooler RecipesNow that you have new Concerto Punch Bowl Set you will need some refreshing recipes.

    Here are three quick and easy recipes to try. Let us know what you think.

    Lime Punch

    Ingredients

    2 – 3 ounce lime flavored Jell-O pouches
    1 - Quart hot water
    1 – 46 ounce can pineapple juice
    2 -12 ounce cans of frozen orange juice
    4½ - cups cold water
    3 - liters ginger ale

    Directions

    Dissolve the Jell-O in the hot water and let cool
    Add the pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, cold water, ginger ale and the cool Jell-O to your Schott Zwiesel Concerto Punch Bowl and stir all the ingredients until they are well blended.

    Place plastic wrap over the top of the punch bowl and refrigerate for several hours.

    If you want to make it alcoholic, simply add your favorite rum. Mine is Meyer’s Dark Jamaican rum. I find the dark rum adds a deeper richer flavor. Meyer's Dark Jamaican Rum

    Sherbet Punch

    Ingredients

    ½ - gallon of your favorite sherbet
    1 – 64 ounce can pineapple juice (cold)
    2 – liters ginger ale (cold)

    Directions

    When your company arrives add the pineapple juice, ginger ale and the sherbet. Stir briefly to blend the pineapple juice and ginger ale. The sherbet will slowly melt keeping the punch chilled.

    White Wine Cooler

    Ingredients

    1 - orange
    1 - bottle of reisling white wine
    1 - 15-ounce can sliced peaches in heavy syrup
    ½ - cup of Cointreau orange liquor
    ¼ - cup sugar

    Refrigerate at least one hour

    You can adjust the sweetness by adding or reducing the sugar. One variation is to use dark brown sugar in place of the white sugar. I like the depth of flavor brown sugar adds similar to the Meyer’s Dark Rum.

    The Schott Zwiesel Concerto Punch Bowl Set includes a 315 ounce punch bowl, six Concerto Life cocktail glasses and one ladle. Important to note is they are all made from Schott Zwiesel’s patented Tritan Crystal that resists breakage, scratches and chips.

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  3. MANHATTAN COCKTAIL RECIPES – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    The Past - Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe


    While the exact origin of the classic Manhattan remains unknown, the following recipe remains a classic.

    2 oz. Rye Whiskey
    1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
    5 drops Angostura Bitters

    Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

    I compare the classic Manhattan cocktail to watching an old black and white TV and the Manhattan cocktails of today to an OLED TV. The WOW factor immediately takes over.

    The Present


    We all like to experiment and the classic Manhattan recipe is no exception. Over the years cocktail lovers searched for bigger, bolder recipes. The new age recipes replace our parents Martini and Rossi Vermouth with more sophisticated spirits.

    A great example is this robust recipe.

    4 oz. of your favorite rye or bourbon
    1 oz. Barolo Chinato (I use Cocchi)
    Dash orange biters
    Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
    Shake with ice in a Boston Shaker then strain and pour into a chilled martini glass.
    Add a cherry or two.

    Cocchi Barolo Chinato

    A single barrel premium whiskey works even better. Using a rule of thumb from cooking, when adding wine only use wine you like to drink. The same rule holds true for your cocktails. Barolo Chinato in place of vermouth creates a Manhattan with more character and intensity.

    Never heard of Barolo Chinato? Most people have not. It is made from 100% Nebbiolo wine from the Barolo region of Italy.

    For more on this wonderful after-dinner drink click Barolo Chinato.

    Luxardo Cherries
    For a little sweeter alternative, replace Barolo Chinato with Averna Amaro.

    Compari produces Averna Amaro. A complete description can be found on their website at Averna Amaro.

    There are also great craft American vermouths to try. Each has its own unique flavor to enhance your Manhattan. A great starting point for your research can be found at Great American Craft Vermouths.

    Barrel Aged Manhattan Cocktail


    Barrel aged cocktails are the new kid on the block. Age your favorite Manhattan cocktail in an American White Oak 1 liter barrel. As with all spirits, aging in oak barrels mellows the spirits and, depending on the time in the barrel, imparts additional layers of flavors and complexity.

    Typically a Manhattan should be aged one to three months. Taste is subjective so spend some time finding your ideal time in the barrel. I have attached several articles on barrel aging. One recommends adding bitters after the barrel aging. They found bitters take over the flavor of the cocktail if they were added at the beginning of the process.

    In addition to aging your cocktails, small oak barrels add a nice decorating touch to your bar area.

    1 Liter American Oak Barrel

    How to Barrel Age your Manhattan

    Forbes Article on Barrel Aged Cocktails

    We are not professional bartenders but we sure have fun trying!

    For all your glassware needs shop our wonderful selection of Schott Zwiesel wine, cocktail and iced beverage glasses. Schott Zwiesel is known for patented Tritan Crystal glassware that resists chipping, breakage and scratches.

    The perfect cocktail glass for your perfect Manhattan is Schott Zwiesel’s Pure Martini glass.

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  4. Red Wine and Your Health 

    Red Wine and Your Health

    A great deal has been written on the health benefits, or the potential health benefits, of drinking red wine in moderation. Most define moderation as one to two 5-ounce glasses per day for a man and one 5-ounce glass per day for a woman.

    While there appears to be health benefits associated with red wine there are no conclusive large-scale long-term studies. The purported health benefits include

    • Raises HDL, the healthy cholesterol
    • Reduces the formation of blood clots
    • Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of LDL cholesterol
    • May improve the function of the layer of cells that line the blood vessels
    • Assists the body in preventing several types of cancer
    • Reduces risk of osteoporosis

    Several studies point to an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol as the beneficial substance. Resveratrol is a polyphenol, which is primarily found in the skin of the grapes. The grape skins are left in the red wine making process longer than they are in making white wines. Therefore more resveratrol is found in red wines. Not only is resveratrol in grape skins, it is also found in peanuts and berries.

    These studies might lead one to question if dietary supplements would be beneficial in addition to eating and drinking resveratrol rich foods. Studies have not, so far, discovered any side effects associated with resveratrol supplements. However, before you run to your local supplement store you need to understand that the FDA does not regulate resveratrol. This makes it difficult at best to know exactly what you are getting or whether the supplement is effective.

    In addition to resveratrol, studies have also shown that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol in wine and for that matter all alcoholic beverages provides health benefits by

    • Raising the HDL cholesterol
    • Reducing the formation of blood clots
    • Helping to prevent artery damage caused by high levels of LDL cholesterol
    • Possibly improving the function of the layer of cells that line the blood vessels

    For healthy adults moderate amounts of alcohol means one drink per day for woman of all ages, up to one drink per day for men older than 65 and up to two drinks per day for men 65 and younger.

    A drink is defined as

    • 12 ounces of beer
    • 5 ounces of wine
    • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

    It is very important to understand that the American Heart Association does NOT recommend drinking alcohol to prevent heart disease. The adverse effects of alcohol far outweigh the potential benefits.

    Drinking too much alcohol increases the potential for

    • Liver and pancreas diseases
    • Heart failure
    • High blood pressure
    • Certain types of cancer
    • Stroke
    • Accidents
    • Violence
    • Suicide
    • Depression
    • Weight gain

    Conclusion

    Until there are long-term conclusive studies I personally do not intend to start a “drink a day to keep the doctor away”.

    My advice to myself is to savor my glass of wine, relax and relieve myself of life’s anxieties. More importantly eat in moderation and exercise regularly. A glass of my favorite wine with a delicious balanced meal of plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts) as well as lean proteins (fish, chicken) make a nutritious meal and contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.

    A good start is the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes:

    • Plant based foods
    • Replace butter with healthy fats like olive oil
    • Use herbs to spice up your foods in place of salt
    • Minimize red meat to a few times per month
    • Eat poultry and fish at least twice per week
    • Drink red wine in moderation
    • Exercise

    Disclaimer

    I have written this article using the sources listed below. I am not a professional. Always consult your doctor and above all do you own research.

    Sources
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catechin
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol
    http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/diet-rich-resveratrol-offers-health-boost-201405157153
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232992.php
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/health-benefits-wine#1
    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/resveratrol-supplements
    http://www.ijcea.org/papers/416-N0002.pdf

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  5. Pumpkin Pecan Pie RecipeWhy choose between pumpkin or pecan, I love both. Combine pumpkin with pecans for a delicious pumpkin pecan pie. Pumpkin is a great complement to pecans and the two make a fantastic dessert.

    Ingredients:

    3 eggs
    1 cup dark corn syrup
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) melted butter
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cupped chopped pecans
    1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
    and of course
    Fresh Whipped Cream

    Yields: 6 to 8 servings

    Preheat your oven to 350°F.

    With a hand beater, beat the eggs well. Beat in the dark corn syrup, sugar, butter, pumpkin and vanilla until well-blended. Arrange the pecans in the bottom of the pie shell. Slowly pour the egg mixture over them. Bake 1 hour or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. Let the pie completely cool before serving. The filling needs to cool to set.

    Garnish with fresh whipped cream.

    We enjoyed this fine recipe at our neighbors house and we highly recommend it.

    A perfect complement to your pumpkin pecan pie is Sango's Roma Sage dinnerware. The colors coordinate well, sage green and pumpkin. Sango stoneware dinnerware is durable and suitable for family and guests.

    Sango Roma Sage 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

     

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  6. Route du Beaujolais

    Beaujolais


    by Mary Grace Rodarte

    Summertime means it's time to drink Beaujolais! For those unfamiliar with Beaujolais (pronounced boh-zhuh-ley, not boo-), it is a red wine that is unusually light bodied, high in acid, low in tannins and alcohol, and often described as refreshing and fruity. This is the perfect house wine to have a case of handy for casual dinner parties or pop-in guests: not too expensive, not too obvious, and easy to drink by those who think they only like white wine.

    The best flavors of red berries, blackberries, cherries, earth, herbs, and violets. The worst, according to many professional and amateur critics alike, can taste like Jell-O, bananas, and bubble gum. I hope that if you read this column you'll able to buy the best Beaujolais and come to love them. (And not just at Thanksgiving, Beaujolais Nouveau drinkers!)

    Beaujolais is both a region in France, with vineyards stretching 35 miles south of Burgundy, and the name of the wine made there. Beaujolais is made from the grape called Gamay Noir, but more commonly just Gamay. It originated in Burgundy, the progeny of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc. Not surprisingly, most of the world's Gamay still comes from France. And as wine grapes go, few inspired better quotes than Gamay.

    In an official edict dated July 31, 1395, Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, banished Gaamez (as it was then spelled) from the vineyards of the Côte d'Or, calling it a "very bad and disloyal variety," according to one translation. He continued: "And this wine of Gaamez is of such a kind that it is very harmful to human creatures, so much so that many people who had it in the past were infested by serious diseases, as we've heard. ... We solemnly command you ... to cut down or have them cut down, wherever they be in our country, within five months." Kermit Lynch said of Beaujolais, "It is the one-night stand of wines."

    Despite these historic denunciations, Beaujolais has come a long way in quality, in no small part thanks to Lynch, the much-respected wine importer, who brought well-made Beaujolais into light. Lynch's quote, taken out of context, is slightly misleading. He was simply saying that Beaujolais is a simple wine to be enjoyed but not taken too seriously. Lynch admired many of the wines of Beaujolais-specifically, those made in the style of the late winemaker Jules Chauvet. Chauvet believed in using the ancient methods of his ancestors; that is, he made light-bodied, perfumed Beaujolais, low in alcohol, with no sugar added (i.e., without chaptalization), that were simple and easy to drink.

    Chauvet's philosophy took hold with some other Beaujolais winemakers, and in the 1970's Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Bréton made up what Kermit Lynch deemed the "Gang of Four." They eschewed the use of pesticides in winemaking and were at the vanguard of making high-quality Beaujolais opposed to massive amounts of contrived, commercially made Beaujolais. All four make wines in the Morgon Cru, or region specific villages, and their wines are highly sought after by Beaujolais lovers. Manganese and iron are predominant in Morgon's soil, and give its wines a distinct character unique from those of the nine crus.

    Many wine drinkers think of one thing when they hear Beaujolais: Beaujolais Nouveau. The marketing phrase "Le Beaujolais est arrivé!" announces the arrival, on the third Thursday of November, of young (seven to nine weeks in the bottle) Beaujolais, always in beautifully designed bottles. As a marketing technique, I think it's clever, but this style of Beaujolais is the least interesting ... well, just the least, period ... of the three quality levels of Beaujolais.

    By French law, these levels are, in ascending order of quality: Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, and Beaujolais Cru. Beaujolais falls into the first category, of course. Beaujolais Nouveau has been sold since 1951, and hit the height of its popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. It has a distinctive soft and fruity character that can be partly attributed to its being produced via a method called " carbonic maceration." in which whole grape clusters are put into fermenting tanks. It's a process that complements fruity aromas and flavors in wine.

    The first tier of Beaujolais accounts for about half of all Beaujolais produced, and its grapes are grown in the southernmost, flatter terrain that tends to have less granite, which is one factor that gives Beaujolais their flavors and complexity.

    The second tier, the Villages, comprises about 25 percent of all Beaujolais, and its grapes are grown in better vineyards-with more granitic soil-located among 39 villages in the middle region of Beaujolais.

    The final tier, the crus, are so called because they come from 10 distinct villages in the northern most Beaujolais, all located on steep, granitic hillsides. When discussing these 10 crus, wine writers tend to list them in order from light-bodied to boldest, but I have yet to see any identical lists. When in doubt, I tend to give the final say to Wine Grapes, by Jancis Robinson et al. In this tome, the order of the crus is listed in "ascending order of substance": Chiroubles, Saint-Amour, Fleurie, Régnié, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Juliénas, Chénas, Morgon, and Moulin-à-Vent. There are plenty of resources to read with comprehensive descriptions of each cru.

    If you go out looking for these wines, you may be disappointed in the selection available. As a wine sales rep, I know that the most common crus I have had to sell come from Morgon, Fleurie, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly.  As always, if you have your mind set on a specific wine, ask your independent wine retailer if he or she can special-order some for you. Often, the wine can be shipped to a retailer the next business day.

    The above article has been reprinted with the permission of the Desert Leaf magazine Vol. 31, No. 6, June 2017

    Mary Grace Rodarte has worked for wholesale wine and spirits distributors for eight years.

    Who is Philip the Bold? Learn more here.

    What better way to enjoy your wonderful wines then with the perfect wine glasses from Schott Zwiesel. The Pure Beaujolais Wine Glass holds 15.7 ounces and is designed to enhance the aromas and subtle flavors.

    Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Wine Glasses

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  7. Speculative FictionSpeculative Fiction

    Speculative Fiction


    "Speculative fiction is a fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways.” Goodreads.

     Parvus Press Speculative Fiction Publisher


    Over Thanksgiving, I learned to my surprise, that my sharp-witted nephew had started a publishing company called Parvus Press. As you can imagine this sparked my curiosity. Parvus Press

    He had spotted an opportunity to find great writers who had not yet partnered with great publishers. When I heard about it I immediately asked, “What is speculative fiction? It sounds redundant.”

    I have always been an avid reader of science fiction. I have devoured Dune, Enders Game, The Illustrated Man, Stranger in a Strange Land, Fantastic Voyage and The Martian Chronicles... to name a few. Interestingly, in my readings I never differentiated between pure science fiction and speculative fiction.

    What is Speculative Fiction?


    Speculative fiction is fiction, science or fantasy, that speculates about new worlds, yet maintains relevance to the real world. Slaughterhouse–Five by Kurt Vonnegut, is my favorite example of this.

    Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse–Five is a semi-autobiographical novel of his POW experiences in WWII. He survived the infamous fire bombing of Dresden in the meat locker below a slaughterhouse. Why infamous? In reality, the Allies firebombed Dresden more to impress the on-coming Russians than for any real strategic value, reducing a city to ashes and killing 25,000 people just to make a point.

    After the bombing, Vonnegut emerged to surreal Dresden. Unfortunately, the experience was so horrific that it took him 20 years to publish his story. Even then, instead of writing a non-fiction firsthand account of firebombed Dresden, he wrote a speculative fiction book based on his experience living through the event.

    Science Fiction


    I read science fiction because, in the absence of time travel or warp speed, it enables me to travel to distant worlds. It releases me from what can be depressing news about how little humanity, in human terms, has progressed.

    Why is this discovery of speculative fiction so satisfying to me? Quite simply, it increases my enjoyment of the science fiction or fantasy book by opening that hidden chapter I never knew existed.

    If you just read Slaughterhouse-Five without knowing Vonnegut’s WWII experience you would think he was emotionally on the edge, almost Poe-like. Knowing that he actually went through this incident allows the reader to experience the book on a whole different level.

    Enlightenment


    We all have that moment when the light burns bright, which reminds me of a great quote from Blade Runner. Tyrell to Roy, “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.”

    Now that I know about speculative fiction, I can’t wait to read the first book published by Parvus Press, Vick’s Vultures by Scott Warren.

    Please send me your suggestions on great speculative fiction books. I will eagerly add them to my reading list.

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    Of course, a great book needs a great wine or cognac. And a great wine or cognac deserves a great glass. A sip or two between paragraphs is guaranteed to enhance your understanding and enjoyment.

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  8. Linquini with Garlic Shrimp and VegetablesLinguine Garlic Shrimp Vegetables

    My wife enjoys vegetables and I enjoy shrimp so we combined our favorites into one delicious linguine & shrimp dish.

    The trick to this recipe is in the timing. I will first partially cook the onions, asparagus and the mushrooms then the shrimp. I place them in a bowl while the linguine cooks.

    Again, I remove the linguine approximately 2 minutes before it is al dente.

    Finish the shrimp, vegetables and linguine in a large skillet.

    Ingredients


    Serves Two

    ½ box linguini
    12 large shrimp
    sliced shitake mushrooms
    sliced crimini mushrooms
    1 bunch fresh asparagus cut into 1 inch lengths
    ½ red onion coarsely chopped
    fresh chopped basil
    ½ cup olive oil
    4 minced garlic cloves
    coarse sea salt
    cracked pepper
    parmesan cheese

    Directions


    Add half the olive oil and two of the minced garlic cloves to a large skillet over low heat until the olive oil is infused with the fragrance of the garlic. Increase the temperature to medium and quickly sauté the shrimp until almost done.

    Remove the shrimp and sauté the onion and asparagus for approximately two minutes then add the sliced mushrooms. Add more olive oil as needed.

    Sauté the vegetables until the mushrooms and onions are soft and the asparagus is crisp. Set the shrimp and vegetables aside. Remove the skillet from heat.

    It is important not to over cook the shrimp and vegetables. The key to this recipe is to finish cooking them with the linguini.

    Cook the linguini until almost done. If al dente is 9 minutes, cook for 7 minutes.
    Do not discard the water. Save approximately one cup to help finish cooking the linguine.

    Heat your skillet over medium high and add the rest of the olive oil and garlic. Add the linguini to the skillet. Toss with the remaining olive oil and garlic for approximately one minute. Add a ladle or two of the linguini water to assist in the cooking.

    Add the shrimp and vegetables to the linguini and toss an additional minute to finish cooking.

    Garnish with a generous handful of chopped basil. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

    We are not professional chefs but we have made this recipe and enjoyed it!

    Dansk Bistro Christianshavn Blue pasta bowls are the perfect size to enjoy a bowlful of linguine & shrimp or your favorite pasta dish.

    An excellent wine pairing with this pasta dish is a sauvignon blanc. Schott Zwiesel, Orrefors and Riedel make wine glasses are not only beautiful but are designed to enhance the characteristics of your favorite wine.

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  9. A Wine Journey by Dale Stephen SparksSchott-Zwiesel-Finesse-Wine-glasses

    I read the following article by Dale Stephen Sparks, Transcending Trends and Fads, first published in the September 2016 issue of Desert Leaf magazine. I was fascinated with his journey to Villafranca del Bierzo in Spain but, more impressively, his "discovery" of the local wine makers efforts at preserving the local old high-altitude vineyards.

    While reading about his delightful wine journey may I suggest opening a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoying it in a beautiful Schott Zwiesel wine glass from Plum Street Pottery.

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    Transcending Trends and Fads


    Outstanding reputations in the wine business are difficult to come by and are generally fleeting. Transcending trends and fads, and establishing a new project that has credibility and staying power is just not very easy in the highly competitive race for ratings and reputation. New winery X is the coolest thing on the planet. Critics swoon, distributors race to make an agreement with the winery, sommeliers fight over the always-too-small allocations, and four years later that winery is old news..."sooo 2012." It is a has-been.


    The rare confluence of excellent wine, critical acclaim, commercial success, and genuine respect from insiders over a significant period of time always gets my attention. Descendientes de J. Palacios is one of the few wineries anywhere that has done just that. And the owners did it by "rediscovering" a region called Bierzo (pronounce the z with a lisp). They found very old high-altitude vineyards and knew these vineyards would produce very special wines. "They" are Álvaro Palacios and his nephew, Ricardo Pérez—the descendants of José Palacios (father of Álvaro and grandfather of Ricardo), who long ago started what became a very successful large winery in the Rioja region of Spain.

    Álvaro had previously "rediscovered" a region called Priorat in the 1980's. The few who even knew about Priorat did not think much of it. Yet, since Álvaro Palacios achieved success with his wines there, Priorat has become, categorically, the most expensive wine from Spain. He and his friends who "cofounded" Priorat are somewhat like the founding fathers of a new age in Spanish wine. But the real star in Bierzo is Ricardo.

    I arrived in Villafranca del Bierzo (pop 3,251) in a persistent drizzle. Google Maps told me to park in the plaza mayor (main square) and walk to the winery. I parked. I walked. I got lost. I felt stupid. I couldn't just call Uber or a taxi in that tiny village... and just then a taxi appeared. I briefly considered that I might be seeing things, but the driver directed me across the street from where I was standing. I had driven by the winery on the way in and walked right past it twice... just another jet-lagged American. The taxi driver was very kind about it and laughed with me.

    Impressive beautiful steep green mountains dotted with old vineyards flank Villafranca del Bierzo on three sides. As we drove up the southern mountain and stopped at a scenic overlook about halfway up, Ricardo explained his very well-conceived organic vineyard regimen eloquently and intelligently. The old vineyards, planted on steep, remote sites, require mules and cannot be worked mechanically. When Ricardo realized that other farmers were ripping out old vineyards, he created an additional label so he could buy from the growers to preserve the vineyards and their regional heritage. That label, Pétalos Descendientes de J. Palacios, is relatively easy to find. Its under-$20 retail price won't empty the wallet.

    Mencía is the primary grape in Bierzo, and it's one of the favorite grapes of sommeliers in America. Never  mind that you can count on three fingers the truly excellent producers of Mencía-based wines in the world. But while Ricardo's wines are primarily Mencía, those high-altitude old vineyards are blends of many different cultivars (grape varieties). Wines from his vineyards are, in fact, field blends. I delight in this fact, as I am pioneering, as an importer, a region called Arlanza, a new D.O. (Denominación de Origen) with very old high-altitude vineyards planted with a mix of cultivars. Unlike in Bierzo, Tempranillo dominates, but there is Mencía, as well.

    Back at the winery, we tasted through several barrels. The wines were absolutely perfect—precise and balanced—and the 2015s in barrel now were very expressive. It will be a great vintage for them, in my opinion.

    Descendientes makes tiny quantities of a couple of single-vineyard wines every year and a wine called Corullón, named for the village nearest most of the vineyards. The wines are imported by Rare Wine Company, managed by Blake Murdock. Although technically a competitor now, Rare Wine was the first supplier at my distribution company, and Blake is a good wine-business friend. He suggested I eat at the very traditional restaurant Meson Don Nacho in the same village.

    It was late afternoon when we finished, and I was hoping Don Nacho opened at 9 instead of 10, generally the earliest time one can eat in Spain. When Ricardo heard that, he made a call. Be there at 6:30, he said, his "good friend"  would take care of me! So I had a beer in plaza mayor and then went to the restaurant at 6:30. When the taxi driver walked around the corner and turned out also to be the restaurant owner, we had a good laugh again!  The excellent, very traditional food was matched with a superb wine list, and I drove away from Villafranca knowing I had just experienced a perfect day.

    DL

    Dale Stephen Sparks has worked in the wine industry for more than two decades, as a sommelier in Tucson, a wholesale distributor in the Arizona market, and now as a national importer.

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  10. Why Choose Artisan Inspired DinnerwarePlum Street Pottery focuses on providing what we call “artisan inspired” dinnerware. We have always admired the skill and imagination of ceramic artists. Artisan dinnerware is hand-made and each piece exhibits its own unique characteristics. The artistic nature of this tableware is meant to be seen whether on your table or decorating your buffet.

    What is Artisan Dinnerware


    The real talent is exhibited in the artists exhaustive work developing artistic glazes. Some artisans use cobalt oxide and magnesium oxide to literally grow crystals in the glaze during kiln firing. The temperature and time the glaze is fired makes a big difference in the size of the crystals. Hand-painted dinnerware is another talent that is beautifully expressed on tableware. The glaze development is not as exhaustive but the delicate patterns require steady hands and the imagination to create designs that fit the dishes.

    Artisan Inspired Dinnerware


    Using the same skill and imagination, combined with modern manufacturing techniques, modern day dinnerware manufacturers create equally beautiful and unique tableware with the inherent durability of stoneware and porcelain.
    Don’t be shy about enjoying the beauty of your artisan dinnerware. These inspired dinnerware designs are meant to be used everyday. Some of the newest designs may even deserve a place on your buffet for their decorative value.

    DV Fortessa STON Twilight Dinner Plate

     D&V Fortessa Porcelain


    A new design from D&V Fortessa is STON porcelain dinnerware. STON is available in two complementary colors, mist and twilight. They are designed to coordinate with each other so you can mix and match. STON DinnerwareWhat truly differentiates STON from       other dinnerware patterns are the irregular edges, which emulate hand-made dishes and the rugged weathered look of stone. But beauty in this case is more than skin deep. D&V Fortessa can be found in the world’s premier hotels and resorts. STON continues this tradition of beauty and durability. STON dinnerware is made from porcelain, which is one of the strongest most durable dinnerware materials available.


    Gibson Elite Althea Red Dinnerware Set

    Gibson Elite Reactive Glazes


    Examples of Gibson Elite’s expertise are Althea and Volterra 16-piece stoneware dinnerware sets. If you look carefully no two pieces are exactly alike. Gibson Elite Althea Teal and Red       Gibson Elite Volterra Gibson Elite specializes in producing wonderful stoneware dinnerware sets with reactive glazes. These glazes are formulated to produce reactions during the kiln firing resulting in varied and beautiful effects on your dinnerware. The final appearance of the glaze is dependent on firing temperature, glaze thickness and the composition of the stoneware body. The same glaze can look quite different on different clay bodies. Gibson also manufacturers reactive metallic glazes that originally only skilled artisans could produce.

    Le Souk Ceramique Tibarine Hand-Painted Stoneware Dinner Plates


    Le Souk Ceramique Hand-Painted Stoneware


    Le Souk Ceramique is not "artisan inspired" it is artisan. Each stoneware item is 100% free form hand-painted. Take a few minutes and watch the following video of the Le Souk Tunisian artists at work. You will be amazed at the effort each piece requires. Le Souk Ceramique Factory Tour  Le Souk Ceramique is an American-Tunisian company based in Nabeul, Tunisia. Their designs are heavily influenced by the numerous cultures bordering the Mediterranean including Northern Africa and Southern Europe.


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  11. Whiskey Sour Cocktail 

    Whiskey Sour Cocktail

    Whiskey Sour


    Cocktails are back but they do not have to be exotic time consuming concoctions. A simple whiskey sour is quick, easy and refreshing. This recipe, in particular, will appeal to the Jack Daniel Honey whiskey lovers.

    The recipe calls for Jack Daniels but any good whiskey will work well!


     Ingredients


    2 ounces Jack Daniels whiskey
    3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon honey syrup*
    Marachino cherry

    *Honey syrup is made the same way as simple syrup. Honey and water in a one to one ratio. Stir the mixture in a small pot until it boils, reduce to a simmer and continue stirring until the honey is fully incorporated into the water. Let cool. Refrigerate in an air tight container for up to two weeks.

    Preparation


    Add all the whiskey sour ingredients, except the cherry, into a Boston Shaker with ice. Shake until you feel the outside of the shaker chill. The shaker not only chills the ingredients but adds a nice froth to the top of the glass. Adding ice to the glass is an option. Strain into your favorite Old Fashioned or Double Old Fashioned glass and serve with a Marachino cherry on top.

    The best whiskey sour is made fresh!

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  12. Margarita with Foster's Beer

    Margarita


    A golf buddy of mine makes a wonderful margarita but with a very unusual twist. He uses a can of Foster’s beer and Grand Marnier. Before you curdle at the thought try it you will not only find it tasty but also refreshing!


    el Jimador Tequila


    Bacardi Frozen Margarita MixFoster's Lager BeerGrand Marnier Orange Liquor


     
     

    Margarita Ingredients


    1 can frozen Margarita mix
    Using the empty can of Margarita mix add:
    1 can water
    2 cans of ice
    1 can of Tequilla
    1 740ml (25 ounce) can of Foster’s beer
    ½ shot of Grand Marnier



    Preparation


    Mix all the ingredients in a blender except the Foster’s beer, ice cubes and Grand Marnier.

    el Jimador Tequila is an excellent reasonably priced tequila for Marqarita's.

    Add the Foster’s beer and mix by hand.
    Add the ice cubes and ½ shot Grand Marnier into you Schott Zwiesel Paris Iceberg 13.5 ounce glass.

    Add a slice of lime, a straw and enjoy!

    The traditional Margarita has salt around the rim of the glass. Strictly optional with this recipe.

    For other fun recipes visit our blog.

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  13. Open Face Italian Prune Plum Pie

    Open Face Italian Prune Plum Pie


    Open Face Italian Plum Pie Recipe

    Crust Ingredients


    1 ½ cups flour
    ¼ tsp. baking powder
    ¼ cup soft butter
    1 egg
    1/3 cup sugar
    dash of salt


    Make the Crust


    Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl. Using the back of a spoon kneed the soft butter into the flour and baking powder until the mixture is smooth.

    Beat the egg in a small bowl until frothy, gradually adding the sugar. When all the sugar is incorporated into the egg add the mixture to the flour and mix until smooth.

    Press the dough into a greased 9” pie plate taking care to keep the dough as even as possible over the bottom and rim. The crust is crumbly so a helpful tool to press and form the crust in the pie pan is a sturdy glass or porcelain ramekin with a rounded bottom. For example the Pillivuyt Eden Ramekin.

    Refrigerate the pie crust until ready to bake.

    Plum Filling Ingredients


    1 ½ lbs. washed and quartered Italian prune plums (approximately 24 plumes). If the prune plums are not available at your store you can substitute any ripe plum.
    2 tbsp. sugar
    1 ½ tsp. orange zest
    Combine the orange zest and sugar
    Powdered Sugar

    Make the Pie


    Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Arrange the plums standing up in the pie shell in tight circular rows. Sprinkle with sugar and orange zest mixture.

    Bake approximately 26 minutes or until the plums are tender and the crust is a golden brown. Dust the slice of plum pie with powdered sugar before serving.

    Open Face Italian Plum Pie Fresh From The Oven

    Italian Plum Pie


    The following sites provide good information on Italian plums and how to grow your own Italian plum tree.

    Grow your own Italian prune plum tree.

    What are Italian prune plums?

    Try this delicious plum pie with a nice glass of unoaked Chardonnay in a Schott Zwiesel white wine glass. The chardonnay has a hint of sweetness to go well with your plum pie.


    Schott-Zwiesel-Finesse-White-wine-glass


    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like.


    Part of the joy in cooking is trying variations that appeal to your tastes. We encourage you to add your comments. We enjoy hearing from you!


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  14. Chili Relleno

    Chili Relleno Recipe


    Chili-Relleno-Recipe

    My wife and I enjoy eating chili relleno particularly since they are so easy to prepare. The following recipe makes plenty for the two of us and takes about 30 minutes.

    If you cannot finish all the chilies they are just as good the next day. Simply fry the left over chilies in a hot non-stick fry pan. Do not add additional fat. After two minutes flip and fry for another two minutes. Reheat left over tomato sauce and you are done in under ten minutes.

    The picture shows our freshly cooked chili relleno on Dansk Bistro Christianshavn Blue dinner plates with one of our favorite Arizona wines, Zarpara Origen 2013.

    Ingredients


    Chili Relleno Ingredients1 - 7 ounce can Roasted Whole Green Mild Chilies


    1 – 8 ounce can tomato sauce


    2 eggs separated


    Monterey Jack cheese


    Flour


    Salt and pepper


    Vegetable oil



    Directions


    Rinse the chilies and lay on a paper towel.

    Slice the Monterey Jack cheese into slices that comfortably fit inside the chilies. Do not over stuff the chilies because chances are the cheese will leak out into the hot oil.

    Sprinkle the chilies with flour.
    Heat the tomato sauce over low heat.
    Heat a medium size fry pan over medium high heat. Add approximately ¼ cup of oil.
    While the oil is heating whip the egg whites until the peaks are firm.
    Mix the egg yolks with salt, pepper and a little flour.
    Gently fold the egg yolks into the egg whites.
    Test the oil by dropping a small amount of the egg mixture into the hot oil. You want the oil sizzling around the edges of the egg mixture.


    Chili Relleno Cooking


    Dip the chilies into the egg mixture coating all sides. Carefully place the stuffed chilies into the hot oil. Repeat until all your chilies are cooking. If there are bare spots on the chilies you can drop a little egg batter to cover.


    The chilies are cooking at the right temperature when you see a nice golden brown color around the edges.










    Chili Relleno Cooking Second Side

    Carefully flip the chilies when they are golden brown. Remove the chilies from the oil and place on paper towels. Let the paper towels soak up the excess oil.

    Serve with warm tomato sauce.

    Spanish rice and a small salad are great with the chilies.

    We always use Ortega Whole Roasted Mild Chilies. They are already roasted and peeled so preparation is easy. We like the mild flavor and typically there are about four chilies per 7 - ounce can. In this can there were five nice chilies.

    Ortega Whole Roasted Mild Chilies

     

     

    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like. We have made this chili relleno recipe and enjoyed the results.

    Part of the joy in cooking is trying variations that appeal to your tastes. We encourage you to add your comments. We enjoy hearing from you!

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  15. White Sangria Recipe


    White Sangria Recipe Plum Street Pottery


    White Sangria


    Summer is here and time to bring out those fantastic warm season refreshing drink recipes. White Sangria fits the bill perfectly for a variety of reasons.

    • Easy and quick to make
    • Refreshing
    • An endless number of variations to suit your individual taste
    • Can and should be made well in advance so the flavors of the fruit have a chance to penetrate the wine

    The following white sangria recipe is one we enjoy. I shy away from adding additional liquor like brandy and or an orange liquor because my age and a hot summer day do not mix well.

    Ingredients


    Serves 4

    1 orange sliced round
    1 sliced apple cut in wedges
    1 bottle dry white wine
    16 sliced strawberries
    16 melon balls

    Preparation


    Combine the wine, orange slices, apple wedges, strawberries and melon balls into a large pitcher. Stir, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

    Just before serving stir the white sangria to help mix the wine and fruit flavors.
    Serve with a slice of orange and a sprig of mint.

    Variations


    You can kick it up a notch by adding a 1/4c brandy and 1/4c orange liquor like Cointreau or triple sec.
    If it is too sweet for your taste reduce the orange liquor.

    The night before make some apple juice ice cubes and add them to the sangria just before serving. The apple ice cubes keep the sangria cold without diluting it.

    If you want some carbonation add sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.

    Other variations include substituting apple brandy such as Calvados or peach schnapps for the orange liquor.

    Naturally you need a great glass to enjoy your sangria. More stemless wine glass by Orrefors, are excellent glasses for sangria. Plum Street Pottery carries select Schott Zwiesel, Riedel, Lenox and Orrefors glassware. Go online today to find yours! Plum Street Pottery

    Have a great summer!

  16. Great American Vermouth

    American Vermouth Brands



    Great American Vermouth


    I remember my parents always kept a bottle of Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth, think Manhattan cocktail, and a bottle of dry vermouth, Dry Martini, in their bar. Then came my generation that culturally migrated to beer and wine. But the old saying, “Everything old is new again” applies to vermouth as well.

    Vermouth History


    Vermouth is a drink for the ages, literally. It dates back to 1000 B.C. China and India where it was used for medicinal purposes. The name Vermouth is the French pronunciation of the German word “Wermut” for wormwood also known as Artemisia. Wormwood.

    Artemisia lactiflora vermouth aromatic

    What is Vermouth


    Vermouth is a fortified aromatized wine that is created from a minimum of 75 percent wine. The wine is fortified with distilled spirit to increase its alcohol content to approximately 15% – 18% alcohol/volume (30 -36 proof) then aromatized with wormwood and a variety of other botanicals.

    The Europeans hold strictly to this definition otherwise it cannot be called vermouth. The Americans, on the other hand, have wide latitude. As long as it tastes and smells like vermouth it can be called vermouth not unlike "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."

    American Craft Vermouth


    There is an increasing desire to create and enjoy American craft vermouths on their own merits and by that I mean on the rocks with a twist. But that does not mean you cannot experiment with the wonderful American vermouths in your Manhattan cocktail, Dry Martini or Rob Roy to name a few.

    A partial list of unique great American vermouths’ are listed below. The list is meant as an example of some great craft vermouths and by no means all-inclusive. Each vintner brings their own imagination to their craft using ingredients ranging from un-aged brandy to honey and even shitake mushrooms.

    • Imbue Cellars   Bittersweet Vermouth uses a base wine of Oregon grown Pinot gris, fortified with Clear Creek Distillery Pinot gris brandy aged in American oak. Nine dried raw botanicals are used for the aromatics.

    Vya   Vya starts with Orange Muscat grapes grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Their sweet vermouth adds Quady’s port style wine for sweetness. The botanicals are exotic and originate from India, Albania, Russia, Spain and Morocco to name a few.

    Uncouth   Uncouth Vermouth is hand-made in Brooklyn, NY using seasonal ingredients.

    Sutton Cellars   “brown label” dry vermouth uses Sonoma County white wine, fortified with un-aged brandy and flavored with seventeen botanicals including dried orange peel, chamomile and rosemary.

    Hammer & Tongs   Sac’RESINE is a classical vermouth crafted with botanical resins.  L’AFRIQUE uses botanicals from West and North Africa.

    Interrobang  This sweet vermouth starts with Pacific Northwest wine grapes fortified with Clear Creek Brandy. The botanicals include wormwood, Gentian and eleven other botanicals.

    Matthiasson  The base wine is a little-known variety called Flora. The wine is fortified with
    neutral spirits. The aromatics include blood orange rind, sour cherries, cardoons, quinine, blessed thistle and wormwood.

    Square Up  Timber-1 is light sweet pinot noir based vermouth. It has a delicate aroma of fennel and spice with a berry and earth palate.

    Ransom Spirits  Ransom uses a blend of local white varietals and Pinot Noir Blanc with Alambic pot distilled brandy and then barrel ages in mixed French oak.

    VerVino  VerVino Vermouth starts with a base of Sauvignon Blanc then sweetened with local honey. The aromatics are seasonal botanicals like calendula, fennel, nasturtium, rose, basil and sage.

    Atsby  Atsby produces two vermouths, Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake. They start with Chardonnay from Long Island Sound then fortify the chardonnay with small-batch apple brandy from upstate New York. Raw summer honey for Amberthorn and dark Muscovado for Armadillo Cake are added as sweeteners. The final ingredients are the botanicals. They use more than forty botanicals including wild celery to shitake mushrooms.

    Bravo Spirits  BrovoSpirits makes four unique vermouths using wines from Washington State. The aromatics include cherries, hibiscus, lemon peel, vanilla, decaf coffee, elderflower and grains of paradise. Sweetness is added using agave nectar.

    American Vermouth

    As you can readily see each vermouth producer has their own unique vision, which makes the American craft vermouth so exciting.

    Keeping your vermouth refrigerated will increase its longevity, up to one to two months.
    As a twist, use vermouth in place of wine in your favorite recipes.

    Enjoy great American vermouth in your crystal whiskey glass from Plum Street Pottery. We have a wide selection from the world’s best brands including Orrefors and Schott Zwiesel.

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  17. Why Your Beer Glass Mattersbavaria-beer-glassSometimes nothing hits the spot like a cold beer enjoyed in your own home. Whether you like pilsners, Hefeweizens, pale ales, or stouts, the glass out of which you drink your beer can affect your overall experience. Beer can be as complex as wine, and drinking out of the bottle can mask some of the elements that make each brew unique. That’s why you should have appropriate glassware for your home bar. Read on to learn more about why your beer glass matters.

    Aroma

    Every beer is different, but it is not just the taste that sets each one apart. Some brews have unique aromas that should be savored just as much as the flavor itself. Glassware with narrower openings such as a snifter will help to concentrate that aroma so you get the full experience of every aspect of the beer. Some beers do not have a remarkable aroma, so can be served in glasses with wider openings, like a pilsner or pint glass. Do your research to find out what notes you should be smelling for the next time you break out the bottle opener.

    Color

    Drinking a beer is a multi-sensory experience, and you should observe its color much in the same way that you take in its scent. Pilsners tend to have a lighter color, while Hefeweizens are usually a bit hazy with active carbonation. The right glassware will let you enjoy the visual experience of your beer by showing off its color and opacity.

    Taste

    Perhaps the most important reason why your beer glass matters is that it can affect the way your beer tastes. The differences between glasses may be subtle, but as you practice, you’ll be able to detect the nuances that each glass brings out.

    Find a variety of glassware for your home bar at Plum Street Pottery. Contact us at (800) 367-5644 or send us an email to inquire about the products you’re looking for. We offer barware, dinnerware, and more to make your home a more welcoming place.

  18. Hunter's Stew Recipe

    Hunter's Stew


    Hunter’s Stew


    Bigos


    Every culture has its own specific stew. Stews were designed to use leftovers. Hunter’s Stew or Bigos is considered one of Poland’s national dishes. Like most dishes the details will vary by region and taste. As with all recipes the joy comes in trying your own variations.

    The following recipe will take approximately 1-½ hours and serve 5 to 6 family members or guests.

    Ready? Set. Go!

    Ingredients


    ¼ cup dried mushrooms
    ½ cup water
    2 lbs. sauerkraut
    5 slices bacon
    1 medium onion coarsely chopped
    1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced
    2 tbs. flour
    2 ½ cups canned tomatoes
    5 peppercorns
    1 bay leaf
    1 cup cooked Kielbasa
    1 cup leftover meat (pork, veal or beef) in 1 inch pieces

    Directions


    Soak the dried mushrooms in water for approximately 2 hours. Place the mushrooms and water in a small pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the mushrooms reserving the liquid. Coarsely chop the mushrooms.

    It is important to use dried mushrooms rather than fresh mushrooms. The dried mushrooms and the reserved liquid add an additional layer of earthy flavors.

    Thoroughly wash the sauerkraut and squeeze out the water. Coarsely chop the bacon and render the fat in a large pot. Pour out the bacon fat leaving just enough to sauté the onion until soft and translucent.

    Stir in the two tablespoons flour to add a little consistency to sauerkraut. No lumps, please!

    Add the mushrooms and reserved liquid. Add the tomatoes, peppercorns and bay leaf. Break up the tomatoes into small pieces. Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

    Add the meat.

    Add water if needed.

    Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

    Serve your Hunter’s Stew with some nice crusty rye bread, genuine Polish vodka or a hearty red wine.

    Reheating


    Virtually all stews taste better the next day because the ingredients had an opportunity to blend their unique flavors together. Bigos or Hunter’s Stew is no exception. Simply simmer until thoroughly warmed.

    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like. We have made these recipes and enjoyed the results.
    Part of the joy in cooking is trying variations that appeal to your tastes. Feel free to add your comments, we enjoy hearing from you.

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  19. Transforming the Look of the Master BathroomMaster bathroom

    Did you know that the average person in America spends roughly one hour in their master bathroom every day? That adds up to two weeks every single year. Since you spend so much time in your bathroom, you owe it to yourself to make it a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. Bathroom accessories such as towel bars, toothbrush holders, and soap dishes may seem small, but they can make a big difference in the way your bathroom looks and feels. Read on to learn how you can transform the look of your master bathroom.

    Sinks

    You stand at your sink to brush your teeth and wash your face and hands—but is your sink on the generic side? Instead of having a sink that’s flush with the vanity countertop, consider installing an above-counter sink or basin that will add an element of visual interest to your space. This can work in bathrooms that are decorated in a variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional or eclectic.

    Tubs

    Having your own tub can be a luxury, especially if you have a soaking tub with jets. Tubs take up more space than a shower stall alone, but if you have the room, it can transform your master bathroom from merely a functional space into a relaxing oasis. You can make the tub the centerpiece of the room, and choose from a classic claw foot style or a more modern geometric shape.

    Storage

    No matter how big or small your bathroom is, the right storage solutions can make all the difference in your space. Organize your various soaps, gels, shampoos, and other shower products with convenient shower shelves, and you can easily see what you’re looking for. Keep your linens off the ground with towel racks, and consider adding a wardrobe or a small shelf where you can keep extras.

    Make your master bathroom what you’ve always wanted it to be with the help of Plum Street Pottery. Call us at (800) 367-5644 to find out about the bathroom accessories we carry to help you transform your space. Visit our website for a closer look at our inventory.

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  20. Split Pea Soup Recipe


    Split Pea Soup Recipe


    Dansk Bistro Christianshavn Blue Soup Bowl

    Split Pea Soup Recipe


    My family just spent a wonderful Easter Sunday with family and friends. So now the question is what do we do with the ham bone and ham scraps. Do not throw them out!

    A wonderful and hearty split pea soup is the answer.

    The following recipe will take approximately 1-½ hours and serves 5 to 6 family members or guests. Split pea soup freezes well so it does not need to be eaten at one sitting. Let’s start!

    Ingredients


    Ham bone
    1-½ cups yellow onions
    2 cloves of garlic
    Olive oil or butter
    1 Bay Leaf
    2 cups medium diced carrots
    1-cup medium diced unpeeled red bliss potatoes
    1 lb. dried split peas -  well rinsed
    8 cups chicken cooking stock
    Salt
    Pepper

    Directions


    In a stockpot on medium heat add the ham bone to the 8 cups of chicken cooking stock. My personal favorite is Swanson Chicken Cooking Stock.

    Simmer the ham bone in the stock until the remaining meat is ready to fall off.
    Remove the ham bone. Remove any meat left on the bone.

    Sauté the yellow onions and garlic with the olive oil or butter and the bay leaf until the onions are translucent, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Do not let the garlic burn. Remove the bay leaf.

    When the onions are translucent add the onions and garlic to the chicken cooking stock. Add the carrots, potatoes and dried split peas. Simmer for approximately 40 minutes or until the split peas are soft and tender. Many recipes require soaking the split peas overnight. I found this was not necessary. The following site provides good guidelines on split peas and beans.   Recipe Tips

    Stir frequently to keep the vegetables from sticking to the bottom of the stockpot.

    Add the left over ham in bite size pieces.

    Salt and pepper to taste. Taste the soup before adding additional salt. The chicken cooking stock and ham already add a lot of salt to the soup.

    Your tasty split pea soup is ready to serve!

    Reheating


    When reheating the soup after freezing or refrigerating overnight you will need to add either water or more chicken cooking stock to the split pea soup. Split pea soup tends to thicken. Add the water or chicken stock until the soup reaches your desired consistency.

    Variations


    An immersion blender can be used to puree the soup. We prefer ours chunky. If you decide to puree, adding tasty garlic crotons to the top of the soup will add crunch and additional flavor.

    The Ham


    We purchased our ham from Honey Baked Ham. We had family coming for dinner and really wanted to enjoy their company without all the food preparation. The ham was wonderful! Moist, lean and tasty.

    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like. We have made these recipes and enjoyed the results.

    Part of the joy in cooking is trying variations that appeal to your tastes. Feel free to add your comments, we enjoy hearing from you.

    Need a soup bowl for your split pea soup? Pictured above is the Dansk Bistro Christianshavn Blue Soup Bowl.

    Plum Street Pottery has a wide assortment of soup bowls from reliable brands like Lenox, Gibson, Noritake, Denby, Dansk, Le Souk Ceramique and Sango. Plum Street Pottery Dinnerware.

  21. Selecting a Stunning Bathroom SinkGrey painted mirror surround in panelled bathroom, London

    Bathroom vanities are often the centerpiece of the bathroom. Selecting a sink and bathroom accessories that catch the eye and mesh well with the style of the room’s decor will create a coherent and coordinated space that feels like a part of the larger decorative scheme of your home. Today, there are a variety of popular bathroom sink styles available, allowing you to make a choice that will fit your functional needs as well as complement the decorative styles you prefer.

    Choosing Size and Style

    The size and style of your bathroom sink are two of its most prominent features. Before choosing your sink, consider the size of your vanity and the square footage of your bathroom to create a balance between available counter space and the diameter of your sink. The decorative style of your bathroom will also influence your choice—large or deep vessel sinks are popular for classical and spa-like bathroom retreats, while a smaller, simpler sink design may be best in a powder room or bathroom that is strictly functional. Regardless of your bathroom’s style, selecting a style of sink that meshes with the other decorative choices you’ve made for the room will create an appealing sense of cohesion in your decor.

    Choosing Fitting Accessories

    Your choice of bathroom sink will also impact the type of bathroom accessories you choose. A large sink flanked by minimal counter space can benefit from additional hangers, hooks, and bars to accommodate towels and other items. Simple sink designs will look great when flanked by stand-out ceramic accessories, while a sink that is meant to take center stage in your bathroom is often better complemented by more streamlined ceramic accessories.

    If you’re ready to update your home’s bathrooms with a new look, Plum Street Pottery carries a wide selection of ceramic bath accessories to complement any powder room, guest bath, or master bathroom. You can find out more about the products we offer and our fast, free shipping options when you visit us on the web, or call 1 (800) 367-5644 for personalized answers to your questions.

  22. Stemmed vs Stemless Wine GlassesStemmed vs Stemless Wine Glasses

    Stemmed Wine Glasses
    Wine glasses have traditionally been stemmed for several technical reasons. A stemmed wine glass keeps the wine cooler by eliminating heat from your hand. This is in contrast to brandy snifters where you deliberately warm the brandy or cognac. Stemmed wine glasses also keep fingerprints from showing on the bowl of the glass.

    White wines in particular are sensitive to temperature because there is a reason they are served chilled. Chilling white wines reduces the sweet taste and allows the full flavor of the wine to be enjoyed by your taste buds. Make your own taste test. The same chardonnay at room temperature tastes sweeter and does not have the depth of flavor. The opposite is true for red wines. Chill a red and it tastes hollow.

    Another advantage of stemmed wine glasses is that they make it easier to swirl the wine. Red wines, particularly when they are first poured, need air. A few good swirls not only looks professional but aerates the wine. As the red wine opens, its full flavors are released.

    A practical reason for stemmed wine glasses at your wine tasting party is identifying your wine glass from the others in the room. You could place a strip of masking tape on your glass and write your name. Yuck! Or a more elegant solution is to purchase wine glass charms in varying colors that fit nicely around the stem.

    Less technical reasons abound. A variety of stemmed wine glasses look great in your wine cabinet and the traditional table setting still demands the stemmed wine glasses.

    Stemless Wine Glasses
    Stemless wine glasses have their place in your cabinet, as they are more versatile. In addition to wine, I personally find stemless wine glasses are best for wine coolers, sangria’s and other iced beverages. There is an endless list of great recipes for wine coolers and sangria's but the following are great places to start.
    Wine Cooler Recipes  Sangria Recipes

    The stemless wine glass has the same bowl as its comparable stemmed glass. The manufacturer simply does not incorporate the stem onto the bowl. Even though it has the same bowl it is considerably more difficult to swirl wine in a stemless glass because it lacks the leverage of a stemmed glass.

    Their major advantage is convenience. Stemless glasses are easier to wash, fit nicely into the dishwasher and take up less room in the cabinet. They are less prone to breakage particularly with a large party even though most high quality stemware is now tempered at the stem. A tempered stem strengthens the weakest points of the stem.

    Plum Street Pottery has a great selection of wine glasses from the stunning Orrefors Intermezzo Blue, the ultra-modern Schott Zwiesel Pure, and the varietal specific Riedel Veritas to the very affordable Lenox Tuscany.

    Advantages Stemmed Wine Glasses
    • No fingerprints on the bowl
    • Keeps the wine cool
    • Easier to swirl
    • Allows the color of the wine to shine
    • Better for formal occasions
    • Traditional table setting
    • Looks great in your wine cabinet

    Disadvantages
    • Easier to break particularly at the stem
    • Takes up more room in your cabinets
    • Usually more expensive

    Advantages Stemless Wine Glasses
    • Less prone to breakage
    • Easier to wash and fits better in the dishwasher
    • Suitable for outdoors
    • Usually less expensive
    • Takes up less room in your cabinets

    Disadvantages
    • Warms the wine especially for white wines
    • Fingerprints on the bowl
    • Difficult to swirl the wine
    • Holding the bowl makes it more difficult to view the color of the red wine

    There are endless wines to taste with your new wine glasses. One local winery in southern arizona I just visited and can recommend is Kief-Joshua Vineyards. The winery is relatively with vineyards in Elgin and Wilcox, AZ.

  23. Choosing the Right DinnerwareRestaurant table with empty glasses and plates

    The right dinnerware is a beautiful and appealing complement to the look of your dining area. After all the work you’ve put into your dining room decor, it’s important to consider how your choice of dishware will influence the atmosphere and energy of your meals. If you’re considering new dinnerware for your home, keeping a few factors in mind will help you make a choice you’re sure to love for years to come.

    Consider Your Dining Room’s Style

    When you choose dishes that match the feel of the space in which they will be used, your dishware becomes an accessory as well as a functional element of the room. If your dining room is decorated in a traditional style, consider dishes that evoke a more classical or elegant feel. A modern, eclectic, or minimalist dining space may benefit from a more casual or unique style of dishware, including plates that are square, asymmetrical, or feature abstract or contemporary china patterns. If you aren’t sure which type of dishes are best for you, consider a classic white design—white complements any color scheme and never goes out of style.

    Consider Your Needs

    Your personal dining needs will also affect your ultimate choice in dishware. If you frequently use plates but leave your bowls in the cupboard, consider a dinnerware set that focuses on dishes that you like, rather than bowls. Additionally, consider the size of your dishwasher, your cabinets, and your table when browsing your dinnerware options; choosing plates that are too large or too small for your table or your place settings will detract from the overall look of your dining area.

    At Plum Street Pottery, our goal is to deliver top-quality dinnerware, barware, and bath accessories that perfectly fit the style of your home. We invite you to explore our products online, where you’ll also find information on product care and more tips for choosing the right accessories for your indoor and outdoor living spaces. You can also reach us by phone at 1 (800) 367-5644 to reach a customer service representative.

  24. Chicken Noodle Soup with Dill Recipe

    Classic Chicken Noodle Soup with Dill


    Our son Bryan loves to cook and one of his favorites is this easy to make homemade chicken noodle soup. His “secret” was the desire to enhance the chicken flavor of the broth.

    Ingredients


    2 3lb chickens
    3 quarts chicken stock or broth
    6 large carrots, peeled and sliced
    3 large celery stalks with leaves, sliced
    8 baby red bliss or Yukon gold potatoes
    2 large onions cut into 16 wedges
    4 large parsley sprigs
    4 large dill sprigs
    1 ½ Tbsp. coarse sea salt
    ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
    1 lb. shell pasta

    Preparation


    Rinse the chickens under cold water and pat dry inside and out.
    Quarter the chickens.
    In a stockpot, bring the quartered chickens and the chicken stock or broth to a slow boil. Skim the foam off the top.
    Add approximately ½ of the sliced carrots, celery, potatoes, onion and parsley sprigs.
    Salt and pepper to taste.
    Simmer, partially covered, until the chicken is fully cooked, approximately 1 hour.
    Remove the chicken to a plate and let cool.
    Remove the skin and bones and discard.
    Cut the chicken meat into bite sized pieces, cover and set aside.
    Strain the broth through a cheesecloth lined sieve.
    Press the solids in the cheesecloth to extract as much of the liquid as possible.
    Add the remaining carrots, celery, and onion. Simmer until the carrots are tender.
    Cook the pasta shells separately. If you cook them in the soup they will soak up too much of the broth.
    Remove the shells just before they are al dente.
    Dice the dill and add to the broth.
    Salt and pepper to taste.
    Add the pasta shells and serve.
    Garnish with chopped parsley.

    Variations:


    Substitute parsnips for the potatoes.
    Sauté the vegetables and then add them to the broth.
    Use egg noodles or your favorite pasta in place of the pasta shells.

    For other great recipes please visit our blog at Plum Street Pottery. Plum Street Pottery sells affordable quality dinnerware, barware and ceramic bathroom accessories.

    We are not professional chefs but we know a great chicken soup recipe when we taste it!
    As with all recipes a lot of the fun is using your imagination. Try your own variations.

    Send us your recipes and we will be happy to post them on our blog!

    “One cannot think well, loved well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
    -Virginia Woolf

  25. Setting the Table for Your Next EventUnoccupied table in restaurant.

    When you enjoy hosting friends and family at your house, it’s easy to find an occasion to do so. If you have moved recently, consider throwing a housewarming party. Sports fans may want to host a party for the Super Bowl or another big game that’s coming up on the horizon. No matter what the occasion is for your next event, you’ll want to make sure that you have the necessary table settings and decorations to make your party a success. The right glassware and dinnerware can help elevate your event to the next level, so read on to learn more about setting a beautiful table.

    Glassware

    At your next event, you’ll be in charge of providing your guests with delicious food and drinks. As your guests arrive, you should offer them beverages of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. If you have a home bar set up, consider offering a signature cocktail for the evening that can be made in batches for easy serving. You can also hire a bartender to work your event so that your guests can personalize their drinks. Appropriate glassware will contribute to the overall experience, and many drinks will even taste better when they are served in proper glasses.

    Dishes

    The type of event you’re hosting will largely determine what sort of dishware you need to have on hand. If you are hosting a formal sit-down dinner, you may want to have different dishes for each course, such as soup, salad, and the main course. On the other hand, if you are hosting a more informal buffet with appetizers and snacks, you can stick to smaller plates that are easier for guests to hold while they mingle and nosh. Consider your serving dishes as well as the plates your guests will use, as attractive serving dishes can make your table look even nicer.

    You’ll find all of the glassware, dishware, and accessories you need for your next event at Plum Street Pottery. Contact us at (800) 367-5644 to discuss your needs with one of our friendly representatives. We offer quality tableware ranging from casual to formal to help make your next event a success.

  26. Dry Aged Prime Rib Roast Recipe

    My Perfect Dry Aged Prime Rib Roast


    The best Prime Rib roast I ever ate was in a dark rundown bar/restaurant that I hesitated to enter. It reminded me of the bar scene in The Blues Brothers movie. Once the prime rib arrived at my table I marveled at its flavor and tenderness. Since that adventure I have searched for the perfect recipe.

    Dry Aging Beef


    Dry aged beef is a technique to concentrate the flavors of the beef by drawing out the moisture leaving the full flavor of the beef. Aging also tenderizes the beef. Some dry age beef is simply aged in special temperature and moisture controlled lockers. Others age their beef in moisture and temperature controlled lockers insulated with blocks of salt that help draw the moisture out and flavor the beef.

    The Prime Rib roast is the king of beef roasts and can cost a kings ransom. We can dry age our own choice beef and attain similar results.

    Ingredients:


    4 1/2 lb bone-in choice or prime standing rib roast (This was a perfect size for my wife and I with leftovers).
    Sea or kosher salt
    Fresh ground pepper

    To make it easier to slice after cooking ask your butcher to cut the roast away from the ribs and then tie the ribs back onto the roast.

    Rinse the roast under cold water and pat dry. Wrap the roast with cheese cloth or paper towels and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Place the pan in the back of your refrigerator and let it dry age for up to seven (7) days.

    Every day or two change the cheese cloth or paper towels.

    Depending on how long you age your roast some of the outer skin will become dry and hard. This part of the process. Simply use a sharp knife and trim your roast.

    The evening before cooking the roast rub a small amount of olive oil over the entire roast and then liberally salt and pepper.

    On the day you want to roast your beef remove it from the refrigerator approximately 3 hours before cooking. You want the roast to be the same temperature from the surface to the center. This is critical to cooking the roast evenly.

    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

    Put a meat thermometer into the deepest part of the roast. Place the roast fat side up in a sturdy roasting pan.

    Slow Roasting Method


    Cook to 128 degrees for medium rare and 135 degrees for medium. Pull the roast out of the oven and let sit. Loosely cover the roast with aluminum foil. The internal temperature will rise a few more degrees to a perfect medium rare.

    Turn the oven temperature up to 500 degrees. I used the convection roast setting. The 4 1/2 lb. roast took approximately 3 1/2 hours to reach 128 degrees.

    When the oven reaches 500 degrees, uncover and move the roast back into the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to sear it.

    Remove the rib roast from the oven and let sit for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Keep the meat thermometer in the roast. Letting the roast “rest” allows the juices draw back to the center of the roast.

    Removing the ribs is a snap. Cut the string holding the ribs and remove. Slice the rib roast to your desired thickness.

    Slice the Rib Roast


    If you slice the rib roast before it has fully rested a lot of the juices and flavor of the rib roast will end up on your cutting board. I let the 4½ lb. roast sit only 20 minutes. I should have waited longer!

    Serve with your favorite au jus or creamy horseradish sauce.

    Sides


    Since the oven is already hot, roasted vegetables make a great side.

    While the roast is resting place pre-cut vegetables of your choice in a shallow roasting pan. Add a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables to distribute the oil, salt and pepper.

    Place in the hot oven for 10 minutes or until done to your liking. Personally I like them a little charred, but crisp, so the convection setting works great.

    Left Overs


    A great way to prepare left over prime rib is to remove the slices from your refrigerator to warm up to room temperature. Salt and pepper both sides.

    Lightly oil a cast iron pan and get it hot!

    When a drop of water quickly sizzles and quickly evaporates it is ready.

    Place the slices of beef into the pan and sear both sides. The time depends on the thickness of the slices. The secret is to make sure the beef is at room temperature and that you quickly and evenly sear both sides.

    I am not a professional cook but I know what I like.

    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
    George Bernard Shaw

    Read more at Read More Great Quotes

    For this and other fine family tested recipes visit our Plum Street Pottery blog. Plum Street Pottery has a great selection of dinnerware, dinnerware sets, wine glasses and ceramic bathroom accessories. Go online to Shop or call 1-800-367-5644.

  27. Making the Most of a Small BathroomToilet interior with shower cubicle

    Small bathrooms present a real problem. Did you know that the average person spends a total of about one hour per day in the bathroom? That totals up to roughly two weeks each year. Since you spend so much time in the bathroom, it’s important that your space is well appointed—even if it’s on the smaller side. Decorating a small bathroom can come with a unique set of challenges, but there are many space-saving solutions you can employ to make the most of your room. Read on to learn more about how to make the most of a small bathroom.

    Corner Sinks

    If you are short on space in your bathroom, you’ll need to use every design trick you can get in order to avoid feeling cramped. Instead of having a pedestal sink or vanity along one wall of the bathroom, install a corner sink to utilize your space in a more efficient manner. A pedestal sink can jut out into the only available space for foot traffic, and a corner sink across from a shower door can create an awkward traffic flow. Even if the sink doesn’t have much counter space, you can hang accessories such as toothbrush holders and cup holders on the wall to clear up clutter.

    Curtains and Doors

    Whether you have a shower stall or a tub in your small bathroom, you should consider your space when you decide what sort of closure you want. A shower curtain can be pushed out of the way without taking up extra room, as opposed to a hinged shower door that requires space to open and close. A sliding door could be a wise choice in a small bathroom, as you can still have the elegant look of glass without sacrificing extra space. Install towel bars and rings at different levels on the wall outside of the shower to help keep your space tidy and efficient.

    Your small bathroom can feel much bigger when you make the right choices for design and accessories. Call Plum Street Pottery at (800) 367-5644 to inquire about bathroom accessories we offer to help you make the most of your space. Visit our website to see what we have in store for you.

    For additional information, Homepolish has a great new article on small bathrooms, Tiny but Mighty Bathrooms. Homepolish is all about "Making the world a better space.™"

  28. New Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Old CocktailsSchott-Zwiesel-Pure-Double-Old-Fashioned-Whiskey-GlassThe cocktail has been around for quite some time, and there are many recipes to delight drinkers of all palates. If you tend to like sweeter drinks, there’s surely a cocktail for you. If your tastes run towards the drier or more bitter end of the spectrum, you’ll be able to find plenty of drinks to suit your taste buds. While you can certainly pour a cocktail into any sort of glass, the right glassware can enhance your drinking experience. Proper barware ensures that the drink is mixed correctly, which can make a difference in how it tastes. Read on for new twists on classic cocktails to try making at your home bar.

    Añejo Old Fashioned

    The Old Fashioned is one of the most quintessential classic cocktails, renowned for its simplicity as well as its alcoholic strength. A classic Old Fashioned is made with bourbon, sugar, two kinds of bitters, and garnished with fruit such as a cherry or orange. When you’re looking for a way to shake things up a bit, try substituting bourbon with tequila, and use agave syrup instead of regular sugar as a sweetener. The drink will be delicious and a refreshing take on an old favorite.

    Spazerac

    The Sazerac is the signature drink of New Orleans, made with rye whiskey, two kinds of bitters, sugar, and an absinthe rinse to give the drink a bright anise flavor. The addition of an expressed lemon peel gives the cocktail a clean, cool aroma as you bring your glass to your nose. The Spazerac is a slight variation on this, using a small amount of lemon juice in addition to the normal ingredients. To top this off, you’ll blend the liquid ingredients with ice so you get a slushy drink that’s perfect for a spring or summer day. Think of it as an adult version of a snow cone, and your party guests will be asking for a second round.

    You’ll find the perfect barware and glassware you need at Plum Street Pottery to try new twists on old favorites, and to invent a few cocktail recipes of your own. Call us at (800) 367-5644 or visit us online for a look at our current selection.

  29. Baltimore Eggnog Recipe

    Delicious Baltimore Eggnog Recipe


    I found this Baltimore Eggnog recipe written down on a piece of paper among my dad's recipes. It is the classic eggnog and is worth every minute of preparation. Your guests will compliment you knowing it did not come out of a carton.

    Eggnog is no longer just for the Christmas Holidays. Easter and Thanksgiving are also perfect times to serve your guests the best!

    Ingredients
    6 eggs
    ½ lbs. sugar
    1-quart heavy cream
    ¾ pint dark Jamaican rum
    ¾ pint good brandy or cognac
    ½-grated nutmeg

    Preparation
    Separate the whites from the yolks.
    Beat the whites until they form soft peaks.*
    Beat the yolks until they are firm.*
    Gently fold  ¼ lb. sugar to the whites.
    Add ¼ lb. sugar to the yolks and stir until evenly distributed.
    Stir into the yolks 1-quart heavy cream.
    Slowly stir into the yolks ¾ pint dark Jamaican rum and ¾ pint good brandy.
    The brandy can be substituted with the whiskey of your choice.
    It is important to use good rum, brandy or whiskey because they are the flavor ingredients.
    Gently fold the egg white sugar mixture into the yolks, rum and brandy.
    Slowly stir while adding ½-grated nutmeg.
    Let sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

    Variations:
    Wait until you are ready to serve your guests before whipping the egg whites with the sugar. Then slowly stir the whipped egg whites into the chilled eggnog. Finish off by adding some grated fresh nutmeg to the top as a garnish.

    Add another layer of flavor to your Baltimore eggnog with 2 tsp. vanilla extract to the heavy cream.

    If you want to lighten up on the calories and fat substitute half and half cream for the heavy cream.

    *Contains Raw Eggs
    You can also pasteurize the eggs yourself.

    Purchase Pasteurized Eggs.

    We suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. Use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.

    For other great recipes please visit our blog at Plum Street Pottery. Plum Street Pottery sells affordable quality dinnerware, barware and ceramic bathroom accessories.

    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like when we taste it!

    As with all recipes a lot of the fun is using your imagination. Try your own variations.

    Send us your recipes and we will be happy to post them on our blog!

    Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

    James Beard

     

  30. Enhancing Your Bathroom DécorToilet interior with shower cubicle

    Did you know that the average American spends about one hour per day in the bathroom? Over the course of a year, this adds up to a total of 14 days! Since you spend so much time in your bathroom, consider how you can enhance your décor to make your space more pleasant. Some homeowners may want to renovate the bathroom, changing a bathtub into a shower or replacing vanities and other storage solutions. If you are looking for a more efficient way to change up the décor in your bathroom, you don’t have to go for a full home improvement project. New accessories such as ceramic towel bars, soap dishes, shower corner shelves, toothbrush holders, and robe hooks can quickly give your bathroom a fresh new look. Read on to learn more about enhancing your bathroom décor.

    Color

    The color of your bathroom can affect your mood, as well as the way you look in the mirror. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose colors that will make you feel relaxed and at-ease, and that won’t alter your complexion when you’re trying to do your hair or make-up. A white bathroom is a classic, timeless look, and you can add splashes of color with bright linens or accent accessories like soap holders. Consider how much natural light your bathroom gets if you are thinking of changing the color in your bathroom, as colors will look different in natural and artificial light.

    Accessories

    Some bathrooms have a good deal of built-in storage space, while others may lack places to store extra linens, soaps, and bath products. If you have the space in your bathroom, consider bringing in a unique piece of furniture such as a vintage display cabinet where you can put your extra supplies. This will lend a unique look to your bathroom décor, and be functionally useful as well.

    When you’re looking for easy ways to enhance your bathroom décor, give Plum Street Pottery a call at (800) 367-5644. We feature attractive bath accessories to fit any style of decorating. Take a look at our website to see what we have in store for your bathroom.

  31. Taking Care of Your Dinnerwarekitchen sink

    Your dinnerware is more than just the surface off of which you eat and serve your family. It can say a lot about your personality as well as your unique sense of style and home décor. In order to make sure that your dinnerware looks great for years to come, you’ll need to take care of it properly. Most dinnerware is dishwasher safe, however, there are times when hand washing your more delicate dinnerware, serving platters and bowls, flatware, crystal stemware and glassware is recommended.

    Trust the Tub

    When you are washing your dishes, it will save you time as well as water to use a dish tub. If you don’t have a tub, you can use a rubber mat to line the sink to help prevent accidental chips or cracks. This is a more efficient way of washing the dishes than washing each dish individually under the running tap. Reducing your water usage is good for the environment, and will help keep your utility bills under control. The hotter the water you use, the less likely you are to have spots on your silverware and glassware when it dries.

    Obey the Order

    It can help you stay organized to wash your dishes in a certain order. This will also make drying easier, as you won’t have to rearrange differently-sized items in your drying rack to make space for everything. Wash crystal and glassware first, followed by glass, flatware, and serving dishes. Save your pots, pans, and greasy dishes for last to help minimize spots and keep your sponge from streaking your dishes.

    Scrub with Salt

    A well-kept secret of caring for your dinnerware is that salt and baking soda are natural abrasives. If you have pots and pans with greasy residue left behind, use a dry sponge and salt to remove these spots. Salt and baking soda both help to absorb the grease so all of your dishes look spotless.

    You’ll want to take great care of the dinnerware you find at Plum Street Pottery. Call us at 1-800-367-5644 to learn about our selection of high-quality plates, dishes, glasses, and more. Visit our website to start looking for the styles that will fit your kitchen.

  32. Your Guide to Being the Holiday Host with the MostHappy Holidays

    The holidays will be here before you know it, which means you should get your home prepared for guests and festivities. In order to make your home as seasonal as possible, consider getting holiday-appropriate decorations such as wreaths, candles, pine cones, and more. Your home will feel more festive and your guests will appreciate the holiday flair. You can also make your house more festive by getting new dinnerware in holiday colors, giving your guests a visually appealing way of enjoying the scrumptious foods you prepare for parties. Read on to learn more about how you can be the holiday host with the most.

    Overnight Guests

    The holidays are a time of togetherness, and you may be playing host to a few out-of-town visitors in your home. Whether your guests are friends or family members, you’ll want to make them feel comfortable while they are in your house. Make sure your guest room is set up with clean linens, towels, and fresh flowers. You can even add hotel-like touches such as bathrobes and a flat screen television for when they need a little alone time. Don’t forget to have glasses for your guests to use in the bathroom and on the nightstand in case they get thirsty.

    Social Occasions

    Even if you do not have friends and family staying with you, consider inviting your compatriots over for a holiday party. You can have it be more formal with a seated dinner, or keep things on the casual side with a buffet table and trays of h’orderves. As you plan your menu, keep in mind that some of your guests may be vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions. Everyone will appreciate if you provide a few alternatives and varieties of food, and you can even use recipe cards to list ingredients. When your food is served on dinnerware you’ve gotten just for the occasion, your gathering will be even more memorable.

    Let Plum Street Pottery help you be the host with the most by providing you with a wide variety of dinnerware and glassware appropriate for any season. Contact us at 1-800-367-5644 to discuss your needs with one of our friendly representatives. We have been serving our customers for over 85 years.

  33. How to Have a Winning Wine ExperienceFinesse-red-wine-glassWhether you’re sitting down to a delicious meal with your friends and family, or you’re simply relaxing at the end of a long workday, wine is the perfect accompaniment. You don’t have to be a sommelier to appreciate a good glass of wine, but there are certain things you can do to make your wine experience more enjoyable. The proper glassware, the right temperature, and the appropriate food pairings can all contribute to a sensory experience that’s more than just simply having a drink. Read on to learn how you can have a winning wine experience.

    Glassware

    As a general rule of thumb, whatever glass makes wine taste good to you is the best wine glass. Beyond that, however, there are a few things to be aware of when choosing glassware. Many people prefer long stemmed wine glasses rather than stemless so that the heat from your hand is not transferred to the liquid itself. A glass with a rounder bottom and a narrowed top isn’t strictly aesthetic—the narrow opening helps focus the aromas of the wine so you can fully enjoy the bouquet on the nose. A clear wine glass is preferable to colored glass so that you get a full sensory experience of the wine, seeing its rich colors instead of masking them.

    Temperature

    While some people believe there are only two ways to store wine—in the refrigerator or out at room temperature—there are other methods that can give you a better wine experience. The proper temperature of wine varies depending on what you’re drinking, which is why some people prefer to have a dedicated wine refrigerator. Serious oenophiles may even have their own temperature-regulated wine cellar with different zones for different wines. Before you open your next bottle of wine, do your research to find out what temperature will best bring out the full flavor and aroma.

    Plum Street Pottery understands that drinking wine is about more than the simple act of drinking wine. That’s why we offer a wide selection of barware to enhance your imbibing experience. Call us at (800) 367-5644 to inquire about our current inventory, and visit our website for a look at what else we carry.

  34. Maple Brined Apple Cider Basted Roast Turkey RecipeThe following maple-brined turkey recipe is from Chef Arturo McLeod at Benjamin’s Steak House in NYC. Benjamin Steak House This simple step can be done up to 24 hours in advance. Brining a turkey not only helps keep the turkey moist during roasting but imparts a subtle sweet flavor. The apple cider baste and gravy recipe are mine. I am not a professional chef but I have made it made it several times with great success.

    Ingredients:


    • Whole Turkey


    Maple Brine

    • 2 gallons of water for 20 lb. turkey

    • 1-cup maple syrup

    • 1-cup brown sugar

    • 1-cup kosher salt

    • 2 oranges, quartered

    • 6 cloves of peeled and crushed garlic

    • 4 sprigs of thyme

    • 4 sprigs of rosemary

    • 2 tablespoons peppercorns


    Stuffing

    • Apples

    • Oranges


    For smaller turkeys reduce the brine recipe appropriately. For example, a 15 lb. turkey is approximately 25% smaller so instead of 2 gallons of water use 1.5 gallons with the other ingredients reduced accordingly.

    The brine is meant to moisten the turkey meat and is not a strong flavor so do not waste time counting peppercorns when adjusting the recipe.

    Preparation of the Brine
    Add the brine ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring until the syrup, sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. When the brine has cooled, place your clean dry turkey into a large sealable container like a large stockpot. Slowly pour the brine over the turkey, seal and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

    Turkey Cooking Time
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, remove the turkey from the brine, rinse under cool water, pat dry inside. Rub the turkey on all sides with butter and including under the skin. This is not as difficult as it sounds. Starting at the top edge of the breast by the stuffing cavity, slowly slide your fingers between the meat and the skin. Once you have the skin lifted from the meat add your butter. Since the brine contained salt and pepper there is no need to salt and pepper the turkey again!

    Turkey Stuffing
    I always cook the bread stuffing separately so I fill the cavity with quartered apples and oranges. The fruit is full of moisture, which also helps keep the breast moist, and it helps to build the apple cider basting liquid and gravy. Tie the drumsticks loosely, place in a large roasting pan breast side down, and roast for approximately one hour.

    To help build the pan juices for basting and the gravy add additional slices of apples and oranges to the roasting pan.

    Flip Your Turkey
    After about an hour, remove the turkey from the oven and flip the bird breast side up in the pan and baste with the pan drippings. If needed add a little chicken stock, melted butter and apple cider to the pan to start your basting liquid. Baste the turkey every 30 to 45 minutes with your pan juices. If you run out of pan juices add a little more apple cider.

    Roasting Time
    Roast the turkey until the meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the turkey thigh. Fifteen minutes per pound will normally get you close. Remove from the oven and let stand 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

    Apple Cider Gravy
    Most of the gravy has already been made by the basting process but once the turkey is removed from the roasting pan, pour most of the pan drippings into a separate container, place the pan on the stove over medium heat and slowly stir while adding a thickener like Wondra flour which will thicken the gravy without lumping. Slowly add the remaining pan drippings and bring the gravy to a boil, which helps thicken the gravy and removes the floury taste.

    You will notice the gravy is thicker than you would normally serve so now is the time to add more apple cider and chicken stock. Simmer and stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Prior to serving remove the apple and orange slices from the gravy.

    The beauty of the apple cider gravy is that I occasionally varied the recipe by using apple brandy, Calvados and apple jelly with equally great results. Part of the fun of cooking is trying new recipes and variations of recipes, so enjoy!

    What Wines Go Well with Turkey
    Wine Folly had a good article on which wines go well with your turkey dinner and can be found at Wine Folly.

    What Wine Glasses and Dinnerware to Use
    Well we thought you would never ask. Plum Street Pottery has a great selection of wine glasses from Schott Zwiesel, Lenox, Riedel and Orrefors and great dinnerware patterns including newly added Noritake Colorwave Holiday Accent Plates and Mugs.

    We are not professional chefs but we know what we like when we taste it!

    There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

    George Bernard Shaw

     

     

  35. Adding Fall Décor to Your Dining Room TableLeSouk-Ceramique-Honey-Earthenware-DinnerwareAutumn has arrived, and in many parts of the country, that means leaves changing colors and the air getting crisper and cooler. Fall is a symbol of the harvest, and it’s a good time to celebrate before winter’s snow and cold arrive. As the trees outside are changing colors, you can bring a bit of that same spirit to your dining room table with seasonally appropriate décor. Choose decorations that go with your dinnerware yet stand out as a reminder of the harvest. Read on for ways you can add fall décor to your dining room table.

    Fresh from Nature

    In addition to leaves turning red, orange, and yellow hues, another sure sign that fall is here is the presence of pumpkins, squashes, and other seasonal gourds. On your next trip to the farm, orchard, or local grocery store, pick up a few of these decorative gourds to place atop your dining room table. These gourds are hardy and should last you through Thanksgiving, which is usually seen as the end of the fall. Choose from different colors such as gold, orange, and deep greens, and select different sizes of decorative gourds to add even more visual interest to your table.

    Dinnerware

    When you really want to emphasize an autumnal feeling in your dining room, consider switching out your everyday dinnerware for fall-ready dish sets, plates, chargers, bowls, and more. Deep reds and rich purples are good choices for a fall-themed dinner party, or you can keep things on the lighter side with gold and yellow dishes. Feel free to mix and match depending on the look you’re going for, and don’t be afraid to host a brunch or an afternoon luncheon just so you can trot these special items out for guests. Seasonal beverages such as hot cider and pumpkin-flavored ales will only add to the cozy feeling of your dining room.

    When you’re looking for ways to dress up your dining room, look to Plum Street Pottery no matter what time of year it is. Call us at (800) 367-5644 to speak with one of our friendly representatives about how we can help you incorporate fall colors into your dining room.

  36. Your Dad’s Old Fashioned Whiskey CocktailThe Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail is actually a lot older then your dad. The first recipe dates back to 1862. The following link provides a great account of the history of the old fashioned cocktail. History.

    The Classic Recipe
    • Place 1/2 tsp of loose sugar in the bottom of your favorite Schott Zwiesel whiskey glass.
    • Add two or three dashes of Angostura bitters and a tsp of water.
    • Stir or muddle until the sugar is dissolved.
    • Add three ice cubes to the glass.
    • Stir.
    • Add 2 ounces of your favorite straight rye or bourbon whiskey.
    • Stir again.
    • Twist a thin-cut swatch of lemon or orange peel over the top.
    • Add a stirring spoon.
    • Let sit for one minute.

    Variations
    A lot of variations exist including using a splash of club soda and a maraschino cherry with or without the lemon or orange twist. Vary the amount of bitters and sugar, decide whether you want a lemon or orange twist. Part of the fun is experimenting with the recipe to make the old-fashioned cocktail you enjoy the most.
    Plum Street Pottery offers a full range of glassware for your bar including whiskey, cocktail and wine glasses. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-367-5644.

  37. Designing a Comfortable and Functional Guest BathroomToilet interior with shower cubicle

    The holiday season is approaching! If you’re expecting guests this season, designing a comfortable and functional guest bathroom can help them feel more at home. Choosing the right bathroom accessories and features can help you create this space for your visitors:

    Give the Bathroom a Deep Cleaning

    Nobody wants to use a dirty bathroom, especially when you are away from home and enjoying vacation time. Start by deep cleaning your bathroom so guests will feel comfortable using it. Use your preferred cleaning products for the toilet, sink, and bathtub. You should also clean and organize medicine cabinets, leaving space for guests to use if they desire.

    Stock Up on the Essentials

    You’ll need the essentials if you want to create a comfortable bathroom for your guests! The basic bathroom must have toilet paper, hand soap, towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and mouthwash. Place at least one of each item in the bathroom, making sure they are easy to find so guests can use them as necessary. If you have the space, include extras of these items so guests can replace them without asking for assistance.

    Add Relaxing Touches

    There are a few simple additions that can help your guest bathroom feel like a personal spa! Scented items like candles, plug-ins, and air fresheners can keep this space smelling fresh and clean at all times. Simple wall hangings can make the space seem more soothing and inviting. Magazines and music players or phone docking stations can provide entertainment during bath time.

    Provide Fun Extras

    You can go above and beyond by including a few extra items in your guest bathroom. Fill a nice basket with comfortable slippers, a bathrobe, a shower cap, and a hairdryer to help your guests feel like they are at home and able to enjoy their favorite comforts.

    Plum Street Pottery offers a fabulous selection of bathroom accessories that can help you design a fabulous guest bathroom. We also offer wine glasses, glassware, and dinnerware that can help you plan a wonderful holiday feast.

  38. Wonderful and Relaxing Sunday BrunchA classic Sunday Brunch starts with Eggs Benedict and is finished off with a Gin Fizz. This combination works well for the simple reason that eggs benedict uses egg yolks and the gin fizz uses the remaining egg whites. I will not go so far as to say the Gin Fizz is a healthy substitute for your morning juice but it does have orange, lemon and lime juices and it tastes great!

    Gather Your Ingredients

    Hollandaise Ingredients for One-half Cup
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into even slices
    • Pinch cayenne
    • Pinch white pepper
    • Pinch salt

    Eggs Bendict Ingredients for Two
    • 4 slices good deli ham sliced thin
    • 2 English muffins, split
    • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
    • 4 poached eggs
    • Fresh chopped parsley

    Gin Fizz Ingredients for Two
    • ½ cup gin
    • 2 egg whites removed from the Hollandaise egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) half and half
    • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) orange juice
    • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) simple syrup
    • 2 cups ice cubes

    How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

    Whisk the egg yolks with the lemon juice in the top half of a stainless steel double boiler until the egg yolks approximately doubled in volume. Place the pan on the double boiler and whisk and whisk. At this point you need to make sure the simmering water is not touching the pan. Add one slice of butter at a time and whisk until the butter has melted and is incorporated into the egg yolks/lemon juice. Be patient and check the water. If it is boiling turn the burner down as too much heat will scramble your eggs. Continue whisking until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and season to taste with the cayenne, white pepper and salt.

    The sauce can be covered and set aside in a warm location. If the sauce gets too thick it can always be adjusted by whisking in a little warm water.

    How to Make Eggs Benedict
    Toast the English muffins and place on your Plum Street Pottery dinnerware. Top off the muffin with a poached egg on each half side then spoon the Hollandaise sauce over the egg and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

    How to Make Gin Fizz
    Whisk the egg white until they form soft peaks. In a large Boston Shaker from your barware collection combine the gin, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, half-and-half, simple syrup and egg whites. Shake vigorously until nice and frothy. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds more.

    Strain the gin fizz into a really nice iced-beverage glass and serve.

    Plum Street Pottery has a full assortment of dinnerware and barware to make your brunch extra special. We sell reputable brands including Lenox, Schott Zwiesel, Dansk, Fortessa and Gibson. Visit us online.

    Enjoy Brunch, watch the game, actually sit back and talk with your significant other and relax!

    We are enthusiastic amateurs and not professional chefs!

  39. Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee for Your Beautifully Designed MugsRed stoneware coffee mugCoffee helps many of us start our days. It also offers a relaxing escape that can be enjoyed alone or with friends! Adding beautiful mugs to your kitchen cabinet will make your coffee taste even better no matter what time of day you like to enjoy it. Make the most of your new mugs by brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

    Select Your Brewing Technique

    How do you like to make your coffee? You can keep things quick and simple by preparing your beverage in an automatic coffee maker. If you prefer a richer roast, you can get the coffee you crave with a French press. When you need something a little stronger, you can experiment with an espresso machine for a latte or cappuccino.

    Choose Your Coffee

    Now comes the truly important part such as picking your coffee. Your brewing technique will determine what type of coffee you’ll need, and whether you should use whole beans or keep it easy with packaged ground coffee. Decide if you want a darker or lighter roast before moving on to flavor options. Keep it classic with unflavored coffee or try something new by looking into enticing flavored choices.

    Enhance the Flavor

    Some people like their coffee black and plain. Others like to add ingredients to enhance the flavor and effect. If you fall into the second category, your choices are only limited to what you keep in your kitchen! Milk and cream are popular choices for espresso beverages and coffee creations. You can also add syrups, spices, and other kitchen finds to bring out your favorite flavors.

    Pick the Perfect Pairing

    Coffee is always best when paired with a tasty treat! You can enjoy your perfect cup of coffee with your breakfast or prepare a cup later in the day to enjoy with cookies or pastries. After dinner, enhance your dessert with a flavorful cup of coffee served in your favorite mug.

    Find beautiful new mugs to enhance your next cup of coffee with Plum Street Pottery! Visit us online to see our selection of mugs, drinking glasses, dinnerware, and more.

  40. What’s the Importance of Different Wine Glasses for Various Wine Styles?Pure Tritan Crystal glasswareWhen you are shopping for new wine glasses, you may be overwhelmed at the number of styles that are available to you. If you are looking to get the most out of your wine tasting experience, it is essential to choose wine glasses that are designed for the type of wine that you will be pouring. A store specializing in wine glasses and glassware will be able to direct you to the precise glasses you need for your next wine tasting. To help you make your selection, here is a look at how different wine glasses are designed to complement various styles of wine.

    Red Wine Glasses

    When you are drinking a red wine, it is important to choose a wine glass that highlights the unique characteristics and flavor of your wine. Typically, red wine glasses feature large bowls. A larger bowl creates more surface area on the glass of wine, which will allow you to experience the full range of aromas and flavors that the wine has to offer. The larger bowl and opening increases the aeration of the wine which speeds the release of the aromas and flavor.

    White Wine Glasses

    Unlike red wines, which are often served at room temperature, white wines are typically served chilled. To enhance your white wine drinking experience, it is a great idea to invest in wine glasses that have slightly smaller openings, with taller bowls.

    Champagne Flutes

    There is nothing quite like champagne to mark a special occasion or celebration. Champagne is typically served in a type of glass that is known as a champagne flute. The tall and narrow opening of the flute allows the effervescence of the champagne to reach the palate.

    If you are interested in purchasing new wine glasses or glassware Plum Street Pottery will be there to assist you. Our website carries a wide variety of wine glasses as well as whiskey and beer glasses.

  41. Wine RefrigeratorsWhat Wine Refrigerator Do You Need?
    Wine refrigerators or coolers can be expensive and are available in all shapes and sizes. Many offer basic features while others include premium upscale options. Decide what you really need and can afford.

    The capacity of wine coolers varies from those holding a small number of bottles to wine refrigerators that are capable of storing hundreds of wine bottles. Decide where you plan to place the wine cooler to help determine the size you need. For example, where space is limited an under cabinet wine refrigerator will work great. Since wine bottles vary in shape, a wine cooler that is described as a “75 bottle wine refrigerator” may not actually store 75 bottles at full capacity.

    Alarms
    Manufacturers differ in how they alert their users to a potential problem. Miele, for example, offers RemoteVision that monitors the wine cooler 24/7 for faults and alerts Miele by WIFI. Miele, in turn, contacts the customer directly.

    EuroCave Classic Series has an audible alarm system directly alerting the customer to a problem with the door, temperature or relative humidity.

    Temperature Zone(s)
    If you want to store white wines in addition to red wines you will need two temperature zones. Most will find one zone sufficient to age your red wines. White wines as a general rule are best opened early so aging is not as important.

    Construction
    In the case of wine refrigerators the old axiom, “The More you pay the Better it is” holds true. The shelving in particular must be sturdy enough to hold up to 35 lbs.
    Are there pullout shelves and do the glides run smoothly even with 35 lbs. on them? The heavier hardware to hold the weight and slide smoothly does cost more to manufacture.

    The better the internal fan the more efficient the internal airflow, keeping all your bottles at the same temperature and relative humidity.

    Last but not least is the unit’s energy efficiency. Look at the specifications the same as you would on your kitchen refrigerator.

    Options
    UV glass is offered and is essential when the wine refrigerator is anywhere other than in a dark environment. Sun, and for that matter any UV source, and wine do not mix. If the wine refrigerator is under the cabinet or in another dark location save your money and use regular glass.

    In addition to the WIFI Miele, some units are remote controlled. While remote control sounds nice how many times will you really need it?

    In the digital age most units are standard with digital temperature controls particularly in the more expensive units. Digital controls are a great feature so you can accurately monitor the temperature and relative humidity.

    Wine Storage
    Ideally your red wine should be kept at 55°F with no more than 5°F to 10°F annual variation and 1°F to 3°F daily variation. White wines can be stored as low as 45°F. The ideal relative humidity for wine storage is between 60% and 70%.

    Which Bottles to Store
    Use your wine refrigerator for the wines you want to age and develop complexity. Keep the wines you expect to drink in the next several days in a cool dark cabinet.

    Wine Glasses and Decanters
    Do not go to the expense of purchasing a wine refrigerator and use any old wine glasses. Plum Street Pottery offers Schott Zwiesel crystal wine glasses and wine decanters. They are the famed German producer based in one of the world's prime glass-manufacturing centers and have led the glass industry for more than 140 years.

    All Schott Zwiesel crystal wine glasses are lead-free and manufactured using their patented Tritan Crystal replacing lead with titanium and zirconium oxide to produce a crystal wine glass that is not only sparkling clear but break, chip resistant and dishwasher safe.

    We offer the newest Schott Zwiesel wine glasses, Finesse, a pulled stem wine glass. The pulled stem is stronger because it is a single piece of glass and it creates a little indentation in the bottom of the glass adding an additional visual dimension to your wine.

    Other Articles that Might be of Interest:

    How to Have a Winning Wine Experience
    What's the Importance of Different Wine Glasses for Various Wine Styles

  42. A Guide to Glasses and the Cocktails that Go in Themmartini glass

    Whether you are enjoying a beer with dinner or celebrating an important occasion with your favorite cocktail, it is important to use the proper whiskey glasses. While the wrong glassware might hinder the effect of your drink, the right glasses will promote your drink’s taste and aroma and lead to a more holistic drinking experience. Keep reading for your look at a guide to glasses and the cocktails that go in them.

    Lowball and Highball Glasses

    The size and shape of your cocktail glasses may play important roles in what you experience when taking a drink. This is why certain beverages are supposed to be paired with certain types of glasses. If your drink is whiskey based or features a small amount of mixer, you may drink it out of a lowball glass. A highball glass is just like a taller lowball glass, and it will hold 12 or more ounces of Bloody Mary, gin and tonic, or any drink with a lot of mixer and ice.

    Martini Glasses

    A martini glass is easily recognizable because of its iconic shape. Designed to hold martinis or margaritas, martini glasses form a cone shape at the top of a stem. These glasses are suited to cocktails with no ice and a low overall volume. Enjoy martinis and similar drinks from this glass at a table in a relaxed environment, as they are easy to spill if you’re out on a dance floor or roaming a backyard.

    Shot Glasses

    When you order a shot at a bar, your bartender will serve you using a shot glass. This type of glass is designed to hold a small amount of liquid, which makes it the go-to choice when drinking liquor. Shot glasses are not reserved for straight liquor exclusively; your bartender can also mix drinks with a small amount of several ingredients in them.

    If you are in need of drinking glasses, call Plum Street Pottery at 1-800-367-5644. We are a glassware company that offers wine, beer, and cocktail glasses. You can find out much more about our products by visiting our website.

     

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  43. Table Settings Fit for Summer EntertainingFriends Awaiting Dinner

    The summertime allows people to enjoy the outdoors and breathe some fresh air, which prompts many people to eat outside on a patio or on an open deck. If you plan on entertaining guests at your home, it helps to be prepared with the right kind of dinnerware. Continue on for a brief overview of a few table settings fit for summer entertaining.

    Family Fun

    Family dinners become much more exciting when you get to dine under the natural light of the sunset. Consider promoting a fun family atmosphere by combining neutral colors with brighter, more festive neons. Add new elements of texture in your glassware, centerpiece, and tablecloth. Remember that the colors of your table settings are not necessarily set in stone; do not be afraid to get creative. Your family will appreciate the extra effort you put into impressing them.

    Romantic Dinner

    If your first date went well enough to warrant a second, step up your game by hosting a dinner at your house. Include plenty of reds and pinks to create a romantic atmosphere. You can also explore your creative freedom with different colored stripes. If you are inviting that special someone to an outdoor dinner, be sure to use a durable tablecloth. A lighter tablecloth may blow around in the breeze or tear and show the table underneath it. You can even print custom menus for your special guest.

    Pattern Party

    Intricate patterns on your tablecloth can help to balance the simplicity of your dinnerware. Consider using neutral dinnerware and glassware to reflect this patterned tablecloth and display a unique look of its own. Keep your centerpiece simple to avoid a cluttered and overwhelming look in your summer table setting.

    Are you still searching for your summer table settings? If you are, contact Plum Street Pottery at 1-800-367-5644 or visit our website. We are dedicated to providing high quality glassware and dinnerware at affordable prices.

  44. The History of DanskDid you know that Dansk is a Great American Company?

    Fjord Flatware
    On a trip to Europe in 1954, Americans Martha and Ted Nierenberg went in search of a product to manufacture and produce for a U.S. audience. During a visit to the Museum of Arts and Crafts (today the Danish Museum of Art & Design) in Copenhagen, they saw a unique set of cutlery on display that combined teak and stainless steel, created by artist-designer Jens Quistgaard. The Nierenbergs tracked down Quistgaard and spoke with him in an effort to convince him to manufacture the cutlery. At first, Quistgaard insisted that the pieces could only be forged by hand, one piece at a time, but Nierenberg was able to convince him they could be mass-produced, leading to Dansk Designs' first product, Fjord flatware, which has been one of the brand's enduring bestsellers.

    The Nierenbergs established Dansk that year in the garage of their Great Neck, New York home, with Quistgaard as its founding designer. By the end of 1954, Ted Nierenberg attracted orders for several hundred units from stores all around the United States, and the business took off from there. By 1958, Nierenberg and Quistgaard expanded the designs to include teak magazine racks and stools, stoneware casseroles, salt and pepper grinders, and flatware with split cane handles. The New York Times credited Dansk with "creating a stir" with "some of the most popular accessories found in American homes." By 1982, Quistgaard had created more than 2,000 different designs for dinnerware, glassware and items for the home.

    Kobenstyle Dinnerware
    One of the more famous Quistgaard designs is Kobenstyle which includes bakeware and casual dinnerware. It remains as modern today as it did when first introduced in 1955 which speaks to the true beauty and functionality of all Dansk designs.

    Dansk relocated its headquarters to Mount Kisco, New York in the 1960s and after 25 years of continued prosperity was purchased in June 1985 by Dansk Acquisition Corp. in a deal initiated by Goldman Sachs.

    Dansk was acquired in 1991 by the Brown-Forman Corporation and incorporated together under its Lenox subsidiary. On March 16, 2009, a group of investors led by Clarion Capital Partners LLC purchased the assets of Lenox - including Dansk - and renamed the company Lenox Corporation.

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  45. Staging a Dinner Party to Impress Any GuestsWhen you host a dinner party, the presentation is just as important as the food that you serve. Use the following tips to stage a beautiful and engaging dinner party that will impress the people you invite to sit around your table:

    Create a Welcome Bar

    If you are planning to serve alcohol at your dinner party, you can set up a small bar area where your guests can pour their own drinks. Make sure to include a few different kind of drinking glasses so they can choose the right one based on what they are drinking. You should also place a few different kinds of alcohol, mixers, and garnishes along the bar.

    Set Up an Appetizer Area

    While you finish up the final meal preparations, you can set up an appetizer area where your guests can pick and choose some munchies to hold them over until dinner. Use beautiful plates to create an aesthetically appealing array of appetizers that will help your guests stay satiated until you can all sit down together to enjoy your meal.

    Invest in New Dinnerware

    Make sure your dinnerware is up to the challenge of your dinner party by upgrading your set. Buy matching plates, dishes, and bowls that enhance the look and the feel of your table. You should also purchase some glassware and new flatware. Invest in a few beautiful serving plates that allow you to easily transport the food to the table. With the right dinnerware, you can create a beautiful setting for your delicious meal.

    At Plum Street Pottery, we are here to help you stage every meal with beautiful dinnerware and glassware. Whether you are planning a huge dinner party or you just want to add some pizzazz to your nightly meals, we have the products you need to add some style to your home. To learn more about our products, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  46. Refreshing Cocktails to Help You Cool Down this SummerOnce you update your collection of drinking glasses, you should start to collect cocktail recipes that you can make for your family and friends. Keep reading for a glimpse into some of the most delicious and refreshing cocktails for this summer:

    The Kentucky Devil

    If you like a little bit of spice with your summer cocktails, this is the recipe for you. All you need is 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar, 3 ounces of seedless watermelon cut into 1” cubes, 2 ounces of bourbon, ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce, and edible gold flakes with which to garnish it. Put ½ teaspoon of sugar onto a small plate. Get the rim of the glass wet and dunk the rim into the sugar. Put the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Mix the watermelon, the bourbon, the lemon juice, the adobo sauce, and remaining sugar until the mixture is chilled. Place a strainer over your cocktail glass and pour in the cocktail. Fill the glass with ice and finish it off with the gold flakes.

    Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

    Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing summer flavor that tastes perfect in a seasonal cocktail. Pour ¼ cup of water into a saucepan and add ¼ cup granulated sugar. Heat the mixture over moderate heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Use your blender to puree 8 cups of watermelon. Use a strainer to pour the watermelon juice into a bowl. Mix the sugar syrup with ¼ cup fresh lime juice, 1 ¾ cups of blueberries, and ¾ cup of mint leaves. Mix the blueberries and the mint with a wooden spoon and add the watermelon juice and 1 ¼ cups of silver tequila. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours. When you are ready to serve, pour the mixture into a tall cocktail glass with ice.

    Turn to Plum Street Pottery for all of your glassware needs. We make it easy to stock up on the quality pieces you need to complete your kitchen. To learn more, call 1-800-367-5644.

  47. Serving Dishes to Have in Any Kitchen


    If you want to build a functional kitchen, you have to outfit it with dishes and glassware that you can use for any occasion. Serving dishes give an aesthetically appealing way to transfer your amazing culinary creations from the kitchen to the table. Make sure you have the following serving dishes so you are always ready to host family and friends:



    A Wide Range of Serving Bowls



    Serving bowls can be used for anything from serving pasta at dinner to holding the popcorn you pour for yourself before watching a movie. You should have several serving bowls in a variety of sizes so you can enjoy their extreme versatility in your kitchen.



    A Square Platter



    Square platters create an interesting aesthetic appeal that you can use to serve your food with style. Put one out with a selection of desserts after the meal is complete or use it for cheese and crackers while you are still preparing the rest of your meal.



    An Oval Platter



    Oval platters are great options for main courses. Whether you use one for your turkey slices on Thanksgiving or you use it for a side dish like roasted vegetables, an oval platter makes it easy to separate large portions of food into convenient serving sizes that are easy to take to the table.



    A Few Oversized Serving Bowls



    Since serving bowls are so versatile, you should have a few different styles in your home collection. An oversized bowl with a hint of drama gives you the chance to serve your dishes with flavor. This large, stylish bowl can serve as your centerpiece around which you place the rest of your dinnerware and glassware.



    Plum Street Pottery can help you build a fabulous selection of dinnerware and glassware that makes your kitchen more functional than ever. We also have barware and flatware sets to ensure that we can always meet your every need. To learn more about our selection or to place your order, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  48. Pan Seared Steak

    Pan Seared Rosemary Steak


    Pan seared rosemary steak strikes a perfect balance between the flavor of a steak and the delicate rosemary herb.  My preferred cut is the boneless rib eye and I like to cook the steak on my decades old cast iron skillet.  However, I found bone-in steaks cook better on a nice charcoal grill. The meat will shrink during cooking and the bone prevents all the meat from searing evenly on a skillet.

    • Ingredients

    • Steak at least 1” thick

    • Salt

    • Pepper

    • Rosemary Sprigs

    • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter


    In a small pan melt the butter, add several sprigs of rosemary and let them slowly flavor the butter until the butter is fragrant.  Remove the rosemary and discard. Experiment with the amount of rosemary to suit your taste.  Remove your steak from the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before cooking so it warms to room temperature. Salt and pepper to taste.  Heat your skillet on medium high, preferably cast iron and cook the steak approximately 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Use a splatter screen over your skillet to help with your clean up. Move the steak to a plate, pour the rosemary butter over the steak and let it rest for several minutes.  If you like to slice your steak before serving, let it rest then thinly slice across the grain and pour the rosemary butter over the slices.

    Slow-Grilled Steak


    The slow-grilled steak method or reverse-sear is a great alternative for thicker cuts of meat. This method takes the slow-roasted prime rib recipe and applies it to steaks. Slow cook your steak at 225°F until nearly done. An instant-read thermometer should read 110°F to 120°F.

    Season your steak with your favorite seasoning.

    Some gas grills have a low temperature cooking section. Keep the burner under your steak turned off and use indirect heat from your other burners. Use a drip pan under the steak and baste the steak with your rosemary butter from the above recipe.

    Remove the steak from your gas grill, raise the heat to max and sear the steak until evenly browned and an instant-read thermometer registers 130°F for medium rare. Once removed from the heat, the internal temperature will continue to rise by approximately 5°F.

    Alternatively, if you have a charcoal grill, start with a small charcoal fire on one side of the grill and place the steak on the opposite side. Once the steak is almost finished, move the steak directly over the hot charcoal and sear.

    It is important to let the steak rest on your cutting board for at least 5 minutes or more depending on the thickness. Slice across the grain, and serve.

    The slow-cook method insures a juicy steak because it prevents overcooking.

    Interestingly, I ran across a similar New York Strip Steak recipe at Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, AZ. The chef slow roasts the Whole Beef Loin.  Then when a customer orders a steak, the chef slices the individual steak and quickly sears both sides. My steak was done to perfection!

    The right dinnerware adds to your presentation and food that is presented well tastes better.  Denby Natural Canvas Dinnerware Set is a great choice, it frames the meal, and provides good contrast.

    Wine Pairing

    Full-bodied reds like Cabernet pair well with fatty meats such as rib eye.

    Do not waste your bold red with just any old wine glass.  We have exactly what you need to finish off a fantastic dinner.  In particular, Schott Zwiesle #130 Concerto, #130 Cru Classic and #130 Pure full-bodied wine glasses perfectly compliment your wine.

    Slow-Roasted Prime Rib


    https://www.plumstreetpottery.com/prime-rib-roast-recipe/

  49. Choosing the Right Flatware for Your HomeWhen you choose flatware, you should look for pieces that are stylish and functional enough to enhance any table setting. Use the following tips to choose the best kind of flatware for all of your needs:

    Opt for Stainless Steel

    If you want to invest in flatware that will last, you should choose stainless steel options. Steel is extremely durable and can stand up to a lot of wear and tear without any damage. Stainless steel is an aesthetically appealing flatware option that can complement any kind of tableware design.

    Look for a Style that Works for You

    You should also think about style when you are shopping for flatware. If you already have dinnerware, try to find a pattern that enhances the aesthetic appeal of your plates and bowls. If you do not already have dinnerware, you can find flatware you really love and choose a dinnerware set to complement it.

    Purchase Enough Place Settings

    Think about your typical serving needs and how many place settings your require. What size is your family? Do you entertain large groups of people or a few select close friends? The answers to these questions will help guide your purchase. Most flatware is sold in five piece place settings, each one consisting of a dinner fork, a salad/dessert fork, a soup/cereal spoon, a teaspoon and a knife. Make sure you have enough place settings to fulfill your everyday and entertaining needs.

    Add Accessory Pieces to Accompany Your Flatware

    Large serving spoons and forks that complement your flatware are a requirement for serving your culinary creations. Steak knives in your chosen pattern also add to the beauty and function of your table.

    Plum Street Pottery has a great selection of casual dinnerware, wine glasses and whiskey glasses. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  50. Enjoy this Delicious Wine Cake RecipeTake advantage of your new dinnerware investment by inviting friends and family over for a delicious and beautiful meal. This wine cake will be the perfect finishing touch!

    Wine Cake Ingredients


    1 – Box yellow cake mix

    1 –package instant vanilla pudding

    4 – eggs

    ¾ c – vegetable oil

    ¾ c – sherry

    ½ tsp – nutmeg

    Wine Cake Glaze Ingredients


    2 c – powdered sugar

    1/3 c - sherry

    Wine Cake Preparation


    Thoroughly mix the ingredients together and do not forget the nutmeg- it really makes the cake. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees so it is ready to cook the cake when the batter is mixed. Use butter to grease your angel food pan. Pour the batter into the pan and put it into the oven for 50 minutes. Just to be sure it is done, test the cake with a toothpick. If it comes out relatively clean your cake is done.

    Glaze Your Delicious Wine Cake

    As the cake bakes, blend the powdered sugar and sherry to create a decadent glaze. When the cake is finished baking let it cool on a wire rack. It is best to glaze the cake while it is still a bit warm. Before drizzling the glaze on the cake, remove the cake with the center section of the angel food pan, loosen the bottom of the cake with a knife and then flip the cake upside down on to your serving dish. Remove the remainder of the angle food pan. Use a large spoon to drizzle the glaze over the top and sides of the cake.

    Find the Right Plate for the Cake

    Spend some time finding the right plate from your new set to give the cake as much aesthetic appeal as taste. Taking the time to focus on the presentation will help you make the most out of the meal and really impress your dinner guests.

    Whether you need a new set of dinnerware or you want to start building your very own home bar, Plum Street Pottery is here for you. We have an amazing selection of quality pieces that will give you the choices you need to find exactly what you want. To learn more about our products or to place an order, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  51. Bright and Festive Summer Tablescapesthinkstockphotos-56295391The right dinnerware and table settings can help you create a beautiful tablescape for any occasion. Use this guide to gain inspiration for your own summer table settings that will enhance any party that you plan to throw.

    Take It Outside

    Take advantage of the summer weather by choosing some dinnerware that will work for patio tables. Pair your plates and bowls together with some mood-setting candles and linens that match the seat cushions you use for your outdoor furniture. The final result will be the perfect look for the summer season.

    Make It Nautical

    Nautical tablescapes are perfect for summer meals for example, Gibson Elite’s Ocean Paradise or LeSouk’s Aquafish. Whether you are planning a birthday party or a fancy dinner, this kind of setting adds a lot to your table decor. Anchor your table with dark blue features like salad plates, glasses, and flatware. You can balance the blue with some tan embellishments and some ocean accessories that help you bring the entire theme together.

    Get Ready for the Fourth

    If you are already thinking about your annual Fourth of July barbeque, you might want to start thinking about the tablescape you will use for the holiday. Combine plates, glasses, and accessories in various shades of red, white, and blue to put together a beautiful and festive tablescape that will help you celebrate the holiday.

    Create a Formal Setting

    Plan a formal dinner party around your fanciest dinnerware. Keep the table setting simple and elegant with a quality tablecloth and napkins. Let the dishware serve as the focal point of the table. You can also use some candles to add even more aesthetic appeal to your formal table design.

    Any great tablescape starts with the right dinnerware, flatware, and glassware. Plum Street Pottery brings you an amazing selection of table accessories that will help you put together a party of any size. From beautiful dishes to stunning wineglasses, we make it easy to find the perfect pieces for your dining room. To learn more about our products or to start shopping for your new table set, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  52. Tips and Tricks for Choosing the Right Wine Glass[caption id="attachment_790" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sniffing the wine Sniffing the wine[/caption]

    If you are serious about your wine drinking, you have to invest in some proper wine glasses. Use the following tips to choose wine glasses that can help you get the most out of all of your bottles of red and white wine:

    Shop for Size

    When you are trying to find everyday wine glasses that you can use for both reds and whites, you should buy versatile glasses. You should definitely purchase glasses with at least 20 ounces so you have plenty of room for the full wine experience without splashing. Larger glasses allow you to swish, to swirl, and to sniff the wine before you taste it.

    Choose Clear Glasses

    There is a wide range of wine glasses available in many styles and colors, but experts suggest that you go for the clear glasses. This allows you to see the wine so you can use all of your senses as you taste it. Clear glasses are usually thinner, which gives you more of the wine taste and less of a glass taste.

    Opt for the Long Stem

    Although there are plenty of acceptable stemless wine glasses on the market, you should choose some glassware with stems for your everyday set. These are classy enough to use for dinner parties and easy to handle for the nights when you want to curl up on the couch with a glass of your favorite wine.

    Look for a Curve

    If you want to really enjoy aroma as part of your wine-drinking experience, you should choose glasses that curve slightly at the top. This sends those full and delicious aromas directly toward your nose.

    If you are ready to invest in quality glassware, Plum Street Pottery has the selection you need to find exactly what you want. From wine glasses to decanters, we make it easy to step up your wine-drinking game. For more information on our products, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  53. Factors to Consider When Choosing Dinnerware481218379

    The dinnerware that you have in your house can change the way you serve and eat food. It should offer the perfect combination of style and function. Be sure to consider the following factors when shopping for dinnerware so you can find exactly what you need:

    The Amount of Plates and Bowls

    You should always try to buy more dinnerware than you think you need so you always have enough for entertaining. If you have a family of four, for example, think about investing in at least 8 plate sets. You might also want to get a few more in case any of your plates or bowls break or crack.

    The Style

    Spend some time browsing through various designs and styles until you find something that really catches your eye. Dinnerware is available in a wide range of styles and colors, which makes it easy for you to choose something that complements your personal aesthetic and adds more to your dining room design.

    The Price

    Before you start shopping for dinnerware, you should create a budget that gives you a clear idea of how much you can spend. If you fall in love with a set that is a little over your budget, you might want to buy a few key pieces and get the rest when you can save up a little more.

    The Purpose

    Everyday dinnerware is much different than dishes that you want to use for formal occasions. Think about the level of formality that you want to achieve with your dinnerware before you make your purchase to ensure that you get the look and feel you want for your dinner table.

    Turn to
    Plum Street Pottery for all of your dinnerware needs. We have an amazing selection of dishes, bowls, glasses, and flatware sets to help you set your ideal table. We provide quality products for your every serving need. To learn more about our selection or to place an order, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  54. Different Glasses for Different Brews: A Guide to Beer Glassesistock-000002995263largeIf you
    want to enjoy the true beer drinking experience, it is time to update your
    beer glass collection so you have the right
    barware for each kind of beer. Use this guide to learn about which glasses work
    best for which brews.

    A Beer Mug

    This
    glass, which is also called a beer stein, is big and durable, which means it
    can safely hold a lot of beer. It is not a glass that people use to notice
    elements like the aroma, the clarity, or the carbonation of the beer, though.
    It is mostly used to hold large amounts of beer at one time so you can enjoy
    more of your favorite brew with fewer trips to the bar.

    A Pint

    When you
    walk into most bars or pubs and order a beer, you are most likely to get it in
    a pint glass. As the name suggests,
    this glass holds one pint of beer. It is not usually reserved for
    a specific style of beer. It is more of a universal beer glass that makes it
    easy to order any kind of beer.

    A Chalice

    A
    chalice is one of the most beautiful beer glasses and is reserved for beers like
    Belgian tripels or strong ales that are meant to retain their head. The bottom
    of a chalice is riveted to shake up the beer and keep the bubbles flowing
    freely, which makes a nice layer of foam on the top of the glass.

    A Pilsner

    A
    pilsner is one of the smaller beer glasses and only holds about 12 ounces of
    liquid. The pilsner is shaped like a triangle to really bring out the colors of
    wheat beers, lagers, and pilsners.

    If you
    are ready to update your beer glass collection, turn to
    Plum Street Pottery. We sell an amazing selection of
    barware, flatware sets, dinnerware sets, and other products to help you
    complete your personal collection. To learn more about our products, visit us
    online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  55. How to Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Your Loved Oneistock-000011255991xlargeIf you
    want to turn up the romance this Valentine’s Day, you
    should start planning your dinner now. Use this guide for some tips on
    planning a romantic Valentine’s celebration that your special someone will
    love.

    Plan a Delicious and Romantic
    Meal


    Cooking
    for your loved one is much more romantic than going to a restaurant. Even if
    you are not a notoriously good cook, you can take the time to plan out a meal
    that will impress your special someone. Make sure you have all of the
    ingredients and cooking utensils that you need. You also need schedule
    the preparation and timely cooking of yur meal so all the dishes are ready to
    server just before your guest sits down to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Going
    through the effort of planning and cooking a meal is a great way to add some
    romance to your Valentine’s celebration.

    Update Your Dinnerware

    Since Valentine’s
    Day
    is a special
    occasion, you should update your dinnerware before
    the big day. Buy new plates, glasses, and flatware that show your loved one
    just how much effort you went through to ensure that he or she has a special
    Valentine’s Day. You should also invest in some new wine glasses that you can
    use as you toast to your love.

    Add Some Romantic Decorations

    Whether
    you want to place a bouquet of flowers at the center of the table or use
    candles to set the mood, you should add some romantic touches that really set
    the tone for the evening. Take your time choosing decorations that transform
    your home from your regular living space into romance central. Make sure you
    leave yourself enough time to decorate and finish cooking.

    Plum
    Street Pottery is here to help you prepare for Valentine’s Day and any other
    special occasion with a great selection of dinnerware, barware,
    glassware, and flatware sets for your
    home. We sell quality, stylish products that you can use for many years to
    come. To learn more about our selection or to place your order, visit us online
    or call 1-800-367-5644.

     

  56. Mad Men and the Rocks Glass: The Comeback of a Classicistock-000012700101xsmall

    Popular
    culture has a way of bringing back trends from the past. The hit television
    show
    Mad Men transported everyone
    back to the 1960s and its impressive cocktail culture. Watching the characters
    pour drinks into a rocks glass inspired millions of viewers to return to these
    popular glasses of the past. Keep reading to
    learn more about the rocks glass and how to use it:

    A Short Tumbler

    A rocks
    glass, also known as the Old Fashioned glass or a lowball glass, is a short
    tumbler used for alcoholic beverages, like whiskey, that are served over ice.
    This kind of glass can hold between 4 and 10 fluid ounces.

    A Glass for Stronger Drinks

    Bartenders
    tend to use rocks glasses for
    distilled spirits

    because you can pour in a small amount. They are also good for really strong or
    sweet cocktails that might be too overwhelming in a larger glass. The
    characters on
    Mad Men drank many
    different kinds of alcohol out of these unique glasses and inspired millions of
    viewers to do the same.

    The Designated Glass for an Old
    Fashioned


    A rocks
    glass is often called an Old Fashioned glass because this cocktail is typically
    served in this kind of glass. This drink combines bitters, sugar, whiskey, and
    water. When creating this special cocktail, a bartender will mix the bitters,
    the sugar, an orange wheel, cherry, and some soda in the rocks glass. He or she
    then takes the orange rind out, pours in some bourbon and some ice. The drink
    is topped with a fresh orange wheel and a cherry to serve as a garnish.

    If you
    want to add some rocks glasses to your home bar,
    Plum Street Pottery has the selection for you. As a
    family owned business, we work hard to ensure that our customers have the selection they
    need to get the products they want. To learn more about our glasses and
    dinnerware, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  57. Five Inexpensive Accessories that Can Transform Your Bathroom DesignLenape Classic Watercolors Double Towel BarMany people choose to decorate the bathroom with neutral colors and patterns. If your current bathroom design is lacking personality, you should think about adding the following affordable accessories to give it more depth and texture and optimize the room’s decor:

     

     

    A Decorative Towel Bar

    Updating your towel bars can do a lot for the overall aesthetic appeal of the bathroom.
    This subtle addition helps you add more character to the space. It also gives
    you an excuse to buy new towels for your newly decorated bathroom. With these
    simple changes, you can significantly add to the room’s interior design.


    Soap Holders

    Add a little more pizzazz to your vanity area with an attractive soap holder.
    Although it is small, this accessory helps you draw attention to a specific part of the bathroom.
    Once you have an attractive soap holder, you can shop for some decorative soap
    to place on it.

    Toilet Paper Holders

    While you are working to update your bathroom décor, you might want to consider
    getting a new toilet paper holder. Instead of the regular basic model, you can
    choose an attractive option that adds a new layer to your interior design.

    Corner Shelves

    If you want to bring more storage space to your bathroom while enhancing the room’s
    aesthetic appeal, you should add some corner shelves. A tempered glass corner
    shelf is an elegant addition to your bathroom design and gives you plenty of
    space for additional storage.

    Toothbrush Holders

    You can use your decorative accessories to add more aesthetic appeal to your bathroom
    décor. Buy some toothbrush holders to create a convenient and attractive place
    to put your toothbrush.

    Plum Street Pottery has plenty of decorative accessories that can enhance your
    bathroom décor. We also sell dinnerware, and glassware to help you add style and function to your kitchen or dinning room table. To learn more about our products, visit us online or call 1-800-367-5644.

  58. Holiday Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover in your Life177287624The appreciation of wine is a way of life for a huge number of people. The complexities of the beverage have entranced people for hundreds of years, and there is a huge market for related items that enhance the wine-drinking experience. Even if you don’t appreciate wine the way your loved one might, these are some easy and cherishable holiday gift ideas that are sure to impress.

    Wine Glasses

    Did you know that there are different glasses that are specifically intended to compliment nearly every variety of wine? This makes it easy for you to find a wine-related gift for a loved one because chances are, no matter how much they love wine they only have one type of wine glass (and maybe a flute for Champagne). Find out what variety of wine is their favorite, and simply search for the correct wine glass. It’s that easy!

    An Aerator

    An aerator is a simple device that allows air to fully penetrate the wine. This brings out all the flavors of the wine, making it easy for a wine lover to fully appreciate the complexity of the vintage. Although they can vary in manner of operation, the simplest ones work by simply pouring the wine through them. Aerators are mandatory for serious wine lovers, and best of all, basic aerators are not expensive, which make them great stocking stuffers.

    A Crystal-Clear, Hand-Blown Decanter

    Decanters not only look beautiful, but they also improve the wine-drinking experience by aerating it. Decanters have been used in some form for centuries, and the basic design hasn’t changed since the 1700s. They scream class and sophistication, and can completely change the dynamic of a room, which is amazing because they aren’t even considered decorative items.

    Plum Street Pottery is a family-run company who sells only the highest-quality wine glasses, dinnerware, and accessories. If you need gift ideas for a wine lover or simply want to browse our selection of wine-related products, look no further than our website!

  59. How to Wow Your Holiday Dinner Guests[caption id="attachment_769" align="alignleft" width="300"]Boxing Day Buffet Lunch Christmas Tree and Log Fire Boxing Day Buffet Lunch Christmas Tree and Log Fire[/caption]

    The holidays are coming up, and you may be throwing a holiday party for your family and friends. Whether you volunteered to host, or if the responsibility was thrust upon you, you may feel pressured to impress your guests. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at throwing holiday parties or trying it for the first time, this article will help you create a holiday dinner party that your guests will remember forever!

    Creative or Traditional Cuisine? (Or Both?)

    The first thing to decide is what type of dinner you’ll be serving at your holiday party. If you want to go traditional, nothing beats a prime rib roast or a turkey. However, if your friends and family are more adventurous, you could try something completely different, like a goose, duck, or even a pasta dish. If you’re really in the mood for something unusual this holiday season, try one of these Christmas recipes from around the world.

    Use Quality Dinnerware

    Great holiday food won’t impress anyone if it’s served on cheap dinnerware or (gasp) paper plates. Invest in some high-quality dinnerware that reflects the pride you take in entertaining your guests. Your dinnerware doesn’t have to be holiday-themed to express the spirit of the holidays. In fact, a plain white porcelain plate can go a long way in bringing a touch of class to a holiday party, and can be used for year-round occasions of all kinds. If you want to use something a bit more festive and colorful, try a bold and vivid red stoneware dinnerware set. No matter what color you choose, high quality dinnerware will bring an air of sophistication to any holiday dinner.

    Plum Street Pottery is a family-run company who specializes in creating enduring and beautiful dinnerware and glassware. If you’re planning on throwing a holiday party or need a creative gift idea for a loved one, look no further than our website!

  60. Crystal Wine GlassesMy son the wine expert introduced us to Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal wine glasses. We liked them so much that we made it a point to add them to our new web site. They are available in various shapes, styles and sizes to accommodate soft-bodied red wines, light delicate white wines, full-bodied red and white wines.

    We stock Concerto wine glasses and Pure wine glasses for the crisp, clean contemporary look and Cru Classic wine glasses for the always popular traditional style.

    Schott Zwiesel removed the lead from their Tritan Crystal and replaced with titanium and zirconium oxide. The result is a thin but strong crystal wine glass that resists chipping, breakage and maintains its beauty through a life time of dish washer cycles.

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