Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bierocks (Sausage & Beef Stuffed Pastry)

 Bierocks (also called Runza) are meat-filled pocket pastries originating in Germany or Russia.  The recipe was brought to the United States in the 1880s by German Russian Mennonite immigrants.  They are filled with cooked and seasoned ground beef, shredded cabbage and onions, then oven baked until the dough is golden brown.

I make these every year at Christmas time and usually once or twice during the year as a meal with a side salad.  They are hearty and delish!   They are good with a little ranch, sour cream or salsa on the side but equally good as stand alone hor'douvres or sandwiches.

Sometimes I make them as individual, appetizer sized rolls and top them with a little parsley.
and sometimes I make them into a huge loaf and slice into sandwich sized servings.

Bierocks (also called Runza)

1 lb Ground chuck
1 lb Hot Pork Sausage (I usually use Owens)
1 lb Shredded Cabbage ( I use a bag of coleslaw that has carrots and red cabbage)
2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 tsp Season All or Lawry's
2 tsp black Pepper

(play with your ingredients...try some chopped onions, jalapenos or monterey jack cheese)

Brown gound beef and sausage with cabbage until cooked thoroughly. Drain grease. Add pepper, seasoning and cheese.

1 package Rhodes Rolls or Rhodes Bread Loaves (thaw according to directions)

Make a hole in the pastry and fill with meat mixture.  Pinch to seal and place seam side down on lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake @ 350 for 20-25 minutes until  bread is golden brown.  Serve warm.

They can be made ahead and frozen.  I often  double or triple the recipe and make large loaves (uncooked) and freeze them.  When we're ready to eat them I take them out of the freezer and allow to defrost in the fridge.

Oh, they also look pretty with a little dash of dried parsley on top! 

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Spode Copeland Duncan Rural Scenes Brown & White Tablescape

I love talking about this particular Spode pattern as not only am I drawn to the rural scenes each piece depicts but it has an interesting story behind it.  It is called Duncan Scenes, Duncan Scenes Brown, Rural Scenes (most common) or Priscilla Alden.  

In 1849 W. T. Copeland (Spode Copeland) commissioned Edward Duncan to paint a series of sepia watercolors, depicting English country life, which would extensively inspire a full range of tablewares.  The design was registered in 1850.

 In 1878 production grew limited.  Duncan scenes was printed in brown on a cream body earthenware.  The shape was called Amien Embossed which featured Gadroon rims.   A service was retained by the Copeland family as part of their private collection / dinner service and later passed to descendant Robert Copeland. 

I have some of these same pieces in my collection and shop.
  I've set a table for two using dinner plates, soup plates, dessert plates and small bowls.  Each piece features a different scene.

 The table is simple with just a few gathered objects on a tray as a centerpiece.  The basket weave pillar candle is from Zest Candles.  The bull planter filled with roses is from it with these dishes and the pitcher is from the Rural Scenes pattern.  The flatware is San Remo...think it's Hampton or Cambridge.  I never can remember!

The cabinet below is filled with nothing but brown Spode.  There are four patterns here, including Duncan/ Rural Scenes in Brown.

 Below are some other pieces found in the cream bodied earthenware.

Shell shaped relish tray 
A Huge Serving Platter (Turkey sized)
Another large serving platter measuring just over 15"
And a smaller, 11" platter
Small bowl

How cool is the bamboo shaped handle on this creamer?

I've decided that this lid does not actually belong with the sugar bowl.  It doesn't fit quite right and I feel certain that the finial on the top would probably match the bamboo handles.  What do you think?
 Butter Pat

Cup and Saucer

My favorite piece is this teapot with gilt trim and a matching trivet.  It is the only one I have come across thus far in this pattern.

Fluted/scalloped serving piece

Each of these pieces has a similar, impressed stamp on the back/underside reading Copeland in an arched shape and a letter beneath.  

Edward Duncan (1803-1882) who painted all of the beautiful watercolors for this service is equally known for his maritime art than his landscape scenes of farms and animals.  He was an advocate of the British Watercolor Schools and a painstakingly skilled artist whose watercolors are some of the most technically detailed and defined.  In addition to watercolor, Duncan trained in oil and was also a professional engraver with his own studio in London and created works primarily for Fores of Piccadilly.  He was a prolific exhibitionist when it came to his own paintings, showing over 40 at the Royal Academy and Society of British Artists and another 500, including drawings, at shows of the Old and New Watercolor Society.  A collection of his works are on display at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

Sheep Feeding on the Downs, 1850

I love seeing collections grouped and displayed together.  What great visual impact!

(photo courtesy Andrew Pye of Blue and White)

Rural Scenes can also be found in blue, black, black polychrome and red polychrome.  It is also found in the Royal Jasmine Marina series with a hops border.  I'll show some of these pieces in another post.  Until then...I will be joining the following:

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas All Year Long ~ Home Tour

A quick look around the house before I start to put all the Christmas decorations away, which I'm not quite ready to do.  I feel like I just got it all put up.

Dining Room

 Transferware Teacup Tree (full post HERE)

Breakfast Nook


 Family Room

Grandma Judy added this newest nutcracker to the collection...just for you see the resemblance?

 Hallway Nook

 Powder Room

I used snowflakes home and at the shop. 

Banister and Entry

Master Bath

Christmas Eve...nothing like waking up to a flooded floor, and a clogged drain to find you have no use of the kitchen sink.  No problem when you're having only 30 people in the house! AGH!
Michael, Bryan and Shawn worked on getting it unclogged until almost 3 a.m.  We survived the night, with all of our guests, and no use of the kitchen sink!  Thank goodness for paper plates and plastic cups!

The kids playing a game of Risk on Christmas morning

Santa should have gotten Ashton some new socks
Do your daughters stand in the bathroom and take pics of themselves too?

~Recipe for a Year Long Christmas~

Take a heap of child-like wonder  
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.
Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.
Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)
Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.
If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

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