Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chicken Cole Slaw Oriental

With warmer weather approaching we gear up for some of our favorite summer foods. It's made with raw cabbage so it's a great way to add fresh veggies to your diet..especially with kids! Homemade vinaigrette dressing adds a special touch...and you can mix it up in a matter of minutes. My Mother in law gave me the recipe several years ago...I tweaked it a bit by adding garlic to the dressing. She usually serves it as a side dish. We eat it as a main course with some crusty bread. It's one of my favorite salads! 



 Easier than pie to prepare

Chicken Cole Slaw Oriental

For four: (I double or triple this for the 8 of us...we like leftovers)

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked and cubed or torn into bite sized pieces)  I boil mine and then chill it.
2 tblsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional...I usually don't put these in...I always forget!)
1/2 cup (appx) sliced, toasted almonds
1/4 cup (appx) rice noodles
1 bag shredded cabbage with radishes and carrots (easy way out & I take it every time) or 1 head cabbage chopped
green onions- a few chopped, if desired (I forget these all the time too!)

Dressing

2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Accent
1/2 tsp pepper (I like fresh cracked...it looks pretty too!)
3 tbsp vinegar
good dash garlic powder (or to taste)

Mix in leak proof container, cover and shake well.  Chill and shake well before serving.

When ready to serve, mix salad ingredients and toss with vinaigrette to coat. 



I served the Cole Slaw in my favorite Spode transferware in the Byron pattern. 

I put the vinaigrette dressing in a liquor decanter I inherited from my Great Aunt & Uncle and topped it with a pretty silver and clear beaded wine bottle cover from Always Elegant.  I love this online site...they have lots of different colors of bottle/candle covers to choose from, plus carry a wide assortment of hand beaded tablewares...bowls, chargers, coasters, napkin rings and more.


I found the doily from Priscillas Lace and Linens. Isn't this the neatest shape?  I LOVE it!  I used it as a placemat and layered it over a green tablecloth so the green shows through the brown lace.  It looks so pretty with my Spode Byron!   Priscilla carries the most humongous selection of Heritage Lace and the prices are great. This doily was less than what most placemats cost!  If you like pretty lace...this is the place to go.  Heritage Lace Heaven is what it is.  I think she's got well over 750 Heritage Lace items!


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Tablescape of Purple Polychrome Transferware

One of my favorite color combination's is purple and amber and I have a thing for amber glass.  I don't have alot of it but I'd like to! 

    I had so much fun creating this tablescape tonight!      I have some antique, purple polychrome transferware pieces by Ridgway that I've been dying to do a tablescape with.   In addition, I have a silk floral arrangement I'd made up sometime back using gold, purple, and burgundy flowers and greenery.  I think it compliments the dishes so nicely.  I used two lace trimmed, pale gold window sheers as my scrunched up table runner.  This is the same one I used at this tea here.



I began with these stunning hand beaded, purple placemat chargers from  Always Elegant.  This website is fabulous!  They carry the prettiest hand beaded table accessories including napkin rings and coasters to match the placemats.  There is a gamut of colors to choose from...it was hard to decide on just one but I've been conjuring up purple tablescapes in my mind for weeks so I had to go with these!

I chose this antique, Circa 1891 set of polychrome purple transferware by Ridgway in the Oriental pattern to go with the beaded wares I got at Always Elegant.

I used 9" plates and topped them with the matching handled soup bowls and saucers.



.  Always Elegant sells these gorgeous organza napkins so I put one inside each of my gold napkins trimmed with amber beadwork.  I love the hint of sheer purple.  I finished with the hand beaded napkin rings that match the chargers.  If you're hosting any large parties, receptions or weddings...Always Elegant has a huge selection of organza napkins, table runners, garlands, candle holders and beaded table accessories.  I am hooked on this place!

The tall, amber, cut glasses I've had for a looong time.  I paired them with these pretty ribbed amethyst footed glasses placed atop one of the beaded coasters.



My Mom inherited this decanter from her Great Aunt and Uncle.  I've had it displayed in a curio cabinet for years as it's sentimental to me.  The same company, Always Elegant, where the beaded table accessories came from also sells these beaded wine bottle covers.   I used a purple one and draped it over the decanter then placed it on top of a vintage Amber glass cake stand.  I remember my Mom serving cakes from this...and now I do...but tonight it's holding a decanter to be filled with a salad dressing.  I love mixing old and new and love using things inherited from loved ones.

I ran an extension cord under the runner (window panels) and the placemats so it would not show and used my garage sale, $3 glass lamps at each end of the table.  I draped some amber and amethyst beaded grapes around the top.  I think it casts a nice glow.



I also had these sort of gothic looking amber glass votive holders near each place setting.  I played around with these.  I used my amber cake stand, a small transferware plate, some greenery and the beaded coaster to make a little centerpiece that could be used later.  I love mixing it all up and using the unexpected.



These sheer organza items are perfect to add a touch of elegance to a party or reception.  I had one purple garland to play around with and tied a big bow on the back of one of the chairs.  I then added some of the amber and purple grape beads to the center.   Always Elegant sells these too...they're very inexpensive and could also be used to make swags along a table or between pews at a wedding as they are quite long.  I'd love to have an outdoor tea party and use some of the pink ones.  Aren't they pretty?






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~ Henry David Thoreau~

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