Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homemade Pimiento Cheese




It's fresh.  It's cool.  It's cheesy.  It's a Southern classic and it's so good.  This is my recipe, adapted from a cookbook my Mother in law bought me years ago while on a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Pimiento Cheese spread is a great snack with crackers on a hot day, like today.  I hate humidity!




I served crackers from this vintage transferware biscuit barrel and the cheese spread in a matching trinket box by Masons.  
Lots of  blue transferware is for sale in my Etsy shop, HERE.



Pimiento Cheese

1 1/2 cups grated Mild Cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 cup grated Sharp Cheddar cheese
(don't worry about exact measurements on the cheese)
1 4 oz. jar chopped pimientos, well drained
1 Tablespoon sugar
dash of salt
couple dashes white pepper
couple dashes garlic powder
couple dashes tobasco or hot sauce
about 1-2 cups of mayonnaise 

In a mixing bowl, combine your grated cheddars,

with the grated Swiss cheese,

the all important chopped and drained Pimientos,

sugar for a hint of sweetness,

 a couple dashes of this:

and this:

and of course this: (doesn't everything unsweet need garlic?)

and a few plops of mayo like this:

And stir until the mixture resembles something like this:

Then you can have fun serving it on pretty blue transferware, 

daintily spread onto crackers
or gorge-worthily heaped onto toasted bread (super gorge worthy with the addition of ranch dressing and a couple slices bacon!)
  OH. MY. YUM.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maling Ginormous Red Transferware Teapot


Today I am sharing one of my favorite transferware pieces.  It is a huge teapot by Maling of Newcastle on Tyne. 


The Maling potteries were in business from 1762 to 1963 and claimed, at one time, to be the largest pottery in the world.

The pattern is  very much like Asiatic Pheasants, which was produced by a number of potters, and Stratford by Masons.
You can read more about Asiatic Pheasants HERE
I love the butterfly and the pheasant.





 Here, for size comparison, I have placed a Masons teapot next to my Maling teapot.
  



My teapot has this stamp on the bottom.  This stamp was in use by Maling between 1920 and 1963 when the factory closed.  There are some variations of this stamp, including the words 'Made In England' which will always indicate that a piece was made after 1921.  I think my teapot was probably made in 1920 because the stamp has only the word England on the bottom.

Maling Pottery Stamps


Below 

Impressed mark used after the factory moved to Newcastle in 1817. The names "Maling" and "Robert Maling" may also be found impressed in a straight line.
The "bell in wreath" transfer was used by both Robert Maling and his son. It survives into the 1890s. (Obviously, the initials changed from RM to CTM.) Sometimes the bell does not appear.
An impressed C.T. MALING mark used from circa 1853, when C.T. Maling took over the factory.
The impressed CTM triangle mark first used in the last quarter of the 19th century but surviving through into the early years of the 20th century.
The transfer printed CTM triangle mark: dates as above. (Christopher Thompson Maling died in 1901.) The subsequent "Cetem" mark (see below) is a phonetic tribute to C.T. Maling & Sons.
Castle surrounded by sunburst and "Cetem Ware", first registered in 1908 and used through until the 1930s. Also found without the sunburst, particularly on whitewares such as jelly moulds.
A typical Maling castle mark used from the 1920s through to the factory's closure in 1963. Several variations exist, and the words "Estd 1762", "'Newcastle-on-Tyne", or "Made in England" may or may not accompany the castle.
A mark frequently found on 1930s/40s pieces, including "Art" wares, plaques and commemoratives.






Here is a sneak peek at where I will permanently display the teapot on my kitchen hutch, along with other red transferware teapots, coffeepots and pitchers. 



 Maling collectors are often in search of the factory's highly decorated lustre ware.

Another collectible by Maling are advertising crocks, such as marmalade jars made for Keillers, like this one.  I have one in my kitchen and use it to hold odds and ends.  

Transferware Tea Caddies by Maling, which were produce for Rington's, a northeastern tea company, are also highly sought and collectible.



Maling History


The Maling family, originally French Huguenots who fled their native country in the 16th century to escape religious persecution, settled in England where they became prosperous merchants. 



The first Maling pottery was established near Sunderland,  in 1762 by William Maling. William had interests in timber, shipping and coal with which the development of a pottery business fitted well. Pots fired in kilns heated by the local coal could be exported in his ships. 



The Maling business was continued by William's descendants who relocated the factory to Newcastle building a succession of larger works. The last of these works, the Ford B pottery, was begun in 1878 and occupied a 14 acre site. (This and its predecessor, the Ford A pottery, were named after Mary Ford, the daughter of an Edinburgh glass manufacturer, who had married into the Maling family.)  The driving force behind the business expansion was Mary's husband, Christopher Thompson Maling. It is his initials which form one of the company's early factory marks: CTM which was inscribed vertically inside a triangle. Later, this was extended into the trade name "Cetem Ware" when the company adopted its well known trademark of a castle in the early years of the 20th century. 



The last member of the Maling family to be actively involved in the pottery was Frederick Theodore, who died in 1937.  The Maling name continued to be used as a trademark until the factory finally closed in 1963. 



The outbreak of war in 1939 marked the beginning of a long decline in the Maling factory. Many workers were called up for military service, and wartime restrictions prevented decorative ware being produced for the home market. 



The factory was eventually sold to new owners, but struggled to compete against foreign competition because of its depleted workforce and outdated equipment. The contract to supply crockery to the London and North Eastern Railway Company was lost to a Japanese firm who were able to undercut Maling's price by 75 per cent. 



 When the factory closed its doors for the last time in June 1963, the headline in the local Newcastle Journal read - "Competition kills city firm". 
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My Maling teapot measures 16" wide.  I have it here on my hutch with two Jumbo transferware cups and saucers.



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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thanks is My Remembrance


Oh you, generation of men
Who stood with valor
Who upheld honor
Who fought for freedom
Know that you will not leave this place without the faintest trace
Of all you have given for liberty
-For me-

Let my remembrance be your thanks
always

©2001 Nancy M Roberts







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