Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Brinner Tablescape - Charlotte Transferware

I hope you all enjoyed hearing a bit from Shawn yesterday.  I had to sweet talk him into sharing the Swedish Pancake recipe.  We got so hungry for them reading the post before publishing it that we've decided to have Brinner again sometime this weekend.  I'm craving buttermilk griddle cakes with butter pecan syrup.  Mmm, does that sound tasty!

Last week, we had Shawn's Mom, Dad and Michael over for a big breakfast for dinner, aka Brinner, at our house. Sausage, bacon, scrambled cheese eggs and the star of the meal - Swedish pancakes.  A couple of times a year his Dad calls him up and drops a not so subtle hint that he and Judy (Shawn's Mom) are ready for Swedish pancakes and of course we're always happy to take the hint and invite them over to share one of the Roberts' families all time favorites.  Until I met Shawn, I'd never heard of Swedish pancakes. They were not well known of in this part of the country whereas in the Midwest, they are relatively common due to so many Swedish, Danish and Norwegians that have settled their.  About a decade ago, after I endured a compound fracture to my right arm, Shawn, having no other choice, took up cooking and realized that it was something he really enjoyed.  One of the first things he began making was Swedish pancakes, much to our extended families delight.  We have this on Christmas morning each year along with a Canadian Bacon casserole I make.  It's one of our favorite meals, hands down!

I thought I'd share the table I set for Brinner with his parents.  I've scored a few large transferware sets lately and this is one of them.  It consisted of 16 full place settings along with multiple serving pieces…all of them were UNUSED!   I decided to keep the majority of the set as our everyday dishes…at least for a while.  One thing about being a dealer is that I can sell them if / when I tire of them or just want a little change.  I do have lots of this pattern listed in the shop though!
The pattern is called Charlotte.  I've featured it in various colors here on my blog before.  It comes in green, blue, brown, red, purple and polychrome red, blue, and brown.  Most of the time the pieces are white but most of the polychrome sets are this creamy gold glaze.

I like to use a mixing of patterns so for this table I combined three of my favorites…plaid, paisley and English florals.  If you saw my Friendly Village post a week or so ago you may remember the napkins.  I bought these Ralph Lauren paisley napkins to go with my Rural Scenes dinnerware.  They are perfect with my Charlotte pieces as well!

The cranberry flash thumbprint glasses work well with so many settings

A framed mirror works as a serving tray to hold an assortment of syrups and preserves in individual sized creamers and sugar bowls. 
 Isn't this a cute demitasse spoon shaped like a twig and leaf?  It's perfect for scooping out the Lingonberry preserves I like on my pancakes. 

At one end of the table is the tray loaded up with the syrups and preserves just before serving Brinner,
and at the other end are the sausages, bacon, cheesy eggs and the Swedish Pancakes.

It took no effort at all getting them around the table and ready to dig in!
The setting for a meal should be as joyous as the sharing of it
 ~ Terrence Conrad

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Swedish Pancakes - A Guest Post from my Hubby

Howdy all!  Nancy's better-half (Shawn) here,  Nancy's asked me to share one of my favorite recipes with you and I've agreed with some reluctance.   I make these a few times a year, mostly at the request of my parents, and always on Christmas morning when Nancy makes her Canadian Bacon Casserole.

On one side I'm a total foodie and love to share recipes.  On the other side is something I inherited from my Grandmother Florence Roberts, which makes me want to hide my favorites away like some cherished treasure never to be shared with anyone under any circumstances, including my passing.  Swedish pancakes are one of those that are just that good.

I got to spend half a decade in Rockford, IL during my formative years.  

There are three things that left an indelible impression on me from my time in Rockford.  The Great Recession of the early 80's, the rock band Cheap Trick and Swedish pancakes.

Rockford is one of those blue-collar towns full of hardworking people, many of Scandinavian descent.  It was hit horribly during the recession and the town boasted the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 25%.  The Chrysler plant in nearby Belvidere closed, Sundstrand closed and the last person left in Rockford was asked to turn the lights out.

My parents suffered along with everyone else thru this although as kids we never felt it like they did.  As an adult I now know what it's like to undergo similar hardships and try to protect your kids from feeling it.  They did this in various ways but one of them was taking little treats where you could find them and making small things "special events".  For our family this was going out to eat Swedish pancakes every Saturday morning at the Stockholm Inn in Rockford.  This place was an institution then as I'm sure it still is to this day.  People would be lined up out the door and around the building to get in and we all came to treasure this place.

What made it a double bonus for me was that Nielson's music store was across the street and it was owned by the parents of Rick Nielson, the guitarist for Cheap Trick and one of my guitar heros.  

Cheap Trick is native to Rockford and Robyn Zander has to be considered one of Rock-n-Rolls all time greatest vocalists, at least in my book.  So in addition to feasting on these yummy delights I always got to sneak next door and see if I could catch Rick Nielson hanging out if he was in town.

So without further ado, feast your eyes on the pics below and then go make yourself some.  You won't regret it.

Swedish Pancakes

Swedish pancakes are essentially a type of crepe.  But they are a lighter, sweeter crepe that almost melts in your mouth.

4 eggs 2 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons melted butter

Beat eggs in large bowl with a wire whisk.  Add milk and mix.  Add flour, sugar, salt and melted butter.  Mix.

Preheat a non-stick skillet or crepe pan on medium heat.  Melt a small pat of butter before each one is made.  Pour a thin layer (I use approximately 1/4 cup for each) in the pan.  Heat only long enough for it to set and form a sheen across the top.  This normally takes less than 13 to 15 seconds.  Flip the cake and cook only for anther 8 to 10 seconds and it should be done to perfection.  Then repeat until everyone is too full to move or your arm falls off.  That's the way it normally works around our house anyway.

Nancy likes to drizzle traditional Lingonberry preserves over hers mixed with syrup.  I prefer them with syrup only.  Let us know how you like them best.



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