Another cold, winter day; another soup!  Mom and I love Olive Garden's soup and salad.  Chicken Gnocchi is her favorite so I was so excited to find this recipe!  It is spot on and taste just like the restaurant!  I recommend adding more chicken broth than the recipe calls for.  Here is a link to the original recipe on Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/380694974756591933/

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth for a thinner soup use 2 cans
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast I used rotisserie
  • 1 16 ounce package potato gnocchi on the pasta isle
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot add butter and olive oil. Over medium high heat sauté onion, celery and garlic until tender. Add the flour to create a roux and cook for another minute.
  2. Slowly add the half and half and chicken broth and stir until it starts to thicken. Add the thyme, carrots, spinach, chicken and gnocchi. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked and soup is thickened. (If you want a thinner soup add another can of chicken broth.) Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

 

Ok ok I know it's summer...but around here the temperature was cool for 2 whole days while it rained and rained and it triggered my need for soup.  This one has shrimp so I say it's a summer soup!  Plus I needed to introduce you to our His and Hers Soup Mugs and official soup weather IS just around the corner.  We have several pairs of soup mugs online with one mug slightly smaller than the other.  We would never presume to tell you which of you can use the larger bowl...no judgement here...but they do make an adorable pair.  Check them out! 

 

You can find the recipe for the shrimp and corn chowder here: https://www.wellplated.com/shrimp-corn-chowder/

Today is our son, Charlie's 8th birthday so GK and I made him pancakes this morning.  (Using our Alewine Pottery mixing bowl and plates of course!)  We found this incredible Blueberry Pancake recipe from Tidy Mom...https://tidymom.net/2018/homemade-blueberry-pancakes/

I love the ease of use with our mixing bowls...the handle and spout make pouring any mixture a breeze.  And ya'll know I love our classic white collection with all my heart!

So now it's on to celebrating this fantastic kid for the day!  We will be visiting the shop (where Charlie will man his lemonade stand for a couple of hours), eating Little Tokyo, touring the Titanic museum, and finishing the day off with the new Spiderman movie.  Whew!  We sure love this fun-filled county we live in!  

It is so much easier to eat healthy in the summer when veggies and fruits are fresh, available, and cheap!  I've consumed quite a few salads this summer, but none quite as exciting as this peach, blue cheese, and walnut salad!  Peaches are my favorite summer treat, and while nothing beats a peach cobbler, I am thrilled to have found this salad recipe from Woman's Day Magazine. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. olive oil 

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar 

1 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

4 peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

1/3 walnuts, crushed (toasted optional)

3 oz. crumbled blue cheese

 

 DIRECTIONS:

  1. In your Alewine Pottery mini mixer bowl, whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, black pepper, and salt. 
  2. Combine peaches, walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese.  Pour dressing over salad and toss.  Serves nicely in our Alewine Pottery Pasta Bowl!

 

See the original recipe here: https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/a22476568/peach-blue-cheese-and-walnut-salad-recipe/ 

Happy 4th of July from the Alewine Pottery Family!  We made this yummy cherry and blueberry "Flag" pie and wanted to share the recipe with you.  

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup Daisy Sour Cream
  • 3 egg yolks, divided
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 21-ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • 21 ounce can blueberry pie filling
  • 1 tablespoon milk

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out one pie crust and set in an ungreased Alewine Pottery pie plate, cutting and rolling the crust to fit the edges. Roll out the second pie crust and shape as desired. Combine the sour cream, 2 egg yolks, and 4 tablespoons of sugar until blended. Spread over the bottom pie crust. Spoon the cherry pie filling over 2/3 of crust bottom, and the blueberry pie filling over 1/3 of the crust bottom. Decorate the top of the pie as desired with the second pie crust. Mix 1 egg yolk and the milk, and brush the top crust pieces. Bake on a baking sheet for 60-70 minutes or until the topping is set and the crust is browned. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if crust is turning too brown. Cool for about 1 hour before serving.

(This recipe is officially from Daisy Brand and you can see their post here https://daisybrand.com/print-recipe/803)

Ours cooked about 75 min (I covered the edges with foil half way through).  The finished pie didn't quite look like the photo on Pinterest but that's the way it usually goes with me. :)  It tasted great though!  We had homemade vanilla ice cream to go with it. YUM!  

We hope you are having fun with family and friends today!  And if you are in Gatlinburg, come by the shop!  

We are so thankful for our great country and the freedoms we enjoy!

Teal

June 20, 2019

Alewine Pottery   artisan   Gatlinburg   handthrown   mug   pottery   summer  

It's finally feeling like summer here as the temperatures are rising to the mid-80s as the sun is shining brightly in the sky.  With all the summer feels, Brandon has discovered the color of summer and it's TEAL!   Now paired with our beachy blue, it's a summer color combo that can't be beat!  Doesn't it just make you want to head out to your nearest body of water, hop on a boat and leave your cares on the land??  Douglas Lake, here I come!  You can find several products in this new color scheme online.  Happy Summering!

Our newest product is this delightful berry bowl, for washing those fresh summer berries.  The little holes at the bottom of the base allow for the water to flow through to wash each berry thoroughly.  You can find a nice selection of these on our online store, AlewinePottery.net. 

A favorite breakfast at our house is Strawberry Shortcake.  The kids always request it for special occasions.  If you would like to make this yourself, you can find the Bisquick Shortcake recipe below.  Cut about a pint of strawberries into bite-size pieces and pour a half a cup of sugar over them.  Refrigerate overnight before you make your biscuits in the morning.  This gives the strawberries that delicious, sweet syrup to soak into the biscuits.  Don't forget to top it off with Cool Whip...it's the best part! 

You can find a video of berry bowl in action for our Strawberry Shortcake recipe by clicking this link https://youtu.be/_uRVuaPsj3Y. 

Enjoy!
Lynn

Bisquick Shortcake Biscuits Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 6 biscuits

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/3 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

1 Heat oven to 425°F.

2 Make the dough: Whisk together the baking mix and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in the milk and melted butter just until a soft dough comes together. Don't over-mix!

3 Portion out dough and place on cookie sheet: Grease a cookie sheet with butter. Divide the dough into roughly 6 equal portions and drop them on the cookie sheet.

4 Bake: Bake at 425°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes on a rack.

5 Serve: Slice horizontally with a bread knife to serve with berries for shortcake.

After months of testing shapes and colors, we are proud to present our new dinnerware collection!  Classic White, Black, Ansel, and Serendipity.  The absolute best part about this collection is the mix and match ability.  The creamy white and intense black with hints of denim blue are pure magic together!  

My personal favorite is Ansel...affectionally named after the brilliant photographer, Ansel Adams and his striking black and white landscape photography.  The crossover of our white and black glazes leaves this sliver of blue that I just adore, and makes it a perfect companion to our splatter design as well. 

We are thrilled to be able to offer our dinnerware to you online.

It is made to order, so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Our most whimsical design to date is gracing the shelves of the shop and the pages of the online store! Read More

The Potter's Hands

March 14, 2019

Pottery is one of the world's most ancient crafts dating back even before people learned to farm.  The potter's wheel was first introduced around 3000 BC in West Asia. Over time the craft of pottery became more refined and decorative.  From a lump of clay potters would spin the wheel and mold their art with the finesse of their hands.

While there is new machinery and methods that remove the artist from the pottery process by way of mass production, we remain dedicated to maintaining the ancient tradition of wheel thrown pottery. Each individual piece is uniquely crafted by one of our artisans which insures that no two pieces are exactly the same. Experience Gatlinburg shopping from the comfort of your own home by browsing our online store.