Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's the things we surround ourselves with.

As I was stirring up some ingredients for my favorite swiss chard pie, I began to think about the pieces of pottery I use everyday.  

Sometimes they are mine and sometimes they are others.

This spoonrest was made by me.  I love it and use it everyday.  The best thing about it is that each night after I finish cooking dinner, I throw it in the dishwasher...Love that!

Then there is my butter dish made by my friend Sue Brum that my kids gave me for Christmas.  The colors clearly go well in my kitchen. 

Here is my salt cellar that my daughter made on the wheel.  It is filled with Kosher salt.  I use it all the time. 

My windowsill: more pottery handmade by my daughter.

The pie is ready to go in the oven. 
Here's the recipe:

Swiss Chard Pie - serves 4
A recipe from the Boston Globe

1 frozen 9" pie shell
1 bunch swiss chard, leaves and stems separated
3 strips bacon, chopped
1 T veg oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garic, finely chopped
4 eggs
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c Parmesan cheese

1. Cook pie crust, covered with tinfoil, 25 minutes at 375. Cool.
2. Chop swiss chard coarsley and add to skillet. Cook over med heat until wilted. Increase heat to high and cook until excess liquid evaporates. Remove from pan.
3. Add bacon to skillet and cook 5 minutes. Add to swiss chard. Wipe pan.
4. Add oil to skillet, add onion, garlic, and finely chopped swiss chard stems. Cover and cook on low for 8 minutes. Stir in swiss chard leaves and bacon. Transfer to pie shell. Set shell on cookie sheet.
5. Combine eggs, nutmeg, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour over veg. Use a spoon to press pie so that it is evenly dispersed in the shell.
6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until center is set.

Now it's time for a cup of tea in my favorite mug made by my friend Lizanne Donegan.  It's the things that we surround ourselves with that make our relationship between food and pottery all that more clear.

All the pottery featured in my blog today was created at Potters Place in Walpole, MA.


  1. I am a member of Potters Place where I work cooperatively with 22 other potters. We collectively run our studio, partake in community service projects, and run two successful show and sales during the year. It is a home away from home where our community of artists are thriving because of the nature of our members and skill of our instructors. Check out the link provided above

  2. I feel the same way about pottery pieces, either my own or from other potters. There are many that get used daily.
    The pie recipe looks like one I will be trying soon...perhaps in one of the pie plates that are currently in the works!
    If I am in the Walpole area, I will look for Potters Place,also!
    Nice blog post.

  3. That pie looks delicious! I have some swiss chard in my garden that needs a home and a pie like that might be the perfect place! Beautiful post.

  4. That really sounds yummy! Thanks. Always enjoy your posts-keep em comin!


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