Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

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Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy.

Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!


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Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot


Traditional Smothered Pork Chops




Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

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The Romans weren’t the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies.

Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C.

Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the meal-in-a-pastry is unparalleled comfort!


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Chicken Pot Pie for the Instant Pot


 Traditional Chicken Pot Pie



Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

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An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire.

The standard still holds today – and will never go out of style!


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Salisbury Steak for the Instant Pot


Traditional Salisbury Steak




America’s Hands-Down Best


A Norman Rockwell moment.

We’ve all had one or two in our lifetime; maybe more.

That surreal feeling of a picture-perfect moment in time.

A moment we know will be indelibly marked in our memory forever.

When we felt the true essence of life’s magic.


The story of America’s favorite illustrator:




Cowboy Culture


The American Old West was artistically immortalized in ways only possible from the hand and heart of an avid adventurer.

From his early drawings of the western frontier, Frederic Remington was destined for success.

His lineage boasted of legendary mountain men, great artists, and George Washington himself.

No surprise, then, that he went out west alone at age 19 to Montana.


The old wild west was never so intriguing to children of all ages as it was in the days of Disney’s famed Davy Crockett

An animated 1950s story portrays the dream of a brave young cowboy who saves the day by proving himself to be a great American hero.





The Wideness and Wonder of the World


Georgia O’Keeffe called this region of New Mexico, “My Country.”

Her love for its remarkable beauty was indelibly written in her spirit.


The Pedernal Society





Dutch Lullaby


While visiting the Chicago World’s Fair, Jane Peterson was introduced to art school, although she was already a gifted intuitive who could paint anything she saw. Ms. Peterson then pursued the study of painting and blended various styles for a collection now displayed in part in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other fine museums. In Untitled/Sailboat, soothing impressionist strokes and minimal coloring expand a seemingly simple theme into a playful masterpiece of illumined delight, with a touch of cotton-candy-sweet serenity.


A wee bit of imagination transforms Jane’s prominent sailboat into the night ship of Wynken, Blynken and Nod. Between the many versions of the book and song, based on the poem by Eugene Field,  children have enjoyed this fantasy of a flying shoe for 130 years.




As a Little Child


The nurture of a young child has been described throughout time in art of all types; a natural means of expressing human emotion.

On the painted canvas, it is perhaps most poignantly communicated.


American artist Mary Cassatt captured the kind of strong tenderness our little ones need to help them thrive and become generous givers of nurturing love to the next generations.


When I saw the Cassatt painting (above), the American illustrator Eloise Margaret Wilkin came immediately to my mind. Her work delighted me in my childhood, and still does today. You may not know her name, but you can spot her signature style in Little Golden Books.




Award-Winning Art Nouveau


Our early springtime flower & and vintage vase pairing feature concludes as we shine a spotlight on the charming pink camellia.


With visions of cascading camellias in a vase like this one, natural  appreciation and accolades would be expressed by all admirers.



Matte Glazed Butterfly Vase (1917)

Artus and Anne Van Briggle ran an art pottery in Colorado. 

Their work was highly honored in Paris, France, Boston, MA,

St. Louis, MO, and Portland, OR.




Noveltyware by Niloak


While other garden gems may last longer, the tulip is a beloved part.

No matter what challenges or celebrations come our way,

a bouquet of tulips makes the day brighter.

The vase pictured below is perfectly fitting for any tulip trio.



Niloak Winghandled Art Deco Bulbous Vase (1940s); 

a noveltyware design in the Hywood line of planters and vases.