I wasn't familiar with the mark on this piece -- the letters "MCP" inside what looks like a measuring cup or pitcher -- so I looked it up online. I learned that it was used after McCoy Pottery was sold to the Mount Clemens Pottery Company in 1967. I believe this piece is from the Tierra line, 1968.
In addition to loving the color of the little pot below, I also love its design. I tried to find the name of the pattern online, but wasn't successful. Does anyone know which McCoy pattern this is?
On a separate note, we had friends over for dinner a couple of weeks ago. A coworker friend (the same one who gave me the white peonies) brought me this gorgeous bouquet of blue hydrangeas from her garden, which looked perfect on our dining table. Aren't fresh flowers wonderful?
I really enjoy entertaining. I love to cook, set a nice table and create a relaxing evening for family and friends. I also love planning a menu! Here's what we served.
Before dinner, we had fantastic whiskey sours from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook.
In a jar, combine:
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 4 limes)
- 2/3 cup simple syrup
- 3/4 cup whiskey (I use Knob Creek Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey)
Everything on the dinner menu came from my library of Everyday Food magazines. We made:
- Maryland style crab cakes (instead of 2 lbs. crabmeat, we used half that amount: 2/3 lb. jumbo lump and 1/3 lb. backfin. This made 8 small cakes. Be sure to pick through the backfin meat to remove all sharp shell fragments)
- Corn and scallion salad -- so easy and delicious
- Asparagus with creamy vinaigrette and almonds. Both side dishes can be made ahead, refrigerated and brought to room temperature before serving.
- Flourless chocolate cake with Cointreau for dessert, recipe below.
Flourless Fudge Cake