Archive for February, 2011

Pacific Merchants Celebrates the Westminster Dog Show

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Westminster Dog Show began yesterday (February 14th). Considered the ultimate in dog shows worldwide, the show is the world’s second longest running sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.

The dogs are judged in categories such as movement, temperament, and physical traits like eye color, shape, coat, amongst many others. Dogs are placed in to seven different groups, which include: sporting, hound, working, terrier, non-sporting, and herding. Dogs who are deemed best in breed, as well as best in variety (a division of a breed, such as the size, color, or coat) are awarded the opportunity to compete for “Best in Show” which will be awarded tonight (February 15th). For more information, you can check out the American Kennel Club website.

If you’re looking to spoil your favorite pooch and treat them like they’re your best in show, Pacific Merchants offers Mason Cash pet bowls as well as our own line of eco pet mats, which are made from 90% recycled material and make a great pet placemat! Be sure to head over to our sale on One King’s Lane, or our Pet Accessories category and check out our selection of pet bowls and pet mats.

Pacific Merchants supports Choice Eats and the Slow Food Movement

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Pacific Merchants is pleased to support The Village Voice’s annual “Choice Eats” event, which benefits the Slow Food Movement.

About Choice Eats

Founded in 2008, Choice Eats is an annual event hosted by The Village Voice, which benefits a different charity or organization annually. This year, Choice Eats will benefit Slow Food NYC, a local chapter of Slow Food. All restaurants and chefs invited to participate in this event have been reviewed by Robert Sietsema, The Village Voice’s resident food critic and occasional Gourmet Magazine contributor. Event guests will not only be able to sample some of the most delicious foods from the five boroughs, but will also be treated to complimentary wine, beer, and alcohol pairings from sponsors such as Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Abita Beer, Stella Artois, Jagermeister, Prairie Organic Vodka, and Flying Dog Brewery, just to name a few.

For a full list of the sweets, eats, and food trucks that will be featured at the Fourth Annual Choice Eats event, click here.

About Slow Food

The Slow Food movement was developed in 1989 “out of the need to counter the rise of fast food and fast life,” as well as the apathy that people now have for what they eat and where it comes from. Slow Food now boasts over 100,000 members and 1,300 “convivia” (local chapters) worldwide who are dedicated to producing, as well as sustaining, quality foods. Slow Food can be found in 153 countries throughout the world, and even if you don’t have the time or means to become a full-fledged member, you can help support the movement by becoming a responsible consumer, (otherwise known as a “co-producer“).

Pacific Merchants Gets Involved

We here at Pacific Merchants are extremely excited to become involved with Choice Eats and their support of the Slow Food movement. Whether it’s our Mason Cash line of mixing bowls, pudding basins and baking dishes, or our Acaciaware serving pieces, we feel that our products encourage people to slow down and enjoy their meals with friends and loved ones. We could think of no better partnership than to support Slow Food, as they espouse our belief in home-cooked meals made with the most sustainable foods available. It doesn’t hurt that Choice Eats will also feature some of the best of the best in New York food, as we all love some incredible epicurean exploits!

*Slow Food and Choice Eats information courtesy of their respective websites

Celebrate Abe Lincoln’s Birthday by Making his Favorite Dinner!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Good old Honest Abe Lincoln would have been 202 years old this Saturday, February 12, and there doesn’t seem to be any thing more fitting to do in celebration than make his favorite dinner- Chicken Fricassee!

What is Chicken Fricassee?

Traditionally, Chicken Fricassee was a dish that was made using a stewing hen— a hen that had been used specifically to lay eggs, and not for meat-producing purposes. Since a stewing hen would tend to be older, and thus, the meat a little tougher, the long cooking process of Chicken Fricassee was a perfect way to use the meat and still have a delicious meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken (cut into pieces, using our awesome Cutting Edge Flex Mats, thighs and legs separated)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • Half of a green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • An additional teaspoon of italian seasoning (set aside)
  • Canned chicken broth
  • 1 cup of cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry
  • Mix flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika and black pepper in a bag, shake chicken pieces one at a time in bag and set aside
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven and brown several pieces of chicken at a time on both sides-set aside
  • Add onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, and the additional Italian seasoning to the oil. Sautee until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are hot all the way through
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and add chicken broth- enough to cover the pieces- cover with a snug lid
  • Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to a rapid simmer, recover.
  • Cook for 45 minutes to an hour, until chicken is cooked through (not quite falling off the bone)
  • Remove chicken from pan and increase heat on mixture, stirring until the mixture has reduced by half.
  • Return Chicken to the pot, adding cream, and simmer until everything is hot, season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in parsley.

Serves 4-6

Check Out Pacific Merchants’ February Fan Contest!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We had a great time hosting our February Facebook Fan Contest where we gave away a Mason Cash “Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl,” our winner Justin is going to use it to make cupcakes for his girlfriend and then also give her the bowl to keep!

February Fan Contest Announced

Since our Valentine’s Day contest was so popular, we’ve decided to have another contest this month! Now through February 28th, become a fan of Mason Cash on Facebook, and share your favorite casserole recipe with us! Please, make sure it is one that you have at least adapted and made your own, and NOT one taken directly from a cookbook.

Win a Mason Cash Baking Dish

Casserole Dishes

Win a Mason Cash Baking Dish!

We’ll pick out the most delicious sounding, most creative recipe on March 1st and give the winner a free Mason Cash Baking Dish that they can use for all their favorite casserole recipes, and we’ll also feature their recipe on our blog!

Rules and Considerations

Only one entry per person. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pacific Time February 28, 2011. Employees (including sales reps, retailers, and contracted employees) of Pacific Merchants Trading Company and their immediate family members are ineligible for this contest. Prizes may not be exchanged or transferred and have no cash value.

Beating the Super Bowl Bloat with a Better Breakfast!

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Make Breakfast with Pacific Merchants!

Did you know Americans consume more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, except Thanksgiving?

If you’re one of the many who perhaps indulged a little too much during the big game, and you’re feeling a little remorseful, never fear! Pacific Merchants has a great recipe (courtesy of Weight Watchers) to share with you. The perfect size to fit in our Mason Cash one-cup ramekins,, this Breakfast Casserole is a great energy breakfast, able to pack a punch in a small serving, yet still fill you up.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 3 Tbsp. Red Onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. Zucchini, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. Red Pepper
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • Low fat shredded cheese, about 2 Tbsp.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat two Mason Cash 8 ounce ramekins with cooking spray. Cut a circle from each slice of bread and firmly press into the bottoms of both ramekins; set aside.
  • Lightly coat a medium saute pan with cooking spray; heat over medium high heat. Add onion, red pepper and zucchini to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften and onion is translucent, about three to five minutes. Promptly remove from heat; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper until well combined; stir in cooked vegetables and cheese. Pour equal amounts into each ramekin. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted into center comes out clean (about 20 minutes). Remove promptly from oven; let sit for five to 10 minutes before serving. Yields one ramekin per serving

This is a great breakfast idea for those who are trying to get a good mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins yet still eat lightly, or who may be looking for good portion control for breakfast.

Bake Brownies with Mason Cash!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

It’s February, which means it’s National “Bake for Family Fun Month.” Since it also happens to be Chocolate Lover’s Month, we thought it would be a great idea to share a brownie recipe with our readers. This recipe fits perfectly in our nine inch by nine inch Mason Cash Square Baking dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit
  • Grease a nine inch by nine inch baking dish
  • Combine oil, sugar, and vanilla (we recommend using our Size 18 Mason Cash Mixing Bowl). Beat in the eggs.
  • Combine cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and then stir into the other mixture
  • Transfer batter evenly into baking dish
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until brownie begins to pull away from the side of the pan

Recipe thanks to All Recipes


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