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Pacific Merchants’ Mason Cash Pudding Basin and Acaciaware® Products Featured in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Here at Pacific Merchants we’ve always known that the Mason Cash and Acaciaware® line of products are nothing short of newsworthy, but we’re still over the moon to see some of our most popular and beautiful housewares in print.

Our signature Mason Cash pudding basins and bakeware, and our hand carved Acaciaware® round plate were given the nod by the queen of hospitality herself, Martha Stewart, in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Now on newsstands, the magazine features a beautiful spread, which pictures a collection of stunning photographs showcasing a delectable arrangement of pot pies baked in traditional, white Mason Cash pudding basins and a cane rectangle baking dish crafted from high-quality stoneware that easily moves from the oven to the freezer to the microwave and on to the dishwasher. The article is capped off with a picture of a beautiful Acacia wood plate.

To see more, pick up your own copy of the magazine at your local retailer, and visit our website, www.pacificmerchants.com to purchase these and even more beautiful housewares for your home or next gift purchase.

A Kitchen Isn’t Complete Without Mason Cash Bakeware and Pudding Basins

Mason Cash handcrafted ceramics can be traced back to Derbyshire, England, circa 1800. The nostalgic feel of the white and cane glazed earthenware gives a special flavor to whatever you’re whipping up in the kitchen. Cooking icons like Martha Stewart and Julia Child have regularly used the brand for years. Even the Queen of England relies on Mason Cash pudding basins for traditional Christmas puddings.

While Mason Cash products may offer a sweetly nostalgic remembrance of your grandmother’s favorite piece, the line is anything but old-fashioned. Simplicity of design gives Mason Cash bowls and basins an eternal beauty that is as at home in an upscale dining room as it is in a country kitchen.

Fall Is in the Air and the Holidays Are on the Horizon

As the long, hot summer days give way to cooler days and the changing colors of Mother Nature, our sights are set on the holidays and the flavorful foods of the season. Holiday entertaining and gift giving are high on our priority list as we’re sure they are on yours.

Simplistically beautiful and yet perfectly functional, use your Mason Cash servingware to prepare your holiday meal and set a festive table reminiscent of the photographs featured in the Martha Stewart Living spread.

A set of pudding basins also makes the perfect holiday gift for the “chef” in your life or those just starting out in their own homes. The elegant basins are designed to resist chipping, cracking and signs of wear.

So the next time you’re in the kitchen, do as Martha does and bring out your Mason Cash and Acaciaware® pieces to create and display a feast for the appetite and the eyes.

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CeeCee’s “Secret” Brisket Recipe

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Brisket is one of the mainstays of any Passover meal, and traditional family recipes are often guarded with the vigilance of Fort Knox gold, or emergency nuclear codes.  So try and keep this one a secret, okay?

Try our Brisket recipe this Passover! Yum Yum!

CeeCee’s Barbecued Brisket

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 pound brisket, trimmed
  • Garlic cloves
  • Beef stock, to taste
  • 3 large onions, two sliced, one diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½  teaspoon onion powder
  • ½  teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½  cup chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½  cup brown sugar
  • 1 California bay leaf

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475° F.
  2. Heat Dutch oven on stove top and add olive oil. When oil begins to sizzle, add brisket and brown on all sides, turning with tongs to ensure an even seal to meat that will retain juices during roasting. When brisket is browned, remove to a plate and set aside. Add garlic to Dutch oven and sauté until golden brown. Add 2 sliced onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. While onions and garlic sauté, combine ketchup, chili sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke, bay leaf, and brown sugar in medium sized mixing bowl to make barbecue sauce.
  4. Return brisket to Dutch oven and set atop onion and garlic mixture. Cover the brisket completely with barbecue sauce.  Place cooking vessel in oven and reduce oven temperature immediately to 300°. Cover and cook for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure there is sufficient liquid in the cooking vessel.  There should be about ½ an inch of liquid at all times, to keep the meat moist. Add beef stock, to increase liquid content as needed.  Remove brisket from oven after two hours and let roasted meat cool for ½ hour on a cutting board or rack lightly tented with foil.
  5. While brisket is cooling, sauté diced onion until lightly golden. Set aside. Remove sautéed vegetables from Dutch oven and strain remaining cooking liquid into a degreasing cup. Clean out Dutch oven, and prepare for re-use.
  6. After brisket has rested for ½ hour and is cool enough to handle, carve into thin slices while maintaining shape of roast. Return to cooking vessel, cover roast with freshly sautéed onions, and degreased barbecue sauce. Return to oven and bake until very tender but not falling apart, another 2 to 3 hours.

Bake Hot Cross Buns this Easter!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Hot Cross Buns have traditionally been eaten at Easter by Anglo Saxons for hundreds of years. Although the first recorded use of the term “Hot Cross Buns” dates back to 1733, many believe that the buns actually pre-date Christianity.

The Saxons, Eostre and Hot Cross Buns

While Easter is synonymous with the coming of Spring, baby animals, and (everyone’s favorite) egg hunts, Easter actually gets its name and from the German Goddess Eostre. Historians believe that Eostre was the German goddess of the dawn, and in some cases, was considered a “Spring-like fertility goddess.” Traditionally, Germans would celebrate Eostre by feasting throughout the month we now know as April. It is believed that Saxons ate Hot Cross Buns during these feasts, which were meant to symbolize the four quarters of the moon.

Eventually, the buns became highly popular throughout England, specifically during the Easter season. Protestant monarchs attempted to ban them due to an alleged tie to the Catholic church, but were unsuccessful due to their incredible popularity.

Superstitions Surrounding Hot Cross Buns

There are many superstitions that surround Hot Cross Buns. An English superstition states that buns that are baked and served on Good Friday won’t spoil or become moldy during the coming year, while another states that giving a bun to someone who is sick will help them to get better.

Legend also has it that by sharing a hot cross bun, two friends will be ensured friendship in the coming year as long as they say “Half for you, half for me, between us two shall goodwill be” while consuming the bun. Ships that carry Hot Cross Buns are supposed to ensure safety against shipwreck when carried on a boat, and kitchens that have a Hot Cross Bun hanging within them are supposedly protected against fires and ensured a perfect result when breads are baked (the hanging bun is supposed to be replaced annually).

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Bun Ingredients:

  • 2 Tsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup 2% Milk (110-115º Fahrenheit)
  • 1 Tbsp Softened Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Tsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Currants
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • A dash of ground Allspice
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tbsp. Water

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Tsp. 2% Milk

Directions:

  • In a small mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Stir in softened butter, egg, sugar and salt. Combine 3/4 cup of flour, currants, raisins, allspice and cinnamon; add to the yeast mixture and mix well. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about four to six minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once in order to grease the top. Cover and let dough rise in a warm space until doubled– about one hour.
  • Punch dough down; shape into six two inch balls. Place balls two inches apart on a baking sheet coasted with nonstick cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. Cover and allow to rise until doubled– about 30 minutes.
  • Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake buns at 375° Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Combine icing ingredients and pipe over buns.

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

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.

Win A Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Win A Mason Cash Mixing Bowl!

How would you like to win a Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl from Pacific Merchants this Valentine’s Day?

How To Enter:

Winning is EASY! Just head on over to our Mason Cash Facebook Fan Page, become a fan, and then write on our wall! Tell us who your “sweetie” is (mom, boyfriend, brother, dog, etc.) and what you would use this Mason Cash Mixing Bowl to make for them.

Want to get creative in your entry and post a video or picture telling us about your sweetie and what you want to make for them? Feel free! On February 7th, we’ll pick a winner, and they’ll receive our Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl for free, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Contest Rules:

Sorry, employees of Pacific Merchants or their family members are not eligible to win (we’ve got to keep things fair), and there is only one entry per person for this contest. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items. Sorry, but retailers of Pacific Merchants or Mason Cash products are not eligible.

It’s Never too Early to Plan for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Here at Pacific Merchants, we’re a bit like school children on Valentine’s Day. We bring in lots of sweet little goodies like candy, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as thoughtful “little something” gifts and cards. It’s hard not to like a holiday that involves so much sugar when you have a sweet tooth. Thankfully, we recognize that Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes planning what you’ll do for your sweetie in honor of Valentine’s day can simply fall by the wayside since many people experience hectic schedules in the beginning of the year. If you’re a gentleman hoping to do something a little different for your Valentine this year, check out these great Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Pacific Merchants!

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Your Valentine will be able to add a little extra love to their recipes with this Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl. Available in both cream and pink, this mixing bowl measures 11.5″ wide by 5.5″ deep and holds 5.25 quarts. These mixing bowls feature a lip with basketweave detail, as well as raised hearts around the outside of the bowl. Anyone who enjoys cooking and baking would be happy to find this on their counter this February 14th!

Price & Kensington Red Tea Sets

If your sweetie likes tea, be sure and take a peek at our Price & Kensington five piece red tea set. Available in the perfect “heart red” color, this tea set includes one two-cup tea pot, two red tea pot shaped tea caddies (the perfect place to rest a tea bag), and two red tea (or coffee) mugs. If you’d rather get a larger tea set, we also have our nine piece red tea set available, which includes one six cup red tea pot, four red tea mugs, and four red tea pot shaped tea caddies.

Pacific Merchants Gift Certificates

Have a honey who likes to cook, but not so sure exactly what to get them? Try one of our gift certificates! Pacific Merchants Gift Certificates are available in whatever denomination you choose, and can be redeemed for whatever your Valentine’s heart desires, whether it be from our Mason Cash line, some of our Acaciaware, or any of our other outstanding products. A little work on your part, and a lot of thought on ours, and your Valentine’s Day will be hassel-free!

Warm Yourself with our Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Pacific Merchants' Mason Cash Large Rectangle Baker

It’s freezing cold in most places north of the equator right now, the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up under a blanket and hide until March. We can think of no better way of heating yourself up a little than with some good old fashioned comfort food!

Warm yourself up by making some fantastic baked Macaroni and Cheese in our 11.5 x 8.5 Mason Cash Cane Rectangle Baker (which holds about one and a half quarts). This casserole dish, along with the rest of our Mason Cash Cane Bakeware, is dishwasher, microwave, freezer and even oven safe (up to 400 degrees farenheit).

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Elbow Macaroni or Rotini Pasta Noodles
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Bring 6-8 cups of water to a rapid boil, and add salt. We recommend using Kosher salt for this portion, and you shouldn’t add the salt until the water is at a boil so that you avoid damaging your pots. Once the salt is added, your water should somewhat resemble sea water. Add pasta and cook until tender; drain.

In a seperate pot, melt your butter and blend in flour, then mix in 2 cups whole milk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until ingredients are blended. Add 1/2 teaspoon table salt, pepper to taste, and cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Mix sauce with your pasta, and then transfer to a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.

Recipe adapted from cooks.com

Pacific Merchants’ Own Mason Cash on The Martha Stewart Show

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Mason Cash 12-Inch Mixing Bowl

We’re so excited to announce that tomorrow, December 8 2010, Pacific Merchants will be on The Martha Stewart Show! Martha will be showcasing our 12 inch white and cane glazed earthenware Mason Cash mixing bowl, as well as giving a bowl to each member of her studio audience.

The show will air live on the Hallmark Channel at 10 a.m. eastern December 8th, with encore airings at 4 and 5 p.m. eastern. Martha Stewart is the quintessential homemaker, often noted for her list of “good things” that she shares with her readers and viewers via her company, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and their multiple media outlets.

Stewart has often displayed Mason Cash bowls on the shelves of her set. We feel that Mason Cash represents a return to fundamentals: kitchen essentials crafted with pride, and meant to last a lifetime, and are immensely pleased to see some of our favorite tools on one of the best home shows around.

For more information on Mason Cash‘s beautiful bowls, as well as their many other kitchen tools, visit Pacific Merchants’ website or become our fan on Facebook!


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