Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

    I am joining this week’s Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.    Tablescape_Thursday

Susan is incredibly talented, as you all know. Stop by her blog to see everyone else’s table for the week.                             

                           South Texas Style


     Most informal dining, in the area where I live, starts with some sort of buffet. The set of dishes in the photograph is actually a soup set from- guess where?-

                    the side of the road

outside Dolores Hidalgo, a town near San Miguel de Allende. I bought the set on our first trip to San Miguel  Canother one of my loves) the first time we traveled there.

More about subsequent visits to San Miguel in later posts.

     The set, which included this amazing soup tureen, also had 8 bowls, dessert plates, and luncheon plates.

soup pot 

soup bowl soup dinner plates

The glasses shown are old, and I have had them for years.


So what is cooking for these dishes to be used.? Why caldo of course.  When the weather starts to get cooler in late fall, it is time to make soup.

     One of our family favorites, that I have served Christmas Eve is:


1-2 pounds of sliced , lean pork

1 large chopped onion

minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

about 3 tablespoons of oil

small package of menudo seasoning mix

Brown pork in oil in a soup pot. Remove pork and set aside.

Saute onion and garlic in oil

Return meat to the pan and add water to fill 3/4 of pot

Add menudo seasoning mix, stirring well and let simmer on medium heat until the pork is tender

Add one large can of drained hominy

Serve in bowl with grated cabbage, white cheese, and avocado slices on top


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Laura, your dishes are GORGEOUS!!! I love the blue and white!!! I love to serve buffet style as seems to put everyone at ease and it is much easier for me...can't beat that!!!

The soup sounds yummy!!! Perfect for your gorgeous dishes!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love blue and white I loved seeing all of yours! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Laura...beautiful china! Love the tureen! I've never seen china like this...the blues are sooo pretty! The soup sounds hearty and really good! :-) Susan

Dana and Daisy said...

the blue and white pottery looks GREAT with the festive woven linens!

Michelle said...

The soup tureen is wonderful, such a graceful shape. Love the blue/white pottery..just so pretty.

susan said...

Wow--It was worth buying the set just to get the soup tureen--love it!

Dixie said...

Laura... I just knew I was going to stop by and see slabs of limestone being used as placemats! LOL

your dishes are beautiful... but you know these folks can't get menudo spices in Georgia! LOL... hey.. maybe we could have a Texas blog giveaway... limestone and Menudo spices... what a combination!

have a great tablescape Thursday... (it's my favorite meme of the week!)
blessings. Dixie

Joy said...

Beautiful Beautiful.
That recipe sounds wonderful.
Will you remind me of it in the Fall.
I just can't make it right now.
It's already stinkin hot.
I'll look for that spice. I'm sure I can find it around here. I've never bought it before.


trash talk said...

That set is 2die4! I wish there was a Side Of The Road Store in my neighborhood! LOL Y'all have way too much fun with tablescaping. You don't happen to have a tortilla soup recipe laying around you could share, do you. This one today sounds like it would be right up my alley. I love soup!

Sue said...

Laura, As a former New Mexico resident, I make that state's version of posole. Note the spelling difference... I reconstitute dried corn hominy instead of canned and, like you, use garlic and onion, but I flavor it with dried red NM chile peppers and shredded pork roast. I have never seen prepackaged menudo seasoning, even in NM- menudo was one dish I never liked... simply because of what its main ingredient is!! :-)
Your blue pottery dishes are just lovely! Thanks for sharing them with us. Sue

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

I can't believe where you found those dishes!!! They are beautiful!

Faye said...

Laura,The dishes are lovely!Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT dishes! I have not had pizole in YEARS!!! Sounds good!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Great dishes! I know that you (and your guests) love them - and the recipe sounds wonderful - thanks for the share.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Laura, Your soup tureen set is fabulous. They are classics that will always be around. So wonderful that you have good memories to go with them. I have never tried pizole. it sounds great. Hugs, Terrie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I have never had pizole, I will definitely try it. YOur dishes are absolutely gorgeous. Buffet style is always the best I think. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Gorgeous dishes! I love the design on them. Buffets are definitely the way to go with a large crowd.

Mary said...

OMG, those dishes are GORGEOUS!!! And I love how you've placed them against that beautiful and colorful tablecloth. :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Now THOSE are some SERIOUS blue and white dishes!! I love them!

Molly Betsy @ Star Cottage said...

Wow! Great set. Love the blue and white.
I started a collection of my own last year with some hand me downs from my mom and some great flea market finds.

Debbie's Garden said...

Seriously... I think you need to change your blog title from "white spray paint" to "side of the road"!!
The blue dishes on the red table cloths are FAB!

Deb said...

great Texas the blue and white dishes..

Domestic Designer said...

I love your blue and white dishes! Sooo pretty!

Linda in AZ * said...

* I LOVE things like this ~~~ to me, they make one's mind & heart turn to wonderful thoughts of dining on fabulous beaches... anywhere in the world! Thanks for the quick vacation!

War,ly, LInda *

Robin said...

Oh, what lovely dishes.....
and I'm helping myself to that recipe. Thanks!


Have a beautiful day

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Those are stunning blue & white pieces! Linda

Kelley said...

Oh so gorgeous :-)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Gosh.....I gotta TEXAS gals are just terrific! I had never been to any southern states until we went to New Orleans a few years ago........I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SOUTH..........We're planning to go to Savannah next spring......and any other southern states we can get to.......The people are just SO nice. If I could stand the heat I'd be movin'....!!!!

I love your TEXAS fresh and bright.


Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Hi Laura!!!!!
I love your tablescape!

Living so close to the border, these Texas/Mexico designs are slowly creeping into Louisiana and being mixed in with our red spicy backgrounds of our Tabasco culture.

I just love your buffet area...the blue just pops on those beautiful red walls.

Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!!!

everything vintage

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty dishes! The soup sounds so good.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I love your dishes!! They're just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the soup - sounds wonderful!

Jennsmere said...

Love, love, love, love (get the drift?) those blue dishes!!!!!
Anything served on those must taste scrumptious!

Take care,

Angela said...

Thanks for the recipe. It sounds great.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, this is a fabulous table! I love the china and I love the dining room too! Blue and white are so wonderful! Cindy

Anonymous said...

I love your dishes - friends from Mexico gave me a whole set for my wedding and I gave them away after a couple of years because I never used them. I've been regretting it for ages - I was young and stupid...


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