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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cut the Mustard

What's It Wednesday #103


Thanksgiving has come and gone. Our family has a very different dinner menu. You won't find the traditional turkey and stuffing on our table. In fact, you will find fresh fish both roasted and fried, succulent lobster, delectable conch fried rice, scrumptious shrimp, and delicious stone crabs. Rumor has it that the pilgrims actually ate seafood at the first Thanksgiving. Supposedly, turkeys were no where in the vicinity of where they were. Feasting on seafood is an island tradition that we hold dear.

Needless to say, our house is the favorite Thanksgiving stopover of friends and family far and wide.  Not only guest come for the food but they come for my mother's amazing mustard sauce for dipping the stone crab. 

So me being me, spent the last year looking for just the right antique mustard pot and well...I found her. 


During the early 18th century mustard was commonly found in your porcelain or silver castor right next to the salt and pepper. 

The spoon in the mustard pot were used for dry as well as  prepared mustard. These beautiful engraved pots make any table look fabulous. 

However, it's my mother's mustard sauce that made the meal extra special. It's never an exact recipe but it never fails. Mustard with a little bit of sandwich spread, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and a little bit of lemon. 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. Looks like the sauce and the silver pot both cut the mustard. 

What was your favorite part of your holiday feast?

Happy holidays everyone!

xoxoxo
Paula


Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!

71 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Paula,
Wow, what a Thanksgiving feast! I should have been at your house! :)
Your mustard dish is divine, love it! I bet I would love that mustard sauce too!
Happy December to you,
Gina

Jennelise said...

Beautiful silver! Happy belated Thanksgiving! :)
Jennelise

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Paula,
Thanks for hosting another fun party.
Kris

Jill Harrison said...

such elegance in this mustard pot. My mother used to make mustard too. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but it seems like a lovely tradition - we all have much to be thankful for.

Linda said...

We had fish on Thanksgiving Eve for the same reason you all had it on Thanksgiving Day. What a great tradition! Thanks for hosting. Linda@Wetcreek Museum

Trisha said...

I love mustard, especially when it comes in such a pretty dish! Thanks for hosting!

~Trisha

Blessed Serendipity said...

Another beautiful collectible. Everything tastes better when beautifully presented on a pretty table. Thanks so much for hosting the party.

xo Danielle

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

That's quite an exotic menu! The mustard sauce sounds delicious and the container you found is a beauty! I guess it doesn't matter what you eat as long as we all give thanks!
Thanks for hosting!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

So glad you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. It's so interesting to read your menu - so unique to me.

What a neat legacy with your Mamma's famous mustard recipe - and to "honour" it in such a lovely vintage silver container - it's GORGEOUS!

Thank you for hosting.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Thanks for hosting!

Shannon said...

I wish I was at your Thanksgiving. That sounds great! Thanks for hosting.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Createology said...

I adore your little silver dish and spoon. Your Thanksgiving dinner is very unique from what I grew up with. My best behavior Thanksgiving is that I didn't gorge myself with heavy food. December Delights Dear...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Help! When trying to link up, I clicked on a pic of daughter's crochet work and a pic of a Fall leaf with the letters EG posted? Is there a way to delete the entry and redo?
Thanks for hosting. Hope to get this worked out.

Mary said...

I love the idea of a seafood feast! I'll have try making some mustard sauce, sounds delicious! Great features this week. Blessings, Mary

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Paula, The silver dish is beautiful and your Thanksgiving dinner sounds delicious.
Thank you for hosting the party!

20 North Ora said...

Paula - what an interesting Thanksgiving dinner! I love the mustard dish you found and your recipe for the mustard sauce sounds very interesting. Will try that.

Judy

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

Your new antique mustard pot is one gorgeous piece!!! Seafood sounds like a nice change from turkey (which no one in my family really cares for :) Thanks for sharing the delectable menu and the beautiful mustard pot with us.

Mary

Joyce Olson said...

Hi Paula,
Thank you for the super party!
Jemma

Shelia said...

Hi Patti! Oh, your mustard dish is beautiful and my mouth is watering thinking about the mustard sauce. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for hosting your party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Refeathered Roost said...

Love the mustard dish and the mustard recipe sounds like a yummy dip for seafood. Always love dropping by Ivy and Elephants and seeing great antiques and receiving wonderful history lessons.

Jolene said...

Some day I am going to own beautiful things like you post. Thank you for sharing the history about the mustard pot. How lovely and what a beautiful tradition your family has for Thanksgiving.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Sounds awesome with a seafood feast, Paula :) Thanks for the party! Hugs and Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

xinex said...

Beautiful features and love your mustard pot. I like your Thanksgiving menu. We had fish too!...Christine

Linda Bouffard said...

Thank you again for the party and for sharing the special mustard bowl. Gorgeous and the recipe sounds wonderful, too. Best Christmas Season to you. Linda

JP said...

Patti, your Thanksgiving meal sounded fabulous...I would loved to have been one of your guests!
Thank you for hosting...I hope you like my terrarium display for this year!
JP

Johanna said...

Hi Paula,
your silver mjusturd dish is lovely. You are right, a spice menage always contains a pot of mustard. By the way, the sauce sounds really tempting. I can imagine what a feast your festive Christmas dinner is, also for the eyes. Thank you for sharing your unique style and ideas and for hosting this wonderful party.
Best greetings, Johanna

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a beautiful way to display mustard on your table. I bet everyone wanted some, just to hold that beautiful contenant!

Ruth Weston said...

Seafood and shellfish are my husband's favorite foods...and the doctor has said he shouldn't have them because his good cholesterol is so low! He is heart broken! He'd love your dish! Things are looking lovely here!
Ruth

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

You always share the most unique and exquisite items. I didn't even know about all this mustard "stuff"! LOL! Where have I been? In any event, you have beautiful taste. Oh, and I also love your blog header. The women are so very lovely. XOXO

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

I LOVE the features at Christmastime! Thanks for sharing pics of your elegant table and for hosting. Blessings, Patti

Babs Richman said...

Seafood for Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, and with your mom's special mustard sauce served in your beautiful mustard pot..delicious. Thanks for sharing her recipe, and for hosting.

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

What a beautiful mustard pot. I have several Limoges sauce dishes for mustard or mayo. Just lovely! Sounds like you had a beautiful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Beverly

PS Beautiful Features....

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Paula, thank you for hosting and picking my little white truck as one of your features. I love that little truck. Your mustard pot is just beautiful and your Mom's mustard sauce looks very appetizing..Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Gorgeous little dish :)

Muscetta said...

Your mustard pot is very beautiful, and the features,too. Thanks for hosting. Tina

Tania, The Old French Doors said...

Hello Paula, totally love the mustard pot.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
Tania.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Paula,
Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds so delicious! As usual I am very impressed with your decorations and special items. Awesome! Thanks for hosting and have a good Wednesday.
Judy

Robyn said...

Wow, Paula, coming to your parties is always such a feast for the eyes.
Your Thanksgiving feast is my kind of feast! Wow, it sounded spectacular. How does one get an invite? lol
Thanks for hosting. Have a great day.

must love junk said...

Your Thanksgiving feast sounds divine! And your mustard dish is gorgeous :)
Susan

Gail said...

What a fabulous family tradition! My hubby would have felt right at home. He loves seafood! Your tablescape is lovely and quite elegant! Thanks for sharing your festivities and for hosting!

chateau chic said...

What a delightful surprise this morning to see my post featured. Thank you so much!!!
Always appreciate you hosting each week!
Mary Alice

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for such a lovely party, ladies. I so enjoy this each week... Cathy

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh after seeing those beautiful featured pictures I am in the mood to get some Christmas decor out , maybe this weekend I'll play with it
I think your Thanksgiving diner sounds so much better than turkey.
I ask my grandson yesterday what can Grandma cook for our pre Christmas diner at my house? (week before Christmas) home made hamburgers? LOl I think i'll cook fish sounds delicious

Scribbler said...

I never knew about mustard pots. I nearly always learn something new when I visit your blog. Your TGV feast sounds much more to my liking -- I hate turkey!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Paula! What an elegant little mustard pot. I have a couple of them far less ornate but I'm not sure that I have actually ever served mustard in them. Your mother's recipe sounds sensational! I'm going to give it a go. Thanks so much for featuring my post. It's a nice surprise!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Your silver pot is gorgeous!!!! So elegant! Thank you for hosting! Have a pretty rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Tuula McPhee said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

Vesna (HOME CHIC CLUB) said...

Paula, thank you for hosting!Beautiful silver pot!
xoxoxo
Vesna

Rhondi said...

Hi Paula
This is my first visit to your beautiful blog. The people who got to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal were very blessed. Everything looked beautiful and sounded delicious! Thanks for hosting today.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your mother's mustard sauce sounds delicious and it looks really special in its silver dish! I love special dishes at our celebrations too. Your table looks lovely and I like what I can see of the nutcracker! Thanks for hosting.

Blesisngs,
Sandi

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hey sweet Paula, you found the perfect, stunning mustard pot in silver, wow, you scored!!! I'd love your mom's mustard récipe, never did it before. Thank you so much for the always great party.
Happy December.
FABBY

Sarah said...

What a pretty mustard castor! I'm happy you found it. Loved hearing about your traditional Thanksgiving feast. It sounds delicious. I'd love the recipe for your mother's mustard dipping sauce if she shares.
Thanks for hosting. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

Linda Primmer said...

What a lovely menu and your golden mustard dish is gorgeous. It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of your family. xo

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Hi Paula, Sounds like you had quite the yummy feast!
Thanks for hosting, Nancy

Fete et Fleur said...

I'm so glad you found such a special server for your Mother's mustard sauce. It looks especially yummy! Beautiful here as always.

Nancy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I'll say your dish cut the mustard...It is so gorgeous and mamas dip looks fabulous!!

Carol

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your Thanksgiving dinner must have tasted wonderful! Yum

Jennie Schumann said...

A beautiful silver treasure and a fun recipe! When you say sandwich spread, do you mean the salad dressing-y stuff? I think I need to recreate your family recipe for my Christmas table!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

It pays to be patient! You found quite a treasure! Thanks for hosting this great party!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your home is always so lovely with a mix of vintage and classic treasures. The links are amazing! Thanks for the fun!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Your mustard pot is sooo gorgeous!!! A perfect table setting. Although I live in Miss, I'm from New Orleans. Where seafood is the choice on many levels. Sometimes we have Gumbo, even at Xmas. But this yr. Was the turkey. And I do make a mean cornbread dressing.
I love to visit here...Its a blast.
With that...I would like to invite you to a special Christmas post Sherry and I put together.I think you will enjoy it.
Merry Christmas,with all the blessings,and good wishes for the Holidays,
Marie Antoinette

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Paula!

Your Thanksgiving feast sounds sooo amazing! It makes so much sense that the pilgrims ate such wonderful seafoods. The mustard dish is so beautiful and perfect for your Mom's dipping sauce. We will definitely be trying her recipe... so sweet of you to share it with us.

My favorite part of the feast was the acorn squash that I fill with chopped apple and a glaze of brown sugar, Worcestershire, butter, and a bit of mustard. The squash halves could be a meal by themselves for me... mmmmmm.

Please stop by to see all of Marie's incredible Christmas creations. We'd love to have you visit and sip some tea with us!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Lulu said...

Stone crab in a special mustard dip sounds absolutely delicious made even better in such a lovely setting. The mustard dish is a real find, and I'm betting you find many uses for it.

Little Miss Maggie said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I love family traditions when it comes to menus. There is nothing so dear as a loved one's special recipe. Your mustard pot was perfect. Beautiful on any table setting and especially for your mother's special mustard.

JP said...

Patti, you have the most interesting collections of beautiful things. You must always have little bits of conversation pieces on your tables.
Thanks for hosting once again!
JP

Laura Turner said...

What a lovely gift the mustard pot was for your sweet mother. I could just taste your feast as I read the description! Lucky family and friends!

Laura (Sunday View)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Paula, what a fabulous post and I love the mustard sauce in the gorgeous silver dish with spoon. Your meal sounds so delicious. Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving.
Love your pics.
Wishing you a wonderful December week.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

Karen said...

That is a beautiful pot. I have to tell you my mouth was watering reading that menu! yummy. I just may have to try adding some fish to my Thanksgiving meal, and that delicious mustard sauce too.

Teresa said...

This reminds me of the Parable of the Mustard Seed that "which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree" (Matthew 13:31). So are all your gestures and care in preparing the Family Gatherings with so much love and care. For eachother and for the detail, which is a love and care in itself.

That you retain and make tradition of your Lovely Mother's Mustard Sauce makes that Love and Care timeless and the Feast you Celebrated.

Happy and Blessed Season!

The Rusty Heart said...

Love this post! Your Thanksgiving sounded amazing! Thank you for hosting a great party! :)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wonderful features this week Ladies! Love your mustard pot - it's exquisite! I do appreciate you hosting,
Kathy

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