A Few New Pots

APF / Polenta with Pork Belly, Apple, and Squash

So I’ve been busy since returning from vacation.  A very happy firing, a fun picnic with so many potters at Continental Clay, and I just went to APF (American Pottery Festival) this past weekend….

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APF is an annual event at Northern Clay Center.  I missed it last year — Something about a high school reunion in Chicago.  But this year, I stopped by on Saturday morning (I skipped the Friday Party).  I so enjoyed chatting with a few friends, and definitely found a few Pots (a plate, a tray, a bowl) that I was happy to add to my life.  In fact I was so excited, I immediately prepared a tasty (very tasty) dinner — Perfect for a new Plate made by Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina.

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The Food — Cheesy Polenta with Pork Belly, Apple, and Squash:

OK, I know I featured Pork Belly (Carnitas) earlier this past summer.  It was so, so, so tasty, I absolutely had to prepare it again.  This time, as a decadent topping with Polenta (with plenty of summer corn), some roasted Butternut Squash, and sauteed Apple.  Absolutely WONDERFUL combination of flavors — Basically, both summer and autumn flavors, together on the same plate.

And my prep for the Pork Belly — A few hours of brining, then a rub with allspice, and a slow braise with stock and orange juice.  For the Polenta — I use Bob’s Red Mill Polenta, cooked up with stock and cream, then lots of cheese and plenty of corn, fresh off the cob.  All so incredible, decadent yummy!!

Recipe (for Pork Belly) on my Recipes Page.

The Pottery — Goodies from APF:

I was definitely excited about serving my Polenta/Pork Belly on my new Plate, made by Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina.  The plate is a light clay (white stoneware?) with very satin/matt glazing.  And I always love a geometric design statement — Casual ‘stripes’ across the plate.  So thrilled I found this Plate!!

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In addition to my new Plate, I found a FABULOUS wood fired tray made by Wisconsin Artist, Zac Spates.  And a sweet, small Bowl made by ceramic artist,  David Peters — Dark clay, white slip as glaze, delightfully rustic.

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So that sums up my APF weekend — Always a fun event in the Twin Cities!  Happy (tasty) September everyone!!

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