Handmade Crafts » country store http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 It’s Time For Some Barbecue! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/its-time-for-some-barbecue http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/its-time-for-some-barbecue#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 19:00:54 +0000 Kristie Owens http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=809 It’s been a long winter, but the birds are singing, flowers are blooming and it is time to get that grill out and have some barbecues. The MountainMade Country Store and website have some delicious rubs and barbecue sauces for any taste buds. Impress your guests with our top five rubs and top five barbecue sauces.

Let’s start with our yummy rubs. Our first rub is Copper Creek Classic Wet Rub. Copper Creek rubs are a combination of the finest herbs and spices from around the world. Your limit is your imagination. With this wet rub you mix the rub with Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce to create a mouth-watering paste to put on your meat of choice.

MountainMade Rubs from Copper Creek

Our second and third spots also go to Copper Creek Specialty Food LCC.

The Copper Creek Ginger Rub is made with a combination of fine herbs, spices and a hint of brown sugar. This rub is great on chicken but can be used for pork, beef and venison too.

The Copper Creek Tuscan Rub is also made of fine herbs and spices with the wonderful taste of rosemary. This rub is wonderful on any meat but it also gives roasted red potatoes a great flavor.

Our fourth and fifth top selling rubs are made by Uncle Bunks, a family-owned company providing family recipes perfected over many generations. They use the highest quality fresh ingredients in there products. Their Janese’s Steak Rub was formulated from a 50-plus year old family recipe. Delicious on steaks, beef or pork roasts, or chicken, the rub also makes wonderful beef stew or stroganoff.

MountainMade Rubs

Their Janese’s Southwestern sizzle adds an exciting spark of southwestern flavor to dips, soups and meat dishes. Makes great fajitas and western omelettes too. Yummy!!!

Now it’s time for our top five barbecue sauces. Our first and second barbecue sauces are by Gourmet Central, in Romney, W.Va., home to many specialty foods. All products are open-kettle cooked in small batches to provide you with “just like Grandma made” taste. Their sweet and sassy barbecue sauce (available in the MountainMade Country Store) gets our Top Spot. This barbecue sauce is a treat on chicken, pork or any beef you like. My kids like to dip their homemade chicken nuggets in this sweet-with-just-a-kick sauce.

MountainMade barbecue sauces

Our number two spot goes to Gourmet Central’s Garlic Wing Sauce. If you like garlic and hot wings this sauce is a dream come true to your taste buds.

Our number three spot goes to Uncle Bunk’s Rustic Pepper Sauce. Their Award-winning sauce can be used as a dip for chips, crackers and cheese; a marinade for any meat; a spread on sandwiches — on anything where you want more kick than ketchup can deliver.

Our fourth and fifth spots go to two sauces from ThistleDew Farm Inc., located in Proctor, W.Va. In 1974, Ellie and Steve Conlon left suburban Philadelphia with one son, two dogs, a cat and two beehives, ready to begin a new life in West Virginia. Guided by their deep-rooted faith, the Conlons launched several agricultural enterprises and served as foster parents. The Quaker principle “… that of God in everyone and everything …,” has guided them in their lives and their business.

MountainMade barbecue sauces

From this beginning, the Conlon Family and ThistleDew Farm have grown to include four sons, three dogs, four cats, 700 beehives, beeswax candles, beeswax skin and lip cream, honey mustard, bee beards, pollination and a honey of a gift shop!

The number four spot goes to Secret Sauce. Secret Sauce makes a terrific steak sauce and is a great complement to beef, and for basting burgers, simmering with shredded beef, or bake chicken in it or just try it in one of your owe recipes.

Our number five spot goes to West Best Wild’n Wonderful Wings and Rib Sauce. This sauce is great for dipping, basting and baking. Make your wings and ribs something the whole neighborhood will envy.

Now that your mouth is watering and you can taste the barbecue, remember MountainMade has the best rubs and barbecues in West Virginia, so start grilling!

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Next Stop, Blenko Glass http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/next-stop-blenko-glass http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/next-stop-blenko-glass#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:58:28 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=715 Rich and Carrie recently took a whirlwind trip to meet with artists in Central and Southern West Virginia and made a stop at Blenko Glass in Milton.  What they brought back was an amazing sea of rich color and textures.

We are delighted to have 11 colors of Water Bottles and an array of bowls, vases and decanters! There is crackled glass, rich diamond cut pieces and floral and ribbed bowls.  And if you haven’t seen the pieces in Blazing Red yet, look out. These are sleek and sassy!

More amazing still is the affordability of these pieces. Bowls start at just $18 and vases at $25.  We were blown away. It is an amazing mix of traditional and contemporary.

And from this girl’s perspective it is a real treat to walk into the Gallery each morning and watch the light play on the amber, greens, blues, red and golds.  Affordable beauty anyone can appreciate.  They won’t last long …

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Moving Day Means Print Artists Have New Space http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-means-print-artists-have-new-space http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-means-print-artists-have-new-space#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:00:33 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=704 We’ve had an exciting time preparing to move the etching/print press to the Studio Gallery from its former home above the Country Store. For three years the studios were located there, but just about a year ago the decision was made to ”bring the Studios home to the Gallery.”

If you’ve visited us in Thomas, you will agree that it is a beautiful building with an amazing history. (Built in 1900, it served as the company store for the Davis Coke & Coal Company for more than 50 years. It’s had a few other lives as well and we are honored to have been at home here for 10 years).

From the glass brick, tin ceilings and hard wood floors the Gallery building offers better light and access (all street-level, no more traversing up snowy stairs to get to/from a class).

And the press (Takach Floor Model Etching Press: 39 ½” x 72” bed) has been the last piece. It is an impressive tool and we are eager to have the paper and print studio all together in one location so artists can put it to good use. It is a wonderful tool that allows print artists to produce etched monoprints and lithographs.

Mixed media artist Robin McClintock and her husband Michael have been instrumental in the logistics. Rich, Mike and a few friends from Thomas/Davis (Al, Corey and Athey) are going to offer much of the “muscle” behind this endeavor. Unfortunately, “ Old Man Winter” is a distractible soul. To date we’ve rescheduled twice and keep waiting for the window to get it moved.

But, we shall persist!

March 19, 2010: Moving Day!

It was expected to be a 30 minute move. A lot of heavy lifting, but no big deal. Well, plan for an hour to be safe. Our team (Michael, Rich, Mike, Al and I. Al and Athey joined us for the final stretch, a.k.a. “the heavy lifting.”) began at 9 a.m. – 30 minutes quickly comes and goes, and was used removing the top reduction roller, the first 300 pounds.

The guys tried finagling the press frame, including the 300 pound bottom reduction roller (the top 300 pounds had already been crated and moved to the Gallery Studio) around the doorway into the hallway – no good. It’s gotta come apart. Yikes! This was where time got away from us and Carrie’s husband Cade came to our rescue.

He made a few calls and graciously convinced Corey and Athey to help with the final move and boy were we glad to have them. By the way, we finished moving the press and basic assembly at 1 p.m., almost four hours after our start time.

I have to confess, I had come ready to work hard Friday morning. Fortunately for me, chivalry lives. I was instead the gopher, dollie mover and documenter/photographer. And my back and my knees feel great! Thank you gentlemen!

And on Monday, Michael came back to do final assembly and calibrated this wonderful tool. And now, print artists can come rent/work in the Studio. Yeah!

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MountainMade Reuses, Recycles and Remembers the Earth http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-reuses-recycles-and-remembers-the-earth http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-reuses-recycles-and-remembers-the-earth#comments Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:00:06 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=636 Dolly Sods

MountainMade promotes West Virginia arts and crafts from its location in the rich, natural beauty of the West Virginia Potomac Highlands. Visitors travel to our region to experience the year-round outdoor recreation surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and near Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley.

We appreciate and work to protect our environment. Our Thomas locations are in two historical structures that have been restored and/or renovated. Adaptive reuse of buildings saves the environmental costs of tearing old buildings down and disposing of the waste in a landfill. It also saves on the environmental costs of creating products for construction.

Many of MountainMade’s artisans work in media that are environmentally friendly. For example, they create their art from natural fibers and foliage. Some artisans work in recycled products or items they collect from what others consider trash.

Our business operations are becoming more paper free every year. Through the use of technology, we can carry out more and more business without ever printing a piece of paper. Of course, MountainMade recycles and uses recycled products.

But most important of all, our employees and artisans are dedicated to protecting the environment by the manner in which they live every day.

MountainMade works to preserve our Appalachian arts and crafts skills for future generations. We strive to live in a manner that protects the environment so future generations can appreciate the crafts of their heritage.

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The History of Thomas, WV’s Peacock Building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building#comments Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:06:57 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=495 The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WVs downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WV's downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

MountainMade’s Country Store is located in the renovated Peacock Building, right on Thomas, WV’s historic Main Street. Some of the historic uses of the Peacock Building include residential apartments, saloons and retail shops.

The Peacock Building is typical of the commercial architecture of the downtown Thomas area. Architecturally and historically, the Peacock Building helps to evoke the days when downtown Thomas was a bustling center of commerce.  After fires struck Thomas in 1890 and then again in 1893, the town built new commercial structures from masonry to prevent future fires. Beautiful hotels, bars and an opera house lined the streets and many of those structures still stand today.

In 2002, the Vandalia Heritage Foundation purchased the building which was in need of major repairs. Vandalia gutted and renovated the building to include the retail area on the first floor where the MountainMade Country Store is located. The Peacock Building was originally known as the Bible Building, having at one time been owned by the Bible family. Vandalia re-named the building after the Foundation’s logo which features a peacock.

MountainMades Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade's Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade’s Country Store brings back the feel of an old-time general store. It features West Virginian gourmet foods, toys, pottery and other small gift items. It also maintains a year-round Christmas shop beside the vintage potbelly stove. A pottery studio exists in the rear of the store where customers can watch artisans create their products which are often for sale at MountainMade.

The next time you are in Thomas, stop in to shop and to see the full sized saloon bar that is currently displayed in our Country Store.

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MountainMade Country Store’s Top Five Food Items http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-country-stores-top-five-food-items http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-country-stores-top-five-food-items#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:14:49 +0000 Kristie Owens http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=460
Shown here: Gourmet Central’s Fiery Horseradish Mustard, Thistle Dew Farm Inc.s Hot Pepper Butter, Miss Mollys Appalachian Salsa, and Gourmet Central’s Ramp Mustard  all make wonderful additions to your kitchen.

Shown here: Gourmet Central’s Fiery Horseradish Mustard, Thistle Dew Farm Inc.'s Hot Pepper Butter, Miss Molly's Appalachian Salsa, and Gourmet Central’s Ramp Mustard all make wonderful additions to your kitchen.

At our MountainMade Country Store, we have many West Virginia made food products. MountainMade customers are dedicated, and once they get hooked on a food product, you can bet they will come back for more. For our mail order customers that might not have the opportunity to stop in and sample food products, I thought you’d like to know our top sellers.

So, here are the five most popular food items from MountainMade.com:Regular Pasta Chips and Sweet Pasta Chips by the Biselli Pasta Company is based in Elkins WV. They produce a full line of gourmet pasta products with several varieties of fettuccine, linguine and spaghetti. Their specialty pasta chips are delicious. Pasta Chips ingredients include: flour, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, cheese, garlic, sea salt, and peanut oil. They hope to introduce in the near future gourmet pasta sauce. (Yum. I cannot wait to try that.)

Appalachian Salsa by Ms. Molly located in Morgantown, WV. Ms. Molly, the daughter of a West Virginia coal miner and youngest of six children, cherishes the precious memories of her mother’s kitchen. Family and friends would gather around the table enjoying the traditional food masterpieces, warm hospitality, and fellowship her parents had to offer. Today, Ms. Molly carries on the tradition with the same passion and enthusiasm. Her kitchen remains the hub of her home where samples of her culinary works of art for her extended family and friends are forever in abundance. The hallmark of Ms. Molly’s products has been the creation of foods that combine traditional Appalachian ingredients with gourmet flavor.

Gourmet Central’s Fiery Horseradish Mustard and Ramp Mustard are two wonderful food products made in Romney, WV. Gourmet Central makes their specialty foods in small batches to provide you with that “just like grandma made” taste. Gourmet Central works diligently to promote local farmers and sustainable agriculture. They work with regional farms to create value added specialty food products and make their products with locally grown produce. Thanks to Gourmet Centrals efforts, local farms have the opportunity to sell products year round and bring a larger monetary return to their farms. This ultimately promotes sustainable agriculture in a way that is a tremendous help to our state and our entire region.

Hot Pepper Butter made by Thistle Dew Farm Inc. Thistle Dew Farm’s West’s Best Gourmet Line was started in 1989 by Sherry and Doug West of Parkersburg, WV. Beginning with the family recipe for Hot Pepper Butter, they soon developed an enthusiastic following throughout the country. The distinctive flavors of locally grown peppers and Thistle Dew Farm’s honey combined, make this a truly “down-home treat.”

The Country Store doesn't just have delicious food for your kitchen, we also have beautiful kitchen accents like handmade knives and cuttingboards.

What are your favorite MountainMade food and kitchen products? You can see a large selection of our food products on the MountainMade.com website.

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