Summer Punch Recipe: Magnolia Blossom Punch for an Artist Reception

Magnolia Blossoms Punch is perfect for a summer soiree.
Magnolia Blossoms Punch is perfect for a summer soiree. | Source
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Magnolia Blossom Punch is a simple summery drink that is perfect for a brunch or a celebration.

This year, La Vista is playing host to an artist. Jamie Zane Smith is a Wyandotte potter and friend of our farmers. He, his wife Colleen, and their two daughters have been living on the property since spring. We converted one of the sheds on the farm into a small studio for him and he built a kiln behind another outbuilding.

Jamie has some of his pieces in a gallery in New Mexico and will be showing more of his pieces in Lovett’s Gallery in Oklahoma. To celebrate his new showing, La Vista hosted an artist reception so members could meet Jamie and view some of his work before he his pottery to the gallery.

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Napa cabbage leaves 'stuffed' with a variety of vegetables and lentils. Pickled beets and heart-shaped apple breadLambs Quarter pestoLemon balm teaRadish and cream cheese dipSouth of the Border Quiche
Napa cabbage leaves 'stuffed' with a variety of vegetables and lentils.
Napa cabbage leaves 'stuffed' with a variety of vegetables and lentils. | Source
Pickled beets and heart-shaped apple bread
Pickled beets and heart-shaped apple bread | Source
Lambs Quarter pesto
Lambs Quarter pesto | Source
Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm tea | Source
Radish and cream cheese dip
Radish and cream cheese dip | Source
South of the Border Quiche
South of the Border Quiche | Source


Colleen and Crystal, our farmer’s wife, made a variety of hors d’ oeuvres such as pesto made of lambs quarter, an apple bread, pickled beets, a dip made of cream cheese, radishes and green onions, and one of my favorites, Napa cabbage leaves covered with a variety of toppings such as cherry tomato halves, red onions, raisins and lentils.

My contribution was South of the Border Quiche and Magnolia Blossom punch

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A pot with a castellated rim.Another castellated rim pot. Pottery with stamped bark markingsWooden paddles used in marking potteryJamie Smith looks at ancient pottery pieces at the National Museum of the American IndianColleen and Jamie Smith chat with a member of La Vista Farm at the artist reception.
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A pot with a castellated rim.
A pot with a castellated rim. | Source
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Another castellated rim pot.
Another castellated rim pot. | Source
Pottery with stamped bark markings
Pottery with stamped bark markings | Source
Wooden paddles used in marking pottery
Wooden paddles used in marking pottery | Source
Jamie Smith looks at ancient pottery pieces at the National Museum of the American Indian
Jamie Smith looks at ancient pottery pieces at the National Museum of the American Indian | Source
Colleen and Jamie Smith chat with a member of La Vista Farm at the artist reception.
Colleen and Jamie Smith chat with a member of La Vista Farm at the artist reception. | Source

Jamie Zane Smith, Resident Potter

Jamie grew up in a home with parents and grandparents who are all artistically inclined. His dad was a painter, his mother a jazz musician. Jamie gets the inspiration for his work from ancient Native American pottery and is himself Native American, of the Wyandotte tribe. He apprenticed under his uncle, Richard Zane Smith, another well-known potter. It was his uncle who introduced Jamie to stamp impressed pottery.

Jamie gathers and processes all of his clay and most of his other materials. He uses a wood-fired kiln because he says it “connects me even further to the process that my ancestors employed to create such elegant ware.”

As a way of celebrating his ancestors’ lives, he creates some of the same style of pots such as those with castellated rims. This type of pot has ‘points’ around the rim and has a squared, rather than round vessel opening.

Other techniques Jamie incorporates are corrugated Anasazi style and Mound Builder stamp patterns. The Anasazi are thought to be ancestors of the modern Pueblo. Mound Builders were prehistoric inhabitants of North America. The Mississippi Valley, where La Vista is located, is home to Cahokia Mounds.

About a year ago, Jamie had the rare opportunity to visit the archives of the National Museum of the American Indian. There, he had access to pottery from the ancient Woodland Mound Builder cultures. Now Jamie uses hand carved wood paddles to impress the surface of the clay with a pre-historic Mound Builder pattern.

Most recently, Jamie has integrated a new element into his work by pressing clay into living tree bark, then drying and firing the piece.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of Jamie’s pottery. It’s been fun and interesting to have an artist on the grounds and seeing him develop some of his pieces.

Ingredients for Magnolia Blossoms Punch
Ingredients for Magnolia Blossoms Punch | Source

Magnolia Blossoms Punch

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 6-oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, undliluted
  • 3 cups white wine, (I used Pinot Grigio, the recipe called for Chablis)
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 orange, sliced crosswise

EASY!

  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a punch bowl and mix well.
  2. Float orange slices in the punch. Serve punch over ice in a glass.

Enjoy the art show and don’t forget to sip a glass of Magnolia Blossoms punch while you do!

This is one of a series of hubs about La Vista Community Supported Garden in Godfrey, Illinois. I joined La Vista in 2005 and was a member of its board of directors for six years, including the chair for four.

© 2012 Danette Watt

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Interesting read on a talented artist. I would have enjoyed the event and all the wonderful foods presented.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a fascinating hub about this talented artist and the Magnolia Blossoms Punch recipe was an added bonus. I can't wait to try the recipe on summer guests.

The pictures of the food at the artist reception looked so delicious they made my mouth water.

I love the fact that Jamie is honoring his ancestors by incorporating some of their techniques into his work as well as coming up with new methods and ideas.

Voted this hub up across the board and shared with followers and on Facebook.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Awesome hub...beautiful pictures, yummy food, and great drink recipe!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi teaches12345, thanks for reading. It was a very nice evening, the weather was beautiful and I was glad to see a number of our shareholders out. Another of our members is an artist, a painter. The two enjoyed a nice chat about art, methods, techniques and the challenges of getting in galleries.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi Gail, Even though I've seen his work at the farm, I didn't know a lot of the background of his pieces until I started doing some research on him. It's interesting to see how an artist's work develops and evolves over the years and find out what influences him or her. Thanks for sharing and the votes.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks, kittythedreamer!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

That punch must have been so refreshing! I love the appetizers you served, too- they must have gone quite well with the flowery drink! Fabulous Hub.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Simone! Yes, the punch was very good and just the right thing for the evening, which wasn't too hot 'n humid. I just wish I'd thought to pull an actual magnolia blossom off my neighbor's tree to float in the punch before I took the picture!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great recipe, Danette-and so simple. I had almost all the ingredients Sunday morning and could have made it except we drank all the orange juice making screwdrivers.

(Just kidding)

I love this hub. You really did a wonderful job 'painting' a picture of Jamie's artistic talents. And, the community gathering sounds like so much fun! Wish I had been there. '

Rated the recipe 5 *'s and the hub Up and Awesome! I enjoyed it and hope to visit that garden one day when I'm next visiting with you.

Interesting cabbage leaf recipe that other woman made with 'lentils' (don't freak out here, haha )


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Yeah, I know. I picked the leaves that didn't have the lentils :) Next time you come out to visit, I'll drive you out there, it is very beautiful and peaceful property, whether we're in season or not.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Danette,

I liked the photo of the pot where the artist used the bark of trees to make an imprint upon the clay of the pot. Looked so pretty in the picture and I'll bet that it was even prettier getting to see it in person. Regarding the punch...I was wondering if magnolia blossoms were going to be used somehow in the drink. Wonder how it got its name? It does sound good! Thanks! Voted up and interesting.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi Peggy, After I made it, I wished I'd grabbed a couple blossoms off my neighbor's tree to float on the punch. Then I wondered if it might have been poisonous because I don't know if magnolia blossoms are (poisonous).

Thanks for reading and the vote up!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Glorious punch for a talented artist. How apt. Thanks for introducing us to her work and giving us a recipe for a colorful and captivating drink, Danette. voted up and shared.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

what a wonderful hub and recipe.. sharing on the recipe page of Facebook

Debbie


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi Docmo, thanks for the vote and for sharing! I appreciate it. Yes, Jamie's a wonderful artist, very talented. It's nice to watch the progress of a piece.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi Deborah, Thanks for reading and sharing this recipe on FB! I stopped by the farm today and Jamie was working on another piece to add to his collection. Interesting to watch.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Loved the tour of the farm and peeking into the artist's building, Danette. Thanks for showing us around during our visit. :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks. I wish it hadn't been so rushed and we'd had more time to visit.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Magnolia Blossoms punch sounds simple and elegant! The vegetarian buffet must have been wonderful. I enjoyed reading about Jamie's Native American pottery, as well. Voted up!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thank you Vespawoolf for reading and commenting. Jamie's pottery is beautiful and the whole evening was nice, just visiting with other garden members.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your statements about pottery and I especially liked the idea of pressing the clay into living bark.

I thought your punch was going to have magnolia blossoms in it --it could! Floating. Your food pictures all look delicious! The lemon balm tea jar is a wonderful attraction.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi frogyfish - I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub and comment on it and I'm glad you liked Jamie's art. Yes, after the punch was almost gone it occurred to me that I should have floated some flowers in it. My neighbor has a magnolia tree and I could have taken a flower or two from her tree.

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