About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

I talk about Dishes

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Vintage Noritake… So Charming

Vintage Noritake relish dish

The thrill of the hunt never seems to go away. And I found some beautiful vintage Noritake that I’d first noticed a few weeks ago. Since it was still around when I went back, it needed to come home with me. At least, temporarily.

The relish dish caught my eye first, because relish dishes do, especially the multi-part ones. And this was is especially classic with the handle and the gold rim and trim. Then there’s the stylized pea vine motif. I decided it was a legume because of the tendrils. No name yet found for this pattern, but . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake… So Charming

Go Green – Broccoli Salad in Retro Glass

Some years ago, at a carry-in lunch, a colleague brought a great Broccoli Salad.

I liked the interplay of the crunchy, raw broccoli with the zingy sweet and sour dressing. But the recipe was missing in action.

So I went home and developed my own version. It’s great in the summer, when cool salads are refreshing. And a great way to get some vegetables. Lots of good-looking broccoli is coming into our markets in late summer.

We also like serving it in the retro glass bowl, Soreno by Anchor Hocking. This version is the avocado green color. Another . . . → Read More: Go Green – Broccoli Salad in Retro Glass

Churchill china, English tea

So….the cooler weather puts us in mind for a cup of hot tea. When the neighborhood is fragrant with woodsmoke to take off the September-like chill, a mug of steaming tea goes down nicely!

Churchill's Port of Call

My British brother-in-law showed me the way to make a good cup. First, fill the cup about 2/3 full with freshly brewed tea. Whatever you like, though we usually had English Breakfast or an Earl Grey.

Then add milk until the tea turns a warm caramel color. That’s the right amount of milk, and enjoy! They still get milk delivered in . . . → Read More: Churchill china, English tea

Set a Snazzy Table

One thing leads to another…saw an item from the Food Network about table setting this week…

….well, that link is gone but if you go to Food Network’s site and search under “table setting” you’ll see the current versions of table settings….

I think this vintage and new concept still has a lot to offer. The fall table setting ideas got my juices flowing, when I saw they were mixing vintage and new pieces! Alton Brown’s is snazzy. And Good Eats was one of the shows that got me watching the Food Network, back when. Then Nigella Lawson’s is sooo . . . → Read More: Set a Snazzy Table

In the Soup

Yesterday was a good day. Shopped at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, where I hadn’t been in a while. Then had my blog changed over to WordPress.

Fresh Michigan tomatoes

I know a lot more about doing something with the veggies from the market. WordPress will be a new adventure. I have a very patient webmaster to rely on when I get stuck…

When I was about 14, I made my first pie. It was pineapple. The filling was okay, but the crust tasted like soap. I’m not sure to this day exactly what I did wrong. Did I . . . → Read More: In the Soup

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