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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Casserole on a Mikasa Gem – and vegetarian, too

Vintage Mikasa platter Gem retro

A while back, I posted a recipe for Hamburger Noodle Corn casserole that Mom used to make on another one of my web ventures. As we did at home, I baked in a big, yellow Pyrex bowl. It feeds a crowd.

Photo courtesy of shyflea


My colleague Lynette – shyflea to all fellow Queen’s Court members – made a vegetarian version recently, and they love it at her house! Plus it made enough for her family, the neighbor and hubby’s lunch.

Here’s how she modified it:

Vegeburger replaced hamburger Extra noodles replaced croutons Combo of super firm tofu . . . → Read More: Casserole on a Mikasa Gem – and vegetarian, too

Use your Corelle for serving summer snacks

I had Corelle dinnerware in the Meadow pattern when I first had my own place, in the 1970s. Those dishes have gone their own way many moves ago, but I still have a plate or two, to remind me of those heady days of living on my own.

Spelt cinnamon roll

Saturday I ate a special snack on the Meadow salad plate, a handmade cinnamon roll made with spelt flour. It came from one of my weekend trips…

This past weekend included a trip to the Oakland County Farmers Market, where I hadn’t been, even though I’ve lived in . . . → Read More: Use your Corelle for serving summer snacks

Cooler glasses – sip your lemonade in vintage style

Someone asked me about cooler glasses, because she hadn’t seen any. Summer is here, and it’s time for lemonade, iced tea and other cold drinks.

So I got out my trusty Michigan glasses, and here they are. How cool are these! They just scream vintage.

Plain glasses dressed up with state scenes in the style of Gay Fad Studios of Ohio. There are other views besides the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, where ships travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes – in case you’re not from Michigan, or a true troll and don’t . . . → Read More: Cooler glasses – sip your lemonade in vintage style

Summer Entertaining – Add the Right Dishes

Summer entertaining

Summer entertaining time is here, and so are the sales on china and dinnerware. You’re thinking about serving corn on the cob, watermelon slices, iced tea and ice cream. Do you have the right pieces?

Here are some items to look for, to add to your tableware set in time for summer parties.

Corn holders. Shaped dishes made to hold corn on the cob. We like these because they keep the butter and salt right where you want them, on the corn. Ice cream dishes. Small glass sundae dishes. Wide, deep bowls for bigger ice cream treats. . . . → Read More: Summer Entertaining – Add the Right Dishes

How Tuna Casserole Got Me a Job

Every time I make this tuna casserole, I get to savor two memories.

One is about the casserole dish. It came from a “granny sale” that I found some years ago, on one of those Saturday mornings when I would take $20, go around to garage sales until the money was spent and the car was full.

On one of those trips, I found a set of three Pyrex casseroles in the Pink Gooseberry pattern, Cinderella shape. They came from the home of a lady who was downsizing, and they have been well-used in my kitchen ever since.

The . . . → Read More: How Tuna Casserole Got Me a Job

Cinco de Mayo: Set Your Table with Vintage China

Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is a holiday to celebrate the history and culture of Mexico. It’s a great time to have a lively party. How can you use your vintage dishes for this celebration?

Mayan vintage china

Fiesta! This colorful Homer Laughlin china is tailor-made for Cinco de Mayo with its bold colors and heavier weight. Play up the history. Use vintage dinnerware with elements that echo the heritage of Mexico. For example, Mayan is one vintage ironstone pattern that will coordinate well other wares. Go rustic. Pottery made in Mexico is available, and rustic pottery from other . . . → Read More: Cinco de Mayo: Set Your Table with Vintage China

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