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.

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Restaurant ware – a retro classic to collect

Restaurant ware collection


You know the kind of local restaurant I’m talking about. Mom and Pop. Everybody knows your name. Not a cookie cutter, nor a cliché. A neighborhood one-of-a-kind. The orders are called out loud to the short order cooks, and the clatter of china is common.

A waitress carrying three, four, or more full meals balanced carefully up her arm darts between tables. Heavy china serves a wide array of comfort food, like steaming coffee, luscious stacks of pancakes, massive salads, substandial steaks and hand-formed burgers with grill-toasted buns.

The hardworking china they use is called restaurant ware. It . . . → Read More: Restaurant ware – a retro classic to collect

The Leonidas Pipe

This is an inexpensive glass knick-knack, a curio from about 100 years ago.

It is shaped like a smoking pipe in a general way. The bowl is hollow, but the stem is not. Perhaps it could be used to hold toothpicks, but otherwise it’s decorative. If you were to get the hand painted design wet, the paint would wash off.

These pipes are for sale on eBay any day of the week in the $5 to $15 range. But of course, there’s more to the story.

Leonidas is a small town in the southern tier of Michigan counties, a . . . → Read More: The Leonidas Pipe

Aquamarine, turquoise or aqua – the 2010 style color

Every time I’ve seen aquamarine glassware, it has caught me eye. It’s a color from the late 1960s, early 1970s. Of course, what goes around comes around, and this sea green variation is back as the turquoise of 2010 fashion and style.

Global color authority Pantone declared 2010 as the year of turquoise, referencing its color no. 15-5519. This green shade of turquoise combines “the serene aspects of blue” with “the invigorating aspects of green,” according to the company.

This color is reminiscent of tropical lagoons and some mountain lakes. A blue version of turquoise was the selected color . . . → Read More: Aquamarine, turquoise or aqua – the 2010 style color

Snack cake: get started with home baking

Bag two birds with one stone: eat at home more, and enjoy an easy to make, moist chocolate cake at the same time. How can you go wrong?

Baking at home can help you save money, eat healthier because you control the ingredients, and provide a chance to experiment and tweak recipes to suit your situation.

If cake is a family favorite, learning to bake a simple snack cake can be a good place to start.

Follow the link to the recipe for my favorite chocolate cake recipe, which also includes an easy cooked chocolate frosting. Make this in . . . → Read More: Snack cake: get started with home baking

Vintage classic: slow cookers go modern to serve busy cooks

Think of savory soups or stews, cooked long and slow at home. Then casseroles, big pots of baked beans, chili and cabbage rolls. These are often made on the stove top or in the oven. Then in 1971, the Crock Pot by Rival came onto the marketplace and expanded the possibilities in home cooking.

Today, the generic term slow cooker is used alongside the brand name Crock Pot. The various modern models are the busy home cook’s friend. Many classic comfort foods are also slow cooker classics, easy to make and easy to serve in bowls to warm family . . . → Read More: Vintage classic: slow cookers go modern to serve busy cooks

Rose china patterns: Valentine charm and ideas for setting a lovely table

vintage china patterns roses

Many vintage china patterns are based on the perennial garden favorite flower, roses. No surprise, roses are romantic and feminine. Many of the dinnerware designs that use this motif have a soft, pastel color scheme.

Make roses your theme for mix and match table setting and the possibilities are enormous. Whether you are planning an intimate Valentine’s Day tea with a group of close friends, or a birthday party for special friends, a buffet for a wedding shower, or Sunday dinner on Mother’s Day, rose-motif dinnerware can serve your purpose well.

All the major china manufacturers have made patterns . . . → Read More: Rose china patterns: Valentine charm and ideas for setting a lovely table

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