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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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Noritake Buttercup Features Big Vintage Color

Buttercups are bold? They are when they are featured on dinnerware from the vintage Craftone line by Noritake. Many of the patterns in this product line are decorated with big, dramatic flowers.

Many dinnerware patterns from the 1970s have something bold about them. Many of those are classic retro in shape or color, like another Noritake product line Primastone, which is made in stoneware. These pieces have chunky handles and rich glaze colors.

Craftone is a lighter china with a glassy, shiny glaze. Most patterns in this line were produced in the mid to late 1970s. These are the . . . → Read More: Noritake Buttercup Features Big Vintage Color

Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

The Depression glass pattern called Pyramid was produced by Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, Ind. From 1926 to 1932, in various colors, including green. Most are serving pieces, such as this creamer and sugar on a carrying stand.

I bought this set around 1980 at the Shipshewana flea market as a gift for my mother. She was collecting Depression glass at that time. (Those were the days, more like a giant garage sale with lots of people clearing out from homes and barns, and selling out of the backs of cars and pick-up trucks.)

In a wave of recent downsizing, . . . → Read More: Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

Summer Chintz – Charming China

Enjoying china has one downside: It can be difficult to choose one pattern to be your own. If you love them all, how do you choose?

Eventually Summer Chintz by Johnson Brothers became my everyday contemporary china.

This dinnerware was made for more than 20 years, and there are many pieces to add to this collection, including rimmed and coupe bowls, square and round, pieces with the pattern in the rim, and others that have it all over. The plates were made in seven sizes.

That makes it practical to use for serving a variety of foods, and for . . . → Read More: Summer Chintz – Charming China

Orphan Glassware Style

Mix and match dinnerware has lots of interesting possibilities. Charming and creative table settings are often born when different patterns are combined. Same holds true for glass.

Yesterday I saw a blog post today about creating collections of mixed glassware. Oh yes, a vintage lover after my own heart wrote this, and chose the glass.

The post is at The Kitchn, inspiring cooks, nourishing homes.

An eclectic set of glassware pieces can help you go cottage with your table setting, or retro modern, or classic elegant.

Vintage wares can be an avenue for nourishment, in more ways than food.

. . . → Read More: Orphan Glassware Style

Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Many of my dishie friends love glass as well. Then the challenge comes up: identifying glass. Most glass is not marked.

Learning the makers and patterns takes time and experience. There are many wonderful books, but they will only get you part of the way.

We are fortunate here to have our local Great Lakes Depression Glass Club. They organize an excellent show and sale each spring.

As usual, this year’s show was great for continuing education and acquisition of glass and information. More than 20 dealers brought their wares as well, so there is lots to see and . . . → Read More: Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Earth Day Baking Part 7: Serving Baked Goods

Serving baked goods Earth Day

Once you’ve made your baked goods, it’s time to eat them!

Serving breads, rolls, muffins and other baked goods to family and friends is satisfying and enjoyable. What should you know about serving them at the table (if you can resist long enough)?

Many dinnerware sets include serving pieces designed for bringing breads to the table. Bread and cracker trays are long and narrow. Some product lines include metal or earthenware pieces which are oblong, even those where the other pieces are fine china.

Serving bowls that go with your dinnerware (round or oblong) can also be used, as . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 7: Serving Baked Goods

Earth Day Baking Part 6: Monkey Bread is an Old Time Favorite

This yeast bread is fun as an introduction to baking, both to make and to eat. Let the butter cool, at the point you are rolling the dough into balls, and the kids can help make this one, too.

Monkey Bread Recipe

Sweet bread recipes like this are also called bubble bread, because you form it into balls before the second rising. When you eat it, the pieces pull apart easily. Fun to make and delicious to eat, for young and old alike.

1 c. milk, scalded 1/2 c. sugar 1 t. salt 2 pkg. yeast 2 . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 6: Monkey Bread is an Old Time Favorite

Earth Day Baking Part 5: Yeast Breads

While they take longer to make than quick breads, yeast-raised breads are versatile and delicious. Great to eat by themselves, with soup, stew, or another meal – homemade breads can help you save money and eat healthier. Baking bread is also a great way to express your creativity in the kitchen.

Yeast is a living organism, employed for thousands of years to leaven bread. The yeast cells create air bubbles, which become trapped by the gluten in the flour. This causes the loaf to expand.

A leisurely Saturday or Sunday afternoon is a perfect time to practice some new . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 5: Yeast Breads

Pineapple Upside Down Cake With Cherries: Sweet!

Today is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake day, an unexpected addition to our Earth Week series on baking. I made mine with leftover crushed pineapple, and added dried Michigan cherries for color and extra sweet-tart flavor.

I discovered these round Pyrex glass baking dishes, which work great for this kind of recipe. A favorite Mikasa salad plate (in the blue floral Castle Hill pattern) is just the right size to serve a generous slice.

Of course, I also love the more traditional version of this cake, with pineapple rings and Maraschino cherries. Those versions have a beautiful brown sugar . . . → Read More: Pineapple Upside Down Cake With Cherries: Sweet!

Earth Day Baking Part 4: Banana Raisin Muffin Recipe

Banana raisin muffins make use of some handy ingredients, widely available all year round.

This recipe, like almost any basic muffin recipe, can be adjusted to make lots of variations. Perhaps you are a nut lover. You can add nuts, or a combination of nuts. Or substitute another dried fruit for raisins, like dried cherries. Or replace the nuts with peanut butter, butterscotch or chocolate chips. As you learn, you will discover the combinations you like best.

Banana Raisin Muffins

Very similar to the Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe, this simple muffin recipe is tasty for breakfast, snacks or . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 4: Banana Raisin Muffin Recipe

Earth Day Baking Part 3: Bake Muffins at Home

Blueberry muffins are ever popular. Other recipes include banana raisin, apple, cranberry and many other variations.

Muffins may seem intimidating, but following a few simple techniques will help you create home baked success. Baking them 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.

And making your own muffins will add baking skills to your repertoire, and you get to eat the flavorful results.

Simple tips for baking muffins:

In addition to the Quick Bread Tips in Part 1: Make . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 3: Bake Muffins at Home

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