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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Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

Scones vintage Syracuse china

Why should pie have all the fun?

Blueberries are in season, and these scones are easy to make. Quick to bake, too, so the house doesn’t heat up.

And, I get a chance to use one of my vintage favorites: a pie plate in the Lancaster pattern by Syracuse, vintage china from the 1950s.

If you like hand painted charm and folk patterns, this could be one for your vintage shopping list.

I like them for their generous size, too, about 9 inches in diameter.

I’ve written about these Syracuse china pie plates before.

As for my scones, I . . . → Read More: Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

Peanut butter cookies on vintage Mikasa plate

Holiday time means cookie time, and peanut butter cookies are a classic favorite.

You may remember them, with the crisscross tops, made by a fork.

They are featured here on a salad plate in the Buckskin pattern by Mikasa, from the Potters Art line. This china was made from the 1970s, into the 1980s.

The warm brown bands complement the colors in the cookies. Eat first with your eyes.

It’s Peanut Butter Month – Have Some Cookies

This recipe would have been created to use the standard peanut butter available 40 years ago.

I made mine with a combination of . . . → Read More: Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

Corning ware pie dish

Pie lovers are very loyal to their favorite flavors. Pie serving plates are made specifically to enjoy a large slice, especially served with ice cream. Some of them are flat like regular plates, generally in the 8 to 9 inch diameter size.

I’ve written about a favorite pie plate made by Syracuse a while back.

By pie serving plates, I mean the kind that have sides, similar to the kind of dish that a pie is baked in, but made specifically for serving.

These are made for serving up a generous piece of pie, perhaps warming it in the . . . → Read More: Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

Enjoy Baking Holiday Cookies – Favorite Recipes

Cup Of Tea and a Cookie

October may be Cookie Month, but to my mind, it’s just the start of the holiday baking season.

Time to make the list of cookie recipients, ingredients to stock up on, and the dinnerware and china needed to serve these treats.

Who is on your cookie list?

Time to Plan for Cookie Baking

Get out the recipe box and choose which cookies to make this year. Mix of old favorites and one or two new ones Determine the number of cookies to make from each recipe. Review the pantry to see what ingredients are in house Make a grocery . . . → Read More: Enjoy Baking Holiday Cookies – Favorite Recipes

Serve Homemade Brownies on Mikasa China

I like a good brownie, like most people. I favor the fudgy and chewy end of the spectrum as compared to the cake-like brownies. Just personal preference.

I also like dark chocolate, and when Hershey’s Special Dark came out with cocoa in the baking section, I grabbed it.

Now I’m planning for holiday baking and gifts later in the year, and testing some recipes. A good brownie recipe meets dark cocoa: someone had to taste test this!

As for serving a brownie, especially with a side of ice cream, plates for salad or dessert work well. I chose a vintage . . . → Read More: Serve Homemade Brownies on Mikasa China

Grandma Ogden Banana Bread

Not my grandma, but Chef Lynn Miller’s grandmother’s banana bread.

In my family, we have some recipe books that belonged to one grandma. The other was notorious for being, shall we say, a less than optimal cook.

Yet there is a deep food heritage in my family. The oldest recipes are based on German roots. The newer foods became favorites based on experiments with newer products, such as Jell-O, which became popular once home refrigerators became more common.

The list includes lots of Christmas cookies, lemon jello, smoked goose, candied apples, deviled eggs, potato pancakes, homemade applesauce, and what we . . . → Read More: Grandma Ogden Banana Bread

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 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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