Peanut butter cookies on vintage Mikasa plate

Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

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 […]

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Corning ware pie dish

Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

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. […]

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Cup Of Tea and a Cookie

Enjoy Baking Holiday Cookies – Favorite Recipes

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Serving baked goods Earth Day

Earth Day Baking Part 7: Serving Baked Goods

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Earth Day Baking Part 2: Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe

Time to get out your mixing bowls and loaf baking pans. Assemble your ingredients and roll up your sleeves. You are not far away from that wonderful home baking aroma, and the tasty results of your work. Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread A simple recipe with popular ingredients. This bread is flavorful for breakfast, snacks or […]

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