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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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 lunches.

2 c. all-purpose flour 2 t. baking powder 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg, well beaten 1 c. sour cream 1 c. crushed pineapple, including juice 1 c. raisins 1/3 c. melted . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 2: Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe

Earth Day Baking Part 1: Quick Breads

Quick breads are an easy introduction to the world of home baking. Homemade breads are delicious and economical. These breads usually include fruit or nuts. They are especially good to pack in lunches, or enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee, or a cold glass of milk for an afternoon snack.

By definition, a quick bread rises through the chemistry of ingredients like baking powder or soda (or a combination) – and their interaction with acidic ingredients like milk (contains lactic acid) – instead of yeast. We’ll get to yeast breads later in this series.

You do . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 1: Quick Breads

Celebrate Earth Day with Home Baking

Earth Day is April 22, and in 2010 celebrates its 40th anniversary. It has expanded to Earth Awareness Week, which we like, because a week gives time to add something new to your “green living” skills and activities at home.

In this series, we suggest baking at home as something to do to celebrate Earth Day. If you are not already a home baker, this is a new skill with ongoing usefulness, a way to help make the Earth a greener place. Wholesome food, made at home from basic ingredients, can help you and your family eat healthier, save . . . → Read More: Celebrate Earth Day with Home Baking

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

Make Some Cobbler for Earth Day

One great way to celebrate Earth Day is to enjoy the fruits of the earth. And one of the most hardy of those is rhubarb, or pie plant, which originated in Siberia.

Vintage casserole

Nowadays in the spring we can easily find fresh fruit in the produce markets: baby watermelons from Honduras, grapes from Chile, or pears from Argentina. But not that long ago, the available fruits were seasonal. And rhubarb was the harbinger of more juicy fruits to come.

Many a Midwest garden has a few rhubarb plants along the edge. But if yours has to come from . . . → Read More: Make Some Cobbler for Earth Day

Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

Spice of Life casserole

There’s an urban legend among some sellers, that when you handle an item in your inventory, it will sell soon.

So I had this Corning Ware casserole in the Spice of Life pattern. I picked it up to give it a home on a shelf. Within an hour, it sold. Spice of Life is a popular pattern, discontinued in the 1980s. But there’s more to the story…

At my mother’s house for Thanksgiving, we discussed oyster dressing. Not a dish we had at home, but my stepfather likes it. My mother said she’d like to . . . → Read More: Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

Chocolate cake, remember when

One yummy chocolate cake

It must be the change in weather. When things get cool, we get itchy to bake. We first paired this easy and moist chocolate cake with a simple cooked frosting about 40 years ago. Just learning to cook then, and prowling in mother’s cookbooks for ideas. The combination has become a family favorite.

Cockeyed Cake

1 ½ cup flour 3 T. cocoa powder 1 t. soda 1 cup white sugar 5 T. vegetable oil 1 T. white vinegar 1 t. vanilla extract 1 cup cold water

Grease and flour a 9×9 cake . . . → Read More: Chocolate cake, remember when

In the Soup

Yesterday was a good day. Shopped at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, where I hadn’t been in a while. Then had my blog changed over to WordPress.

Fresh Michigan tomatoes

I know a lot more about doing something with the veggies from the market. WordPress will be a new adventure. I have a very patient webmaster to rely on when I get stuck…

When I was about 14, I made my first pie. It was pineapple. The filling was okay, but the crust tasted like soap. I’m not sure to this day exactly what I did wrong. Did I . . . → Read More: In the Soup

It’s Peach Cobbler Season

It’s that time of year. Peaches are on. And they’re soooo good from the farmer’s market. You can smell them as you walk the aisles…

I have a special casserole dish that I love to use for cobbler – vintage Corning Pyrex, in the distinctive ribbed berries and twining vines of the Gooseberry pattern, in pink and white. I don’t know how long Corning made this pattern. My educated guess says it was in the 1960s or 1970s, but it is now discontinued. I got a set of three Gooseberry dishes at a “granny sale” years ago, and . . . → Read More: It’s Peach Cobbler Season

Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

This quality pottery is handmade in Zanesville, Ohio, by “the original” Hartstone.

This company has roots back to the 1970s. It went through a period of corporate ownership, and was closed.

But in a town of 25,000, the loss of 400 jobs was painful, not to mention the loss of a piece of history. Southeastern Ohio has a long history of pottery making, and most of it is gone. Roseville, McCoy, Crooksville, Shawnee and Weller are just a few of the Ohio potteries that are familiar to collectors of vintage American pottery and dinnerware.

So . . . → Read More: Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

Love casseroles!

We’d never heard of Merry Mushroom, though we must have walked by pieces in this pattern many, many times. This motif is the height of 1970s kitsch…

There are lots and lots of items made in this pattern, right down to the napkin holder, wall clock and dishes for corn on the cob. Many of the items were made for and sold by Sears.

This 4-quart casserole was made by Corning. Note the different style of the glass top, with the indents. The center knob is indented in the center, though the item is weighty nevertheless.

Reminds me of . . . → Read More: Love casseroles!

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