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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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.

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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

Bake a cake in vintage Pyrex

Pyrex made these round baking dishes, for layer cakes and similar desserts, in the 1950s and 1960s. We eat more pie than cake at our house, but these dishes work quite well for upside down cakes, coffee cake and similar, single layer cakes that are handy for snacks and quick lunch accompaniments.

And they are deep enough to use for a deep-dish pie if you like. This baking dish would also be handy for roasting vegetables in pinch, if you’re only doing a small quantity and want to make best use of your oven space.

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How Tuna Casserole Got Me a Job

Every time I make this tuna casserole, I get to savor two memories.

One is about the casserole dish. It came from a “granny sale” that I found some years ago, on one of those Saturday mornings when I would take $20, go around to garage sales until the money was spent and the car was full.

On one of those trips, I found a set of three Pyrex casseroles in the Pink Gooseberry pattern, Cinderella shape. They came from the home of a lady who was downsizing, and they have been well-used in my kitchen ever since.

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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

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