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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Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Pairs of vintage dinnerware pieces

I like to use my vintage china. One challenge: setting a table for a group, when I only have a few of the piece types I want to use to serve the foods I’ve cooked.

What can you do, when you have only two?

Secondary marketplaces are spotty in their detailed offerings. Yes, there’s lots of vintage dinnerware and glassware out there. No, the pattern you’re looking for can be tough to find.

If you have (or want) only two of a kind, there are ways you can use them:

Dinner for two. Set a romantic, charming table when . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Creative Easter basket features vintage dinnerware

How much fun it is to create a one-of-a-kind Easter basket for someone who loves vintage dinnerware!

If you frequent thrift stores, you know the feeling. How can you leave that one cute plate or glass behind? Now you can assemble them into something lovely for special occasions, as gifts or décor.

Once you collect the dishes, glasses, flatware, napkins or place mats in favorite colors, or in patterns that feature Easter motifs, you can arrange them together into a memorable basket.

All the stores have their Easter goods in stock, and you can get plenty of ideas by browsing . . . → Read More: Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

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

Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

Franciscan Apple Pie bowl

Vintage and new dinnerware sets show the long-term appeal of apple china patterns!

Some patterns go with red, as you’d expect. Others focus on green apples. And there are versions that have both red and green pieces to mix and match in your table setting.

One example, the Apple Pie pattern by Franciscan (see thumbnail photo below).

Apples on dishes make a perfect motif to use as the centerpiece of a fall harvest party or Sunday dinner.

Dishes with this design mix together with other fruit-pattern dinnerware sets for a pretty and colorful table setting any time of year.

Compare . . . → Read More: Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

If you’re a coffee drinker, can you ever have too many china coffee mugs? I’m thinking about the stoneware kind, though there are lots of other kinds to use, to enjoy your cup of Joe.

I like tea and coffee. It depends on the menu, and the situation. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but who needs an excuse to get out favorite coffee mugs and have another cup!

A Gallery of Coffee Mugs

Photos left to right, first the top row, then the lower row.

Taylor and Ng cats mug, vintage 1970s. They made many different patterns, usually signed in . . . → Read More: China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

May in Michigan can mean cold weather, and we are getting that now, in conjunction with a weekend. Either one is a good reason to get out the ovenware and bake a casserole, cobbler or crisp.

Some preparation, an hour or so in the oven while you do other things, and dinner is ready!

Corning ware, Pyrex and stoneware all make great baking dishes. You many have your favorites for certain purposes. We like the Pink Gooseberry pattern by Corning, round with straight sides. Our set of three came from a “granny sale” many years ago.

Our set has . . . → Read More: Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

Vintage Corelle and Corning Ware – What to look for

We enjoy using vintage Corelle dinnerware, as well as Corning Ware bowls and casseroles. Lots of these are available in the marketplace. What should you look for when search for these dishes to add to your collection?

Modern Corelle and Corning pieces are more resistant to washing in the dishwasher, but the vintage pieces that are 30, 40 or even 50 years old (for Corning), should be hand washed to preserve their beauty.

Vintage Corelle and Corning Ware

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Saucy saucemaker by Corning Ware

Quite likely, everyone I know grew up with Corning Ware cookware and bakeware in the Cornflower Blue pattern.

Cornflower Blue

Cornflower Blue is so associated with the company that as soon as you see it, you think “Corning Ware.”

The sauce maker, though, is less common. These were sold in the 1960s and 1970s, with and without glass covers.

I’d use this for warming spaghetti sauce, or making Welsh Rarebit, which starts with a basic white sauce, then gets milk, cheese and tomato juice. The spouts on this pot would make it easy to pour the contents over . . . → Read More: Saucy saucemaker by Corning Ware

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

Corning Ware Daisies, Vintage Centura 1960s

Springhill is the pattern name. This vintage dinnerware from Corning is decorated with charming daisies: white-on-white daisies, yellow centered, in turn adorned with green ribbons.

Centura is the brand name of the dinnerware made by Corning, before it turned to Corelle. The substance is called “pyroceram,” which started life as a material to use for the nose cones of space capsules. This material has its origins in two worlds, glass and ceramics, a natural choice to use for tableware.

In my view, Centura is one of those sleeper collectibles. People love it and use it, because it’s durable, sleek and . . . → Read More: Corning Ware Daisies, Vintage Centura 1960s

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

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