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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Cranberry Glass | Berry Red

Cranberry glass has a lively berry-red color that has fascinated collectors since Victorian times.

This color remains popular today, due to its distinctive beauty and clarity.

The cranberry I’m looking for is a cheerful claret or burgundy red, as compared to rich ruby red glassware, though they both have gold in common. It takes a tiny bit of gold to make this beautiful glass.

It’s tough to find glassware in the right condition in the secondary marketplace, because the fine glass pieces are often delicate and don’t hold up to rough handling.

The cranberry cookware was put to work in . . . → Read More: Cranberry Glass | Berry Red

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.

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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.

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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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