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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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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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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Vintage Pyrex Flameware Double Boiler

This vintage beauty is a 1.5 quart Pyrex glass Flameware double boiler. We found it on separate shelves in our travels, and remarried them!

Too bad they’re not making these anymore. Most of the new double boilers in today’s marketplace are stainless.

You can set up a double boiler with two pots (one somewhat smaller than the other) if you don’t have one.

Why use a double boiler? Certain types of delicate foods and saucers are easier to handle when cooked in the inner pot. The outer pot has water, which you’re simmering. The . . . → Read More: Vintage Pyrex Flameware Double Boiler

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

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

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.

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