Tiara glass bowl serving cranberry sauce

Cranberries Served in Vintage Tiara Glass

One of our favorite holiday treats is cranberries served in vintage Tiara glass. A footed salad bowl like this is a good size, because it holds the right amount! And it’s stylish and well-made. I’ve played around with different cranberry recipes, but the dish I like to use to show it off on the dinner […]

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Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage china featuring a rose motif is a classic choice for Christmas and wintertime entertaining. The colors are traditional. Designs that feature shiny metallic rims add bling, as do the gold rim and verge line on this petite dessert plate. The Sweet Briar pattern by Princess makes dessert even sweeter. This is a vintage pattern […]

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Scones vintage Syracuse china

Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

Why should pie have all the fun? Blueberries are in season, and these scones are easy to make. Quick to bake, too, so the house doesn’t heat up. And, I get a chance to use one of my vintage favorites: a pie plate in the Lancaster pattern by Syracuse, vintage china from the 1950s. If […]

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars | Sweet Vintage Treat

Get out the cookie jar, and make some easy, no-bake peanut butter bars for quick snacks. Not that they’ll last long. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember Rice Krispie Bars made with marshmallows, or the version with chocolate tops. This one is something of a hybrid, to my mind. It has peanut butter […]

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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 […]

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Syracuse china Lancaster strawberry pie

Eating homemade pie – use vintage china plates

Pie, the most comforting of the comfort foods that we remember from childhood. At our house, cherry and pumpkin were often on the menu for family gatherings. My mother made her crust with lard, and it was very tender. There’s a cute song about pie in the movie Michael. Part of it goes like this, […]

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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. Nowadays in the spring we can easily find fresh fruit in the produce markets: baby watermelons from Honduras, grapes from Chile, or pears […]

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How to Hard Boil an Egg

Making hard boiled eggs seems easy. We use them for deviled eggs and beet pickled eggs. But you need them to peel cleanly, and that’s not as easy as it seems. We like our hard boiled eggs just done, with fluffy yokes and NO green ring around the yoke, a sure sign of overcooked eggs. […]

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Go Green – Broccoli Salad in Retro Glass

Some years ago, at a carry-in lunch, a colleague brought a great Broccoli Salad. I liked the interplay of the crunchy, raw broccoli with the zingy sweet and sour dressing. But the recipe was missing in action. So I went home and developed my own version. It’s great in the summer, when cool salads are […]

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