Lets Fondue it Tonight ;)

And if we fondue it, we better fondue it right! That’s circa 1960’s through 1970’s. Actually it started way before that. The first mentions of fondue  or dipping bread in hot communal cheese pot  pop up around the year 1700 in Swiss cook books. The Swiss made fondue a thing in the 1920’s and thirties when  the Swiss cheese commission used it to market their product and build some nationalism with regional recopies for fondue. During this time fondue was also popularized in France and Italy.. basically fondue has a place in countries that make awesome cheese… who knew!?

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Available on the Dishsup Etsy store

Some brilliant Somebody popularized chocolate fondue in the 1950’s… Thank you! Much like The Beatles, The Stones and many other awesome European things fondue invaded North America in the 1960’s and got really popular in the 1970’s.

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available at TheLionsDenStudio Etsy shop

Fondue pots and forks are, in my opinion a kitchen must have,especially the retro ones, Especially if you ever entertain, drink wine or enjoy gooey cheesy or chocolaty goodness. So we all need one. Remember no double dipping and don’t drop your bread or fruit in the pot, unless you want to pay for the next round.

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available at DishsUp Etsy store

Chop it Up, Buttercup: The Manual Food Processor

The manual food processor is an important part of the vintage  kitchen. I recently added four of these little gems to my vintage collection. Due to the popularity and affordability of these little guys there are still plenty of them available, in great condition. My personal opinion is that everyone should have one! They are efficient, easy to clean, easy to store and fun to have. They come in every imaginable color, My four year old can easily use one as long as I handle the blade end. Guests love them they are a great conversation starter or housewarming gift. I currently have four available in my etsy store and one that I use in my kitchen, I use mine every day, it kicks its electric contemporary in the nut chopper.

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These little guys are super interesting to look at, they clean up much faster than an electric food processor., especially if you only have to chop a small amount of  food. I like to  mince garlic and ginger in mine. Most of these choppers hold between one and two cups of food, you can find larger and smaller ones if you look. Admittedly the four I have available are a bit demure in color, if you are  looking for a brighter kitchen accessory  you might want to check out Treasuredpastvintage’s awesome teal chopper, OhMyTradeAndSupply’s lemon yellow chopper or my personal favorite the bright orange chopper offered by DocsCollectables, pictured below. I’ve also seen them in light pink , bright red and with various patterns.

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Most of the choppers on the market today were made in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. You can also get new replicas, if you aren’t a vintage fan. Personally I feel like the  new ones are flimsy by comparison, especially the plastic bits.I hope you have enjoyed my ode to retro food choppers!

Vintage Bakeware: This is how I Cinnamon Roll!

I sell Vintage bakeware,because I love it! Not only is it way  prettier than most of what’s on the market now, it’s generally less expensive and in my opinion it works better. What’s not to love? I have a few theories on why vintage bakeware is better, they are :

People baked more in the 50’s,60’s and 70’s, the products had to be better. No one wants to shell out money on something that only lasts a few times, and that doesn’t ever clean up quite right, especially when they bake every day or close to it. Today most of us only bake on holidays,because of this we are less picky about our bakeware. It doesn’t ever have to be our center piece.

I bake all the time,mostly sour dough bread and snacks for my kid’s lunches.I also make bagels or cinnamon rolls about once a month when my starter ( I will refer to the starter as Bubbles) needs to be split. I will write about my bread, bagel and treat adventures in the future, today is all about cinnamon rolls,cream cheese frosting ,a 1970’s casserole and an art deco mixing bowl.

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I used UnSkinny Boppy’s amazing cinnamon roll recipe. Seriously the girl can bake! I used her  recipe almost  exactly, the main differences being her starter is a New England starter, mine is a California starter. This means that our starters were grown in different regions. This gives them  different flavors because of the different types of yeast floating around in the air. Also  my oven is on the newer side and runs a tiny bit hot, her recipe calls for a 400 degree bake I baked at 390 and had amazing results.

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The Capri Bake serve N’ Store baking dish I used is  from the 70’s , it holds about 7 cinnamon rolls I have  one available on Etsy in the same pattern. This casserole is one of my favorites, everyone should have one!

For the cream cheese frosting I used my own recipe, It was taught to me by my mom and I don’t have a real recipe  written down  anywhere. Here’s my best attempt.

1 8oz package of cream cheese ( I use the Trader Joe’s brand, you can also use marscapone, if you want a richer flavor)

1/2 cups of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract ( I’ve always just used a cap full, I know… real precise!)

1/4 cup of powdered sugar ( honestly it’s just sugar to taste, I use  about 1/4 cup maybe a little less, I’ve also used granulated sugar and  raw sugar, really whatever I have around.)

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Just for fun I used this beautiful art deco bowl to make my frosting in, it’s amazing, it is just heavy enough to use in a stand mixer but, not to big for a small amount of frosting. Sorry for the odd lighting as it turns out, my kitchen has bad lighting at 6am in the rain.

Happy baking!

A Love Letter to Noritake Progression

When most people think Noritake, they think fine china. Which is great, Noritake has been a leader in the china export industry since the 1890s. I’m not here to talk about fine china, it sits in a hutch all year,  only to come out for special occasions. Although enchanting and fun to think about, fine china is about as useful as glass slippers and tiaras in day to day life.

Enter Progression, Progression was Noritake’s everyday tableware line from the 60’s and 70’s.  I can’t find a solid number, but it seems that there were around 50 patterns produced for the progression line ; between the 60’s and 80s. The progression  line captures the bright colors and geometric floral patterns that are synonymous with the late 60’s through early 80’s.  This line has completely captured my heart. Sadly, I only own  a part of one set. I have some Sunny Side bread and butter plates.They can be purchased here.

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Although Sunny Side is pretty awesome, it’s not my favorite pattern. Patterns like  Palos Verde, Bimini and  the ever elusive Acapulco are more my style.

Palos Verde is available here.

Bimini is available  is available here:

And, Acapulco is apparently just a dish myth, if someone has it let me know I would love to have it.

The Progression line is a bit harder to find than Noritake’s fine china line’s probably because it was an everyday line, and dishes break. i totally think it’s worth the hunt!

Thank you to LaCasitaVieja and TheCarriageTrade2 for the beautiful images.

About Me and Why I do What I do.

I think it all started with a thrifted hutch and a need to fill it with something.  I wanted to be a furniture refurbisher, to sell my art on Etsy  in the form of  re-purposed  dressers, hutches and such. After refinishing a gorgeous  art deco cabinet, and being unable to sell it, I fell in love.  I couldn’t let it go. It now lives in my hall way; covered in family photos and filled with linens. I fell in love with dishes. Please excuse the screwdrivers and tape I was still attaching hardware when this pic was taken.2016-04-06 11.37.20

 

The cabinet lead to the Hutch, the hutch was supposed to be another sale piece… ( I get attached to furniture )The hutch still lives with me too. As soon as I saw it in my house I knew it was staying and that I had to fill it.   I’ve always wanted china, until a few months ago I knew nothing about china . The hutch gave me a need for china and a need to research china.That is how I fell in love with dishes,bought way to many and  now am a vintage housewares seller on Etsy .

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the hutch that started it all.

 

My first set of dishes,( it’s available on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/DishsUp?ref=hdr_shop_menu) Was Noritake Weston. I fell in love with Noritake, especially mid century noritake as soon as I started researching china. Now I have a large stock of all things concerning the Mid century kitchen..And a few  toys.20160303_141615

I plan to post  on Tuesdays and Thursdays. my next post will be about  the Noritake progression line.