Skull and Vine Pattern

Photo and cake by our friend Julia Murphy at www.thesugaryshrink.com

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: our new Skull and Vine pattern is now available for pre-sale and will begin shipping within 30 days!

Skull and Vine is the hauntingly elegant new pattern from Fiesta Dinnerware that features a metallic design on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Based off the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, this pattern also makes a great accompaniment to our Halloween line, or even your every day dishes! Skull and Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

To complete your Skull and Vine set, we will be releasing textiles, table linens, and Tervis Tumblers in the future as well! Until then, check out our Foundry 3pc Bistro Sets which pair excellently with the Skull and Vine line, or mix and match our bright colors for a real Dia de Los Muertos theme. Based on the overwhelming interest, additional items may be added, too. Let us know which items you’d like added to the line and show us how you’ll decorate your table with Skull and Vine on our Facebook page or on Instagram at @fiestadinnerware.

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New for Halloween 2017

Fiesta Dinnerware's 2017 Halloween collection. Select new pieces available beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Calling all ghouls and goblins! We know it’s quite awhile until Halloween, but we’re so excited to share our new Halloween designs with you. They’ll definitely get you in a spooky spirit!

We’re adding several new designs to our Halloween collection. So without further ado…

Our Geo Pumpkins feature a metallic gold sheen to add some glam to your Halloween festivities. Geo Pumpkins will be available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware's new Geo Pumpkins design, available on a Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Ramekin. Available at retail beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Is our Harvest Moon Witch a good witch or a bad witch? It doesn’t really matter because she has lots of style flying across a gold metallic moon. This design also is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Harvest Moon Witch Design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

BOO! Trio of Boo Cats are stealthy but cute. They’ll be featured on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Boo Cats design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Skull & Vine is hauntingly elegant with its metallic design featured on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Skull & Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl (perfect for serving candy).

 

How can you not smile at our Trio of Happy Pumpkins? This design also is featured on our Foundry finish. It’s available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Happy Pumpkins design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

 

We’re also adding a Ramekin to our existing Halloween designs, including: Ghosts, Spooky Pumpkin, Trio of Skeletons, and Whoo Owl.

Are you pro pumpkin spice? We’re so on that train, so we came up with this adorable design: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. It is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice design. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Our Halloween designs will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com by mid-June 2017.

How do you like to decorate your Fiesta tabletop for Halloween? Share your ideas on social media using #fiestadinnerware. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

Trio of Skeletons design from Fiesta Dinnerware | www.fiestafactorydirect.com

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The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving, or perhaps a “Friendsgiving” this year? Planning, delegating and cooking can be quite stressful! Something that’s often neglected in the midst of all the Thanksgiving prep is how to set your buffet table.

Well, we have your back with a “Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table” that is pretty, colorful and provides a simple flow as your guests load up their plates.

It all starts with the buffet table itself. We used a basic six-foot folding table covered with a tablecloth that complemented our color scheme. To add visual interest and height to the dishes toward the back of the table, we placed two boxes underneath the tablecloth. This not only looks more pleasing to the eye, but it makes it easier for people to reach the food that isn’t right up front.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Next, we outlined our menu and pulled the serving pieces we’d be using for each dish.

We started with a stack of dinner plates in a variety of seasonal colors: (from top to bottom) Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Tangerine, Claret, and Lemongrass. It’s a good idea to place the dinner plates in the front corner where the buffet line will start.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Then we used a 3 Tier Server for rolls and other breads, followed by salad, a side dish and casserole. The salad and side dish will be served in our multipurpose Bistro Bowls in Medium and Large sizes. And the casserole is featured in a traditional 9×13” Rectangular Baker. (PS: All of our dishes can be heated safely in the oven up to 350 degree and bakeware can go up to 500 degrees.)

At the center of the feast is the star of the day: turkey! Depending on how large your bird is, we have a variety of serving platters in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We’re planning for a lot of leftovers, so we used the Extra Large Oval Platter.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Condiments like cranberries and butter are next. We used the Individual Casserole for our cranberries and the Extra Large Covered Butter for the butter.

Napkins and flatware are best placed at the end of the line so your guests aren’t juggling them while piling up their plates.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Yum! We made room for a pie and a cake. For the pie, we used the Deep Dish Pie Baker. For the cake, we spiced it up with a little Fiesta hack to create a “plate stand.” We turned a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down and placed a Baking/Pizza Tray on top. To serve dessert, a stack of Salad Plates finishes off the assortment of dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl in Turquoise

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We sprinkled in some mini pumpkins, flowers and greenery to decorate and soften the tablescape. With the buffet table set, we’re ready for full bellies and naps!

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

We’d love to see how you like to set your buffet and dining tables for Thanksgiving. On Facebook, feel free to send us pictures or post them in the comments.

Fiesta Dinnerware wishes you and your your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you take this opportunity to count your blessings. We certainly are thankful for you!

 

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Cinnamon Apple Bread

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We’ve waited patiently throughout the humid and sticky summer months and are finally in one of our favorite seasons: fall! We love smelling fresh baked pie wafting from the kitchen, donning our chunky scarves and sweaters to head out in chill October mornings, and doing every activity imaginable that is associated with autumn. We’re talking hayrides, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and, of course, apple picking.

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Apple picking is a fun event for the whole family, however sometimes we find ourselves coming home with way more apples than we intended! As much as we love keeping the doctor away with our apple a day, we found ourselves craving a different way to use up our orchard loot. That’s why we’re showing you how to make cinnamon apple bread!

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All you need is one of our Fiesta Loaf Pans, some fresh apples (we used honey crisp, but you can use whatever kind you’d like!) and you’re ready to get baking. This apple bread is a tasty treat at any time, especially when you’ve had just one too many PSL’s and are hankering for another fall flavor.

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Need something to wash our Cinnamon Apple Bread down? Click here to find our tips on how to make homemade apple cider! 

Cinnamon Apple Bread
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. ⅔ cup white sugar
  4. ½ cup butter, softened
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  9. ½ cup milk
  10. 1 large honey crisp apple, peeled and finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your Fiesta loaf pan.
  3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small Fiesta Baking Bowl and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer, combine white sugar and butter until smooth.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add flour and baking powder, then milk, and beat again until combined.
  7. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Cover with half of the apples.
  9. Pat apples into batter with the back of a spoon.
  10. Sprinkle with half of sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  11. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  12. Pat topping into the batter with the back of a large spoon.
  13. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  14. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
Adapted from The Happier Homemaker
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle and Patoodle Recipe

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Now that the air is getting its first hint of crispness, we are oh-so-ready for fall. It’s time for snuggly sweaters, comfort foods and of course that seasonal favorite…pumpkins. Most pumpkin recipes tend to favor the overly sweet side, but this one we’re about to share is uniquely savory and just perfect for a chilly autumn evening.Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The recipe combines goat cheese with pumpkin puree for a seasonal alfredo sauce that’s out of this world. So the dish is not too heavy, we put the sauce on top of a trio of zoodles (zucchini noodles), squoodles (yellow squash) and patoodles (sweet potatoes) — we made up the words squoodles and patoodles, but they kinda work right?!

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If you’ve never tried making noodles out of vegetables, all you need is a simple tool called a spiralizer. Or you can simply julienne your vegetables for similar results. There are a few different ways you can make -oodles: steamed, roasted, sautéed, or boiled.

We’ve tried several methods and we prefer to roast them in the oven (and PS, coconut oil worked the best for us).

Zoodles, Squoodles and Patoodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - zucchini
  2. 1 - yellow squash
  3. 1 - sweet potato
  4. 3 tablespoons - coconut oil
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spiralize or julienne vegetables.
  3. Heat coconut oil in microwave just until melted, about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Spread zucchini and yellow squash on a baking sheet.
  5. Spread sweet potato on a separate baking sheet.
  6. Pour 2 tablespoons coconut oil over zucchini and yellow squash and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Pour remaining tablespoon of coconut oil over sweet potato and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Roast zucchini and yellow squash approximately 15-20 minutes, turning ½ way through.
  10. Roast sweet potato approximately 20-30 minutes, turning ½ way through.
Notes
  1. Tip: Because everyone’s oven is different, you’ll need to watch your -oodles carefully the first few times you make them.
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons - unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons - flour
  3. 2 - garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon - thyme, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups - low-fat milk
  6. 3oz - goat cheese, crumbled
  7. 1 cup - pumpkin puree
  8. 1/8 teaspoon - ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon - salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon - pepper
  11. roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, add flour and stir until bubbly, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add milk and thyme. Stir constantly and increase heat if necessary until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add goat cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth and thickened into a sauce.
  3. Once thickened, remove from heat and serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with pepitas!
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Served up on colorful Fiesta dishes, like our new 3pc Bistro Place Setting, these noodle alternatives are so much fun. If it’s your first time making zoodles, squoodles, patoodles or you’ve tried any other types of -oodles, let us know how it goes! 

Are you a sucker for all things pumpkin? Be sure to check out our other Fiesta pumpkin recipes and some fall favorites: Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Bread, Holiday Butters, Simple Fall Desserts, Thanksgiving Sweet Treats, and Fall “Brinner.” 

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Fiesta’s Fall Must Haves

Fiesta’s Fall Must Haves

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. It seems like summer just started and now we’re already pinning tasty pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, shopping for comfy new sweaters, and seeing Halloween decorations in all the stores. Although we’re lamenting summer coming to an end again, we are excited to enter autumn in style. Today we’re bringing you our top 10 Fiesta Fall Must Haves so you and your kitchen can be prepared for a very fashionable fall!

1. Anything Claret

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Our newest color is a beautiful burgundy hue that is the perfect addition to your collection, especially for fall! Picture Claret, Slate, Sage, and Ivory adorning your dinner table on Thanksgiving, or any autumn day! We can’t wait to see how you set your tables with this beautiful shade.

2. Tapered Mug

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Cooler weather calls for coffee and cocoa, and what better way to enjoy them than in our 15oz. Tapered Mug? The Tapered mug is ideal for hot beverages on chilly mornings, as it holds more than our Java and Ring Handled mugs and fits so snuggly in the hand.

3. Skillet Baker

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The dropping temperatures mean that we can get back to one of our favorite pastimes: baking! We’re tying our apron strings and turning our ovens back on after a summer of ice cream and popsicles to keep cool (don’t get us wrong, we love our cold summer treats, too!). One of our favorite items for making baked goods is our new Skillet Baker! You can find a recipe for Gourmet Skillet S’mores here: bit.ly/2aMEytS

4. Halloween items

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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Fiesta Dinnerware, as you might have noticed if you’ve seen all of our Halloween ware! We have everything you need to celebrate Halloween right this year: scary cats, hooting owls, flying witches, spooky pumpkins and newest of all, our trio of skeletons and ghosts patterns! Scare easily? Don’t worry. These characters are more cute than creepy!

5. Covered Casserole

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The Covered Casserole was one of our favorite new items in 2015, and it still has our hearts this year! Think delicious soups, hearty casseroles, and even fresh baked bread kept warm by one of our most stylish pieces.

6. Tortilla Warmer

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Yes, the much anticipated Tortilla Warmer has made our list of fall must haves. Why? Much like the Covered Casserole, it is able to keep meals hot with its ceramic lid. And you don’t need to be limited to warming tortillas! We love using the Tortilla Warmer for small casseroles, dips, and any sides you need to keep warm. The Tortilla Warmer will be coming soon!

7. Appetizer Plate

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Fall represents different things to all of us. For some it means the start of school, for others it marks the beginning of holiday shopping (yikes!), and still other see the leaves changing and think one thing: football season. Whether you’re a fan or not, we think everyone can get on board with a good tailgate party! We love all the classic foods that go along with cheering on your team, and we have the perfect plate for your viewing party munchies: our Appetizer Plate! Go for the extra point and get a set in your team’s colors.

8. Signature Bowl

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Another of our newest items might just be made for fall dining: the Signature Bowl. Just think of coming home after a blustery stroll outside to a beautiful bowl of hot soup or stew waiting for you. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!

9. Pie Baker

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Did we mention we love baking already? Well, we’ll say it again. We LOVE baking! Is there anything better than fresh baked goods straight from the oven on a crisp fall day? We don’t think so. Another of our favorite bakeware pieces is our Large and Small Pie Bakers, perfect for pumpkin, apple, pecan, and every pie in between! Check out our recipe for mini pumpkin pies here: bit.ly/2bS7tk3

10. Square Ware

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Autumn is the season of change; the leaves are changing colors, and you’re changing out your dinnerware! If you’re used to the usual round plates, bowls, and mugs, consider switching it up this season with our square Fiesta line. It’s chic, modern, and lots of fun to combine with the classic round pieces to bring a different look to your table.

There you have it; our top ten must have Fiesta items for fall. Do you agree with our list, or are there other pieces you think should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments!

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Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Cheesecake PN1If any dessert deserves an entire day of celebration, it is without a doubt the cheesecake.  Buttery rich, dense, and creamy, cheesecake is undeniably decadent, yet, somehow it ranks as breakfast appropriate in our book (nothing says good morning like sugar-infused cream cheese and eggs!). 

Cheesecake FB6Over the years, we’ve perfected our classic cheesecake recipe and let us just say, this cake is a real knockout.   It’s thick and rich, yet lighter than your average cheesecake, giving it that perfect mouth-feel.  This ideal texture is achieved through the addition of mascarpone cheese, a versatile Italian cream cheese.

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While a plain cheesecake never disappoints, we felt like getting creative in the kitchen for this special day.  Say hello to an incredible combination you will forever crave: cookie butter + cheesecake.  If you haven’t been introduced to cookie butter yet, we recommend getting an extra jar to eat by the spoonful while making this cheesecake.  It’s that good.

Cheesecake FB5Cookie butter is essentially a peanut butter type spread made with Biscoff cookies.  Think of it as the flavor of cookie dough, with the texture of peanut butter, and no nutritional benefit to speak of.  But what it lacks in protein, it makes up for in deliciousness.

Cheesecake FB3To create the cookie butter element in our cheesecake, we took a bit of our original cheesecake batter and mixed in the cookie butter.  We then swirled the cookie butter batter into the classic cheesecake base.  We swapped out the standard graham cracker crust for a Biscoff cookie crust, to complement the cookie butter.  The resulting flavor combination is simply sublime!

Cookie Butter Cheesecake
This classic cheesecake shines with a Biscoff cookie crust and a cookie butter swirl.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Biscoff crumbs (1.5-8.8oz packages)
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  5. 16 ounces mascarpone, room temp
  6. 2/3 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  9. 13.4 ounces cookie butter (1 jar)
Instructions
  1. Grind Biscoff cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Mix in melted butter. The mixture should be crumbly and hold together when pinched. Press into a 9” or 10” springform pan and chill in the refrigerator while making batter.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar and cream cheese in a stand mixer or with hand mixer. Beat until fluffy. Add mascarpone and beat until fully incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Reserve one cup of batter and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the crust. Add the cookie butter to reserved batter and beat until incorporated and smooth. Dollop tablespoons of cookie butter batter on top of the plain cheesecake batter to create a dotted surface. Then, take a knife and swirl the cookie butter batter into the plain batter in small circular motions.
  4. Place cheesecake onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until it is puffy, dry around the edge but wet in the center. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate uncovered overnight. Serve chilled.
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Pear Persimmon Galette Recipe

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, all we want to do is snuggle up with a warm pastry and a hot cup of tea until we bring out our flip flops again. For this week’s blog post, we did our best to beat the winter doldrums with some vibrant warm Fiesta hues and yummy seasonal fruits. We made a rustic Pear Persimmon Galette and shared it with our friends on a palette of Scarlet, Poppy, Sunflower, and Tangerine Fiesta. 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta tip: By the way, did you know all Fiesta Dinnerware is oven proof up to 350 degrees and bakeware, like the Poppy Pizza/Baking Tray featured here, is safe up to 500 degrees? 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear Persimmon Galette
Serves 8
A delicious rustic seasonal winter pastry, perfect for entertaining or a special treat for your family.
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For the crust
  1. 1 1/3 all purpose cups flour
  2. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon whole milk
  6. 1 stick unsalted butter, cut in small chunks
  7. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
Fruit mixture
  1. 2 pears (we used Bosc), peeled and diced
  2. 4 persimmons, peeled and diced
  3. 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 egg yolk (mixed with 1 teaspoon water, as egg wash)
  8. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  9. Parchment paper
For the crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Add the butter to the flour mixture and pulse until you have pea-sized chunks of butter. Continue to pulse while drizzling egg mixture until the dough just starts to come together. Mix in lemon juice and zest.
  2. Place dough on a floured surface and flatten into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for two hours.
Prepare filling
  1. In a bowl, mix pears, persimmons, lemon juice, brown sugar, corn starch, and ground cinnamon. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
Assemble galette
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet or a Fiesta Dinnerware Pizza/Pie Baker, like we used.
  2. Remove dough from refrigerator. Place on a floured surface and roll to a 12 inch round. Place the dough on the prepared parchment paper. Place fruit mixture in the center leaving a generous 2 inch border. Fold the pastry over the fruit, pleating it as you go around. Remember, this is a rustic dessert, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from SippitySup
Adapted from SippitySup
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

Fiesta tip: Like the linens you see featured here? They’re all Fiesta! You’ll find some dish towels, oven mitts, placemats, and tablecloths here. That Fiesta apron’s pretty cute too, right? Find it at Dillard’s or Bealls

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Caramel Apple Bar

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There is nothing quite like a sweet, sticky caramel apple on a brisk autumn day.  The rich and gooey texture of caramel perfectly complements an apple’s crisp bite and the addition of chopped nuts is simply inspired.

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But why stop there?  We decided to embrace this autumn treat by setting up a full caramel apple bar, complete with a myriad of delicious dips and fun toppings. 

We filled our classic ramekins with graham cracker crumbs, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, toffee bits, mini marshmallows and, of course, chopped peanuts.

Apple Sticks

Instead of whole apples, we skewered apple slices on lollipop sticks.  The smaller portions allow for taste testing all sorts of delicious flavor combos. 

To keep your apples looking fresh, try dipping them in a lemon-lime soda first.  The citric acid wards off browning.

Apples Dipped

In addition to classic caramel sauce, we added melted dark chocolate and white chocolate to the menu, which yielded some pretty amazing creations.  Our favorite?  A s’mores apple slice, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.  Divine!

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Holiday Butters

Holiday Butters This season, we’ve put together four compound butters, all boasting festive flavors that are perfectly paired with holiday fare. From savory roasted garlic and fresh herbs to creamy pumpkin and bright cranberry, each flavor is just as at home on freshly carved turkey as it is on a plush dinner roll.

Crescent Roll

And don’t forget about leftovers!  Every leftover turkey sandwich deserves to be slathered with cranberry butter.  In fact, these butters can be used throughout the day.  Toast is made merrier topped with pumpkin spice butter and vegetables shine with rich garlic butter.

These butter recipes are tailor made to fit in our infinitely useful 8 ounce Ramekins.  If you’re trying to get extra fancy though, go for our Two Piece Dip Set, which includes a matching butter spreader.

Herbed Butter

HERBED BUTTER
Mix 1 tablespoon of minced parsley, 1-1/2 teaspoons of minced sage, 1 teaspoon of minced rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of minced thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of softened butter.

Cranberry ButterCRANBERRY BUTTER
Place 4 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries, 2 tablespoons of water, six strips of orange peel, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and ¼ teaspoon each of cardamom and nutmeg in a saucepot. Simmer over low heat until the berries soften, for about 4 minutes after it begins to simmer.  Remove from heat and extract orange peel.  Allow to cool to room temperature before mixing into one cup of softened butter.

Pumpkin Butter

PUMPKIN SPICE BUTTER
Mix 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, ¼ teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of sugar into 1 cup of softened butter.

Garlic Butter

ROASTED GARLIC BUTTER
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Slice the tops off of two heads of garlic and drizzle with a bit of olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place in the center of a sheet of aluminum foil and bring the sides up to form a pouch.  Put the pouch in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes, until garlic is softened. Allow to cool slightly and then squeeze out the garlic cloves.  Allow the garlic to cool completely before chopping and mixing into one cup of softened butter.

 

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