Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Fiesta

 

There’s no doubt about it, Fiesta Dinnerware is durable. But throughout daily life, over time all dishware takes a beating. A little TLC goes a long way in helping your Fiesta to always look its best and stand the test of time.

How to remove gray marks from your Fiesta Dinnerware

Removing Gray Marks

Gray marks on pottery are very common, especially on lighter glazed colors. This is not an imperfection in the ware. It is simply caused when metal flatware comes into contact with glazes that are actually a harder substance than the metal itself.

Glazes look and feel smooth to the touch, but there are actually microscopic divots in all glazes where the marks collect as the flatware is moved over them. Many people may think the marks are scratches, however they are similar to pencil marks; usually with no damage to the glaze or pottery itself.

How to remove gray marks from Fiesta Dinnerware

Metal markings can be removed by a wide variety of products on the market today including Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, and porcelain cleaners. The product recommended to us by several customers and one we find works best is Wrights Copper Cleaner which can be found at most grocery stores.

How to avoid "scratch marks" on your dark glaze dinnerware.

Avoiding/Removing “Scratch Marks” on Dark Glazes

Dark glazes may show surface abrasions more readily. Using felt, paper towels or paper plate dividers between your dishes that have dark glazes will minimize any of those abrasions.

How to remove coffee stains from your Fiesta Dinnerware mugs

Removing Coffee or Tea Stains

After extended use, it is not uncommon for coffee or tea stains to appear in cups or mugs. This can be very easily cured by placing warm water in the cup with a very small drop of regular household cleaner containing bleach.

How to remove coffee stains from your Fiesta Dinnerware

Simply let the pottery soak for a while, rub with a dish cloth and rinse thoroughly. Follow by washing normally in the dishwasher or sink to remove any residue. Or you may choose the cleansers mentioned above to remove stains.

How to get rid of rough patches on the bottom of Fiesta Dinnerware bakeware

Rough Surfaces

Some of our bakeware and other pieces may have a rough unglazed surface on the bottom. You may lightly sand with a fine-grain sandpaper to remove any rough patches. Often one of the easiest fixes to remove slightly rough bottom surface is rubbing the two bottoms against each other in a circular motion.

Oven/Microwave/Dishwasher/Freezer Safe

Did you know ALL Fiesta is fully oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe? Fiesta Dinnerware is made to accommodate the foodservice and hotel industry, providing a broad range of functionality.

Fiesta can safely go from the freezer to the oven, oven to table, table to the dishwasher, and use in the microwave. So, get creative with your recipes and do not be afraid to use your dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware is safe up to 350 degrees, while bakeware can reach 500 degrees. While all pieces are temperature safe to 500 degrees, we do not recommend placing your dishes above or under a direct flame.

And it can go in a freezer down to -500 degrees — brrrrr!

All about the Fiesta Dinnerware 5 year chip replacement warranty.

5-Year Chip Replacement Warranty

We are so confident in the durability of our dishes that we offer a warranty against chipping under normal usage conditions for a period of five years from the date of delivery. We will replace any pieces found to be defective with identical or equivalent pieces on a one-for-one basis. Simply send our customer service department a photo.

And just a note, our warranty does not protect against dishes that are dropped on floors or counters. Fiesta is strong, but not invincible. All breakage and chipping caused by abnormal or abusive use is expressly excluded from this warranty. We reserve the right to determine whether or not the chipping is from normal usage.

The Fiesta Dinnerware factory, proudly making fully vitrified ceramics here in the USA since 1936.

Fully Vitrified Ceramics

Fiesta Dinnerware is made at the Homer Laughlin China Company factory in Newell, WV. We make fully vitrified ceramics, meaning our dinnerware is super strong and nonporous. Fiesta is industrial strength and will not absorb odors or moisture.

There’s a reason Fiesta often is passed down from generation to generation — it’s strong and timeless! Just a few simple steps will keep it looking like new for many years to come. If you have any questions about caring for your Fiesta Dinnerware, feel free to reach out to our customer service department at fiesta@homerlaughlin.com or 800-452-4462.

 

 

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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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St. Patrick’s Day Cereal Bars

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we wanted to share a treat worthy of a leprechaun’s gold with you: Lucky Charms Cereal Bars!

This colorful cereal is perfect for any St. Paddy’s Day celebration, and gives you an excuse to indulge in a childhood favorite! We can’t remember the last time we bought a box for ourselves and were so nostalgic when opening it that we had to eat a quick bowl before continuing with the recipe. Don’t tell!

Cereal bars are some of the easiest (and tastiest!) sweet snacks you can make, since they only require three ingredients. The best part? They’re perfect for kids and adults! Our only advice is to make sure you serve your bars on colorful Fiesta Dinnerware, to get the whole magical rainbow effect 😉

Share your cereal bar photos with us on Facebook or Instagram and have a delicious St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cereal Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
  2. 6 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over low heat in a large pot.
  2. Stir in mini marshmallows until melted and no lumps remain. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in Lucky Charms cereal until fully coated with butter and marshmallow mixture
  4. Press cereal mixture into a greased 9x13 Fiesta Rectangular Baker and allow to cool.
  5. Enjoy!
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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New Fiesta Porcelain Tiles!

We have big news for all those who can’t get enough Fiesta in their kitchens. We’ve teamed up with Limelight Tile and Ceramics to make Fiesta Porcelain Tiles!

These porcelain tiles will be available in Spring 2017 in 14 of the 15 current Fiesta colors (with Shamrock coming soon)! Tiles are made in USA and you will be able to choose from a variety of different tile combinations. Prices range from $5-$9 per tile, depending on which size and collection you choose. The right is reserved to make changes on pricing.

For product inquiries, pre-orders, and questions, please contact FIESTA_Tiles@limelighttile.com

Tell us which tiles you can’t wait to get your hands on in the comments below, or on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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Throwing the Perfect Movie Award Night Party

 

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

At Fiesta Dinnerware, we’ll take any opportunity to throw a party. Food and friends – it’s what life’s all about! So with the biggest movie award night just around the corner, we decided it’s lights, camera, action for a party themed around one of our favorite movies of the year…La La Land. Our décor, food, drink, and party favor all are inspired by this beautiful film about a jazz musician and actress searching for fame in LA.

Here are some ideas to plan your own movie award night viewing party:

Lay out the red carpet. Since our theme is based on La La Land, we’re rolling out a “piano carpet” that we found online. Ask a few friends to act like the paparazzi as your guests arrive.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Dress for the occasion. How often do we get a chance to dress up? Do like the stars do and dress to the nines! You could even go a step further and ask your guests to dress like their favorite actor or actress.

Provide a star-studded backdrop. Try using a giant movie poster as your backdrop. And don’t forget plenty of props like hats, boas and sunglasses.

Make show stopping snacks. Set up a buffet table with gourmet snacks. Be sure to coordinate your dinnerware and serveware with the theme of your party. With our La La Land theme, we’re using a Fiesta Dinnerware color palette of Lapis, Cobalt, White, and new color Daffodil (look for Daffodil in stores and online this June!).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

We’re serving a variety of simple foods, but it’s the extra touches that make each dish special. Our menu includes:

Truffle Oil Parmesan Popcorn: Make or buy premade popcorn. Drizzle with a combination of melted butter and truffle oil. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. We found some fun glammed up movie theater popcorn bags in which to serve the popcorn. People can scoop it right out of a Fiesta Signature Bowl.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Chicken on a Stick: At one point in the movie, the main character Sebastian mentions that he’d like to open a jazz club called “Chicken on a Stick” in honor of Charlie Parker. It’s a no brainer what we’re serving after a comment like that!

We’re grilling chicken skewers and serving them with a variety of sauces, like barbeque, honey mustard and peanut sauce. Our friends at Oh So Delicioso have a recipe for a yummy Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Serve the Chicken on a Stick on a Medium Oval Platter with the dipping sauces in our Bouillon Bowls set on top of a Small Bread Tray. Three of the bowls fit perfectly in the Small Bread Tray.

Cheese Tray for a Star: We’re having some fun with a set of star cookie cutters in various sizes to get our cheese tray Hollywood ready. Just cut different types of cheese into star shapes and serve with crackers and some dried fruit. We served our cheese tray on a Square Handled Serving Tray.

The new Bistro Crescent Plate is the perfect size and shape for serving small bites at a party. Don’t you think?

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Camera Ready Cupcakes: Is it possible to have a party without cupcakes? It would be hard to convince us otherwise. Vanilla cupcakes are always a hit. Need a recipe? Look no further than The Sugary Shrink. We’re sprinkling ours with gold stars to dress them up.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Here’s a fun Fiesta hack: turn a Cup upside down and place an Appetizer Plate on top to make a mini cake stand. Or a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down topped with any plate or platter for a larger cake stand.

Create a signature drink. Champagne will always do in a pinch, but creating your own signature drink makes the party all that more glam. We’re serving a La La Lapis Martini (recipe below).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

La La Lapis Martini Recipe

Ingredients:
Lemon wedge
Ice cubes
1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) citron vodka or vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) blue curacao
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

Directions:
1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lemon wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly. 
2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao, and lemon juice; cover and shake.
3. Strain into martini glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

* Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Cast your ballots. Before the show starts, provide a ballot sheet listing all the nominees. Ask your guests to cast their votes. Whoever predicts the most wins, gets a prize of their own!

Present your party favors. After the best picture is announced, give your guests some swag. We decided at our party, everyone goes home a winner. It’s golden statues all around: chocolate pops decked out in edible gold, of course!

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Are you planning a movie award night party? If so, please share your party ideas with us by tagging Fiesta Dinnerware on Facebook or Instagram.

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Hummus: Healthy Homemade Comfort Food

Healthy homemade hummus recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

While we’re still in the throes of winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re anything like us, our minds are thinking beach, but our tummies are thinking comfort food.

For a delicious snack that’s healthy, nourishing and comforting, we turned to our friend Chef Maria Loi of New York’s Loi Estiatorio restaurant and author of The Greek Diet for her famous Hummus recipe.

Chef Maria Loi's healthy homemade hummus recipe from the book The Greek Diet (featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog) | www.alwaysfestive.com

We served our hummus with fresh veggies and warm pita bread. In the spirit of the Greek Islands, we went with a color palette of blues and white for our Fiesta dishes. Lapis, Turquoise and White are as crisp and fresh as the carrots, celery and snap peas we served for dipping.

This recipe makes plenty for a party. Using our Appetizer Plates, Square Handled Serving Tray and 2pc Dip and Spreader Set, it’s simple to serve a group.

A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

If you’ve never made your own hummus, it’s nothing like the kind you buy in the grocery store. It’s so simple to make.

In this recipe, while you’re welcome to use canned chickpeas, we encourage you to try using dried chickpeas instead. Served slightly warm along with fresh warm pita bread — you’re in for a treat!

Maria's Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 red bell pepper
  2. 2 cups dried chickpeas or one 16-ounce can chickpeas
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda (if using dried chickpeas)
  4. 1 medium onion, quartered
  5. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  6. 1/4 cup tahini
  7. 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  10. Salt
  11. Warmed whole-grain pita bread and/or vegetables, for serving
Instructions
  1. Roast the pepper by placing it over an open flame at medium-high heat on your stovetop. Rotate it consistently using tongs until the entire outside is charred, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to steam for 15 minutes. Remove the pepper from the bowl, peel the skin using your hands, remove the seeds, and chop. Set aside.
  2. If you're using canned chickpeas, skip to Step 4. If you are using dried chickpeas, place them in a medium pot. Cover the chickpeas with water, stir in the baking soda, and allow them to soak overnight.
  3. The next day, rinse and drain the soaked dried chickpeas. Heat a medium pot over medium heat until hot. Add the chickpeas, onion and enough water to cover the contents of the pot by 3 inches. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook the chickpeas for about 45 minutes, skimming as needed to remove foam, until soft. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the onion. Allow the chickpeas to cool.
  4. If using canned chickpeas, saute the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine the roasted pepper, garlic, and tahini in a food processor or blender. Process, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, until smooth. Add the chickpeas, sauteed onion (or reserved onion if using soaked chickpeas), lemon juice, and pepper flakes (if using). Process, scraping down the sides again if necessary, until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup olive oil and process until the mixture is emulsified. Add salt to taste and more pepper flakes, if desired. Spoon the hummus into a serving dish.
  5. To serve, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and pair with warm whole-grain pita brea and/or fresh vegetables, including celery, carrots, and sliced red and green peppers.
Adapted from The Greek Diet: Look and Feel Like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose Up To Ten Pounds in Two Weeks
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

Do you have any healthy comfort food recipes you enjoy during the winter? We love to hear what our Fiesta community has on the menu. Please share with us on social media at Facebook and Instagram.

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New Color Combinations

We’ve loved playing around with color combinations since Daffodil has been announced. Above is our Nautical color scheme, which includes Daffodil, Turquoise, Cobalt, Scarlet and White. Find the rest of our Daffodil color combos below, courtesy of Colorama, our virtual tablescape designer.

Citrus punch: Sunflower, Lemongrass, Tangerine, Ivory, Turquoise. Accents: Slate, Sage, Daffodil

Cottage: Lapis, Poppy, White. Accents: Daffodil, Turquoise

Urban: Ivory, Slate, Cobalt. Accents: Claret, Poppy, Daffodil

Mid Century Modern: Slate, Sage, Ivory. Accents: Shamrock, Daffodil, Claret, Lapis

Modern Fresh: Turquoise, Lapis, Shamrock, Ivory. Accents: Poppy, Daffodil

Spicy: Daffodil, Poppy, Sunflower, Scarlet, Claret. Accents: Lemongrass, Tangerine

What ideas for our new color do you have? Show us with the help of Colorama and share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Individual Bistro Crescent Plate

New for 2017 is the Fiesta® Individual Bistro Crescent Plate.  This remarkably versatile dish can serve up savory sides, crusty breads, and dazzling desserts, all the while taking up less table space than a classic circular dish.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this handy new item.

The Crescent Plate adds visual interest to a classic table setting and can be used as a bread plate or to corral juicy side dishes.

Its curvilinear design allows the dish to nest perfectly against your favorite plate or bowl for a more compact eating space. 

Ideal for entertaining, the fun shape of our Crescent Plate can be arranged in all sorts of designs, making appetizers all the more appetizing. 

Don’t forget dessert! The Crescent Plate is the perfect size for serving up sweet treats with additional space to make it a la mode if the mood should strike.

Not limited to surfaces, our Crescent Plate is amazing at holding hors d’oeuvres while mingling with guests.  Even something as simple as chips and dip can be elevated to party status when served on the Crescent Plate.  Add a Bouillon or Individual Salsa Bowl for personal dipping.

With so many ways to be integrated into a meal, we don’t really know how we made it this long without the Individual Bistro Crescent Plate. Let us know how you plan to use this imaginative piece.  Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Instagram.  And if you’re lucky enough to have gotten your own already, please share pictures!

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Rosemary Sea Salt Skillet Bread

 

How many times have you been making dinner, a tasty pasta, or maybe a crisp salad, and realize the only thing to complete the meal would be a hot loaf of fresh bread? We know we’ve been there! Running out to the store is an option, but wouldn’t you rather have a steaming loaf straight from your own oven? Of course you would! Enter Sweet Paul Magazine’s Skillet Bread.

We’ve adapted the original Fennel Seed recipe that Sweet Paul posted, but the core is still the same (and still simple!). We found ourselves daydreaming about Rosemary Sea Salt bread whilst mixing ingredients, and we’re not ones to deny a good salty craving, so we went with it! We also kept to the same baking vessel (our Fiesta Skillet Baker), which is ideal for making this skillet bread.

For first timers, the key to making bread is giving your dough enough time to rise. A vital step is to check the expiration date on your yeast before adding it in. Expired yeast prevents the dough from rising properly, leaving your bread flat, instead of fluffy. And remember, yeast thrives in a warm, moist environment!

Are you planning on making our Rosemary Sea Salt Skillet Bread? If so, be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram. Happy baking!

Rosemary Skillet Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ tablespoons dry active yeast
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. ½ cup+1 cup warm water
  4. 3½ cups all purpose flour
  5. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  6. oil for greasing the skillets
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 teaspoons olive oil
  9. course sea salt
  10. 1 tablespoon rosemary
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast, honey, and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes, if not the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
  2. Add the rest of the water, flour, oil, and salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until double in size. This will take about 40 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 and place each dough into a well-greased skillet, top with oil, and use your fingers to flatten out the dough.
  6. Top with salt and rosemary.
  7. Bake them golden for about 18–20 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and serve in the skillet.
Adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine
Adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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2017 Tent Sale Dates

Get your planners out, because you won’t want to miss these events! Below are the dates for our 2017 outdoor Tent Sales:

April 13 – 15 @ Everything Fiesta – Flatwoods, WV

June 15 – 18 @ Factory Retail Outlet – Newell, WV

August 3 – 5 @ Everything Fiesta – Flatwoods, WV

October 5 – 8 @ Factory Retail Outlet – Newell, WV

We hope to see you there!

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