Just the Basics: Essential Dinnerware for a First House or Apartment

At the height of spring, graduation and wedding announcements abound. Many young people are on the verge of living on their own for the first time – or at least with a roommate or domestic partner.

That feeling can be overwhelming. What do they really need when they’re first starting out? Well, when it comes to their first dinnerware collection, Fiesta Dinnerware’s got ‘em covered!

When someone’s short on cupboard space, but big on style, durability and value, these are the first few pieces they’ll need to get going in their first home sweet home of their own.

Fiesta Dinnerware Sage Luncheon Plate - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The Fiesta Luncheon Plates are the perfect sized plates when there’s not much space for both dinner plates and salad plates on the shelves. Plus, here’s an extra benefit, they’re really good for portion control!

Fiesta Dinnerware Turquoise 3pc Bistro Set - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If there’s a little more space in the cupboards, might we suggest the NEW Fiesta 3pc Bistro Set? It comes with a Dinner Plate, Salad Plate and Small Bistro Bowl. The Dinner Plate and Salad Plate have a slightly different design than the traditional Fiesta Dinner and Salad Plates. They have a wider and flatter surface area and deeper rim, giving them more of a “bistro” or café look – hence the name!

Fiesta Dinnerware Scarlet Medium Bistro Bowl - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

This Fiesta Medium Bistro Bowl is a great go-to bowl for nearly every meal. It’s pretty much ideal for everything from salad to pasta to stir fry to cereal. Trust us on this one.

Fiesta Dinnerware Sunflower Tapered Mug - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

For any type of hot drink, the Tapered Mug should be on the list. At 15oz., it’s just the right size and it feels comfy to hold.

Fiesta Dinnerware Foundry Baking/Pizza Tray - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The Baking/Pizza Tray is a must-have. Yes, frozen pizza can be made on it, but that’s not the only thing. It can do double duty in place of a cookie sheet. We’ve shown it here above in our new Foundry finish (coming soon!). It has the look of cast iron with the ease of use of ceramic.

So, those are the basic Fiesta Dinnerware items we’d recommend to get started for anyone who’s moving into a place of their own for the first time. Fiesta’s a fun graduation, shower or wedding gift, especially for Fiesta enthusiasts who love to pass the passion down to a new generation!

And if you’re not the first person in your family to own Fiesta Dinnerware, or if you’re gifting Fiesta to someone just starting out on their own, then you’ll know the many benefits of using it as your starter dinnerware:

  • Even though it has a 5-year chip replacement warranty, it’s an investment you’ll most likely have for the rest of your life.
  • By using Fiesta Dinnerware, you’re supporting workers at a family owned factory in Newell, West Virginia, USA.
  • Fiesta is lead free and microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven proof.
  • Fiesta has a long history – 80 years – of timeless, classic design. It was as stylish in the kitchens of 1936 as it is in the modern homes of today.
  • If you’d like to add to your Fiesta Dinnerware collection, pieces are easy to find at thousands of retailers, including better department stores and specialty retailers nationwide, .coms, and fiestafactorydirect.com.

Essential Dinnerware Pieces for A First House or Apartment - learn more at the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

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Mexican Hot Lava Cakes

Hello! I’m Stephanie from the food lifestyle blog, Oh So Delicioso. We love food, and pretty things for our food, so we’re all super excited to be working with Fiesta–we have loved their dishes! I’ve been dying to make some chocolate lava cakes so when I got to choose some things to try, I was all over the ramekins.

For the holidays and the often chilly weather and cozy parties, I thought I’d do a Mexican Hot Lava Cake, with cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne. And chocolate, because, well, chocolate…!

 

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These are so simple to make! First gather all your ingredients, chop your chocolate for melting in the microwave. 

In glass bowl, microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute. Stir until melted. Add powdered sugar, spices, vanilla, salt. Whisk in eggs with a whisk until well-incorporated. Stir in flour until just incorporated.

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Butter 4 ramekins. Pour batter into ramekins and bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges and very top are set, but middle can still be jiggled. Remove from oven and set to cool.

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Invert cakes onto serving dishes. Garnish with cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne, top with whipped cream. Serve hot. 

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We hope you enjoy and utilize your ramekins over the holiday season! For complete recipe instructions, see below.

Mexican Hot Lava Cakes
A ooey gooey chocolate and spice treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. quality chocolate, at least 70% cacao, chopped
  2. 1/2 c butter
  3. 1 c powdered sugar
  4. 1 t cinnamon
  5. 1/8 t chili powder
  6. 1/8 t cayenne
  7. 1 t vanilla
  8. 1/4 t salt
  9. 2 whole eggs
  10. 2 egg yolks
  11. 6 T flour
  12. whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In glass bowl, microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute.
  3. Stir until melted.
  4. Add powdered sugar, spices, vanilla, salt.
  5. Whisk in eggs with a whisk until well-incorporated.
  6. Stir in flour until just incorporated.
  7. Butter 4 ramekins.
  8. Pour batter into ramekins and bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges and very top are set, but middle can still be jiggled.
  9. Remove from oven and set to cool.
  10. Invert cakes onto serving dishes.
  11. Garnish with cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne, top with whipped cream.
  12. Serve hot.
Adapted from Kraft
Adapted from Kraft
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Oh So Delicioso Pumpkin Bread

 

Hi there! I’m Kadee and I blog over on Oh So Delicioso where we loooove food. You’ll find beautiful photography, food tips, party ideas, and lots and lots of delicious recipes. I’m excited to be a guest blogger and share one of my favorite recipes with you all.

Lapis Loaf Pan ,Pumpkin-Bread

I am a big Fiesta fan and have a particular love affair with the bakeware. There is something about have a beautiful baking dish that makes preparing and eating food so much better. I’m pretty much in love with this beautiful loaf pan in lapis.

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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite fall flavors – pumpkin! I don’t discriminate when it comes to pumpkin. I’ll take the cakes, the cookies, and pies, and the bread! Which is what I am going to be talking about today – bread. I love quick breads – but there is something about pumpkin that is so special. I adore that earthy flavor combined with the spices of the season. For a little punch of creaminess I added in a cream cheese filling. You’re looking at heaven on a plate right here.

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The only thing I don’t like about this recipe is waiting for it to bake! I wish I could snap my fingers and have a perfectly baked quick bread in seconds. There is a plus side though – by the end of the baking time your house will smell like heaven.

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If you can wait long enough for this baby to cool, you’ll cut into perfectly moist, flavorful pumpkin cream cheese bread. This recipes makes 2 loaves, so you won’t have to worry about sharing. You’ll have one for you, and one for a neighbor.

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So without further delay – let me give you this easy, yummy, and perfect for fall recipe.

Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup vegetable oil
  3. 15 oz can of pumpkin
  4. 4 eggs lightly beaten
  5. 2/3 cup water
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp nutmeg
  9. 1 tsp allspice
  10. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  11. 1 tsp cinnamon
  12. 3 1/2 cups flour
  13. 2 tsp salt
  14. 8 ounces cream cheese
  15. 1 egg
  16. 1/3 cup flour
  17. 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With hand or stand mixer, mix 3 cups sugar, oil, pumpkin and 4 eggs until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, 3 1/2 cups flour and salt.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spray two Fiesta 9 inch loaf pans with nonstick spray. Add 1/4 of the batter to each loaf pan, set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, beat cream cheese, I egg, 1/3 cup flour and 1 cup sugar until well combined.
  7. Add half of the cream cheese mixture to each loaf pan—making a vertical line down the center of the pumpkin batter.
  8. Top each loaf pan with remaining pumpkin batter.
  9. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

Kadee is a contributor to Oh So Delicioso and provided the recipe and photography for this guest blog post. 

Kadee Morrison, Oh So Delicioso

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