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
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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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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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It Keeps Getting Better!

We know we’ve thrown a lot at you over this exciting week of new Fiesta Dinnerware introductions, but we’re not quite done yet. We promise, these are good!

There’s someone who’s near and dear to our hearts and we’re especially proud to honor her in true dinnerware fashion. The iconic Fiesta Dancing Lady is getting her own collection. Afterall, she’s our brand personified.

Fiesta Dinnerware new collection, featuring the iconic Dancing Lady, will be available in stores in March 2017 | www.alwaysfestive.com

Our Dancing Lady will be available on the following pieces:

  • 9” Luncheon Plate
  • Tapered Mug
  • Large Disc Pitcher
  • Miniature Disc Pitcher
  • 11 ¾” Chop Plate

Look for her in stores and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com in March.

We’re also introducing an Individual Bistro Crescent Plate. It rounds out our recent collection of bistro pieces, including the 3pc Bistro Place Setting, Bistro serving bowls, and Tapered Mug.

New Fiesta Dinnerware Individual Bistro Crescent Plate, available in stores soon! | www.alwaysfestive.com

The Individual Bistro Crescent Plate is so versatile, it can be used for serving side dishes, dips, nuts, appetizers, and more. In fact, it works perfectly nested against a traditional Fiesta Dinner or Luncheon Plate and especially the new Bistro Dinner Plate.

New Fiesta Dinnerware Individual Bistro Crescent Plate, available in stores soon! | www.alwaysfestive.com

It has the following dimensions: 4.375” long x 8” wide x 1.125” tall and will be available in stores and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com very soon in all 15 colors.

Do you love our Baking Bowls, but kinda wish they came in multi-color sets? We hear ya. So we came up with a series of color waves for our 3pc Baking Bowl Set and 2pc Prep Baking Bowl Set. The color selections include:

Bright Colors, 3pc Baking Bowl Set

  • Scarlet, 6 quart bowl
  • Poppy, 4 quart bowl
  • Sunflower, 2 ½ quart bowl

Cool Colors, 3pc Baking Bowl Set

  • Cobalt, 6 quart bowl
  • Turquoise, 4 quart bowl
  • Sunflower, 2 ½ quart bowl

2pc Prep Baking Bowl Set

  • Lemongrass, 2 quart bowl
  • Lapis, 1 ⅛ quart bowl

The multicolor Baking Bowl Sets will be available at retail in May.

You might have noticed we don’t make all of our bakeware in all of our 15 colors. Now we’re adding two more colors to the mix on select pieces: White and Lemongrass. You can find these two colors on the following pieces beginning in February:

  • Small Pie Baker
  • Utensil Crock
  • Deep Dish Pie Baker
  • Loaf Pan
  • Square Baker
  • Rectangular Baker

So, those are all of our most recent introductions. Which items are your favorites? Share your thoughts on social media using #fiestadinnerware. We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

If you missed any of our other announcements this week, be sure to check out our blog posts on our New Color Announcement, New Fiesta Floral Bouquet, New Christmas, and New Halloween. 

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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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Introducing Fiesta’s New Floral Bouquet Design

At Fiesta, we’ve always been known for our mix and match solid color dinnerware. We have something fresh, pretty, timeless, and classic to add to your tabletop. We’re so proud to introduce our new Floral Bouquet design!

Fiesta Dinnerware new Floral Bouquet design, available at retailers and www.fiestafactorydirect.com March 2017.

Fiesta Floral Bouquet will be available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, plus select license products, including a tablecloth, napkins and Tervis insulated tumblers (16oz, 24oz, wine glass, and stemless wine glass).

Fiesta Dinnerware new Floral Bouquet design, available at retailers and www.fiestafactorydirect.com in March 2017.

Floral Bouquet features a bouquet of fresh roses and other mixed flowers with shades of signature Fiesta colors, like Scarlet, Poppy, Sunflower, Lapis, Shamrock, Lemongrass, and Daffodil.

With so many colors represented within the design, it can be paired with nearly any color in the Fiesta spectrum to create a beautiful statement on your table.

Fiesta Floral Bouquet items will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and on www.fiestafactorydirect.com in February/March 2017.

How would you style your Fiesta Floral Bouquet tabletop? 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.

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2017 New Color Announcement

We’re so proud to introduce our new color for 2017 – Daffodil!

https://www.pinterest.com/fiestadishes/Daffodil is a vibrant golden yellow that mixes beautifully with the full range of Fiesta colors. Daffodil lends itself to a wide assortment of creative color combinations, including the following:

New Fiesta Dinnerware 2017 color DAFFODIL highlighted in the Modern Serenity color palette - Daffodil, White, Foundry, Slate, with accents of Turquoise. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Modern Serenity color palette – Daffodil, White, Foundry, Slate, with accents of Turquoise.

 

Fiesta Dinnerware's new 2017 color is DAFFODIL, featured in the Field of Flowers color palette - Daffodil, White, Sage, Sunflower

Field of Flowers color palette – Daffodil, White, Sage, Sunflower

 

Fiesta Dinnerware announces the new 2017 color, DAFFODIL, featured in the Nautical color palette - Daffodil, Turquoise, Scarlet, Cobalt, Ivory | www.alwaysfestive.com

Nautical color palette – Daffodil, Turquoise, Scarlet, Cobalt, Ivory

Fiesta Dinnerware announces its new 2017 color, Daffodil, featured in the Wine Country color palette - Daffodil, Claret, Ivory, Sage | www.alwaysfestive.com

Wine Country color palette – Daffodil, Claret, Ivory, Sage

Fiesta Dinnerware announces its new color of 2017, Daffodil, as featured in the Field of Flowers color palette - Daffodil, Shamrock, White, Lapis | www.alwaysfestive.com

Field of Flowers color palette – Daffodil, Shamrock, White, Lapis

Fiesta Dinnerware announces its 2017 color, Daffodil, featured in the Harvest color palette - Daffodil, Poppy, Tangerine, Lapis, Shamrock, Ivory | www.alwaysfestive.com

Harvest color palette – Daffodil, Poppy, Tangerine, Lapis, Shamrock, Ivory

You might be wondering, how does Daffodil compare to other “yellows” throughout Fiesta history? We created this handy dandy graphic to show how it looks next to Sunflower and Marigold. Amazing how different they are, right?

Fiesta Dinnerware's new 2017 color is Daffodil!The addition of Daffodil makes it the 49th color in Fiesta’s history. Our complete color spectrum for 2017 includes the following:

  • Ivory
  • Slate
  • Sage
  • Claret
  • Scarlet
  • Poppy
  • Tangerine
  • Daffodil
  • Sunflower
  • Lemongrass
  • Shamrock
  • Turquoise
  • Lapis
  • Cobalt
  • White

Fiesta Dinnerware's 2017 Color Spectrum, including new color Daffodil!

At any given time, Fiesta has 15 colors. So as we add Daffodil, one of our old friends will retire – Paprika. Paprika was in production since 2010.

Fiesta retires Paprika as new color for 2017 is introduced - Daffodil!

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

What color combinations would you suggest for our cheery new Daffodil? Share them on social media using #fiestanewcolor. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest. And be sure to check out our LIVE Pinterest party tonight, Jan. 10, at 7:00pm EST.

Fiesta Dinnerware's new 2017 color is Daffodil!

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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

http://www.fiestafactorydirect.com/c-72-hostess-serving-bowl.aspx

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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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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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.

Cheesecake FB1

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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My Fiesta: Michelle Stanton

Staff Picks MichelleMichelle Stanton, National Retail Accounts & Export Manager                       

Favorite Fiesta colors: Lemongrass, Poppy, and Turquoise

Favorite Fiesta items:
Tapered Mug, Medium Bistro Bowl, Dinner Plate, and the Deep Dish Pie Baker.

MichelleFavsPNA Fiesta item I have the most of:  Mugs! I love coffee and enjoy having a variety of Fiesta mugs in my cabinet to choose from.

 Most used Fiesta items: The Tapered Mug, of course. I love how these mugs hold a larger amount of coffee.

I always find myself using my 15” Baking Tray when making dinner.  It is perfect for roasting veggies that have been tossed in oil and parmesan cheese.

MichelleRoastPNAGo-to recipe for entertaining:  French Toast Custard Bake is must when hosting a brunch.  You make it the day before in a 9×13 Baker and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. Then, simply slide it in the oven and bake in the morning.

MichelleBakeFB2A I like to give my guests options to accompany this dish: fresh berries, maple syrup, and whipped cream. With a toddler at home, it’s all about effortless, easy entertaining, so make ahead dishes are key for my family.

MichelleBakeFBA 

French Toast Custard Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 8 to 10 slices day old french bread, 1 inch thick
  2. 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 3 cups milk
  6. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Brush both sides of bread slices with butter and place in a single layer in baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks. Add milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. Remove bake from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
A veggie tray with dill dip is another one of my favorites. I love using the 15” Baking Tray (or the 12” Baking Tray, depending on the amount of guests) to hold an array of freshly cut veggies. In the center, I place the Medium Heart Bowl filled with dill dip. 

MichelleVeggieAFavorite foods:  It’s all about brunch:  breakfast quiches, bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, sweet and savory crepes and gourmet cheeses.  

 Favorite Fiesta items to give as a gift:  The 3 Piece Baking Bowl Set and 2 Piece Prep Bowl Set.  Theses bowl are wonderful for kitchen prep and nest perfectly inside each other.  

Favorite holiday:  Thanksgiving.  I host Thanksgiving every year and do a buffet-style meal with all of my Fiesta dishes.

Favorite memory of Fiesta: When I hosted my sister’s wedding shower, we served her white bridal shower cake on a mix of brightly colored Fiesta Salad Plates.  All of the guests were “oohing” and “awing” over the beautiful presentation.

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