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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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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Claret: NEW 2016 Fiesta Color

 

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It comes but once a year and for Fiesta Dinnerware enthusiasts worldwide, it’s like Christmas morning. Today we announce our new color of 2016!

The 2016 Color of the Year is – CLARET!

How does Claret fit in the Fiesta family of colors? Quite nicely, we must say. Check out the entire spectrum here: Ivory, Slate, Sage, Claret, Scarlet, Poppy, Tangerine, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, Paprika, and White.

Fiesta Dinnerware color spectrum for 2016 - featuring new color Claret. Learn more on the blog, www.alwaysfestive.com.

Claret is a high-fashion color that fills a void in the Fiesta spectrum. If you follow our new color introductions closely, you’ll remember we introduced Sage and Slate in 2015. Claret is a beautiful progression into this sophisticated color palette, but it also mixes well with the more vibrant hues, bringing depth and a complementing accent into the Fiesta palette.

Incidentally, without getting into specifics, Claret is actually quite a difficult color to make. As with anything that’s “high-fashion,” it may not be around for all that long, so we would recommend adding Claret to your Fiesta repertoire while it’s hot off the runway!

You can get your hands on Claret mid-June 2016 at better department stores, .coms, specialty stores, and www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Are you already working on some creative color combinations in your mind? We know you so well! Be sure to share them with us on Facebook or the comment section below. We’ve been coming up with some ideas here at the factory too!

 

For those of you who are true Fiesta color connoisseurs and are wondering what Claret looks like in comparison to some of our similarly hued colors of the past, check out our comparison chart below.

Fiesta Dinnerware 2016 Color Comparison Chart

At any given time, we are only able to fire 15 colors on our kiln, so we usually have 15 colors on our color spectrum. Thus, we bid our friend Plum a happy retirement late last year. So, get your Plum pieces while you still can at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Stay tuned on our Fiesta Dinnerware Facebook page over the next few days where we’re coming to you live from the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. We’ll be sharing other new product introductions.

And join us on Pinterest tonight, Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 pm Central Standard Time (8:00 pm EST) for a live Fiesta Pinterest Party! We’ll be pinning all sorts of Fiesta photos featuring Claret, as well as other Fiesta favorites. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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Shrimp & Grits Recipe

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.Mardi Gras is coming next Tuesday and to celebrate, we thought it only fitting to share a true southern classic recipe, Shrimp and Grits. We found a recipe posted by one of our favorite bloggers, David Leite, from the blog Leite’s Culinaria. One look at David’s many blog posts or Instagram page and you’ll see he’s an avid Fiesta collector, so we’re always happy to support one of our own! 

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.This recipe David adapted from the true southern belle herself, Paula Deen, so you know it’s full of cheese, butter and bacon, y’all. And that just means it’s absolutely delicious! There’s a slight tang of lemon balanced out with some garlic, parsley and green onion. Trust us, this is how you want to celebrate your Fat Tuesday. It is the ultimate decadence. 

We filled our little Fiesta Ramekins with individual servings. And there’s plenty for seconds, or thirds, in the 90oz Large Covered Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.So, run on over to Leite’s Culinaria and check out the recipe here. And if you make it yourself, let us know what you think! Also, be sure to share some recipes you like to make to celebrate Mardi Gras. We’d love to hear from you.

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.

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A Fiesta Dream Come True

 

Do you dream of Fiesta? Then we have a Fiesta dream come true for you. Fiesta has a new bedding collection and it’s here just in time to add to your holiday wish list. Wrap yourself in the warmth of Fiesta’s signature colors with comforters and duvets in a variety of pretty patterns. Complementary sheets, blankets and window treatments round out the product assortment.

The sets are available in the followings colorful patterns.

Cozumel

The Fiesta Cozumel pattern features Scarlet and Turquoise with accents of Tangerine. The comforter set is reversible and includes shams and a bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Cozumel www.alwaysfestive.com

Torrence

The Fiesta Torrence bedding is a colorful paisley pattern featuring Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Tangerine on a crisp White background and reverses to a paisley on a Turquoise background on the reverse side. The comforter set comes with a Turquoise bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Torrence www.alwaysfestive.com

Salaya

Bright bands of Fiesta colors will make any day a cheerful one if that’s the first thing you wake up to. Featuring Scarlet, Poppy, Turquoise, Lemongrass, and Sunflower set against a White background, the comforter set includes a Lemongrass bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Salaya www.alwaysfestive.com

Classic Duvet Sets

Clean and classic, Fiesta Classic Duvet Sets are 200 thread count cotton in crisp White finished with bright Fiesta colors. They’re available in five different colors: Sunflower, Lapis, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Turquoise (shown here). Each set comes with a duvet cover and shams.

Fiesta Classic Duvet Set - Turquoise www.alwaysfestive.com

Blankets

Fiesta Cotton Blankets, made of cozy 100 percent ring spun cotton, are available in the following colors: Lapis, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Scarlet, White, Ivory, Sage, and Slate.

Fiesta Cotton Blankets www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta window treatments, accent pillows and solid color 300 thread count sheets are sold separately.

Fiesta Curtains www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta Sheets www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta linens are available online at department and specialty stores, including Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Belk, Bealls, Bon Ton, and Stage Stores.

How do you plan to add some Fiesta color to your bedroom this winter? Be sure to share pictures with us!

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