When we noticed there was an entire day dedicated to s’mores, it didn’t take us long to grab our new Individual Skillet and try some sticky marshmallowy recipes.
We created a Gourmet S’mores Skillet that grownups and kids alike will devour. Warning: you might want to double or triple this recipe.
This spin on a campfire classic can be made right at home in the oven, which means it can be made any time of the year. And that’s just fine with us!
It starts with a layer of a buttery pretzel crust. We subbed pretzels for graham crackers because, let’s face it, sometimes after eating s’mores we’re left craving a bag of chips. And then you need something sweet again. It’s an endless cycle of salty/sweet. We figured, let’s just put the salt in the sweet and save all the trouble and extra calories.
Next is a layer of creamy dark chocolate fudgy goodness. We traded the milk chocolate that’s traditionally used in s’mores for decadent dark chocolate because here at Fiesta Dinnerware, we’re colorful and different. Our recipes are a little different too! The saltiness of the pretzels combined with the richness of the dark chocolate is completely divine.
The final layer is simply marshmallows. That’s what ultimately makes a s’more a s’more, right? We chose mini marshmallows, but you could use larger marshmallows if you’d like. The marshmallows toasted to a perfect golden brown under the broiler in our Individual Skillet, featured in the new Foundry cast iron-like finish.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two Fiesta Individual Skillet Bakers or 1 8x8" baking pan with butter.
Make the pretzel crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the pretzel crumbs, sugar and melted butter until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pour half into the prepared Fiesta Individual Skillets or the full amount into an 8x8" pan and press evenly into a tight, compact layer. Bake until it is lightly browned and has a faint toasted smell, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Make the chocolate filling. Place the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a small pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until it is completely melted and smooth. Immediately pour it over the pretzel crust and spread it into an even layer.
Immediately place the marshmallows on top of the chocolate filling, pressing down slightly. When ready to serve, turn on your oven's broiler and place the pan on the center rack. Broil until the marshmallows are puffed and browned, 1-2 minutes. Removed from the oven and let cool briefly.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Shelves are the perfect place to display your personal style, photos of loved ones and favorite collections. And if you’re browsing the Fiesta Dinnerware blog, we have a sneaking suspicion about what one of your favorite collections might be.
Spring is a great time to freshen your shelves up with a new look. We styled our shelves three different ways to give you some inspiration for the season.
Palm Springs is having a comeback moment right now. What’s not to love about all the colorful architecture Palm Springs is known for? And so many interesting desert plants! We centered this design around a fun “Butterfly House” print we found on Etsy.*
We combined vibrant colors like Poppy, Tangerine, Sunflower, and Claret (available in June 2016), inspired by the whimsical colorful front doors sprinkled all throughout the neighborhoods of Palm Springs. Then we added Lemongrass and Shamrock in honor of the beautiful succulents of the desert. Don’t forget some touches of gold, because let’s face it, you can’t have Palm Springs without some bling.
The botanical theme is one you might be seeing in all the design blogs and magazines this season. Why not try it out in your spring shelf design? To achieve this look, think lush greenery, jewel tones and natural wood.
We used a “Tropical Banana Leaf Art Print” from Etsy* combined with actual banana leaves and a banana leaf bowl. Then we added some basket weave items, a hand-carved wooden bowl and a pop of metallic with some copper Moscow mule mugs. Next, of course, we displayed a glorious range of rich hued Fiesta Dinnerware in Claret, Turquoise, Sage, Lapis, and Cobalt.
Spring has us thinking ice cream and ice cream has us thinking vintage kitchens. So that’s the inspiration for our spring shelfie #3.
We found this cute replication ice cream sign at a hobby store. We combined Claret, Turquoise, Scarlet, Slate, and Ivory Fiesta Dinnerware for a classic retro kitchen look. A simple red tray holds a sweet little gingham trimmed basket filled with red and white paper straws and Fiesta flatware. A milkshake mixer and soda glasses complete the theme.
One of our favorite things about Fiesta Dinnerware is the versatility of our pieces. For instance, you can transform a bowl into a cake stand, a pitcher into a vase, but have you ever tried baking in Ramekins? Our Ramekins are designed to be bakeware and able to withstand high oven temperatures, however we have found that many people will use their Ramekins as a small bowl (which is perfectly acceptable!), so we wanted to give you all another reason to use them – for baking cupcakes, of course!
In our opinion, cupcakes are the perfect dessert; they’re neat, petite, and oh so sweet! Consider the Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes for when you’re craving a little dessert just for yourself, or have guests to entertain and really want to knock their socks off.
We used a confetti cupcake recipe for these little devils, which we believe is ideal for baking into our Ramekins. The bright sprinkles in the cake look even more appetizing when paired with colorful Fiesta!
Though we love confetti cake in our Ramekins, if you’re more of a red velvet fan then feel free to try it out! Send us photos of your own Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes on Facebook – we’d love to see your take on them. Until then, happy baking!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 4 Ramekins with nonstick spray.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a Small Baking Bowl. Whisk together.
Add melted butter to a Medium Baking Bowl and mix in sugar with hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Add eggs one at at time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately. Stir in sprinkles. Divide batter among Ramekins. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the icing
Beat butter until creamy, then beat in salt and 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Beat in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
Frost cupcakes however you like, but don't forget the rainbow Fiesta sprinkles!
Happy National Pecan Day! Instead of going with the classic Pecan Pie to celebrate the day, we decided to get a little more creative and make some Pecan turtles! Turtles are perfect for big and little kids alike, and look especially appetizing on our Scarlet Baking/Pizza Tray.
Are you celebrating National Pecan Day with Fiesta? Share a picture with us on Facebook!
Place pecan halves on baking sheet and bake on 375 for 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
Use a double boiler to melt unwrapped caramels, cream, and vanilla. This process will take longer than the chocolate chips.
Use a second double boiler to melt chocolate chips.
Line a Baking/Pizza Tray with parchment paper and add 6 globs of chocolate, spread out evenly over the tray. Place 5 pecan halves in a turtle arrangement in chocolate globs. Put tray in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set.
After chocolate has set, take tray out and add a glob of melted caramel onto each turtle. Return tray to fridge to set caramel.
Once caramel has set, take tray out of fridge and dollop on remaining chocolate so that the caramel is covered.
Did you know today’s National Puppy Day? If you’re like us, you love an excuse to celebrate puppies. Lucky for you, we have just the right gift for the fur babies in your life! As you can see, two of our favorite pups love these Fiesta Dinnerware Dog Bowls.
If you don’t have a puppy of your own, but have considered adopting, National Puppy Day is the perfect time to find a new furry friend at your local animal shelter. Make sure they get a proper welcome as a new member of your family with all the supplies a puppy needs: collar, leash, ID tag, toys, bed, and, of course, their very own Fiesta dishes.
But, just because it’s National Puppy Day, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about all the kitties out there. We love them too! We have bowls for our feline friends as well, so they won’t feel left out.
And if you want to show your love for your pets, or if you’re looking for a great gift for your favorite pet lover, check out these sweet Fiesta Pet Lover Java Mugs.
The bowls for pets and mugs for the humans who love them come in a variety of fun Fiesta colors that will get your tail wagging.
Have a happy National Puppy Day! Do you have some fun photos of your furry friends with their Fiesta dishes? We’d love for you to share them with us!
Italian Easter Bread Recipe (Pane di Pasqua all ‘Uovo)
We all have our traditions, and of course holidays bring out those traditions more than ever. Holiday recipes are some of the most beloved traditions in every family. The tastes, the smells. Just thinking about it takes us back to grandma’s kitchen!
With Easter just around the corner, we’ve decided to share an Italian Easter Bread recipe that’s been a secret for generations. But we feel such a close bond with you, our Fiesta friends, that we feel compelled to share it with you. However, this recipe comes with a fair warning. It’s not for the faint of heart: be prepared to set aside about half a day to prepare it. Trust us when we tell you, it is so worth it!
But really, the waiting and preparation is all part of the fun when you turn it into a family group effort. They’re the moments you’ll cherish forever.
So tie on your Fiesta apron strings, bring out your Baking Bowl Set and get ready to make a family tradition. It’s Easter Bread time!
With the colorful eggs and sprinkles in this recipe, it really is quite Fiesta-y. We like to coordinate the sprinkles with the color of the eggs and our Easter tablescape. For a Fiesta enthusiast, it’s kind of a dream come true.
After you dye your eggs, it’s time to activate the yeast and get to the bread baking. If you’ve never made bread using active dry yeast, don’t be afraid! It’s not nearly as daunting as it might seem.
After some mixing, setting and rising, the next “challenging” moment, if you haven’t done it before, might be kneading the dough. If you don’t have an experienced aunt nearby who can show you the art of kneading dough, a simple look up on YouTube will have you well on your way.
Dip 5 uncooked eggs in food dye to color (follow directions on package) and set aside.
Soften 2 packages active dry yeast in ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F). Let stand 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile pour 1/2 cup warm water into a large bowl and blend in 1 ½ cups sifted flour.
Stir softened yeast and add to flour-water mixture, mixing well. Beat until very smooth. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let stand in warm place (about 80 degrees F) for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Cream together until shortening is softened: ¾ cup shortening, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel.
Add gradually, creaming until fluffy after each addition, a mixture of: 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
Beat until thick and piled softly: 2 eggs and 1 egg white. Add beaten eggs in thirds to sugar mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add yeast mixture, mixing well.
Measure: 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups sifted flour. Add about one-half the flour to yeast mixture and beat until very smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface.
Select a deep bowl just large enough to allow dough to double. Shape dough into a smooth ball and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough to bring greased surface to top. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let dough rise until doubled (about 1 ½ to 2 hours).
Punch down with fist. Divide dough into two equal balls. Let stand covered for 10 minutes.
Roll each ball out into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Place on the prepared Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray. Place colored eggs into the spaces of braid. Cover loosely with towel. Set dough aside in a warm place until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Brush bread with a mixture of: 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon milk.
Sprinkle with tiny multicolored candies.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or more or until bread is golden brown. (Eggs will be hard-cooked.)
You’ll notice a lot of downtime during this process, which is perfect for family games or making Easter baskets. If you do end up making Easter Egg Bread a part your Easter family tradition this year, please share photos with us on Facebook and tell us about some of your Easter traditions too!
One of our favorite items in our Fiesta product line has to be our Egg Tray. It’s cute, quirky, and so very Fiesta with its miniature rings set into each little egg shaped groove. Though our Egg Trays can look great on display, it’s much more fun to put them to use, and there’s no better way to do that than by whipping up a few batches of deviled eggs!
We’ve always known that deviled eggs make the perfect appetizers; they’re small, savory, and so delicious. Thankfully, we’ve noticed lots of people getting in on the trend lately. We’ve loved the unique spins on the classic deviled egg that have been popping up in restaurants and all over the Internet, so we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you.
We have to lead with a delicious new recipe we picked up from our friends at A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. They put together a Smoky Tomato Deviled Egg that is to die for. If you’re looking to change up your normal recipe, then you definitely need to try this one out.
Drain petite diced tomatoes in a colander. When ready to use, press on the tomatoes gently with a paper towel to absorb any remaining excess liquid.
Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Place yolks in a medium bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, and salt. Continue to mash with a fork until fully combined and smooth. Fold in tomatoes. With a small spoon, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. Garnish with a good sprinkle of smoked paprika and a bit of the minced parsley. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
Okay, we think we’ve already gotten it across to you that we LOVE deviled eggs. The only problem is that they can be a tad on the heavy side with all of that mayo. Luckily, we found a healthy Avocado Deviled Egg Recipe that exceeded our taste standards and had us begging for more. We know some of you might be a little hesitant to try such a different spin on a timeless recipe. After all, we’re pretty sure the saying goes “if it ain’t cracked, don’t fix it,” but trust us, you’ll want to get cracking on these.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the tried and true, classic Deviled Egg recipe for all of you purists out there. We know sometimes you just need that traditional tangy taste to remind you of holiday gatherings and Easter Sunday brunches. However, if you’re still craving more adventure with your eggs, we recommend topping these with chopped dill pickle for an added crunch!
Cut hard boiled eggs in half and put yolks in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, mustard, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Use a small spoon to scoop the filling into the cut egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika.
St. Patrick’s Day is closing in, so we wanted to celebrate one of our favorite colors in the Fiesta spectrum: Shamrock! So get those Shamrock Square Bakers ready, because we’re making a quick and easy dessert that’s totally leprechaun approved: Mint Chocolate Brownies.
These magically minty confections might just be the treasure at the end of the rainbow- the Fiesta rainbow, that is. The best part about them is that you can use boxed or homemade brownies, depending on how much time you have. We used a box this time, but would love to try this recipe homemade as well. That’s right, they’re so good that we’re already planning round two. No shame.
The key to these tasty treats is the mint. We added mint extract and crumbled mint cookies to get the perfect fresh taste to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. But, don’t forget the green food coloring or you’re sure to be pinched!
Trying these at home? Make sure to send us your photos!
Mint Chocolate Brownies
Refreshingly delicious brownies that are perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
We sure have been busy at the Homer Laughlin factory! Not only did we release our new 2016 color – Claret – this week, but we’re also announcing several new items. Boy, are we excited to share them with you!
We’re casting a new light on traditional dinnerware with something completely different: the Fiesta Dinnerware Foundry Collection. Foundry has a matte textured charcoal glaze with the distinct look of a cast iron piece that has seen many meals and memories over time. It has the characteristic feel of seasoned cast iron, yet the ease of use of rust-free ceramic dinnerware.
Many people like the aesthetics of serving their meals on cast iron, but let’s be real…caring for cast iron can be high maintenance. The Foundry Collection offers the best of both worlds!
The Fiesta Foundry Collection will be available in the following pieces beginning April 2016 at department stores, .coms and www.fiestafactorydirect.com:
The Christmas Tree collection is in its tenth year of production (can you believe it?!) and continues to grow in popularity. We’re adding the following pieces:
The first set in a series of three of the Twelve Days of Christmas collection was introduced last year, including Days 1-4. This year, we’re introducing the next in the series, Days 5-8, in a Set of 4 Mugs and a Set of 4 Salad/Dessert Plates:
And Halloween’s getting much spookier with the addition of Ghosts and a Trio of Skeletons:
The Halloween collection will be available for purchase in July and Fiesta Christmas Tree and Twelve Days of Christmas will be available in early August at better department stores, .coms and www.fiestafactorydirect.com.