Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crockpot City!

It is too hot to cook, so I have been utilizing the crockpot quite a bit lately. This dish was a little spicier than I thought it would be, but I might try making it again with a different sauce. It was very easy to make.  I served mine dish with Italian Green Beans.


Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
1 bottle Hawaiian style BBQ sauce (I used Archer Farms brand)
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained (you can use crushed pineapple instead of chunks if you like)

Preparation:

Place chicken, sauce and pineapple in crockpot.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken when done. Serve over rice.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HLCCA

How happy does Fiesta make me?  Well, whenever I look at it, it puts me in a good mood.  It just brings joy to my kitchen and my life.  I eat off of Fiesta for every home cooked meal. My collection started as a fluke, and I am so glad it did. It led me to the HLCCA organization and the wonderful people associated with it. I can now talk about dishes to people without getting the stranges looks. :-)


The Yellow Harlequin ball pitcher and the Lilac Fiesta Pitcher.


Kitchen Kraft Casserole, found in an antique shop.  Lovely roses around the edge and the lid make this very pretty.


A close-up of the Kitchen Kraft Casserole lid.


This is the object of my quest at the convention.  A medium green 10 inch plate.  Love it.  Now, I have all my plates for my sets of vintage Fiesta.  Now on to bowls.


The St. Louis disk pitcher was won at the auction.  I love the decals.  I have been to the arch, and I am so glad I won this.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Copycat First Watch Poppyseed Dressing and Marinated Salad


This is a great little salad.  It is very similar to First Watch's Marinated Salad.  This dressing recipe will make way more than you need for the salad, so you can use it for other salads or just cut the recipe in half.



RITA’S LIGHTENED VERSION OF FIRST WATCH POPPY SEED DRESSING
Sometimes I’ll add celery seed instead of the poppy seeds, and reduce the amount to 2 teaspoons.

BASIC DRESSING FOR MARINATED VEGETABLES
Go to taste on ingredients here. You can always add more.

Blend together:
¼ cup lemon juice
1/3 cup vinegar (either cider or clear)
1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 cup sugar or substitute (I like Splenda)
¼ cup diced onion or more to taste
1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups Canola oil (or use 1 cup Canola and ¼ to ½ cup water)

OPTIONAL INGREDIENT TO MAKE DRESSING FOR FRUIT SALAD
After you whisk in Canola oil, whisk in ½ cup sour cream. This makes a creamy dressing for fruit. I like to use low fat sour cream. Even fat free sour cream works well here because the flavors of the basic dressing are strong enough. Can you use yogurt? Yes, but the dressing won’t be quite as creamy. Use a plain yogurt, fat free.


TO ASSEMBLE MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD:
Mix together 2 cups each diced celery and zucchini. Stir in 3-4 cups diced tomatoes. (I like to add a few diced carrots in here, as well). Mix with small amount of dressing and serve on bed of greens. You can also marinate the vegetables several hours ahead of time, except for the tomatoes. Stir those in last.

TO ASSEMBLE FRUIT SALAD: Using fruits in season, lay your favorite bite-size pieces on a bed of greens. Drizzle dressing over. Garnish with mint leaves.

TIPS FROM RITA’S KITCHEN:
When trying to low fat salad dressing recipes, add a bit of water to the vinaigrette. And remember, just dress the salad – don’t soak it in dressing. A little goes a long way!

From: http://www.abouteating.com/index.shtml

HLCCA Convention, AKA the Fiesta Convention

 This is the first  HLCCA auction item I won at my first HLCCA Convention, a Juniper Bud Vase with J. Parry designed graphic rose decal.  Very neat!

Some of the giveaways at the first night Meet and Greet Mixer.

 Mary and Nett having fun at the breakfast.

Floral Arrangement

 The big winner in the floral arrangement contest.  GO TRISHA--she rocked it.  I love succulents and Fiesta.  I call this the Zen Fiesta Garden.  Not sure if it had a name; I can't remember.

Floral arrangement--love the green hues.

Floral arrangement--Ruby Red Slipper Vase.  Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore!

 Floral Arrangement--Fiesta is very patriotic you know!  It is made in America!

 Exhibit Items--very cool water fountain.  I still am not sure how they did that.

 Some experimental pieces, not massed produced.

Jubilee anyone???

 Love this platter.  There was one at the auction like this.  It was so cool!  I wanted it!
Note to self:  Save more money for Fiesta auction!

 Tablescape at the exhibit.  I think this one was by one of the board members of HLCCA.  Now, how do I get that plate???

Warner Bros. Fiesta--I wanted it all.

 Sadly, it is no longer in production, but I did buy three Warner Bros. mugs at the Show and Sale.

Doesn't this just make you happy? More pics are coming in future posts.