Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kitchen Crack (And A Giveaway!)

Friends, I've been keeping a bit of a secret from you. I have a bit of an addiction.

It all started innocently, I promise. My mom and I were on our way home from a trip up north. A billboard for the Homer Laughlin China Company Outlet caught our eye. A place we always said we wanted to go, but never did. An exploratory spontaneous little detour was in order. That was the beginning of the end. A slippery slope into my addiction to kitchen crack.

The Homer Laughlin China Company (and factory) is located about an hour north of my small town, situated right along the Ohio River in Newell, WV. While you may not be familiar with Homer Laughlin, chances are you've seen their brightly hued pottery ware, known as Fiesta Dinnerware, in a department store or perhaps even your grandparents kitchen cupboards. Fiesta ware first hit the market back in 1936 and  featured art deco styling with bold, bright colors. The original patterns remain largely unchanged. And the colors? Oh my word, you guys, THE COLORS!! There are hues of blues, greens, purple, yellows, orange, red. Its amazing. Take a look for yourself (and know that all the pictures don't do the pottery justice).

The colors are bold and vibrant. The dinnerware can go from the freezer, to the oven, to the table, to the dishwasher. Its naturally non-stick. Its made right here in grand ol' US of A! Which lets be honest, is pretty rare these days. Whether you select a combo of two or three colors or decide you MUST have then all (as I have decided), all the colors go together and coordinate. Fiesta ware is heavy duty, substantial dinnerware. AND I LOVE IT!

Since the inaugural trip last October. There have been many, many trips up river on a sunny Sunday afternoon. My mom and I are smitten. Walking into the outlet store is like walking into a rainbow. Even better? Off the main shopping room is a seconds room, where bins and bins of this dinner ware is housed simply because a very small blemish prevents it from being sold at full price. Do you know what that means? It means I can buy pieces of this pottery ware for a fraction of the cost of what it retails for in the department stores. It means just about all of the old bake ware, mugs, crocks, and serving platters in my family's home has been replaced. It means my stepdad had to add a shelf into our pantry simply to house more Fiesta ware. It means that I have boxes of the stuff stashed away in the basement because we ran out of room for all the colors purchased. It means that I purchase things for my friends and ship it halfway across the country because I want my friends to experience the awesomeness that is Fiesta ware. It means that I bought some things to give to one lucky reader!

Gusto bowls are some of my favorite pieces. They are big 24-ounce size bowls that I love using to serve up stews and chilis. I look for reasons to use them. I cook things specifically because I want to share the dish with my friends in these bowls. Trust me, you want these bowls.

The bowls are in the colors of sunflower, peacock, scarlet, and cobalt and I'm going to give away the set of four (one of each color) to one of you!  There are a few different ways you can enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me your favorite color of Fiesta ware (if you have one). Does anyone in your family collect Fiesta ware (its the most collected dinnerware in the country)? What would you make to serve in these bowls? Just leave a comment. (And yes, my Canadian and overseas friends can enter too!)

2. Tell Twitter! Just leave me a link (as a separate comment) letting me know you twittered.

3. Blog it! Write about the giveaway or tell your own Fiesta story (make me feel better, let me know I'm not the only one addicted to this kitchen crack) on your blog. Again, just leave me a link (as a separate comment).

Winner will be chosen Friday, March 25th, you have until the 24th midnight EST to leave a comment.

And, go!

Disclaimer: I purchased the bowls on my own, because I love them that much. I have no affiliation to the company and was not asked to endorse this product but I am all about supporting businesses within my little Ohio River Valley. Back off FTC.


MothyrGrimm said...

Aw, followers really missed out. Fiestaware is fabulous, so jealous you went to the outlet store. I'm just starting my addiction.

MothyrGrimm said...

Aw, followers really missed out. Fiestaware is fabulous, so jealous you went to the outlet store. I'm just starting my addiction.