Safe Dinnerware for your Family

Recently we had a lovely customer come into our Showroom Seconds Sale looking for new dinnerware for her family. She was pregnant and explained that she had been handed-down a set of beautiful antique dinnerware from her grandmother. She was concerned about chemical content and had the plates tested. They were full of lead!

She vowed not to use them with her expanding family, and purchased a beautiful set of Aqua and Twilight Plates & Bowls from Fire & Light. I could see the relief in her eyes knowing that her family would be eating off of dinnerware that is safe, non-toxic, lead, melamine & cadmium free, and doesn’t leach chemicals.

Taken from an article from the Baseline of Health Foundation, “Most dinnerware today does contain lead and cadmium, and the FDA does allow that. In fact, an independent news station in Indiana conducted independent testing on 315 plates, bowls, and mugs from various retailers as well as some antiques. They found that 36 percent exceeded safety standards for lead content, and one out of ten contained more than 30 times the recommended maximum. The dishes failing the safety test came from a variety of countries, including the US, and even plain white plates were among the culprits.”

It’s hard enough to try to keep up with all of the health food, organic, gluten-free and fair trade trends out there, but first priority should be making sure you are eating food off of plates that won’t harm you.

The solution? Upgrade. The cheaper the dishes, the more chemicals will leach out. So take into account that by purchasing dinnerware made from the recycled glass that you eat spaghetti sauce and jelly out of, handmade by artisans in quaint little Arcata, California, you will not only be supporting the U.S economy and helping to create more jobs, but you will have the peace of mind that you and your family are safe from these worries.

Sources:

http://jonbarron.org/article/your-dinnerware-poisoning-you#.VK7CbskYHkc

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm199525.htm

http://www.bigceramicstore.com/info/ceramics/tips/tip53_glaze_toxic_dinnerware_safety.html

Twice Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

A delicious, sweet but also savory winter dish. I got a perfect little butternut squash that was only about 7 1/2 inches long. Split in half, it was a perfect single-serving meal for me and a friend. Also – if you roast the squash the night before while you’re eating your dinner that night, the prep and cook time for this will go much faster.

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You will need:
– A small butternut squash
– 4 slices of bacon
– 1 cup cheese of your choice – I used Loleta Cheese’s Humboldt Garden Cheddar
– About 1/2 cup chopped white or yellow onion
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 2 green onions, chopped
– A few baby portabella or similar mushroom, chopped small.
– Salt, pepper, spices of your choice; I used thyme, dill, onion flakes, seasoned salt and pepper
– Avocado, coconut or cooking oil of your choice that will take high temperatures. I used Avocado.

To cook the butternut:
– Turn oven to 425 degrees.
– Slice the butternut squash in half long ways, and scoop out the seeds inside. Roast them if you’re into that sort of thing, or discard.
– Oil the bottom of a pyrex or ceramic baking dish.
– Apply oil to the inside of the butternut, and cover in spices of your choice.
– Place skin side up, meat side down into the pan.
– Roast 30-50 minutes depending on the size of your squash.
(NOW would be a great time to cook that bacon ’til it’s nice and crispy!!)
– When you think it is properly roasted, take out of the oven, flip it over and make sure a fork can go all the way through the meat on both sides, but try not to puncture the skin!
– Let them cool for about 20 minutes. If you try to scoop the meat out now it’s way too hot!


To twice-bake those little guys:

– Oven at 425.
– Cook your bacon if you haven’t already until crispy, and chop into small pieces. Use 2/3 for the filling and save some for the top
– Sauté onions and garlic – only for a few minutes – in the pan that you cooked the bacon in – yum! Take off of the heat and throw into a good sized bowl.
– Scoop out all of the butternut squash meat into that bowl.
– Mix bacon, uncooked mushrooms and scallions into the butternutty goodness. Add more spices!
– Carefully scoop back into the butternut squash skins. Try to make them as even and level as possible.
– Place back into the pyrex pan. Roast at 425 for 12 – 15 minutes.
– Take out of the oven. Add 1/2 cup cheese and the rest of the chopped bacon on top of each squash.
– Turn the oven to broil, or 550.
– Place back in the oven, but WATCH IT. If there’s anything I’ve learned, DON’T TRUST BROIL!
– I sit in front of the oven and watch the cheese with the light on until it’s at that perfect bubbly consistency I want – or just before the bacon on top starts to burn.
– Enjoy!!

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The Grinch Pours Glass

We had a little fun the past couple of days in our Production area with some holiday gear. Check these guys out:

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Our Motley Crue of Elves.

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The Grinch Pouring Glass!

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I love the way ladles look when the glass is half melting, half hardening.

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Better watch out or the Grinch might get ya!

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Happy Holidays from the glass pouring goofballs of Fire & Light!

Fire & Light’s Fun Holiday Events!

We have been anticipating this holiday season all year! Our glass craftsman have been working extra hard to bring you some new, fun & hard to find items that you will find only in our Showroom Seconds Sale! I would love to show you all the items, but FIRST, let’s talk about some fun events coming up soon!


Thursday, November 20th:

Fire & Light will have a table at Shafer’s Ace Hardware in Eureka for the Annual Henderson Center Open House! We will have a drawing that night for a Fire & Light Olive Pasta Bowl, and other items.

 

Friday, November 21st & Saturday, November 22nd the Showroom will be featuring holiday items! Bells, Holly, Lil’ Stars, Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Men and more!

 

Friday, November 28th : Black Friday Sale!! Deals including:

– 50% OFF ALL GREEN and 25% OFF ALL AQUA (excluding First Quality);

– T-shirts will be $15;

– A big selection of Limited Edition First Quality items;

– 9 AM – 12 PM Medium Bowls are 2 for $20, Salad Plates are 2 for $18, and Small Bowls are 2 for $12;

– 12 PM – 5 PM 25 % off EVERYTHING! (not including First Quality items);

– And if you spend $200, you’ll get a FREE Mini Wide Lipped Bowl!

 

On Friday, December 12th, we will have some of our awesome local Humboldt Made friends coming to demo some of their products: Humboldt Hotsauce, Drakes Glen Creations, Diane’s Sweet Heat, Sun Valley Flower Farm and possibly more. If you purchase anything from them that day, YOU get 10% off of your purchase in the Showroom that day!

 

Now for the fun part! Here are some photos of items you might find in the Showroom in these coming weeks (plus many more that aren’t pictured) :

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….AND SO MANY MORE!

Meet The Team – Glass Craftsman

We are starting a small series of Blog posts about our team here at Fire & Light. We look forward to introducing you to all of the pieces of our puzzle.

I’m happy to introduce Justin, our lead glass craftsman. He casts and presses our glassware into the beautiful items in your home. He has been with us for 13 years, and has made many of the items on our shelves.

Justin grew up in Humboldt County and graduated from a local high school. He obtained two degrees from Humboldt State University in History and Religious Studies. He is married to Nilda and has two daughters, Darissa, age 12 and Elora, age 8.

Justin got his start at Fire & Light while working at a local video store. He decided he wanted a job with benefits, applied to Fire & Light without knowing we were hiring, and was hired and taught glass pouring on-the-go. Justin says the hardest pieces to make are our Splash Vase and our Large Tumbler.

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Mike Rowe Visited Fire & Light!

Mike Rowe visited Fire & Light while filming an episode for his new series on CNN.

Mike Rowe and [almost] the whole crew!

Mike Rowe and [almost] the whole crew!

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Mike, Lucy & Michelle

In the words of Mike Rowe, “‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ is about people who simply do what they do because of a weird mix of love, compulsion, obsession, dedication — whatever it is. Those people have always interested me.”

We will keep you posted, so stay tuned for more info!

What’s a Puka?

At Fire & Light we Recycle and Re-Use as much as possible. We have recycled over 7.5 million bottles and jars, we recycle about a ton of cardboard each month to make packaging material, and we re-use thousands of boxes for shipping.

Our Puka Bowl is not only made with recycled glass but the unique pattern is made using a 1930’s sewing machine foot treadle found among the tons of twisted metal at the Arcata Salvage Yard.

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Each Puka bowl is individually hand poured and formed by one of the Fire & Light craftsman. Every bowl is unique in character.

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(John holding up the treadle and the Puka Bowl in front of the pile of salvaged metal.)

These bowls are great for small foods such as olives, crackers, nuts or cheeses. They can also add a splash of color to the kitchen as a spoon holder or in the bathroom as a soap dish.

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(Copper and Cobalt Puka Bowls showing off their inspiration!)

This just goes to show how something that was once thought of as trash can have a whole new life !

From now until September 1st the Puka Bowls are only $20. Order yours now while we still have some. You can find them here: http://www.fireandlight.com/Puka_Bowl_p/382.htm

Wine of the week!

Last night I opened a bottle of what I thought was Cabernet… yet, it didn’t taste like the Cabs I love so much. Come to find out, it was a Sangiovese from the Columbia Valley, and it was fantastic!

2011 was a great year. It isn’t too dry, or too fruity. Just the right balance of tannins, (my Sommelier friend would be proud!).

I highly recommend this Maryhill wine, and I’m sure you could find it at Safeway or BevMo locally.

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To get some of these beautiful Goblets for your favorite wine, contact us!

Also, check us out at http://www.fireandlight.com !

Humboldt Made at the California State Fair

Have you heard of Humboldt Made? It’s not just a promotional company that helps local Humboldt businesses to get their brands out into the world, but a family!

I could go on for days about all of the wonderful things Humboldt Made does for Fire & Light, but let’s focus on what they are doing right now..

The California State Fair is raging in our State’s capitol right now- Sacramento! I have never personally attended this fair, but YOU SHOULD! Why? There is a display of all of the wonderful, yummy, alcoholic, creamy delicious and beautiful goodness that makes up Humboldt in a lovely-looking Humboldt County display booth!

You can see products from local breweries, distilleries, food distributors …and US! Check out these photos and go check out the booth!
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