Sauce Boat, Ashtray and Sweets Comport

Here are some miscellaneous items (Sauce Boat, Ashtray and Sweets Comport) I put together by The Homer Laughlin China Company.  On the left is a Fiesta sauce boat in green.  I really love the streamlined look.  The sauce boat was produced from 1937 until early in 1969.

The middle item is a Harlequin regular ashtray in yellow.  It’s in perfect shape and I was happy to find it.  Usually when I see a Harlequin ashtray, they have chips and have been used.  I don’t think mine was ever used.  Production began in 1938 and was discontinued in 1945.

The last item on the right is a sweets comport in green.  People sometimes refer to this as a “compote,” but Homer Laughlin used the word “comport” on its price lists.  It was made from late 1935 until late 1946.Sauce Boat, Ashtray and Sweets Comport

Homer Laughlin World’s Fair Plate

This is my 1939 World’s Fair plate by The Homer Laughlin China Company.  Six pottery companies joined together and built and operated a kiln at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York City as a tribute to the American Potter.  They produced a variety of plates, figurines, vases and bowls.  The Homer Laughlin China Company entry is the plate that I own and was designed by Fredrick Rhead.  In the center of the plate is the Trylon and  Perisphere that were the adopted symbols of the Fair.  These plates not only appeal to Homer Laughlin collectors, but also to World’s Fair and Art Deco collectors.

I love the colors and the Art Deco look of the plate.  It is also Mike’s favorite piece in my collection.  I rarely see these plates and got mine on eBay about 10 years ago.  Once I won the auction, I was contacted by another bidder trying to buy it from me and he was willing to pay a much higher price, but I had to keep it for myself.Homer Laughlin World's Fair Plate

One nice thing I found out about my plate is that it is very rare to have the gold stamp:  “Decorated by Charles Murphy, 150th Anniversary Inauguration of George Washington as First President of the United States, 1789 – 1939.”  My plate has the gold stamp.

Also check out my Homer Laughlin sauce boat, ashtray, and sweets comport.

Fiesta Corn

I was making our favorite tacos the other night when I decided I really wanted some sweet corn with them (along with some easy jazzed-up refried beans). I found a bag of the best sweet corn (from My Dad’s Sweet Corn in Tipton, Indiana) in the freezer and made this great Fiesta corn side dish. If you’re not lucky enough to have My Dad’s Sweet Corn, canned will do, but trust me… it’s not the same (but still good)!Fiesta Corn

Every summer I put up a huge batch of local fresh sweet corn for the winter. It takes a bit of work, but it is so worth it in the dead of winter. Nothing beats being able to have (almost) fresh corn when there’s a few feet of snow on the ground!

Serve this with my beef and bean burritos.

Fiesta Corn

Course Side
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mike


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 3/4 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups frozen sweet corn thawed (or 1 can sweet corn)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped (parsley also works just fine)


  • Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the peppers and saute until just softened.
  • Add the corn, chili powder, and salt. Stir. Heat through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.