Does morning coffee not taste the same unless it’s in your favorite, faded, feels-great-in-the-hand mug? Do you have an unshakeable desire to put every dessert on that funny-looking vintage cake stand you found at a yard sale? Is using that wooden spoon with the smooth, tapered handle the pre-requisite to a good day? An irrational obsession with a particular piece of dishware or flatware seems like the most rational thing in the world… right?
I’m particularly attached to my thick-walled ceramic tumbler, festooned with lucky cats of all shapes and sizes, that I bought for a couple bucks in a cavernous warehouse on NYC’s Canal Street. And my bright orange Kuhn Rikon paring knife reminds me of that hazy party in which a chef friend gave me this very tool as a utilitarian house-warming gift. (It even comes with its own cute little sheath.) They’re fun tools in my arsenal, giving bits of joy to even the most everyday kitchen chore.
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen for fun stories involving favorite dishware. Here are a sampling:
I have a small pink spoon that I used as a kid that I loved. I used it all the way though high school as the perfect ice cream scoop, peanut butter delivery device, and portion controller. I loved it, but who brings a spoon with them to college? And now, it’s gone. I never even got a chance to say goodbye.
I once had a dinner guest who refused to eat from my favorite fork because, and I quote, “It’s too skinny.” It was this bad boy here. He ended up using a spare plastic fork from a takeout restaurant.
A big tomato-red deviled egg plate that a former editor gave to me for Christmas one year. It’s modern, minimalist, and utterly useless to anyone but the most fervent egg fan. I was sincerely touched that she would know I would adore this ridiculous object.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
What’s your favorite piece of dishware?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!
(Photo: Isabel Bloedwater)