And no, I’m not talking about the fluffy white junk that keeps falling from the sky. I’m talking about two new dishes that my lovely Mama picked up for me! Really, I don’t think anyone wants to really hear about more real snow.
A separated dish in pristine condition! The mate finish doesn’t seem to be faded really at all, which is a big deal as anyone who owns a similar piece knows. Mate finished Pyrex are the fasted to die in a dishwasher…and I don’t think we need to have that conversation again, do we readers? This exact dish is going on Ebay for 22.99 in a few different auctions- Mama found it for 5.99 WITH lid! A few of the listings online do not include the lid. Fail.
Now, I had seen the separated dish before in a few flea markets and antique stores. But this little casserole dish? Never before! I was a little shocked, actually, when Mama sent a text saying she found it in such a form. This one is a little more worn than the other dish. But I love it no less. For this, she paid 3.99 for what is going for upwards of 35.99 on Ebay! Big thanks to the SAVERS in Fall River, Ma.
Ladies and Gentlemen: My Mother Is Awesome.
A little side note, if a I may…Finding dishes in ideal condition is great. But at the same time sad. Why didn’t anyone use it? They’re dishes, people! They are meant to be cooked in and have things mixed inside of them. I like a little wear on them is what I’m saying. I want to know that someone loved and used this before me…sort of like buying an old book. Though, dishes don’t have that wonderful smell…
The chocolate pie of my childhood has become the go-to dessert of my adulthood-but with a twist. See, Joe doesn’t like meringue because its not sweet. I understand this dislike though it does make me a little sad since meringue on chocolate pie is what I’ve always known. So since he has started an exploration of culinary means he offered to make a whipped topping for the pie.
A little backstory…last weekend I made a pie and some cookies for my father in exchange for tax preparation. I didn’t want to send over one of my Pyrex dishes (to be honest, if you have ever known the kind of house keeper my father and his wife are you wouldn’t send nice dishes there either) so I bought a pack of two pre-made pie crusts with dishes. All I had to do was pre-bake the crust and make the filling. So, when we had one left over I asked Joe what we should do with it and after I said chocolate pie he started in with ideas on what type of topping to make. It went something like this…
Joe: How about sea salt whipped cream?
Me: How about bacon? (even though I don’t eat pork bacon)
Joe: How about…strawberries?
We had some fresh ones in the fridge that I had picked up as a Superbowl snack so Chef Joe set out to turn them into something new
Wash them first, of course.
Small Friendship Cinderella dish
Then chop into fine pieces and add some sugar-use the amount that fells best for you. If you know you’re someone who likes things sweeter-go for it.
Then puree them with whatever sort of processor you have. We used a Cuisenart Smart Stick-thank you mommy!
In a separate bowl pour in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.
Medium size Terra bowl
After a few moments of whipping the cream its self, add in your purred strawberries.
After a few minutes of mixing your whipping cream will start to stiffen and become more of a WHIPPED cream. Add more sugar if it doesn’t seem to be stiffening properly…We didn’t exactly measure things this time,
It will look something like this. Since fresh strawberries were used there isn’t an overly pink color to the cream. Which is nice, eh?
The premade pie crust didn’t cut very well so the pie piece isn’t that pretty..but it was SO tasty!
Try this out in your favorite Pyrex and let me know how it goes!
As some of you may remember we had a few friends from out of state stay with us last month. One of them, a wonderful fella named Seth took some pictures of my Pyrex collection. The night they arrived was the night we learned how badly we were in need of a new display shelf as the more traffic we had in the kitchen the more the shelf began to lean. Joe and I had to pile most of our pieces on to the table, where Seth took the pictures that are to follow.
I love the pictures and am so thankful for Seth for taking the time to send them to me! There are not many but I do believe they’re a great little treat for what is turning out to be a gray and nasty day.
My cheese plate inside the Design, inside a Spring Blossom inside of Autumn Harvest
Old Town Blue gravy dish
And lastly, a non-Pyrex related picture…
Moxie with "Moxie pony"
The little painted pony was given to Joe by a customer a few months ago. It is small, wooden and hand painted. We’ve named him the Moxie Pony because he is a similar color to the Moxie soda bottle. These little horses are suppose to be good luck. So far, we’ve been pretty lucky so it must be working!
Thank you again to Seth for the photos and I hope they brightened up someones day!