That’s the theme for this month’s Recipe ReDux. We were tasked with the following:
Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!
I haven’t inherited many kitchen supplies – my mom still cooks a lot (especially for the Jewish holidays) and most of the stuff I inherited from my grandmothers isn’t cookware. I do have a couple of pieces of CorningWare from my grandmother, which I love for leftovers since they are oven, microwave, stove-top and dishwasher-safe! These days it’s hard to find them in those classic styles with pretty floral prints, so I do treasure them. But I have actually never used them to cook something from scratch, only to reheat.
One serving item I did inherit from my grandmother is a glass pitcher with an etched floral pattern. I often use it for orange juice when I host Sunday brunch – that’s how I remember it from my grandmother’s house (along with her tuna salad with green relish and the best thinly sliced smoked salmon!). I rarely make use of the pitcher when I don’t have company, so I thought why not put it into more everyday use by keeping a pitcher of spa water in my fridge. I love spa water – you know the cucumber or lemon-enhanced water you often find at spas and fancy salons? It’s so refreshing and always revitalizes me.
My version of spa water contains one sliced orange, a handful of fresh mint leaves, and a few thin slices of fresh ginger. Served in this pretty pitcher, it reminds me of my grandmother and takes a random weekday to a higher level!
Do you have a piece of treasured cookware in your kitchen?
Share your story about it with us and find more stories from ReDuxers below!
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