by Tammy Taylor
For the past several years I have been mindful of the type of dishes in my kitchen. I don’t want inexpensive cheaply-made items, I want cookware that will serve me for years. One of the highest-used items in my kitchen is my collection of Corning Ware. These covered glass casserole dishes are safe to use in the oven or microwave, and are of course dishwasher safe and that kind of versatility works for this country girl!
These Cornflower pattern pieces were originally my grandmother’s dishes. My grandmother was a very good cook and used all of them in providing nourishing food for her family. I feel a wave of nostalgia and a warm hug when I use them, and I use them a lot.
Grandma & Grandpa were married in 1938 and enjoyed a lifetime together
I’ve made more casseroles than I care to count in them, and of course I’ve made desserts and side dishes in them as well. The glass covers mean that if there are leftovers then cleanup is easy – they can be covered and placed in the fridge for another meal. Oftentimes I pull them from the fridge and place the dish in the microwave for a quick heat-n-eat lunch. Utilizing leftovers in this manner helps reduce food waste because when it’s this easy to reach into the fridge and grab something wonderful to eat that only requires heating in the microwave, you’re much more likely to enjoy it instead of going out & buying something else to eat.
Modern convenience foods are certainly more prevalent now than they were in grandma’s day, but the way grandma cooked is how I try to provide food for my family as well. I strive to cook with foods in their most natural state when possible whether it’s veggies from my garden, fresh meats and cheeses from the store and even using meat my hunter husband has harvested right here on our ranch. I know that’s the way grandma cooked, and I know she’d be proud knowing I’m using the very same dishes to provide for my family that she did to provide for hers.
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