CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Casserole Dishware

I just got a new casserole dish -- thanks, Marilyn mistressmarilyn, you're so good to me! It's the French White CorningWare dish.

This is part of my apparently never-ending QUEST to replace the casserole dish that Mom gave me years back, part of the CorningWare 'Spice of Life' series. If you're familiar with this set, you, too, might find it special. I recall I was delighted when Mom gave two of these to me. I never took a photo of it, I'm sorry to say. But I found one just like it online (of course), so here's what it looked like:
'Spice of Life' CorningWare casserole with lid

And here's the new one, with lid:
French White CorningWare casserole with lid

And again without lid:
French White CorningWare casserole (no lid)

I think the new dish is lovely, I really do. But impractical to some degree. I mean, no handles means it's much more difficult to get it in and out of the oven, for example -- or just to move it when hot ANYWHERE, frankly. I guess the French White is a really popular design -- I also have some of the smaller pieces.

Anyway, in the middle of the night last night it came to me: 'I bet I can get the same casserole dish at eBay.'

Sure enough, they have it there! I'm currently the top bidder on one being sold by a person in Kentucky that looks almost like new. It's probably in better shape than mine was.

Yes, I had a sentimental attachment to my now-gone casserole dish, that's true. But as I've tried to cook without it, I've realized it's about more than sentiment. My other two large casseroles are flat, not deep. They're great for brownies and cakes and cornbread -- and they work okay for casseroles, too -- though they tend to be more dry, I'm afraid. But the deep dish is perfect for making my casseroles. The new French White dish is good, if not perfect. But I would love to have the truly PERFECT 'Spice of Life' dish again.

Marilyn just came home to pick up her laptop for an afternoon meeting. When I told her about all of this, she insisted I should raise my bid (to avoid being out bid) and do whatever I could to be sure to get the dish. Then she told me I was never allowed to take it anywhere (including to potlucks at work) ever again. She said if we broke it here at home that was fine, but she wasn't going to give me the chance for anyone else to break it. I guess I'll be okay with that (as if I have a choice).

I suppose when you're taking casseroles to work or church or whatever, you should just use those disposable pans that you can buy. But come on! They don't cook things the same way. I've known people who never use anything else for potlucks (etc.), but I've never imagined it would be me using a toss-able pan.

I tried hunting for just the lid, as one of my casseroles doesn't have a lid (Mom broke it years ago). But the lid I found was as expensive as a dish with a lid, so why would I buy that???

Okay, so now I'm bidding on TWO different 'Spice of Life' casserole dishes at eBay. (Marilyn said if I had two, then it would be okay to take one places... heh...) This one only has two and a half hours to go -- and it didn't have any bids.

Would it be crazy to go from none to two? I don't know, but it would make me very happy. If casserole dishes don't make you happy, I probably can't explain. But I bet some of you totally get it. (smile)

Tags: 2009, cooking, dishware, food, june-2009, marilyn

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