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While serving your holiday meals, what did you discover was missing?

foiegras Dec 25, 2009 04:22 PM

I found that I could really use

Silver ...

A carving set
More small forks (luckily Santa brought some)
A large serving fork
More soup spoons
Some kind of server--pie? lasagna?

Dinnerware ...

At least one more cup & saucer

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  1. capeanne RE: foiegras Dec 25, 2009 04:29 PM

    a real ( with a stem) cake plate ...I know I had one???

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      foiegras RE: capeanne Dec 25, 2009 04:59 PM

      Argh ... I'm remember the one I had and broke. There was a quite amazing amount of glass in that thing (stand & cover) ...

      My gravy boat dribbles too ... I guess they all do, but some designs seem to be better than others. What about a restaurantware one?

      1. re: capeanne
        eliz553 RE: capeanne Dec 28, 2009 06:46 AM

        I had a cake stand for the first time this year- new to me, but actually an old one, found on Ebay. I loved it.

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        Jeri L RE: foiegras Dec 25, 2009 04:35 PM

        An unbreakable, dribble-proof gravy boat. My mom gave me a gravy boat and I broke it the first time I washed it, so I'm back to using a 2 cup Pyrex measure. It's not very classy, but it does the job!

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          wattacetti RE: foiegras Dec 26, 2009 05:40 AM

          An extra dishwasher would have been nice.

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            RGC1982 RE: wattacetti Dec 27, 2009 05:04 PM

            Appliance or guest volunteer?

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              wattacetti RE: RGC1982 Dec 28, 2009 06:15 AM

              Actually both. The dishwasher is both slow and noisy and Fortessa's Dragonfly pattern is nice to look at but needs to be immediately dried after washing.

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              Jeri L RE: wattacetti Dec 27, 2009 08:40 PM

              What I need is a dishwasher with two top racks.

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                foiegras RE: Jeri L Dec 28, 2009 07:06 PM

                And I need one with two bottom racks ;)

              2. re: wattacetti
                eliz553 RE: wattacetti Dec 28, 2009 06:49 AM

                I hear you on the dishwasher.

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                Normandie RE: foiegras Dec 27, 2009 09:16 PM

                I decided to replace my formal china pattern this past year.

                On Christmas Day, I discovered I forgot to get any serving pieces--nary a matching platter or vegetable dish to be found. Duh. So the table, so carefully set with the new stuff, turned out at the last minute to be an amalgamation of this and that. :-D

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                  fauchon RE: foiegras Dec 28, 2009 04:50 AM

                  I don't know if this even exists, but I would love a thermal gravy boat/server. Gravy gets too cool/cold too soon...

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                  1. re: fauchon
                    wattacetti RE: fauchon Dec 28, 2009 06:16 AM

                    Bodum may have something like this, though I haven't actually looked; they have a line of two chamber glassware which does insulate the liquid.

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                      Normandie RE: fauchon Dec 28, 2009 06:22 AM

                      Hi, fauchon. Yes, they do exist, though some of them aren't very attractive. But there are various to choose from, so you might find something that suits your table setting. Just google, "thermal gravy boat", but here's one example for you:


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                        foiegras RE: fauchon Dec 28, 2009 07:08 PM

                        You might try restaurantware as a compromise ... I don't have a gravy boat, but the thicker walls certainly keep other things hotter longer.

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                        eliz553 RE: foiegras Dec 28, 2009 06:48 AM

                        I found out that I need another larger pot- at least 3-1/2 quarts. When there are no guests, it is just Hubby and I. I have plenty of small cookware, and not enough larger pieces. I foresee an All Clad purchase.

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