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May 17, 2014 12:13 PM

Cookware you secretly use as dishware?

While I was heating up the last of the leftover meatballs for lunch today, I was wondering if anyone else uses what was made for cookware as dishware, as I do sometimes. (But, of course, you’d never do this in front of others!)

And I’m not talking about just eating right out of the pan you’ve cooked in (oh, the crimes we sometimes commit when alone in the kitchen).

Some time ago a round 2-qt. clear Pyrex lidded glass casserole came into my possession. While it’s great for a number of uses, it’s also become my go-to pasta bowl. Yup, vermicelli and meatballs, ravioli, portions of baked ziti or lasagna warmed up from another pan, whatever, if I’m eating pasta alone it goes into the Pyrex. Rather inelegant, but it works! It’s also my go-to bowl for assembling a composed salad, such as a cobb or shrimp louie.

At the same time, I’ve got this ‘I wouldn’t want anyone to see me eating from it’ thing going on.

So do you have a piece of cookware you regularly use as dishware, too? Go ahead, let it all out, confess just like you were on Oprah. Inquiring minds want to know! :)

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  1. I actually don't own any glasses or cups so if the water bottle I use all the time is somewhere else then I just drink out of a small stainless steel mixing bowl. I also carry stuff in my teeth - spoons, forks, occasionally tongs - by their ends when I move around the kitchen. I also turn my head sideways when I get confused.

    The family dog influenced me a lot, is what i'm trying to say.

    1. When I was single I tended to cook, serve and eat out of my Pyrex 2 and 4 cup measures.

      1. I have one of those clear casseroles too!!
        Perfect for pasta. Popcorn. Salad. Stuff.

        Not quite the same:
        Red and black melamine rice bowls: milk, water, soup. Anything and everything gets eaten out of the bowls, and the lids are for any sauce, and small serving of anything.

        1. I have an old-style all-clad stainless "cassoulet" pan, about 10 inches wide and 3 inches high, with loop handles, curved sides and a flat lid. I use it for stir-fries, as a small braising pan, etc. I also use it as a salad bowl and a pasta serving bowl, among other things. It's my go-to pan for almost everything.

          1. I don't use it as dishware. When I do it, it's just eating out of the pan. It's not bad manners, as long as you're standing over the sink. It would be rude if you were eating with someone else and expected them to stand over the sink, too.