Being a New Englander, there was only one thing that I could possibly write about when it comes to Thanksgiving and relish and that's the traditional Thanksgiving relish tray. There is not a single self-respecting traditional New England household that doesn't have at least one crystal relish dish in its cupboards somewhere for what's Thanksgiving without that crystal dish being set out on the table amongst the other feast items filled to overflowing with baby gherkins, black and green olives, and maybe even a sweet pickle mix with cauliflower and miniature onions? I can't remember a single Thanksgiving dinner here in Connecticut without it!
One of the things that I 'inherited' when my father's mother, my Old Gram B, moved into a nursing home due to increasing health ill and advancing Alzheimer's disease was a relish dish complete with a detachable handle (that I'm afraid is in need of a good polishing!). I wish I knew the story behind it but if Gram ever told me, I don't remember it and I doubt anyone else knows either. I have several dishes from her house but this is one of my favorites even though I don't get to use it very often as entertaining is not high on my list of things to do.
Still, I think I'm going to take it to work with me on Thursday and fill it with sweet baby gherkins and green olives just to make the day more traditional! I wonder how it will look on a dispatch console??
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