Monday, November 19, 2007

Manic Monday - Relish

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With Thanksgiving almost upon us here in the United States, Morgen of It's A Blog Eat Blog World and host of Manic Monday decided that we were going to progress from 'gravy' last week to 'relish' this week in keeping with our holiday feasting words with multiple meanings.

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??

Old Gram B's relish trayIf you relish reading some more Manic Monday posts, stop by Morgen's place and may your Monday be sweet! Also, scroll down to see who's having a birthday today!

22 comments:

  1. have a sweet gherkin for me! What a beautiful dish. Have a wonderful working Thanksgiving, Linda and happy MM.

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  2. That's beautiful, Linda! Great post for a wonderful day. :)

    Hmmm...did you say Birthday?!

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  3. I packed up my relish tray with most of the rest of the kitchen stuff I never use. I hope I don't get told to go dig it out of storage now...

    Ian

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  4. Never even thought of the need for the relish dish or tray! Thanks for the reminder there of a few extra things I need to pick up between now and the big turkey day! BTW - loved the dish -very pretty.

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  5. At least you could write something ! I didn't understand the word "relish" and my dictionary didn't help me either. Relish for me was the labelled glass on Moo's blog, lol !

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  6. Beautiful tray...Don't most families do this? I don't think of it as being a New England kind of thing. I hated it as a kid because it only had yucky adult things on it: carrots, pickled onions, cauliflower "bits," and olives...yuck!
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  7. That is a really nice tray. I typically put out relish-y things, but I don't have a great tray like that. Must be the influence of the First Thanksgiving up there.

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  8. Oh, and I also wanted to say I have given you the Great Buzz award for creating such a great buzz in the blogosphere.

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  9. What a lovely heirloom and memories to go with it. If it goes to work, put it out of range of the big guys who break things.

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  10. Re "gravy" no, really no one except in the UK know what it is ! In other European countries it would just be a meat sauce but there are 1000 recipes, lol !

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  11. I relish your Manic Monday Post

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  12. What a pretty tray to relish. I love filling up on all things "relish" before a meal...I think it's the crunch value that I enjoy. Yum.

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  13. not just New England...my relatives in Indiana, Tennessee, and California all serve a relish tray very similiar. too funny.

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  14. I love the serving dish Linda, it's beautiful. We don't do the relish trays here. Chips and dip, various nuts (pun intended) and stuff like that.

    Sorry you have to work on Thanksgiving, but I so remember many long shifts that I worked on the holidays. Have a great MM. :)

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  15. southerners all have them too honey. and deviled egg dishes too!

    smiles, bee

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  16. It looks like a good Thanksgiving is coming your way.

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  17. That's a very pretty relish dish. Great post.

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  18. My Gram had a relish tray. Not like this one, but she had one.

    My sister and I used to get the black olives and put them on our fingers. I taught my niece how to do it too.

    Happy MM!

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  19. lovely! my mom's was green crystal and divided...no handle...it got lost in the fire with all her other crystal :(

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  20. What a pretty dish! Don't forget the pickled watermelon rind!

    :-D)

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  21. Such a gorgeous dish, Linda. Reminds me of my grandmother's.

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  22. That is a fabulous dish and I think it would look mighty fine on any dispatch console. I applaud you for being one who actually uses their finer dishes rather than leaving them languishing in a cabinet somewhere. Grandma would be proud.

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