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I had some family and friends over for holiday brunch yesterday, and I decided to make something I remembered clearly from my childhood. My dad's coworker's wife used to make a vaguely Italian salad for gatherings, which contained a lot of stuff I liked: avocado, marinated artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, black olives. I always referred to it as Edith salad, and I looked forward to eating it every time we all got together. (Edith was pretty crazy and not a very nice person, so I didn't like her, just the salad.) Looks like this:

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I presented it proudly to my sister and my parents - Look! I made Edith salad. No one knew what the hell I was talking about. I texted my best friend at the time (her father was also my dad's coworker) to ask whether she remembered Edith salad. She said she remembered Edith making a lot of elaborate salads, but she didn't think Edith had a signature salad.

Did I dream this? The salad got wilt-y in about 15:00, so only a few people got to it before it ceased to be appetizing, and I ended up throwing most of it away. I'm gonna try this again next year and keep the lettuce separate. Maybe in a few years it will be known as small h salad, and then a few years after that, no one will have any recollection of it.

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We have threads for annoyances and what made us cheerful, but then there's those weird things that happen.....   My workplace is particularly fertile ground for the surreal. 2 current examples:

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The 3 Corning Ware blue cornflower casserole dishes with lids that I got from my parents last month are actually "new antiques".  That is, they'd never been taken out of the original 50-year-old packaging.  Knowing my mom, it actually surprised me that she hadn't used them, because she used a larger Corning Ware casserole dish a lot.

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1 hour ago, StephanieL said:

The 3 Corning Ware blue cornflower casserole dishes with lids that I got from my parents last month are actually "new antiques".  That is, they'd never been taken out of the original 50-year-old packaging.  Knowing my mom, it actually surprised me that she hadn't used them, because she used a larger Corning Ware casserole dish a lot.

In the trade, that's called "mint in box", treasures.    Maybe think twice before taking their virginity.    Or, just enjoy.  

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On 12/31/2021 at 7:38 PM, StephanieL said:

The 3 Corning Ware blue cornflower casserole dishes with lids that I got from my parents last month are actually "new antiques".  That is, they'd never been taken out of the original 50-year-old packaging.  Knowing my mom, it actually surprised me that she hadn't used them, because she used a larger Corning Ware casserole dish a lot.

That's the real deal Corning Ware - use it!

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I have just one blue cornflower Corning casserole with glass cover. Michael’s mother gave it to me shortly after he and I married. It wasn’t new. For whatever reason, she wasn’t using it. I have used it regularly for more than 50 years. 

 

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I have segued from cornflower to all white but Corning is a workhorse in my kitchen.    Freezer to oven, stovetop (gravy from drippings), fridge to microwave.  Larger pieces now sub as roasting pans.   Big batches of starch (stuffing or Yorkshire).  Washes with a flick of sponge after a  few minutes soak.   Corning does it all.

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1 hour ago, bloviatrix said:

Somewhere between cornflower and all white there was this set - my mom had pieces of this as well. (I have all white)

Corning Ware A-1 1/2-B Spice Of Life 1.5 Qt Casserole Dish ...

 

I have two small ones with that design. Lids are plastic. I discovered them when we cleaned out my mother’s Florida condo apartment (we were selling it) after we brought her up here in 2000. She must have bought them there because I don’t  recall her having them when she lived up here.* They were the only household items I took for myself. I use them a lot. 
 

*She moved to Florida after my father died in 1981. I never visited her. She would come up here once or twice a year.

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