What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why? Photographers, artists, poets: show us KITCHEN.
My first mother-in-law gave them to me 40-some years ago, when her son and I were first married. I didn’t care for them at first, deeming them cheap and ugly. I would’ve preferred the colorful, more expensive Pyrex bowls Grandma had.
But who was I to be choosy? I had no mixing bowls. I didn’t have much of anything at that point. I was grateful for Marge’s gift, bearing in mind that she cooked for a living and she had raised and cooked for eight kids. She probably knew what to look for in a mixing bowl.
Over the years I grew to appreciate the red mixing bowls more and more. I don’t even think they’re ugly anymore. They’re lightweight and durable, plus I like the pouring-spout shape and the easy-grip lip on the opposite side.
I eventually acquired Grandma’s Pyrex mixing bowls. I’m fond of them, because they were Grandma’s, and I do use them, but not nearly as often as I use the red ones.
I think Marge would be pleased to know that I still appreciate her gift of mixing bowls. The marriage with her son didn’t last, but the bowls sure did.