Favorite Things Friday

When I started this blog, I had Mailbox Mondays because the FL Keys residents had such adorable mailboxes to photograph. I have yet to discover a photo-based replacement for the mailboxes in my new home, but I discovered that I enjoyed sharing my #favoritethings every Friday on Instagram. Remember that Sound of Music Song? “These are a few of my favorite things…” I still sing it in the shower sometimes. Anyway, a wonderful consequence of talking about cooking and writing about cooking is that my family and friends give me interesting and beautiful food/drink-related objects. Just looking at them gives me enormous pleasure.

These #favoritethings also reflect my approach to cooking and entertaining. I am generally not a fan of unitasker kitchen equipment. In many cases, a good set of knives and some basic knife skills can replace mounds of gadgets. That’s not to say that I don’t own and enjoy some whimsical things the purpose of which is very narrow, but still fun. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to recognize the value and beauty of well-crafted things.

This week I want to share a #favoritething that I use fairly often – my deviled egg platter. While you can put deviled eggs on any old platter, it is safest to use a platter designed to hold those slippery little rounds in place. This one doubles as a souvenir from my one and only trip to Cancun for my brother’s wedding. This might surprise you, but most of my souvenirs from traveling are cooking-related, although I do have some purely decorative pieces that dress up my bookshelves. This platter doesn’t have a middle section for holding more eggs, but I just love the jaunty little chicken in the middle.

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What are some of your favorite things?

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