all over the fekkin’ place

I went to Marshall’s earlier this week to see what they had in stock for my vision of Turkey Day. I am not buying a lot, but there were just a few pieces I didn’t have for serving that I wanted.
Paradiso plateI have these black square plates, but I only have 5 and I wanted a round number for a buffet type party thingy. 5 didn’t quite cover it. I looked at the usual places I used to see them, but I worried that they were out of print production. And it was Monday so I was in that nutzoid state that just clawed at my chest in frettitude. (as an aside, if I let myself fret like this by myself, I make this noise like my mom’s dog Sophie when she gets frustrated or whatever it is that she is upset about. I have no idea what that is. Its ok Sophie, honey. I understand.) And I just couldn’t find anything that would work along with them (I could deal with a black plate that complimented them or a white one – but everything seemed to be a too different feel) and so I did a serious amount of Google image searching, but then I finally went to BB&B’s website and found them! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I guess I forget they are online.

So, that’s ordered.

Now I was looking for little tiny soup bowls that are not curved at all, sort of delicate and white. Somewhat like ramekins, but without the fluting… and taller. I’d never seen any, so I really had no idea if they even existed. I’ll be making squash soup and I figured no one is going to want a huge bowl of squash soup (no matter how damn good it is with creme fraiche) with all the other food I’ll be shoveling into their gobs. (No one goes hungry around me on Turkey Day.) and I figured small bowls that they could put on the black plates would give them enough soup and they would be able to have it all on the plate without having to carry around two dishes. (Though I will have TV trays strategically placed around the house for setting things down.)
Murano Glasses 43I found some normal ramekins at Marshall’s as well as some drinking glasses (my last set I bought in Austin during college; out of 12 I am on my last one. So I allowed as how I could buy another 12 and they would last for several years as well.)
So I bought 2 sets of 4 (and needed to go look for a third set hence the return to a different Marshall’s-and I got some at the other one, so I returned from the hunt triumphant.) and the ramekins that I could return if I found the perfect thing somewhere else later. I like Marshall’s. They sometimes have the weird pieces in my china pattern and I am a total Polish Pottery slut, so I go there to fondle them without buying. (Does that make me a Polish Pottery tease?) but they also have lots of cool pottery and dishes.
I am pretty good at resisting kitchen things since my kitchen is wee tiny and I have no real storage, but I am on a mission for Turkey Day, so I allowed myself a nice white baking casserole dish which will look beautimous with the soup in it.
I also found the PERFECT BOWL, however, it had no price tag and I was pretty sure it was a sugar bowl missing the lid. I would have tried to buy it, but only one of the PERFECT BOWL just wouldn’t cut it and I’d just completely get wiggy over it…. So, I. Just. Let. It. Go. (I’m working on it, really.) Though I did make a note of the manufacturer mark on the bottom…
Ah well.
PERFECT BOWLBut it happened that the PERFECT BOWL happened to be the same imprint as the casserole I got as well…
The imprint is b.i.a. cordon bleu and when I Googled it, the PERFECT BOWL appeared right there on the front page of the website. (Well, actually turns out I want the 8oz quiche dishes… and I found them here. But still… I love it when I find the exact thing that is in my head.)
Can you hear the chorus of angels? Yes, this has been an utterly manic/depressive week.
Now I just have to order some.

And then the bufet.


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