|A fish-shaped platter which I used for a salad of smoked trout with fresh vegetables.|
In my kitchen I have many platters and serving pieces, which I try to use in making food look beautiful without overdoing the "plating" as seen on TV. No tweezers for me! During the month of May, I cooked all the food depicted on the platters here -- either in my own kitchen or (as noted) at my daughter Evelyn's house in Fairfax, VA. It's been a busy cooking month in my kitchen and those I visited.
|Roasted salmon on another fish-themed platter (the fish pictures are hidden by the salmon in this picture).|
|Filled buckwheat pancakes on a black and white platter next to my griddle.|
|Fried dumplings on a very plain white platter.|
|Grilled lamb chops and edible pea-pods on a white ironware platter that I|
long-ago bought at an antique market for a few dollars.
|The same ironware platter with turkey patties and rice, along with some condiment dishes with apple & chutney.|
|Detail of the ironware platter: the china pattern is "wheat."|
|Cucumber salad in a plain glass bowl.|
|Tuna salad in a larger version of the glass bowl. Bowls are from Ace Hardware.|
I have the same bowl in larger and smaller sizes as well.
|Cherries in a bowl made by Ann Arbor potter I.B.Remsen.
I've had this for quite a long time. He's still making ceramics, but has
moved on with new glazes and new styles.
|Three slab-built platters -- the work of two members of the Ann Arbor Potters' Guild.|
|Quesadillas on the square slab-built platter shown above.|
|Broiled steak and vegetables on a black hand-made platter. I bought it at the Ann Arbor Art Fair many years ago.|
|Two small platters, one 8-sided and one 5-sided, which belong to Evelyn.|
The vegetables and garlic toast were accompaniments to a Beef Bourguignon.
You can see in the corner that she has a set of his dinner plates as well.
|A deep and rather large platter, used here for Monte Cristo sandwiches.|
This platter also belongs to Evelyn, who has many of Frankenberger's works.
|This is my very large Frankenberger platter. Since I rarely use it any more,|
I should give it to Evelyn! I put a full-size tomato on it to show how big it is.
|A deep platter of Evelyn's, in plain white, used for meatballs with|
mushroom gravy. I think it came from Bed Bath & Beyond.
|My great-grandmother's turkey platter, the oldest one I own.|