Saturday, January 30, 2010

Silver Sunday V : Chafing Dishes Revisited


        My fixation on chafing dishes was fueled by reading three of Julia Reed’s books: Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena, The House on First Street, and Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with recipes).

        If you have read any of her books or essays on southern living and entertaining, you will understand.

        Plus chafing dishes are pretty, treasure-filled  when used, and evidence of family/friend shared recipes and cooking.

        This is proof.



        The only time in chafing dish history where we may have gotten a little confused was during the 70’s and the era of fondue.

        Although fun, the idea of dipping our food INTO a common serving dish, rather than taking it OUT, was interesting.

        I am not a purist, and I will never make this.


        However I have served artichoke dip, scalloped pineapple, broccoli cheese dip, and multiple cream cheese concoctions- all in shiny, silver serving pieces and chafing dishes.


     I just love them so.

     I know… Little House on the Prairie one day and silver chafing dishes the next…

     It’s just the way my mind works.

      Go visit other Silver Sunday samples at the wonderful Gypsyfish Journal.


Maureen said...

Love the detail on the first pic. Pretty, pretty.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

She's a beauty! You can tell it's a girl because she's wearing ruffles. :)


Hi Laura,
I love silver when it is ornate like your chafing dish...I use mine to put all my monthly correspondence in...I hate paper clutter...this way it's out of sight...wish it could be out of mind, too :)...

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

How purdy...I luv silver pieces too! Hope you have a nice Sunday:)


Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

I had never heard the term "chafing dish"....wonder why they are called that. Yours is a beauty.
Happy SS!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Laura, That's a lovely chafing dish and so much more appealing than the modern ones!
Have a wonderful Silver Sunday!

Theresa said...

LOVE it and the detail... OH MY GOSH! I am not making tongue either, YUCK! Have a blessed day dear Laura!

Anonymous said...

I love the post! Over the past year I have found several silver chafing dish bottoms (missing the dish) and repurposed them into other, fun, fun!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your pretty chafing dish. It is gorgeous. It is wonderful that you actually use them. Hugs, Marty

Lucy said...

Food just tastes better if it's served in a beautiful dish and that one is a beauty!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Laura
Well I this chafing dish is wonderful!! I have a friend who is a chef and she has the commercial variety... but nothing as beautiful as this!!!

Thanks for popping over.. I was sad to miss Silver Sunday this week so even lovelier to have your visit.. Julie

Jo said...

You dish is lovely. I think I'll skip the recipe :)
My mother had a wonderful silver collection. I'm really enjoying using, displaying and the memories that each piece holds.


Jane said...

Very pretty chafing dishes and I love that you still use them. I collect these pieces and then they sit displayed, collecting dust!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Yes Laura, you are a woman of varied interests and vast extremes! Love you silver chafing dishes. Now where does the term "chafing" come from? I always think of "chafing" as being "put out". Any intellectual thoughts on the subject?
talk soon.

Anonymous said...

I am not sharing this post with Hubby, lol. He loves tongue (lengua) - especially if it's covered with mole. He would probably love that recipe.

Staci Danford said...

I'm so excited that you found my blog so that now I can come by and visit yours.. I love your chafing dishes.. I go by Goodwill almost daily and have an entire cabiet full. haha Not sure what I'll ever do with that many, but just feel like I need to rescue them.. Bliss and Blessings your way... Thanks for stopping by.

Marigene said...

Pretty chafing dish, beautiful detail glad that you won't be serving any tongue out of it!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Beautiful chafing dish. I like your idea of recipes prepared and that you skipped the tongue....tongue and silver, there is surely a law somewhere.

Helen said...

Dear Laura,
Wow! Your post today brought memories flooding back ~~ the Sunday night ritual our family had (in the 70's) of having fondue dinners. I really got quite creative with sauces too.

Sherrie said...

Do I have fondue recipes. I hosted a going away party and served savory and sweet fondues. I called it a "FONDue Farewell Party" I know I was having too much fun.

Desiree said...

I love the dish...So elegant and dreamy...Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Silver Sunday!
PS I love the Deco silverware from last week-stunning!!!

Dixie said...

You can keep the tongue... but I do love the dish!

Unknown said...

very pretty!

the old white house said...

What a great post! I love chafing dishes, they are hard to find all in one piece but I'm still trying. The cookbook would be great to have too (minus the tounge recipe!) Thanks for sharing ~ Theresa

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Love the chafing dish. I just passed one up at an Estate sale...but I didn't know what I would use it for...gee, I wasn't thinking of tongue!!
Happy SS!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Beautiful chafing dish! But the tongue recipe brought back some funny childhood memories. My family was visiting an elderly family when I was a teenager and I knew the beef for dinner was good as I chewed, but when I swallowed it was awful. Mother told me it was tongue! Then we had the leftover tongue the next morning with eggs! Yuk! Linda

Gypsy Fish said...

Lovely dish...the detail in the feet are amazing.
Thanks for being part of Silver Sunday....see you next week~
{{gypsy hugs}}

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Laura; Love you Chaffing dish,, it is so gorgeous.... have a great week.


trash talk said...

I love this post. I have several that get drug out for special buffets. They make me feel special. I'm sure Ma would have used them on the prarie if she could have.
P.S. Tell Debra I thought chafing was what happened when jeans were too tight!

Lyneen said...

Beautiful chaffing dishes. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet words. Happy Silver Sunday


Beautiful chaffing dishes! ~ Angela

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