Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tablescaping with Cookware

Annabel and I have been playing with new dishes that her daddy bought. Trey is a professional chef, and he just returned from CIA (Culinary Institute) in Italy.
I think tablescaping must run in families, because Annabel loved playing with everything. "Dish is soooo pwetty!" she said.
Trey loves cookware that goes from the freezer to oven to table to dishwasher--and looks handsome no matter where you put it!
I love their "architecture: ruffles, curves, straight lines.
We tested several brands...
Pillivuyt (made in France), Cordon Bleu (made in China), and BIA (China).
We loved them all, couldn't pick a winner. They cleaned up like a dream. However, they are porcelain and will chip, as poor Bandwith discovered.
I have a few cooking tips from Chef Trey,

but I'll save them for later. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

Note:
Neither Gollum nor Trey are affiliated with any of these brands...we just flat out like 'em.



23 comments:

  1. Although its certainly not as sophisticated, this post reminded me of how I am still drawn to solid French white corning wear.

    No matter how old school- when I see mountains of it at flea markets, etc. I get excited.

    Did you get to go to Big Lots?

    Laura

    whitespraypaint.blogspot.com

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  2. They're a little bit like Corningware but much prettier. I've always liked my Corningware and actually still do. I have several recipes that I use certain shapes and sizes for. Unfortunately, they are not as good as they used to be. Someone else bought them out and they will no longer honor their lifetime warranty. Bummer! Annabel knows where its at! Good for her - the baking dishes are pretty - I could easily choose anyone of those. ~ Robyn

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  3. Hello Gollum, I am so happy to see that you have adorable little Annabel and her parents over to visit, those dishes are simply beautiful and as Annabel says sooo pwetty :-), enjoy all the family fun, happy weekend, hugs, Kathy.

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  4. I love the look of those pieces of cookware too. I like the white too - it's just so classic!

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  5. I also have pieces from all those lines, and I think they all look and 'work' beautifully, as well!

    I can't wait for you to share Trey's culinary tips! :D

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  6. Dear Gollum, I've been wondering when the lovely Annabel would visit. I know how much you adore spending time with this little munchkin!

    I love the simplicity of lemons against white cookware ... so fresh!

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  7. Beautiful photography; the lemons were a perfect "garnish." The love of decorating/dishes must truly run in families, although sometimes it takes longer to manifest itself. My daughter used to DETEST any shopping that had to do with dishes or decor. I'd have to send her to White Mountain for ice cream while I shopped Calico Corners. Recently, she told me, "I must be getting OLD... I'm starting to love DISHES!" Annabel must be developing her love quite early. I think her grandmother might need to shop for a pretty little set of tea party dishes!

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  8. That's so sweet to play tablescaping with Annabel! I couldn't pick a winner either - they're all so pretty. Hugs to all! Diane

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  9. I love this post! Looking forward to Trey's cooking tips!

    I know you and Annabel are having a fabulous time together!

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  10. Your cookware dishes are great. I, too, love cookware that look good wherever you put them especially if you have a small kitchen. Great idea, Trey! And congrats in finishing up in Italy!

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  11. I love this post...just PERFECT !Can't wait to get the tips from THE chef...
    I know first hand how much fun you are having with your baby...I have 2 of mine with me today..we just went for ice creme, stopped and picked up 2 movies and popped corn. We are piling up in MY bed..(tonight, I am pretty sure I will find a few pieces of popcorn in there) and chillin' out....
    hugs, bj

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  12. I love those plates. I'm a sucker for pretty china! Does your husband cook most nights? What a lucky girl!

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  13. No, my husband doesn't cook. But! He goes with me to Big Lots. :-)

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  14. Good evening G, I love your "tablescape" with cookware!!!! Little Annabelle is the PERFECT sous chef too! She knows a good thing when she sees it.....already! A quick learner!!! But she has the MASTER teacher too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend too! Love, Pinky

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  15. I agree with Annabel - everything looks pwetty!

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  16. Don't you just love white cookware, so pure and simple. I think your blog photos are amazing love those star fish photos. Well heck evrything is yummy.

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  17. I bought a simple set of white porcelain dishes years ago, and they have been troopers! I wanted something that would go with any placemats and for a variety of occasions. Still using them today!

    And I love all the white cook/serveware you showed us. I'm with you, the architectureal shapes appeal to me. I just flat love white china. Our fine china is white with a gold band, and my mothers was white with gold and a gold floral center. But you can't beat pieces like this that take you so far from the oven to the table to the dishwasher.

    XO,

    Sheila... who thinks it would be wonderful fun to have a chef as a SIL!

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  18. One of my nieces is studying to be a chef. Fortunately, she did not inherit my gene for trainwrecks! ;-)

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  19. Ah, Annabel has the tablescaping in her genes! Little does she know yet that her grandmama is one of the queens of tablescapes. Can't wait to see what Chef Trey has *cooked* up for us. What fun y'all must be having together.

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  20. You are soooo lucky to have a prof. chef in the family! Love the cookware!

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  21. Awesome pics.!! Those cookware dishes are simply gorgeous. I love the way of presentation.

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