there were two things every bride got for a wedding gift
A deviled egg plate
A relish tray!
I DO have my Grandmother's deviled egg plate and I use it --
mostly for Easter dinner for that's when we have deviled eggs --
the colored Easter ones are always on the Easter dinner table.
But alas, I have neither my mother's nor my grandmother's
Growing up, if we ate in the dining room, there was a relish tray on the table.
With celery, olives (usually green pimento stuffed ones) and small sweet pickles.
As a child, it was one of my favorite dishes!!!
And every holiday dinner included the relish tray
But for holiday dinners it included both kinds of olives -- the big black ones and the green stuffed ones -- the celery too, was often stuffed with cream cheese
I think ahead and sometime during my first year of marriage,
at a flea market that we frequented every Sunday morning,
I found the relish tray of relish trays!
It's big -- think at least 12 inches and it has slots for all the ingredients of a relish tray --
with the picture of the ingredients embossed.
The pickles, the olives, the celery . . . and then there is a fish!
I'm not sure if the fish is for caviar or perhaps chunks of tuna
But it is there --
At my house it is another slot to put olives!
It's a depression era piece, I'm sure, but I don't know who made it.
It's not all that common a piece (not like the relish dish like my Mom's that I pictured above)
but I have seen it occasionally.
I knew that one day that I would be hosting and this was a perfect dish!
And it's true, I became the host and so every Christmas, every Easter, every Thanksgiving,
I would get out my dish, fill it from the jars in the fridge, cut celery into sticks, plunk the pickle fork on top and set it on the holiday table.
I was at the Methodist Church Bazaar in the little town 20 miles from us
and there was this dish!
It's small -- about six inches square
But it has the same pictures embossed in it.
So I am sure it's made by the same company in the same time period
It was way more than $2 -- $12 actually, but I knew it had to come home with me.
I thought that I would revive the relish tray for our dinners.
Husband Jim is not big on olives (unless they are in a martini) but he does love pickles and celery
So Tuesday night, I filled the tray and put it on the dining room table.
We ate everything!
And everything is placed correctly, because there is a picture to tell me so.
Those don't look like little sweet pickles, you might comment,
And indeed, they are not -- Husband Jim likes pickles that are spicy or even
a whole raw Jalapeño pepper with his meal
So the pickle slot is filled with a hot pickled pepper.
I love my new relish tray.
It's home is in a kitchen cabinet, not the china cabinet like it's bigger sister.
For it's for everyday use -- not holiday only use.
I think we should revive the tradition of a relish tray with dinners.
It adds a layer of flavor to a meat and potato meal.