Monday, April 16, 2012

Good bye, so sad . . . Hello, Emeril!

We've had this pot in our kitchen since 1988.  That's the year Lillian moved in with us.  Lillian was my mother-in-law, and I couldn't have asked for a better one.  She shared her recipes, her stories, and her love with me.

After she suffered a stroke, and it became apparent that she could no longer live on her own, she moved in with us.  Packing up and letting go of her things was very difficult.  With the advantage of time and age, I now have a better understanding of just how hard it really must have been for her. 

As we were packing up her possessions, my sister-in-law, Rina, said to us:  “Oh, you've got to take this pot.  It's the perfect pot for making popcorn.”  How could I refuse?  At that moment, not taking it would have meant rejecting a great deal more than a silly old pot.


And so, this unattractive pot made its way into my kitchen.  Boy, have we ever used it!  We've made countless batches of popcorn, and cooked many, many pounds of spaghetti in it.

Brillo pads have given their lives in sporadic attempts to improve its looks, all to no avail.  But lately, it's gotten even uglier, after my son tried putting it through the dishwasher.  The Brillo pads have finally raised the white flag.  Now the wooden handle is getting loose - too much glucosamine and chondroitin maybe . . .  It's been way past time to retire this old friend, but I hadn't yet found THE ONE . . .


And then, serendipitously, I saw the pot I want to spend the rest of my life with.  Here's the replacement already hard at work.  It's a 4-quart saucepan from Emeril Lagasse's Cookware.


Shiny stainless steel, with a copper-clad bottom, two pouring spouts and awesome handles!  And check out the lid below!


There are holes on opposite sides to drain liquids, and it has a glass top so you can peek at what's cooking without lifting the lid.  By the way, I'm perfectly aware that I'm going on about this pot like some people talk about their cars . . . to each her own . . .

My husband, a very sentimental guy, grumbled a little about getting rid of "a perfectly good pot."  Sometimes, all the logic in the world won't stand a chance against sentimentality.  Now he says I'm probably the oldest thing in our house that connects him to his past.  He has such a way with words.  I reminded him he still had some of his father's tools in the basement - if he could remember where he put them . . .

But we used the new pot today, and I let him drain the pasta.  No complaints were forthcoming (translation:  it's probably better than he expected).  He even washed it after dinner.  Voluntarily.  Without any prompting.  I may just have to go out and get the rest of the set . . .

9 comments:

Gypsy Girl(Brenda) said...

Oh wow all the history behind the pot I bet it was hard to get rid of it. But I sure do like the one you replaced it with. I say you may need the entire set.

My 365 Project said...

I like the new pot!

Jojo said...

I hope you held on to the old pot. While it my need to retire it is still charming.

Nicki said...

It is so hard to part with utensils that are linked to so many good memories - now that you've taken a picture of it - and have that new one with the wonderful lid and fabulous handles - I'd bid the old goodbye too.

Margie said...

I love your new pot! Gorgeous-and funny how some of the ugliest tools are the most useful!

Barb said...

I like your new pot. Maybe you could make a flower pot out of the old one and put a nice plant in it.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

It sounds like a magical pot, Maria! Gets men to clean--they should put that on the box. I have an old pot which I will take with me forever. It has even spent a winter buried on the deck under 10 feet of snow from New Year's Eve til March after it was rushed out of the house with remnants of lamb stew burned to the bottom. It froze to the deck, then was buried. Have a great day! Linda

Angela2932 said...

I had the same thoughts as Barb! It would be perfect as a pot in the yard with flowers in it. In fact, I would seriously love to have this pot, if you are truly done with it!!!!!!!!!! (It would go in a spot I call "mom's garden", with Lily of the Valleys and Lilacs.) Maria, you have no idea how many plastic Wonder Bread bags, with those colorful bubbles, melted on the edge of this pot, and how long it would take me to scrub them off! It was, of course, ONE OF MY BROTHERS, who would manage to push the pot too close to a bag. . . and since I was the dishwasher. . . .
Your new pot looks like a fine, utilitarian, memory-less, if-you-have-to, substitute. Sniff.

But seriously, that drainer part looks totally inspired!

Linda said...

Wonderful story behind the well used pot. Even though ugly, it was very useful and carried a long history.
Your new shiny pot is very pretty. Sometimes, it's out with the old, and in with the new. Enjoy your new pot.