Gift idea – deviled egg plates

I want to talk about a gift idea – deviled egg plates. But first, a back story…

After we had been dating for a few months, Eric and I decided we wanted our parents to meet. I get butterflies just thinking about that…about our new love…about thinking he might be “the one”.

We both lived in Charleston (not together, mind you). But, his parents were in Florida and mine were in Georgia, as they are now. So, we decided to invite them up here for the Thanksgiving weekend to meet. Eric’s parents would be able to come for the actual Thanksgiving day, but my parents would not be able to make it until Friday. This would be my first Thanksgiving without my family. So, Eric sweetly asked me what I would want on the table…what did my family eat that would make this meal special for me?

I asked Eric what they typically ate, and he said turkey and stuffing. And, we paused while he described the side dish his mom made. While cornbread was noticeably absent from the preparation of this side dish, she didn’t actually stuff it in the bird, so we moved on through the menu. Sweet potato souffle, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole…the rest of the items seemed harmless and similar enough to me.

“What about the collards?” I asked.

Collards?

Yes, collard greens.

That’s right, friends, they didn’t have collard greens. And, here we are again at the proverbial Mason Dixon line in our relationship. I was devastated. I couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or especially New Year’s dinner without collard greens. How had he survived almost 30 years without collard greens? I’m telling you, friends, if you want to go North, just go South of Jacksonville. (I kid, I kid).

I tried to explain how you made them and why they were so wonderful. I told him you started with a ham hock, that you seasoned ’em, and then let them cook for a few hours. A ham hock???? How many collard greens? How much water? Making them was so natural for me, that I had a hard time giving him exact directions. This is a problem with my family recipes…there is no recipe.

Well, Eric got online, and turned to the Southern food guru herself, Paula Deen. He carefully read her collard green recipe. He even bought a ham hock for the first time. Yes, my sweet beau made collard greens all by himself for our first Thanksgiving.

That’s when I knew he was the one.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner that year. My mother in law’s stuffing was delicious. She started with sliced white bread and set it out to dry. The resulting dish was drier (not in a bad way) and fluffier than what I grew up eating, but still full of that yummy, savory, sage flavor.

And, I realized at that first supper, there is one traditional dish that is present at both of our family celebrations. Deviled eggs are the unifier.

My mama adds a little sweet relish to hers. She sweetens everything. Again, no recipe, but I’d say she makes them like this, sans the garnish and with a tiny splash of white vinegar.

Jan, my mother in law, makes them without the relish, more like this. I personally prefer them without the relish.

As you know, I hosted Thanksgiving this year. I didn’t have a deviled egg, plate, though. So, I asked my mom for one as an early birthday present (December 3 is my birthday). And she obliged with a gorgeous platter to add to the carnival glass collection that I inherited from my grandmother. I can’t tell you how much I love this platter.

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via aliceinplunderland

And, would you believe, that Jan got me a deviled egg platter for my birthday too?! She didn’t know that I’d asked my mom for one, or that I even wanted one at all. But, she just gets me. She really gets me. The platter she got me is a vintage clear glass platter with a sweet floral design. I can’t wait to see it in person this week for Christmas.

If you need a gift idea, then look no further than these handmade plates from local Summerville artist Jill and Robin Carway. This mother-daughter duo has been crafting their Silver Pail Pottery together for years. When Mom, Robin, suggested adding a deviled egg platter to their wares, daughter Jill frowned, saying every deviled egg platter looked the same. So, they set out to create something unique and beautiful, but still functional and durable (mamas, that means dishwasher safe!). I think they achieved it. I wish I had a better picture than the iPhone pic I snapped shopping at Four Green Fields the other night.

available at Four Green Fields Gallery & Gifts

available at Four Green Fields Gallery & Gifts

We are in a new house, and I’m decorating my dining room now. I’d love to hang a pair of milk white Anchor Hocking plates like this one the wall:

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via aliceinplunderland

Here are a few more of my favorites, all available from Etsy sellers. (I’m sure you can find one at the big box stores too, but I love to shop local and small when I can).

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via SassyDogs

via HickoryTreeAntiques

via HickoryTreeAntiques

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via guesswhatIhave

via CottageHillCrafts

via CottageHillCrafts

 

 



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