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Old 03-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #71
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No nuts???
Usually sitting around the table.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #72
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My mother was fanatical about teaching us the courses, proper utensil and manners at the table. With my kids, it was always family style. But manners were always enforced. I even taught them how to take two or three strands of spagetti and twirl it on their fork. Slurping it into the mouth was not acceptable.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:36 PM   #73
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My mother was fanatical about teaching us the courses, proper utensil and manners at the table.
There's just one thing I've never been able to appreciate: having a fork just for salad and then having a different fork for the main course. Yeah I can see they're obviously a bit differently shaped, although I'm not totally convinced a salad fork works any better on a salad than a regular fork. (Yes I know the salad fork is removed from the table with the salad dish when the next course is ready to serve.) Okay I'll admit if I'm having a more formal dinner I'll use both forks in the place settings, but when eating alone I'd never use separate forks.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #74
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Family style at my house, no courses!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:17 PM   #75
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Family style at my house, no courses!
+1! Think feed trough.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #76
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A stack of plates and silverware, foods on the stove, ready. Make your plate!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #77
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My question though, does anybody feel that it's necessary to have two forks? Like one for the salad and one for whatever else you're eating (whether you call it a main course or not).

I think it's silly to have two forks.


Actually I usually practice "serve yourself" too. I put tableware and napkins on the table, a stack of dishes in the kitchen, and I point out what the eats are. Then let my family or guests plate their own food. How the heck am I going to know how big a serving they want?
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #78
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My question though, does anybody feel that it's necessary to have two forks? Like one for the salad and one for whatever else you're eating (whether you call it a main course or not).

I think it's silly to have two forks.
Two forks makes sense if you are using more than one plate. Then you can leave the salad fork on the salad plate and you still have a fork when the salad plate gets picked up.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #79
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I grew up in a house where they always yelled keep your forks, for dessert, when they cleared the plates from dinner. We were a real classy bunch of bumpkins. It's still the same at my house today,only now the forks all match!
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If you're really into washing dishes or clean up after a meal, knock yourself out using as much "china" and silverware as you like! That fork suits me just fine from soup to nuts!
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