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Old 03-05-2012, 07:44 PM   #81
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My motto: One dinner, one knife, one fork, one spoon.

Okay a soup spoon if you're serving soup.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:10 PM   #82
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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!
Same here!
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:39 PM   #83
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After some 20 years in the States, I still cannot understand how is it you peoples are eating dessert with a fork. Spoon for dessert is the only way to go.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #84
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After some 20 years in the States, I still cannot understand how is it you peoples are eating dessert with a fork. Spoon for dessert is the only way to go.
Where dessert is concerned, the correct implement would be a shovel!
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #85
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After some 20 years in the States, I still cannot understand how is it you peoples are eating dessert with a fork. Spoon for dessert is the only way to go.
I say it depends on the dessert. If it's most kinds of cake, then a fork is probably what I would use. If it is rice pudding, I'll take a spoon.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #86
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After some 20 years in the States, I still cannot understand how is it you peoples are eating dessert with a fork. Spoon for dessert is the only way to go.
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I say it depends on the dessert. If it's most kinds of cake, then a fork is probably what I would use. If it is rice pudding, I'll take a spoon.
I agree with TL. It depends on what the dessert is. I think the cake 'n fork or pudding 'n spoon are good examples. I think many dessert crepes would be easier with a fork, but ice cream would be of course ridiculous without a spoon.

I think it was Emile Post or one of them there etiquette queens who said that the main consideration is what is awkward vs. what is natural, graceful and facile.

IMO the proper utensil for dessert depends on exactly what is being served.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #87
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I say it depends on the dessert. If it's most kinds of cake, then a fork is probably what I would use. If it is rice pudding, I'll take a spoon.
While angel food cake is best eaten right out of the pan, tearing chunks out with your hand.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:57 PM   #88
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Growing up my kids learned the proper utensil for the right food. But not at every meal. I just wanted them to be able to go out into a public place and not be embarrassed. Would any of you recognize the difference between a fork for fish and a fork for the main entree? The fish fork is bigger. The tines are longer. No, I am not trying to show off. It's my mother's teaching coming to the fore. Strange as it may sound, this stupid information came in handy for my youngest. He recently attended a dinner where they had different courses. A black tie event. I had to laugh when he told me he thought I was crazy when I was trying to teach him these things. He ended up thanking me. In his chosen career, he is going to be attending a lot of these events.
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While angel food cake is best eaten right out of the pan, tearing chunks out with your hand.
Pour out a big pool of chocalate sauce in a bowl and dip those ripped off pieces of cake in it.
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Pour out a big pool of chocalate sauce in a bowl and dip those ripped off pieces of cake in it.
We had too much fun as kids and the biggest kid, my Dad, was the instigator.
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