"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cooking Resources > Terms & Techniques
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-05-2007, 12:48 PM   #31
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,159
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckytom
we always set a table, but it never lasts that long anymore.

before our son, we'd set placemats, flatware, paper napkins, glasses and condiments on the table, and food was put in bowls or on platters for carving/serving. my family has always said grace as well. (i'm a little surprised that no one's mentioned that heretofore.)

now, we get plates and utensils on the table, but then you grab what you can while trying to keep the boy fed, and from pouring juice into the tv, imitating us feeding him by feeding the characters on tv.

i know, we shouldn't have the tv on, but it's the only way to keep him in one room long enough to be fed.

we're pretty good about alternating eating and feeding him. one of us gets to start eating while the other chases the little devil, then we switch off until everyone's fed.
I know very well how you feel, bucky. When our 5 were all at home, Buck vowed that when we built the next house, the dining room (swill slinging area) would be made of stainless steel, with a floor that sloped to the center with a drain. The room would be round with spray heads at the ceiling so we could hose the whole place down after the Barbarians ate.

Well, they really weren't that bad, but we had our challenges with 4 very active boys and a girl who could hold her own with her brothers. When we moved out of one house, we were showered with dried peas falling off the top of the china cabinet as we moved it out of the dining room. Wonder how those peas got there. Hmmm!
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 01:35 PM   #32
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Table gets set for supper only. The other meals are haphazard.

Plates, silverware and cloth napkins. We put the food on the table and everyone serves themselves. We put the condiments on the table in their jars.

Edit: We say grace too!
__________________

__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 01:59 PM   #33
Executive Chef
 
ironchef's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: The SPAM eating capital of the world.
Posts: 3,558
We set the dinner table every night with white table cloths and napkins, water glasses, show plates, bread plates, flatware....oh wait, that's at work.
__________________
"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
ironchef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 02:06 PM   #34
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,806
You are too funny IronChef!!1

__________________
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 02:52 PM   #35
Master Chef
 
SierraCook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sierra Valley, Northern California, USA
Posts: 5,580
Being single I eat most of my meals in front of the TV on a TV tray. But I use glass dinner plates, set out the silverware, and use nice and thick dinner size paper napkins. I hate the thin cheap paper napkins. Sometimes, I will buy decorative paper napkins to make things more festive. When I have company for dinner it is always at the dinner tableand depending on the occasion with cloth napkins. Sometimes the condiments are put in bowls or left in the original jars depending on what is being served, the occasion and who the company is. I like having a real table cloth on the dinner table. No vinyl table cloths, please.
__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt
26th president of US (1858 - 1919)
SierraCook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:01 PM   #36
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Illinois/USA
Posts: 1,343
Dirty cloth napkins are disgusting. A dirty table cloth is even worse. They have to be washed immediately after every meal. Some people rarely clean the table cloth and use place mats.

Using pretty stuff for a special occasion is one thing.

People who wash their kitchen linens (dish cloths, hand towels, potholders...etc) with their clothing gross me out. No matter how many dryer sheets that they use, there is a telltale smell.
__________________
StirBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:09 PM   #37
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,159
Quote:
Originally Posted by StirBlue
Dirty cloth napkins are disgusting. A dirty table cloth is even worse. They have to be washed immediately after every meal. Some people rarely clean the table cloth and use place mats.

Using pretty stuff for a special occasion is one thing.

People who wash their kitchen linens (dish cloths, hand towels, potholders...etc) with their clothing gross me out. No matter how many dryer sheets that they use, there is a telltale smell.
I agree S'Blue. Our napkins are laundered quickly and I would never think of using a dirty tablecloth after its first use. As for our napkins, we probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 or more. Quite ample for just Buck and me. Our table linens have never had any kind of odor after laundering so I can't imagine what other folks do to have any kind of smell remain.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:35 PM   #38
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Illinois/USA
Posts: 1,343
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie E
I agree S'Blue. Our napkins are laundered quickly and I would never think of using a dirty tablecloth after its first use. As for our napkins, we probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 or more. Quite ample for just Buck and me. Our table linens have never had any kind of odor after laundring so I can't imagine what other folks do to have any kind of smell remain.


They are washing them with their socks and underwear.
__________________
StirBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 10:29 PM   #39
Sous Chef
 
Nicholas Mosher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 768
I wait until I have a full basket of towels and napkins. Then I wash them with a cup full of bleach. They all come out white and fresh for me. I'll usually include any items that are bleach-safe too, like white t-shirts.
__________________
Nick ~ "Egg whites are good for a lot of things; lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators." - MacGyver
Nicholas Mosher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 01:15 AM   #40
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 665
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie E
As for our napkins, we probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 or more.
Ah, Katie ... I can see that you are to the world of napkins what Imelda was to the world of shoes!

As for the smell of unlaundered napkins, washing them or not with one's undies and socks ... hasn't this conversation taken a lovely turn!

In all seriousness, though, there is an argument for using paper products if you take a close look at what's involved in laundering cloth napkins instead. Particularly if you run frequent small loads to avoid them getting smelly and/or stained, chances are good it's not exactly friendly to the environment or economical, all that water, most likely heated water. Plus then a dryer to dry them rather than hanging them outside, right? And perhaps thereafter an iron?

Just a thought. I'm a devoted recycler but still we use paper at the table for the above reasons.
__________________

__________________
XeniA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.