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Pretty versus practical

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Any idea what this is? I’ll give you three guesses…

While it could be wall art, a change dish or an ash tray, it’s actually a spoon rest. See?

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I met Rose at a pottery shop one vacation. I fell in love with her soft colours and sensuous curves. We stay together because of the mugs, but between you and me, it’s not working out.

When I saw her sitting demurely on the display case, how was I to know I’d be hooking up with the high-maintenance, dumb blond of kitchen gadgets? Her sculpted petals are pretty but let sauce dribble onto the counter. And if I don’t rinse her off within five minutes? Her little nooks and crannies become impossible to clean. She really is a bit of a princess. Too delicate to put in the dish washer, she’s handwash only. Despite the royal treatment two of her nails leaves are chipped.

I didn’t set out to replace Rose. I was coming to terms with her demands. And when a meddling retailer introduced me to a perky little clip, I only wanted to talk. I had no intention of taking her home with me. But I did.

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What did I see in this plain Jane Trudeau utensil pot clip? Here’s Trudy in action. She proved invaluable last night when I made the cheddar apple soup.

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At $7, she’s a cheap date. Practical and hardworking she’s not above the dishwasher and can take the heat (up to 500°F or 260°C). She doesn’t need to be the centre of attention, either. She keeps the counter uncluttered so you can concentrate on other things and requires hardly any drawer space. Her 5-year warranty shows she’s not afraid to commit. What’s not to love?

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Gadget gauge: Affordable, effective and compact, this gadget is definitely worth the drawer space and cash outlay. In fact, I think I’ll buy another for a double date.

Want one of your own? Her friends are available in a rainbow of colours.

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0 Responses to Pretty versus practical

  1. cheryl September 5, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    The problem with me and spoon rests is, and I’m embarrassed to admit this, but half the time I forget to throw mine in the dishwasher! So I’ll be cooking tomato sauce or something, and then I go to put my spoon in the spoon rest and there’s, like, raspberry jam or melted chocolate or something in it. Gross.

    I need one of these clips.

  2. ClaireWalter September 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    ….or, Cheryl, you need more than one spoon rest. I have a saucer-size workhorse on which is emblazoned, “Rest in Grease.” When that goes into the diswasher, I have a coaster-size pottery one that used to be my main spoon rest until I got “Grease.” I also have a small pottery teabag rest that is OK for one not-too-large spoon — if a teabag is not occupying it. But none of my three full- or part-time spoon rests is as pretty as Rose.

    Claire @ http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com

  3. Christie's Corner September 5, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    Claire, “Rest in Grease” is hilarious! I love it!

    I have so little counter space Trudy makes too much sense to pass up, but I’d make room for a spoon rest with that grease message printed on it.

    Too funny. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lisa magicsprinkles September 6, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    How clever (the spoon rest and your post)! Glad you found a new chick to hang out with.

  5. Sam September 6, 2008 at 4:58 am #

    that practical spoonholder is a GREAT idea – the only thing is that it wouldn’t work in quite the same way if you had to put a lid on the pot!

  6. Christie's Corner September 6, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    Thanks, Lisa. But Sam makes a good point. I only tested Trudy in a “topless” pot.

    Guess Rose and I need to patch things up a bit — but I’m setting some boundaries!

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