I have bigger pots, and probably better ones. Lots of other spoons too. But soup, or chicken and noodles must have these two ingredients to make it right. At least, that's how it is in my house.
I grew up in the 50's and 60's. Mom used stainless steel utensils and aluminum pots usually, although she did have one nice big wooden spoon that was used all the time. Our kitchen was pretty old-fashioned when we moved in: one of those old gas ranges with the top thatfolded down over the burners and with little legs that kept it up off the floor. It had to be lit with matches. The sink I can barely recall, but I believe it was a white porcelain single bowl with an old arched faucet. Above the sink I remember well--large, tall brown cabinet doors with deep shelves inside. I think there was some glass in the doors. Under the sink were more of these doors, with those little twist-open latches so common on old cabinets. It was scary under there--dark with pipes and the faint smell of mice that never went away.
These cabinets were gone within a few years. Dad tore them out, put in a double-bowl sink with a deep window over it for Mom's African violets. He built another cabinet with sliding doors for the dishes on the wall to the left of the sink. The old stove left pretty soon too, to be replaced by a more modern version. The Hotpoint refrigerator with its domed top and small freezer compartment was around until I was in my early teens, I believe. We broke the handle and Dad replaced it with a pipe bolted to the remaining stub. I seem to recall that he put a latch of some sort on it too.
The kitchen had only those big brown built-in cabinets by the sink when we moved in. Mom got a pantry cupboard--a double door flatwall cabinet-- and a smaller single-door white metal cabinet for storage. Later Dad added a cabinet for pots and pans beside the stove, and he built in spice shelves, shelves for bread and bowls and a pretty corner cabinet for Mom.
But I do not recall Mom having many vintage dishes or kitchenware. We drank out of Jadeite mugs but she didn't like them, thinking they looked like restaurantware. Dad probably got them out of the dump at Fort Belvoir, where he worked. Later we had white Fire-King mugs and some brown Army mugs, and then Melamine replaced most of our dishes. Ugly stuff, I thought then, and my opinion hasn't changed. Eventually, after I left home, Mom got Corelle. She got into gadgetry too, always wanting to try the latest things to hit the market.
My china cabinet is almost identical to my mother's and like hers, it is filled with sparkle. My kitchen, however, is in many ways far different. It's full of things made in in the 20's, 30's and 40's with a few later items in the mix. I love bright flowered bowls, chalkware, painted metal canisters and ball pitchers (we had one of these when I was young, a white one for Koolaid). I use old utensils and have only a few modern gadgets. I just prefer the old things. They work well and last longer. And look way cooler, at least to me.
Whatever the reason, my kitchen is about as un-modern as they come. But the soups I make, stirred with a wooden spoon in the gray grantiware pot, taste better to me than if they were made in any efficient white kitchen. That is probably all in my mind, right?
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