I don’t remember who gave us our mushroom bowl as a wedding present. But we have used it as a serving bowl more nights than not over the past forty-five years. It is the go-to serving bowl for popcorn, stir fry, and pasta dishes, especially spaghetti with shrimp, tomatoes and broccoli. The bowl is enamel over metal, and it has aged a bit, but so have we.
What’s amazing is how common that bowl is among people in our generation. Our friend Margaret who often contributes the salad to our pre-concert dinners, always brings it in her mushroom bowl. And a neighbor used the same bowl at a fancy dinner party that we attended in her home recently. We all find it indispensable.
I think I’ll have my mushroom bowl buried with me, maybe full of popcorn.