HALLIE EPHRON: I have a theory that certain possessions tell you a huge amount about the person who owns them. Underwear, just for example (black lace or Lollipop). Sleepwear, too (negligee, granny gown, or old shorts and a T). Also the coffee mug you pick to fill when all of them are clean.
But today we're not going to talk about underwear or sleepwear or coffee mugs. I want to talk about salt (and pepper) shakers. Because as much as anything I think they define some of us.
Here are two sets of salt and pepper shakers that belong to my older daughters (pigs and muscle men). No fine china for her -- these say it all. Her quirky sense of humor, love of the absurd. She does not take herself too seriously.
My younger daughter (the architect) has an Empire State Building salt shaker.
Here are mine, a pair of Depression glass salt and pepper shakers that I picked up years ago at...where else? A yard sale. Plus a pair of frogs from Portland, Maine, and a pepper grinder that belonged to my mother.
So what do your salt and pepper shakers tell us about you?
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: SO interesting. Here are ours:
Silver and crystal from Mom's estate.
Wood from I bet--college. Can that be? At least from an earlier marriage, Jonathan's or mine, who knows.
Plastic from, who knows. And I looked and looked but I cannot find the matching salt.It's somewhere. I guess we don't use it!
The tulips are for extra credit.
LUCY BURDETTE: You've stumbled on one of my quirky addictions Hallie. Except for baking, I use Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt on everything. The label says it contains sea salt, pepper, dehydrated onion and garlic, herbs and spices. I love it so much that I buy extras in every grocery store for fear it will disappear like Hank's favorite lipstick.
So that's what's on our table, along with a wooden pepper mill.
DEBORAH CROMBIE: These in the photo are not mine. They were on the table in Strada, one of my favorite Italian chain restaurants in London. Mine are acrylic like this, but they don't match. One got broken somewhere along the way and was replaced. I won't bother with pepper unless it's fresh ground, and am addicted to fresh ground sea salt. It tastes different! Really!!! The flavor just pops in your mouth, and you only need a little salt to jazz food up beautifully.
So I guess that puts me in the cook camp?
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: I'm with Debs in the cook camp — we have a pepper mill and a sea salt mill in the kitchen that we use while preparing food. I think well enough of my cooking to assume it doesn't need additional seasoning!
But we do have a pair of adorable giraffe salt and pepper shakers (a wedding gift) that are fun to have on the table. (In NYC we don't have the luxury of keeping a lot of "stuff" around....)
HALLIE: Susan, I took a guess at what your giraffes were like... close?
So what about the rest of you? Fancy salt and pepper shakers or fanciful? Gourmet or everyday??