Recently, I enjoyed ordering a few things from Crate & Barrel (as I always do!)…but I had a gift certificate and that made it all the more fun. So, since I didn’t have to pay for them, I got some new kitchen gadgets (as if I needed any) and I’m very pleased with my selections. One of the items I purchased is a ramekin – actually, I purchased 12 of them because they were on sale. The ones in the picture are for reference only - the ones I purchased were of all different colors.
A RAMEKIN is defined as “an individual baking dish” according to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary. (One of my favorite sites since I’m definitely not the English guru). It is used most often for soufflé type desserts, but can also be used for individual servings of lasagna and such. The best part about them, I think, is you can bake in them and don’t have to serve each guest from a big dish (which often results in a mess)– the guests can have their own little dish which makes the occasion even more “special.”
Last night, I was discussing the above mentioned ramekins I purchased with a friend who didn’t understand the purpose at all. To start, said friend asked if it was a ram-a-can, and I quote, “Like when you ram-a-can on your head after you finish the beer?” I was astounded and could not believe the analogy or the pronunciation of the word…much less, the degrading of my new purchase from a fancy soufflé baker to something in which you would store jello. How dare he (yes, it was a man) suggest that my fancy ladies’ dinners be degraded to something less than lady-like.
Anyway, after the shock wore off, I realized that said friend just needs a little lesson in etiquette and I will be sure he receives it promptly. Until then, does anyone have a good soufflé recipe?
Posted by ashley around 2:20 PM