There will be no end to the self-congratulatory sniggering when my mom finds out I'm blogging about this one, but here it is....
The Infamous Square Frying Pan
I think my mother was the one who first discovered the square frying pan, back when they were a very obscure item. And then she proceeded to give one to every person who got married for the next 40 years. Square frying pans don't wrap well, though, so usually she just wrapped the frying part and left the handle sticking out. This mortified us, of course. It looked so unprofessional. And we always wished, just once, we could give the bride and groom something nice, something that came in a box that you could wrap completely and tie a ribbon around (not a Christmas bow stuck to the outside).
But alas, now that I have kids I realize how incredible handy it is to have a pan that can cook 4 pancakes at once, 4 grilled cheese sandwiches at once, 8 slices of bacon at once, and six pork chops at once...all without them touching each other and sticking together or sliding towards the middle.
I'm sure all of those people who got a square frying pan at their wedding wondered what the heck they'd ever use it for. And I'm sure within a few years, all of them, like me, thanked their lucky stars a hundred times over for this super handy pan.
(Don't you hate it when your mother is right?)