Welcome to Bundts of Steel's new series called Life's Little Luxuries: Simple Suggestions for Treating Yo Self. Every now and then BoS will bestow upon you a simple tip or suggestion to either make your life, or the lives of your loved ones, a little bit better.
Volume: 1, Issue: We have a million
There's this episode of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai and Luke have just started dating. They are in his diner and he brings her and Rory their breakfast. Setting the food down, he proclaims, "Hot plates!" to which Lorelai turns to Rory and says, "See?? He called me hot plates. He sooooooo likes me."
Why am I talking about this? Well, to start, it's so I can complain about how awful Luke is. He's just the worst and the fact that he and Lorelai ended up together rather than Lorelai and Christopher ruins Gilmore Girls for me- which is why it will always be my number two favorite show.
The other reason I bring this up is to highlight our first LLL tip: Warmed/Hot Plates. It's sort of a no-brainer once you think about it. Restaurants bring you hot food on hot plates so that the food stays warm longer. If you put hot creamed spinach on a cold plate, your hot creamed spinach turns to lukewarm creamed spinach in no time. While completely edible and probably delicious, it would have been better on a warmed plate.
This is such a simple task that takes no effort and minimal time. If your oven was already on while you were cooking and now off, simply put your plates in and close the door until you are ready to plate. If you didn't use your oven, set it to warm and put the plates in. Again, this isn't rocket science and takes less than five minutes achieve a lovely and luxurious warm plate.
The guests at your dinner party will be impressed and your normal Wednesday night meatloaf will taste just that much better.