At my bridal shower, when I opened the Martha Stewart cake plate and dome that I had registered for and received as a gift (from my sister), someone said, "I didn't know they still made those."
That's far from my world. I love my dome. While part of the reason the dome is out all the time is because I don't have a good place to store it, I also decided it was a good way of keeping it full. While it was empty for several months leading up to the wedding and then after while we were away (I previously wrote about how Greg banned me from making anything to put in the dome in the weeks leading up to the wedding),
By having it on the counter, I am constantly thinking of what I can make to put in it. Of course the recent zucchini muffin disaster doesn't help (I somehow managed to grab the rice flour instead of the gluten-free flour). We try to eat well and it's a game for me to figure out different ways I can make desserts more healthy and not so laden with flour and butter.
Or in the case of the fudgy vs. cakey brownies you have to pick between more butter or more flour– I wanted more butter but Greg wanted more flour. He then reminded me of how I swindled him out of his coffee milkshake in Taos when I didn't like the maple one I got (this scene is replayed in my new book, The Green Dress). So I went with more flour and gave Greg the cakey brownies he wanted.
The dome has become a joke with some of our friends, too. One weekend I found the leftover hot dog and hamburger buns from our lunch by the pool in the dome.
"The dome needed something," my friend Debi said.
It's not that hard to keep the dome full. After our wedding, we had the leftovers from brunch and I put the desserts in it, trying to tempt everyone to eat them before we left for our honeymoon.
The dome has brought us not just a conversation piece but laughter and as we all know, it's not just about eating food, but often we like to talk about it, too.
Find the cakey brownie recipe from Martha Stewart that I used here.