Not harsh at all; that's why I'm trolling for opinions! I'm not offended by much. If someone doesn't share my taste, well, that's why there are a zillion patterns out there, right?
Originally Posted by lindrusso
Thanks; keep the opinions coming! I am trying to separate my "vacation-keepsake" viewpoint (i.e., we see much of this wildlife on our family vacations) from my "is this a pretty pattern?" viewpoint. My SIL loves this pattern also; in fact, she brought it up to me during our shared vacation this month, swaying me to the "pro" side a little bit . . . My tastes are very traditional but not usually this florid; however, I love the reminders of wildlife seen when out in the middle of nowhere, so that's coloring (or forming) my opinion of the plates.
The reason I posted the poll is that the main reason I'd use special dishes is to entertain, and of course we all buy what we like, but I'd hate to pick a pattern that is generally thought of as "ugh."
If you're afraid of butter, use cream. ~~ Julia Child
As you cook, you enjoy omniscience about food that no amount of label reading can match. Having retaken control of the meal from the food scientists, you know exactly what is in it. (Unless you start w/cream of mushroom soup, in which case all bets are off.) To reclaim control over one's food, to take it back from industry & science, is no small thing; indeed, in our time, cooking from scratch qualifies as subversive. ~~ Michael Pollan