Last time I was at my grandma’s place, I told her that in her will I wanted her old walnut chopper and bowl when she passed away. Please don’t ask how that came up, it’s a weird topic I know, but none the less there we were.
She looked at me puzzled and was trying to recall where it was. I then explained that some of the best memories I have of us together were in the kitchen making cookies and breads and pretzels and taffy. She loved to bake, and my sisters and I got to help anytime we went to grandma’s house. When she needed nuts chopped, she would pull out her wooden bowl and old metal walnut chopper and she would let us kids take turns chopping walnuts.
She smiled and told me that I didn’t have to wait until she died…she was going to look for it and give it to me. Turns out that she still had the chopper, but the bowl got a huge crack in it a few years ago and she had to throw it out. She gave it to me last Thanksgiving.
Fast forward to Christmas 2015. My best Christmas present was this awesome Walnut Bowl made just for chopping. My mom had looked far and wide for a walnut bowl to replace the one my grandma use to have. Turns out not many people know what a walnut bowl is, and even fewer know where to get one. My mom found this beautiful bowl from the Vermont Bowl Company.