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Sep 28, 2008 06:31 AM

Cook's Country TV -- Some Questions

So for the last couple of weeks my local PBS station has been running America's Test Kitchen on Saturdays (reruns, I think) followed by a new show from the same people,. Cook's Country. It is shot in what appears to be an old New England farmhouse of sorts (though it looks more like a studio from what I see) and seems to take a less "investigative" approach to recipes, really just more of a straightforward cooking show than ATK.

Since they are sticking with the taste tests and equipment reviews, is it safe to assume this is just a new variation of the original ATK and that the orginal show isn't being produced any longer?

Second question: yesterday's show (9/27) had an Adam Ried review of saucepans. He said that the favorite was still a $185 All-Clad, but that there was a $20 model that was pretty good. I thought he pronounced the name as "Peslin" or something like that, but on the show's website there is nothing even close to that on the list of items reviewed. Does anyone know what it was?

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  1. Cooks Illustrated puts out 2 magazines, One is called Cook's Country....I assume they will have 2 TV shows rather than just is good advertisement for their second publication.

    As per the slow cooker...their equipment review updated July of this year ..The expensive All Clad was "Highly Recommended"

    The following were the "Recommended:

    KITCHENAID Stainless Steel Slow Cooker
    Price: $129.95 at

    CUISINART Slow Cooker
    Price: $99.95 at

    HAMILTON BEACH Programmable Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe
    Price: $59.95 at

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek

      No, it wasn't a slow cooker they reviewed. It was a large (3 or 4 qt.) saucepan.

      1. re: Greg B

        It was a Pinzon 3.5 qt stanless steel sauce pan.

        I joined the website yesterday, after trying to get a recipe.

    2. Where can I go to purchase a canvas pastry bag and tips? You list a bag in your cookbook, but can't find where to purchase it.

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        1. re: DougnDeal

          I assume you're referring to a cookbook from the Cook's Illustrated folks?
          Actually, it's neither here nor there.
          You can get pastry bags and tips from many stores, from Bed, Bath and Beyond, to Michael's to Sur La Table to Amazon.

          I recommend buying disposable plastic pastry bags vs. canvas.