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$100 W-S giftcard. What would you do?

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billfromesm Jan 8, 2009 08:36 PM

So I'm looking for a little input here. I got a hundred bucks for Williams-Sonoma and was wondering if anyone had any great ideas on what to spend it on. I already have great knives and don't really need any bakeware. I was thinking maybe cast-iron skillet. Lets hear some ideas...

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    mateo21 RE: billfromesm Jan 8, 2009 09:20 PM

    hmmm... does WS carry plain CI skillets? I've never noticed them there.

    Personally, I would take $100 of that MagiMix food processor I've been lusting over :)

    1. rockandroller1 RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 03:40 AM

      Someone just posted this same Q a few days ago. Good ideas in the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585273

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        blondelle RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 06:49 AM

        W-S has the Le Creuset 10" skillet on sale now for $49.99 in red and dark green. You might also want the 2.5 qt. LC French oven for $99.99. Both are very useful and good deals!

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          razkolnikov RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 07:35 AM

          I have the same "predicament" -- and most things at W-S are so overpriced that I have difficulty considering them even if I'm just using a gift card!

          I'm leaning toward the All-Clad 11'' French skillet (I've been looking for a nice skillet for a while now, but haven't been willing to spend that kind of money on one) and a nice bottle of balsamic vinegar I'd think twice about buying otherwise.

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            valerie RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 08:12 AM

            I just bought myself 2 Emile Henry dishes (large rectangular and ruffled pie dish) that I have been eyeing for a while. I had a gift card, plus they were on sale for 20% off.

            I would not buy a cast-iron skillet at W-S. You can get the Lodge ones on Amazon or elsewhere and they are so cheap. Why waste the money at W-S.

            1. grampart RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 08:17 AM

              I just cashed in a $100 gift card and got my usual. Veal demi-glaze, beef demi-glaze, and a bottle of Colonna olive oil.

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                Delucacheesemonger RE: grampart Jan 9, 2009 08:31 AM

                They have a sherry vinegar that is better than any balsamic ever, very concentrated that sells for $100. It is fab.

              2. karmalaw RE: billfromesm Jan 9, 2009 08:59 AM

                WS is having its sale now.. so if you can get into a store there might be some very good bargains to be had.. i.e. last week I purchased:

                Global 5" Santoku (yes, I like shorter knives) for $34.50 (50% off)
                Cuisinart 1.5 quart ice cream maker with an extra bowl/drum for $26 (regular price $49)
                various spoonulas and spatulas for $1.99 to $2.49 each (regular price $10 each)
                microplane zester/grater for $8 (discontinued color)

                They had a very pretty, but discontinued color (Grass Green) Kitchenaid Artisan mixer for $199 (there's a $30 mail in gift card rebate for it).

                Go poke about the store if there is one near you. The sale is, I believe, through January.

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