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foiegras Dec 25, 2009 04:16 PM

I got some silver in my pattern ... salad/dessert forks and demitasse spoons. I did not request the demitasse spoons, mind you ;)

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    Jeri L Dec 25, 2009 04:40 PM

    I got the 14 cup Cuisinart Elite die-cast food processor...my 1st full sized processor ever. I'm as excited as any kid with a new toy. The disadvantage to cookware toys over other toys--regular toys you can play with right out of the box...foodie toys you have to wash first! I did learn that with careful placement I can fit all the parts in the top rack of our dishwasher.

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      ChrissyMc Dec 25, 2009 06:29 PM

      Santa brought me a stovetop smoker. I'm so excited, I want to smoke something right now! Unfortunately, my refrigerator is so stuffed with food right now, I can't squeeze another thing in. Santa also gave me a new teapot, and a huge assortment of new coffees to try. Thank you Santa!

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        Chemicalkinetics Dec 25, 2009 10:18 PM

        I have a stovetop smoker too. This one:

        http://www.cnet.com/i/bto/20090813/no...

        Make sure you have good ventilation. The smoke has to go somewhere.

        (I don't mean I have a stovetop smoker for Christmas. I have for 4 months.)

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          Beckyleach Dec 25, 2009 10:28 PM

          Thanks to reviews here, I got the Batali <sp> cast iron enameled lasagna pan. In a rare white color!

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            Chemicalkinetics Dec 28, 2009 11:52 PM

            Becky,

            I don't know how to make lasagna, so this may be a really silly question, but here it goes anyway. What is the advantage(s) of using cast iron enameled pan for lasagna?

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              Beckyleach Dec 29, 2009 07:29 AM

              People were recommending this pan primarily because of its height (it's TALL) and its square corners (the pasta fits perfectly). I haven't used it yet, but I'd imagine the cast iron element adds a nice crustiness to the edges. Yum.

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            foiegras Dec 28, 2009 07:40 PM

            I was wondering about that ... can you just turn your fan on?

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              Chemicalkinetics Dec 28, 2009 11:49 PM

              Foiegras,

              An excellent point. Well, if you have an ventilation fan which exhaust outside of your house, then the stovetop smoker will work nicely. However, I live in an apartment complex and my ventilation fan recirculates air within the kitchen, so it really does not work well. I did some barbecue pork (pork shoulder) and it tastes very nicely, but the house smells like a smoke house for 3 days afterward. Not to mention that I have set off the smoke alarm once or twice.

        2. AndrewK512 Dec 25, 2009 11:18 PM

          I got a polyscience smoking gun, but I'm away from home and won't be able to use it for a week. *tear*

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            Philly Ray Dec 26, 2009 07:05 AM

            A set of Shun knives (8" Chef's, 6" Utility, and 3 1/2" Parer).

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