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  1. To start us off, I just broke down and bought a pink glitter Le Creuset spatula with a wooden handle. I don't need it, but it was crying out to me!

    Also my friend and I went to an estate sale last weekend and I found a collection of beautiful and fun wine bottle stoppers. Some were clear or colored crystal, some were pewter, others were metal or ceramic. I got two different hearts, a fleur de lys, a little ship, a bejweled looking pineapple, and a pink flamingo for 8 bucks. Quirky and cute!

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    1. re: CocktailGlass

      I had to chuckle when I read your post CG. . . I too am the proud owner of a pink glitter Le Creuset spatula with a wooden handle!! I don't recall when or where I purchased it but I do know that it still makes me smile every time I pull it out of the drawer!

    2. I went to the Le Creuset outlet last weekend just to check it out. I had been thinking of getting a dutch oven for a little while.

      Well, I ended up getting a 5.5 qt round in Kiwi because they had some 1st quality stuff in that color. I sort of wanted a Signature one because of the bigger handles, but I couldn't justify paying the extra money at W-S just for that. I also got a stainless steel knob, large gratin dish (lilac), square ramekin (cobalt), and a large silicone trivet (kiwi). Getting 5 items total got me 40% off, which was cheaper than buying the oven alone with my 15% off one item coupon. Altogether it was just under $200.

      1. Sous Vide Supreme and active cooling ice cream maker (deLonghi)

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        1. re: honkman

          What's an active cooling ice cream maker??

          1. re: c oliver

            An icecream maker which has an builtin cooling compressor compared to a passive one where you have a cooling component which has to be cooled in the freezer. Active cooling allows you to run unlimited batches and gives you smoother ice cream

            1. re: honkman

              Thanks. I have a "passive" one. But gotta say that the French vanilla one I made today (from a cooked custard base) was very, very smooth.

              1. re: c oliver

                There is no doubt that you can make excellent ice cream with a passive cooling ice cream maker but we want to make more ice cream batches with different flavors at the same time which is nearly impossible (you would need multiple cooling components) with a passive one. Active cooling also helps to have consistent low temperature whereas a passive one slowly gets warmer which can be an issue depending on your style of ice cream and ingredients (e.g. small amounts of alcohol etc)

                1. re: honkman

                  That could be a definite advantage for many people. Thanks for the education.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I just saw this yesterday and have been in serious wanting mode since. Look, it's almost 50% off!
                    http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/1...

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I have one and LOVE it, just made 2 batches of Coconut Milk ice cream. One with coco powder, coffee powder, vanilla, and white choc chips. The other with fresh strawberries, both Delicious. The machine is a dream to operate and the finish product gets gobbled up quickly. Cantalope sorbet later in the week.

                      1. re: JEN10

                        I want it badly. I have a passive one but there's never enough room in the freezer for the canister!

                      2. re: buttertart

                        That doesn't tempt ME as ice cream is a pretty rare thing in our house. But I have duly noted their $2.95 flat rate shipping on everything!!!!!

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Nice, isn't it!

                        2. re: buttertart

                          That's pretty much the everyday price at Amazon, so I wouldn't get too excited.

                          1. re: ferret

                            Good to know, I hadn't been following the price of them closely.

                            1. re: buttertart

                              Be sure to check out the customer reviews of the Lello at

                              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/cust...

                              They make a "Pro" and a "Junior" at Amazon. The link is for the Pro.

                              I bought this several years ago when it was $399, but they had a special for $349 -- not much more than the Cuisinart. However, the machine is VERY heavy, an noisy. I think I have two bowls. I just read in some of my correspondence a guy said he bought the smaller unit and loved it, but wished he had bought the larger one.

                              This purchase was one of those luxury items that I thought I'd never purchase. I had used all of the "put the bowl in the freezer" ones since they first came out with the one with the crank many decades ago.

                              The cows on the farm aren't giving much cream now and I use it all up for coffee cream so I'm in a quandry. I've heard that the heavy-duty pasteurized cream just doesn't cut it.

                              1. re: Rella

                                Thanks. I'm still resisting because it's really only I who would be eating tha major part of the output...I've made ice cream with the UHT cream before and liked it, but I bet it wouldn't be anywhere near like farm-fresh cream. I still have extremely fond memories of Jersey cream I had a long time ago.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  You anywhere near Montreal, buttertart? I graciously volunteer to help you eat your ice cream made with fresh cream. Seriously, I would pay ridiculous amounts of $ to anyone who wanted to sell me that.

                                  1. re: montrealeater

                                    Would that I did, montrealeater. NJ is a wee bit far from la belle province.

                            2. re: ferret

                              That price is the same price everyday almost everywhere year 'round. That is the sale price set by Cuisinart. You are not gettiing a deal. It is a game lots of mfg's play.

                              1. re: Candy

                                Gotcha, thanks for the inside knowledge.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  You are quite welcome. Buy the machine, it is great but don't think you are getting a deal. Maybe BB&B would let you use one of their ubiquitous coupons. I just got one for $25 off any purchase of $125 or more.

                                  You will love the machine. I love good ice cream and it is the best IC machine I have ever had.

                            3. re: buttertart

                              I have that and I love it. But, Suzanne, don't kid yourself on that price. That $299 is the real everyday price. Trust me. It is a ploy.

                      3. re: honkman

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                    2. re: honkman

                      How are you liking the SVS?

                      1. re: cowboyardee

                        We got it very recently and didn't have really time to play around with it yet but since our copy of Modernist Cuisine will arrive soon we will use it quite a lot in a few weeks

                        1. re: honkman

                          Just dive in, no need to wait for your copies of modernist cuisine to come in. You have to try really hard to screw up food when cooking sous vide :P Its going to take you at least a month to give modernist cuisine a quick browse anyway, I was quite shocked at the amount of information in the books.

                          Cowboy, Im using a sous vide supreme as well, but if I had it to do all over again I would purchase one of these
                          http://freshmealssolutions.com/index....

                          and sous vide in an icechest simply because you can cook so much more food.

                          1. re: twyst

                            I think it was unclear from my writing that I agree that it is not necessary to wait for MC to cook with sous-vide but just looking at the egullet MC discussion I am sure that once we have our copy of MC we really can dive deep into sous-vide.

                            I kind of agree that it is hard (but not impossible) to screw up sous vide but if you are planning to cook close to the danger zone (what we are planning for some stuff) I highly recommend to get either the Baldwin book or online tables about how long to cook what to pasteruize/kill all bacteria.

                            1. re: twyst

                              How do you like the SVS? Anything that's not obvious from their sales pitch/product description?

                              Twyst, it's interesting how freshmealssolutions keeps developing their sous vide technology. They keep on adding components to their basic PID until what they've got is basically an inelegant immersion circulator that costs under $300.

                              I've been using their basic Sous Vide Magic for a year and a half now. Good piece of equipment. I recommend it. Made a post about using one after I first got it.
                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678636
                              I have a pretty big slow cooker, but on the very rare occasions where bath size has been a problem, I've resorted to what I started out doing - a 16 quart stockpot over low heat on the stovetop.

                              I am eagerly waiting for my set of Modernist Cuisine (a birthday present from just about everyone I know). If anyone knows when Amazon is expected to restock finally, I'd be glad to hear it.

                              1. re: cowboyardee

                                According to Nathan they expect that the second printing will slowly starts to get send to cusomers end of July. It's currently on thr way to the US (at least the first shipment). So it will depend when you ordered your book if you get it end of July or much later

                      2. Most recent purchase: CarboNext Santoku.

                        1. This last week I found an All Clad Ltd 5qt saucepan at Goodwill for $10. Then I went and bought some 'Flint hand forged steel' french knives at another thrift shop and paid apparently too much for them. Such is life.

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                          1. re: Ninevah

                            How do you know you paid too much? Plus, if you did, the deal you got on the All Clad cancels it out ;-)

                          2. Not much lately.....I got some knives on clearance. At JC Penney, I had a $10 off coupon. They had a $30 chefs knife marked down to 12, so I got it for 2 bucks. Then I also found some at wal mart...a BHG 2pc knife set with a chefs knife and utility knife from $39 to $5, and a carving set of the same price down to $7. I also bought a pair of tongs with the silicone coating the ends to use in my staub and nonstick pans.

                            1. Last thing I bought was a All Clad D-5 12 inch frying pan with lid, since they were having a sale about a month ago. I'm very happy with it.

                              1. 3 sets of Kiwi knives for friends who've seen me cut/cook with them and can't believe how awesome and inexpensive they are.

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                                1. re: inaplasticcup

                                  Now I'm just being nosy, but will you give the price? Thanks.

                                  1. re: pine time

                                    I don't think it nosy at all! Where I shop, they run from 3 to 10 bucks a piece, depending mostly on the size of the blade.

                                  2. re: inaplasticcup

                                    I was looking at some of those on Sunday, almost bought. Under $5 each...

                                    1. re: buttertart

                                      I think you would not have regretted it, bt. :)

                                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                                        Next chance I get, pouncing.

                                  3. I've been on a cookware binge this year. My most recent purchases though are a 5.5 Le Creuset (love it), two bamboo cutting boards, a santoku knife, new tongs, wooden spoons and utensil crock, and a new pepper mill. This is on top of all the All Clad I bought earlier in the year. I also bought a Keurig a few months ago. I think I'm good for awhile.

                                    1. I got my friend her own microplane. She had a zester which produced pieces that were too big. She loves it.

                                      1. i brought back from a recent trip to Chile a nifty little bean slicer/stringer. a common tool in a Chilean kitchen and i've only seen it for the first time.

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                                        1. re: Pata_Negra

                                          Oh, post a picture, please. I spent 30 minutes this weekend removing the pea tips and string by hand.

                                          1. re: E_M

                                            this video clip shows how it is used, as pointed to me by someone in Chile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xixP...

                                            pic: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Krisk-Bean-St...

                                            yikes, costs 4 GBP!

                                        2. I am a full-blooded LC, Staub, All-Clad and Demeyere snob. Many of my LC pieces are over 20 years old. Looking for a deep 9x13 lasagna pan, I "stooped" down and bought the Mario Batali lasagna pan from Crate & Barrel for $80 +/-. The workmanship on this " made in China" piece is nowhere close to LC or Staub but it really has performed beautifully. It will now become one of my workhorse pieces.

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                                          1. re: SpringRam

                                            I've been on a bit of a cookware rampage this year myself.

                                            18'x24" endgrain maple butcher block from theBoardSmith

                                            1- 9" and 1- 12" deBuyer carbon plus fry pans(best pans ever!)

                                            2 new Moritaka knives 1-185mm santoku 1-150mm honesuki

                                            Microplane zester and a Benriner mandolin

                                            I know I sound like such a brand name whore,but I did tons of research and these were best bang for the buck.

                                            Next on my list, enameled cast iron cookware and a single beveled deba

                                            That is all....

                                            1. re: petek

                                              Petek,

                                              Be sure to heat up and apply some beeswax and mineral oil to that block from BoardSmith once and a while. You probably already have done this. His boards are super.

                                              1. re: SpringRam

                                                Done and done.. I'm all about the regular maintenance of my equipment/tools.It's part of the whole experience for me.Not so much re-seasoning my carbon pans,stinks up the whole house :D

                                          2. I've been on a cookware spree over the last several months, upgrading long-used items and taking on a few new tools.

                                            Needing very little encouragement to do cookware shopping at any time, in this case I was given a big push in the form of a major, long-awaited upgrade to the kitchen sink. We replaced a 50-year-old, chipped enameled-steel double sink with a big single composite (Silgranit) and a great faucet with pull-down sprayer (Delta Pilar). At the same time, plumbers replaced a bunch of pipes in this old, old house to restore the water pressure to a usable level. The combination has made prep and cleanup SO much more enjoyable that I have a hard time even remembering what it was like before. It was like getting a new kitchen! And I responded the way many of you who actually get new kitchens often do:

                                            - Replaced a corroded, dented aluminum colander with three stainless-mesh strainer/colanders (Wms-Sonoma), which have been in constant use. Prep goes so much faster; why did I not do this long ago? [A: lack of room and lack of water pressure.]

                                            - Replaced ancient pyrex rectangular bakers with deeper and much more beautiful Emile Henry versions.

                                            - Replaced an All-Clad stainless 2-qt saucepan, whose narrow, deep dimensions and lack of a pouring lip have irritated me for almost 20 years, with the Cuisinart Multi-Clad version -- perfect in every way, including a more comfortable handle.

                                            - Got some scales (Oxo). I've done more baking in the last six months than in the previous six years (though not since Memorial Day...), and am also using them to learn vegetable and fruit weights by eye. Results of weighing all the cookware here also instructive as I contemplate possible purchases!

                                            - Got a pressure cooker. Had no previous experience with one, and am loving the quicker and more energy-efficient prep of stocks, beans, and soups. [Fagor Futuro set, 6- and 4-qt.]

                                            - A Christmas-gift immersion blender has only had a couple of workouts, but really endeared itself to me today, producing the smoothest hummus I've ever made. And with the least cleanup needed!

                                            My most recent acquisition was a half-off Chantal enameled-steel soup pot (Copper Fusion, though the copper layer may be uselessly thin) to experiment with long simmers and/or deep frying on induction. Do I have an induction cooktop? No, but a countertop one is my next planned big purchase.

                                            Other than the induction unit, I'm resolved to get nothing more in 2011 once my birthday present arrives -- a copper skillet (10" Mauviel, 2.5mm, stainless lined). Should be here in a week or so; can't wait!

                                            I've indulged myself in the last year, rationalizing that the money spent (pretty minimal on some scales, lavish on others) will help me enjoy every minute of cooking over the time left to me. I am, and the chow home cooking and cookware forums are playing a role in that! Thanks, 'hounds.

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                                            1. re: ellabee

                                              When you switch to induction, copper worn't work unless you use a disk and I understand that some of the effectiveness is diminished. You may want to reconsider copper cookware for that reason.

                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                I'm not going to switch to induction, just get a countertop unit to supplement the gas stove. (That is, unless a one-gas, three-induction hybrid should appear on the US market at a reasonable price. Not holding my breath).

                                                For skillet applications, it's hard to see how induction with any material could be better than copper on a gas burner -- particularly induction on the vast majority of countertop units. I'm hoping induction will be an improvement in efficiency for long, low simmers, and for efficient boiling.

                                                1. re: ellabee

                                                  Ah, I see. Having used high-end gas (we do house exchanges) after using my induction, I could never go back to gas. It would be a step down.

                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    Then you'll be even more dismayed at my stuck-in-the-gas stance: I cook on a cheap Maytag. (Though it does improve on its 1963 Kenmore predecessor with sealed burners and one more powerful [12.5k BTU] burner).

                                                    I'd love someday to experience a high-quality gas stove with cast iron grates (or just _level_ grates!) and the ability both to roar and keep a steady low simmer. But I don't find that what I have really limits what I can do.

                                                    The area where it seems to make the most sense to move to induction is long simmers: I'd like to do that without a flame, and with greater energy efficiency. Unfortunately, what I seem to be finding is that in portable units, nothing short of a pricey professional model will do simmers with steady power at the low settings; they pulse on and off.

                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                      I don't think you have anything to worry about. The two lowest settings on my cheap countertop induction unit do cycle the power on and off every second or two, but that doesn't keep it from maintaining a steady simmer; the thermal mass of the pan smooths out the ups and downs.

                                                      This might be a problem if you were working with a very delicate sauce, especially if you were cooking it in a very lightweight vessel. But for everyday use? Shouldn't be a problem.

                                                      What you do need to be aware of is the possibility for uneven heating. I've been using cast iron (bare and enameled), and the center the pan gets much warmer than the edges. Good disc-bottomed cookware (or occasional stirring) will ameliorate this problem, but it's something to be aware of.

                                                      1. re: alanbarnes

                                                        Thanks, alan; I appreciate your sharing your experience.

                                                        I'll probably start a thread soon on this very question (best material/pot for long reducing simmers on induction for apple butter, ketchup, etc.). I'd thought an enameled cast iron pot would be ideal for this, but the reports of several posters here are making me re-think.

                                                        1. re: ellabee

                                                          I've used both enameled and non-enamled CI for long, long simmers and love it.

                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                            You're cooking on an induction stovetop, where you can match the cast iron pan to the burner best suited for it.

                                                            That's not possible on a 120-volt countertop unit (other than the $800 Cooktek commercial version), where the cooking element is going to be five, _maybe_ six inches across. My 4-qt Copco enameled cast iron dutch oven has a seven-inch [bare iron] base, as does the 4-qt pressure cooker [very thick encapsulated aluminum]. There's a Demeyere saucier with a 6"+ base that will fit neatly, and the shape is made for reducing -- and stirring; but it's only 2.5 qts.

                                                        2. re: alanbarnes

                                                          I would be interested in knowing the make and model of your portable induction burner. We have been thinking about buying an i duction stove for our kitchen, but my better half has been balking at spending that much. If I can get her to try out induction and she is impressed, I might be able to talk her into it.

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            Sorry this is so late, John, but for you and anyone else who might be interested: It's a Max Burton 6200, 1800watts, which together with the aluminum half sheet on which it sits when in use came to less than $100. The unit is slim enough to stow in a nearby drawer when not in use.

                                                            It's been especially useful in the heat of summer, as it lets me boil with a minimum of added heat. The main thing that pushed me to get the induction unit was how much I find myself using a pressure cooker; the control of the heat is much more precise than with our gas burners, whose intensity varies when more than one is in use, and which are at risk for guttering out at low levels.

                                                            I'd definitely recommend a portable as a low-cost way to experiment with induction if you're at all considering a full induction cooktop. It's also a way to extend your kitchen to porch or deck or garage on occasion.

                                              2. I just bought two new Williams Sonoma pans for the outdoor grill (and they're 20% off right now):

                                                http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc....

                                                http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                  Costco has a two (or is it three?) piece set for $40 (maybe even $30) --- obviously I wasn't paying much attention :)

                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    Do you know if those have handles that release? That's important to me. And WS claims that these pans have a patent pending....

                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                      I don't know if they even have handles. I've been looking at these for a couple of years but just don't feel they'd add enough value to add to my pantry. We grill year round, blizzards included and just don't feel I need anything more.

                                                      1. re: flourgirl

                                                        I saw these at Costco and I "think" they had releasing handles. But I'll be going again tomorrow night and will check and report back.

                                                        1. re: goodeatsgal

                                                          Thanks!

                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                            Sorry, they do NOT have releasing handles. The saute pan has a releasing/locking lid that goes with it. The other piece is a rectangular roasting pan. $39.99 for the 3 pieces.

                                                            1. re: goodeatsgal

                                                              Thx so much for posting this. I really appreciate it, & it makes me glad I bought the WS pans, especially at the sale price (& local, so no shipping.) I have one of those wire mesh roasting pans for the grill, & it works great but it's a PITA to clean. These are much easier. And I like the handles on the pans because it's easier to shake & toss the food, but they have to be removal so that the charcoal grill lid can be put on as needed.

                                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                                You're welcome. I had bought the WS one last summer, and really like the releasing handle. When I originally walked by the set at Costco, I was tempted but I knew I didn't need another one. That's why I didn't look more closely. (But it seemed to be a good deal!) Now that I had a reason to really examine the set for you, I'm glad I did. No more temptation! :)

                                                  2. KItchen Related: Just finished a major remodel witl all new appliances. New 48" SubZero, 36" dual fuel Dacor range ( a dream to cook on/in ), Dacor microwave (really just a sharp with a Dacor name plate), and a Bosch dishwasher. LOVE them all and have been cooking up a storm. The new layout and cabinets are a DREAM come true.

                                                    1. A 30" Blue Star 4 burner range with a French Blue front and Red Orange knobs. We have been looking at it for 3 years and finally decided it was now or never. My husband wants the killer burners and convection, I love the open grate and infrared broiler. It should be here in a month. I am so excited. PS Bought some new timers since this thing is old school, nothing digital,no timers, no clock.

                                                      1. My most recent addition to the kitchen has nothing to do with cookware. It is a fully stocked first-aid kit, to stay IN the kitchen (as opposed to migrating to a bathroom.) It has no aspirin, but plenty of band-aids, gauze, tape, and aloe gel. This was precipitated by 1) picking up a piece of stoneware that someone left on an electric stove with the burner ON and 2) an accidental stab with a greasy kitchen fork.

                                                        Before that, I bought a pair of silicone pot handles to fit on my LC casserole.

                                                        1. A new Weber grill. Our old one was beat. We had it for 10+ years, replaced the guts several times and it was literally falling apart. (My husband is very, very, very hard on grills).

                                                          This new one is a dream. I have reached a point in my life where I begged for a practical anniversary gift and he delivered.

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                                                          1. re: cleobeach

                                                            What a nice gift to enjoy all summer long!

                                                          2. I bought my sister some serious grilling tools. Last year, I tried to grill some artisan bread on her grill (to lavish with basil butter, etc.) and good grief she handed me these lame-o salad scissor-like tongs and I nearly burned my fingers.

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                                                            1. re: breadchick

                                                              I bought this turner for the grill some time back and it's made a big difference.

                                                              http://www.amazon.com/MIU-France-9010...

                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                I have that! Love it, and it might be the next gift for the sis.

                                                            2. Found some Norpro "Nonstick Stainless Locking Mini Tongs" at Home Goods. Actually a replacement for a pair I had several years ago that had lost a battle with a hot burner. I had been looking forever but was unable to remember the maker.

                                                              Love them because of their really small size. Perfect for turning bacon or any fine scale work. Paid less than $3 - got several 'just in case . . . Available for only a little more on amazon et. al. but then there's the postage, that about doubles the price.

                                                              Very happy to have found them again!

                                                              1. Vitamix blender and a Thermapen instant read thermometer. Love them.

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                                                                1. re: chewch

                                                                  I've had my vitamix for years. I love mine,too.

                                                                  But just reminding you and other Thermapen owners:

                                                                  You will probably not have on hand a battery for your thermometer when it dies on you, so do yourself a big favor and buy one or two to keep on hand. You will thank yourself for doing so.

                                                                2. The "simplehuman" soft soap dispenser (you put your hand under the lip and it autoelectrically dispenses just the right amount of goo). Every kitchen sink needs one of these.

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                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                    Steve,

                                                                    I was looking at one of those and then I realize it is not as useful as I thought. One of the main selling points of a 'touchless' soap dispenser is sanitary. Your hand does not have to touch a possibly contaminated object. But then, we are not talking about a public restroom, so contamination is less of problem at home. More importantly, it is the auto water faucet which is the more important feature. Think about it, we get soap first and then use the water faucet to wash our hand, so the water faucet is the last thing we touch before and after the hand washing, so that is the one should be touchless. What do you think?

                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                      Your points are sound and well reasoned. Deb and I just remodeled the kitchen and the sink has one of those fancy designer/restaurant gooseneck faucets that I can bang open with an elbow or the back of my wrist. The soap dispenser is great when my hands are full of cooking stuff (a common occurrence). Maybe test drive one of these bad boys. It works for me.

                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                        "one of those fancy designer/restaurant gooseneck faucets that I can bang open with an elbow or the back of my wrist."

                                                                        There you go, man. That makes for a much better setup. It reminds me more of ER and OR surgeons than fancy designer/restaurant

                                                                        Does the battery for the simplehuman autosoap dispenser last long? Or a better question: does the simplehuman soap dispenser consume battery life fast?

                                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                          4 AA batteries (that's a lot of power). Should last a long time. I'll let you know when they need replacing.

                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                            I use it constantly. It gets gooped up and I have to clean it occasionally, but batteries? I can't remember when they needed changed last. Not a worry or concern.
                                                                            I have one of those "fancy desiger/restaurant gooseneck faucets that I can bang open with an elbow or the back of my wrist" too.

                                                                            This is the brand I have-husband bought it for me at Brookstone. I've had it over 3 years..

                                                                            1. re: Rella

                                                                              Good to know, thanks.

                                                                        2. re: steve h.

                                                                          On a related note: I got sick and tired of my crummy stamped German steak knives, others. I indulged myself and recently replaced the bunch with 4.5 inch Wusthof utility knives. It was long overdue. Major Porterhouse test Sunday night.

                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                            Hey, steve. For the life of me I don't understand steak knives. If a steak is so tough I need to cut it with a steak knife then there's either something seriously wrong with the steak or it's a cut that I slice across the grain in thin slices before serving. We have a couple of strays that I use for misc. cutting (avatar gets her Xanax and Prozac in pieces of hotdog!) but never for steak. This is just one of my little bugaboos :)

                                                                            PS: Could you snap a picture, if you get a chance, of that faucet set please? We're doing a total gut of a kitchen later ni the summer so I'm going to be picking out everything.

                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                              Ah, the kitchen remodel experience. Start-to-finish, it probably took a year from concept to completion. I posted pix (before, during, after) on Chowhound, maybe on Linda's WFD thread.

                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                BTW, take your time with this upgrade. Have fun, indulge yourself. A good contractor goes without saying.

                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                  This is a second home so at least we don't have to live in it while it's being done. Total gut of kitchen, dining room and breakfast room. As well as a master suite teardown and then rebuild. Life in the fast lane :)

                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                    Kitchen is done. I sent out the RFP for the garage (a big deal) and the family room. Work begins in August. It never ends.

                                                                                2. re: steve h.

                                                                                  I see your autosoap dispenser. :)

                                                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                    it's cool.

                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                      Surprisingly, the metal/silver color of the auto soap dispenser goes well with the metallic faucet and sink.

                                                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                        yeah.

                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                          Did you get your noren yet?

                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                            Hi bt,
                                                                                            Not yet. I'll probably time the purchase to the family room rehab and first-floor paint job. I'm guessing that work should be finished late summer/early fall. The Japanese wind god is definitely one of the two that will make their way to Connecticut.

                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                              Great. They send things express and it takes about a week. Ours is one of my favorite things in the house.

                                                                        3. re: steve h.

                                                                          Bought one of those simplehuman automatic soap dispensers a couple of months ago and don't know how I ever lived without it. My hands are always greasy or gunky while I'm cooking and I just love being able to pass my hand under the spout, turn on the water with my forearm, and wash my hands quickly so I can get right back to cooking. It only took me a couple of days to learn to avoid passing my hand under the spout accidentally, so I no longer get soap when I don't want it. I also love being able to put a small amount of soap on a sponge or scrubbie. I've discovered I'm using far less dish soap than I used to. Finally, many people complain that the soap needs to be thinned or the mechanism gets gummed up. That hasn't been my experience. I've been using Dawn right out of the bottle and the dispenser is working as well today as when I first bought it. Perhaps the newer versions have been improved since it was first on the market. But even if mine does clog, I bought it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and they have a very liberal, no-questions-asked, return policy. I'm so happy with it, I'd probably go right out and exchange it for another one.

                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                            It's a keeper.

                                                                        4. My kinda thread (unashamed shopaholic). Latest cookware purchases:

                                                                          - expandable mahogany cutlery tray from WS
                                                                          - Demeyere Atlantis large saucepan
                                                                          - 2 place settings of David Mellor Pride cutlery (in SS, because I reckoned it would be easier to care for - hope I'm right!)
                                                                          - huge wooden ladle, wooden spoon and flat-ended wooden spatula from https://vermontwoodenspoon.com/index_...
                                                                          - walnut butter dish from Japanese website Analogue Life - I could go nuts there if $ was not an issue

                                                                          1. My cookware was mostly enamel on cast iron and non stick. I wanted badly to get rid of the non stick but not spend lots of money so, based on what I read on chow I bought the tramontina from Wal Mart.com and really love it.

                                                                            1. I bought a breadbox over the interwebs last week from Cold Creek Furniture. It's a retro design, black wood with a pewter-colored, punched tin front. Should arrive by Thursday. It's meant to be functional. I should like it.

                                                                              http://www.coldcreekfurniture.com/cat...

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                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                Forgot to mention the Unicorn Magnum pepper grinder. Deb recently bought the 6-inch guy. I like it.

                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                  Steve, a question about bread bins. Do they aid in preserving the freshness of the bread or are they purely decorative?

                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                    Not Steve :) I have no problem keeping bread fresh and it's just the two of us. But, or is that And, I have to keep it on top of the fridge or my avatar will eat it all.

                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                      c o, too funny! Similarly, we have a golden retriever who does his part to ensure bread doesn't go stale if it's inadvertently left on the counter!! ; - )

                                                                                      Though our "bread preservers" may be more expensive to maintain, they definitely have a huge ROI !!!

                                                                                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                      Howdy BC,
                                                                                      It's pretty much a decorative play. I wanted to eliminate the appearance of clutter in the new kitchen. I've even banned refrigerator magnets!

                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                        OMG, I couldn't live without my refrigerator magnets. They all actually hold things :) And are from all over the world. And now that grandchildren are on the way,...well, I have to buy more :)

                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                                                          The first step to refrigerator recovery is admitting you have a problem. We're here to help.

                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                            I LOVE the refrigerator clutter. I have pictures of my son at all ages, my nieces and nephews and my friends kids and I smile every time I look at them.

                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                              But, but... we can stop anytime we want! I swear! :/

                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                But mine are better looking and more interesting than anyone else's. I'm sure THOSE people could use your help.

                                                                                                To keep somewhat on topic I have nothing purely decorative on the countertops. I do really like your breadbox but it would be wasted on top of the fridge where I have to store the bread :)

                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                  Ah, a river in Egypt.

                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                    The breadbox has landed. Loaf, buns, rolls have been transitioned. The box exceeds expectations.

                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                      Good stuff steve, glad to hear you're pleased with it!

                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                        It blends in well, doesn't call attention to itself.

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                          It's a brilliant decorative play! What a beauty.

                                                                                                          And I assume it holds bread just fine...

                                                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                            It does. The build quality is quite high. I can easily recommend this breadbox to others.

                                                                                      2. Bought a cutting board from this guy who was here for the arts festival: http://www.bobsboards.net/ Not the best web site but the pics on the front page give you some idea anyway.

                                                                                        Man it's beautiful. I'm sure many people buy some of his stuff just to display, but I asked and he confirmed that no we shouldn't worry about actually using any of them. Thought we'd get end grain because it would show the use less over the years, but when we went back the next day he had a different one out that just spoke to us, and it's not end grain. It is made of 4 or 5 different kinds of wood mostly or all from Brazil (all sustainable he says). Maybe some of these woods are harder than typical, don't really know, but we don't exactly have it in use every day or anything. My first time with a nice board to keep up, so I hope I can take care of it well enough to make it last. (Well, I think I can, but the other half, sometimes a little careless with such things. ;-) It was about 90 bucks.

                                                                                        1. Crate and Barrel is havng their summer sale right now, I wondered into a store the other day and ended up walking out with one of their orange plastic chiller bowls with yellow serving pieces that snap into the lid. It's really the kind of thing I (thought) I had stopped buying a long time ago - but it's such a pretty color and I love that the freezer pack separates from the bowl. It's a really nice size to with a very nice depth to it. And we just got invited to a July 4th picnic and were asked to bring a side - so I will already be able to put it good use. Not bad for $10.

                                                                                          1. Bought a 6.75 wide round LC fm the outlet store last month for 150$. Wife was mad so the trip was worth it. Gonna use it tonite to make a Curry dish.

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                                                                                            1. re: diamond dave

                                                                                              Your post made me smile dd. Sounds like something mr bc would say! Enjoy that curry.

                                                                                            2. With the sadly limited size of my tiny, tiny kitchen, I sadly cannot get too many kitchen gadgets; however, my recent acquisitions are a Wok from the Wok Shop in San Francisco and my wall mounted knife magnet to keep my knives out of the drawer and getting damaged.

                                                                                              The wok is a 16" Cast Iron Wok from China - came in a 5-piece set which included an aluminum lid, spatula, wok ring and bamboo cleaning whisk.

                                                                                              The knife magnet keep my Wustoff Classic Bread Knife, Kai Shun 8" Chef's Knife (DM-0719), Chicago Cutlery honing steel, Emperor Steel utility knife, and Chicago Cutlery 8" Chef's Knife safe from the possible 'misc' drawer damage that is inherent to knives in such drawers.

                                                                                               
                                                                                              1. hmmmmmm, where to start. Current weekend cruising of SAVERS, and GOODWILL resulted in some cookbooks, a Tellier 12" semi-pro food mill, 13qt Vollrath SS bowl, 13qt ss collander, and an aluminum cornbread pan. Over the past year I have picked up a Sunbeam W-2 waffle iron, 2-5' SS restaurant tables, lots of cook books, Pyrex pie plates, cast iron cornbread pans, a couple of smaller food mills, rolling pins (maple, and marble with the maple ones to be carved into Springerle pins), 2 vintage -1940/70 Sunbeam Mixmasters for my neighbor, F.Dick knife steel, SS tongs,2 Italian pasta rollers with different size cutting attachments,and lots more goodies. I usually find something for the kitchen each weekend. My main requirement for purchase -if marked-is Made In USA. Otherwise I look for overall quality, but avoid China if so marked.

                                                                                                1. Finally a solar tube to light my dark kitchen! My kitchen is *between* 2 big rooms that both have nice windows, but the room (the stovetop!) itself was always in shadow, had to use overhead lights even at noon. (I always envy SO much those who do dishes while looking out the window!) I am so delighted with this -- $690 installed (I'm in Utah). Took the guy 1 hour and 48 minutes -- didn't even have to turn off the electricity. The existing ceiling light is now inside the Solatube, so of course I still have light at night.

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                  1. re: blue room

                                                                                                    My parents moved into a townhouse ten years ago with an interior kitchen. Within a couple of months they installed one of these. My brother had a dark landing by the front door of his split level house and added a solatube. I know a few others with them and nobody regrets installing them.

                                                                                                  2. 6 nesting mixing bowls from .35 qt to 6 qt. from Tuesday Morning (gawd I love that store...) that was clearance marked $17.99 and rang up $14.99.

                                                                                                    Love the food friendly colors. Can't stop looking at 'em! :)

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                    1. 8 x 8 pyrex baking dish. Brand new. Goodwill store. $5

                                                                                                      1. I don't think I mentioned this purchase
                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Breville-800JEX...

                                                                                                        My second experience with a juicer. This one is 3x as expensive as my first juicer.
                                                                                                        And many more times powerful.

                                                                                                        I would prefer it to do a little better job on greens. It seems to not want to use all the greens - so far, red chard, and tuscan kale. But it does quite well on carrots, lemons, apples, oranges and celery. I'm glad I got it.

                                                                                                        1. I just purchased a 'Pressure Cooker Smoker' from QVC/Cook's Essentials. Did some noodling and it looks exactly like the one on the Hammacher Schlemmer website, only it has 'Cook's Essentials' branded above the controls.

                                                                                                          It was also $140 vs $249. Hopefully it'll deliver on it's promises.

                                                                                                          1. hehe... Konosuke #6 Chuka-bocho in White steel #2... MAUHAHAHAHAHAHA! (should be a few people here that know what this is!)

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                                                                                                            1. re: mateo21

                                                                                                              Know and envy.

                                                                                                            2. Great question and fun concept.

                                                                                                              Meat slicer...boring and actually was a gift.

                                                                                                              If I'm going to make my own bacon, my wife thought it would be great to be able to have consistently thin slices.

                                                                                                              Slicing roast beef is now a breeze, also.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Monch

                                                                                                                I really really want a meat slicer.

                                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                  Only had it a little while.

                                                                                                                  It's one of the largest kitchen appliances we own, and has to live in a pantry/closet, but we foresee it being very useful.

                                                                                                                  Bought it through www.sausagemaker.com and perceive that we got good value for money.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Monch

                                                                                                                    Thx for the info. Yeah, that's the problem. If I got one, it would have to live in the basement, and I can forsee that having to lug it up the stairs every time I wanted to use it would be a powerful disincentive. My fantasy is to have a house with a large butler's pantry off the kitchen (& a huge library to house my immense cookbook collection.)

                                                                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                      My laundry washer/dryer is in a downstairs (finished) basement. I bought a new water-saver clothes washer and was going to get rid of the old clothes washer, but loh & behold, I found that it made a great table top for holding whatever heavy items.

                                                                                                                      My family room has become my walk-in pantry, shelving and tables are full.

                                                                                                                      DH built book shelves top to bottom in un-used bedrooms.

                                                                                                                      Just some ideas until the dream house comes along.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                        *Grin* I don't know if the dream house is ever coming along, so yes, I have to get creative with what we have. And I guess I just have to face the fact that I have to weed out some more of my books. But it gets harder and harder every time I have to do it because I weeded out the clunkers a long time ago. There are just SO many awesome cookbooks out there!

                                                                                                              2. Just this week I realized that in the last year I've upgraded almost every piece of cookware I use regularly, and decided it was time to stop doing any more acquisitions for a while.

                                                                                                                One of the few survivors from the early days is an enameled cast iron Dutch oven, a Copco whose flat, two-handled lid can also be used as a shallow baker. Its biggest defect is its color -- orange. Not flame, just a flat, saturated, intense orange. Even at the time, in the early 1970s, the big pot in that color wasn't nearly as popular as the deep blue and bright yellow versions -- which is how I came to own it; it was marked way down for clearance when it lingered in the cookware store.

                                                                                                                This winter, I was appreciating how useful a pot it's been and still is, and how well it's held up (aside from a bit of browning in the cooking area), but wishing it were a more appealing color. Today, I spotted a listing for the same pan, with a pristine white interior, in a glossy dark chocolate brown -- for less $ than I paid almost forty years ago. I had forgotten if I'd ever known that it had been available in that color, which I love much more than the blue and yellow I did know about.

                                                                                                                Guess it was meant to be -- assuming it arrives safely; fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                  I have three of those Copco Dutch ovens, probably from the same period as yours. Mine are all black. Aren't those lids great? I think I may use the lids even more often than I use the pots. Had no idea they still made them. Haven't seen them around in ages.

                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                    I was musing on the 70's orange, I can still see it. Was Quite the Thing then.

                                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                      What kinds of things do you use the lids for, Joan? I always intend to, but rarely do.

                                                                                                                      Do you have three different sizes of the pots? From a more thorough study of the plentiful ebay offerings, I see that the Dutch oven came in four sizes: a cute little 1-quart version [D1], a 2-quart [D2], the 4-quart that I've used for so long [D3], and a larger size [D4] that is probably close to 8 quarts. There was also an oval-oblong piece the same depth as the D3, probably holds 6-7 qts.

                                                                                                                      Colors included white, beige, black, dark brown, v bright intense yellow, cobalt blue, and orange. There may have been a hot red, and some pieces also came in another classic 70s color, olive green. {Brrrrrr......}

                                                                                                                      I noticed that in quite a few of the listings, the inside of the lid is enameled the same color as the exterior. In others, and mine (both the new chocolate beauty and the old orange), the inside of the lid is the same white as the interior of the pot.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                        I have a 2 quart, a 4 quart, and the oval, all in black with a gray, not white, interior that is the same as the pot.

                                                                                                                        I use the round lids mainly as gratin dishes or as small roasting pans, for potatoes, for example. I use the oval one more frequently since it's the perfect size for roasting asparagus, baking fish--roasting or baking just about anything that is oblong in shape where depth is not an issue.

                                                                                                                  2. Recently picked up a Staub 5 qt Cocotte in Basil and yesterday bought an 8 inch Griswold skillet at an antique store for less than $30.

                                                                                                                    I may have a minor cast iron problem. :P

                                                                                                                    1. Most recent? VitaMix. I did not realize exactly how truly spectacular they are!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                        After years of coveting one, I finally got fed up with throwing out blenders that claimed to be powerful and sturdy but couldn't do the jobs I wanted them to do. Broke down and bought it earlier this year. It's really quite an amazing machine. Worth every nickel.

                                                                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                          Mine has not arrived yet (any day now) but I have done a lot of research and from what I have seen and read it is almost a miracle! I look forward to grinding nuts and seeds to make gluten-free flours especially. Glad you love yours!

                                                                                                                          1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                            You're gonna be a very happy puppy.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                              Thanks. I look forward to it very much!

                                                                                                                            2. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                              I've had a vitamix now since 1993. When I purchased mine I purchased the dry mix container as well. If you have it as part of your package, you will love it for grinding things such as flax seed, just as an example. I have used my dry container for years for grinding rye, kamut, wheat berries, that sort of thing. Previously I owned grinders of good quality, and they konked out. This one has lasted and I like it.

                                                                                                                              After grinding grain, I do sieve it for any pieces that might not have fully ground up, but there are not many; I do it as a precaution for my sensitive teeth :-)

                                                                                                                              1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                Thanks for the info. Cannot wait to use it! I won it so I do not know whether it comes with the dry container or not. Will see very soon!

                                                                                                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                  Takeda Banno Petit 140mm.
                                                                                                                                  Remember the "Subtle Knife" in the Dark Materials trilogy that cuts holes in the Universe? It's like that.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: strangemd

                                                                                                                                    Understood. :-)

                                                                                                                              2. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                Had to come back to tell you that I just made a corn coulis using the VitaMix. As you know, the last instruction is always to press through a sieve to remove any solids. But . . . there weren't any solids. Well, hardly any. I also made my put-it-up-for-the-winter last batch of pesto. God, I love that machine. Has yours arrived yet?

                                                                                                                          2. Earlier this week I bought a 10" All-Clad stainless steel skillet for $32 at Bon-Ton. I could not believe it, I was so happy!!!

                                                                                                                            1. I recently bought a Cuisenart 12 inch stainless steel skillet. It has a disk bottom but at $4.50 from a thrift shop I think it was a good deal. We have used it for a couple of weeks and the performance is similar to the tri-ply Tramontina we already have.

                                                                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00008CM6G

                                                                                                                              1. The thrift stores have coughed up some deals, but the highlights for me have been the following; Jupiter grinder made in Germany-looks like a mini hand crank meat grinder that looks to be for grinding spices etc., Kitchen Aid Classic for $30, a vintage cloth corded Sunbeam automatic lowering toaster, a food mill? looking thing that is a cross between a meat grinder, and a cone sieve, several cookbooks, rolls of FoodSaver bag material, and a hand roller thingy that was made by MONOPOL Germany named Auro. I believe that is for some pastry item, looked too interesting to pass up. Along with those came some commercial glassware items, baking pans, maple rolling pins to be carved into Springerle rollers, F.Dick, and diamond steels, Thai Hot Pot, and more. What can I say, I like a bargain, and vintage cooking stuff.

                                                                                                                                My one beef with the thrift stores is that they often times separate items due to lack of knowledge, or how the industrialization splits them up at the receiving end. Example ; Mixmaster bowls, and beaters, not kept with the mixer. I got lucky when I found a 40's Mixmaster for my neighbor,and located the small bowl in the glass cooking item section. The big bowl, and the beaters had been taped to it thankfully. I also find it funny when I spot metal Jell-O molds in the metal decorations aisle, and terra cotta bakeware in with ceramic plant pots.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                                                                                                                                  I once found an old trumpet mute in with the cooking utensils. I see MixMaster bowls of varying vintages all the time.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                    Yep, maybe I need to offer a kitchen item identification curse for thrift stores. I too see lots of bowls, and have picked some up really inexpensive for resale, and some spares for my neighbor. If you see a Dormeyer SS bowl let me know, she would like a spare. Extra bowls can come in handy at times when mixing different items, so you don't have to empty it out every time. Just remove, and put the other bowl in.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                                                                                                                                      The thing that would make me the happiest woman in the world is a Braun Kitchenmachine from the '70s (see below). If anyone ever sees one of these for sale please please please let me know...

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                        If I were you I would keep my eye on the on-line auction sites. After less than five minutes of looking for a model number for the machine you desires I discovered that one sold on e-Bay 2-1/2 weeks ago for $31.

                                                                                                                                        http://global.ebay.com/Braun-KM-32-mi...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                          Thanks, that was also pointed out to me by a friend...I just never think of eBay for some reason unknown to myself.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                            buttertart - did you know that you can save searches on ebay and be notified by e-mail whenever the results of your saved search show up for auction/sale? This has helped me out tremendously at times.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                              I didn't, actually, thanks for pointing that out!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                                                                                                                                    Just tried out the Sunbeam toaster, and it works perfectly so far. Found out where the date stamp was (1950), and how it operates. Just put the bread in, and it lowers automatically, then raises automatically when it is done. Let's see how many Wal-Mart Chinese specials will still be working 61 years from now. Boooya! Made in USA! =)

                                                                                                                                    The German roller thingy is a pastry/cracker former, and cutter Quite a few on E-pay

                                                                                                                                  3. going to china town to buy some low profile bowls for shepperds pie for a dinner party. I may buy those individual ceramic bowls for individual ones and I could use those for french onion soup. Yea for fall!

                                                                                                                                    1. This is a splurge!!!

                                                                                                                                      An 11 pound/ 5 liter vertical sausage stuffer.

                                                                                                                                      for Canadians available here:
                                                                                                                                      http://www.princessauto.com/all-seaso...

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      1. Went to TJMax and bought this.

                                                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Clad-Stainless-...

                                                                                                                                        A few scratches on the bottom and I asked if I could have a further reduction. I notice that some reviews on another site kept wanting to call this a wok or western wok, but All-Clad calls it a stir-fry pan.

                                                                                                                                        I have two older carbon steel woks, one with a flat bottom that could work on my cooktop. However, I have not used the flat bottom - it seems too deep and two large. Even though this is very heavy, I think it will work perfect on my small induction hob. So happy to have it.

                                                                                                                                        I also bought a Zyss garlic press, even though I have a Kitchen Aid one and a Kuhn-Rikon one which I cannot find.

                                                                                                                                        Also bought yet another whisk - smaller KitchenAid - which DH wants to whip his cream for strawberries today.

                                                                                                                                        1. Just got a nice little handmade super blue knife in Kochi, Japan. Have used it a few times already, beautifully sharp.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: TeRReT

                                                                                                                                            :) I just realized that you use the above photo as your icon. :D

                                                                                                                                          2. Today I picked up a Delonghi Ice Cream maker. Compressor included. No more freeze bowls in my freezer. It was $5.50 at a thrift shop.

                                                                                                                                            Also got a Vollrath french fry cutter, but that cost me $40 at a restaurant supply salvage store.

                                                                                                                                            It's getting bad, almost like kitchen-hoarders at my house. Worst thing is that I'm in the midst of completely gutting my kitchen, so I've got no place to hide the stuff from my wife anymore.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ninevah

                                                                                                                                              Don't worry about hiding anything; I'm sure she loves you. How could she not, gutting a kitchen Even if she doesn't cook a 'link' in the new kitchen, she'll be proud.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ninevah

                                                                                                                                                I have to make sure I look at all the appliances on my thrift shop stops. It did not occur to me that an ice cream maker with a compressor would show up.

                                                                                                                                                The other day I did buy a tri-ply Calphalon stainless steel 10" skillet for ten bucks.
                                                                                                                                                http://www.cutleryandmore.com/calphal...

                                                                                                                                              2. Recent purchases: 3 qt Viking saute pan + 2 qt CIA saucier, both on eBay at reasonable prices.

                                                                                                                                                1. In my quest to make crunchy kale ala Jacques Pepin I picked these up:

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.vollrathco.com/catalog_pro... the 30020 model and

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.vollrathco.com/catalog_pro... the 20028 model.

                                                                                                                                                  The pan and rack are great. I can now do loads of fried foods and have a nice place to let them drain and lots of other uses.

                                                                                                                                                  I also discovered I don't care for kale haha.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SanityRemoved

                                                                                                                                                    I loved the sites you linked, this product (made in USA) looks great - I'm going to check out the products when I have just a bit more time this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE kale,but I don't like the crunchy kale AT ALL!

                                                                                                                                                  2. I scored a 3.5 quart Le Creuset braiser at Marshalls. It is in a color called Chili Red. If anyone is looking for a bargain, looks like LC season at Marshalls is back. They had dutch ovens in 5.5 and 7.25 sizes as well, mostly red, possibly flame, and some cobalt. Could not find a blemish on my braiser, even though it's marked as a second.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: primarycook

                                                                                                                                                      Wow, how much?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                        My braiser was $139.99. The french ovens were $169 - $179, or at least in that range, give or take $10.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: primarycook

                                                                                                                                                          Very good prices.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: primarycook

                                                                                                                                                        True. I just got a red 5.5 qt round Dutch Oven at Marshalls for $145. It was marked as a second. The only flaw appears to be a pint point dot of the red outside enamel on the inside.

                                                                                                                                                      3. I realized that I was entering the holiday season with only glass pie pans. So today I went to Home Goods and bought 2 Wilton pans with nice little handles on the rims. These seem like nice pans for $5 each. I checked them with a fridge magnet. They are magnetic, so I think this means they are made of coated steel. I'll still use my glass pie pans for the microwave.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Kugelhopf pan

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                            What is yours made of?

                                                                                                                                                            I just bought an aluminum roasting pan yesterday. My previous one is/was a Teflon coated steel pan.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                              heavy cast aluminum with a silicone coating.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Dedicated pan/pot/skillet for Oven-Baked Brown Rice

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product....

                                                                                                                                                            I saw this pot/pan/skillet at Costco yesterday. It exactly fits my purpose for the Cook's Illustrated book "The New Best Recipe" and/or "The Best Light Recipe" (same as far as I can tell - I have both books).

                                                                                                                                                            The recipe calls for the rice to be baked in an 8x8 pyrex dish (or 13x10 for expanded recipe). When I made it first, I decided to use a heavy stainless steel skillet. It turned out very good.

                                                                                                                                                            1. http://tinyurl.com/6sbovq2

                                                                                                                                                              Here is a link to an item I bought today. I found it discounted at Tuesday Morning. It is a wisk, with a wire ball inside the 'cage', with a metal ball inside the wire ball.

                                                                                                                                                              Anybody every use one of these? I am thinking scrambled eggs tomorrow morning.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Psyched about recent success with pie crust, I got a set of six 4-inch tart tins with removable bottoms, and a flat-edged cookie sheet on which to bake them.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Got a steal recently on flatware - a high-end home goods store on Cape Cod was having an end-of-season "yard sale" and they had one set of really beautiful Oneida 10/18 stainless, complete service for 12 with all the matching serving pieces and storage tray for $30. We bought it in a heartbeat. I looked it up later on line and the original price was $30 per setting, so it was close to a $400 value.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                    Lucky you! What pattern?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                      Stafford. The pieces are unusually heavy and feel great in the hand, with a silvery, low-gloss finish.

                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                        I like Stafford. I have only a single set of Stiletto. It has been discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.oneida.com/fine-flatware/s...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                          Try replacements.com. You just inspired me to look up my Oneida - Modern Antique - and it looks as if I will be able to reconstitute my set. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                          GREAT DEAL. Lowest price online on 01/05/12 is $179.99. http://www.google.com/products/catalo...

                                                                                                                                                                          And it's so nice looking.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tiny cafeteria plates that match some bigger ones I have. Will use for spoon rests, or catsup, or teabags...
                                                                                                                                                                      and a great cookbook!
                                                                                                                                                                      Total spent.... $4.50.

                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                      1. I have picked up a bunch of stuff since my last post, but the one I want to pass along are a couple of waffle irons I found today at a thrift store. There is a small thrift store in a less affluent part of town that I have seen several times, but always when they were closed. Due to Thanksgiving, I was off work today, and happened to drive by, and saw that they were open. almost kept going, but thought, what the Hell, might as well see what they have. Cruised on in, and it was packed with items in a haphazard fashion. all the way in the back corner on a shelf I found 2 Sunbeam waffle irons. One is a CG with cloth covered cord, and the other is a CG-1 with the rubber cord. Both work, and the CG-1 is in good shape. The CG is pretty dirty, and will need some TLC to get it usable. The plates are really dirty, and hopefully the chrome will polish up. Best part was the price $5 each-----SCORE! If you have not used a Sunbeam W, or CG, series to make waffles, you seriously have been missing out.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I want to mention an inexpensive item I bought about a year ago and used for the first time yesterday: Swing A Way fat separator: http://www.amazon.com/Amco-Swingaway-...

                                                                                                                                                                          It worked like a dream to separate turkey juices from turkey fat. There's only one review on Amazon and it's bad .. they rec'd an inferior one. But mine is just great.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                            That's an eminently sensible design.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                              Mine is great, too. I bought it last year and loved it so much that I bought a couple for gifts. I looked at Amazon just now and there are two listings for the same product. One received 4 stars and the other, with more recent reviews, received only 2 1/2 stars. I wonder if the quality declined over the last year.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. My most recent purchases were at WS. All Clad tri ply stainless steel fry pan set 10" and 12" $79. It's now being sold separately at $115 and $155 respectiviely. I was going to return it but after reading many many reviews on it I'm keeping it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DAVESGIRL

                                                                                                                                                                                That is a deal and a half.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DAVESGIRL

                                                                                                                                                                                  It is a very good deal. What is the reason why you want to return it. If you don't like them, then you should return it. It does not matter how cheap the pan is, if you don't use it, then it is expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                  A $10 All Clad pan which you don't use, is still $10 of unnecessary spending.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                    I was going to return it because I wasn't too sure about the quality of them vs the d5 line. turns out that I like them alot betterThey will definitely get used!Ii am in the process of upgrading some older cookware pieces and drool over some of the AC line. I don't need a 20 piece set of anything as I'm not that dedicated to one line. Every time I find the new piece that I want and it meets my approval, the older piece gets donated. I follow reviews closely to get a feel of what I may encounter. Per WS's reviews the d5 isn't doing as well as they expected.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: DAVESGIRL

                                                                                                                                                                                      "I was going to return it because I wasn't too sure about the quality of them vs the d5 line."

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, is that why? Keep your All Clad triply then.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought you don't like them because you don't like the stainless steel cooking surface properties. A lot of people find it very difficult to transition from Teflon nonstick cookware to stainless steel surface cookware, and end up never use the stainless steel cookware they bought.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm the opposite. I just started dabbling in nonstick cookware over the past year. I have Calphalon Contemporary double burner griddle, square grill and griddle as well as two skillets. I love them but it's most likely as far as I will go. While i can definitely see the ease of use with nonstick i do worry about what type of chemical is involved in the nonstick coating. I grew up and was taught to cook with cast iron and stainless cookware and bakeware like Pyrex and corningware - I don't see myself giving any of that up anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. The best thing I've bought recently is the Emile Henry baking stone: http://www.amazon.com/Emile-Henry-Rec...
                                                                                                                                                                                  Lives in my oven and is the perfect surface for browning piecrusts, etc. LOVE it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                    That baking stone is quite interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                    When you say it is a perfect surface for browning piecrusts, I'm not quite certain I understand -- do you mean that you bake your 'filled' pie crust that is in a pie pan that you've placed on top of the stone? Or do you mean that you bake your 'unfilled' pie crust that you've placed in a pan on top of the baking stone? Hope I've made myself clear - I tried :-))

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've baked 2 filled pecan pie type pies and a quiche with Pepperidge Farm puff pastry on it in thinnish aluminum pans (my ancestral pie tins and a quiche pan imported from Portugal). I haven't baked a pie crust blind yet. It made a very nice pizza crust in a jellyroll pan too. Its only fault is that it's not quite big enough for a half-sheet pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                        What color do you have?

                                                                                                                                                                                        What was the circumstance that encouraged you to buy this - or how did you find out about it, etc. I've not read the reviews yet, but I will get around to it after everything quiet downs here and I have time to drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love this - I want this.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                                          I had just gotten my new stove (GE Profile) and could not find quarry tiles to save my life. That rubbed up against a birthday gift card et voila. Get one! Mine is black, as is the stove.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                            Much better than quarry tiles, I'll bet. I know a lot of people use them, but they are not for me. There is one person I know that touts quarry tiles every chance - as well as using road salt for bread. Oh, my.

                                                                                                                                                                                            GE Profile, nice stove.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh my indeed, let's try not for human consumption, shall we?
                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes I love my Margie (named after my mom) - best cookware purchase evah, replaced a real clunker that was best at generating carbon monoxide gas, according to the serviceman. Convection oven, in-oven broiler, 2nd oven, 5 burners. Love her.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I bought a few things, but I bought an Imprint anti fatigue comfort mat, which is pretty cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I bought a bench scraper recently. Not a big deal I suppose but I bought it for a buck at a thrift store and it appears to be quite old. It has a small brass plate riveted to the wooden handle with the manufacturer's information. "G. Rushbrooke (Smithfield) Ltd. London, E.C.1. and at Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast. I took the relatively new bench scraper out of the kitchen drawer and replaced it with this old one. The way I look at it, whether it's in the kitchen or on the workbench, if you have a new tool or an old, vintage tool, I would rather use the old tool as long as it does the job as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                        You bettah off. One of my favorite kitchen things is my husband's great-uncle's bench scraper - it's an old Dexter and thinner and sharper than the new ones. (The uncle had a bakery.)

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. A recipe rock

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Tell ya one I wish I hadn't bothered with - the large green Zyliss salad spinner. I find it hard to keep the lid on and I don't like the pull string control. Shoulda got the OXO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                            I've had the OXO for about 13 yrs and its still as good as ever. I wish I NEVER looked at faberware's "never rust" knife set. Never rust must've meant rust the very first time it touches water. Didn't cut well either.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DAVESGIRL

                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a OXO for a long time... could be close to 13 years too. It is pretty cool. Now, you have excuse to get yourself some better knives than faberware.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh goodness I got rid of that set immediately. I'm not holding hi end knives but I have pretty decent pieces by Calphalon, Anolon all stainless sets full tang. Anlso have a few Anolon Brunello pieces BEAUTIFUL wood grain in that collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DAVESGIRL

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good, because I was going to say.... any sets is going to be better.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only had the Zyliss and never liked it. Seems like the greens never get that dry. Wonder if I should try the Oxo.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have the Oxo and it takes several spins. It seems to help if I slip a paper towel on top of the greens I am spinning. I couldn't live without mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. We just bought all new appliances and three stand out:
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Kobi hood to replace microwave/fan. Wonderful suction and nice and quiet. What a difference!
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. GE Profile Single/Double oven. This went in place of our previous double wall oven and made room to allow us to move the microwave over to this stack. Oven is very convenient with much smaller doors to allow interior access yet bottom oven is easily big enough for any turkey roasting we do.
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. GE Induction cooktop. Instant energy control makes cooking much easier so far. Had to buy new cookware but that hasn't been traumatic. Love the speed of getting boiling water and when something is a bit too hot reducing the heat is like putting on a break pedal.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jim

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. platebowlcup bone china dinnerware to go with my knifeforkspoon flatware, designed by Jasper Morrison for Alessi. I got a great deal on the knifeforkspoon on amazon a couple of months ago, so I got the platebowlcup from fitzsu.com to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.fitzsu.com/cart.php?m=sear...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. After swearing that I was through, had everything I need, etc., I made the mistake of revisiting ebay. And there was a Michael Lax-designed Copco piece I never knew existed, a shallow version of the Dutch oven I've used for 40 years. It has the same bottom and top dimensions as the 4-qt Dutch oven, but is 3" deep rather than 4.5" (without the lid), and holds 2 qts. The product # is M3 (the 4qt Dutch oven is D3).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The casserole being sold didn't have a lid, but since it takes the same lid as the Dutch oven I have, not a problem. The size and shape allows it to contain the good old DO, so takes up essentially no new room in storage. It's a great size and shape for pilaf, and I'm looking forward to trying it out this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the collector in me more than the cook, but I found on Etsy another lidless casserole that is the next size down, a shallower version of the Copco D2 2qt, 8.5" diameter. It's NACCO rather than COPCO, but manufactured by the same foundry in Denmark. Oddly, it's also marked #M3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have the 4-quart Copco dutch oven as well, and I just love it. I wonder if I'll be able to get 40 years of use out of mine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      But, I'm curious about your new casserole - what kinds of dishes do you prefer to make in the shorter pot? Do you find it to be a handy size?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: oliveolive

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope you do get as much enjoyment out of your Copco d.o. as I have!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The M3 shallow casserole turns out to have been sold originally as a fondue pot; I've now seen it offered in several places with the original burner stand and long forks. That explains why it never has a lid. It's only found in the one size; turns out the seller of the NACCO pot was simply mistaken about the measurements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haven't tried fondue yet, but what I find it useful for is small-scale stews and braises. We're a household of two, so a pound of lamb stew meat or a couple of chicken legs and accompaniments fits it well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another just-right dish is dressing (stuffing) to accompany roast chicken; having a lid means I can avoid using foil for the first-stage bake. Then when the lid comes off and it bakes with drippings on top, it's shallow enough to get a nice crust without overcooking. Wouldn't be enough dressing for a Thanksgiving dinner, but perfect for two nights for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I just got an All-Clad d5 Stainless-Steel 3-qt. Sauté Pan w/ Lid for $100 even at Marshalls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's a (S)econd hand piece on clearance from $140. There are a few minor scratches barely noticeable. New style handle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The thing is a tank you would think its made of copper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: unprofessional_chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here is a what it really looks like. The 3qt has lower walls but really wide base.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: unprofessional_chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love these pans. They indeed are tanks. I call these chicken pans -- though I've never heard it said of them.