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Dec 26, 2011 11:13 AM

What Did Santa Bring?

OK, someone has to do it... start a thread on what folks got gifted in the realm of Cookware and Chow.

I got a heavy (12-pound) vintage saute, Julia Child's "MAFC", and James Beard's "American Cookery". I'm interested in what others are excited about having received.


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  1. Hi Kaleo,
    Well, I got the usual W-S gift certificate, which is super nice. But, what really got me wasn't cookware - my sister got me a gift certificate for my local BUTCHER!! Woohoo - this guy ONLY deals with prime, and I'm talking the stuff pros get. Visions of meat dancing in my head.

    I'm thinking not many of my co-workers will reply "meat" when asked what they got for Christmas - ha!

    1. Mrs. ricepad wanted to get me a yanagiba, but didn't know what I wanted, so she's gonna let me pick one! So many choices....

      1. Back up the truck... Kaleo - a 12 pound vintage saute? You need to post a picture of that baby, if you can.

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        1. re: breadchick

          oh you're gonna like this saute...

          1. re: alarash

            Hi, buddy, you ought to know! Now I have to find a camera... Oh, wait! Since it was *yours*, maybe YOU have a photo of my "new" pan.


          2. re: breadchick

            Hi, breadchick:

            OK, here goes, but this is alarash's photo. My saute is the top one.

            1. re: kaleokahu

              it's the pan on the left. Maybe kaleo can pot some more befitting pics, with a precise weight and micrometer reading of the thickness...

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Ah, that is a thing of beauty. If I knew I could sling that thing around, I'd be quite jealous - but as it is, my limit on weight is around 7 lbs. due to joint issues.

                Heck, I AM jealous. Enjoy your new baby!!

                1. re: breadchick

                  Thankyou, breadchick. Better the 12-pound saute than 12-oz. weights for reps, my liver says.

                  7 pounds isn't particularly light, so you already have good strength.

                  Happy New Year

            2. Christmas was pretty spare for me this year. I got Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' and a stinky Epicurean cutting board. It's all good 'cos we're remodeling our kitchen and have had numerous 'gifts' throughout the process. :)

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              1. re: Ninevah

                Hope you enjoy Kitchen Confidential, it's a great read!

              2. 5.5 quart Le Creuset Dutch oven. It was a second from Marshall's, and I can't quite tell if it's flame or red. Love it all the same though.

                What to Cook and How to Cook It. Gorgeous book with impeccable design, more inspirational than educational.

                Williams Sonoma gift card, which is going towards a Cuisinart 3 cup food processor (can't justify a big one, I use my immersion blender for soup and the like).

                And my gift to myself, Pyrex mixing bowls. Nice step up from plastic bowls from Ikea.