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Food Processor or Good Toaster Oven?

I do use my Breville full size all the time and my food processor not so much- but that's how my husband and I cook.

Apr 28, 2013
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ISO Picardie Tumblers made by Duralex

Williams Sonoma is carrying Picardie again according to their latest catalog!

Oct 19, 2009
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Super All-Clad Sale!

The prices are already lower than retail, and for now they're offering an additional 20%. I'm not sure where you got the impression of a second 20%. I've ordered several pieces over the years, just ordered a couple more. I always wait for the 20% off sale, and have always been pleased with what I received.

Oct 04, 2009
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Coffee maker shopping, suggestions?

Cook's Illustrator's Technivorm review from 9/2008: "The Technivorm’s price tag is high, but its consistently full-flavored, smooth brew—made with all the convenience of that old Mr. Coffee—will pay for itself when you start skipping a few trips to Starbucks." “Fast, very simple to operate. Tasters described coffee as a dynamic and clean cup, flavorful and expressive,” “very good; robust but smooth.” Achieved perfect temperatures for brewing and serving and was the closest of all the coffee makers to reaching the ideal brewing time. Pieces disassemble easily for cleaning. Though not programmable, this machine was so fast and easy to use, we didn’t mind.'
We like it a lot, though we would like a removable water reservoir.

Oct 06, 2008
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Bequet Confections - Yummy Caramels

Yup. Exquisite. Thanks for the recommendation!

Aug 17, 2008
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They banned my Weber - need outdoor electric grill recommendation

http://www.homeclick.com/web/catalog/... nice looking but expensive electric grill.
http://www.homeclick.com/web/catalog/... another one less expensive but still expensive.

Jun 12, 2008
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Quality Baking Stone

The Villaware grill stone works very well!

Jun 04, 2008
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Baja BBQ Firepack

Most cool! Thanks for the heads-up- wonder when and where it will be available...

Jun 04, 2008
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Perforated or mesh grill pans for bbq that are easy to clean?

I've been wanting that one with the lid, too, and stop myself because of the cost and fear of cleaning it. Anyone have any experience with it yet?

May 31, 2008
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Should I buy a DCS or a Dacor Drop-in Cooktop?

We have had a Dacor for 1 1/2 years now of heavy use, and like it very much. It's attractive, I like the little blue lights on the knobs that let you know when a burner is lit (especially when the burner is on simmer- you can't see the flame), and it's easy to keep clean, though the area around the knobs scratches easily. The layout of the burners is good.

May 05, 2008
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gel mat

I love mine- 2 long and 1 short on a hardwood floor. At fist I was worried about durability or them getting cut, but they have held up perfectly in 1 1/2 years hard use. Very easy to clean and very nice for the feet, plus nice looking. No smell, either.

Feb 08, 2008
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VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

We have had the Vita-Mix Super 5000 for 2+ years, and use it at least twice daily. We got the 32oz compact container, which is ample for us. Love it- much more powerful than our old blenders.

Jan 31, 2008
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In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

Penzey's is opening soon on LaSalle road in West Hartford!

Jfood Can't Bake - Any Other Home Cooks Have This Problem

jfood, man (or dog, whichever) of good taste, have faith that you bake a lot of humor and wisdom into your posts, hence your readers. Thanks!

Nov 15, 2007
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Grandpa Tony's Unpasteurized Apple Cider - Applebrook Farms, Broad Brook, CT

We just came home from Applebrook Farms, and are most pleased. Wonderful cider, and the donuts are super, even if they aren't made on the premises. Tom said they are made to their specifications, and he also spoke with us about how he makes their cider. Worth the trip!

Breakfast in Simsbury/Avon?

The Harvest in Simsbury is very, very good- we went there for the first time today thanks to the recommendation here, and were so pleased. Thanks for the suggestion!

Gel Mats - Anyone w/ Experience

Yup, they are expensive, but I guess for the most part you get what you pay for. For me, aesthetics, sturdiness, and ease of care are highly important, and the gel mats have all.

Nov 04, 2007
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ISO Picardie Tumblers made by Duralex

Thanks for the info! They are out of the 17 oz size. Link- http://www.worldmarket.com/kitchen-ta...

Oct 29, 2007
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Gel Mats - Anyone w/ Experience

I'm another vote for the "terrific" camp- we have had them in our kitchen for over a year now with three dogs and a cat. They are so comfortable, clean in a snap, and show no signs of wear. No discoloring of the hardwood floor underneath, either. They are very durable- a concern I had when we first got them, but then we haven't dropped any knives on them, either.

Oct 27, 2007
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Please keep topics appetizing!

Please keep topics appetizing, as this is a foodie site. I do not need Daniel Duane's musings about travails over Peru, especially splashed (no pun intended) on each and every page.
Thank you.

Oct 24, 2007
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Miami Vice

Why in the world do you talk about sick here on a food board???

Oct 24, 2007
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Best online resources to improve my cooking?

http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/ has a new subscription for their website, $9.95 for magazine subscribers. I've been a subscriber to the magazine for years and like it a lot, in addition to Cook's Illustrated. I also like Epicurious, and, of course, CH!

Oct 20, 2007
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Spatter screens - do they really work?

jfood, you are something else, you are. I love your thinking process behind as well as your writing. Thanks for your contributions...

Oct 20, 2007
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Popcorn Kernel Varieties Help

http://www.popcornlovers.com - very good popcorn and lots of varieties. What a neat idea for your dad!

Oct 14, 2007
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PLEASE. A Decent Choco Chip Cookie Mix or Refrigerated Dough

Trader Joe's has a good frozen dough that I add chopped nuts to (pressed into the top of the dough round), but from scratch just are the best. I make the dough into logs and freeze them, then thaw, slice and bake.

Oct 10, 2007
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Embedded video widget = bad

Thank you!

Oct 05, 2007
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Spatter screens - do they really work?

So why can't you just turn your kitchen ;-)? We use our spatter screens (large and small) and wouldn't be without them. CI recommends the Amco Splatter Screen 13", which was the one we had before the rating so I didn't have to trot out and get a new one (gotta have the best, after all).

Oct 02, 2007
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Bottom-Freezer French Door Refrigerator?

Hello, liu! I think our Amana is identical to your Kitchenaid, just different labels on the front. What we did was remove one of the inside shelves to provide more tall storage. We also like the door bins.

Sep 26, 2007
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Bottom-Freezer French Door Refrigerator?

http://www.chow.com/topics/313460 is a recent thread regarding french door refrigerators. We have had an Amana regular depth for a year now, and love its convenience and ease of use. Ours has the inside ice tray and water dispenser, which is fine for the two of us and looks nicer on the outside IMO. Side-by-sides seem so awkward to me now.

Sep 26, 2007
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in search of the perfect blender

The VitaMix has a smaller 32oz container container, which makes the whole unit short enough to fit under kitchen cabinets, so ours is permanently out on the counter. Talk about light smooth smoothies, and it's the first unit we've had that stands up to the use we give a blender. Yup, it does sound like a plane taking off, but oh well. Results are worth it.

Sep 21, 2007
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