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Best omelet pan?

I hate browned eggs, and cook scrambled eggs and omelets in my carbon steel pan all the time. It's all about heat control.

Dec 17, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

Ha, my "special sauce" is dollops of Dijon mustard, A1, ketchup, a bit of mayo and some sweet pickle relish. Mix it all up and drizzle it on a grilled cheeseburger (grilled buns too, natch.)

It's lunchtime, and now I'm hungry.

I wonder how A1 would work with some crumbled bleu cheese...

Dec 16, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What ONE nonstick should I get

Hey Duffy,

It's not really mounted, because with the shelves being lateral, the weight of the 12 in skillets on the bottom pretty much keep it in place. The pantry shelf it rests on is 21 inches wide, 15 inches deep. I can put the skillets on the shelf pretty much like the picture shows, handle side to the front. That leaves me with some room on the other side to drive some nails into the top side wall of the cabinet (this is an old home with all built in cabinets of solid wood, and nothing is precious until the kitchen redo) to hang the odd crepe pan and misc. specialty skillet. The total vertical measurement for that pantry shelf is 23 inches - which allows for hanging the extra stuff. Since you don't have to hang some cookware, you can get away with the height of the shelf unit allowing for about 2.5 inches per skillet.

Dec 15, 2014
breadchick in Cookware
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

Thank you, Linda, for your stellar (as usual) recap.

I saw this guy they called Jasper White, and did a double-take. I didn't catch any story about his weight loss. Hope all is well with him.

Dec 15, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Cleaning cast iron grates on gas stove

Aha, that will work - thanks, Duffy!

Dec 15, 2014
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Cleaning cast iron grates on gas stove

Does the oven cleaner work okay with the environment? I ask because we have little critters around here I wouldn't want to harm with the stuff going into the groundwater. (Rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels, and chipmunks.)

If it doesn't, I might try the "OC."

Dec 15, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

What ONE nonstick should I get

I also have a small kitchen, and only because I found a pantry shelf that would accommodate it, I bought it. The shelf is wide enough to also handle nails on the opposite side to hang my crepe pans and other skillets. (Yes, I do have too many!) As well as vertical storage of the lids/spatter screen. I had to become an expert at finding nooks and crannies for everything!

Dec 15, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

What ONE nonstick should I get

I used paper plates in between my skillets, and then found this:

http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-FG1H...

Love it, and no more chance of scratches and hefting out a stack of skillets to get to the one I want!

Dec 15, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Wow, humor is a terrible thing to waste. Especially during the holidays when there are so many going without.

Dec 13, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Do I really need a dutch oven?

Hi D,

Your educated guess is probably correct, thanks. So, any idea what would have been the best way to remove the ring? Something like Comet (back in the day?)

bc

Dec 12, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Do I really need a dutch oven?

Gosh, your comment made me think about the lobster I cooked over thirty years ago. I didn't have a pot large enough to cook three lobsters in, and my lovely, elderly best neighbor offered her Mag large covered roaster. Yay, for me.

Well, the lobsters were a hit, but the inside of her roaster had a dark ring as a result. I didn't know if that was normal or not, and her face when I returned it (I did wash it up) made me feel awful. She put on a brave face.

I wished I knew what went wrong, and how I could have fixed it. She was a loved neighbor, and I did make it up to her in other ways.

I didn't cook lobsters for a long time, and did eventually buy one of those specked enamel steamers from the hardware store for the job.

See, I still remember messing her roaster. Crimes live on.

Dec 12, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

The Taste

I watched the DVR today.

Honestly, Ludo needs to be restrained. He's a health hazard. :)

Dec 12, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Do I really need a dutch oven?

Hi, Ray:

Jazzy red cookware, there. My maternal ancestors are from northern Sweden and Lapland Finland. Not sure what they used generations ago, but my grandmother was fond of bare cast iron.

Current generation could very well be using Dansk, who knows? I never thought to ask my mom what they had when she visited them several years ago.

bc

Dec 12, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Do I really need a dutch oven?

Hmm, I have to disagree here. Frankly, you can make stew in any vessel that will hold the ingredients. I doubt my northern European ancestors held back because they didn't have a French made pot.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in Cookware
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Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Oh, so down the cookie road we fall. LOL. Sounds like we had the same cookie and maybe I'll give them a go this year if I can do a web search.

For old times sake, of course.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in General Topics
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Foodie Movies

Thank you.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Foodie Movies

Thanks for that, I will check out both.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Do I really need a dutch oven?

This, exactly. It's been my husband's reasoning forever. He has no problem with my purchases, no matter the cost. He always tells me that as long as I cook the way I do, he'll never have an issue with the cost of the tools I use! (LOL, he would never have a problem anyway, and I'm always researching for the best deal. Win-win.)

Dec 11, 2014
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Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Among other traditional foods, one particular treat stands out:

My mother, back in the 70's, had found a magazine recipe for bourbon balls. I'm thinking it was crushed cookies, melted chocolate, some coffee, and a lot of bourbon? Anyway, if I opened the tin where they were kept, I could get a buzz on just smelling them!

My sibs and I tried to sneak a few, now and then. My mom is gone now, and that recipe is long lost.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in General Topics

What colour is your toaster, kettle, blender....,

I stick to neutrals, pretty much: toaster is white, kettle is copper, stand mixer is white, and the Vitamix is grey/black. Appliances and cabinets are white, so I stick to warm woods, linen colored walls, and pops of color in dish linens (apple green, golden yellow, and nautical blue for example.) My home is a colonial, but the kitchen reflects more Scandinavian than early American.

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Do I really need a dutch oven?

Hey, Duffy:

I love that arrangement of yours using the farmhouse sink base with the trash directly below. Unique and functional - the best of both worlds!

bc

Dec 11, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Do I really need a dutch oven?

You will so love that board!

I used to work for a kitchen design firm, and managed to snag a huge 2 inch thick butcher block board 24 x 30 which was destined for a countertop. The designer hated the fact that it had a dark streak through it, so rejected it. I had no problem with the dark streak, so I saved it from the island of misfit boards.

After 30 years, I still have it and haul it out all the time. Tough to manage the weight, but it's so worth it. I think that if I ever win the Lottery, I'll have it permanently installed. It's a thing of beauty.

Enjoy your board!

Dec 10, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Where Are My Napkins?

I always ask for extra napkins right at the start. I hate to put my silverware on a bare table - that's just me.

Since my first grandchildren were born just over a year ago (identical twin girls - woohoo!) I carry one of those travel packs of wet wipes in my satchel.

I don't really eat finger food in restaurants, but now the wipes are a must-have for Gram and her favorite girlies. Babies are experts in finger foods! Nom, nom, nom.

Dec 10, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

I need a well balanced saute pan

Exactly that. I bought one for use on another pot, and thought it might help with the A/C handles. The sleeve made it impossible to get a good grip.

Dec 09, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

I need a well balanced saute pan

Hi, wincountrygirl:

I feel your pain! I replaced my A/C 12" skillet with this and am very pleased with its performance and cleanup:

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-FCT22...

It's reasonable in price; you should check out the sauté pans, as well. (Look for the ones manufactured in France, unless that's not a issue.

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Good luck!

Dec 08, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Is this a really old copper pot?

Hard to say if it's functional or not. It looks like something more decorative than for cooking. I've seen similar with dried arrangements, etc., but I'd be interested in knowing if it IS for cooking what it is used for.

I'd use it for storing fatwood.

Dec 07, 2014
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Removing label stickers

This^

Dec 06, 2014
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Nosey Cookware Question

I can get the Cambros locally. Actually, I also use them to store cat food and wild bird seed, as well. I label accordingly, haha.

Dec 06, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Nosey Cookware Question

That IS a good deal!

Dec 06, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

Nosey Cookware Question

LOL, you may want to steer clear of the Baker's Catalog website (King Arthur flour.) I have spent much time and money perusing the site and print catalog. My moniker says it all. :)

breadchick

Dec 06, 2014
breadchick in Cookware