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New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

Hi danlind3, thanks for the photos for clarification. I've been one of the many long time haters for the current handle design. Based on your examples above, I would be in pain trying to lift a loaded A/C pan. I grip handles fairly close to the rim of the pot/skillet (from underneath) to give me more leverage and better alignment with the handle. However, that means the more narrow part of the A/C handle's design - and invites twisting from one side to the other, possibly sloshing whatever is in the pan. I've given some of my A/C to my children and replaced the heavier pots with other multiclad lines. (Cuisinart's made-in-France line, for instance.)

about 2 hours ago
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New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

My mom had these "waffled" vinyl placemats for the glass-topped table near the pool. They were square, and her table was round. I would drive her nuts because I would try to evenly place the squares within the round.

My dining room is on hiatus with just the two of us now - except for the holidays. Which will be here before we know it.

2 days ago
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New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

I just checked out the W-S website, and darn. I have such a soft spot for rondeau pans. I don't need it, but I really like it. It's so pretty.

Jul 27, 2014
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New All-Clad Handles... About Time.

I wouldn't mind the universal lids if they dropped the pan's handle a bit more. As it is, the lid doesn't fit exactly the same all the way around (and that is my OCD coming out - I know. I also have issues with placemats being exactly even.)

That said, at least A/C is trying to make an effort.

Jul 27, 2014
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On the road

Annual road trips to Cape Cod, Maine, or Rockport MA, etc. Fortunately, it's not that far a drive for us in upstate NY. We always look forward to those first few whiffs of the ocean air. We usually car pool with other family members, so the time goes by fast with yak-fests and trying to make sure we don't pee our pants laughing so hard.

We rent large homes right on the water, so except for a couple dinners out, we cook.

Next month, back to Maine. Trips back to LLBean (can't avoid it), LOTS of lobster, and schooner sailing. I can't wait.

Jul 27, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

SNAP POLL—WOULD YOU USE A COOKWARE “LENDING LIBRARY”?

Pretty much what I did with Wm Sonoma. Got a Christmas gift of a lovely Le Creuset soup pot that I really didn't need. Didn't have the receipt, but did have the shipping slip. They gave me a credit and I bought my Vitamix - which is what I really wanted!! I think that was a win for them.

Jul 25, 2014
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

LOL :)

Jul 24, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

Oh, waah, paulj. I'm sure there's plenty of words that drive folks batty (check out this thread here.) ;)

Jul 24, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I cringe too.

I also cringe when I hear folks say "sherbert." There's no extra "r" in sherbet!

Anything that comes out of RayRay's mouth.

Jul 24, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Master Chef 7/21 (SPOILERS)

Because I think there's some level of "princess-ification" of grown women these days. Who in good grief's name would think it's necessary to wear those shoes for cooking - and think it's their individual style? What's next, a tiara? Not all women, by any stretch, but a small enough number that's it's a bit disturbing. Way too Barbie for me, I guess. Same with all the princess-type cupcakes, etc. I will take Julia Child, with her no-nonsense shirt-waist dress, sleeves rolled up and ready for a perfect flour storm.

Jul 23, 2014
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Actually, Your Man Can't Cook

Thanks for the laugh, I loved it.

Jul 23, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Actually, Your Man Can't Cook

That is funny - thanks!

Jul 23, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Cast Iron - a Cautionary tale.

I hate when this happens. Sorry to hear about your problem, and yeah - sunflowers are pretty popular this time of year.

I have an English teapot that I love, but was unaware of a crack that prevented it from holding water. So, it's a very pretty blue and white vessel for dried flowers and holiday greens.

Jul 23, 2014
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Tounge in groove closure used in plastic food bags S@C*K$

I bought rice not long ago (can't remember the brand) and it re-sealed with Velcro. Loved that! I thought, at the time, that I wished more products had that type of closure. So much easier, for all the same reasons stated by other commenters.

Jul 23, 2014
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Come Dine With Me - couples version airs

I really wish BBCA would air the episodes not seen here in the states. Love this show.

Jul 22, 2014
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How big of a Foodie are you? Take the quiz to find out!

93% (at least) of my 60 year old life would not worry about whether Anthony Bourdain would want to be my friend. No worries about "loving him more" either.

I know it's not going to happen - probably not within my lifetime - but at some point can we take all these celebrity chefs and hit the "ground floor" button of the elevator?

Jul 20, 2014
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The china saga continues-rimmed soup bowls?

I have both rimmed and non-rimmed soup bowls. Rimmed soup is my everyday dinnerware: Spode's Blue Italian. Non-rimmed is my more formal dinnerware for 12: Wedgewood's Edme (not the newer version.) For pasta, I like a larger capacity than a rimmed soup, so I have the white Wm-Sonoma pasta bowls - which work well with the blue and white for everyday. So you have many choices and options, based on whether formal or informal, capacity, etc.

Jul 20, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

Good for you and I have no doubt you'll get where you want to be in the food industry.

Jul 18, 2014
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Ina Garten Frozen Dinners?

Last week saw three of her frozen entrees in Hannaford, which hadn't had them before. Tried the garlic shrimp with linguine. Awful, just awful. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I guess frozen skillet dinners will never be what they claim to be - even with Ina.

Jul 18, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

I'm confused. I think I remember you said you wanted to be on MasterChef junior, so you wouldn't have been able to be cast for the season now airing? I assumed you were a teenager. Your posts above are a little confusing, but that may be just me? Either way, I do hope you get your shot at it.

Jul 18, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

I never used a grater before

Paint them black and stick a votive in them - you can at least use them for Halloween. (Courtesy of Martha Stewart.) LOL

Jul 17, 2014
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I never used a grater before

Exactly what I was about to suggest. I keep a small stiff brush on hand for all those bits - whether with a microplane, using cheeses, etc. (As an aside, the brush does double duty, cleaning my grill pan.)

Jul 17, 2014
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Wrong type of Reality TV perhaps hurting a restaurateur......new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey

LOL!! (More than one way to turn tables...)

Jul 17, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

Upstate NY in the 60's and 70's: milk from the local dairy, baked goods from Friehofer's, Charles Chips, and later in the 70's my mom had Schwann deliveries.

I live in the rural/burbs just west of Albany and there's a dairy nearby that has kept up the tradition of local deliveries.

Jul 17, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Yes, pretty bad. Imagine a Keurig so gross that you wouldn't want to put a k-cup in it. Ick! Thank goodness there was a coffee shop on the first floor.

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Looks like a crime scene. :)

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Leaving half doughnuts behind

I worked in a large office building, an office suite with a shared kitchen. I didn't know half the folks working on that floor, since most were tech and marketing start ups. In and out all the time. The couple businesses that flanked my office, sure I knew them well and they were established businesses. If someone left some food for sharing in the kitchen -- no way. Believe it or not, most of the "kids" hired by the other companies were complete slobs and left the kitchen in shambles. Apparently didn't realize that a shared kitchen isn't a dorm. I would eat breakfast at home anyway, and those celebration lunch leftovers - nope, not interested thanks anyway...

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

You know you dine out too often when...

When I'm so looking forward to a home cooked meal, and it can be something as simple as meatloaf, mashed tatties, and a couple bottles of red. Dining in my comfy clothes on the deck.

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Not About Food

Decent looking steak platters...Please.

These are earthy, but sturdy and not cheap looking:

http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Armetale...

I have several pieces in Wilton Armetale and it looks very nice next to blue and white porcelain etc.

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Cookware

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Yes, BBCA - please bring back Alan Titchmarsh and the rest of the Ground Force crew.

I am in agreement with you about the classic Food Network shows - please bring some of them back!

Jul 16, 2014
breadchick in Food Media & News