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Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

So a good reason to put up with my old house's drafty windows - my dual fuel. I admit to leaving my oven door open after using it to add some warmth. A little give and take.

Mar 25, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

LOL, too funny.

Mar 25, 2015
breadchick in Food Media & News

Le Creuset - Scratches and abrasions on underside of new pot after just two uses

The bottom sure does, of course, with the L/C label instead of the Cousances. Thank you for the in-depth info, alexrander. I never knew. Anyway, both of my ovens look like L/C and act like L/C.

Years ago, I had a pot with the Cousances imprint, but can't for the life of me remember what ever happened to it.

Mar 24, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

I agree, and will assume because it's Yahoo the list was created by a bunch of yahoos.

Mar 24, 2015
breadchick in Food Media & News

Le Creuset - Scratches and abrasions on underside of new pot after just two uses

I purchased mine from Wms-Sonoma back then, and they definitely seem to be L/C - based on the number on the bottom and name on the lid. I just took a couple pics of the smaller oven. Would they put their own name on cookware they've acquired?

Interesting.

Mar 24, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Le Creuset - Scratches and abrasions on underside of new pot after just two uses

So, the newer L/C has an enameled bottom? My two older 80's ovens have this bare metal surface.

I wonder why they switched to an enameled bottom if this level of care is needed to keep them from chipping.

Mar 24, 2015
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Poll: Favorite everyday glassware?

I do, and even my cobalt blue glassware has similarities - and I've had this pattern forever:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/22237845...

Just as sturdy as all the others.

Mar 24, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Yahoo recently listed their "best" 24 cooking shows, and I'm rather puzzled by some of their choices. It seems to me they forgot about a number of well respected chefs.

https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-24-bes...

Mar 24, 2015
breadchick in Food Media & News

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Here's mine, from a couple weeks ago, using the Lahey recipe. I used a 5 qt. LC French oven, and it was dropped from a floured linen towel into the pot, as suggested in Bittman's video.

How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

Flour on the counter tops. If I couldn't be sure that the cats weren't on the counters, I'd never have any more cats.

This isn't unusual. I grew up with cats, and they never bothered to jump on the counters. We would swat their asses if they tried.

Cats these days are pushing the envelope.

Mar 22, 2015
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How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

Nope. I employed the scare the shit out of them method. The cats we've had over the years learned early on that it doesn't pay to jump on the counters.

Same method kept them out of our Christmas trees.

Mar 22, 2015
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How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

My issue would be not so much cat licking the pot, but walking around my prep area. Gross. Might as well invite a few rats, honestly, like something out of hoarders.

Animals belong on the floor, not where I cook.

And, yes, I grew up in the country. Picked veggies right off the vine and ate them. Bug poo included, I'm sure. So I'm not that freaky about germs. But I have to draw the line with pets on my counter tops.

Mar 22, 2015
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How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

First of all be happy it's spit and not sh..! :)

Mar 21, 2015
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Poll: Favorite everyday glassware?

Duralex Picardie here too. Also basic stemmed wine glasses, and a set of cobalt stems and tumblers when I want to match the blue & white dishes.

Mar 21, 2015
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Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

Aside from my jitters, rgagg, I'm wondering about the timing itself. For example, if I let stock simmer on my stove all night, that means I'd have to deal with it first thing in the a.m. - when I would have been running around getting ready for work. (Not relevant now, I'm retired.) So it seems to me more of a problem of timing. Wouldn't it be easier for most folks to start a stock like this early in the a.m. on a day off, and expect it to be finished that evening? Allowing then time enough to cool it down and either stick it in the fridge or freezer?

I'm with you on the four hours. I'm awake most all night and it's so annoying.

Mar 20, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Tara Kitchen (Schenectady)

I read that, and feel for the owners, as well as the victims and those now homeless. My daughter was working in conjunction with Schenectady fire on site for a few days last week.

Buildings are being demolished so there's progress.

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

True.

I won't even think about the gas boiler. We had to install a new one because the previous owners had the older oil converted to a gas boiler and last autumn it caused an explosion that shook the house. Things could have gone very wrong and I'm still jittery about it.

Getting the dual fuel was a real accomplishment for me. A fatal house fire created havoc in my family years ago so that's also hovering about my mind.

Mar 20, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

I understand from reading others here that it's considered a "low risk" but honestly the idea of leaving a flame unattended on my gas stove gives me the jitters. I'm prone to giant leaps of my imagination, so I'd never get any sleep assuming the worst and running downstairs every half hour or so.

Mar 20, 2015
breadchick in General Topics

Tinned steel or aluminum springform pan?

I also recommend Fat Daddio. Should you not find the springform you want, please check out this pan. I use it for all my cheesecakes and anything that takes a crust you want to show off.

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Daddios-Ano...

I've used it for years, and it cleans up with no problem.

Good luck in your search!

Mar 20, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

The day that I can renovate this kitchen can't come soon enough and then I can fit my counter top appliances under the uppers.

Mar 20, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

I had the All Clad multi-cooker, so with the pot being around 10 inches high, and with the pasta insert adding another 3 inches or so - it was too tall for me to see in it. (I'm vertically challenged and relied on a step stool. Ha!) Add to that, I live in a very old house with built-in kitchen cabinets - none of them provide the standard clearance between the counter top and, in this case, the gas burners and ventilator. I have 18 inches to work with and was constantly knocking the lid against the vent.

I wasn't wedded to that pot, so my son has it now (he's 6'3") and I picked up the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12 quart. Granted, it's not that much of a difference in height, but just enough that I don't need the step stool. :)

Still have the A/C 16 quart, but that's used outside for clam & lobster bakes. He's not getting that one yet!

Mar 20, 2015
breadchick in Cookware

Magnalite Advice Please! and general info on upgrading my current cookware

I don't know much about the brand, but I Googled Magnalite and apparently the older vessels are much sought after compared to what is being made under that same name these days.

You have a treasure in those pans, so even if you update you may want to hold on to the Mag.

Have fun with shopping for new pans. :)

Mar 19, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

Yikes, what a shame, but you still have it and that counts.

Hey, did he stop at the jewelers too?

Mar 19, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

LOL, I'd adopt you but I'm sure your family will object. :)

Mar 19, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

The 12 qt. stockpot was too tall for me, so I had purchased another brand that was wider than tall. The 3 qt. saucepan was too uncomfortable with the A/C handles - ouch. I got another brand with a better handle. Some other A/C pans are redundant at this point. I have the large s/s braiser which I rarely use these days - and so on.

I still have a lot of A/C that I'll hold on to and still use. It's a good brand, no doubt about that.

Mar 19, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

That looks amazing. I am channeling "Captain Sweatpants."

Mar 18, 2015
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I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

That's a lovely loaf of bread, nikkib99!

Mar 18, 2015
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Tips for cooking with stainless steel cookware?

Yeah, I agree. I actually started a response to this but decided it wasn't worth the time because so many folks will swear by this method.

Mar 15, 2015
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Help! My Miele dishwasher has no side.

For cabinetry, they're called "end caps." I would assume Ikea has them for the ends of cabinet runs.

Mar 15, 2015
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Why you should absolutely own a cast iron pan + plus how to cook the perfect steak

Well, btc, it's time to do the "Weber dance!"

Mar 15, 2015
breadchick in Home Cooking