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Top Chef - D.C. - Finale, Part 2 (Ep. #14) - 09/15/10 (Spoilers)

This was my first season of TC, and now I'm dying to go back and watch Hung's season. He impressed me as well.

Sep 16, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Finale, Part 2 (Ep. #14) - 09/15/10 (Spoilers)

I didn't realize that was Kelly! They never showed her face and for some reason I assumed she was Kevin's wife. lol!

Sep 16, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #9 - 08/11/10 (Spoilers)

True, Kenny got basically the same criticism every week (too much going on, flavors not working) and he refused to listen and learn. Although I liked his personality, I do think it was time for him to go.

Aug 13, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #9 - 08/11/10 (Spoilers)

ITA. In the beginning, I'd hear Kenny bragging about his food and I'd think he would be in the top. Then he'd either be in the middle or the bottom. I think a lot of folks- and me, too, in the beginning!- just bought into his hype.

Aug 13, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #7 - 07/28/10 (Spoilers)

That is the most confusing recap I've ever read....

Jul 29, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #5 - 07/14/10 (Spoilers)

ITA with all of that. When he started bragging about his crab skills, I thought, "yeah...you alway say that and then you're WRONG, buddy boy!"

Jul 15, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #5 - 07/14/10 (Spoilers)

I totally didn't read that as a joke. I even had to rewind and watch it again, but I still thought he was doing a TMI instead of a joke!

Jul 15, 2010
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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #4 - 07/07/10 (Spoilers)

ITA with you re: the hotel food. Maybe I'm missing out on something fab, but when I travel there's just no way I'm going to eat at the hotel restaurant. Even if we're completely tapped out, we still find somewhere else to eat. I've never even done room service! lol

Jul 08, 2010
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Poor Cookware Gift [moved from Cookware board]

I think a bread machine is a very nice gift! Granted, I don't want one b/c I enjoy making my bread by hand...though I'd love a stand mixer! But even so, I think a bread machine is a nice gift. Back when I got married 10 years ago, I would've loved a bread machine.

I also would love knives. Heck, I got knives at my wedding. And was thrilled to get them.

Jun 19, 2010
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If you had to buy all new pots/pans....

Okay, I have to be budget-conscious so my answer won't be as much fun as some of the others! lol I'm still building my cookware stash, and I plan on the bulk of it being the Tramontina TriPly. If you do some searches on the board here, you'll see that a lot of folks think it's just as good as All-Clad, but without the hefty price tag.

Here's my ideal set:

- 12 inch s/s (stainless steel) skillet- Tramontina Triply- already have it
- 10 inch non-stick skillet (mostly for omelets and fish)- Wearever brand- already have it
- 10 inch cast iron skillet- Lodge Logic- already have it
- 2 qt. and 4 qt. s/s saucepans- plan on getting the Tramontina
- 12 qt. s/s stockpot- plan on getting the Tramontina
- 7.25 qt. dutch oven- Le Creuset- already have it

That's probably all I really "need," but I also have 2 other dutch ovens, both Le Creuset. One is the small 2 qt., which I really only use for my morning oatmeal or grits. That was a total indulgence b/c I could certainly make my breakfast in the 4 qt. saucepan. But I had an amazing coupon and love LC, so there's that. I also have what I think is a 3.75 qt. dutch oven, which was my Grandmother's so there's no way I'm letting that go! This one doesn't get a lot of use, though. It's just too small for most things I want to do, and it's too big for the grits/oatmeal that only I eat!

HTH!

Jun 19, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Yeah, I think I've decided to go with the set. I'm just juggling the budget and haven't taken the plunge quite yet. :) We've been buying knives as well. But I will definitely update the thread when I buy.

And yes, a magnet does stick to the pan that I have!

Jun 08, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Yes, I saw that jumbo cooker in the store the other day and it would be a nice addition to the set!

Jun 06, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Yes, I'd mostly use the stockpot for things like boiling pasta, making corn on the cob. For soups, I really love using my 7.25 dutch oven.

I did notice that Cooks Illustrated says there's no need to go fully clad on stockpots. Something to think about. Thanks!

Jun 03, 2010
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Cutting boards- plastic or wood or bamboo? Need suggestions!

I agree that an 8x11 is a great size for cutting something small. But I also have a wooden board that's 15x20, and I love it for when I'm cutting a lot of stuff.

I can't fit it in my sink either, but you really don't want to submerge a wooden board anyway. I use my regular kitchen cloth to clean mine, then a wet paper towel to rinse it off. Then I dry it with my regular kitchen towel. All while the board is still sitting on the counter. Works great!

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

I agree, I don't think there's really a "wrong" choice here. I went over to the store today to see them IRL. They only had the 10-piece set, but I was at least able to check out the individual pieces they sell. I think I'm going to get the set after all.

Jun 03, 2010
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Cutting boards- plastic or wood or bamboo? Need suggestions!

Personally, I like a plastic one for meats and a wooden one for fruits and veggies. But just a few days ago, I picked up a small bamboo board by TruBamboo at Target. It was $10, and I'd say it's about 8x11. Perfect size for when I'm cutting just one apple or just one onion, etc. I don't think I've ever seen any as small as 8x4, but that might just be me.

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

You're making a lot of sense. I was all set to buy the individual pieces and now I'm back to considering the set again. (I can be easily convinced! lol)

It does seem like "why not" for the extra $50. If nothing else, my dad gets a dutch oven for Father's Day!

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

That's what I'm thinking, too...that if I don't have a need for the saute pan now, I might as well not worry about it until I do. I'm leaning towards buying the individual pieces I need. I'm 99% sure that the 12-inch skillet I bought is what is referred to as the 12-inch saute pan in this set. Wish I'd paid better attention to the packaging on my skillet so I'd know for sure!

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the 12-inch skillet that I bought and keep referring to, is the one Wal-mart is calling a saute pan...and therefore I'd have 2 of the same pan. I wish I'd saved the packaging or paid attention to it. I saw the angled sides, saw it was 12 inches, and didn't notice what the label said!

See, that leads me back to thinking I should buy the pieces I need. I don't need another 12-in skillet, obviously. I don't need the dutch oven. I need a 10-inch skillet, but I'd prefer for it to be non-stick since we'd be using it for eggs and fish. I'm not convinced I need that big a stockpot.

So I'm leaning towards buying the individual pieces I need- 2 and 4 qt. sauce pans and 8 qt. stockpot from this line. Then I need to research and see what 10 inch non-stick skillet I'd like.

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Forgot to say- thanks for the disk bottom explanation. I see exactly what you mean. I went and pulled out one of my pots that I know has a disk bottom, and I see the visible joint! Thanks for the explanation.

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Okay, I see exactly what you mean...how is it that I've looked at these literally for WEEKS and never noticed that about the saute pans! I actually like these a lot better than the traditional straight-sided saute pans.

As for what I need, though....I'm just not sure. See, I'm definitely a newbie cook. I just started cooking for REAL (as in, homemade cooking vs. out of a box, and actually enjoying it vs. cooking b/c we need food to live!) back in January so I'm still quite green. I've never felt the "need" for a saute pan, but that's partly b/c I've never had one! I know that when I had only a 10-inch skillet, it was too small. I was cooking our food in 2 batches b/c it wouldn't all fit. The 12-inch has been fantastic. Now we rarely pull out the 10-inch, and when we do it's usually for eggs.

Right now, I'm feeling like I don't need both the 12-inch saute and the 12-inch skillet...but again, I'm still kind of unsure as to when I'd use the saute vs. when I'd use the skillet. (I know, my ignorance is showing...lol!)

I'd probably give the dutch oven to my parents, who don't have one. I keep telling my dad, who loves cooking, that he NEEDS one!

Jun 03, 2010
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Cookware- should I buy this set or the individual pieces I need? Great deal on set!

Okay, after weeks and weeks of research, I've decided to invest in some of the Tramontina Triply cookware sold by Wal-Mart. I bought one piece already, a 12-inch skillet, and so far I'm really impressed.

Here's my dilemma- buy a set and have a nice variety of pieces for a good price, or spend about the same and get the exact pieces that I want?

Here's what I am wanting:
- 2 qt. saucepan- $29.76
- 4 qt. saucepan- $45
- 8 qt. stockpot- $70

So I'm looking at $145 plus tax.

But they offer this one 10-piece set for $199, which includes:
- 2 qt. covered saucepan
- 4 qt. covered saucepan
- 10 inch saute pan
- 12 inch saute pan
- 12 qt. stockpot
- 5 qt. dutch oven

Now is it just me, or is that an amazing deal? I'd have the 2 saucepans I wanted anyway, plus a stockpot (though bigger than I wanted). We're a family of 3, and honestly I'm just not sure that I need that big a stockpot. Right now I'm getting by with a big 6 qt. pot, but the 8 qt. stockpot would give me more room. We don't have big parties or entertain a lot, so the 12 qt. might be overkill.

Also, I don't know if I "need" the saute pans...I don't have any saute pans at all. What is the advantage to having them over skillets? Right now I have 3 skillets- 8, 10, and 12 inches, and I use the 10 and 12 a good bit. Lastly, I don't know how much I'd use the dutch oven since I have my Le Creusets.

Here's my current stash of cookware, if that helps:
- 12-inch skillet - my new Tramontina, that I love
- 10-inch cast iron skillet - Lodge, love it
- Le Creuset dutch ovens- 2qt, 3.25 qt. (I think...was my grandmother's), and 7.25 qt.
- 2qt and 4qt saucepans- both of which need to be replaced)
- nonstick 8 and 10-inch skillets - both of which need to be tossed b/c they're all scratched up. I'm thinking of getting just one, probably 10-inch nonstick, for eggs and fish.
- 6qt. pot- not really a stock pot, just a huge pot, but it needs to be replaced. I use it for boiling pasta, making corn on the cob, basically what you'd do with a stockpot!

So after typing all this, I'm starting to answer my own question. I'm thinking I should just buy the individual pieces I need. Unless of course you all convince me that I need the saute pans!

Jun 03, 2010
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Keurig coffee maker

I've only had mine for about 2 weeks, but it's been a blissful 2 weeks. I don't find the coffee weak at all. In fact, I love how every cup seems to come out just perfect.

I find it easy to use and clean so far. I got the Elite version, and I think it was worth the extra $10-15 to have the water reservoir so you don't have to add more coffee to the machine for every single cup. Mine hold enough for about 4 cups of coffee before I have to refill it.

My machine came with either 10 or 12 K-cups to try as well. I found the warranty card and saw that Keurig offers a special deal when you register your machine online. You order 2 K-Cup boxes and get 2 free. Great deal! I placed my order on a Wed. night and the coffee arrived on Friday. However, I will say that there are cheaper sits out there for K-cups, so I won't use them again.

Jun 02, 2010
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Help me love my crockpot...or not...

Good point, esp. the part abot freeing up your oven when you're needing it for other stuff. Thanks!

May 31, 2010
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Help me love my crockpot...or not...

I didn't even think about the tailgaiting/picnic idea...that's pretty smart.

May 31, 2010
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Help me love my crockpot...or not...

We got our crockpot, which is a pretty decent-sized, oval-shaped one, nearly 10 years ago as a wedding present. I've used it for exactly 2 things- to cook bean soup and to make queso dip. I made both a handful of times before I discovered that it was easier for me to just do them on the stovetop.

That's my overall issue with crockpot cooking. I got one of those "Fix it and Forget it" cookbooks, but everytime I've pulled it out, I end up modifying the recipe for my stovetop. If something tastes better via slow cooking, like the bean soup, I use my dutch oven.

I'm guessing I'd use the thing more if I worked outside of the home. I can see how it'd be convenient. But I'm home all day, so it always feel easier to me to just use my stovetop. I typically start dinner around 4 or so (unless it's something that cooks slow, like chili or bean soup), as we like to eat around 5 or 5:30pm.

Are there any benefits to the crockpot that I'm just not seeing? Or is it time to pass it on to a new home?

May 30, 2010
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Tramontina Gourmet 18/10 Triply the same as Tramontina Triply 18/10?

lol...that's so funny! And we both probably had the same puzzled looks on our faces!

Yeah, I did see the other lines of Tramontina (one was called Style, and there was yet another which I forget the name of). It would be almost impossible to confuse them, just by the weight and the feel of them. The Triply was much heavier and just had a good quality look/feel to them, vs. the other lines.

Now I want to rush back and get some! I actually picked up the 12 inch skillet last night. I'm also wanting the 2qt. sauce pan, the 4qt. saucepan, and the 8qt. stockpot (which was not in stock, so I'd have to do Site to Store for that one).

May 26, 2010
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Tramontina Gourmet 18/10 Triply the same as Tramontina Triply 18/10?

Potential dumb question...how can I tell if the triply goes all the way up the sides? The bottom of the cookware said triply, but I guess that could apply to just the bottoms. Thanks!

May 26, 2010
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Tramontina Gourmet 18/10 Triply the same as Tramontina Triply 18/10?

This is my first post here...I hope it's okay that I'm jumping right in! I've been reading here for months and so many of your names have become familiar to me as I've researched SS cookware, knives, the KitchenAid mixer, and so on. Feels strange to finally posting!

After reading countless threads and reviews, I've decided in invest in a few pieces of the Tramontina SS Triply that is sold at Wal-Mart. I know it's normally only sold online, so I was surprised to find what I think are the same pieces in my WM store last night. They did say 18/10 Stainless Steel Triply, and the only thing different from the ones I've been looking at online was the addition of the word "Gourmet" after Tramontina. The shape of this Gourmet line is exactly the same as the one I've looked at honline, even though the Tramontina Gourmet line on Amazon has more of a "potbelly" shape, if that makes sense.

It was a litle confusing, since the WM website didn't show any of the pieces in stock at my local WM, yet I found 2 of the 10-piece sets plus about 6 open stock items.

Any input would be much appreciated!

May 26, 2010
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