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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

Mussolini's cookware. Get the piano wire!

about 6 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Place for after dinner drink.

Big +1 on your rec, Gizmo. I'll add for the OP's benefit that the Market corner after dark this time of year is a really good contrast to the bustle of tourist season daytime hours. The dark, the glistening wet cobblestones, the neon, the snugness of Il Bistro, Rachael the pig, it's all good.

A visit to the gum wall is in order. Maybe an Au de Vie at Maxmilien, too.

about 6 hours ago
kaleokahu in Greater Seattle

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

Perversion? Oh my, Ray, you've managed to outdo yourself.

about 6 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

What a coincidence, Ray. Could that be because you also chose Staub and d5?

about 6 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

Hi, BG:

I applaud your focus and am excited for you.

You already have good cookware, by any measure. I didn't mean to be critical of you.

It's just the case that--IMO--your two principal focii (A-C and Staub) are more status brands than performance ones. Their pricepoints are such that, if your focus had been strictly on a performance:value ratio, you (or your wedding giftors) could have saved money and done a bit better in most cases.

Given the reality and recency of where you are now, I guess that I would get a good PC, and spend the rest of your budget on kitchen tools *other* than pans. E.g., Cambros, a really good Chinoise, peelers, a scale, thermometers, utensils, microplanes, knives, mixing and mise en place bowls, SS bouquet garni spheres, bannetons, a blender, a mortar & pestle, excellent potholders, ramekins, gratins, pastry bag, etc.--the list is very long.

Above all, have fun.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 7 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Or kibbutz over the watered-down beer the Seahawks and Budweiser got caught peddling 2 weeks ago...while conversing like adults at the dinner table.

about 7 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food
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Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

Hi, donald: "The Bud drinker is older, and that market is slowly withering away."

Yeah, the same thing was said about PBR. Things cycle.

about 8 hours ago
kaleokahu in Beer

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

Again, Ray, I'm quibbling with your characterization of the status quo as "already at the highest level most kitchen hobbyists would ever hope for."

And then you respond to me by hoping aloud for, and even identifying, better?

I'm actually happy for anyone who's happy with whatever cookware they have or consider good for them. But asking for "perfect" is different--if you won't like an answer that doesn't validate your previous choices, it may be best not to ask the question.

about 8 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

There's no culpability on her part unless she won't make his boorishness plain to him. But it still would make her look foolish. That's on him, too.

about 8 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

As a shift knob on my oil tanker, why, yes it is.

about 9 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

"[Y]our collection overall is already at the highest level most kitchen hobbyists would ever hope for."

Not by a long shot. OP asked for "perfect", and nothing A-C makes comes close to that standard. Other than the DO, the Staub pieces are not great performers, either. I know people like this stuff, but it's overpriced and under-performing, IMO.

about 9 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Copper pan - silver versus stainless lining

Hi, Fred:

Silver-lined pans are somewhat uncommon, but hardly rare. Resellers don't always recognize what they have.

If you search for Joseph Heinrichs or Georg Jensen Taverna, you can find some to play with.

"sliver really has to be electroplated on"

Well, until someone resumes doing Sheffield plate, yes. But a thicker layer of silver would result, boding well for wear.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 9 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Copper pan - silver versus stainless lining

Hi, Matus: "Is the discolouration as strong as with tin?"

Based on my short experience, no. But if SS is your standard, it discolors significantly.

I can't advise on SoyTuyrkiye, because I've never handled one. TAKE A BULLET FOR THE TEAM AND REPORT. But I have a Mazzetti that is tin-lined, and they make excellent pans. People can be misled by their use of brass handles and Italianate shapes into thinking they are second-rate, when in fact they are first-rate (e.g., planished bottoms). Falk is excellent, too, except that the copper is 2.3mm. It sounds relatively minor, but if the price is close, I'd rather have a full 2.5mm of copper + tin than 2.3mm of copper + 0,2mm of SS. I also don't care for Falk's handles--I find them undersized and turny.

Re: stiction... Some folks favor Mauviel's or Bourgeat's or Falk's surface treatment. I can't say I've noticed any difference. I can say that the one highly-polished silver-lined pan I had stuck worse than the raw finish as it came from the plater.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 9 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

My money's on "idiot". Claiming the Státní bezpečnost didn't violently put down the Velvet Revolution in 1989 is an eloquent proof.

about 10 hours ago
kaleokahu in Beer

Re-tinning copper pans

Sorry, I'm striking out, too. I clearly remember Eutetic with an "E" rather than an "e". Hmmmm...

about 14 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Hi, weezie:

I guess our thresholds of manners and subtlety differ. She could also post a foyer sign reading: "No damn TV at supper!"

The point was to avoid making both the host and guest seem ungracious and inhospitable.

If the guest responded to me as host in the way you suggest he might, I would be deeply offended because his persistence would show everyone that the free game (in my house) was more important than the meal laboriously prepared for us to share with him in giving thanks. Not. Invited. Back.

If we lose sight of how easily we come by the luxury of having a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast (to the extent we can't give it an hour, undistracted by pro sports) we are well and truly screwed...

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 14 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food
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Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

As would knowing what "filthy water beer" is...

After all, no Czech breweries offering pond scum can compete with American beer.

about 14 hours ago
kaleokahu in Beer

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I like the comparison of micturation to watching TV. You made my day.

about 15 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Hi, weezie:

I *didn't* assume this cretin had a DVR. I suggested the OP ask as a way of letting him know that watching TV during Thanksgiving dinner was not appropriate.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 15 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

About as funny as a Google Glass at a bar.

about 16 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Then you probably would have no problem with him attending Thanksgiving dinner via Skype while sitting in his underwear stuffing Cheetos and pounding Buds in front of the bigscreen. Just his way of showing thanks, I guess.

about 16 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food

Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

I wonder what US beer he's tasted...

about 16 hours ago
kaleokahu in Beer

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

If this boob jumps up from the host's holiday dinner table to check on pro football scores, he's extremely rude and makes an ass of himself and his wife.

You would have been entitled to be annoyed, but you've already given him license to be rude. At the point he asked, you should have responded: "You have a DVR, don't you? No TV during dinner."

Personally, I would double-down, and banish this dunce to eating alone in a separate room with the TV.

about 17 hours ago
kaleokahu in Not About Food

Copper pan - silver versus stainless lining

Hi. Matus:

Practical differences?

--IMO, silver is a little more nonstick
--Non-metal utensils only on silver; metal on SS is OK
--Silver will not delaminate, but can wear through
--Silver will mottle & discolor; SS can be scoured back to bright
--There are no new bimetal pans >3mm

I don't have identical SS- and silver-lined pans to do a direct A-B comparison of conductivity. There is a theoretical difference, but IMO it's not significant.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 17 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Ideas for serving smoked salmon

Mousse is always welcome. By itself, en croute, in canapes, crepes, pasta, or intravenously...

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Home Cooking

Re-tinning copper pans

A brand.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

No more burnt gravy! - Calphalon roasting pan

Hi, Randy: "The darker pan should not be the problem, and a stainless pan should not produce any better results. In fact, the opposite may be true."

Unfortunately, there are too many variables for us to generalize. Chief among them being size of the pan relative to the joint or bird. Followed by what (if anything) is below and above it. Pick your batting order, but sustained heat and rack/perched enter into it, too.

My experience and witness is that a too-large pan with a dark lining and too few aromatics will indeed burn more readily than the same matchup which is more reflective. My beater Wearevers still get used because I haven't yet found all the sizes I need in thick copper.

I find it very strange that a huge % of Americans own only one pterodactyl-sized roaster, and they're (mis)used only a few times a year. Even if they don't have to worry over melted tin, when they're not filling it with a >20-lb turkey, the drippings are going to cook off and burn, *regardless* of the darkness/lightness. They'd be better off using the never-used "broiling pan" that came with their ranges.

Better a range of sizes of cheap roasters than one dear one.

Aloha,
Kaleo

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

fermented apple cider

Hey, appledebacle:

You likely have something extremely delicious (and alcoholic)
brewing in your fridge. Unless you are immunosuppressed, TASTE IT.

Virtually all commercially available ciders start with pasteurized juice, cultured yeasts, and get their fizz out of a CO2 tank. They WISH they could legally do it the way you just did in your reefer.

Drink it up before it spoils or goes completely dry. Decant if you want, but the lees are good for you.

Just in time for Thanksgiving.

Aloha,
Kaleo

PS: I have 30 gallons working downstairs.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Wine

Copper Moscow Mule mug?

Hi, SAHC:

I recommend the SS-lined ones. You do *not* want bare copper--it reacts and affects flavor. The only way to make the bare ones tolerable is to coat them with lacquer.. Not worth it. If you still want to go bare, I have a set for you...

Aloha,
Kaleo

PS: Most new sets are grossly overpriced.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Spirits

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I actually prefer this skull to the 15-foot SS purse my artist neighbor welded up.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware