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Vitamix 750 or 300

I just shipped my blendtec back to QVC after the second pitcher's gasket began to go.

I am looking to replace it with a Vitamix.

Just got back from Chef Central and looked at the 750 and the 300. Also looked online at Costco and QVC....not sure what to get.

I love the new compact pitcher and make green smoothies and protein smoothies each day.

Any suggestions???

Thank you!

Jan 05, 2013
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Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

I think it was the coffee - I had descaled it only about a week prior and after hours of discaling this time around. - a huge bunch of grinds came out and then it returned to normal. Had this machine since 4/11 and have had no problems until we started using Starbucks k cups.

Jan 14, 2012
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Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

Update: after almost 24 hours of running vinegar and water through the machine - it has been resurrected! Appears that Starbucks K Cups clogged the machine. I've read about this problem elsewhere.

Jan 14, 2012
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Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

Which Zo model do you have?

Jan 13, 2012
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Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

Our third Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker just died.
It is predeceased by a Keurig brand machine.
I have given up on these machines and I am now searching for a dependable drip machine.
Any recommendations?
I initially considered the Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker - but it doesn't get great reviews.

Thank you!

Jan 13, 2012
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Saute Pan - Le Creuset Stainless or Cusinart French Classic

I have accumulated a nice collection of All Clad Cookware.
I am shopping for a large Saute Pan - I have a 3 qt but need a larger one for holiday time.

I cannot afford the All Clad 6Qt - but was considering either Le Creuset Stainless or Cusinart French Classic.

Any recommendations for either of these brands?

Thank you!

Nov 25, 2011
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What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

I have an AC SS 4 qt soup pot - it is actually the first AC piece I purchased - I love it!
I have also since purchased on sale at WS - the d5 2 qt Saucier/Chef's Pan - love that one too - very easy to maneuver!

Jul 23, 2011
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What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

All Clad D5 4-qt. saucepan: 8" diam., 5" high; 4 lb. 14 oz. with lid.

Le Creuset Stainless Steel 3.5-Quart Chef's Pan with Lid 3.3" H x 9.4" W x 9.4" D 6.7 lbs

Jul 20, 2011
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What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

The D5 3.5 that I have does have a helper handle; however it is way too heavy to hold with one hand and every time I have cooked with it that is what I had to do. Holding the large hand in one hand and the spoon in the other to push the contents into a bowl; way too heavy!

Jul 20, 2011
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What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

Hi everyone,
I have a set of All Clad D5 Cookware that I purchased from Williams Sonoma.
After putting the pieces to the test, I have discovered that I HATE the Sauce Pans.
Currently I have a 3.5 QT., 2 QT and 1.5 QT.

The one I hate to cook with the most is the 3.5 QT is way too heavy to lift with one hand - for example to move contents into a strainer.

I am looking for a replacement that is lighter and easier to handle.

So far I was considering a Chef's Pan/Saucier - Le Creuset seems to have a good one.

I mainly use this type of pot for cooking Frozen Vegetable, Pasta, etc.

Appreciate any help!

Jul 19, 2011
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Single cup coffee makers?

Yes, on the plus side, Breville is taking my second machine back and sending me a brand new one. So, drinking Via until I receive my new Breville. I am impressed with their customer service; seems that all Keurig machines have their issues, but no better options right now.
Can't wait to try Starbucks K Cups!

Apr 20, 2011
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Single cup coffee makers?

Well after spending much of this week researching....I returned an unopened Tassimo Machine and shipped back the temperamental Breville and await it's replacement. In reading loads of reviews, their seems to be pump issues across all brands. So, this morning Starbucks Via Instant coffee until i receive my new machine. Purchased a Cusinart Single Cup Brewer yesterday at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but will return it today since it's reviews are just as shaky as all the others......

Apr 20, 2011
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Single cup coffee makers?

One more note....much of the coffee that I do actually like in K Cup Variety is no longer available. An online retailer explained to me that Green Mountain is buying all of the smaller coffee house vendors; e.g. Tully's. I loved Tully's Kona and Sumatra and they have now been discontinued. I do not like any variety of Green Mountain Coffee.

Apr 17, 2011
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Single cup coffee makers?

We are on our second Breville Single Cup Brewer. First one had problems; stopped brewing, brewed a fraction of a cup, etc.... Breville replaced that unit and now this one is dying. Sometimes it sounds like it is going to explode. The other day it took me over an hour to get a cup of coffee to brew....very frustrating. I like the single cup idea, but this machine is very unreliable and I find it difficult to find a k-cup that is bold and not bitter....tried soooo many. I am considering a Tassimo machine.

Apr 17, 2011
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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainless?

Well, I lucked out!
Visited my local Williams Sonoma and purchased a 10 piece MC2 set.
This ended up to be the best value.
They are offering 10% off sets and 20% off open stock all clad right now.
I received another 10% off since they only had floor samples left.
I also picked up an MC2 3 quart Sauteuce.
In addition received an all clad lasagna pan, cookbook and oven mits as a gift with purchase. So, loving my MC2 - pouring lips, improved handles and excellent all clad quality! I am very happy!!!!

Apr 15, 2011
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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainless?

You read my mind.....checking out the D5 at Williams Sonoma now. Just torn on whether to consider a set or individual pieces.....I bought the Le Creuset and already packed it up....didn't even try to cook with it. For the price of the set; there was not one pan that I could have sauteed or pan fried chicken for a family of four.....I love All Clad's French Skillets and lot's of their other pieces; so perhaps I can find a better option in D5!

Apr 13, 2011
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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainless?

I've handled Le Creuset but cannot locate the cuisinart multiclad in any stores in my area.

Apr 12, 2011
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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainless?

Hi everyone,
I finally sold off most of my All Clad collection which I did not like due to it's uncomfortable handles.

I am now torn between a set of Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainelss Tri-Ply.

Any recommendations???

Thank you!

Apr 12, 2011
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Stoneware/Bakeware

I am on a mission to replace my pyrex ugly glass bakeware for some pretty/durable stoneware or porcelain.

Torn between Rachael Ray, Le Creuset, Mario Batali, others?

Would like nice presentation, great cooking and easy clean up....

I would like to cook in these pieces or simply serve in them.

Any recommendations?

Thank you!

Jan 13, 2011
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Which AC Pan Should I buy in between 12" Fry Pan and 3 Qt. Saute?

Awesome recommendation! I just ordered the 13" covered french skillet for $99.99 from Metro Kitchen/Amazon! I love the French Skillet that I have and I am sure this one will be great too!

Thank you!

Jan 02, 2011
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Which AC Pan Should I buy in between 12" Fry Pan and 3 Qt. Saute?

I purchased a set of All Clad MC2 about 2 years ago.
I also had a few other pieces. So for now, I have:
3 Sauce Pans ranging from 1qt to 2.5 qts
1 French Skillet (i think it is 10")
10" Frying Pan
12" Frying Pan
2 Stock Pots
1 3qt Saute

I am in search of a pan with large diameter cooking surface for cooking chicken cutlets and the like, for a family of 4.

Any suggestions?
I was considering the 6qt saute and also saw some buffet type pans mentioned on the boards here.

Appreciate any advise!

I only recently discovered the joy of cooking in AC by regulating low heat in the pan to avoid sticking!
So many people I know have non-stick stuff; but it makes me nervous!

Thank you!

Jan 02, 2011
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Help Choosing Cookware - Calphalon Tri-Ply vs. Cusinart Multiclad

Hmmm. Guess I will deal with my All Clad for now - and possibly find more pieces that I will like. I have a MC2 Set.

Aug 01, 2010
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Help Choosing Cookware - Calphalon Tri-Ply vs. Cusinart Multiclad

Hi there,
I am shopping for a new cookware set.
Spent a lot of time researching and so far narrowed it down to Calphalon Tri-ply or Cuisinart Multiclad.

I do have some All Clad pieces, but don't care for the handles or the straight edged sides.

Appreciate any input!!

Aug 01, 2010
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