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What is the best home barbecue grill?

My Cookshack Model 55 is over 12 years old and is still going strong. Cannot beat it. My son has a BGE and it is super since it can be used as a grill or a smoker.

Jul 07, 2012
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Looking for great coffee maker

When you go to the best restaurants, do to think they are using one of these home brewers that folks talk about? Yet people will say how great the coffee is in such places? They all are going to use a brewer such as the Bunn. Sometimes, coffee and wine snobs are beyond help.

Jun 26, 2012
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Aluminium foil is apparently less environmentally friendly than plastic wrap.

You must be trying to be sarcastic. If so, I got it. Otherwise, in order to further save the Earth, I recommend you not use either product. You will sleep better at night knowing you have made a difference.

Sorry about my nastiness.

May 26, 2012
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Ok ok ... I've finally started to freehand sharpen ... and ... it's not all that hard (to my surprise)

What is that 'ol saying ....can't take it with you? :<)

You would love it, believe me.

Jan 23, 2012
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Ok ok ... I've finally started to freehand sharpen ... and ... it's not all that hard (to my surprise)

Sounds great but I am going to continue using my Edge Pro Apex.

Jan 22, 2012
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Are you a Label snob when it comes to cookware??

Amen, Leolady.

Jan 17, 2012
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Electric BBQ Smokers?

The Cookshack stuff is terrific! I have had mine for 11 years now and it is still going strong. Best smoker by far. Pork ribs, pork butt .....Mmmmmm it cannot be beat for ease of use and end results.

Jan 16, 2012
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Are you a Label snob when it comes to cookware??

I have a Wolf cooktop and hood, Viking oven, Demeyere LC and Staub plus a couple of All Clad cookware pieces, six Kramer Shun and 2 Global knives, MagiMix processor and a VitaMIx. I am a evil, evil, evil, EVIL! All is overpriced but .......they all work like a charm fro a home knitchen. I have no shame and love using them all. Not practical for a restaurant setup. Oh, by the way, my steal knives are cheap Victorinox serrated knives. They are great too, however ....... just goes to show 'ya

Jan 15, 2012
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Infared Turkey Fryer

I have the CharBroil version of infrared "fryer". No oil to buy. No oil to heat up. No oil to splatter. No oil to have to cool and then store or throw away. Very easy to clean. Very good outcome with chicken or turkey - super golden brown and crispy. There is a Charbroil forum to obtain tips and ideas fro getting the best results.

I love it - can you tell?

Dec 28, 2011
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Anyone know a brand name that makes GOOD baking sheets?

Not everything goes into the dishwasher! These kind of pans should never go into the dishwasher. Geez!

Aug 23, 2011
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compact-sized Boardsmith boards

I do not think you have seen all of the sizes from Wohl unless he has discontinued his smaller sizes that do not have the holes. To be honest, I have two OzarkWest boards , one BoardSmith and one Wohl. I know, I know, too many boards. I do use them all, however. As a user of the Wohl for years, do not get too infatuated with the end grain boards to the detriment of well made edge grains. This is not the usual Boos stuff here. The main thing is to take proper care of them. All of them will last for umpteen years if you do so. Get what you like at the price you want to pay and do not over think it. They are mere tools for the kitchen like every thing else.

Aug 23, 2011
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compact-sized Boardsmith boards

I have a large BoardSmith cutting board that is my primary board. However, I like you, sometimes want a small light but well made board that is portable and can be used also as a cheese or sandwich board. I have an Edward Wohl board for that. Check these out! Made out of birds'eye maple. Not cheap but really are well made and great looking. Also OzarkWest has small boards too.

Aug 23, 2011
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Lecruset/iron vs demeyere

RGC1982-
We must share the same kitchen!

Aug 15, 2011
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Lecruset/iron vs demeyere

I have seven pieces of LC ( tops not counted) and five of the Demeyere plus several All Cad. I use them all. It depends on what I am cooking, of course. I like them all. As for as SS is concerned for induction, Demeyere is outstanding, as I understand. I braise a lot so I am big user of my LC. I have a Wolf cooktop so my comments on induction cooking are not based on experience. However, between the All Clad and the Demeyere, i will cook with the Demeyere hands down.

Aug 15, 2011
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Alternatives to All-Clad for a weakling like me

She may have trouble with the Demeyere. It it even heavier than the AC. I have several pieces and love it but my wife ( when she does cook) thinks it is too heavy. I think it is the best SS cookware available.

Jul 21, 2011
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Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

Petek,

Be sure to heat up and apply some beeswax and mineral oil to that block from BoardSmith once and a while. You probably already have done this. His boards are super.

Jun 13, 2011
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Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

I am a full-blooded LC, Staub, All-Clad and Demeyere snob. Many of my LC pieces are over 20 years old. Looking for a deep 9x13 lasagna pan, I "stooped" down and bought the Mario Batali lasagna pan from Crate & Barrel for $80 +/-. The workmanship on this " made in China" piece is nowhere close to LC or Staub but it really has performed beautifully. It will now become one of my workhorse pieces.

Jun 13, 2011
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condensation on inside of refrigerator

Air is getting into the refrigerator. Check the door seals. Maybe time to have them replaced.

May 25, 2011
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enameled cast iron vs. stainless steel vs. ceramic vs. clay

My wife and I are empty nester's. I use my Demeyere, Falk and All Clad cookware all the time. However. since I braise a lot of dishes that can be used for two meals, i am constantly using my LC or Staub in my cooking to braise dishes for two meals worth. What I am getting to is that there are times and uses for all types of cookware depending on your need at the time.

May 01, 2011
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Starting Copper Collection - Falk vs. Bourgeat

I suppose if you want to display your cookware then the Faulk is less upkeep. I do not attempt to keep them polished. I also do not clean the bottom of the tires on my car. They are tools to get where I want to be. Both Mauviel and Falk are super. Falk makes the basic copper/ SS for Mauveil. I think we all get too bogged down in the brands. As long as you are getting the 2.5 mm copper stuff with cast iron handles, you are cooking with the best new stuff there is. I do not want to hear from you tin guys. The difference is almost zero.

Apr 11, 2011
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Starting Copper Collection - Falk vs. Bourgeat

Falk. Period. Just kidding. They are all great cookware! It seems to me some of the Bourgeat handles seem to be higher than I want but that is because many times I am putting the cookware into my oven. Just my observation. I have Falk and Mauviel (sp?) and they both cook well. Get the one you like and get to cooking!

Apr 11, 2011
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Keurig coffee machines - which is best?

My reply will not be of much help. I have had three k-cup machines made by Keurig and all three went back to Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBB), The customer service there is wonderful. I decided after three attempts with the Keurig brand that I would try the Cuisinart brand. Loved it until the same problem arose which dealt with a failed pump. Exchanged it for another Cuisnart and this one has been working fine. My son has the Breville model ( since Christmas) and it is working fine. I think there must have been some bad pumps out there for a while. I enjoy my Cuisinart since it has an 80 oz. water capacity and some other features the less expensive Keurig models do not have.

Apr 10, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

I went back to my closest Sir La Table and requested the on-duty manager. I asked if he ever had any extra LC "bumpers". He simply asked how many I wanted and took four off of some displayed LC dutch ovens and handed them to me. He stated that 99% of folks go home with the LC products and throw the bumpers away so why not let me have some if i needed them. Happy ending.

Mar 26, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

Sir la Table, of course, is a large dealer for LC. I have bought at least a couple thousand dollars worth of kitchen stuff over the past 12 months from them. The problem is I usually never see the same salesperson twice so not much chance to develop a relationship with one who will likely go the extra mile for you, especially on such a minor item such as the little rubber things. I may ask the store manager on duty next time i am there. Thanks for your interest and help. Wish you were located in Houston!

Mar 25, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

Sorry, LovinSpoonful. Sometimes folks can get rather smug on this forum on matters they deem unimportant. You are not one of the them. My apology for being rather "smug" myself.

Mar 25, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

Thanks for the offer. I may try BiscuitBoy's idea since I only need four of them. I hate to bug LC for such a few. You are very kind to offer the additional help.

Mar 25, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

Thanks for the great idea. Right now, I just need 4 of them and your tip sounds great. I went to Sir La Table last night to see if they had any leftovers. They looked at me as if i was nuts for asking. Anyway they were fun and would have given me some if they had any spares. Most people throw them away like I have over the years.

Mar 25, 2011
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little rubber things that came with my dutch oven...

Well, LovinSpoolful, now that I have problems storing all of the gazillions of LC pieces I have collected over the years, i wish i knew where i could get more of these little items. Maybe I need to contact LC directly. In the meantime, never assume any topic is not important to this forum. If you are not interested, do not open the thread. Obviously, your time should be directed to the important topics you consider more relevant to cooking.

Mar 23, 2011
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Complaints about my viking range

I hope you have gotten rid of the Viking by now. Otherwise you are one of those that just love to bathe in the comfort of eternal unhappiness. As to going online and using google to find out about how many folks are unhappy with their Viking, I have other things that matter much more to me, like my family and happiness in general. I do not need a cause. My hobby is cooking rather than writing long-winded mutli-paragraphs about something very few people care about. In other words, the topic you seem to be so enthralled to carry on about in simply boring.

Feb 16, 2011
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Complaints about my viking range

i have a Viking wall oven and a Wolf cooktop and vent. Both work fabulously and have never had any problems. But I just cook like crazy and enjoy them. Maybe mine are the exception, but, on the other hand, I do not look for problems either. If Viking was as bad as folks make them to be , they would have been out of business a long time ago. Go get a GE and have fun. For some folks, if the sun is shinning, they will complain about the increased risk of skin cancer.

Feb 15, 2011
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