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Post your best holiday cookware deal finds here!

West Elm has their own brand of enamel cast iron dutch ovens on sale. $29 for a 3.5 quart and $49 for a 5.5 quart, in black only. They're marked down from $79 and $99, respectively.
http://www.westelm.com/products/mrk-e...

There are also some other good markdowns on cookware in the clearance section.

Dec 04, 2014
Amp1 in Cookware

Staub $120, Fontignac $112

I've had a Staub for several years. It's a great dutch oven.

No experience with Fontignac, but one difference I noted was that it has a plastic knob for a handle on top. Similar handles on Le Creuset pots have cracked, especially when making no knead bread, which requires very high temps.

Jan 21, 2014
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Dutch ovens: enameled cast iron vs stainless steel

I don't think there's anything wrong with a steel dutch oven per se, but that particular pot from All Clad does nothing for me. Their dutch oven has a rounded bottom, with a relatively small surface area. The lack of room on the bottom means less area to sear meats or sauté ingredients.

I wouldn't pay too much attention to what companies call their pots. Dutch ovens seem to be popular right now, and pretty much every manufacturer seems to have a pot they call a "dutch oven," which wasn't the case even a few years ago. Back then, they may have named the same pot a casserole or a chili pot, or something else picked by the marketing department.

If you're interested in an All Clad pan, I'd look at their 6 quart braiser. It's not quite as tall as the other pan, and it's from their SS line, but it gives you a 12.5" diameter across the bottom.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Jan 21, 2014
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pot luck hot dish carriers??

I don't have any personal experience, but this pops up on Amazon when you search for an electric chafing dish.
http://www.amazon.com/Oster-CKSTBSCDR...

Or perhaps you could use a warming tray like this one.
http://www.amazon.com/Waring-WT90B-40...

Jan 12, 2014
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Cheap, Group, Late Night, Union Square, Dinner

How about Pete's Tavern? It's open late.
http://www.petestavern.com/

I haven't eaten there in a while, but I remember the food being pretty decent.

Jul 05, 2012
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Cuisinarts vs Cuisinart - do I have a fake?

My guess is that they removed the "s" to be more in-line with accepted usage. Singular brand names are the standard and plural ones are unusual. It's hard to think of one. We say KitchenAid and VitaMix, not KitchenAids or VitaMixes.

Jul 01, 2012
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Help outfit a completely bare kitchen!

A few years ago, Mark Bittman wrote an article on outfitting a kitchen for under $300 by buying everything from restaurant supply stores. I might quibble with a few of his choices, and Ikea might still be a cheaper (and better) option for some items, but it's worth a read.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/din...

Jun 24, 2012
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Why would I want a dedicated pasta pot/insert?

Polder makes a mesh colander with a handle which can double as an insert for pasta, steaming, etc.
http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Colande...

Dec 31, 2010
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What to look for in a good roasting pan

You're right, aluminum can react with acids and give food a metallic taste. As I mentioned when I posted the link, I would primarily use a pan like this for Thanksgiving turkey, and traditional gravy isn't very acidic. I'd be wary of using these pans when deglazing with wine, etc.

Restaurants do use a lot of pans like these, but they are mostly cooking the same food night after night. I, on the other hand, am always trying new dishes. I do have a couple of aluminum pans and I've never had a real problem, but every time I add something acidic while using one, I feel like I'm playing a bit of roulette.

Sep 06, 2010
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What to look for in a good roasting pan

For smaller birds, I just use an oven-safe skillet. I mostly roast chickens that are five pounds or smaller and I use a 10" pan, but I would think you could do up to an eight to 10 pound bird in a 12" skillet. The low sides promote browning, and of course it's easy to deglaze afterwards on the stovetop.

I've never had occasion to cook a large turkey, but if I were to do it, I would probably get a heavy duty aluminum roaster at the restaurant supply store--something like these Vollrath pans: http://www.vollrathco.com/catalog_pro...

Sep 04, 2010
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Baking dishes for Breville/comparable convection toaster ovens (9"x13" or smaller)

TheKitchn.com just had a blog post about this very thing with bakeware from Amazon and Crate & Barrel.
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/ba...

Jul 07, 2010
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Le Creuset Round Grill Dutch Oven

I believe the Color series comes in 3, 6, and 7.5 qt, but not in a size close to the Le Creuset oven at 4 1/2 quarts. At least I don't see one on the Lodge website. (http://www.lodgemfg.com/

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The L & Signature series have models around 4-5 qts, but their prices run north of $100, even on Amazon.

Jul 07, 2010
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Le Creuset Round Grill Dutch Oven

Thanks, akehost. This is helpful.

Jul 05, 2010
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Le Creuset Round Grill Dutch Oven

Well, of course the Lodge isn't enameled. They also have a couple of lines of 4 quart enameled ovens with metal handles, but they are at prices that are close to the Le Creuset. They're a few other discount lines out there, but I believe those all have the phenolic-type handles.

Actually, I was just more curious about the pot more than anything else. I really don't need to talk myself into buying more cookware, but I saw this oven the other day and didn't see any discussion about it.

Jul 04, 2010
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Need Answer from someone familiar with All-Clad Fry Pan

I don't have an answer for you, but All-Clad does sometimes make cookware to different standards. For example, their french skillets are noticeably thinner than the regular versions. Did you see the first review on the Amazon product page? The poster noted that the pan is measurably lighter than his other All-Clad 12" that is a few years older.

Also, I don't recall seeing All-Clad offering a covered skillet before, but it's interesting that a few retailers (Sur La Table, MetroKitchen, ABT, ChefsCatalog) are all selling this pan at a big discount. As far as I can make out, though, it was never for sale anywhere at the advertised "retail" price. It makes me think that this is a special promotional piece or a one-off -- not that that necessarily means it is of a lower quality, though.

Jul 03, 2010
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Le Creuset Round Grill Dutch Oven

Does anyone know anything about this dutch oven? It's 4 1/2 quarts, and it looks like it's exclusive to WIlliams Sonoma.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Right now it's on sale for $130 and it looks like a pretty good deal. It comes with a steel knob and has a black enameled interior, unlike most Le Creuset pots. To me it looks like a dead ringer for a Staub. The ad copy says that it was designed to work on an outdoor grill, but I think it would be perfect for the Lahey/Bittman no-knead bread recipe.

I was wondering if anyone owns it or has checked it out and has any comments.

Jul 03, 2010
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Manhattan Special Soda on West Side

In case anyone's interested, I found some today at Bruno Ravioli at Broadway & 78th.

Aug 25, 2007
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Pizza Delivery on the UWS

I agree. I like Rigoletto's as well, although I usually just get individual slices from there.

Aug 23, 2007
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Manhattan Special Soda on West Side

I used to be able to find bottles of Manhattan Special all over the place in Brooklyn, but I haven't been able to find it on the UWS or Midtown West.

Does anyone know where I can locate some?

Aug 23, 2007
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