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Le Creuset 3.5 quart wide oval - is this a useful size

I bought one a couple of years ago for around $200. I love it and, like you, usually cook for 2. Even with company, it can work for serving 4 or 6, depending on the dish you are preparing. It is the perfect size for cooking for 2 or small group. That is a great price.

Dec 19, 2013
wakondatch in Cookware

Dressing up a spaghetti dinner for a holiday party

Assuming the sauce is meatless, you could grill or pan fry some Italian sausage links (mild, spicy or sweet) for those who want to add meat to the main spaghetti course. If your sauce contains meat, ignore this comment.

Dec 19, 2013
wakondatch in Home Cooking
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Best wine bottle opener

Barbantia Wine Opener (available on Amazon for $15)

I have used many over the years and this is the best so far. My wife also finds it the easiest to use. Good price. Caveat: Foil cutter on top doesn't work very well, but getting cork out is a breeze.

Dec 09, 2013
wakondatch in Cookware

Crepes 101

I hadn't either until a couple of months ago. I bought a 7 1/2 inch De Buyer Blue Steel Crepe pan and followed directions on seasoning (very easy). It works great and is very non-stick. I like this pan so much I have asked for a 9" one for Christmas.

I use Alton Brown's crepe recipe (google it) and that works fine. I think it is the same as Julia Child. You can also google Julia Child crepe demo and there is a video out there.

I let the batter sit overnight in the fridge before actually cooking the crepes (definitely let the batter "rest" for at least an hour before making the crepes).

One of Alton's recipes makes about 10 crepes (depending on size of your pan).

I put each one on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to cool for little (while I am cooking the next one or two), then I stack them and put a sheet of wax paper between each, put them all in a freezer bag and pull out however many I need when I am ready to actually use the crepes (thaw and warm them up in microwave or skillet).

All works slick and easy.

Dec 06, 2013
wakondatch in Home Cooking

Liver paté - how to make it and how to eat it

This is my go to recipe for chicken liver pate. I make it 3 or 4 times a year. Kids, grandkids and friends love it. The only change I make is substituting capers for the green peppercorns, but only because I usually have capers on hand and not green peppercorns.

Nov 22, 2013
wakondatch in Home Cooking

Crepe pan - answer to my omelette making needs?

Another thing to consider. The De Buyer crepe pan has an angled handle that may cause a problem in trying to get the omelett close to the broiler heat. The Lodge handle goes straigt out from the pan so would be easier to get the omelett close to the broiler heat.

Nov 11, 2013
wakondatch in Cookware
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Crepe pan - answer to my omelette making needs?

I love my De Buyer blue steel crepe pan (used for crepes and fried eggs). I have not used it for omelettes under broiler. If seasoned according to instructions (easy to do), it will give you great nonstick results. It is also very light. I would recommend the 9 1/2 inch size. The lip is not very high so you might want to compare lip height with Lodge lip height. Lodge should work well also, but is going to be much heavier.

Nov 11, 2013
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Stocking Stuffer Idea for Cooks

The best and most practical wine stopper, bar none.

http://www.amazon.com/Metrokane-Rabbi...

Oct 30, 2013
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Another Julia Child related question...Vermouth!

HA! Did not notice your handle name before post above.

Sep 17, 2013
wakondatch in Home Cooking

Another Julia Child related question...Vermouth!

Isn't that a Vesper (James Bond) martini?

Sep 17, 2013
wakondatch in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? September 2013 edition!

Her website is a lot of fun. Great posts, in addition to ideas from her cookbook. She usually posts something new about once a week. Yes, I have tried the Any Night Baked Rice, but have cooked it on stovetop in sauce pan rather than in oven - only because I am used to cooking rice on top of stove. It is very good, but with all the flavors in the Bouef dish, didn't find much need to get fancy with rice. I have used the rice dish with lighter main dishes.

Sep 17, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? September 2013 edition!

I've had this cookbook for a couple of years and have enjoyed many of the recipes. Two of my favorites are Boeuf Bourguignon with Short Ribs and Chcken Nouvelle Veronique.

Sep 13, 2013
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favorite cookware store?

I second the mention of Peppercorn in Boulder, CO. A fun store to explore, but doesn't really compete with good kitchen supply stores in most cities.

Sep 06, 2013
wakondatch in Cookware

Great food/dining T-shirts

For fun t-shirts with Iowa and midwest themes, go to this website and click on guys and then t-shirts.

http://raygunsite.com/

Jun 05, 2013
wakondatch in Not About Food
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2012 part two [old]

Jamie Oliver's "Jamie in Italy". Cooking Light is highlighting their "top 100" cookbooks of all time over the last few issues and this month's issue focuses on Italian Cookbooks. It arrived yesterday and looks very interesting, plus has Jamie's "casual" writing style.

Oct 25, 2012
wakondatch in Home Cooking

now what whiskey cocktails do i need to try...........

Maple Syrup Whiskey Sour

3 parts bourbon, 1 part real maple syrup and 1 part lemon juice. Shake with ice and serve in martini glass with twist of lemon. This was in a recent edition of Cooking Light and is simple and good fall/winter cocktail.

Oct 19, 2012
wakondatch in Spirits

Ricer v. Potato Masher

Thanks for all the advice. I've got limited drawer and cupboard space, so I will stick with the ricer for the time being, but I do see the usefulness of the masher.

Sep 14, 2012
wakondatch in Cookware

Ricer v. Potato Masher

I bought a ricer a while back but hadn't used it. I gave it a try making garlic mashed potatoes a couple of times and it was slick, with potato sections easily being squeezed through the ricer. I've seen a lot of recipes for mashed potatoes, some calling for use of a potato masher, which seems like more work that a ricer. Any advice or thoughts on preference of one over the other?

Sep 12, 2012
wakondatch in Cookware

your favorite food movie..

Dinner Rush
Pieces of April

May 22, 2012
wakondatch in Not About Food

What cookbooks have you bought lately? Springtime edition, part 2 [OLD]

Le Bonne Femme Cookbook by Wini Moranville (French "home" cooking).

I bought one for myself, was impressed, so bought one for my daughter and daughter-in-law. They love it and now several friends have bought it. It focuses on everyday French cooking.
Here's a link to a website the author has created in connection with the book. Several recipes from the book are available on the website, so you can get an idea of what's in the book.
http://chezbonnefemme.com/

May 17, 2012
wakondatch in Home Cooking

Cookware recommendations

I have been using the Calphalon 12 inch nonstick grill pan for 3 years or so and have been very happy with it. Grill beef and tuna steaks at high temperature and sandwiches at lower temperature. Cleans up easily.

http://store.calphalon.com/calphalon-...

May 16, 2012
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Dishwasher front panel - wood or stainless?

We totally remodeled our kitchen 3 years ago and decided on wood front panel for dishwasher to match the cabinets. Couldn't have been happier. Looks great. Dishwasher does not "stand out" and cleans easily.

Feb 09, 2012
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Which Grill Pan to get?

I have been using a Calphalon non-stick square grill pan for a couple of years and love it.

Jan 23, 2012
wakondatch in Cookware

super-delicious, super-flavourful broccoli recipe?

I tried this last night as a side dish with grilled New York Strip Steaks and it was easy and excellent.

Jan 06, 2012
wakondatch in Home Cooking

looking for ideas for small kitchen appliances

I agree. This is a great combination small appliance for a small kitchen. I have a Cuisinart model and use it a lot, especially the mini food processor for blending, chopping, pureeing, and mixing small batches of about everything. And whisk and immersion attachments come in handy, too.

Dec 08, 2011
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help - need a new range pronto

About 2 years ago we bought a Fridgidaire Professional range/oven - gas top with 4 different size burners and electric combination regular/convection oven. Have been very happy with it. Can't remember the exact price (I think around $1400), but much less than the higher end ranges like Viking.

Dec 08, 2011
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LaTramontina Dutch Oven versus Better Homes and Garden DO. Need help, please.

I don't know if they are the same pot, but I bought a Tramontina (red) a couple of years ago at Target for $50 and have been very pleased with it. It was rated Best Buy in comparison of DO's by Cooks Illustrated. Hope that helps.

Dec 05, 2011
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Dutch ovens, Mario Batali vs Le Creuset or Staub...picture speaks a thousand words

I bought a Tramontina about 4 years ago after reading a review in Cooks Illustrated. I've been very happy with it, it has held up well, and very good price (around $50 at Target).

Nov 22, 2011
wakondatch in Cookware

Inexpensive white to pour at a fundraiser

Columbia Crest (lightly oaked) is a good, low-priced chardonnay. I use it often for every day drinking wine.

Nov 17, 2011
wakondatch in Wine

which knives to get

In addition to the chef's knife, go ahead and get the Victorinox bread knife and boning knife. I use both a lot in addtion to the chef's knife. For the price, you can't go wrong. If you order them all at once you may save some shipping or even get shipping free. I had good luck on Cutlery and more website.

Oct 07, 2011
wakondatch in Cookware