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I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

Understood. Phew...this is making me think about the gift card route, but with a gift receipt she can always return the knife and still have something to inspect on Christmas day. I'd probably rather receive a gift in that fashion, b/c if I didn't like it my mind would be focusing on what I *did* want in a knife. She's a Gemini so somedays I feel like im married to one woman and the other days her weird sister.This Christmas I wanted to get her some more-personalized gifts. As she's learned to make do with a variety of so-so stuff I really think she'll be floored with a great knife. Soooo many choices. Do the "hollow blades" really help from something like a potato peel from sticking to the knife edge?

Dec 14, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

right now i'm trying not to exceed $150 give or take $25 for a Chef knife, storage, and cutting board. i might reconsider getting her a 8" for something a bit smaller since she'll *mainly* be chopping veggies. is this possible on a budget like this ?
her other gifts are all figured out.

Dec 14, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

great advice guys. i don't think i ever realized how much chefs (of all types) rely on their knives - or how fed up my wife was with her Wolfgang Puck knives (was a wedding gift 4years ago).

i really guess i need a wall magnet or sheath & a nicer wood cutting board. i'll check out SurlaTable & Williams-Sonoma's websites as they are the closest to me.

it's true that she mainly relies on the iron skillet, dutch oven, and 1 or 2 pans on a weekly basis.

*edit*
say, is this a good cutting board ?
http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

i'd hate to get her a great knife but a bad cutting board to match. (i really think she'd love the Global - she has small hands and likes lightweight stuff - she's a hairstylist so when she gets home sometimes her hands ache)

Dec 14, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

i totally agree with you both. she's the type that says "i want it to be a surprise". i get no further clues. i KNOW she could use a decent chef knife and would like a new skillet and/or pan. she wants kitchen stuff. she loves being in the kitchen (i'm a lucky guy).

@ the moment i'm looking at a Global 8" Chef knife & the little 4pc. set of Henckels that "onrushpam" mentioned. then it's a toss-up pan-wise... a DeBuyer mineral 10" skillet might work nicely but I wonder if I could get 2 decent ones at that price (approx $60).
i figure as long as i provide a gift receipt i can't screw up too badly - she'll have a use for all of this stuff in some way or another; i guess right now i'm just trying to help her prioritize. a quality knife sounds good, but if I go for a slightly cheaper Chef knife I can also provide her with more skillets/pans. it might be a question of quality vs. quantity. like i said she adores her LC dutch oven...so much to where i was looking at a Staub round Cocotte this evening [Williams Sonoma is currently having a 25% off on all cookware]. still, that *might* be slow-cooker overkill. Her pans are terrible and probably need to be replaced more than anything.

HomeGoods had a bunch of (seemingly-nice) Calphalon pots/pans, but I'm not sure if they have a decent reputation or are "green".

I certainly appreciate all the feedback I'm getting - I've personally only been learning my way around the kitchen for about a year now.

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

I see some "Grand Chef" skillets/pans - they're made in Italy by ROCH GUSS-kind of metallic mustard green and PFOA free/"eco- friendly"- anyone know anything about this stuff? Junk?

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

She's got one little Henckels knife she likes a lot - I have pretty much been banned from using it. Its only like 4a or 5" I think. ..

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

And yeah, the mandoline was prob kind of a goofy idea- at least for right now!

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

Great stuff everyone! I'm checking everything out online1 between clients! As to what my wife is using: she has a Circulon skillet and flat pan(that she probably scored from Tj Maxx). We make breakfast on those almost every day. Then there's the LC dutch oven, baking stone, and a heavy black cast iron skillet that works really well. She grew up in a big Italian extended family so she loves to make breads, soups, lasagnas but also makes killer Thai food and traditional dishes like roast chicken &the veggies (in the dutch oven). She hates her knives, would like new pans, and has a special spot in her heart for Le Creuset. We have a 1yr old daughter and my wife is super safe (paranoid) about teflon/chemicals/non-organic stuff. I think she'd be good with the upkeep of pans that need seasoning/etc.
I'm thinking maybe 1 or 2 really good knives, a 12" skillet and who knows what else. Aside from that I might get her a pair of shoes she likes (not to cook with).

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

i looked into an All-Clad set stainless-steel skillets and they're getting really mixed reviews w/ complaints of bad sticking. i'm thinking about getting her a DeBuyer Mineral 10" or 12" fry pan w/ a nice mandoline... and maybe a discounted Le Creuset pot/pan from a place like HomeGoods. any say ?

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

thanks ! i'll look into DeBuyer, etc. she's diligent when it comes to taking care of her stuff, i just want her to have more high-quality pieces. if anyone has thoughts on a nice, cheap mandoline that'd be great too !

Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware

I'd love some advice re: cookware gifts for my wife (Christmas).

My wife is a fantastic cook/baker but she's lacking just a bit in the cookware department.
This summer for her birthday I got her a Le Creuset Dutch Oven & a baking stone from a local boutique-y cookware place. She loves and uses both constantly.

I think she could use some new cutlery and pans - her only real request being "No Teflon, please".

My idea was to add to her LC collection over the years, but that can get rather pricey and I'd prefer to
get her what she "needs" first. Are there some really great non-teflon pans/pots and price-friendly-yet-efficient cutlery for me to investigate ? Some of her girlfriends have told me to check out T.J Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshall's. She's not a brand snob but I want to get her quality stuff she can use for years to come.

I'm talking about a woman who once dreamt of a Kitchen-Aid mixer and longs for butcher block counters.

Any solid advice will be most appreciated !

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Dec 13, 2011
clockrva in Cookware