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It's time for a new set of every day dishes.

I highly recommend you check out the Fitz and Floyd Naveah line at BBB! Not only do they look classy and timeless, they have a lot of different options and have worn very very well in 2 years. Similar to Brasserie at WS.

And you can always replaced individually if need be.

Nov 20, 2013
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

Yes, I am starting it....Staub or Le Creuset?

Wow! What a revival of a thread! And what a response!

And as the proud owner of multiple pieces of Staub cookware now, I agree with your assessments as well!

I have the 5.75Q coq au vin and the 9Q round. And they both really rock! Not much I can't make with those bad boys! (Throw in the Staub paella pan, and its a party)

For me, I didn't want to deal with the "browning" stains in LC, and the weight, colors, and feel of Staub just spoke more "classic French" to me. I couldn't be happier!

You bring up a good point about the hot sear. Not the best with Staub. In addition to an old and trusted cast iron, I strayed from Staub and went with the LC fry pan. I found that I liked the the handle and feel better, and it gives a great sear, ALTHOUGH still not as good as a well seasoned, abused "no-name" cast iron!

If I had to complain about something though, I've found it difficult to give the Staub a good clean sometimes. Occasionally, there is a "grime" or film under the top, especially in the recesses that needs some extra work.

Nov 20, 2013
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

Engaged = FINALLY, GET WHAT I WANT! But I can't decide, help us!

Just as an update to all you awesome CH-ers...we ended up registering for the D5 7-pc, which we received...then actually went on sale, so "upgraded" to the 10-pc!!! Picked up some copper core pieces. The next decision was Staub vs LC, registered for a little of both. All in all, we are very happy and ready to cook away!

Thanks again for all your help!

Jul 28, 2012
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Yes, I am starting it....Staub or Le Creuset?

Still working on our wedding registry (which you guys helped so much with thus far)...and its come down to the cast iron dutch oven/cocotte!!! We are totally torn between the two brands. We initially picked the LC 3.5q round and LC 6.75q oval...but admittedly didn't know much about the Staub line. Now, it seems like Staub might be the way to go. Less staining, less chipping, easier to clean. And the coq au vin has a rooster on it! come on now.

Seems like there hasnt been a good LC vs Staub thread in a long time.

What are your thoughts/experience 'hounds?

May 29, 2012
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Engaged = FINALLY, GET WHAT I WANT! But I can't decide, help us!

Still paying attention to your responses! You guys/gals are seriously amazing! Such incredible information and recommendations! Will keep you posted! Keep the suggestions/comments coming!

Jan 30, 2012
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Engaged = FINALLY, GET WHAT I WANT! But I can't decide, help us!

So much good information. Thanks you so much ! We agree with taking advantage of this opportunity to get what we really want.

As of now, we are thinking about doing the 7pc D5 set, then adding copper core 4 qt sauce pan and a copper core fry Pan... Throw in the pasta insert.. Maybe one or two other pieces. Definitely the 5.5 or 7.5 LC. Maybe the staub grill pan with press.

What else you hounded got? Any essentials? Any "wish I thought about those?"

Jan 28, 2012
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

Home Sous Vide equipment

Wow! You are persistent and patient! Dimmers and amps and playing with water temps! To me, that's "the point" you were referring to!.. I got it for like 140, no tax, free shipping. Well worth it to me. But I'm not an engineer, so you may get the extra satisfaction!

Jan 27, 2012
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

Home Sous Vide equipment

Hi Freia,
I recently purchased the Sous Vide Demi (cutleryandmore had the best price, by far, free shipping) - and have been slowly easing our way into the world of sous vide.

So far, we have made duck breasts which came fantastic. Then we made sous vide coq au vin, which truly was as good if not better than any coq au vin I have ever had!

There are several features of cooking sous vide that make it worthwhile. 1. No moisture escape - the food is vacuum sealed, so it aint going anywhere...your poultry/lamb/etc is left ridiculously juicy and tender. 2. the temperature you set is what the meat is throughout. Not like on the grill or pan, where the center is perfect surrounded by rings of more "done" - one temperature/color throughout the piece, end to end. 3. although very possible, it is difficult to overcook...set the temp, throw your packages in the water and get to it when you are ready.

Overall, we love it...and we are just getting started with it! Chicken breast cooked sous vide will help seal the deal. There is a reason why sous vide is an integral part of Thomas Keller's cuisine.

Also, I recommend the Rival vacuum sealer....works just as well as the more expensive ones. And I like the bag rolls, where I can cut to what size I prefer.

Jan 27, 2012
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WS All-Clad D5 SS 10 piece set....good deal?

Well, it didnt make sense to me either. I called All-Clad. Essentially, they are not discontinuing the 3-ply OR the D5! Williams Sonoma though will be losing exclusivity to the D5 line, but they have no projected date, other than "soon."

They will be discontinuing the LTD2 line.

Jan 27, 2012
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

WS All-Clad D5 SS 10 piece set....good deal?

I just got back from one of the W-S store in Manhattan. I have been crafting our wedding registry. The saleperson informed me that the D5 will not be discontinued, but rather the 3-Ply would be discontinued!!! I asked if this only applied to W-S, or globally, and he wasnt sure. I can't believe All-Clad would discontinue the 3-ply line?!?

Any thoughts? Also, it regards to the 10 piece....its very enticing, although the 7 plus 2 or 3 copper-core pieces is more enticing at the moment

Jan 27, 2012
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Kitchen Torch Recommendations, Please

Glad I could help! Just to point out, so you will NOT be disappointed. That link is for the torch burner ONLY, so be sure to add on 1 or more gas canisters. Lots of companies make them if you search nearby rather than online, its a BU-6 canister that attaches.

ENJOY!

Jan 27, 2012
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Engaged = FINALLY, GET WHAT I WANT! But I can't decide, help us!

So, what you're saying is... It's more overwhelmingly confusing than it is now! Ha

Jan 27, 2012
KnowTheIdeal in Cookware

Kitchen Torch Recommendations, Please

Having recently enjoying the amazing, ridiculousness of sous vide....I had purchased the Iwatani torch, and have been very happy with the purchase. Easy to use, feels safe, more "substantial" feel than some of the flimsy-feeling ones, and reasonably priced. Gas Canisters you can find for as cheap as $1-3.

http://www.amazon.com/Iwatani-Torch-B...

Jan 27, 2012
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Engaged = FINALLY, GET WHAT I WANT! But I can't decide, help us!

Thank you for taking a look! I know there have been plenty of threads touching on "our dilemma" (ie. this vs that) but not many recently, nor in regards to our circumstances! So here we go....

Newly engaged....crafting our registry! We enjoy cooking, and do it quite a bit. I often say, if I didn't go to medical school, I would have gone to culinary school. So we have been using less-than-ideal, cheap aluminum for years knowing the time would come when we could "splurge" on what we want/need when enagaged. Now, we can't decide!

We have always "dreamed" of owning a great All-Clad cookware set with Le Creuset iron pieces. Lately, we are intrigued by the Le Creuset Stainless Steel cookware (which has nice weight, great feeling handle), but somewhat "turned off" that it is made in China. Which brings us back to All-Clad...but which one? The newly designed 3-ply? The Williams Sonoma D5 5-ply? Or the Copper-core???

Not going to lie... Bourgeat and Mauviel sound amazing, but I don't trust us with full copper. Too much maintenance needed, and if it is not always beautifully polished, it will drive me crazy!

Also, any recommendations on sets? Go smaller set (7? / 9?) and add on more important pieces? Maybe do cheaper, smaller 3-ply set and add on some copper core pieces?

Thank you for your help! Opinions and personal experience greatly appreciated!

Jan 27, 2012
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