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Help! Is this Staub teapot worth keeping?

I agree. I bought an item that was described as 'in perfect condition' - and photographed from EVERY angle except for the one that would show the broken and horribly-repaired handle. She claimed to not have noticed it, though it would be impossible to. I ate $17 in return postage to ship it back. Still bitter... lol

Oct 28, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Easy-to-pipe, delicious frosting recipes?

I am not a fan of ultra sweet frostings either, so I was surprised to discover how much I liked swiss meringue buttercream. I think the egg whites and the gazillion pounds of butter cut the sweetness to a bearable level for me. I am not a fan of vanilla either, so I always flavor mine with a good quality jam or preserves; blueberry, apricot, strawberry, etc. A dryer meringue will be easier to pipe and the fruit bits give a nice, finished look to the cupcakes.

Oct 23, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Prices for Butter?

WHAT? I bought some less than a month ago for $8.79 for a 4-pack of unsalted.

Oct 14, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

Pressure Cookers: Stovetop vs. Electric

The instant pots are really nice, aren't they? I would say they are probably the highest quality digital PC made.

Oct 13, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

That's interesting... i've never thought to do the hot water but it makes sense. I use a lot of wood utensils, though. I would have to dip them rather than keep them in the water for fear of swelling the wood with water.

Oct 12, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

Ah... I use the cupboards next to my stovetop for my most frequently used spices, soys, worcestershires, peppers, salts, smokes, extracts, etc. The less frequently used, or the ones I buy in bulk, I keep in the pantry - and I bring them out when I collect the ingredients I'm using for my dish or dishes.

I prefer to keep these items 'at my fingertips' so I needn't leave the stove unattended while it is in use to search for them. Adding mini shelves to the cupboards allows me to pack in lots of items...

Good luck with your unsolved problem!

Oct 12, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

Interesting. We more or less do the same thing, I just divide the tasks of choosing a meal and vessel and cooking into separate steps. I am fortunate to have a large storage room adjacent to the kitchen and lots of cupboards and drawers. I do have a large tray/basket I use to collect ingredients from the pantry so I can do it in a single trip each way. The only thing I keep 'at my fingertips' are spices and utensils and thermometers.

Oct 12, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Is a LC Braiser redundant?

It can easily be used for sautés. I sautéed zucchini ribbons in it just the other day.

Oct 12, 2014
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Looking for a very specific piece of cookware: 12" stainless induction-compatible frypan/skillet

I was going to suggest the Cuisinart French Classic 12" french skillet but its handles aren't welded. It is a great pan, though, and about $80. Try-ply, made in France.

Oct 11, 2014
Susangria in Cookware
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breville, cuisinart or magimix food processor?

I've had a Cuisinart for decades and recently purchased the Magimix 5200xl. It's well made, the motor is powerful and silent, it has a wide range of slicing disks, and lots of accessories that extends its functionality.

I like that the disk post secures at the base and the lid. That enables you to slice or shred really hard things like dry cheeses and vegetables. I like the 3-bowl system. My 14 cup DLC-7 cuisinart just had a single work bowl. I thought that food being processed in the smaller bowls might spill over the sides of those bowls but the lid has rims that basically meet the sides of the smaller bowls to prevent that.

Mine came with a sjuicer/moothie maker accessory, an egg whipper, some extra disks (2 sizes of julienne and wavy), a citrus juicer, and I purchased separately the food mill and the dicer/french fry disk kit. I'm completely happy with it.

Oct 11, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Is a LC Braiser redundant?

I love my LC braiser. I originally thought to buy the 5 qt. but once in the store I realized how large it is. I opted for the 3.5 qt. and I use it all the time. I braise chuck in it and chicken before adding wine and broth and cooking in the oven a couple of hours. It also makes a fantastic vessel for mac and cheese and other baked casseroles. It also makes a great pinch-roaster for whole poultry.

Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

I'm all for less clutter... but I will admit to having a couple of canisters of utensils next to the stovetop. I don't even keep a knife block on my counters or island, I have drawer blocks in the drawer next to the silverware drawer.

Oct 11, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

Ah, there's the difference. I automatically know which pot, pan or vessel I will use before I even begin. It all depends on what I'm cooking, and I store similar vessels and such together so when I go those few steps to grab what i'm looking for all the alternates are visible at the same time.

Oct 11, 2014
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Empty Nester Breakfast Nook Kitchen Project

I'm all about counter space, too. There's nothing so defeating as not having the space to create.

Oct 10, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Is Greek-style Yoghurt taking over the world? Discuss...

Completely agree. I make homemade yogurt with 2% milk and I don't let it ferment beyond 8 1/2 hours... which makes it deliciously non-tart. I strain it and let it drain for about an hour and a half. Sometimes I add a bit of vanilla extract but I usually just put it in a canning jar and serve it with a smudge of jam or granola.

Oct 09, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

foil and parchment paper

Are you talking about the parchment-lined foil? I use it for lining quarter sheet pans when i made slabs of caramel. It's non-stick and makes a nice wrap when the sheet pan is removed. I like the fact that it doesn't roll like parchment paper when you cut it....

Oct 09, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Rubber gloves that last, worth buying?

Williams-sonoma makes and sells a fantastic pair of heavy duty dish gloves. They are lined with cotton and last pretty much forever. I got tired of waiting for my first pair to die so they are now my hair-dyeing gloves and I got a new pair for the kitchen.

Oct 09, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Food Processors and the D word.

Don't be tempted by the Proline. It's not the quality or design excellence you're used to with Magimix or even Cuisinart. Kitchenaid makes excellent mixers, not food processors. I bought the Magimix and the stick/dicing kit. It works beautifully.

Oct 06, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

a robot coupe or a magimix?

The Robot-coupes are really commercial products. If you can get past their poor aesthetics and limited blade/disks, I'm sure they are fantastic, diehard units. There are many people who love them. If you want a high quality food processor that doesn't look like it came out of a dental lab, and has all manner of accessories, blades, bowls and disks, then the Magimix is for you. Or your DW.

I'm no fan of washing dishes (is anyone?) but I find filling the deep half of the sink with hot soapy water when i'm cooking makes all the difference in the world in terms of ease of cleaning. Some items stay submerged until after dinner, some get a quick dunking, rinse and put in the dishwasher to dry, and some get a rinse and reuse.

In any event, I have a Magimix. I bought it this summer. Had a Cuisinart for over 2 decades. I, too, considered the Robot-Coupe for one reason only; dicing. Then I learned the dicing kits were extra, and sold by size, and not included. Unless you bought a special Dicing Robot Coupe. Which is pricier. I ended up with the Magimix with lots of accessories, and bought a french fry/dicing kit for it. Completely happy with it. And I use it nearly every day.

Oct 06, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Heirloom Cookie Sheets - Heirloom Cookie Sheets

So... You ask for opinions then get angered because all the opinions you solicited aren't favorable?

The product has zero advantages over other bakeware... Except, perhaps, a higher profit margin for the manufacturer. End of story. Happy gifting!

Oct 05, 2014
Susangria in Cookware
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Heirloom Cookie Sheets - Heirloom Cookie Sheets

If you're opposed to aluminum, why would you use aluminum foil? There's a reason why cookware and bakeware use aluminum, it's a far better conductor of heat. The best stainless cookware uses aluminum or copper sandwich layers for conductivity.

The fact is, using aluminum bakeware is perfectly safe, lined or unlined. No one selling stainless bakeware or promoting the 'green' movement will tell you that, but the Alzheimer's Association, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada will. They have deemed it safe. Check their websites and fact sheets.

Oct 03, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Heirloom Cookie Sheets - Heirloom Cookie Sheets

Looks like they have a great story on their website... but it's mostly hype.

Stainless will be heavy, and I don't know of any advantages it may have over aluminum. Any cookie will burn if left in the oven too long or at the incorrect temperature, aluminum or steel. Aluminum is what the professionals use, not steel, along with parchment paper or silpat liners.

For my money, Nordicware makes the highest quality USA-made bakeware around.

Oct 02, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

Those look yummy... and I don't even like chocolate chip cookies!

Oct 02, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

what do you cook your pancakes on?

I love mine for Panini, too. I have a set of waffle plates for it that I've never used... so thank you for the reminder!

Oct 01, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

what do you cook your pancakes on?

When I make pancakes just for me I use a Le Creuset single-burner square 'skinny griddle'. I fully acknowledge the irony of using a piece of cookware with 'skinny' in the name to cook yummy, fattening pancakes. :)

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

Oct 01, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

I don't have a suggestion for everything... but in baking, this is the rule I've gone by with regard to baking soda and baking powder: soda spreads and powder puffs. More eggs will give more cake-like results.

Sep 30, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Given this budget..

Get the Instant Pot. Pressure cookers cook rice as well as rice cookers, plus you'll have all the other functions. Don't look back. Get it!

Sep 30, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

What's your favourite or most useful, kitchen item?

I think they do all jobs well. I have an electric pressure cooker that also functions as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer and a warmer. It performs each task as well as if it was a single function device. Now that the days are getting shorter I'll use it more frequently. One of my kids' favorite meals is taco soup. Before i leave for the office in the morning I'll put dried beans into it with water and set the timer to begin about an hour before I get home and to pressure cook the beans at 15 psi for 45 minutes. Because it takes 10 or so minutes to come up to pressure, the beans will be done by the time I get home. I release the pressure and drain the beans into a colander. Then I use the browning feature to brown some ground beef, which i drain when cooked, then add the beans back in with all the other ingredients and use the pressure function for 5 minutes to finish it off. It will also stay warm for up to 8 hours.. which would never happen, but it can do it...

Sep 30, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Declining quality at Costco?

I bought a package of mozzarella there last month and when i went to use it, I found one end of it with mold spots. It looks like there might have been a small hole poked in the package. In any event, they took it back without question or receipt. they looked up my account and handed me cash.

Sep 30, 2014
Susangria in Chains
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One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

You'll be in a good location for lots of things.

Grocery stores:

Liberty Station has Trader Joe's (great for self-catering and car snacks for the kids) and Von's (standard large chain grocer).

Craft Beer - Stone Brewing is located in Liberty Station.

Stop off at Con Pane for take-along sandwiches en route to LEGOLAND. Fantastic breads, cinnamon rolls and their PB&J sandwiches with housemade PB and housemade J are divine. One sandwich will feed the kids (and you!). I am particularly fond of their turkey cobb and their almost grilled cheese. You can also eat there - but it closes at 6 pm.

Great restaurants also LS - Tender Greens and Solare.

Sep 30, 2014
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