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Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

Please, man.

about 5 hours ago
randallhank in Manhattan

Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

No, I am sorry you are wrong. If they weren't trying to take a cut of the service charge there would be no opportunity for "misunderstanding" the law. This is not at all like the tax code. The law is crystal clear. Restauranteurs will almost always try to put their hand in the cookie jar if given the chance, especially if their staff is doing well (yet will never give extra when things are not going well). They justify it, as their statement in the article proves, by pointing to how much the staff makes, as if to say "why should they be making so much when we are taking all the risk?" Incorrect logic, but this is how they think.

about 5 hours ago
randallhank in Manhattan
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Do I really need a wok?

I think the propensity of a disk bottom pan to spread heat evenly works against the principles of wok cooking, even on a sloped pan. Plus with the gas high enough to achieve the desired affect the sides would probably get hotter than the bottom. I can can do a decent stir fry on my disc based Silga rounded braiser, but I use electric. Aside from the that I have mostly given up on the style for now. I can get a similar affect in a fry pan or sauté if I really need it.

about 6 hours ago
randallhank in Cookware

Do I really need a wok?

I've used a number of Calphalon products for stir fry over the years. The stainless is too much of a mess to deal with and too sticky, IMO. The hard anodized can work pretty well, though, if you are willing to use the correct amount of oil.

about 6 hours ago
randallhank in Cookware

Besides All Clad- any amazing less expensive cookware?

Well, there are such pans, but thus far they are only in clad base, rather than fully clad. My guess is the producers feel the increase in weight and expense isn't worth fully-cladding the sidewalls. There just might not be much of a market. People willing to spend that kind of money will usually invest in solid copper pans.

I think the hybrid market is triangulated fairly well by Demeyere (Atlantis) and De Buyer (Prima Matera). I mean, look at the prices on this already. I was looking at retail prices on the Demeyere 5.3 quart saucepan the other day and was blown away (I I paid $137 for mine, including tax and shipping). NO WAY do I spend over $300 on "sale" for a small stocker.

The De Buyer prices are even crazier.

Jun 30, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Besides All Clad- any amazing less expensive cookware?

I like your price point. If you can't find some amazing bargain on one of the status brands, I would think about Cuisinart MCP, or you could go with the Cuisinart French Classic line. It doesn't necessarily perform any better than the MCP, but it is a bit more stylish.

Sur la Table sells their 9 piece set for under $400:

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

They also sell lots of open stock, and I personally think the styling is nicer and will last longer than the W-S Thermo-Clad. Plus the SLT is MUCH less expensive.

http://www.surlatable.com/category/ca...

Jun 30, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Besides All Clad- any amazing less expensive cookware?

The SLT stuff isn't bad at all, and at sale prices is a decent value. They have been at 50% off and on.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

I think one of the strangest things here is that the only Demeyere he owns is made in Thailand. He hasn't even tried the good stuff!

As you know, I am a big fan of Demeyere, for a lot of reasons. But I don't think their success is the result of magic, or some incredible research. Their main "secret" is design and build quality.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Calphalon Tri-Ply SS Pots

Just as a little side note:

While I can't claim to know for sure if the Calphalon CS has been revamped over the years, I KNOW the Tri-ply stainless line has received a makeover. The pieces I was looking at in 2008 were not induction capable. So perhaps the triply line got thinner.

One the other hand, I seem to recall a BB&B store representative telling me that the CS line was thicker, and perhaps this is why I was taken aback by the poor performance.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Uh, yeah. If I recall, Prima Matera topped Franz's most recent testing on induction.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Calphalon Tri-Ply SS Pots

"Also, the shape and size matter so it's quite possible a smaller Tri-Ply outdoes a larger Contemporary in some cases."

My experience was far from scientific. I don't even remember which pans I had now, and they might have indeed been quite different. I know I had the 3 quart saucier in the Tri-Ply line, which was a really decent pan. I was pleased with it. So, what might have happened is that I later got a 10 or 12 inch skillet in the Contemporary Stainless, and I was less than impressed. The hotspots were palpable, even on medium heat (gas). I took it all back to the store.

At that point I wasn't too far removed from professional settings, where I had used mostly commercial grade aluminum and carbon steel, so you can imagine how underwhelmed I was cooking on stainless to begin with. I ended up getting Calphalon One Infused hard anodized, which cooked far better than any of the stainless clad I had tried at that time, including All-Clad Stainless (which was slightly better than either of the Calphalon lines, but still not what I wanted). It wasn't until using Demeyere and Sitram that I felt I had found a stainless clad construction that was acceptable for skillets and saute pans. I wonder if I had gone with MC2 if I would have been happier with All-Clad. Back then, I may have even been able to get the original MC.

The only piece of Calphalon clad I have left is this appetizer set:

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

I haven't measured, but the aluminum layer on these appears paper thin (not that it matters in this case). The folks at Calphalon tell me it should be the exact same construction/thickness as the CS cookware.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Calphalon Tri-Ply SS Pots

Agreed, on that last part.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Calphalon Tri-Ply SS Pots

Yes, I see that. This wasn't my observation, and my experience was that the Contemporary Stainless cooked less evenly, and had hotspots that made them pretty much unusable in skillet format. I believe this was corroborated by testing results. I had my Calphalon SS pieces back in 2008, so they may have changed since then.

Jun 29, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Generally not enforced in store. I use coupons all the time, mostly on excluded items, because I don't want much of what is sold in stores. It seems BB&B is willing to forgo most or all of their profit to prevent another operation from getting a sale, I feel conflicted about it, but I am not sure if taking advantage of it is helping or hurting their business ...

Jun 26, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

HELP! Is my LC Salvageable?

No. It looks ruined, or on its way. It's somewhat predictable, if not inevitable, with this type of cookware. It's one reason you don't see ECI in professional kitchens. The good news, though, is that you can replace is with something better for a a fraction of the cost.

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

I used a BB&B coupon on the Smart Oven.

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Pretty sure that's a cheaper model to begin with.

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

Seriously?

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Beer

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

and we definitely don't need another countertop convection oven. My wife would have been looking at me cross-eyed.

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Sorry, I almost got swept up in all the excitement though! ;)

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Ok, the Convection oven seems like a great deal at $126, but it sells for $159 at Bed Bath, meaning you can buy it for $130 any day of the week.

Jun 25, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

It's still bad news.

Jun 24, 2015
randallhank in Beer

Philipiak Milano - Anyone know anything about this Italian stainless cookware line?

No, I didn't realize that! I just cook with I got...

Jun 24, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Philipiak Milano - Anyone know anything about this Italian stainless cookware line?

Right, but if you know the vessel, and the sea, you can use it to your advantage.

Plus, if you cook on electric, and you want to be any good, you better learn how to coast!

Jun 23, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Philipiak Milano - Anyone know anything about this Italian stainless cookware line?

Well, it's a braise, so there's wiggle room. Two hours is a bit much, I admit. What I would do is sear the chicken, deglaze, return, and simmer with aromatics for 20 minutes (rather than 40), then throw the lid on, then turn the hob off 5 minutes later. When I come back, it's perfectly cooked and still hot.

Jun 23, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Philipiak Milano - Anyone know anything about this Italian stainless cookware line?

Silga Ekologa pans DO stay hot for two hours (with food inside). I would do a braised chicken and come back 90 minutes later or more and it would be piping hot. Not warm. Not kinda hot. Piping hot. But we are talking about a 30 minute simmer and leaving it on an electric hob. Still the 15mm aluminum base and the tight fitting lid worked far better than my Staub ECI with the same technique.

Jun 23, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

Philipiak Milano - Anyone know anything about this Italian stainless cookware line?

This stuff looks just like Silga Ekologa, at crazy prices! I just got something in the mail about an event they are hosting in my town next Monday night -- a big hotel event. I think I will attend and cash in on the free toaster they are offering.

Jun 23, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

7 ply All-Clad

Obviously, you're not a golfer.

Jun 23, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

does a pan with these specs exist?

That's a pretty big pot -- more of a caldero, I would say. We are getting far afield I think from the deep skillet, no? I think it needs to be under 4 inches in depth.

Jun 22, 2015
randallhank in Cookware

does a pan with these specs exist?

If you have the $$$, check out De Buyer's Prima Matera braiser.

Jun 22, 2015
randallhank in Cookware