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Ceramic tagine (Staub): **Yikes** I guess now I need a stovetop heat diffuser?

thanks!

Dec 09, 2009
tadasana in Cookware

Ceramic tagine (Staub): **Yikes** I guess now I need a stovetop heat diffuser?

Has anyone in Chowland used a stovetop trivet or heat diffuser with a ceramic tagine?

Here's my sad tale: I just impulse-purchased a pear-green Staub ceramic tagine at Tuesday Morning for $42. Such a deal!

It was the last one (of course) and the box had symbols on the side that made it look like I could use it directly on the stovetop. Also, the bottom of the box had a recipe for chicken tagine that said to pan-fry the chicken in the tagine. So I put it on the stove, started cooking, and noticed a sticker on the side of the box that said "do not use directly on stovetop."

I went to the Staub company's website but the tagine pictured there is a model with a cast iron bottom. No other models. I guess mine was discontinued (hence the bargain at Tuesday Morning).

As I type this, my tagine is cooking the lovely chicken recipe from the bottom of the Staub box. But I'm afraid of ever using it again til I figure out the "diffuser" business.

I'm hoping I can just buy something and use it with the tagine because I'm a one-pot kinda gal. I actually went to Tuesday Morning to get a dutch oven but of course the LC dutch ovens were $125 and the Staub tagine was $42--and groovy green. *sigh*

Dec 05, 2009
tadasana in Cookware

Recipes for fresh fennel *leaves* (not the bulbs)?

"Fronds"! Thanks for help with the term.

And for the great suggestions. Thanks!

Jul 09, 2008
tadasana in Home Cooking

Recipes for fresh fennel *leaves* (not the bulbs)?

I have three lovely fennel plants in my garden (two bronze, one smokey) and the lacy leaves have a delicate, fresh anise flavor. (I call them "leaves" because I'm not sure what else to call them--they aren't flowers; they're more like very lacy stalks.)

I've found wonderful recipes for fennel bulbs but of course I don't want to dig up one of my plants to cook them!

Does anyone have some suggestions or recipes that would use the leaves instead of the bulbs?

Jul 09, 2008
tadasana in Home Cooking