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Most used cookware? Any surprises?

Well isn't that's the American way. If you don't like how something looks, just throw it away and buy new stuff.

I hope at least you recycled or donated the items you threw out.

Jan 14, 2015
taos in Cookware
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All - Clad Stained Stainless

Why don't you do what All-Clad customer service suggested and then get back to us if you still have a problem.

Jan 14, 2015
taos in Cookware

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

The problem with the way most people make green smoothies is that they load them up with sugar, mostly from all the fruit they add. So, while they get nutrients from the spinach or kale, they undermine that by throwing in so many bananas and berries.

This is not the fault of the Vita-Mix. There are plenty of great things you can make with a Vita-Mix other than pureed bananas and kale.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Cookware

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

I use my tea kettle at least once a day to boil water for coffee and tea, so it's the most used piece of cookware.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Cookware

What would you do to fix the Food Network

How to fix the Food Network?

It's easy.

REMOVE

1. All the competition shows, except one. Pick Chopped. It seems to be the best of the group.

2. Bobby Flay and all his permutations.

3. Guy Fieri and his drive-in, diners, and dives.

ADD

1. More of shows like Tyler Florence and Giada Delaurentis showing how to actually cook without it being a competition or a gimmick.

2. Weave in some re-runs of Julia Child classic episodes.

3. Add a show, or two, focusing on how to cook with local, fresh ingredients from a farmer's market or CSA box. Americans crave the farmer's market, local CSA experience but a lot of people don't know what to do with their seasonal food.

Right now, some of the best cooking shows on TV are on PBS (Martha Stewart's Cooking School, Ming Tsai, Victory Garden Edible Feast). The Food Network is mostly just a game show channel.

Jan 12, 2015
taos in Food Media & News

Your Mashed Cauliflower recipe?

It's really good with a little horseradish and sour cream mashed in.

Jan 01, 2015
taos in Home Cooking

Re-seasoning and cleaning old cast-iron skillets [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Heat for another hour or until the stickiness is gone. Seasoning with a thick application of bacon grease will take a lot longer than seasoning with a thin coat of light cooking oil.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Cookware

Accused of shoplifting!

Where's her store? I'll get some.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food

Accused of shoplifting!

Sure, racer can use with he/she wants, but he/she should also understand the logical consequences for carrying a basket that looks like store property out of the store and when the inevitable confusion results, racer should probably not respond by completely losing his/her cool [racer's words].

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food
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Accused of shoplifting!

I'm siding with the store manager. He didn't "accuse you of shoplifting." He just asked for his basket back. When he realized the basket was yours, he acknowledged his mistake.

I understand your desire to save the environment, but you have to admit it's not very smart to use a plastic basket that looks almost identical to the store baskets.

If you want to save the environment, use cloth reusable bags that won't be mistaken for store property. They're also easier to carry and protect your purchases from the weather more than an open basket.

If you insist on carrying clones of store property into and out of the store, be prepared for more misunderstanding and don't start yelling again when it happens.

Dec 23, 2014
taos in Not About Food
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Thomas Keller All Clad what do you think?

OK, but, still, don't believe the "$155.00 value" claim on the frying pan.

Dec 14, 2014
taos in Cookware

Good pocketknife for breads, cheeses, salami etc.

If your office does not have a pantry area, does this mean you're assembling your salami, cheese, pate, and bread dishes at your desk?

Wouldn't it make more sense to cut the stuff up at home and bring it to work in a ziplock bag or glass storage box?

Dec 13, 2014
taos in Cookware
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Thomas Keller All Clad what do you think?

$99.99 for this is not that much of a bargain. The Macy's listing says "a $155.00 value." Stores can put any number they want as the "list price" or "value" or "regular price."

It means nothing. This is how people get duped into thinking they're getting a bargain.

The same pan is available right now on Amazon.com for $91 with free Prime shipping or $86 plus $7 for shipping.

Dec 13, 2014
taos in Cookware

Keurig Coffee Maker

The arguments people are making in favor of using a Keurig is that they are too busy to procure coffee by any other method. I don't these time-strapped folks are going to want to take the time to remove the inner guts of used K cups and refill them with fresh coffee.

Dec 12, 2014
taos in Cookware

Help we have fruit flies...need extreme measures.

Despite your cleaning, there is something in your kitchen that the flies are feeding on. Most common culprits are open bowls of fruits and vegetables, gunk in your sink drain or disposal, spills on stove top, residue on cans and bottles in recycling bin, garbage residue on the inside of the trash can, dirty washrags or sponges.

Find the source and the flies will go away.

Dec 11, 2014
taos in Not About Food
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Keurig Coffee Maker

Since when is wood a finite resource?

Dec 10, 2014
taos in Cookware

Keurig Coffee Maker

We're not comparing the Keurig with another machine, and certainly not with some kind of machine that comes with a pot warmer. We're comparing it with making coffee without a machine.

Dec 09, 2014
taos in Cookware

Keurig Coffee Maker

I disagree with the "whatever works" ethos and choosing either a wasteful Keurig machine or a wasteful trip to a drive-through. It's this kind of "I'm too busy" mentality and selfishness that's killing the planet.

Dec 09, 2014
taos in Cookware

Keurig Coffee Maker

The price of the cups is only part of the cost, in monetary terms and cost to the environment, of using a Keurig. There's also the cost of the machine, the cost of electricity to run it, the cost of manufacturing, shipping, and packaging the fancy plastic and foil cups made from non-renewable resources, and the cost of dumping the used cups in a landfill.

If you want single cup coffee, buy yourself a ceramic one-cup coffee dripper and use it with paper filters. Paper is a renewable resource and the used filters and coffee can be composted.

Dec 08, 2014
taos in Cookware
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Your favorite inexpensive cookware items

You probably should have asked for things that cost $20 or less in today's dollars, not $20 or less when purchased in 1952 or picked up at a yard sale.

Anyway, my top TEN that I use nearly every day:

1. Ikea TROJKA Scissors $1.99
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...
... use for cutting food from vegetables to bacon, or opening packages

2. Bakers & Chefs Bar Mops ~$1.00 each
http://www.amazon.com/Bakers-Chefs-Ba...
... use for mopping up spills, as a pot holder, wiping the counter, etc.

3. Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper $19.95
http://www.amazon.com/Bee-House-Ceram...
... perfect for making single cup drip coffee -- better tasting, cheaper, and more energy efficient than a Keurig

4. Silicone Pot Holders $10
http://www.amazon.com/MIU-France-Sili...
... use as a trivet or pot holder

5. Trader Joe's Pop-Up Sponges ~$10 for a pack of 10
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-...

6. Victorinox Serrated Paring Knife $5.95
http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swis...

7. Ball Jars ... prices vary, about $1.50 each
http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Heritage-C...
... perfect for storing food in the cabinet, refrigerator or freezer. Much cheaper than expensive storage containers. All glass so no plastic leaching, staining, or taste retention

8. Krups Coffee or Spice Grinder $16.99
I've tried several coffee/sprice grinders and none compares to this. To keep the coffee grind consistent, shake the grinder while grinding. It's a lot cheaper than buying a burr grinder.
http://www.amazon.com/KRUPS-Electric-...

9. Oxo 9-inch Locking Tongs $11.00
http://www.oxo.com/p-636-9-tongs.aspx
.... also available in a nylon-tipped model

10. Set of four Tovolo Silicone Spatulas
http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Inch-Sil...

Dec 08, 2014
taos in Cookware

Olive oil drips

So the oil just drips and soaks into the terry cloth. Seems kind of gross. Why don't you get a pour top for the bottle? These work well:
http://fioreoliveoils.com/collections...

Dec 08, 2014
taos in Cookware

Nosey Cookware Question

What do you plan to cook next that you can't cook in the 11" skillet?

Nov 30, 2014
taos in Cookware

Post your best holiday cookware deal finds here!

My experience with things like black Friday is that, yes, there are some discounts to be had, but the items on sale are rarely the items you need. So people end up buying something that they don't really need, just because it's heavily discounted.

You end up cluttering up your life with something you don't need and won't use and you've spent money you don't need to spend.

Nov 29, 2014
taos in Cookware

Best cutting boards?

You can't put a bamboo board in the dishwasher. The OP wants a board that is "dishwasher friendly."

Nov 29, 2014
taos in Cookware

Basically asked/guilted into cancelling our New Years Party - did I react in the right way?

What a great problem to have. So many friends and you're fighting over who gets to have the party.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

How is his need to watch the game going to met if the TV is not on and tuned to the game?

I hope you understand that just as for you, Thanksgiving is about football, for many others, Thanksgiving is about a nice meal without the distraction of TV in the background and without people wandering away to another room to see the score.

When there is a conflict between the guest's view of Thanksgiving and the host's, the host's style should prevail.

A guest saying, "I hope you have a TV because I need to watch the game" is no different than a guest saying "I hope you will be serving Twinkies and Lucky Charms during the Thanksgiving meal, because I need to have my sugar fix."

Nov 25, 2014
taos in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

It sounds like the OP's guest DID insist: "he proceeded to explain that the Seahawks have a game scheduled during Thanksgiving dinner and that he needs to be able to watch the game."

He said he needs to watch the game. That's insisting.

Obviously, people have a wide range of styles with regard to Thanksgiving. Some view it as a football watching experience, accompanied by a nice meal. Others view it as a celebratory event that should not include guests wandering away from the table to watch TV.

I'm not saying which is correct, but when you are a guest in someone's home, the host sets the tone and polite guests should follow. The OP is clearly uncomfortable with TV during Thanksgiving and we are giving him/her advice on how to deal with the conflict.

Nov 25, 2014
taos in Not About Food
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

If you have to ask what you need, then the answer is most likely NOTHING.

You have a lot already and you don't even know what to do with what you have. If you really, truly need another piece of cookware, that need will be readily apparent to you when you're cooking.

Nov 25, 2014
taos in Cookware

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

When he asked you if you had a TV, just could have said, "We're not going to watch TV during dinner."

Nov 25, 2014
taos in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

It sounds like your friend has money riding on the game and that's why he has to check the score.

It's your home and you're the host. It's obviously very rude of him to insist on watching TV during Thanksgiving dinner. Don't give in to his bad manners. Unplug the TV or hide the remote if you must. He can discreetly check the score on his smart phone.

Also, I'm not sure what being Christian has to do with this. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday celebrated only by Christians.

Nov 25, 2014
taos in Not About Food