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More Le Creuset?

I would onsider the 6 3/4 qt. wide oven or the 3 1/2 qt. braiser. Both are very versatile, useful pieces. The 5.5 round is too close to your soup pot and oval oven in size.

Mar 09, 2014
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What pot to use for braising for 1 or 2 people?

I would get the LC 3.5 low wide. I'm one person and it's the pot I use the most. It's perfect for 1-3 people and it's not as large as the 3.5 braiser which I also have. It's much more useful than the 1.5 qt. braiser. I do chicken and turkey breast in there all the time with veggies and it can be used for soup which the braisers can't, and great for making smaller servings of almost anything. I tried making the same sized breast in the 3.5 braiser but it didn't come out well as it was too large. The 3.5 low wide oven will be perfect for you! Same capacity but a totally different shape.

Feb 28, 2014
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Kitchenaid Diamond Blender better than Vitamix??

Sometimes if I have too much frozen fruit in a smoothie I need to use the tamper. I've found though if I put the machine on level 5 and pulse everything several times first to break it up, I can then proceed to blend it without needing the tamper. It's worked well for me as the pulsing seems to reposition the ingredients into the blades.

Feb 13, 2014
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New Le Creuset color, "Palm"

They also released a vanilla white. I saw it at Crate & Barrel. Pretty, but a bit too much cream for my taste. Had a yellowish cast to it. Would have preferred a cleaner white.

Feb 13, 2014
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New Le Creuset color, "Palm"

It's strange they would introduce two greens so close together. Sur La Table has an exclusive on their Rosemary shade so I wonder if this is that shade under another name. Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma had the same deep cobalt blue under the Sapphire and Marine names. Wonder if it's the same with this.

Feb 08, 2014
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McRib sandwiches in Manhattan - when?

Yeah, I know...I know...but they taste so good...LOL! Anyone hear anything about when they will be available again? I thought they had them for several week at the end of the year!

Dec 26, 2013
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Le Creuset off white vs. the sand interior?

All my pieces are the sand finished interiors but I have one piece which is a gratin which has the lighter, off white finish that I haven't used as yet. Is this lighter interior more fragile than the sand color? Does it stain easier or require more care? Thanks!

Dec 23, 2013
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How can a Staub enamel interior get seasoned and better over time?

Le Creuset does make smaller pots if you prefer that brand. They have small saucepans, a 2 3/4 qt. bowl shaped pot that's very versatile, and small round and oval shaped ovens. The Staub black matte finish as wel as Le Creuset's are a bit rough and oils become polymerized (hardened) as you cook and fill the pores of the finish thus making it more nonstick over time.

Oct 08, 2013
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Le Creuset Heritage Collection-New for Fall

I wonder if the line uses their new updated enamel. Anyone know?

Aug 16, 2013
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$99.95 All-Clad sale at cutleryandmore.com

I just got an email from them offering the AC stainless 3 qt. saute pan with lid and the 12" frypan with cover for $99.95 each. Shipping is free. I've seen the frypan with lid offered for $89.99 earlier, but if you missed that sale and need these, it's a good deal!

Aug 08, 2013
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Has anyone received their $25 gift card for Sur La Table from Portico?

I'm just curious if they followed through at all, as I've been corresponding with one of their agents and his correspondence was so unprofessional and rude when trying to get the $25 card for SLT, that the company's offer seems like a scam to just collect emails addresses. Do you remember if they asked for your address when filling out the form online. I was told it was sent, but I didn't remember giving them an address. You would think a legitimate company would be happy to send what they promised, but you wouldn't believe the emails I got showing them trying to weasel out of it. I was just wondering if it was real at all, and if anyone received theirs.

Aug 07, 2013
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Staub Wide Cocotte vs Normal Cocotte

I think the wide pot is more versatile. If you're not going to be braising anything higher than the pot I would go with that. I would also get it at Williams-Sonoma as they have free shipping and 20% off all their cookware now. I would also call their outlet stores and see if they have any left in the Graphite color that the store isn't carrying any longer. They have great prices there for first quality.

The bottom of the 5.5 qt. Staub isn't very large. The pot has a larger diameter on top and then tapers into the bottom which is a smaller diameter. There isn't a lot of space to brown things in the 5.5 qt. which is why I like the lower, wide styling. Much better for braising in a single layer.

May 24, 2013
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Fontignac sale at Bloomies...

They have the style with a unique black interior finish called Vitriliss. It's a gloss black. They dropped the prices way down so a 2.4 is $69.99 and the 4.25 is $109.99 I think. Don't need any more enameled cast iron but the gloss black is more appealing to me than the matte black or the dingy yellow beige they had on the other Fonignac.

This made in France and worth a look if you need some of this cookware. Guess it's not selling well, but their prices were way too high before. It should be a quality product. You can see it on bloomingdales.com

Apr 19, 2013
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What size/shape for a second dutch oven (for two people)?

I would add either the 3.5 LC braiser or the 4 qt. Staub one. You will use these pieces often for many things. If you want to keep the LC then just exchange it for the red. You can also get store credit with no receipt. Sur La Table is very accomodating if you have one near by.

Apr 19, 2013
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STAUB AND THEIR COLORS!

The inside of the Staub oven discolors and stains just like LC. It doesn't stay pristine.

Apr 12, 2013
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Dimensions and use of Le Creuset 1.5 qt. braiser?

I believe the 2.5 qt. one is about 10" across. I would think that would work better for 2-3 servings as you need some room too to stir things around. I would go with that size instead. The 1.5 isn't large enough for your use although it was pretty darn cute!

Mar 27, 2013
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Cleaning burned LeCreuset

Does the OxyClean affect the gloss on the enamel? I read that someone said after a treatment their pot was clean but it felt a bit rough and things stuck more than before, and it had affected the gloss. Bleach also hurts the finish. Are you using the powdered OxyClean? What ratio?

Mar 18, 2013
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Vitamix users: is there anything you make with a variable speed unit that could not be done with proper use of the two speed version?

I would return it and get the 7500 refurb for $399. They are on the Vitamix site. The gal who runs my group offers it with a 7 year warranty and extras but you pay Vitamix. If you need the dry container though and don't need the fine control what you have would serve you better.

Mar 11, 2013
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anyone seen a good sale on all clad cookware

Bed Bath & Beyond has the 3 qt. stainless saute pan and lid for $99.99 with free shipping. They recently sent out a 20% off one item e-mail with a code, and this item was on the page in the link and that brings it down to $79.99. I would call them and see if you can get them to send you the promo e-mail to get the discount.

Mar 08, 2013
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Vita mix 3600 repair needed

Both of those problems can be fixed by you i think. I believe Vitamix sells the parts and has a wrench they give you to change the blade. Give them a call!

Feb 27, 2013
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All clad fry pan question

Be aware that in the 11" size of the French skillet there was a promo piece available that includes a domed lid. Not sure if it's still available though, but if it is it will help you get a lot more use out of the pan. I would look on the net for it. Macys had it at one time for $59.99 during their sales.

Feb 21, 2013
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Le Creuset sale at Rue La La!

They have a lot of the Coastal Blue pieces on sale in all sizes and some other colors. Lots of other goodies too.

www.ruelala.com

Feb 20, 2013
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Vitamix models... How do you choose?

The new models have a stronger, more efficient motor, a wider container that's easier to clean and to get food out of, a pulse function, and a fan that's on at all the speeds. On the older models the fan only engages when the machine is on high.

Feb 18, 2013
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Used/Vintage Le Creuset--Downside?

The glaze on the exterior. Particles of cadmium are released into the air on some older pieces while heating.

Feb 18, 2013
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Used/Vintage Le Creuset--Downside?

Some of the older, vintage pieces in red, flame and yellow contained cadmium in the glaze. Their new pieces do also but LC claims it has been contained in their new glaze and it's not possible to be affected by it.

Feb 17, 2013
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Vitamix models... How do you choose?

Watch QVC today. They have a special on the 2 speed model with an additional dry container for $399 for today only. I'm not saying you should get that model, but at least you can see all the various ways the machine can be used by watching the demos of it. You can also watch the videos of the demos on it's product page.

http://www.qvc.com/Vitamix-Creations-...

Feb 17, 2013
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Confused by All clad price difference for the same pan!

Unless they did a special edition of this pot for Macys it has always been 2.75 qts.

http://www.amazon.com/Le-Creuset-Enam...

Feb 13, 2013
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Confused by All clad price difference for the same pan!

I agree that the 3.25 LC soup pot is redundant. It's actually 2.75 and kind of small. You can always add it latter but the 4.25 soup pot is more useful, but again a bit redundant with the 5.5 round oven. If you want the little soup pot then change the 3.5 LC wide to the 3.5 LC buffet casserole. You don't need the everyday pan. Yes, return the Calphalon 5 qt. DO. You don't need it. I wouldn't worry about the 8" fry pan either now. See if the 10" one will do for smaller things.

Feb 13, 2013
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Confused by All clad price difference for the same pan!

All-Clad makes several pieces that are also offered at promo prices. They have 2 different SKU's. I haven't compared the two but they should be the same item just with different pricing. If you can find a promo piece of the item, I would buy that one.

Feb 13, 2013
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Vitamix Help - Which Model

QVC doesn't ship to Canada? They had a deal recently on the 7500 for $469 shipped free. It came with two of the $22 Vitamix smoothie bottles which are great and an extra book on making drinks with it. The 7500 is the exact same machine as the Pro 300. I think the all black on the 7500 looks nicer than the gray faceplate on the 300. If you have cashback sites in Canada that brings the price down even more.

I'm returning my Pro 750 for the 7500. I found the presets useless.

Jan 20, 2013
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