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Christmas List

I had a request or two for a copy of my Christmas list after I asked what everyone else was wanting on Twitter and Facebook.  So here’s my list.  It’s nothing major or fancy, just a few kitchen knick-knacks I’d love to either have or replace an old one.

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

Revolving Cake Stand

Stainless Steel Pastry Scraper

New Sil-Pat Sheets for my half-sheet pans

Silicone Pastry Mat

Ceramic Pie Weights

6 (6 oz) Small Souffle Dishes

New Tart Pan

3 Tier Pastry Stand

Wooden Cake Stand

New Cookie Cutters

Mortar & Pestle

Cookbook Stand (I like this clear one because it has a shield to keep splatter from getting on the pages, but there are much more decorative ones out there)

Valrhona Cocoa powder

A jar of good vanilla extract

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5 Responses to Christmas List

  1. Denise H January 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    what kind of pots and pans do you recommend?

    • Joshua Trent January 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      There are lots of good options out there anymore and you can actually get some pretty nice sets for realtively cheap. Probably the best (and most expensive) is anything that is fully clad or anything with a copper core. These products are the best because they heat evenly at the bottom of the pan but also because the heat conducts up the sides of the pot or pan as well. That’s at the high end of the market but most of the stuff out there is clad on the bottom only, which works well too. That’s what I use because I sure can’t afford $300 pots. What you are going to find is stainless steel outer layers (which cleans up well and doesn’t react to foods) with a copper or alluminum inner layer (which heats more evenly than stainless steel) to get what companies call tri-ply. This is what you should look for. I’ve had a Wolfgang Puck set for about 3 or 4 years and it’s still going strong and looks just like it did years ago.

      Avoid any non-stick teflon stuff like the plague. It doesn’t last long, the first time you accidentally use metal utensils it’s pretty much ruined and it will eventually start flaking off into the food (which some people say causes cancer, but what doesn’t anymore). Also avoid stuff that just plain feels cheap or thin. Hate to say it but the Paula Deen cookware fits in this category. My mom got a set of the burgandy pots and the first time through the dishwasher they warped and wouldn’t sit flat on the stovetop anymore because the metal was so thin. I added a set to my store that I’ll probably be buying next. Click here for the set.

  2. Sheila Valvo January 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Thanks Josh! I love your knowledge!

  3. Sheila Valvo January 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    You are like a registry & household guru and gardening and cooking genius!

  4. Denise H January 29, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Thank you so much for the info! I’m glad I found you……you are full of great info/tips!!!

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