Originally Posted by bbobson
I have been lurking a long time, finally decided to join. I remember the first time I visited and read someones tag-line, Princess Fiona I think, that said 'I still fit into the same earrings I wore in high school'. I had to clean my monitor when I first read that.
I looked back at doing various projects with sub-standard tools and materials over the years, resulting in endless frustration. I realized my bride had been doing that in the kitchen as long as she has been cooking, just wasn't right. Part of what has helped our efforts in the kitchen has been quality 'tools', everything behaves in a consistent and predictable way which is quite wonderful.
You are correct regarding the "right tool for the job". I am a believer in quality utensils.
Our situation is kind reversed here in our house. My wife was not much of a cook when I met her. I have taught her many things and today, 20 years later, she has turned out to be a very good cook.
The hard part was getting her to understand I was helping, not trying to be bossy.
My first quality purchases were knives. I don't buy sets. I buy individual knives. I find a knife I love, I buy it. Now I have a great set that I put together.
I did buy a set of Calphalon anodized AL cookware.
I also bought individual non-stick high quality pans as needed and a couple bare AL saute/omelet pans from a commercial cookware store.
I do not like gadgets unless they are proven to actually work.
A good example is vegetable peeler.
There are all these fancy peelers in these fancy cooking stores. The one I prefer over all of them is the $1.00 one I can get at the grocery store. A cheap metal peeler.
My father used to have an expression. "If you cannot go first class, why go at all".
I have followed that sentiment over the years and it has proven to work well for me.
Loved you're story. And Its great to see more guys jumping into the fire.