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Old 11-07-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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Husband of patient wife checking in

My wife needed/wanted cookware that could go from stovetop to oven, funny she mentioned that around Christmas last year. After research I purchased a small variety of All-Clad and found a couple cast-iron skillets at second hand shops. She was very pleased, and nearly a year later she will stop what she is doing in the kitchen and says 'You know, I really like these pans. Thank you.' Thanks for the advice guys.

Around the new year, my wife says I should try doing some of the cooking since she thinks I would enjoy it. You know, cooking has surprised me as a creative outlet; I had put my hobbies aside for financial reasons but since we need to eat this works out well. Bless her heart, only a couple times in the past year has she taken a bite and handed it back.

Oh, the first thing I made was Luca's lasagna; instant hit with the with my bride and she has had me make if for others. (When I said I was making lasagna and she didn't see a mess of cheeses she really doubted what was coming, but now it is her favorite.)

And with my involvement in the kitchen my wife will admit that she has become more competent and creative. This year is the first, and she admits this, that she has consistently cooked steak she really really likes - perfectly cooked and monster good taste. And I told her how, ha.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC. And congratulations of making your bride so happy. What a nice husband you are.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to DC! Sounds like you've already been perusing some of our great members' ideas and recipes here, glad you're joining in!
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #5
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That is so sweet! When we were first married and I wanted kitchen utensils, people told my hubby, "Don't do it!" He realized that I loved to cook and anything that would make it easier for me was a win/win situation. Keep up the good work!
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:00 PM   #6
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What a nice first post. Welcome, bbobson! Yes, cooking is a great creative outlet, and every household needs at least one cast iron skillet. Mine is 40 years old and still going strong. Here's to many more wonderful meals with your bride!
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:43 AM   #8
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hello & greetings from a bright & frosty manchester uk,bob
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #9
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Howdy!
Welcome to D.C.!
It's always nice when folks who come here to read or search for something and then, after a spell, join up.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:19 PM   #10
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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.
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