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Old 08-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #11
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It's an easy mistake, especially in the whirl of many, many, many, postings that you've made since you joined.

Are you trying to make me look bad?
Or your just saying i've posted alot?
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:53 PM   #12
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Robyn,
As others have said "Buy quality" especially in your knives and pans. With the holidays coming up the stores like Marshalls and TJ MAXX start to carry a number of Calphalon One pans that are well below half price. I averaged about $30.00 per pan and was finally able to build the set I needed. Same with knives. Watch on Ebay you can find some nice sets for decent prices. It takes some time and money but you will be much happier in the long run with quality items that last for years. Good LucK
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:54 PM   #13
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I love my big over sized spoons and forks ( LONG HANDLES!)
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Old 08-24-2006, 01:10 PM   #14
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I love my big over sized spoons and forks ( LONG HANDLES!)
I don't know about you but I love old wood ones. Those are what I grab all the time.
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:08 PM   #15
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Are you trying to make me look bad?
Or your just saying i've posted alot?
Hnmmmmmmmm - now let me think......
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:10 PM   #16
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...where...where ever that black heart of mine is located
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Old 12-25-2006, 02:13 PM   #17
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Avoid buying "sets" of knives, pots, etc- you'll do better just buying the specific item you really need. Do consider lodge Cast Iron for a fry pan choice. Most major manufacturers do have outlet stores, and also have at least one item at reduced price per season. Manufacturers of pots and pans like all clad will make 3 levels of product-homeowner, midrange and pro chef, the mid level product is usually the best value per $ spent. Do not buy used non stick items that are peeling. Talk to the hoime ec teacher at your school for advice.
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:03 PM   #18
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You have been given great advice above.

To me the most important item is a good knife, a chef knife.

There are a lot of them out there, and will not recommend any. You have to do your research and figure out which is best for you.

But all of them stink once they get dull. You have to learn to sharpen a knife and keep it that way.

And a paring knife.

Have seen people cook the best meals in the worst utensils.

Escoffier never had a Kitchen Aid and Careme never heard of Calphalon.

Good pots and pans, and am not pushing any product, can be great. But give a good cook a source of food and a heat source and he or she will come up with something great.

I guess I am trying to say that the pot does not make the chef.

Great to hear you love cooking, we need some young blood here.

Folks am only speaking for myself. Am kicking and screaming as I wend my weary way into old fogey land. And I think having some younger approaches here are jsut great.

In any event have to go and off some lobsters.

Gave them their last meals, some small cigarettes, tied on the blind folds and now, unless the governor steps at the last minute, they will be dinner.
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:22 PM   #19
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You might want to go to the library and look at some of the basic cook books, like Joy of Cooking, Good Housekeeping or Betty Crocker. They all have a section on what is need to up a new kitchen. Use this as a base, then apply all of the very good advice you will find here to it. Then you will be on your way to setting up a kitchen to your liking. You will find everyone has " could not live with out " items. You then must decide what is realy important to you, and what you can afford. Good Luck
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #20
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Robyn, I agree with auntdot. I think the cook and the qualtiy of the food are more important than what items you have in your kitchen. Some things will make cooking/baking easier but your love of cooking is something you can't buy. Have fun!
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