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Old 04-20-2005, 12:20 PM   #11
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Otter, I found some wonderful ramekins at my local dollar store. They were quite a find. It was a set of three oven- and dishwasher- safe ramekins of varying size (the largest was 8 oz) for $1! I can't guarantee you'll have the same success, but it might be work a look.
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:00 PM   #12
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Sheesh, all the internet suggestions look great! I think I'll check the local Dollar Store first though because the UPS truck has already worn a deep groove in my driveway.
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:53 PM   #13
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Try Tarjay too, Otter.
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Old 04-20-2005, 02:56 PM   #14
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Try Tarjay too, Otter.
I'll swing by there too. I also need a few OXO doodads and I think that I've seen them there.
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:09 PM   #15
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Geeze ... all you need is oven safe ceramic. You don't need that fancy Le Cost-a-Lot French cast-iron stuff! And Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table are, well, IMHO ... nice stuff if you want to pay that much ... but it probably isn't going to be any better than a $1 bowl from the Dollar Store!

Check the Dollar Store for ceramic soup bowls. Check Target/WalMart/K-Mart for something similar or Corningware "French White" souffle bowls ... I got some from a Pier-1 Import store (that are like various souflee sizes) 15 years ago for about $0.49 - $0.79 each that are still going strong. The ones I got from the Dollar Store about 5 years ago I like even better because they are deeper and have a handle (like a coffee mug).
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Geeze ... all you need is oven safe ceramic. You don't need that fancy Le Cost-a-Lot French cast-iron stuff! And Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table are, well, IMHO ... nice stuff if you want to pay that much ... but it probably isn't going to be any better than a $1 bowl from the Dollar Store!
Do you think I'm trying to drive folks to the poor house!

Actually, I am making a point about "alternative shopping" or "the secondary market" being great places to avoid paying new and high prices.
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Old 04-22-2005, 08:31 AM   #17
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On the way into town yesterday I stopped at a fishing buddy's house. His wife was in the process of making - what else - French Onion Soup. Instead of cranking up the broiler, she put the French Bread in the toaster. When it was done, she put cheese on it and popped it in the microwave to melt it. Then she just floated it on top of the soup. She gave me a cup, and it was great. This has an appeal to me - not having to crank up the broiler and stick my paws in a hot oven - no risk of burnt cheese - no hot cups to juggle. Your cheese is only on the bread, but that's where I like it anyway.
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Old 04-22-2005, 08:37 AM   #18
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You might could also try a torch, like you would use for cream brulee.
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:49 AM   #19
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On the way into town yesterday I stopped at a fishing buddy's house. His wife was in the process of making - what else - French Onion Soup. Instead of cranking up the broiler, she put the French Bread in the toaster. When it was done, she put cheese on it and popped it in the microwave to melt it. Then she just floated it on top of the soup. She gave me a cup, and it was great. This has an appeal to me - not having to crank up the broiler and stick my paws in a hot oven - no risk of burnt cheese - no hot cups to juggle. Your cheese is only on the bread, but that's where I like it anyway.

I thought the burnt cheese was what it was all about? LOL That's my favorite - the bubbly cheese. It melts in the microwave but not like under a broiler. Now, in a pinch I'd be happy with the microwave - but I'd have to go to a Pier 1 or the dollar store or some kitchen warehouse type place and buy the ceramic white porcelain containers for somwhere in the neighborhood of $2 - $3 a piece.

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You might could also try a torch, like you would use for cream brulee.
I am afraid of open flame, so I can't use a torch.

That is why I like the old fashioned salamander. Heat on stove top and pass heated portion over the food to brown it.

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