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Old 10-28-2006, 01:03 AM   #31
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TexanFrench - instead of playing 20-Questions with us trying to quess what would be the best thing for your friend - from a culinary standpoint .... why not tell us what her "situation" is which will require her to move so much ...

Heck, if she is a gypsy who is going to be living in a VW camper and is trying to recreate the '60s experience - there are cookware sets at the camping (Army surplus) stores that will provide everything for less than even moderately poor to good stuff in a cookware store.

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Old 10-28-2006, 03:10 AM   #32
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Take the Cast Iron - I would never give mine up - also you can use it on the stove top or in the oven!!!! It's also a great weapon if you do not like your new neighbors!!!!!!

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Old 11-06-2006, 09:53 AM   #33
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My friend is a freelance designer living in NYC, with possibilities to do work in Europe. Usually she works for awhile with one company, then works with another, as their needs dictate. Some work is "in-house," some is via internet. She's an urban person, big on space-saving devices. And she is a great cook!

I appreciate all the input and ideas here; when she is back in the States in December, I'll know more about her future plans. Right now, I'm thinking about a "chef's pan"--something wide enough to fry in and deep enough for soup, and small enough to stick in a suitcase. Just wanted to know if there were better ideas around!

Thank you all!
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:42 AM   #34
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My vote would be for a good quality 8-quart pot with lid. Can be used to cook pasta, stocks, chili, stews, etc., etc. I wouldn't be without mine - & it's not even a pricey model.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:02 AM   #35
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I also vote 8qt clad pot with lid... a good one... I have two! :)

Even in a pinch you can saute with it if you had to. In fact, the high walls actually make a good semi-spatter guard.

You can pretty-much cook using every cooking method with it. Next on my list would be a 10-12" cast iron skillet (depending on family size), followed by a 3qt clad Saucier with lid... again, a good one. Next would be a 12qt+ pot for easy stock making.

EDIT: Here is my personal favorite after checking out pans before buying mine...

All-Clad MC2 8qt Clad Stock-Pot w/Lid

It should last long enough to be passed on to the next generation...
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:10 AM   #36
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Just an update and thanks for all your thoughtful answers. My friend is moving to Switzerland soon, and she'll have a completely furnished apartment--cookware included. She'll even have a formal dining space, unlike her NYC apartment!

Guess I'll have to think again about that gift!
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:41 AM   #37
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She has service for TWO? Then why on earth is everyone recommending 8 quart pots, 12 quart pots, etc? A 3 or 4 quart pot, and I'd choose a tri-ply stainless steel dutch oven with a lid because it's more versitle than a plain old pot, will do just fine for anything she wants to make to feed herself and maybe one other person.

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