Friday, December 30, 2011
squeaky wheels and shiny round things
It's a thing of beauty, isn't it?
That, friends, is the All-Clad d5 Stainless Steel 4-qt Saute Pan after which I have been lusting for the better part of 18 months (at least). I've had a longing in my heart for All-Clad cookware since I was planning my wedding (you'd better believe they bought full-page ads in every bridal magazine published in the Northeastern part of the USA). That yearning only grew more intense as I watched my mother-in-law preparing sauces and roasts and whatnot with her All-Clad cookware - now I could see how beautiful it is in real life and what a pleasurable cooking experience it appeared to offer.
If you clicked the link, you know that All-Clad is definitely not a bargain brand. One of my favorite past-times has become asking Mister if he'll buy me a $4,000 27-piece set of All-Clad for Christmas, my birthday, Valentine's Day, or Tuesday. (Hurry! It's on sale! Only $2,800!) I've made comments, half-joking to Mister, my mother, my father, Angst, and anyone else who will pretend to listen to me, just so everyone possible is aware that I would be eternally grateful if anyone ever felt like blessing me with at least a piece of this cookware. That's right - just one item, because that would be enough to know if the "hype" is true.
If you've been reading for a while, you've had the privilege of seeing multiple snide remarks directed toward my faithful but insufficient CuisinArt 3-qt Saute pan, which has helped me make dinner since I got it for our wedding 4 years ago. Actually, it was piece of a cookware set that I got on sale and I got what I paid for, so 4 years later, we're down to about half the original set and I've been replacing pieces bit by bit as needed. I shared my initial dilemma here, where I was trying to decide whether to dig a deeper hole of debt to get a nice cookware set or just buy nice pieces as I was able. Actually, looking up that post made me realize I've been complaining about my 3-qt saute pan for over two years. On with the show!
For Christmas this year, Mister got me.....
Not All-Clad. But he did get me a new cookbook, which is awesome, since I'd run out of creativity with my old ones (one of the many reasons I've been so neglectful in my posting). I've been cooking from it all week, but tonight's meal was particularly colorful and attractive: Vegetables Provencal on basmati rice.
Why am I posting this after completely ignoring pretty much all month that I cook and eat dinner on a nightly basis?
The answer is very simple and even more gratifying.
My mother reads my blog. On Christmas, she asked me what my inaugural meal would be...
in the All-Clad 4-qt saute pan she got me for Christmas...
I am a happy and very blessed lady.
The pan is a lot heavier than my "old" saute pan and I'm having trouble figuring out exactly where it's going to live. It was so easy to cook with and it's so beautiful it makes me smile involuntarily. I knew the real test would be washing it. I haven't had stainless steel cookware since my generations-old RevereWare bit the dust, but I remembered that being a huge pain in my butt to scrub clean. Since we have nonstick cookware, we don't have a scrubby thing. I accidentally got too wrapped up checking Facebook and looking at happy pictures and let the pot sit on the stove with leftover tomato-based sauce for about an hour.
Washing it felt like petting satin.
So, ask and ye shall receive, eh? My 1-qt sauce pot is starting to show its age....