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 Le Creuset 11.75-in. Skillet
Le Creuset 11.75-in. Skillet
Le Creuset 11.75-in. Skillet : This item has sold out of CASSIS, CHERRY, CARIBBEAN, FLAME and FENNEL colors. Please look to the new and improved Signature Line from Le Creuset. The Signature line features an upgraded enamel interior, with large, easy-grip handles. When your table is full of family and guests, this large skillet tackles super-size cooking portions with ease. The convenient shallow and sloping sides allow for speedy evaporation. The two pouring spouts and a helper handle make lifting and transferring foods a breeze. Glossy porcelain enamel cast iron with a nonreactive finish doesn't require seasoning and is easy to clean. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware features bold and bright colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any culinary need. Each enameled cast iron cookware piece is skillfully finished by hand. Dishwasher-safe, but hand-washing is recommended. Made in France. 2 1/2 Quart capacity. 7 lbs. 11 3/4" Dia. x 2"H. Product Features Molded of cast iron with an expertly enameled glossy porcelain coating Versatile for stovetop, oven and broiler Highest quality porcelain enamel coating is impermeable to odors and stains Foods will not react with the enameled finish Easy-clean enamel surfaces are scratch-resistant Superior conduction of heat promotes faster cooking times Even distribution and retention of heat ensures cookware stays hot longer Two pouring spouts and helper handle makes lifting and food transfer easy Suited for stovetops including electric, gas, ceramic, induction and halogen Safe for oven or broiler up to 400 F Bright color choices coordinate with virtually any home décor
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
My favorite!
PostedMarch 22, 2011
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CookPlus
fromChatsworth, CA
This skillet is rather heavy but it is my "go to" pan so I just keep it on the stove! I love that beef/poulty/fish can brown nicely at a medium heat, keeping the "meats" moist and tender, and nothing sticks to the pan. The skillet easily goes from stove top to oven to continue cooking denser or thicker "meats" -- prevents "meats" from drying out before it's done cooking on the stove top. Cleaning the skillet is never a problem.
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 Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender CSB-77
Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender CSB-77
Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender CSB-77 : Mix, blend, whip or chop right in the pan or bowl. Brushed stainless steel housing and a 200-watt motor give this mobile blender professional style and power. Whisk and chopper attachments give it versatility. Push-button pulse or continuous action, comfort-grip handle. Includes 16-ounce mixing/measuring beaker. Imported. 3-year limited warranty. 200 watts. 3"Dia. x 12"L. Model: CSB-77. Product Specifications Sleek black and stainless steel bring an innovative designer look to this hand blender Versatile uses allow blending, chopping, grinding or mixing for a variety of favorite recipes Blending shaft, whisk head, chopper/grinder bowl and mixing cup are dishwasher safe and everything else wipes clean with a damp cloth for simple clean up Chopper/grinder attachment lets you chop and grind hard cheese, onions, nuts, chocolate, carrots and more Whisk attachment whips up your favorite creams and toppings for waffles and desserts Clear measuring/mixing cup has graduated markings for ease of use Portability makes this hand blender convenient to use anywhere One touch on/off button allows activation at the touch of a button Comfort handle offers control of the hand blender with ease Includes Motor body housing Detachable blending shaft with blade guard and stainless steel blending blade Attachment with detachable gearbox Chopper/grinder attachment with chopper/grinder cover 16-ounce measuring beaker Illustrated instruction booklet 21 recipes included
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Preparation Made Easy with the SmartStick!
PostedAugust 27, 2010
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fromChatsworth, CA
I can't believe I got so much for the price!! It's so easy to make delicious and nutritious meals for my 10 month old grand daughter. No need to buy bottled baby food anymore! I use the SmartStick hand blender to blend fresh fruits (strawberries, peaches, blueberries, or bananas) with some milk and mix it in with her oak cereal and milk to make a delicious smoothie for breakfast. Actually, it's a great breakfast for any age! I use the chopper to chop cooked chicken, cooked veggies (broccoli, squash, zucchini), and cooked pasta or serve with brown rice, for lunches and dinners. I make a batch of it and freeze in portions for her meals. How healthy is that!!! Or, use it to chop onions, bell peppers, carrots, nuts -- it will go as far as your imagination takes you! It's such a handy product and a cinch to use!
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 Amco Swing-A-Way Easy Release Grease Separator
Amco Swing-A-Way Easy Release Grease Separator
Amco Swing-A-Way Easy Release Grease Separator : This unique Grease Separator works two ways to make straining unhealthy fats foolproof and mess-free. Pour in pan juices, and the strainer lid automatically separates unwanted fat and food particles from the liquid. Let set and grease rises to the top. Simply press the handle lever and liquid flows grease-free through the bottom opening into the measuring cup. Enables you to follow gravy and sauce recipes precisely using seasoning and thickening ingredients equivalent to the measured amount of broth. Smooth, healthy gravy is ready to top mashed potatoes, dressing and turkey. Works equally well for straining grease-free broth from beef liquids. Dishwasher-safe. Holds 32-oz. 5" Dia. x 5 1/2"H. Product Features Plastic measuring cup indicates cups, ounces and liters Perforated lid strains fats and food particles for smoothest, healthiest gravy Easy-release lever on the handle directs flow of grease-free broth through bottom opening into bowl or saucepan Perfect for straining pan grease from beef roasts or baked chicken Mess-free and foolproof BPA Free
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best buy ever!
PostedDecember 3, 2009
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fromChatsworth, CA
Finally, a grease separator that works! Just pour the turkey drippings through the strainer cover and squeeze the Swing-A-Way Easy Release handle. The turkey juices will flow down through the hole on the bottom of the measuring cup. Release and the grease/oil is trapped inside -- how easy is that! No more attempts to skim the fat with a spoon or with the fat separator with a spout unsuccessfully -- been there, done that! Separates the grease/oil from stews and soups as well. This is one of the best purchases I've made in years!
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Le Creuset Classic Stoneware Oval Baking Dish, 3-3/4 quart : Oven-to-table stoneware is ideal for potatoes au gratin and casseroles to macaroni and cheese and cobblers. Cook just about anything in this 14" oval stoneware dish. The wide, shallow dish leaves room for foods to bake and brown evenly and quickly. Ideal for marinating and poaching foods, too. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any culinary need. Bright color choices coordinate with virtually any home décor. Each cookware piece is skillfully finished by hand. Dishwasher-safe. Imported. 3 1/4-quart. Product Features Stoneware is fired at 2156 F giving it unmatched strength and durability Enameled surface is non-porous and resists chips, cracks and scratches Easy-clean porcelain enamel surface is impermeable to odors and stains All-in-one dish beautifully cooks and serves food, then goes back to freezer or fridge for storage of leftovers Versatile for oven and broiler Oven-safe to 400 F Foods will not react with the enameled finish Superior conduction of heat promotes faster cooking times Even distribution and retention of heat ensures bakeware stays hot longer Sure-grip handles allow for easy lifting and handling 14"L x 10"W x 2 1/2"H, 3 1/4-quart capacity, 4 lbs.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Simply Beautiful
PostedNovember 13, 2009
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fromChatsworth, CA
Not only does this baking dish roast beautifully (chicken, potatoes and carrots being my favorite), I absolutely love that it's large enough to serve the meal beautifully in one dish! Roasting, and serving the chicken and veggies in one baking dish saves me time and space.
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 Calphalon One Nonstick Fry Pan
Calphalon One Nonstick Fry Pan
Calphalon One Nonstick Fry Pan : Use for frying foods, scrambling eggs, making omelettes and grilled sandwiches. Calphalon&#174 One Nonstick is the first cookware that combines infused anodized technology with an innovative nonstick cooking surface. Four interlocking nonstick layers on the inner surface enhance the cookware's durability and exceptional performance. An advanced polymer is infused into the pans' exteriors to prevent staining and maintain durability. Calphalon One Nonstick promotes healthy, low-fat cooking because little to no added fats are needed. Even the stickiest of foods release flawlessly, so clean-up is a breeze. Riveted handles are expertly balanced and ergonomically contoured for comfortable use. All items feature a lifetime warranty. Product Features Interior surface features a proprietary matrix of four interlocking nonstick layers, each of which contributes to the cookware's long-lasting performance Delivers flawless food release, even with the stickiest foods Nonstick surface requires no oil or butter and provides healthier cooking options Calphalon's exclusive anodization process infuses the exterior of the cookware with an advanced polymer that protects against staining Food does not stick to interior or exterior surface Contoured stay-cool riveted helper handles are purpose-built to accommodate the substantial craftsmanship of the pan Unlike most other nonstick cookware, you can cook on high-heat with Calphalon Nonstick Oven safe to 450 F Nonstick surface is safe for plastic, coated or wood utensils Surface is stain resistant inside and out Sears perfectly, deglazes beautifully, releases with ease and makes cleanup effortless Handles: Stay-cool, cast stainless-steel triple-riveted handles are expertly balanced with a triangular opening to diffuse heat during stovetop cooking Material: Heavy-gauge infused anodized aluminum exterior with nonstick interior Hand-wash only Made in USA Lifetime Warranty: Calphalon One Nonstick cookware is covered by a Lifetime Warranty. Calphalon will repair or replace any item found defective in material or workmanship when put to normal household use and cared for according to instructions. Minor imperfections, surface markings as a result of shipping and slight color variations are normal. This excludes damage from misuse or abuse, such as improper cleaning, overheating, dishwasher use, use of caustic or other unapproved cleaners, neglect, accident, alteration, fire, theft or use in commercial establishments.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nonstick and Scratch Proof
PostedNovember 8, 2009
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fromChatsworth, CA
I purchased a 12" Caphalon One Nonstick Fry Pan over five years ago. One of the reasons I love this pan is the the covenience of cooking on the stove top with it and letting it finish cooking in the oven -- saves time and there's only on pan to wash! As the years passed the pan started to build up black carbon and oil spots on the surface, however it never affected the pan's performance. Non-abrasive scrubbers couldn't remove the spots and the pan looked so bad I was ready to toss the pan out. At this point, I figured instead of using the nylon spatulas, I had nothing to lose if I used my favorite Wusthof steel slotted spatula for frying in the pan. It's very thin and sharp-edged -- nylon spatulas are thicker and clumsy. The steel spatula worked great for flipping delicate salmon filets, burgers, chops, etc., and for scraping off food that stuck to the pan when I cooked in batches. I also washed the pan with that green abrasive scrubber -- yes, abrasive! No more spots and I'm amazed how good the pan looks now. No wonder the pan was pricey -- it's invincible!
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