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This week on Table Talk: A discussion about cookware.

On Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, Kim O'Donnel will lead a live chat about pots and pans — for everything from baking, to braising, to boiling. What about stir-fry?

Have favorite cookware suggestions you'd like to share? Putting together a collection and need advice? Join us. (Enter your email below to receive a reminder of the chat.)

If you can't make it on Thursday, you're welcome to email Kim a question or comment at  tabletalk \[at\] culinate \[dot\] com, or place a comment below.

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 </div><div class="cilblogholder"><div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">9:45 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;hello! We'll be talking pots, pans, gadgets and kitchen doo-dads of all varieties. Join us at the top of the hour for a cookware-themed chat. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:00 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Good morning from Seattle! I just flew in last night from the east coast but am plenty caffeinated and raring to catch up with you. How's everybody doing? Today's hour is dedicated to our baterie de cuisine -- the tools that make our kitchen lives easier -- or not. What are you must-have gadgets, appliances, pots, pans, dishes, bowls and spoons? Let's dish! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:04 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim C.</strong>: &nbsp;Mornin' Kim. I have become a huge fan of cast iron, but I haven't tried enameled cast iron yet. Do you have any experience with it? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:06 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Hey there, Kim C. I LOVE enameled cast iron. My Le Creuset 4 quart pot is one of my favorite things, and I've had it for about 8 years, still going strong. The only downside is high ticket item, but they do last a lifetime. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:06 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Erin ]<br>Welcome back, Kim! I have a few items for discussion; first, anodized aluminum cookware (specifically Calphalon) - is it safe? Does that anodized coating wear off/scratch? Secondly, where is the best place to pick up deluxe gadgets - such as a Cuisinart food processor (seriously, I dream of having one to cut down on prep time) - when on a budget? And lastly: now that YOU have a new kitchen and more space, what have you splurged on? Happy Autumn, a few days early... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:08 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim C.</strong>: &nbsp;Yes, I'm dreaming of a Le Creuset pot, but haven't splurged yet. Or Staub. I recently got the Lodge pot because I wanted to bake no-knead bread in it and I wasn't sure about putting the Le Crueset lid in the oven. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:08 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Hey Erin! Glad to be back. I'm not crazy about anodized aluminum but it's a texture thing for me. Calpalon swears that it does not chip or peel, and that it's nontoxic. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.calphalon.com/calphalon/consumer/faqs/faqDetail.jhtml?faqId=50026&pageTitle=What+is+%22hard-anodizing%22+and+what+does+it+do%3F" target="blank" >http://www.calphalon.com/calphalon/consumer/faqs/faqDetail.jhtml?faqId=50026&pageTitle=What+is+%22hard-anodizing%22+and+what+does+it+do%3F</a><br /><br /> </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:10 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;As for bigger ticket items, I do think going online to places like amazon is worth a looksee, but my personal preference is to go in-store. Right now, for example, there's a big sale at the local cookware shop, and I'm frothing at the mouth. <br />With more space, I haven't splurged yet, but I have been thinking 'bout a pressure cooker. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:10 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Jaden ]<br>Have you tried Scan Pan? Love them. Kim- remember we got one at the IFBC? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:12 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Welcome, Jaden, author of the forthcoming "Steamy Kitchen!" Jaden, I was just about to mention the scanpan, a nontoxic, "green" nonstick skillet made in Denmark. Jaden & I both received samples at   a recent conference. I must admit, I do like it, and I'm not a big fan of nonstick. Cooks omelettes like a champ. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:12 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>Erin - budget cookware or gadgets - definitely check craigslist - you can not BELIEVE what people are getting rid of there, and the prices! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:13 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Oh, that's a fun idea, redweather. And then of course, I love to troll yard sales for kitchen stuff... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:13 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>hi!  NEED my big stainless steel soup pot, and have an unhealthy attachment to my kitchenaid mixer, which i use mostly for cookies..... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:14 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Funny, I have no desire to buy a KitchenAid -- I've been without one for this long and either turn to my food processor or hand mixer. I have been thinking, tho, it's time to upgrade my food processor. Heard that Cuisinart is coming out w/ a new model, one that doesn't leak. Imagine that! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:14 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Jaden ]<br>My fav pressure cooker is one by Fagor- b/c it also does slow cooking AND it's electric. Somethin' bout pressure cookers on my stove top gives me heebs. Prob because I'm afraid it will explode. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:15 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Jaden, besides beans, what do you like to cook in the pressure cooker? I'm at a loss of what it would enable me to do easier than in my Le Creuset... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:16 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>haha - yes, the mixer is really an unnecessary item on my counter, but i still care for it like it is alive - too many disney movies when i was young? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:17 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;That's funny, redweather -- for those of you who do own a KitchenAid, what do you use it for? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:17 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Jaden ]<br>Oh TONS! chili, jambalaya, soup </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:17 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Jaden ]<br>Actually that's how I make stocks/broth - throw chicken bones in with whatever veg I have. Set it for 12 minutes voila! You have stock. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:17 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;That's pretty crazy, Jaden. Now I do like the idea of chicken stock in 12 minutes. Wowee... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:18 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>Kim as much as I love Kitchen Aid mixers I've done quite well without for a while too.  I gave my last one to my aunt who bakes on a weekly business and don't miss it that much. Although the new kitchen aid mixer with glass bowl that's coming out soon does look pretty inviting. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:19 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I'm a pretty low-tech cook, and I keep the kitchen pretty streamlined. There's something about having too many items that's distracting for this cook... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:19 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I love my pressure cooker. I use it for all my veggies. You use very little water, so I feel it is healthier. It cook artichokes so fast! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:20 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Jill Nussinow, who often participates in this chat, is a HUGE advocate of the PC. She's got a Web site too. Go to <a href="http://theveggiequeen.com" target="blank" >theveggiequeen.com</a> and you'll find links to her pressure cooker stuff. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:21 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Guest ]<br>I have Pressure Cooker phobia from my childhood. Mom used one often for pot roasts and stews and I remember that top shaking and steaming and making that scary noise "ch,ch,ch,ch,ch,ch" and my mom admonishing over and over "don't go near that!"  It became the most terrifying thing in the kitchen!  Must overcome the fear! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:21 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Vegetarian Times has a rundown of the 21st century models of PCs. Have it earmarked, definitely thinking about it. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:22 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>i've been wanting to buy a food processor too - the one i have is a hand me down, and it's strangely leaky.... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:23 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;From what I understand, the new Cuisinart model will allow you to keep blade in bowl when you remove from base, and has re-designed to minimize leaks. That's my one gripe -- and everyone else's... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:23 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>I haven't tried the scanpan but I do have the Martha Stewart "Green" omelette pan which is supposed to be similar and I haven't been thrilled with it. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:23 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Thanks for letting us know, Heather. I have a MS cast iron skillet, was on sale, and I'm less than thrilled w/ it. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:23 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>Kim - yes!  a lot of my kitchen stuff is vintage - i am very fond of a red-bakelite handled frosting spreader...... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:23 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Erin ]<br>Oh yes, and please dish about Le Creuset - what is the most versitile piece? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:24 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I fiind the lidded stuff the most versatile, at least for my needs. I also have a few smaller baking dishes from LC and use them regularly. Very durable, easy to clean, my workhouse items. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:24 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Erin ]<br>I have, and love, my KitchenAid mixer, and I use it for everything - sauces, bread dough, baking doughs, whipping... it was the only appliance that I allowed my husband to purchase for me as a gift! (attention, this is a no-no; never allow the purchase of an appliance to fulfill a gift event, unless it is a MAJOR help for you, the user!) </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:25 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I had to see some one use a PC before I would ever go near one. I worked at Sur La Table for many years before I was comfortable selling them. Once I got one, it became my best friend </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:25 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Speaking of cast iron, everyone in my family has a cast iron pizza pan, which is fantastic.  Highly recommend. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:26 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Another cookbook writer in the house! Tara M Desmond is the author of Mostly Meatless, fyi. OOH -- tell us more about the cast iron pizza pan! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:26 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I love my KitchenAid. I use it for every thing </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:26 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Another happy KA user -- Amy, do you use the attachments a lot, ie the meat grinder? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:26 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>Tara where can one find the cast iron pizza pan, I make homemade pizza almost weekly and sometimes I just use my cast iron skillet.  I love your cookbook too! Almost Meatless rocks! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:27 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>Next to my Lodge cast iron skillet my LC Dutch Oven is my favorite it will get quite a workout during the colder months... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:28 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Speaking of cast iron, I found a thin cast iron skillet, almost a griddle, at the Iowa State Fair last year, and I LOVE it for making pancakes. Cost me about $12. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:28 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I use the pasta attachments, the meat grinder, the juicer. I want the new pasta attachments that just came out. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:28 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Erin ]<br>I agree, Kim, about streamlining; absolutely, the kitchen appliances must be used, or else they're just cluttering the counter or the pantry. I try to have multi-taskers instead of job-specific appliances. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:28 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From catsluvr ]<br>Hi Kim, I found this little do-dad at Macys one day and have not seen it any where else.  It is a potato peeler with serrated teeth on one side and then slide a piece of plastic over and that side cuts julienne.  I love it but have not seen it since either in Macy*s or elsewhere.  Glad I made a spur of the moment purchase. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:29 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Catsluvr, have never heard of such a thing. Anyone else? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:29 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>yes, more info on cast iron for pizza please - why cast iron? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:29 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Anyone a whiz at recovering cast iron from a kitchen mishap?  I made a buttermilk cornbread in my big, wonderful cast iron skillet last summer and made the giant mistake of leaving the bread in the skillet for a few days.  When I took it out, the pan was discolored and generally messed up!  Washing did not fix it.  Any suggestions other than "you blew it, Tara, buy another one!"? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:30 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Tara, was it just discoloration or are there bits (and now rust) stuck to the bottom? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:30 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>It's a Lodge pan, so you should be able to get it wherever Lodge stuff is sold, or order it online.  I had been making pizzas in my 12-inch cast iron skillet, too, which makes excellent deep dish-ish style pies. But the pizza pan is 16 inches (I think).  I don't have a pizza stone, so I throw the cast iron pizza pan in a piping hot oven for a few minutes and then spread the dough out on it.  Between the iron and the 500 degree oven, the crust is beautifully crisp on the bottom. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:31 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Great idea for pizza! Love it. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:31 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>I think I've seen a similar peeler that Catsluvr is talking about at Sur la Table </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:31 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>Recovering cast iron is easy. Clean it up with a good scrubbing and reseason it. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:31 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>i don't know if you're talking about the same thing, but i just saw something like that peeler at williams sonoma - <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7336209/index.cfm?pkey=cslicers%2Dgraters%2Dpeelers&ckey=slicers%2Dgraters%2Dpeelers" target="blank" >http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7336209/index.cfm?pkey=cslicers%2Dgraters%2Dpeelers&ckey=slicers%2Dgraters%2Dpeelers</a> </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:31 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>The cast iron makes a wonderful crust on the pizza. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:32 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I'm going to try that next week -- thanks for the tips, gals. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:32 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>You can go to Lodge's website and they will give you instructions on how to season a cast iron piece. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:32 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From catsluvr ]<br>and then, too, Cuisinart told me that their older models with the plastic bowls have BPA in them. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:33 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Ah, yes, BPA. Isn't that special? any sense, catsluvr, which models? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:33 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Correction: the pizza pan is 14'' </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:33 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>eeek, yes - for me the whole point of using a food processor to make my own sauces etc is to AVOID chemicals and additives! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:34 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;That alone is enough reason for me to buy a newer model. I really need to investigate this a bit more. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:34 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I love the Rösle kitchen tools. I think I probably have most of them </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:34 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;One thing I've come to love are my silicone pot holders. Thought they were weird at first, now can't imagine using anything else. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:35 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>Husband and son love our all-clad nonstick surface pan. Has the non-stick as a toxic substance been resolved yet? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:35 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;ElForch, as some folks were mentioning earlier, there are nontoxic nonstick pans now on the market. Not cheap, but the alternatives are finally available. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:36 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>I'll be an optimist and give the re-seasoning a shot. I'm afraid the acid in the buttermilk struck a bad chord with the iron.  Sigh. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:37 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;You might not be able to do anything about the discoloration, but surely you can scrub a bit, then oil, then season in oven... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:37 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Ugh!  That BPA is really grinding my gears!  I just got my cuisinart FP about 2 years ago. They should replace those bowls for free. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:37 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I agree, Tara.   My machine is about 4 years old, and it's still working great, but I'm very conflicted about what to do. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:38 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>I bought the latest all-clad this month. Salesperson had no idea what I was talking about and the all-clad was over $150.00 </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:38 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Sigh. That's too bad, ElForch. Did you buy in a department store? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:38 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>Oops...haven't tried the silicone pot holders but I love the silicone muffin pans. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:39 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>replacement bowls are a great idea, even if you had to pay some kind of replacement fee - seems like cuisinart might want to give their customers some good faith, non poisonous food-prep bowls.... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:39 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Hmm...do I smell a consumer petition in the works? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:39 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I love my silicone pot holders. Have you used the spatulas? Love, love those </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:40 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Yep, I've got a bunch of silicone spats in several sizes -- also a must-have in my ktichen. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:40 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Hmmm, maybe we should write a petition together? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:40 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;You're on! I bet we could get a number of food writers and cooks on board... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:41 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>Williams and Sonoma, all-clad, non-stick. I suppose that I could contact the company about the surfacing but haven't had time </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:41 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Oh man, that really bothers me, that you went to a cookware store and you were unable to get an informed answer from a salesperson. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:41 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>Re-Seasoning your Lodge Cast Iron <a href="http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-care-seasoned-cast-iron.asp#3" target="blank" >http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-care-seasoned-cast-iron.asp#3</a> </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:42 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Thanks for the link, Amy! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:42 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>I think you're right, Kim. Any IACP members on the chat happen to know if we have a partnership with Cuisinart, too? I know there's a Kitchen Aid deal. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:42 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;That's worth looking into. I'm going to do some sleuthing. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:42 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>anyone have any thoughts on buying a mandoline?  especially not at top dollar? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:43 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;A cheapo mandoline is a great thing to have on hand, redweather. I doubt I'll ever spend top dollar for one. I've got one that cost me less than 15 bucks a zillion years ago, and I use it when I need thinly sliced stuff. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:43 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I love All-clad specialty pieces, but not so sure about their sauce pans. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:44 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;This is why I never recommend that cooks buy boxed sets, but mix 'n' match based on their needs and strengths/weaknesses of various brands. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:44 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I worked at Sur La Table for many years and they do not train their "fresh" employees too much. When I first started there, the store & vendors spent so much time training us. I bet department stores do the same. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:44 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>redweather, I have an OXO mando that does the job. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:45 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>Yes, sadly the state of our sales personnel is fading because to keep an informed person on board usally takes seniority and higher pay etc.   For the mandolline question, I love my Japanese set, flat  like a grater but comes in may widths, can sometimes find them in Japanese 5 and 10 stores here in the states. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:45 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From catsluvr ]<br>My model is very old so I don't even know what the model # is anymore.  I did call and upon description and year I bought it I was told yes there is BPA in the bowl. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:45 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I promise you I'll do some follow up on this matter. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:45 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>I have a cheaper model that I use for Potato gratin and such, because I knew I wouldn't use it that often I wasn't going to spend a mint. Mine was under $20 as well. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:46 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I so agree with you Kim. I would never buy a set of any thing </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:47 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I also think for cooks just starting out, it's more helpful to have just a few items, to really understand how they work, appreciate their strengths, weaknesses, THEN buy more. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:47 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>Kim, This chat is so cool. Is there away to get on a reminder list or some thing? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:48 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Amy, glad you joined us today! There is an email reminder that you can sign up for at the top of each week's chat page. You can also join my mailing list to receive my weekly e-letter (writingfood AT gmail) & the folks at Culinate & I promote it on both twitter & FB. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:48 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Martha ]<br>Hi Kim - So this isn't 100% a gadget question, but due to a recent home purchase (yay!) I will be facing a kitchen downsizing dilemma (boo!) Any organizational tips or tricks from you or the peanuts out there on maximizing your space, mounting things on walls? I'm considering going old school Julia with peg board... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:49 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Hey Martha! For years, I had a really small ktichen. Any possiblity of a ceiling rack for pots/pans? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:49 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Kim I agree about your cookware philosophy for beginner cooks.  While I love lots of the gadgets I have, the truth of the matter is that I NEED very few of them.  Gadgets can overwhelm and intimidate beginners into thinking they can't approach the kitchen. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:50 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;For years, I didn't even have counter space for a toaster! In fact, once a year, I inventory my kitchen stuff about once a year, and ask myself, how often do you use "X" and why? And if I don't have a good use for something, I pass it on. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:51 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>I am an avid cook and most people would laugh at my lack of equipment (except for my knives). I don't have a garlic peeler or press, no rice cooker, etc. Sets tend to infest the kitchen with seldom used items and space is always at a premium. Everyone cooks different things, stick to the items that reall help your style. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:51 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;No garlic peeler here, either, ElForch, or a rice cooker.   We are cut from the same cloth. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:51 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>Martha, we hung a ceiling pot rack that does wonders for my smallish city kitchen. Got it at Crate and Barrel and they have them at the container store. Lots of other options out there, too! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:51 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Martha ]<br>Some ceiling room - though most is closer to doorways/stairs, so I'm thinking something more flush against the wall? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:52 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;A peg board with hooks for pans would work then. And knives on the wall, too. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:52 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Tara Mataraza Desmond ]<br>I also like the idea of the magnetic knife wall hanger.  And anything that gets things up off the counter.  We installed rolling racks in our cabinet, too, which maximizes deeper cabinets so things don't get hidden and lost behind other stuff up front. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:52 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>Tara & Kim, I agree with keeping the cookware and tools to a minimum for beginner cooks. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:52 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>oh yes - organization!  i keep most of my pots and pans (terribly mismatched) in a low cupboard, and they are constantly in some state of avalanche - anyone storing cookware in a cupboard with greater success? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:53 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I have deep pull-out cabinets in our new rental, and have really come to like them for pots/pans & mixing bowls. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:55 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;I reserve one drawer for blades -- not just knives, but Cuisinart blades, peelers, anything that you could cut yourself on -- so that we heed caution when opening the drawer. <br />Also have just decluttered my tools drawer -- and now have removed my most-used stuff and placed in a plain, upright vase to sit on the counter for easy access, less congestion in   the drawer. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:55 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>No garlic peeler or rice cooker here either. A sharp knife, I think, is probably one of the most important tools in the kitchen </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:55 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;You're preaching to the choir, here, Amy. A sharp knife and a sharpening steel can get you very far. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:55 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>Martha, if you are lucky enough to change up your cabinets, think about one stack of thin drawers, I bought what they called a linen cabinet which I use for my tools and thin items, I arrange them flat on to  a sticky mat and they never move or get messy. My son says they only need an outline around each item to look like a crime scene. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:56 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Expat ]<br>I absolutely agree with you about an annual inventory, Kim.  It's the passing on of the used-once-a-year items that I struggle with.  I make little sticky toffee puddings once a year, and once a year I dig out the six individual pudding cups (after an hour's search accompanied by plenty of bad  language).   I can't bring myself to pass them on.  I guess this means I need to make sticky toffee pudding much more often, right? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:56 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From catsluvr ]<br>I was just speaking to a friend of mine who said she got rid of her Kitchen Aid because it was old and she called to find out that there was BPA in their plastic bowls of the food processor.  Really gets to me also. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:57 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Expat, but see to me those pudding cups are worth hanging onto, because you do use them, albeit infrequently. But we all have stuff lurking in the cabinets that we NEVER use, n'est-ce pas? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:57 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Guest ]<br>I just got a hand cranked meat grinder, you know the kind you attach to the counter's edge? I'm thrilled! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:58 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Oh, that's fun! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:58 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>Yes, but i only use my madeline pans a few times a year, but THE PANS STAY! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:58 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Guest ]<br>I've been looking for one like my Mom used to use and a friend thought of me and grabbed one at a yard sale! Isn't that sweet? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:58 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Martha ]<br>Thanks Kim and Tara - I may have room for a small ceiling rack and getting rid of the knife block for magnetic strip will be a big space saver </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:58 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>I worked at Sur La Table that I still have so much stuff sitting in my closet unopened. I got most of it free or for very little. Don't want to get rid of it, but....... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:59 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;But...imagine how happy it would make someone less fortunate! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:59 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>however, i believe i have some ritz crackers from 2005 taking up valuable real estate... maybe EDF this season should include a cabinet clean-out.... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">10:59 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Redweather, I should have some news on EDF soon. Hoping to get underway for first week of October. Stay tuned! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:00 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Amy Doebler ]<br>Kim, that is a point. I have a lot of doubles, that I should share it with a budding chef. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:00 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From EIForch ]<br>to redweather, I make fabulous Madelaines, and I love my pans but I also use them to make savory corn bread for chili. Coat with PAM for this. </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:00 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From redweather ]<br>and a tool/gadget swap! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:00 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Oh, I love the idea of a tool/gadget swap. Hmm... </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:01 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Expat ]<br>If we're moving on to what lurks in the back of the pantry I'm signing off! </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:01 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhosttext"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;We're just wrapping up anyway. Looks like we should do this topic again. Maybe around the holidays? </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilviewertextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:01 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilviewertext">[Comment From Heather in New Jersey ]<br>Great idea for the cornbread ElForch </td></tr></table></div>
<div class="cilchatmsg" ><table><tr valign="top"><td class="cilmsgtime cilhosttextcolor" nowrap style="width: 45px;">11:03 </td><td class="cilmsgtext cilhost_text"><strong>Kim ODonnel</strong>: &nbsp;Hey, this was fun. Thanks for dropping by, and a big huzzah to our new folks! Please come back and say hello. Next week -- we'll tackle all that is autumn. The equinox is next Tuesday, fyi.   Take care, and eat well. All best. </td></tr></table></div>

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