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Cookware on Sale at The Bay (last day)

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sourcing: Lagostina Academy-Clad 5-ply stainless steel cookware set  | Jamie Oliver’s Stainless Steel Copper cookware set at The Bay

One thing that I never buy at regular price is cookware. I always wait for the Bay Days sales. Today is the last day!  You could grab two awesome cookware set under $300, which is more than half price. This is a sweet deal before the Holiday season. Both cookware sets can be used on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cook tops. It is important to cover the widest range of cook tops when you buy cookware that can last a lifetime.

Oven safe up to 500° F/260° C, Jamie Oliver’s Stainless Steel Copper cookware  features a base made of heavy gauge copper and aluminum core base encapsulated in stainless steel. This mix delivers superior heat distribution. I own an older model of the big frying pan that I use several times at week. A comfy addition, that I wish I had in mine, are the soft silicone inserts on the handles. This set is on sale at $238.

Another great choice is the Lagostina Academy-Clad 5-ply stainless steel cookware set on sale at $294. And if you need a roaster, there are several models at 30% off at The Bay until tonight.

Know that I didn’t test drive these particular models. Therefore, I can’t tell you which one is the best. If you are used to non-stick cookware, you will find these cookware pretty heavy but it is all worth it. One last thing, make sure to read How to Select a Cookware? before you buy.

 

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Cool Kitchen Tools: Deglon Meeting Knife Set

deglon meeting knife set

deglon meeting knife set

Counter space at a premium? Bulky knife blocks can be part of the problem, but this one slices through the kitchen clutter (though we think it would be equally at home on a gallery wall).

Designed by Mia Schmallenbach, the Deglon Meeting Knife Set is ergonomically designed and appears to be created from a single piece of stainless steel. The set includes a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef knife and a slicer cozily nested together.

deglon meeting knife set individual

Removing the knife you need is as easy as pressing near the tip of the blade to raise the handle for safe removal from the set.

Beautiful as it is, one can’t help but think the knife set’s hefty price tag may be better used to invest in a kitchen renovation to get the counter space you need.

SOURCING:
+ Deglon Meeting Knife Set, $740 USD, Amazon.com
+ Via Mmminimal.com

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Braisers and Cocottes

staub enameled cast iron mini cocottes

staub enameled cast iron mini cocottes

Staub is an alternative to Le Creuset cast iron cookware. Both are French. I own two Le Creuset dutch ovens but you have to admit that these dishes look pretty appetizing. They come in 4 colors: red, sapphire blue, basil and graphite at Williams-Sonoma. At Sur la Table, you can choose between black, pesto, grenadine and graphite.

staub enameled cast iron braiser and round cocotte

The lid features self-basting spikes for continuous, even distribution of juices throughout cooking. The result is food that is moist and flavorful. The ceramic bottom is suitable for use on any cooking surface, including induction. I am curious to try it. I know that if I have a choice right now, I would give a try to Staub. Especially that chances are good that I get an induction stove when I change my appliances. After gas, induction is the next best thing. I even thing that with young kids, induction is a smarter choice.

SOURCING:
+ Staub Mini Round Cocotte Set, 1/4-Qt. $99.95 USD for 4 at Williams-Sonoma
+ Staub 2½ qt. Enameled Cast Iron Braiser $169.95 at Sur la Table
+ Staub Round Cocotte, 5 1/2-Qt. $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma

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Accessories for Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

jalapeno Pepper Roaster at williams-sonoma

jalapeno Pepper Roaster at williams-sonoma

When I showed the pictures of the Jalapeño Pepper Roaster to my husband, he immediately exclaimed : I want it! He knows how to make me happy. The Jalapeño Peppers roaster at Williams-Sonoma caught my eyes not just for his intended purpose. I feel that I could use it as a server for cone shaped food. You could add the Jalapeño Pepper Corer to ease the prep stage.

jalapeno Pepper Corer

SOURCING:
+ Jalapeño Pepper Roaster $19.95 USD
+ Jalapeño Pepper Corer $9

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Stainless Steel Smoker Box

stainless steel smoker box for a gaz grill at williams-sonoma

stainless steel smoker box for a gaz grill at williams-sonoma

I will go to Boston next week. Before my trip, I started to look at what is new at my favorite kitchenware and tableware shops, that we do not have here in Montreal. For sure, the Stainless Steel Smoker Box will be sitting inside the trunk of my car when I returned home.

You see, my husband does not want to get a charcoal grill since we live in a row house.  He is right; the smoke would not be kind to the neighbors. But as many foodies, I wish to infuse a smoky flavor to our BBQ dishes. The smoker box is a good compromise. And to my delight, it is dishwasher-safe.

With Father’s day a few week away, I thought that it would make a delightful gift for dad. It is a gadget that he will use.

SOURCING:
+ Stainless Steel Smoker Box $39.99 USD at Williams-Sonoma

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Slowcooker by Margriet Foolen for Royal VKB

Margriet Foolen's slowcooker for Royal VKB

Margriet Foolen\'s slowcooker for Royal VKB

Margriet Foolen has freshen up the tagine like no one did before. The Slowcooker she designed for Royal VKB is a mix between the traditional Moroccan tagine and the Dutch stewing pot. It rustic and modern at the same time.

one pot meal slowcooker by royal vkb

It is made of two interlocking bowls that can be turned upside down at will. You put the food in the bowl that fits the best the amount of food you need. I feel it is a cookware that fits the lifestyle of singles or couples. Use the white lid if you cook for one. If you cook for 2 or 3 persons, put the food in the big terracotta bowl instead. Then, use 2 or 3 slowcookers when you cook for a larger group.

Margriet imagined a design that simplifies our life. The top and bottom silicone rings protect your table from the heat of the hot cooker. The coolest feature is that you can cook the dish and eat it from the same pot. The glazed white lid can act as a plate for one. It’s perfect if you do not like to do the dishes or if you live in a small place.

royal vkb slowcooker designed by dutch designer margriet foolen

Lastly, the slowcooker also promotes healthy eating habits. Before cooking, immerse the big terracotta bowl to capture the moisture. Doing so reduces, when it not eliminates, the need to add oil or fat to your dish. I would still add a little bit of oil for taste.

The slowcooker is in nomination for the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 in the Best Domestic Design category. It also won a red dot Award (product design 2008). Here are more Royal VKB products that I like.

MORE:
+ Slowcooker for Royal VKB designed by Margriet Foolen $64 USD at A+R Store
+ photo: Wallpaper

GIFT IDEAS HOSTESS gifts

Brie Baker and Goat Cheese Baker

brie baker by petite maison wildly delicious

Every Holiday season, one cooking tool is under everyone’s Christmas tree. This year, the brie baker seems to be what retailers have bet on. I saw the Brie baker being well in display, next to the Goat Cheese Baker, in almost every gift ships I visited last week.

If you ever served a baked brie, you know how messy it can become once people start eating it. This is why many people wrap their bake brie in puff pastry. Since it is so good, you do not wish to lose any bites. The advantage of the brie baker is that you can use it as the serving dish. The maker provides a spreader to avoid burns. Plus the brie stays warmer longer.

petite maison goat cheese baker

The goat cheese baker leaves you more roam to remove the warm cheese, if you need to.

I saw these cheese bakers at Indigo, Arthur Quentin, Linen Chest and Zone. The brie baker is available in cream and in red. The goat cheese baker also comes in blue. They made wonderful gift ideas under $25. I bought the cream brie baker and the goat cheese baker. I cannot wait to try them out.

+ Photos: Petite Maison by Wildly Delicious

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Goat Cheese Warmer and French Country Table Linens

french country table linens and cheese warmer at arthur quentin

Arthur Quentin is a must-shop place in Montreal for anyone who likes to cook or to entertain. You shop there when you are looking for quality and European imported tableware. No need to say that I like this shop a lot.

Their new collection for autumn includes this warmer dish to make chèvre chaud (warm goat cheese). It is a good idea to stock a couple for Christmas or as an hostess gift since you will impress with this $20 gift. They also carry a version for brie or camembert cheese.

Table linens at Arthur Quentin are awesome. They carry 100% linen tablecloths and napkins. Made in Belgium, I like the yellow and white Clément collection (starts at $280 CAD). A cheaper option for casual entertaining or for your everyday usage is the French Country Tête à tête and its matching napkins ($44.50 and $17.50).

+ Arthur Quentin – site only in French

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Better Cooking Start with Ingredients, Techniques and Cookware

juicy warm chicken with lemon couscous salad :: inspired by Donna Hay

The Warm Chicken with a lemon couscous salad recipe by Donna Hay is a dish I prepare twice a month at home. It is delicious and fast to make. For everyday entertaining, this dish nicely pairs with a Gentil Hugel or Les Jamelles Sauvignon blanc.

My husband sometimes cooked the chicken breasts on the BBQ but most of the time, I use a griddle pan on my gas cooktop. I tried several things but until now, my chicken was always a little dry. Not anymore! I did not change my technique. My success relies on two factors. Plus, I am proud that I cooked a juicier chicken without adding fat.

Using Another Type of Chicken

First, I used Halal chicken which is now available at my local grocery store. I switched since the week before, a foodie friend told me that she tried the Halal chicken for the first time. She thinks that it tastes much better. She is right. It will be Halal chicken on my kitchen from now on.

New Stoneline Cookware by Shopping Clodine

shopping clodine :: cookware and mezzaluna with bamboo cutting boards

Secondly, I used the Griddle Pan with 2 sprouts that I received for free from Shopping Clodine to test drive their products. Made in Germany, the pan is made of natural stone and die-cast aluminum. You need to season it before the first use. Then, there is no need to add oil or butter. But I may use a tiny bit for the taste.

All Stoneline products have an innovative, scratch-resistant, non-stick coating and come with a 25-year limited warranty. It is the best griddle pan I used so far. It is a keeper! I am glad that I got it since I was on the market to replace mine. I stopped my search.

They also sent me their Mezzaluna with a bamboo cutting boards. The design is handy. You store the mezzaluna inside the main round cutting board. It also comes with a removable flat cutting board. I have been using it over and over to cut my herbs from my herb garden.

I received two more samples that I still need to test. At first glance, they look great and seem to be well-constructed. You will be pleased to display the bamboo mortar and pestle on your counter. The mortar is deep so you will not make a mess and the pestle feels comfortable. The assorted set of 3 bamboo cutting boards are pretty. I am thinking of keeping them for when I need wooden trays to serve food.

The packaging is in French and English but for now, the Web site is only available in French. If you are interested by these products, Shopping Clodine ships anywhere in Canada. If you cannot read French, try ordering by phone at 1 877 CLODINE, I supposed (have not try) that they must have at least a bilingual operator. You can save up to 50% on shipping if you buy 2 or more products. You can also pay in 3 installments.

SOURCING:
+ Griddle Pan with 2 sprouts $89.99 CAD
+ Mezzaluna from Bamboo Cutting Boards $49.99 CAD
+ bamboo mortar and pestle $29.99 CAD
+ Cutting board set $29.99 CAD for 3 assorted boards

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Urban Colors brought fashion to Emile Henry

urban colors cookware and tableware by emile henry

It is not because you are born in 1850 that you are not young at heart. Urban Colors shows a younger, hipper side of Emily Henry.

The Urban Colors collection injects a sense of fashion into the traditional ceramic cookware brand. And to stay current, Emile Henry adds two more colors and new shapes to the Urban Colors collection.

You now have a choice of five tasty colors, each named after a food: Muscade (nutmeg), Poivre (pepper), Figue (fig), Granny and Litchi.

Accessorize your kitchen

With the open shelving trend in the kitchen, you need remarkable vessel. We may admire the bold and lively kitchens that we see in the magazine but must people are not ready to commit. Kitchen cabinets are such a huge investment that we select materials that we can live with for a long time. This fact typically translates into neutrals.

The easiest way to update any neutral kitchen is by infusing a punch of colors through accessories. Why not do it through your everyday oven and tableware? When you get tired to see them, you simply hide them in your closed cabinets.

The quality

All Emile Henry cookware are made using Ceradon, an exclusive process which improves the qualities of traditional pottery. Three good reasons to buy Emily Henry:

  1. A highly resistant glaze which does not scratch or craze
  2. Highly resistant to chipping
  3. Highly resistant to heat and cold

Sourcing:
Learn more: Emile Henry

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

The Easter brunch goes vintage

nostalgic easter :: provence :: alfi thermal carafe :: stoneware basket :: emile henry

Typically, that would not be my first choice of vessel. But there is a “je ne sais quoi” that I like about these two collections at Williams-Sonoma.

Strangely while I was assembling my board, I realized that they work together. When you entertain with kids, it feels stylish to integrate children design with fun grown-up patterns as long the two patterns share some commonalities.

How to get the vintage look

The Nostalgic Easter series display a center design inspired by 1920s Easter cards. If you have young children, you can use these all year long because the illustrations carry a children book vibe.

The folkloric design from the 17th century of Provence is draw in richer tones. When you examine Provence closer, you realized that the pattern stays within the same color palette than the Nostalgic Easter collection. Furthermore, the magical forest of castles and animals theme continues the storyline. Provence is ideal for entertaining with kids.

For a vintage European touch nothing beats the white Alfi Thermal Carafes. In production since 1914, this German made carafe will look sharp at your breakfast table. Use this carafe to serve the milk, tea or coffee at the brunch buffet table.

The blue Oval Stoneware Basket, available in 6 colors, is a hot entertaining item. After heating the basket in a 350°F oven for approximately 15 minutes, you tucked inside breads, muffins or croissants so they stay warm at the table.

A rectangular ceramic baker is a must in every kitchen. The ruffled Auberge collection by Emile Henry is cuter than most.

Devilled Egg Platters

If you host a brunch, make sure to prepare deviled eggs. They are making a comeback. The Nostalgic Easter Deviled Egg Platter can safely cradle a dozen deviled eggs or whole hard-boiled eggs.

If you prefer a clean line deviled egg platter, Crate and Barrel carries a minimalist round egg plate. This Crate and Barrel Exclusive can hold 2 dozen eggs.

Sourcing:
Buy online: Set of 4 Nostalgic Easter Plates at Williams-Sonoma – on sale at S28.99 USD
Buy online: Nostalgic Easter Deviled Egg Platter – on sale at S28.99 USD
Buy online: Egg plate at Crate and Barrel – on sale at $19.99 USD
Buy online: Provence Platters at Williams Sonoma – price: $159 small, $199 large
Buy online: Oval Stoneware Basket – price: $49 USD
Buy online: Alfi Thermal Carafes – price: from $179 to $239 USD
Buy online: Emile Henry Ruffled Auberge Rectangular Baker in Dijon – price: small $58, large $64