Posts Tagged ‘Rachael Ray’

Cookware Selection – Sage Advice for Engaged or Newlyweds

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

In this article you will find some great advice for newlyweds on buying new cookware. Thanks a lot to for sharing your advice!

Often newly weds are supplying their first kitchen, and selecting the right cookware is a core part of a functional kitchen. Today there are so many pan styles and designs it can be overwhelming.

There are several factors to consider when selecting cookware: lifestyle, storage space and cooking philosophy.

Many couples lead very active lifestyles and rarely sit down for a full meal; they frequently graze through the day or reheat a microwave meal. Since they hardly ever cook from scratch, their cookware needs are minimal. I suggest Revere stainless steel pans for this couple.  The medium weight pans are durable and good value. Selecting a few items conserves precious kitchen storage space and makes moving easier. Purchasing several saucepans with lids and a frying pan is adequate. The timeless design of this cookware means pans can easily be added to the collection later should the couple’s life style change.

Other couples enjoy gourmet cooking and entertaining at home. In this case pans selection becomes a critical part of the kitchen function.  These brides may be partial to a certain cookware and have firm requirements on non-stick coatings.  There are lots of cookware sets that fulfill this lifestyle.  One of my favorites is Rachael Ray’s Hard-Anodized Cookware set.  This set looks great and performs like a champ. The orange silicone grips are fun and functional. The pans are truly nonstick and that makes clean up a breeze. The set’s see-through glass lids are attractive and functional.  Of course there are lots of matching pieces that can be added to the set. My favorites include the 11×9 rectangular skillet or the oval pasta pot.

Our son recently married the women of his dreams. Wedding plans and bridal gifts has been part of life for last year. The kids registered their wish list at several stores.  Friends and family helped to make the couples dreams come true. They are both in school and so cookware was at the bottom of their wish list. Their cookware consists of a couple of Revere saucepans, which fit in their tight kitchen quarters.  I look forward to helping them expand their cookware collection as their needs change.

Single Mother On Cookware

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Here another post that one of our readers submitted, thanks for sharing! If you have thoughts on cookware that you’d like to share, just write them in the comments section below. Thanks!

There are two areas that come to mind when I think of cookware.

The first is how easy is it to use, and how easy does it clean up. These questions are very important because of the lifestyle I lead. I have very little time to spend cooking over the hot stove, and clean up is a given.

I have found that almost any brand of non stick cookware will work for those easy clean ups. But I will add that you get what you pay for. Spending a little more money overall will get you a product that lasts longer, I have found the Rachael Ray non stick Hard Anodized cookware to be great for my needs.

It is a good quality set at an equally good price. Another thing that I can not live without is my Rival Crock Pot.

I am a single mother, with the time taken way running kids around to practices and working, I find the convenience of using the crock pot high on my list of necessities. I am able to cook wonderful tasting meals with very little prep time.

The Rival crock-pot that I purchased has two crocks. The first is your normal crock pot, but the second is divided into two separate areas. I like this when I am making nacho’s and have my meat on the one side and the melted cheese on the other. I use this all the time at parties. (Check out this article from YourHouseHoldKeeper titled “Save Money by Cooking with a Crock-pot” and Crock Pot recipes too).

Last but not least is my enamel roaster. I am talking the old blue roaster with white speckles on it, the kind your grandmother use to have. It literally makes the best roasted chicken. I have perfect roasted chicken every time I use it. When its time to make one of their favorite meals, it is almost always the roasted chicken that is requested. Having the right cookware, not only makes the job enjoyable, but it also makes it fun.