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Pasta From Scratch Made Easy

I love scratching things off my to-do list.  I’m currently taking out my New Years Resolution list and x-ing out make pasta from scratch.  I did it.  Ha! Feels so good.


Fettucinne with Pesto

The pasta press attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer makes pasta from scratch super easy!  Although I wouldn’t catagorize this process as being super fast, its so much fun, the time seems to speed by!  I know a lot of you may not have a Kitchenaid or if you do, you may not have the attachment, but I can only say, if you have the opportunity or resources to get them, DO IT!

How It Works:

Make your pasta dough:  Although I usually like to be wild and inventive even when trying something out for the first time, I decided to go with the standard pasta dough recipe given in the book.  Here is the basic egg pasta recipe, along with my notes, which I have posted separate for easy future reference.

Attach the press to your blender:  The pasta press comes with a few attachments, one roller and two cutters.  They will all be labeled and easiy distiguishable from another.  The pasta press fastens into the motor port which is easily found covered by a circular metal cover which flips open at the top of your blender.  Slide the press atttachment in and screw down with the black nob.  Now you’re pretty much ready to go.

Press your dough: Now we get to the exciting part! This is where the magic happens.  Take your dough and seperate it into 4-8 parts.  The guide says 8, because it may be more easily handled, but I like four because it’s quicker (and I didn’t have any problem handling it alone).   Your press attachment will have a dial at the end with numbers 1-8.  These numbers designate the space between the rollers controlling the pasta thickness.  At 1, the rollers are really far apart and this is for starting the pasta out.  You keep tightening the rollers as you pass the pasta through the press to make it thinner and thinner.

Start Dial out at 1: Since we’re just starting, we want the rollers as far apart as possible.  Set the dial to 1 and set your motor to speed 2.  Take one of your chunks of dough.  I found it quickened the process to give a quick roll with a rolling pin to my dough to flatten it out a bit.  Feed the flattened dough roll into the press.

Hint: You can set your motor speed to 2-4 depending on your skill at this press. If you are just beginning use a slower speed, which will press the pasta slower, allowing you more reaction time.  If you are a seasoned pro, set it to 4!

The rollers will grab onto the dough and feed it through.  Don’t worry if the first time through or even the first couple of times through the roller, the dough comes out all broken.  After each time through the roller, its getting broken in, and will soon start to behave.

Take broken pieces and fold over themselves and keep feeding into the press, until a smooth sheet comes out.  (Don’t worry if the edges are a bit frayed).

Move Dial to #2 and on: Once the dough has been pressed into a flat sheet, dial up a notch and pass through the second dial a few times.  This will begin to flatten the dough out even more.  Once the dough comes through the press, fold it over on itself and refeed through.  This folding will provide a consistent thickness.  Once the dough is consistent enough at this thickness move on to the next dial number.

Hint: After feeding dough through press, do not hold dough but let it rest over the right edge of the pasta press.  This will let the press help feed the dough through the press and eliminate the rough edges.

Check thickness suggested for your pasta: Each pasta has a suggested thickness range.  If you plan to use the fettuccine cutter, this will require a thicker pasta then the spaghetti cutter and will require less passes through the press.  Keep passing your pasta through the various numbered stages until your desired thickness has been met.

Hint: Each dial number will require less passes through the press. When in dial 1 stage, multiple passes through the press are necessary to get the correct consistency.  In stage two you won’t need as many as stage 1 and on.  You don’t need to keep feeding the dough through multiple times when  the dial is set at 4 or 5. Once or twice should be enough. Just feel your way through.

Roller Settings For Noodle Types:
1 or 2:   Kneading and thinning dough
3:           Thick noodles
4:           Egg noodles
4 or 5:   Lasagna noodles, fettuccine, spaghetti and ravioli
6 or 7:  Tortellini, thin fettuccine and linguine fini
7 or 8:  Angel Hair

I chose fettuccine for this pasta test, so we only pressed the pasta through until the 5th setting.

Hint:  If your sheets are too long for you to handle, use less dough in the first stage. At each turn of the dial, your pasta sheet will get longer and longer.  This is where the size of dough ball you use in stage one comes in.

Sprinkle each sheet with flour and lay flat on a floured surface while you continue to press other dough balls.  Repeat this process until all your dough has been pressed.

Cut your dough: Now its time to cut this stuff up.  The basic pasta kit comes with a fettuccine cutter and a spaghetti cutter.  As I said above, I chose fettuccine for my first pasta, so I attached the fettuccine cutter in place of the pasta press.   If you’re making lasagna, ravioli, or tortellini, you can move on and cut it by hand.

Hint:  Before feeding through the pasta cutter, cut your sheets down to your desired noodle length. Once your noodles are cut, they are not as easy to deal with.

Feed Pasta sheets through the cutter: After place the pasta cutter attachment on to the blender motor in the same position the press was in, you can begin feeding your pasta through the press.  Feed the sheets through the press in the same way as before.  Allow the end feeding through to rest over the edge of the pasta cutter and this will allow the machine to guide the pasta through better.  Catch your cut pasta with both hands as it comes out of the left of the cutter.

Sprinkle with flour and set aside on your floured surface until all pasta is cut.

And that’s it!  You have just made your own pasta! Doesn’t it feel good.  Now you can cook it up and top it with whatever you feel like.  Making your own pasta is guaranteed to help you win friends and influence people.  Use organic eggs and flour to seal the deal.  So don’t be intimidated.  Get out there and make some pasta!

Hint: Oh wait. Don’t forget to clean up.  Never wash or submerge your pasta presses in water!  Just remove the excess flour with a brush.  Easy!

All the photos in this post were taken by and courtesy of Meena Singh.

Thrifty Gift Guide for Food Lovers

Can you believe its Christmas time again? With our busy schedules, holiday shopping can be a bit overwhelming.  Here’s some helpful hints for great gifts (in all ranges of prices!!) for your foodster friends.

1) 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer

1) 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer: $20

Prior to getting this citrus squeezer, I would always use a wooden reamer, which works fine, but lets out all the seeds, so you have to squeeze the fruit and then strain it.  This 2-in-1 Lemon Lime squeezer makes short work of this task, as it strains the seeds while effortlessly squeezing every last drop of liquid from the rind.  Sure its not as good as a super fancy model, but at $20, it’s only about 5% of the cost.  I’ll take this one, until I win the lottery, that is.

2) Cheesemaking Kit

2) Cheesemaking Kit: $25

I got this cheesemaking kit from my parents last year.  I admit, after first glancing the poorly designed packaging, I wrote this off as a useless child’s kit because it looked totally cheesy (pun not intended).  However, during a recent visit to my parents house, I helped my Mom use the kit to make the ricotta and mozzarella and I was amazed at how easy it is.  I always thought of making cheese as something akin to creating your own atom bomb.  Thank god I’m wrong, or else destroying the planet has never been this easy.  Along with the directions, this kit comes with enough ingredients to make an ample serving of ricotta or mozzarella  30 times.  For $25, that’s an amazing deal!

3) Cookbooks

3) Cookbooks: cheap to expensive.  Your choice.

Cookbooks are always a great gift.  You can find used ones in good condition for cheap or you can splurge for new ones.  Its up to you!  Here is a short list of my current favs.

A New Way To Cook: Starting at $0.15 for used/ $7.00 new.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.  Great for all ranges of cooking experience.  This great guide breaks basic recipes down into building blocks for beginners, yet includes advanced recipes for more skilled cooks.  And its all about cooking healthy.  Win. Win!

In A Persian Kitchen: Starting around $4 for used / $7.50 for new.
Written in the 1950′s, this charming step-back-in-time book was created by a Persian housewife to help her American counterparts expand their pallet.  Although presented in an old-fashioned way, these recipes are timeless!

The Joy of Cooking: Starting at $19 for used / $20 new.  (I guess get the new one, its worth $1.  Ha!)
If you know someone who doesn’t own it yet, FOR GODS SAKE, HELP THEM OUT!

The Silver Spoon: Starting at around $13 for used/ $26 for new.
A must-have-tome on all things cooking, Italliano style.  I love this book.  Amazing photos too!

4) Immersion Blender

4) Immersion Blender: $15 – $80

Immersion blender = AWESOME!  They make a quick work of blending up your soup, smoothie, or sauce. If that’s not good enough, the clean up is a cinch. I was amazed at the outpouring of responses from readers who wanted my used immersion blender.  If people want a uesed one so much, that shows, this is a desirable item. You can get models as low as $15, but I strongly suggest splurging for the  Cuisinart with the attachments.  Although, they may seem unecessary, I’ve actually used all the attachments quite enthusiastically lately.  The mini-food processor is a godsend for dicing onions and garlic, quick and tearlessly.  You know I don’t mess around.

5) Le Creuset 9.5 Qrt. Dutch Oven

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5) Le Creuset 9.5 Qrt. Dutch Oven: $300 – $400

Can you hear the choirs of angels singing as they herald the coming of the lord of cookery?  Le Creuset! Oh, I know its expensive, but it is soooo worth it. How can this be on the thrifty gift guide?  Well, it will save you money over the course of your life, because you will have this into the afterlife.  Go ahead and get the 9 qrt. Dutch Oven.  Its huge and you can use it for everything.  I love, love, love mine.  I’m taking this on the desert island with me. You can shop around online for a deal or find the closest outlet near you! Buy this one for your special someone, and they will love you FOREVER!

Tools I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Live Without: Immersion Blender

It was easy to discount the immersion blender when it was introduced to me as a MUST HAVE tool by a late night Ron Popeil-esq infomercial. It slices, it dices, blah blah. When I got one for Christmas a few years back, I was like “thanks…?” I took the little gadget home and plopped it into the cabinet where I forgot about it for a while.

One night after work, a few weeks later, I was fighting exhaustion to whip together a quick soup for dinner.  I was about to pour the soup into our blender, when I suddenly remembered the immersion blender laying in the back cabinet.  I whipped that pup out, plugged it in, stuck it right into my soup pot, and blended that soup up in no time. So easy.  It was love at second sight!

This is a great time saving tool!  Blend your shit right up in the pot!  Soup: 1,2,3!  No stupid blender to take apart and wash.  Just put the end of the immersion blender under the faucet, wash off and put back in the cabinet.  Since I’ve been talking about soup, I just thought I would tell you guys, you need one of these!

We got an awesome new Cuisinart Smart Stick for a wedding present and its awesome, although the name “Smart Stick” sounds sort of gross to me.  Anywho, I have an old one, albeit in slightly used condition, just sitting around.  I think these things are soo useful, I have a strong desire to give it away.  If anyone wants a perfectly working immersion blender, albeit in slightly used condition, I would be more then happy to give it to you.  I love this little guy,  we’ve been together for a long time and he still chops and blends with the best of ‘em.  I want to spread this love around.

The first person to email me with their address, will get this bad boy.  That’s just how much I love my readers.  You don’t have to do anything, except be fast on the send button.  I’ll mail my little friend to you. You don’t even need to worry about shipping. Its on me.  The first to email me will receive this in the mail via the slowest, cheapest possible way.  Now, its up to you!

I’m leaving now to go out of town for the weekend! I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Olive Oil Dreams Come True.

Sometimes its the simplest things which give you the most pleasure. I’ve always wanted an olive oil bottle dispenser with a spigot to control pouring, but I’ve never gotten one. I’ve had to content myself with a wide mouthed bottle which always dripped all over the place.

Finally the other day, I found a nice simple bottle with the spigot with the air hole which allows for smooth pouring for $3.00 and I bought that sucka. It makes me so happy every time I use it. Its so easy to control the amount of oil poured. I can’t believe I’ve gone for so long without having one.

A bottle like this is definitely a kitchen staple. It makes me feel like the host of my own cooking show every time I use it!

Wedding Presents and Potato Chips

Everyday I feel like my head is going to explode. Ira and I are getting married in two months and I’ve got so much stuff to get done, it’s insane. Keeping up with my blogging has been a bit difficult but I’ve set a goal to post every three days, and by God I am going to do it. I could sit here and complain about all the stuff I have to do, but instead, I am going to talk about the positive side of getting married and that’s wedding presents!

Last weekend, my sister hosted a wedding shower for us, and I, I mean “WE”, got lots of amazing gifts. I am sure its not too hard to imagine what kind of presents people got us. That’s right, kitchen and cooking stuff!! Our good friend Trish, gave us a mandolin, something I’ve been wanting for a long time, nothing makes slicing easier.

Last night, I finally got the chance to try it out and make some homemade potato chips. Our awesome new mandolin sliced through those potatoes in no time! I love this thing.

When I got done with the potatoes, I remembered I had some radishes which were on the verge of going bad, so I decided to slice them up too. I was on a roll, you need something sliced, I’ll take care of it!


Frying potatoes on left and radishes on right.

We fried these up and sprinkled them with kosher salt and a bit of amchur, an Indian spice made of powdered mango. The amchur gives a slightly tart acidic flavor, which slightly mimics my favorite salt and vinegar chips.


Potato and radish chips

People tell me to think of how much I love Ira every time I get stressed out with all this wedding planning, but it doesn’t seem to work. I’m gonna think about these potato chips and all the other awesome foods I’m going to make with my new kitchen stuff. That’ll keep me motivated!

5 Gifts I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Live Without

How many shopping days until Christmas? Did you wake up at 3 AM to line up outside the stores? I hope I’m not there, being squeezed and squished by the teeming masses of crazed Black Friday shoppers. I’m not the biggest shopper, especially when buying for myself. So for my gift guide I have put together a list of 5 things I have been given which I didn’t know I couldn’t live without.

1. Microplane

Last year for Christmas, my Mom gave me a microplane for Christmas and now I can’t even look at my crappy box grater. Nothing can shred Parmesan or zest lemons as quickly or as easily. So sharp, so easy. Microplane has a variety of graters available for all occasions.

2. Oster Rice Cooker

For my birthday many years ago, my friend Marcus gave me an Oster Rice Cooker. There are many secrets to making rice in a pot, and some have mastered the skill. Some days however, you’re tired and when you get home from work, you just want rice quick. You don’t want to watch a pot and worry about the rice scorching to the bottom. With a rice cooker, you put the rice and water in the pot, press a button and voom, minutes later, you have rice. This one tool makes life so much easier on a busy night, when you just want to eat a quick healthy meal.

3. Isi Basics Silicon Spatula

My friend Malissa, an amazing baker, gave me these two spatulas for my birthday. I never really had an opinion on spatulas, as if one was was good as the other. But again, once you own a superior tool, you realize all the subtle nuances of what it can bring. These spatulas are flexible enough to scoop into tight spots yet stiff enough to handle hard doughs. These spatulas have redefined my idea of what a “spatula” is and I CAN NEVER go back. Available for $10 each, the the Isi Basics Silicon Spatulas area available in various colors and sizes.

4. Silicone Baking Mat

Last year, my parents gave me a Silicone Baking Mat for Christmas. I used to rely only on a greasing a baking sheet, but then I moved up to using parchment paper, which I realized helps limit burning and over cooking of your baked goods. However, you can only get so much use out of something which is meant to be a disposable product. These baking sheets can be used again and again. They are easy to wash and are available to fit most standard baking sheets. I love mine, and wish I had more.

5. Unique kitchen items from the antique or thrift store.

Don’t underestimate gifts found for cheap at the thrift store. Sometimes the best items are the unique items to be found when you scavenge. I love this sombrero chip dip hat I was given as a gift years ago. Its such a staple at our house, everyone knows its not a party until the sombrero comes out! And who wouldn’t love a three leaf clover cake pan. Neither of these items cost more then $3.00. What a deal. So if I do get in line at 3 A.M. it may well be outside of Goodwill.

Happy shopping!

Burned Out

I’ll never forget the story my friend (who, for obvious reasons, will remain nameless) told me about her first piece of Le Creuset cookware. As I remember it, her mother gave her a beautiful orange L.C. dutch oven as a dorm-warming present her freshman year of college. One of the first times she used it, she burned her food to the bottom. Apparently, deciding dish washing was not her cup of tea, she just threw it out. Years later, as a joke, she wanted to buy the same pot as a Christmas present for her Mom. She laughingly told me how she nearly shit her pants at the store when she saw how much it would cost to replace it. “I finally understood why she was so upset with me!”


Blackened Le Creuset Originally posted by flickr user Rochelle, et. al.

Hopefully, she made some dumpster diver’s day. My aunt found an L.C. green dutch oven in precisely this way. Burned, abandoned, alley. She took it home, cleaned it properly and now uses it all the time.

OK, so this leads me to today’s topic: How to care for and clean your enameled cast iron (are you sick of hearing the term Le Creuset? I am, but, at least now I know how to spell it correctly). Although incredibly durable, enamel, as I found out the hard way, can be scratched or chipped if you don’t handle it correctly. Use wooden or plastic utensils instead of metal when cooking as metal spatulas, whisks, etc can scratch the enamel, weakening the molecules which, in the future can lead to cracking and chipping. That said, hand mixers are obviously a bad idea.

Yes:

Kitchen Essentials Originally uploaded by Flickr user Ginny Griffin

No:

Tool Originally uploaded by Flickr user 16thLetter

Enameled cookware is meant for slow cooking at medium-low temperatures. Le Creuset suggests you never use high heat on the stove top and avoid temperatures above 375 degrees in the oven. The handles of the newer pots are made of material called phenolic which is a laminate of various materials, usually plastic or glass held together with resin. Handles may melt above the suggested 375 degrees. I didn’t know about this temp limit until doing the research for this post, and I have used mine up to 500 degrees with luckily no problems with the enamel or handles.


Image courtesy of CutleryandMore.com

However if you can buy melt it you can purchase replacement handles. Don’t put pots with wooden handles into the oven; they can scorch or even catch on fire.

You also want to avoid creating huge temperature differences. You don’t want to take a hot pan from the stove and fill it directly with cold water. This can cause thermal shock, which may result in cracks as the enamel contracts as it is cooled too quickly. Wait until your pot has cooled down so you can pick it up without pot holders and then fill it with warm water to soak.

Unlike regular cast iron, the enamel creates a non-permeable surface so it doesn’t need seasoning. Because of this, its OK to use soap and water to clean your pots. The suggested method is to fill your pot with warm soapy water and allow it to soak. After a while you will notice the grime should come off just by doing a quick wipe with a wash cloth.

If you use a sponge, always use the soft side. Avoid abrasives, especially steel wool! They even say not to use the plastic abrasive side of your sponge, but I occasionally use it and have not had any ill affects. I suppose it small scratches could build up over time and cause cracks, so if you want to be safe, just use soft sponges.


Le Burnt Creuset originally posted by Flickr user Rachel and Bed.

But what do you do if you if you really burn that shit on. Everyone says you should start with soaking, if that doesn’t work, try boiling for a while to see if that loosens up the food particles. People also suggest baking soda and vinegar. Just be careful with being too rough with scrubbing, because you don’t want to chip your enamel. Here is some good advice on cleaning black grime buildup which can accumulate on the bottom of your pans.

There’s tons of info on the web to help with a menagerie of crazy scenarios from burnt pots with a stink that won’t quit to pots where the enamel has completely melted off. If worse comes to worse and your pot is just fucked, you can always try utilizing the lifetime warranty. If L.C. won’t allow the warranty due to “abuse” try taking it back to the store you got it from, I’ve heard, most stores usually just replace it no questions asked.


Burned Pot Originally uploaded by Flickr user Fibby

Some good tips to avoid burning your pots:

  • Don’t cook on high heat
  • Don’t heat an empty pan
  • Occasionally stir when cooking foods with high sugar content (sucrose, fructose etc), as sugar is easy to burn
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR FOOD ON THE STOVE!

Here is more official Le Creuset suggestions for proper care and maintenance.

Oh, wait I forgot. This is a food blog, not a cookware blog. Enough product pushing. Le Creuset isn’t even paying me for this. I should get cooking.

Cookware First, Second Hand

Beside buying cookware new, you can always buy second hand. As I said before, my other pieces of enameled cast iron have been collected along the way via eBay, thrift stores and garage sales.



I swiped this great design piece at a garage sale this summer. I bargained the price down to $5.00, pointing out the severely rusted bottom, which had not been coated in enamel; a scam on my part as rust is really easy to remove with steel wool. (Never use steel wool on enamel coating though!) I got it home, scoured the rust off, and was able to recognize the old Revere Ware logo.

This is a real vintage piece, as Revere Ware doesn’t make enameled cast iron any more, favoring modern non-stick Teflon (yuck!).

Cheap Le Creuset and such are a bit of a find at thrift stores, as they have gained mass popularity lately and are known to most clerks who take advantage marking them way up. However, every now and again, you might get lucky. This is a replica of a pot my Dad is constantly gloating about buying for only $2.50 at a small town thrift store in Michigan. So there are some deals out there, but good luck finding them at city thrifts.


Vintage Le Creuset originally posted by eBay seller Maggs775.

I got this picture off a current eBay auction which currently has no bids and has a minimum bid for $16.00. Not as good as $2.50, but what can you do? There are a few chips on the edge but I don’t think its a big deal as it won’t affect your food. You may have to watch for rust developing there, but sometimes you have to suffer for a nice vintage design.

eBay is also a great place to find used cookware, as they have tons of Le Creuset and other enameled cookware listed.

Here is an awesome vintage red skillet (in perfect condition) my sister got me for Christmas last year for only $15.oo!

You’ll find a lot of eBay sellers hawking liquidated wares for near to full price, but scattered within, there are some good deals.  Beside eBay, Craig’s List is also a great place to search. Check out this awesome post on BackGarge.com which tells you how to do multi-city Craig’s List queries and set up an RSS feed to alert you if any of your preferred items comes up! Thanks BackGarge, informative as always.

So get out there and perhaps this Le Creuset Pear Casserole dish could be yours!


I know its stoneware and not cast iron, but lets not quibble over details!

Freedom Fry Pans

Although I love Le Creuset cookware, it does have one downside; its fu**ing expensive! Full price, the casserole Ira bought me runs close to $180 which is why I mentioned before, he got it for major markdown.


When buying Le Creuset, your $$$ gets you quality and style, but you are also paying for the name.

I’ve been doing a bit of light research as I am in the market for a dutch oven and the L.C. one I want costs upwards of $250.00. Youch!

Cooks Illustrated recently did an article about other less expensive options. Their two affordable top picks are the Chefmate dutch oven listed for around $59.99 and the Mario Batali version available for around $100. Of course, everyone is all excited over the frugally friendly Chefmate. Although listed to be available at target, people seem to be having a difficult time finding it. They must all be selling fast!


Chefmate (left) and Martio Batali (right) Dutch Ovens

My parents gave me a Martha Steward 3 1/2 quart dutch oven from Kmart many years back, and I like it a lot.

My issues with it are that it is too small as I like to cook in bulk and the enamel coating isn’t as even overall. Imperfections like this may irritate grouchy gourmands but its never bothered me too terribly.

It does seem to scratch easier then the L.C. pots I’ve used. However, I also got it when I was much younger and ignorant to the ways of handling cast iron. I think I treat its more costly cousins with a gentler hand. Martha Stewart is now selling most of her cookware through Macy’s instead of Kmart, but the prices don’t seem to have risen that dramatically.

Reading different forums on the topic, people seem to say buy cheap, buy twice. While I agree its best to buy quality if you can, for some of us, this just isn’t an option. You can’t spend money you don’t have. (Don’t mention credit card debt to me, OK!)

So, should we go in debt to be smooth and stylish in the kitchen? I know what the Republicans would say. Boycott the froggy french, buy freedom fry pans!

I <3 Le Creuset

Yay! I just opened my birthday present from Ira. He got me a Le Creuset 3 Quart Buffet Casserole Pan. He assures me he got it on super discount. I am soo spoiled!

I love cooking with cast iron cookware because of its durability, strength, and its even distribution of heat, which helps food from sticking and burning to the bottom as well as allows food to be cooked slow and evenly for increased flavor. By coating the cast iron in enamel, it creates a non-stick non-permeable surface which eliminates the need for seasoning necessary of regular cast iron. Nothing can saute and caramelize better.


Le Creuset originally posted by Flickr user Niznoz.

Le Creuset is one of the finest makers of enameled cast iron. Their pieces are known, not only for the quality of their craftsmanship, but also for their style and design. With these pieces, you can marinate, cook and serve all with one piece of cookware! And they come in all kinds of awesome colors!


Dutch Oven originally posted by Flickr user Chotda

I’ve always drooled after my Aunt Dottie’s collection of vintage Le Creuset pots, which are in my favorite Creuset color, blaze, a fiery variegated orange. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when she gave me one of her smaller sauce pans she doesn’t use anymore! Added with a smaller piece I found in a thrift store, as well as a beautiful skillet my sis got off eBay for my Xmas present last year, I am beginning to start my own little collection.

Ira said he gave me this pan because as we get into fall, we are entering his favorite time of year for casseroles. To celebrate my new present, I am going to be doing a week of casseroles in October and I need your help. Email Me your favorite casserole recipes for me to try. I’ll post my favorite reader pics along with foolproof favs of my own.

So pull out your Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks and lets get cookin! Please only send me the tasty ones, not the ones which include hotdogs with jello!



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