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What About “Ceramic” Nonsticks?

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Consumers are seeing cookware with the term “ceramic” nonstick appear in the marketplace.  Most of the big box retailers are carrying at least one or two lines of these pans.  Additionally there’s a huge TV push to sell these products.  Here’s some facts that may be helpful: 1. The pans use a hard silica based compound typically combined with a release agent to achieve a smooth non-food-adherent surface.  It is a combination of  inorganic and organic compounds but not strictly a “ceramic” surface in that...

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New Year’s Resolutions–Ten Tips for a Happier Kitchen

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  New Year’s is always a time for new resolutions.  Here are ten tips to help you enjoy 2012 more in your kitchen. 10.  Clean out that junk drawer.  You know the one I mean.  It’s the one that collects everything from fast food utensils to an ice pick that Uncle Arnie left at your house ten years ago.  You’ll be able to find things more easily. 9.  Make friends at a local hardware store.  Ask them if they sharpen knives or know someone who does.  You won’t find this at big box stores, but at the locally owned...

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A Reprint of One of Our Past Posts!

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Don’t Freak Out Over the Holidays Originally authored in 2009, the below advice is still relevant today.  Our best wishes to you for a great holiday. Thanksgiving always opens up with numerous calls and emails from folks fretting about their cookware and their cooking.  Having the family table enlarged during the holidays is key stresser for many cooks.  Will there be enough food to go around?  Will this strange recipe that I cook only once every year work out?  Will the turkey be done? My advice is to relax.  (And I remind myself of that...

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Welcome iPhone App–Find My Cookware and Bakeware Hard to believe, but there are two generations of Americans in the world now who passed through school without any training in home economics or what used to be called “domestic living”.  The past forty years have seen such courses go the same way that physical education did–abandoned in favor of more training to take those periodic tests of ability. We get calls weekly from consumers who are confused and intimidated by their kitchens.  They lack the confidence to try...

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Fall–A Great Time to Cook

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With frost–or at least the threat of frost–in the air, it’s cuisine-change time.  Summers are full of light salads, cold entrees and grilled meats.  Fall means more baked goods, hearty soups and dishes that warm the soul and satisfy one’s hunger. A favorite of late around the CMA kitchen is a quick and easy Spaghetti Carbonera recipe which was recently featured in a Williams Sonoma catalog.  Basically a few ounces of pancetta (we usually just use bacon) well-rendered (i.e. cooked until crisp–we drain off the...

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Cooking Safely After A Storm…

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With bad weather predicted for the East Coast this weekend from Hurricane Irene, we are reminded that many people depend on electricity to cook.  If your power is out for several days, here are some reminders and ideas about how food can be prepared: Modern gas ranges’ autoigniters won’t work.  Keep a box of kitchen matches to light the burners on your gas cooktop and/or oven. Don’t cook using charcoal inside.  Burning charcoal produces deadly carbon monoxide. A small generator won’t run an electric stove.  Stoves...

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When You Can Use Your Cookware in Your Oven…

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A consumer writes, worried that cooking a dish under their oven’s broiler, using a skillet, has released dangerous fumes into their home. While we are confident that no poisons were emitted in this ten minute long exposure under the broiler, it is a cautionary tale. Unless the cookware has all metal construction, it should not be placed under a broiler. Many pieces of cookware with thermoset plastic handles can withstand 350 degree oven temperatures, but temperatures directly under a broiler are typically too high to safely expose...

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Plant a Garden…Go to Jail???

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In an era where consumers are being urged to eat local, forego fast foods, and be independent, it’s disheartening to the read of the case of Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan. Her front yard was torn up for sewer repairs, and instead of reinstalling a lawn, she planted five raised beds with tomatoes, flowers, squash and other vegetables.  The result:  she has been charged with a misdemeanor violation of a city ordinance that says only “suitable” plant material is permitted in front of a house.  The ordinance doesn’t spell out what “suitable”...

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Safety in the Kitchen–Tips for Parents

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Word came this week that, tragically, a mother had placed her infant in a microwave oven.  The child died of burns.  A consumer wrote to say that microwaves should have motion sensors placed in them that would prevent their operation if something living was placed inside the cooking cavity.  That is extremely unlikely to happen. It did get us to thinking about safety in the kitchen for parents.  Here are some tips you can use to make sure your kitchen is a safer place, particularly if you have young children around. Always turn pan handles...

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Taking Care of Cookware and Bakeware after a Disaster

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This Spring’s violent weather–be it tornadoes or floods–remind us that it’s always good to review proper techniques to salvage one’s cookware or bakeware if it has been impacted by bad weather or flood waters. This information was developed in connection with public health experts.  There are three basic steps: Disassemble, Wash and Disinfect Take apart any item that can be cleaned in pieces. If possible, remove handles from pans. If you have a dishwasher and the hot water temperature is at least 140 degrees F.,...

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