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4 Kitchen Items That Will Get You Ready For Holiday Cooking

With the weather finally getting colder here in SoCal, here are some of my favorite appliances to help out with fall food.

Anna Vu


October 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm

3. Escali Primo Digital Multifunctional Scale 

Escali Scale


To many cooking it is all about instinct and feel; a pinch of this, a dash of that and a few other things thrown into the mix. This is why many chefs hate making dessert – it’s a whole other animal; and while scooping and leveling ingredients may suffice, exact measurements can be what makes the difference between a deliciously dense brownie and a dry and crumbly one.

The Escali Primo digital scale has been with me for years. Requiring only 2 AA batteries, it measures in ounces and pounds but can be switched over to grams and kilos with the touch of a button. Another helpful feature is its ‘zero’ function, that allows you to cancel out the last thing you weighed and add more ingredients, making it a  great time saver. Oh yes, this is also great for portion control, if you’re anything like me and never hit the gym.

Pros: It has a lifetime warranty and comes in twelve different colors to match your decor.

Cons: This is a small scale, so don’t expect to be able to weigh the meat that you got from the butcher to make sure you didn’t get duped.

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Lodge carries a line of enamelled cookware.

They also make the most gorgeous cast iron- they have a series with steel handles- it's marine grade, lasts forever-- and the cast iron part is pre-seasoned and super- polished. It's like jewelry for your kitchen.

Lodge is also made in America, by Americans. It's the last cast iron cookware company located in America. I had to call the helpline once to find a press for making quesadillas. They are super, super helpful, every step of the way. The person answering questions is right there at the factory.

And, they have a line of cooking gear for Boy Scouts.

Just a super- cool company.

And, you can make a deep-dish Chicago pizza in one of their skillets. What's not to love?

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I do love Lodge cookware, but in doing research I discovered that their enameled cookware is made in China. I was a little disappointed, but on their website they state ' The profits from our Enamel sales still go to support over 250 families at our American company.' I can't fault them for outsourcing though, sometimes to keep prices competitive it just makes more sense to outsource some of the work.

I LOVE using my skillet for deep dish pizza - it is a Friday night staple at our place!

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I never understood the silpat craze. To me, it's silly to have something that only holds about a dozen cookies. I bake 8-10 dozen at a time and parchment paper allows me to slide them on and off cookie sheets. So much easier.

I also am not a fan of Le Crueset because their surface areas are too small but I love my Kitchenaid mixer and my forschner knives, and I am a huge fan of USA PAN baking pans. They're sturdy, bake everything evenly and they're made in the USA.
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I love my Siplat, and while I still use parchment paper for banana bread and muffins, I use my silpat to make toffee and honeycomb candy and for kneading fondant. I like your idea of sliding the parchment off the cookie sheets, I'll keep that in mind when the holidays roll around and I'm crazy baking!

I do love my Kitchenaid too, it's the best labor-savor ever. It really is worth the money since I use it almost on a daily basis. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to look into forschner knives.
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