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Display Name: ImpureScience
Member Since: 12/1/09

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I've found that it's possible to have really good stuff for not that much money - it requires some R&D and in some cases learning some new techniques. For me the most important things are knives and skillets. I love reading about beautiful and expensive cutlery but I've discovered that plastic-handled pro kitchen stuff like Victorinox Fibrox is perfect for a home kitchen, and the 8" chef's knife, a favorite at America's Test Kitchen, is around $25.00 with a lifetime warrantee. It's light, sharp (and resharpens well,) and the handle is comfortable and slip-resistant.

Lodge cast iron is great for cooking as long as you learn how to deal with seasoning it. A 12" skillet can be had for around $20.00 and it's not a compromise but a great kitchen tool. I LOVE cooking in cast iron! and I use my skillet almost every day. Lodge also makes Dutch ovens, in both iron and enamel finishes at very reasonable prices: around $55.00 for a 7-quart iron-surfaced model. I'm not sure how their enamel stacks up against Le Creuset, but I'm sure the naked iron pots would work well and last forever.


My Uncool Kitchen Tool: A Not-As-Good-As-Le-Creuset Dutch Oven
3/1/13 10:40 PM

OMG that looks great!


Recipe: Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
1/20/12 01:47 PM

I have to agree with mh330 RE NYC farmers markets. I like a lot of the products, and I'm more than willing to go out of my way to support local farmers, but the prices are frequently (not always) significantly higher than those in grocery stores. I've found duck charcuterie at similar or better prices than Fairway, but cheese from local farms run about $24.00/lb, which is ok for the occasional luxury adventure nibble but certainly too high to buy in bulk for the whole family. Eggs are $6.00/doz., carrots and potatoes can run double the price of store-bought.

I find in general that my trips to the farmers markets in my area are fun and interesting but not particularly cost-effective. I do understand that local farms cannot compete with slave labor and factory farms, and I do my best to give them my business even if they cost more...when my budget allows.


It's True! Farmers Markets Are Cheaper Than Supermarkets
12/29/11 02:27 PM

You seem to have a remote camera perched in my kitchen window, I do this every night despite occasional moans from the rest of the family. But it doesn't take 10 minutes, more like 1/2 an hour. Still VERY MUCH worth the trouble; it's very difficult for me to sleep knowing that the kitchen needs cleaning up.

Also, before sleeping I get the coffee machine cleaned, loaded and ready to start brewing at 5:50AM, and every other day get a bread ready in the bread machine to be done baking as soon as the coffee is ready. Good coffee and fresh bread really help to make it possible to wake up in the morning.


5 Things To Do 10 Minutes Before You Go To Bed
12/15/11 05:27 PM

1) the sofa from Jennifer's Convertibles was the biggest full-price splurge - heavy frame, down cushions, I go to sleep every time I sit in it. No regrets.

2) Memory foam mattress from Costco. I'm crazy about sleeping on memory foam. I don't know about 'full price'...it was a heck of a lot less expensive than Tempur-Pedic and it feels great.


Biggest Indulgences: What Did You Pay Full Price For?
5/24/11 02:02 PM

Not for me, I love wood. But chacun à son goût.


Before & After: Ben's One-of-a-Kind Wallpapered Dresser
3/15/11 01:03 PM

That is one nice looking chef's knife!


Win this Bob Kramer Meiji Chef's Knife from Shun Cutlery! Holiday Giveaway 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/3/09 03:38 PM