Friday, April 28, 2017

New In The Kitchen / Nuevo En La Cocina


San Geraldo made two more batches of torrijas last week (click here). But I think four batches of torrijas were just too much for one of the burners on our old  cooktop. The cost to replace the one burner was 100 euros. So, of course we decided to buy a brand new cooktop. We selected an induction cooktop even though we learned we'd have to replace all our 30-year-old Calphalon pots and pans with induction-compatible pots and pans. So, we've got a new cooktop and a new set of Circulon pots and pans. Now San Geraldo just has to start cooking again (more than just torrijas). I'm more excited than he is. For me, it's all about aesthetics.

San Geraldo hizo dos lotes más de torrijas la semana pasada (haga clic aquí). Pero supongo que cuatro lotes de torrijas eran demasiado para uno de los quemadores de nuestra vieja cocina. El costo para reemplazar sólo un quemador fue de 100 euros. Así que por supuesto decidimos comprar una nueva cocina. Seleccionamos una cocina de inducción, aunque aprendimos que tendríamos que reemplazar todas nuestras viejas ollas y sartenes de Calphalon de 30 años con ollas y sartenes compatibles con la inducción. Así que, tenemos una nueva cocina y un nuevo conjunto de ollas y sartenes de Circulon. Ahora San Geraldo sólo tiene que empezar a cocinar de nuevo (más que sólo torrijas). Estoy más emocionado que él. Para mí, todo se trata de la estética.

OUT WITH THE OLD COOKTOP...
AFUERA CON LA VIEJA COCINA ...
... AND THE OLD POTS AND PANS.
Y LAS VIEJAS OLLAS Y SARTENES.
...THANKS TO EXQUISITE TORRIJAS.
... GRACIAS A EXQUISITAS TORRIJAS.
.. AND IN WITH THE NEW.
... Y VENGA LA NUEVA.
LIKE CHRISTMAS.
COMO LA NAVIDAD.
THE NEW POTS AND PANS.
LAS NUEVAS OLLAS Y SARTENES.
WHAT MATTERS TO ME: COLOR-COORDINATED WITH THE GRANITE COUNTERTOP.
LO QUE ME IMPORTA: COLOR-COORDINADO CON LA ENCIMERA DE GRANITO.

22 comments:

  1. Hi Mitchell, the new pots and pans match the countertop perfectly. Lovely to look at and lovely to use!
    Enjoy!
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      And really that's all that matters to me... Well, and unlike the Calphalon, these are non-stick!

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  2. Very nice! I can see why you like it. Ask Gerry what's on the menu

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Nothing's cooking so far, but it sure does look nice.

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  3. As someone who loves to cook, I get all kinds of excited over pots and pans!

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    1. Bob:
      As someone who loves things to look neat and coordinated, I get all excited, too.

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  4. Always nice to have new cookware -- and so beautifully displayed!

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    1. Debra:
      In our old big kitchens, we used to have free-standing baker's rack with everything easily at hand. In this small kitchen we needed to add more easily accessible storage and find a way to make it look good. The new pots and pans have improved the look. Of course, if I were the one doing all the cooking, I'd have a clear counter and some artwork on that wall.

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  5. COOL! I wish you lived closer; I would purchase your old pots/pans!

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    1. anne marie:
      I can't remember the last time we sold something! We gave these to friends who were in need of a new, better set to replace their old hodgepodge. They and we couldn't be happier.

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  6. Keep us updated on how well you like the induction stove. I have been trying to convince my sister to get an induction burner (that her husband wants) for her countertop, to go along with a new gas stove (that she wants).
    Nice pots!

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    1. Judy:
      We (Jerry) haven't even turned it on yet! Jerry bought these pots because he did research and several sites rated Circulon the best. I would have just picked them for the color.

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  7. Well, the beautiful new cookware and cook top can only inspire SG to greater feats of culinary genius. Plus when you do the clean up job it will look fabulous. You are a lucky guy!

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    1. Wilma:
      Oh, clean-up will be so much easier. These are non-stick; the Calphalon were not. The color makes me want to replace a bunch of other stuff in the kitchen. As I said, for me it's all (and only) about the aesthetics.

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  8. We had one of those electric cooktops, and trying to keep it clean drove me crazy. The creamy cleaner just smeared and wouldn't stop streaking until I learned you need to let that stuff dry before wiping it off.

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    1. Stephen:
      I haven't had any problem keeping these glass-ceramic cooktops clean and shiny. The induction cooktop should be even easier, since the surface doesn't get hot -- only the pot does. You can even touch your hand to the surface while it's on and not get burned; much safer for wandering cats (who aren't allowed on the countertops so they never EVER go up there... unless we're not looking). Isn't science great?!?

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  9. I understand you can get a kind of "adapter" that heats up with the induction cook top allowing you to use the old pots. I don't know how practical that is. Your new pots look great. We had a halogen cook top for a while but didn't like it because it wouldn't get hot enough to boil water. We're back to gas now. I didn't consider induction because I didn't want to replace all the pots and pans.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I've read about those adaptors. They're supposed to be helpful (save money on new pots) but they do reduce the heat and control you have cooking. Our friends already have the old pots! I've never heard of a halogen cooktop. Even though I never cooked much, I always preferred gas to electric because you had more immediate and precise control of the heat. Supposedly, induction gives you the same kind of heat control. No waiting like with electric. Will see what Jerry thinks.

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  10. A place where I volunteer has an induction cooktop. It came with some flat metal discs to use between the element and your cookware so "non-induction" pots and pans can still be used on it/ Could be worth checking out. Michelle in Wellington, New Zealand

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    1. I haven't noticed any great difference in cook time between induction cookware and the older stuff used with a flat metal disc.

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  11. Love those european cook tops, so neat. Now did they not have those pots in avocado green or harvest gold?
    Looking good.

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    1. Laurent:
      My mother would have loved them in fire-engine red. But avocado green. Ah, those were the days (ugh).

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