Showing posts from November, 2007

Martha vs. Rachel Ray

I will take Martha over Rachel Ray on any day. I read this today. Apparently Rachel Ray's foray into the lifestyle media arena has generated some competitive spirits on both sides. Rachel has in fact hired the old publisher at Martha's Everyday Food magazine to do her own fast food publication. (just a side note, can it get even faster than 30 minutes? Like, what? 30 seconds?) The last line of the article is funny: In short, Martha doesn't think that Ray is a good thing, and Ray doesn't think Martha is delish.

I've got All Clad pans

All Clad really has done a fantastic job advertising itself by sponsoring a countless cooking shows on TV. As long as I can remember, almost all the PBS cooking shows are sponsored by All Clad. And not to mention the Food Network ones -- that is, until the show host gets his/her own line of cookware. These pans do lend themselves nicely in front of TV cameras. They're shiny and modern looking. And now that I used them, I can confidently say they DO work better than my old cheap-brand pans. They do take shorter time to heat up, and there really isn't any hot spot! I know this because I was making caramel with the new sauce pan, and the caramel was made evenly and gradually. In the past, the sugar liquid would turn from colorless to amber on random spots on the bottom of the pan, and I would always have to swirl it frequently to keep it a homogeneous mixture. Not so with my new pans! The entire body of the sugar liquid turns yellow-ish and then amber in a uniform fashion. It was…