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Deborah Dowd

What a great BBQ weekend! It looks like you had quite a spread, and lots of takers to share it with. We had white sangria, but tell me- is the recipe for the black meat posted? That looks like a barbecuer's delight!

Jmom

We grill almost every night so I'm always looking for great grill recipes. How do you prep your salmon? There's a great marinade in this month's issue of Food & Wine, which I highly recommend.

kat

i did some grilling this past weekend and it was officially the start of summer! at least around here.. i love when the sun starts to go down and everyone is just hanging out outside. it's awesome.

Bgirl

What type of pasta is that in the salad? Everything looks delish!

Sheri

stefania: i've been enjoying your blogs recently. come visit my food blog sometime. i'm talking every day about family food and lots of other fun stuff. plus, i'm linked to a pretty cool site that is working to offer all the restaurant menus for every U.S. city online in one spot.

thanks for the great reads. love babble too!

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

  • All-Clad cookware
    I use the stainless line. I love it because you can put it in the dishwasher. If you like to cook it is sooo worth it to have quality pots and pans. I recommend buying a set on sale and then filling in extras as you need them. (Watch for sales and specials.)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
    Please get rid of all your teflon-coated non-stick plans and get a cast iron skillet. I use mine for searing meat, poultry, and fish and then finishing off in the oven. In fact, get two cast iron skillets—one large enough to hold two ribeyes and a smaller, fried-egg-sized one for making...well...eggs.
  • Food Processor
    Quickly slice/shred veggies and cheese, make hummus or other spreads in a snap, and make pie crust without making a mess.
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    I am partial to the 18 incher. Yep, I like big knives and I cannot lie. If you like to cook (or even if you don't) you deserve to have good knives. At least one.
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    If you can't afford to have one built-in, this is a great alternative. It's nice to have boiling water at the push of a button to make tea, instant miso soup, or morning oatmeal for the kidlets.
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    Use this to grate citrus zest, nutmeg, and cheese. You could get a coarser one, but you don't need to. I have one and I use it for everything.
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    A great resource for all your herb and spice needs.
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    Every family should have one.
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    Silpat is a silicone mat used for baking. They come in various sizes. Items will not stick to it. It is a must for any home baker.
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    It doesn't have to be fancy, but try and get the highest HP you can afford. I use my stick blender (+ attachments) for making salad dressing (weekly), pureeing soups, making babyfood, and whipping cream.

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