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A French Oven You Can Live In – My Favorite Pot – AKA Dutch Oven

Just as my cast iron skillet is my go-to pan for all kinds of frying and sautéeing, this Le Creuset 5.5 quart French Oven is the pot I turn to first for soups, stews, braises, chili, etc. It isn’t quite big enough for boiling a full pound of pasta, but for anything else that involves …

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Asparagus With Nori Butter – Recipe

I’m in the middle of a two-week stage at Canlis, a terrific fine-dining restaurant in Seattle. [The stage is over now, and I've written a little about what I learned.] One of the many delicious items on Chef Franey’s menu is an asparagus with sauce gribiche. At Canlis we use much more classical French technique …

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My Cast Iron Skillet

This is my skillet. Sure, I have lots of others pots – small saute pans, sauciers, stock pots, paella pans, a beloved Dutch oven, griddles, you name it. But this big cast-iron skillet is the absolute workhorse in my kitchen. I’ve had it for at least 20 years, and I’d say it has been the …

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