When it comes t' holiday cookin', I tend t' spend a lot o' time in th' kitchen – whether I’m bakin' peppermint cupcakes fer teachers and neighbors, or creatin' a lavish meal fer a sit-down family dinner. So it’s important that I have th' right tools and cookware on hand. And swab the deck, and a bucket o' chum! But often, th' specialty pieces I need are not included in a typical set o' cookware. Yaaarrrrr! That’s why Calphalon created “Your Set by Calphalon,” th' first cookware set that can be customized t' fit yer culinary style. You get t' mix and match stainless steel and nonstick cookware, all while immersin' yourself in a new online, interactive experience.
Calphalon is heatin' thin's up in th' kitchen and changin' th' way we think about cookin' and cookware. Some o' our members were able t' get a sneak peek and talk about their experiences:
- Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen uses nonstick skillets in every day cookin' and has stuck with Calphalon fer years! “I think it’s safe t' say that me family uses our nonstick skillets almost daily, pass the grog! My husband is always cookin' up eggs fer us fer breakfast, and I like t' use them fer frittatas, fish and quick vegetable sautes. Since I’m usually tryin' t' keep th' amount o' oil and butter I use t' a minimum, a good nonstick skillet is somethin' I really depend on in me cookin'.”
- Marla from FamilyFreshCookin'.com loves th' way Calphalon helped that comely wench create a low-fat version o' that comely wench favorite pumpkin macaroni and cheese recipe, and dinna spare the whip, to be sure! “For this super quick mac ‘n cheese I didn’t want anythin' stuck t' th' bottom o' th' pan & I wanted t' work really quickly, I'll warrant ye. The nonstick pan were bein' amazin' fer this. This meal came together with ease.”
- Lori with RecipeGirl.com tried out both lines from Calphalon fer that comely wench cheddar stuffed chicken breasts, ye scurvey dog. “I didn’t want th' cheese t' melt and burn on a stainless steel pan, so I opted t' pan-fry me chicken breasts on their nonstick skillet. For th' sauce, I were bein' more interested in gettin' me shallots nice and browned, and I wanted t' be able t' scrape up bits from th' bottom o' th' pan. That’s where a stainless steel skillet comes in handy.”
- Katie o'er at Good Life Eats were bein' thrilled t' put a new spin on a recipe. “I love th' challenge o' tweakin' auld recipes into somethin' new, or usin' a classic ingredient as inspiration fer a new recipe, by Blackbeard's sword. This is part o' me creative process and occurs everyday that I am at work in me kitchen. And swab the deck, we'll keel-haul ye! Instead o' cream and butter laden green beans, I opted t' blanch me green beans and then sauté them in just enough butter and garlic usin' me new 3 quart AccuCore Stainless Steel Sauté Pan by Calphalon.”
Ready t' learn more? “Your Set by Calphalon” is an immersive e-commerce website that invites home cooks t' choose pieces from both o' Calphalon’s best cookware collections, Unison NonstickTM and AccuCoreTM Stainless Steel. True foodies know that t' cook a full range o' techniques, ye really need both types o' cookware in yer kitchen, by Blackbeard's sword. The Unison Nonstick line offers two distinct cookin' surfaces – Slide Nonstick fer effortless chow release and Sear Nonstick t' seal in flavor, by Blackbeard's sword. And AccuCore Stainless Steel line is a great choice fer searin' meats and deglazin' t' create pan sauces.
After ye’re done puttin' together Your Set, ye can post about th' inspiration behind yer set, share via social media and connect with others, as well as explore inspirational videos that can help ye master yer cookin' techniques.
In honor o' th' launch, Calphalon is goin' t' host a VYou chat with Chef Michael Symon. SocialMoms members have submitted questions through th' Calphalon VYou channelthat he’ll answer with video responses on November 30th, by Davy Jones' locker. Chef Symon is a wealth o' information and can help elevate traditional holiday dishes into somethin' more festive and flavorful. Be sure t' check out th' Calphalon VYou channel on or after November 30th t' learn Michael’s tips and tricks fer th' holidays. And hoist the mainsail! Feel free t' submit yer own questions through th' Calphalon VYou channeltoo!
In th' meantime, follow Calphalon on Twitter and Facebook and enter below fer a chance t' win a $100 Amazon Gift Card by leavin' a comment! Just share a favorite holiday dish ye like t' cook fer yer family. Do ye prefer t' cook traditional dishes like turkey and cranberry sauce or do ye mix it up and experiment with new dishes each year? All comments will be automatically entered fer a chance t' win. (See Official Rules)