Huh, thatís weird. I had a good day with Iowa State beating OU. Some friends are hosting an Olympics party tonight. Inexplicably, none of the events involve alcohol other than drinking for drinkingís sake. I will be representing Canada. Going jeans with a long sleeve chambray shirt (HI RON), with a cutoff flannel shirt over it and suspenders. Bought a case of Labatt Blue to drink.
I've got an All-Clad set (Mc2, I think, with the same expectation that I might as well just spend a little more now and have them forever). Cooking with those vs. my old roommates shitty old T-Fal set was an unbelievable improvement, even with the shitty coil stove.
That said...cleaning them by hand all the time sucks and I really only ever use the stock pot and a dishwasher safe-non stick All-Clad skillet I bought separately (at BB&B with a 20% off coupon). My knives are a shitty J.A. Henckel set though and will be one of the first things I upgrade when I buy a house.
The MC2 looks like a very respectable set, especially for a younger dude. Kudos. I clean all my pans by hand any way so that doesn't bother me. I've been using a relatively inexpensive, but very serviceable, calphalon fry pan as my work horse for the last year or so. Just to develop the discipline of proper maintenance etc. for stainless before buying the good stuff.
Henckels are usually good from what I understand. I followed Alton Brown's advice in at least one regard: stay away from knife sets. That's where the lower grade product goes, individual knives are where you find the better quality. I looked at MAC for the chef's knife as I'd heard good things. I also looked at Shun, but I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist. I like a nice, hefty, German knife. So, I'm going to give Wusthof a try. It'll have the traditional heft of German knives but with the 14 degree edge it'll be closer to Japanese (10 degree) than Henckel (20 degree). One spot I'm making an exception is on a carving knife set. I'm going to go with a Shun DMS200 (around $250). I thought about going for the Hiro (around 4 bills) but I really didn't care for the shape. If I really wanted to be snobbish, I would go boutique and order from Murray Carter or simply get on the waiting list for a Kramer. But, since I want to put my chef's knife to work and not in a display over the mantle, I opted for a very good, very usable group of knives.
SuitedAces21, on 17 January 2018 - 07:37 PM, said:
any of my cold state brothers have a plan to retire to warmer climates? this winter has convinced me, and i will move south come retirement (or sooner if i can make that work with work).
definitely considering snow birding. I figure I can shack with Ron and his step son. I'm sure the wife will have long since left him but he won't be quite sure how to get the 'kid' to move out.