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Mogg's Hqiz, folks...

Started making a batch of homemade ginger ale today. Discovered I needed a bigger pot. Yas, yas, it's the sabbath but my cup runneth over - literally. So I declare the ox in the mire, and sally forth to find a cheap sauce kettle.

Smith's Marketplace: Buy the whole set, or nothing. Minimum $159.00. No, thank you.
Note to Morons in Portland: I'm in Utah, and you have no idea what the locals want. People sometimes need just a pot to hiss in.

So, I run across the street to:

Williams-Sonoma: Holy Flapping Scrith, people! $475.00 a for hammered Ruffoni stockpot? I don't need something made with the same loving care as a samurai sword, for Mogg's sake. Stainless steel is stainless steel - it doesn't have to be folded and beaten 18,000 times and plated with platinum-iridium alloy. Yeesh!

Desperate and hoping against hope, I stumble into:

Albertson's: Kitchenmate 5½-quart Dutch Oven with lid. Stainless steel, 50% off, on sale for $9.95. God bless the outcasts! Just what I needed, and for the right price. So I feed the Chinese instead of the Italians... it will certainly last me my remaining lifetime, and cook some fine spaghetti sauce in the process. Thank you, Albertson's!

Now, to be fair: If I had more money than God, I would probably equip my kitchen with the finest stuff available. It feels nice, it looks nice, and it will not only last a lifetime, it's something you can will to your heirs. And Williams-Sonoma has fine stuff. But I don't have wealth beyond the dreams of avarice.

Yet.


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r_caton
Sep. 6th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Niece has assured me that when I go half of her legacy is skip fodder anyways....
ccdesan
Sep. 6th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think Pop would have turned over in his grave (if he hadn't been cremated) to see how much of his precious stuff went into the dumpster. Most of the good things, of course, were given to places where they would do the most good, but the dustmen were kept busy for quite some time.

I'm sure his ashes jiggled a little, anyway.
torakiyoshi
Sep. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I have a set from CostCo, that included an 8qt stock pot. The whole set was $75; my dad got it for me as an apartment warming gift many years ago, and it's still in good condition. That 8qt is wider than it is tall, and I also have a beautiful 8qt that's taller than it is wide, but again, it was a gift from my parents and I don't know where they got it.

And now you're going to do a "Cooking with the Old Wolf" on ginger ale? Or at least share the recipe?

-=TK
ccdesan
Sep. 6th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Recipe found here.

Scroll down and you'll find it. And it really is good... Arm and Hammer doesn't stand a chance.

Edited at 2009-09-06 10:08 pm (UTC)
torakiyoshi
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Domo arigato, Chuuko Ookami-sama!

-=TK
deckardcanine
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Good for you. China needs food much more than Italy anyway.

I'll make a point not to shop at W-S if I find one.
tarinfirepelt
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I was fortunate in Atlanta to live across the street from Discover Mills, an outlet mall that had a Ferberware, A pot and pan shop whose name I forget, and a Corning ware shop. All sold stuff that their going out of business stores needed to move.

I got one of those $400 type pans for $80 bucks.

Sure it will last, but I find very little difference between it and the old beat up tin bastards we used to cook with in Boy Scouts.

(But damn do I have a cooking set now. I miss the place but my wallet certainly doesn't)
ccdesan
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
That's the way to do it!

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