The gourmet food posts on the site are probably going to grow exponentially over the coming years. I’d publicly debated various cookware as far back as last year and finally decided to take the plunge as part of the six-month May Day project. Yesterday evening, I bought a set of copper Ruffoni pots and pans, which were going to be delivered at the end of January. This was to take advantage of the huge Williams-Sonoma sale, which offered 30% off purchases $1,000 or more.
[mainbodyad]Then, serendipitously, a letter landed in the blog inbox from reader Kansas Kate, who deserves a huge shout-out thanks to her willingness to offer tons of great information about various cookware providers, explaining her findings in linings, manufacturers, and choices. After researching what she said, I decided to go with a different set of “core” copper pans, the 2.5 mm thick Mauviel Professional grade package from Williams-Sonoma, and then we went down to the Leawood, Kansas store and bought some of the stainless steel Ruffoni cookware, a copper steaming set, and a few other items.
The plan is to build a collection of copper, stainless steel, and other cookware over the next few years, with pieces such as Ruffoni serving as table-side or on-table decor as well as functional tools, the Mauviel copper cookware serving as the main copper line, and then additional augments from other brands based upon need and purpose (e.g., trying out the All Clad line as well as some of the French competitors to Mauviel). As we learn more and more about how this all works, individual pieces from different lines will be introduced. One of these days, I’d like to try my hand at candy making and chocolate confectionary arts, which would mean getting into molds and other specialty extensions. I’m excited about this, not to mention the savings are huge, too, due to the sale! Plus, I get the American Express points, and my sales tax dollars went into my local community.
One more thing off the checklist. The kitchen is coming together. There is nothing more enjoyable than buying something you want, with money earned honestly, fairly, and from your own ideas and work, and then using that purchase to make your family’s life better. This cookware has so much more utility to me than a comparable value worth of shares of some great company would.