Thursday, July 30, 2009

Why We Have Comfort Food


Okay. That's done. Now . . . what shall I eat next?

Hooboy. This child is full to the brim. I just polished off the last portion of yesterday's Pratchett Pot meal. That brought my total meals from one cooking session to four. (Count 'em, folks -- 4.) Not too shabby for a mere 2-quart pot. Especially since I added about a quarter-cup of crumbled feta cheese to the last serving just before I nuked it. The flavor explosion was fantastic. I will make a note and remember to use feta the next time I cook something like that.

I forgot to add this until later so some of you may have missed the link to Elizabeth Yarnell's web site. You can click over to here, or maybe even better, here, where you'll find all kinds of articles and recipes and there is a really good FAQ page that answers a lot of questions.

One thing you'll notice is that she pushes the Le Creuset brand of Dutch oven. While I'll agree that it's one of the top quality brands of cookware, it's also one of the more expensive. Sure, it will perform beautifully for a lifetime but you know what? After you reach a certain age, when folks try to sell you something based on "lifetime guarantee," you don't know whether to snort or laugh. There are other high-quality brands of cast iron cookware, both plain and enamel-clad, and you don't have to mortgage your first-born to swing the financing. I noticed KitchenAid has come out with both a 3 1/2 quart and a 4 1/2 quart size in a very spiffy enamel-clad dandy and the price isn't too horribly horrendous. I'm lusting a bit there but I can keep it under control as long as my Pratchett Pot continues to serve me.

Oh! If any of you decide to get the book (Glorious One-Pot Meals), Amazon has -- I think -- the best price. Be sure you get the 2009 edition, which is upgraded from my 2005 version to the tune of 60 more recipes. That's double what I've got. Sheesh.

I shouldn't be surprised. That's just one example of the Gotcha Syndrome, of which I am often the hapless victim. You know how that goes . . . you shop carefully all over the place to get the very best deal and the day after you've committed your hard-earned, the darned thang goes on sale. Or what you bought is discontinued and you will never be able to get replacement parts. Or, as with the cookbook, the new model is better and has the audacity to cost less. That kind of "gotcha."

And that, Coffee Mates, is why we have Comfort Food.

30 comments:

Wendy said...

It is, indeed. The comfort food, that is.

I've been very pleased with the various KitchenAid products I've acquired. Le Creuset is quality stuff, but Uncle Arthur says it's just too darned heavy for aging hands and wrists.

The Old Guy said...

Lifetime guarantees have changed over my lifetime. Used to be for "as long as we both shall live." Just me and the pot. Then it changed to "for the life of the pot."

The big change came with the wording "limited lifetime guarantee", and the qualifier "materials and workmanship". Still too long, so they added, "except for normal wear and tear". Whoops! Too much liability, so that was eased by adding "subject to inspection", "replace at our discretion" and "return at owner's expense".

In this economy, a lifetime warranty really refers to the lifetime of the manufacturer. As your eyes get older and your glasses thicker, the print gets finer.

Standard disclaimers apply.

bonnie said...

I just purchased a book from Amazon and found it cheaper at one of the insulator bookmarks. why I didn't check those first I don't know. Worse when it arrived the smell of must caused it to be placed with dryer sheets and other smelly stuff. Now when do I get to read it?

Did you see the fun page in my journal a couple days ago?

Dee said...

Ah yes, Wendy. Uncle Arthur is such an inconvenient boarder and cast iron IS heavy. I'm hoping the 2-qt. version is an acceptable weight.

Oh, Bill, you have nailed the sliding values of those guarantee promises to a fairtheewell.

Bonnie -- the one with the funny critter drawings? You bet. Fun stuff.

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