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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some of my favorite pots and pans aren’t the expensive All Clads or Scan Pans (though I *do* love them). But the pans that I cherish are the hand-made ones. Here are 2 of the ones that I own:
This Flameware Skillet was recommended to me by Veronica of Kitchen Musings – hand-thrown by Clay Coyote Pottery. What I love about this skillet is that you can cook with it on gas, electric or ceramic stovetops. It’s also oven safe, microwave and dishwasher safe! It’s strong, sturdy and the glazed surface makes the best fried eggs that just sliiiiide off. The pan is organic feeling, I love the little helper handle on the other side of the pan as well. It will last a lifetime, like good pottery. $45-$85
I also bought their Tagine for making Moroccan Tagine (check out Elise’s recipe for Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives) This is the only hand-thrown tagine made in the USA that can be used on the stovetop or oven. $85
This is No-Knead Bread Baker Bowl is on my wishlist for Mother’s Day! ($50)
I just started using the La Camba black clay cookware handmade in Colombia (you can see it in my Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe post) I’m in love with the color, the smoothness, the chubby shape.
From La Toque’s website: Black clay Chamba cookware is well-known throughout Colombia and is used in restaurants and homes for preparing and serving traditional dishes (such as a Ajiaco). Its origins can be traced back at least 700 years to vases and pitchers found in pre-Columbian archaeological sites. It is still made in the traditional manner, by families in the village of La Chamba, on the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Colombia. Each piece is hand-crafted using local clays, burnished by hand and fired on-site. The painstaking process and natural materials give the dishes an authentic, distinctive and elegant look, yet Chamba is strong enough to use on the stovetop, oven or microwave. Chamba cookware heats evenly and is renowned for retaining heat.
This chub-a-tub-a soup pot on the left is next on my list. Check out entire product line at La Toque.
This is a Handmade Copper Saucepan – absolutely beautiful and again, this will last a lifetime if you take care of it well. Handwash and dry immediately after cooking. This solid copper one is from Kiliza in London on sale for $115.
And a wok! A handmade copper wok! So beautiful that I don’t think I could use this $160
Tri-Color Stoneware Bread Baker with 8 Recipes by Neal Pottery is $28. I’d also use this is a salad bowl too.
This Lidded Stoneware Casserole Dish is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. Hand thrown by Deep Woods Pottery $24
Kathy in Ojo Sarco, New Mexico creates striking hand-painted pots (thanks for the tip Crystal!)
Any other ones that you’ve come across? I’d love to know!