Posts Tagged ‘side dishes’

So I’ve figured out one of the reasons I like to cook – I get to go shopping! There’s grocery shopping of course, but also discovering new farmer’s markets, browsing cookbooks, choosing new cookware…even just finding a great tablecloth! Yeah, I love to shop.

Yesterday I mentioned needing a springform pan. I found a nice glass-bottomed one for cheap. Trouble is, the pans were in the same aisle as the saucepan sets. I think the pots and pans I’m currently using could be as old as I am, so we need some new ones. Not to mention our dutch oven is dented so the lid doesn’t close properly, and I had a minor “accident” with one of our pots the other day – something about almost melting it to the element? Who knew copper could bubble? I’ll make a post about that as soon as I recover from the trauma.

Anyway, so I wanted┬áneeded a new cookware set, and spotted a really pretty Meyer set – copper bottoms, nice handles, glass lids (this is important because I’m forever pulling off the lid going “IS IT BOILING YET?!”), and best of all they were marked down to $79 from $99. We figured this was a good deal so we went for it, and it turns out they weren’t on sale at all, they had been mislabeled! Whoops. Their mistake, our gain!

Then on our way to the checkout I saw a big yellow 50% off sign over the recipe books. What was that I was saying about never buying a recipe book new? Yeah, well…I never said anything about never buying a recipe book 50% off! So I picked up Company’s Coming’s Choosing Sides. I figured this was a good buy considering my side dishes are basically always a Lipton’s Sidekick, and if I don’t have any of those in the house then I just don’t make a side. I should probably work on that. I also need to stay out of the shopping mall.

edited to add: so here’s an odd quote from Choosing Sides – “When deciding what side to serve with your masterpiece entree, there are six easy rules of thumb for getting the biggest gastronomical bang for your buck.” If I’m causing “gastronomical bangs” around the dinner table, I don’t need to be making that recipe again. Yikes.

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