Terracotta Olla Soup and Stew Pot – from Myson

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Terracotta cookware dates back to ancient times, it is in fact the oldest type of cookware and terracotta is still used in many European kitchens.

The terracotta Olla soup and stew pot suits dish that requires low heat to cook, so it is ideal for soups and stews that require long slow cooking to enhance the flavors and in particular the Spanish dish Cocido. I found a recipe for the Cocido on the foodnetwork which will help you get started with using your Olla pot.

You can use the terracotta Olla soup and stew pot on gas and electric stovetops and it can also be used in microwave ovens.

This product is just one of the many different speciality items of cookware from Spain and Portugal, although a lot of Italian and French Provence cooking is also done in these ‘pots of the earth’.

You can wash the Olla in a dishwasher however recommendation is to handwash it.

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Rachael Ray Cast Iron Round Grill Pan

This handy Rachael Ray Cast Iron Grill Pan measures 11 inches and has deep grooves on the cooking area. This feature gives your steaks the characteristic look with the grill lines seared into the surface.

The grooves also mean healthy cooking as the fat drips away from the food into the base of the pan.

Because the pan is made from cast iron it heats quickly and evenly and as the interior has a porcelain enameled surface you don’t have to pre season the pan before using it.

Because the sides of the Rachael Ray Cast Iron Cast Iron Grill Pan are quite deep, you will find that stovetop splatter is reduced when you are searing your steaks or grilling hamburgers.

The raised ridges of the cooking surface gives your steaks the charactistic marking of grilled food while allowing the fat to drip into the bottom of the pan. So you are getting a healthier result from your cooking.

You can use it for a number of uses and it can be taken from the stovetop or oven to the table.

The pan is made from Cast Iron which gives you even heating and as we know, cast iron has excellent heat retention.  And unlike raw cast iron, this pan has an enamel finish which means you don’t need to pre-season or re-season it after use. As with all cast iron you should wash it and dry it straight away after use.

The handle is also made from heavy cast iron and has a hole at the end so that you can hang it from your pot rack.

NOTE: This grill pan is NOT RECOMMENDED for use with glass/ceramic cooking surfaces.

The Rachael Ray Cast iron grill pan measures 7.9″H x 13.4″W x 19.6″D   

Where Can I Buy the Rachael Ray Cast Iron Round Grill Pan?
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Rachael Ray Hipster Bowls

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Rachael Ray makes everyday a fun day with her innovative cookware and kitchen accessories.

Her entire range of practical, functional and durable products are made with in such a great range of shapes, sizes and fun  to have colors.

And this set of Rachael Ray Hipster large serving bowls is no exception.

These bowls are ideal when you are entertaining as you can use them to serve finger food, salad, chips, popcorn and other tasty nibbles.

The Rachael Ray hipster serving  bowls nest inside each other so they store neatly in the pantry.  They are made of sturdy melamine and  you can even pop them in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Rachael has two sets of these handy, functional hipster serving bowls available.

Rachael Ray 3-pc. Hipster Small Serving Bowls, Assorted
The large set consists of  three bowls:

  • Red bowl: 10-in.
  • Orange bowl: 8-in.
  • Yellow bowl: 6-in

The smaller set consists of three bowls:

  • Yellow bowl 1.5 cups
  • Orange bowl: 1 cup
  • Red bowl: 0.5 cup

So why not buy a set of each so that you have all your party serving needs covered.

Where can I buy the Rachael Ray Hipster Serving Bowls?
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Myson Copper Cataplana

myson-copper-cataplanaThe Cataplana is as typically Portuguese as paella and tapas are identified with Spain and just as the Tagine applies to both the cookware and the recipe that is cooked in it, so to is the Cataplana the name of a Portuguese container and the name of the dish that is prepared in it.

Cataplana is a stew of clams, pork, vegetables and spices steamed in a handmade, airtight copper pot that has a broad domed shape resembling two woks hinged together and it is usually made from copper.

The Cataplana works similar to a modern day pressure cooker.  So you simply place the food in the bottom half of the pan and then close the hinged lid and let the ingredients simmer together to let the flavors develop.

Myson Corporation is a family owned and operated Cookware Company founded in 1982. In early 2004, they became the exclusive distributor for a Spanish Company who manufactured high quality Paella Pans. They decided to look for unique  Spanish and Portuguese cookware

The Copper Cataplana is manufactured in Portugal and distributed by Myson Corporation, a family business founded in 1982 as a distribution company. The growing popularity of tapas bars in 2003 led Myson to begin importing Spanish and Portuguese cookware.  After all, they reasoned,  who better to make a product to suit a particular style of cooking than the people who prepare that food as part of their everyday life.

Where Can I Buy a Copper Cataplana?
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Mario Batali – Copco Italian Grill Piastra

mario-batali-copco-italian-grill-piastraCooking Alla Piastra or cooking on a flat griddle over a hot fire is an age old Italian Tradition.

A piastra can be made from alll manner of different materials but the Copco Italian Grill Piastra is made from granite, which conducts heat similar to cast iron so you get quick even heating and the beauty of marble is that it  does not rust.

Mario Batali works with Copco, a leading manufacturer of kitchenware items, and together they have designed ‘The Italian Kitchen’ line of tools and serving ware that is stylish, durable and functional.

Features of the Copco Italian Grill Piastra:

  • A Solid granite grill which  heats evenly
  • The Piastra measures 10-in. x 14-in.
  • The plate is double-sided with both grill and griddle surfaces
  • Easy to use–simply pre-heat on grill, add a little oil to your food and sear
  • The Piastra is ideal for seafood and flatbreads
  • And it is also oven and microwave safe

Read about the Mario Batali Italian Pizza Set which will also add to your feasting pleasure when you are entertaining.

Where Can I Buy the Mario Batali Copco Italian Grill Piastra?

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