Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Good things come to those who wait." ~ English Proverb

I covet All-Clad cookware.  If it's good enough for The Barefoot Contessa, it's good enough for me! In truth though, it's too pricey for an out-of-pocket purchase.  So - a number of years back, I began asking for Williams Sonoma gift cards for birthdays and Christmas - which I stashed in a drawer till I had enough. About three years ago I made my first acquisition - a 10-inch All-Clad skillet.  Love it - love it, love it!

My most recent gift card purchase was All-Clad’s d5 Stainless Steel, 4 Qt. Saute Pan, which arrived the other day - to squeals of delight!  I determined which pan I wanted after reading this article.

Isn't it beautiful?
Just look at it shine!
It came with a splatter screen. 

My christening dish was just a simple saute of:

  •  Raw shrimp
  • Olive Oil
  • White wine (lots)
  • Fresh chopped garlic
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Chiffonade of fresh basil 
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few red pepper flakes

And toasted baguette to soak up all of the delicious broth! 
I have already begun to explore what my next purchase will be, though I know that it will be a few years down the road.  So - friends and family - keep those gift cards coming!!!  And - Thank You!


  1. Oh my !!! You have made me want it too.
    The shrimp recipe is to so good . I made it this afternoon only not in that beautiful pan!!Sigh!!!

    1. Thanks Dottie - I bet yours was equally delicious!

  2. Beautiful! So glad you made that investment. And that's what we consider ours to be--we use it almost every day and it's so durable that we expect it to outlive us. The shrimp sounds fabulous, by the way. Simple and satisfying.

    1. Thanks Meg! In hindsight, yes - I should have gone for a larger pan. With cooking primarily for my husband and myself these days, I know that the one that I got will be put to good use (already has!), but I think that the largest one will be my next investment - whenever that may be!

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  4. A piece of art for sure!! Both the pan and the shrimp dish! Beautiful!!!

  5. Such joy indeed, and in the hands of one so capable. Thanks for making my mouth water!

  6. You will love your all-clad. My girlfriend and I were just talking today how it is soo much better to have less but good pans that last a life time!! CLarice