Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

Attention home cooks: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, your kitchen calls for a few necessities. From a copper saucepan for melting chocolate to a cast iron skillet for sautéing meats, this list of kitchen staples will lay the groundwork for every must-try recipe.

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  • Medium- to large-sized skillet (nonstick or cast iron) for sautéing and stir-frying.
  • A 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven with lid for everything from braising to boiling.
  • Stainless steel or copper saucepan for cooking sauces, rice and grains, and vegetables.
  • Enameled cast-iron baking dish for casseroles and desserts.
  • Always-sharp stainless steel cutlery for effortless slicing.
  • Stackable mixing bowls and measuring cups for tidy storage.

 

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2014

To celebrate what would have been a certain beloved chef’s 101st birthday this year, we scoured the pages of Mastering the Art of French Cooking for some can’t-miss tips. Here’s what we stirred up.

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Make the Cut: A cook’s knives should be as sharp as razors. (You don’t want to bruise the food.) If the weight of a blade can slit a tomato’s skin, it’s ready to use.

Wine 101: Cooking with wine? Whites should be strong and dry, never sour or fruity. As for reds? Go for young and full-bodied. Remember, it’s the flavor that comes through, not the alcohol.

Fuel Up: Unless you have restaurant-quality gas pressure, a modern electric cooktop – which allows for a vast high-to-low heat range – is preferable to weaker domestic gas burners.

Our French Cookware, S’il Vous Plaît: Mauviel & More Boutique opens Friday, September 20, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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September 20, 2013