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Le Creuset Launches Sorbet Collection

The iconic cookware brand embraces all things mini with its latest collection. 

Mini cocottes. Mini ramekins. Ice cream bowls. Espresso mugs. These adorable, compact, kitchen accessories might not be what you’re expecting from Le Creuset’s latest collection, but this summer the cookware company is thinking small.

Le Creuset’s Sorbet Collection, which officially launches today, comes in a series of summer-appropriate pastels: soft yellow, pink, green, and blue. It’s probably one of the cutest Le Creuset collections to date because almost every item is mini—and surprisingly perfect for serving dessert.

You’ll find mini cocottes perfect for single serving desserts or side dishes and a set of six ramekins that can hold spices, salt, and butter, but that are also perfect for dinner parties because each one is still big enough to hold pudding or crème brulee. A set of four ice cream bowls is also featured in the collection, and almost nothing makes me think summer more than serving sundaes to my friends during a backyard soiree.

Le Creuset seems to have the accomplished dinner party host in mind with the Sorbet Collection; it also includes a set of six espresso mugs and mini bowls (with spoons to match). The final moment of a boisterous dinner party can always be mellowed out with a post-feast caffeinated beverage, and a scoop of tart sorbet, which would fit snugly in one of those mini-bowls. Yes, Le Creuset still dominates the field when it comes to creating dinnerware that will turn your home into a haven for simple yet chic dinner parties.

The collection as a whole is so appealing because it makes becoming a legendary party host simple. Of course, the food you serve matters (and in case you still need help with that, here are some of our favorite dinner party recipes) but what can really elevate a party is the perfect place setting. So don’t miss out on the chance to make every party you throw this summer worth remembering and serve the desserts you worked so hard to perfect in dishes that make it look as beautiful as it tastes. 

Sorbet collection mini cocettes, $80 on lecreuset.com

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The best baking sheet you can buy – Business Insider

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

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The Insider Pick:

  • A top-quality baking sheet is easy to handle, cleans up effortlessly, and bakes food without warping or buckling. The Nordic Ware Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet is our top pick because it is cost-effective, won’t warp, and produces evenly baked goods.

A baking sheet is just one of those tools that you need in your kitchen. Whether you are baking cookies, roasting vegetables, reviving frozen foods, or making a fancy jelly roll, you need a baking sheet (also known as a cookie sheet). That’s why we’ve done the research to find the best baking sheets you can buy.

All of the baking sheets in our guide are made of aluminum or aluminized steel. Aluminum is a popular material for cookware because it is durable, resistant to corrosion, inexpensive, and, most importantly, distributes heat evenly. When aluminum is paired with steel to make aluminized steel, you get an even more heavy duty pan, which also tends to cost slightly more. Stainless steel is another popular material, but it does not conduct heat as well and requires more finesse when cleaning.

Pay special attention to the size of the baking sheet you are looking to buy. Though the standard half-sheet size is 18 by 13 inches, companies try to save on materials by shaving fractions of an inch off of this measurement. For most purposes, that’s fine, but it’s still important to be aware of a pans’ dimensions.

You’ll have to consider whether you want a rimmed or rimless baking sheet. There are benefits to each style. With a rimmed baking sheet, you can cook items that might release juices or roll around without making a mess in your oven. On the other hand, rimless sheets take up less storage space and baked goods slide off easily.

We also recommend buying a cooling rack that fits inside of your baking sheet. This will allow air to circulate around your food, which lends itself to more even baking and roasting.

While researching the best cookie sheets, we examined hundreds of buyer and expert reviews as well as the ratings of dozens of pans. The baking sheets included in our guide have a sturdy construction, bake foods evenly, and are simple to clean.

Read on in the slides below to find out why the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet is our pick and why you might prefer the Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set, the AirBake Nonstick Cookie Sheet, the OXO Good Grips Pro Nonstick Cookie Sheet, and the Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan.

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The Best Stove for Your Home: Pros and Cons of Induction, Gas, Dual Fuel, and Beyond



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What’s the best stove for your home? With so many options on the market these days it can be hard to pick. In addition to the old stand-bys, electric and gas, there are new-fangled ones like induction stoves and even something called “dual fuel.” But rest assured, there are clear pros and cons to each. To help you find the right type of stove for you, allow us to boil this complex topic down into delicious, bite-size nuggets.




Electric coil

These old school cooktops are great if you’re watching your finances … or if your idea of “cooking” is more Hamburger Helper than Martha Stewart.



Pros: This type of stove can set you back as little as $400, says Dan DiClerico, a home expert for HomeAdvisor. And it’s not costing you that much in performance. “The coils do a very good job of heating up at a range of temperature levels, especially the simmer setting, which can be a challenge for more powerful cooktops,” he notes.

Electric coil ovens tend to be roomy as well, since there’s no convection fan or pesky technology taking up space.

Cons: Basic construction = a pretty vanilla look, so “you’re not going to win any design awards with an electric coil cooktop in the kitchen,” DiClerico says.

One to consider: Consumer Reports gives high marks to the Kenmore 94142  range ($489.99).

Old-school electric coil stoves get the job done.

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Electric smoothtop

Have a bit more of a budget to work with and crave a fully modern-looking kitchen? These sleek electric models are a popular mid-market option, with most falling in the $1,000 to $1,500 range.

Pros: The biggest perk here is the smoothtop surface is a cinch to wipe down. You don’t have to worry about food falling under any electric coils or coming into contact with gas burners. Plus, “This type of cooktop delivers excellent heating,” DiClerico says. “Most models have expandable elements that make it easy to match the amount of heat to the size of your cooking vessel.”

Bonus: Electric smoothtops often have at least one high-powered element, which allows you to power-boil a pot of pasta.

Cons: Smoothtop surfaces aren’t indestructible. “You’ll need to care for it properly,” says DiClerico. That means not dragging heavy pots across the top and promptly cleaning spills. Certain foods, especially those high in sugar, will bond to this surface if you leave them too long.

Another potential downside, especially if you have small kids?  “Electric smoothtops tend to stay hot for a while after being turned off,” DiClerico cautions.

One to consider: Ben Pugliares, manager of major appliances for Wayfair.com, says the GE 30″ Free-Standing Electric Range ($899) is a best-seller with high marks from customers.

Electric smoothtops won’t break your budget.

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Gas

Gas stoves remain the undisputed appliance choice for foodies, since you can control the temperature to a tee.

Pros: “The visual recognition of the live flame makes it easy to judge the level of heat and temperature,” DiClerico says. Gas burners also make it easy to quickly switch from a high temperature to a lower one—which is important when you’re trying to, say, sear a steak.

Cons: Gas stoves tend to be priced around $1,500 to $2,000. Looking at a pro-style range, with beefy controls and an industrial design? You may shell out around $5,000.

And be aware: All those crevices around the burners can be a pain to clean, not to mention that you might not love the oven as much as you love the cooktop. A common complaint from bakers is that gas-powered ovens don’t heat evenly.

One to consider: Joana Chatelain, senior buyer of large appliances for Overstock.com, recommends the Frigidaire FFHF3051T Free-Standing Natural Gas Range ($676). Have more wiggle room in your budget? Pugliares suggests the Thor Kitchen Professional 48” Free-Standing Gas Range ($4,600).

A gas range = precise control over each burner.

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Induction

Welcome to the next big thing in cooking! Instead of using radiant heat of a flame or electricity, a quickly alternating electromagnetic current causes the metal in the bottom of your pot or pan to heat up—essentially turning the utensil into the cooking surface.

Pros: “Induction ranges are the fastest and most energy efficient way to cook. They also offer the most consistent temperatures,” says Pugliares. And because the induction cooktop surface itself doesn’t get hot—only the actual cooking vessel—this type of range is a safe choice if you have small children.

Cons: An induction cooktop only works with magnetic cookware, so if you typically use nonstick cookware, you’ll need to go pot and pan shopping.

One to consider: Frank Proto, a chef instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, votes for the GE Monogram Induction Cooktop ($2,800).

Induction cooktops rely on magnetic coils, not radiant heat.

Monogram.com


Dual fuel

Think of this as the peanut butter cup of kitchen ranges: The burners run on gas, but the oven is electric. (A boon for bakers.)

Pros: You’re getting the best of both worlds—the power and quick response of a gas range, with the lower cost and efficiency of an electric oven, says Pugliares.

Cons: If you’re currently using a gas range, you’ll need to get set up for electric—or vice versa. Plus, double the power, double the potential problems.

“If one type breaks, you need to get a whole new stove or work with half,” says Proto.

One to consider: Pugliares commends the Hallman Industries Free-Standing Dual Fuel Range with Griddle ($7,999.99). Looking for something cheaper? Chatelain’s vote is for the Zline Gas Burner/Electric Oven ($1,992).

Dual fuels can be the centerpiece of your kitchen.

Wayfair.com

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Greetings from JLB: All the news that’s fit to eat this week – The News

Oh hey, it’s me, your pseudonymous, hard-eating food critic here at The News-Press. 

Welcome to my weekly newsletter.

This is my chance to spend more time with you. Sure you know JLB the food critic, gastronome and ranker of restaurants — but do you really know me? (Hopefully not. That’s kind of the point of this fake-name thing.)

I digress.

These emails give me the chance to highlight the best food stories of the week, just for you. Some of these will be my stories, others will come from the talented writers here at The News-Press and Naples Daily News. But if they’re in this email, then you know they’re JLB-approved. 

This is all the news that’s fit to eat — the hottest new restaurants, what’s coming soon, what’s closing soon, and all the delicious things you should be eating right now.

Like, Tacos de Mayo

Let’s face it, May’s just a month-long excuse to eat tacos. It’s 31 Taco Tuesdays, all in a row. I don’t quite have 31 taco recommendations, but I’ve got 10 really solid ones, plus uno bonus, for those willing to read to the crunchy and delicious end. And they’re all right here. 

New on the water

A trio of massive and ambitious waterfront restaurants are nearing completion up and down the Caloosahatchee. From the Caribbean-inspired Bimini Bait Shack, to Boathouse 31 (It has a pool!), to Deep Lagoon Seafood a fancy-ish sister to the Pinchers chain. Here’s what you need to know, from Annabelle Tometich. 

4 Collier restaurants expanding north

Four restaurant concepts that launched in Collier County are part of a retail center that opens this week in south Lee County. KC American Bistro, Skillets, Tacos Tequila Cantina and Thai Udon Café have new locations coming to the first phase of University Village Shops near FGCU. Tim Aten has the details. 

Naples reporters eat … A LOT

I’m always shocked at how trim they are. Eat eat eat. It’s not just my way of life. It’s the bonus of being a food writer. The food staff at the Naples Daily News know how it goes, and in a kind act of generosity they have so kindly shared their best eats from April right here. 

Eat well, for cheap

If you want to eat (eat eat) like a food writer, but don’t have the purse strings of a national media outlet backing you, then this one’s for you. Check out my six current favorites for meals that are as delicious as they are CHEAP. 

Chronically confusing, chronically tasty, Chronic Tacos

Last but not least, there’s my review of Chronic Tacos (lots of taco talk this week (you’re welcome)), which I think still owes me a potato taco or two. The fast-casual chain shares a dining area with the new Marlins Brewhouse in south Fort Myers, and while it’s got so much going for it, it’s got so much left to learn. My review is right here. 

That’s all for this week.

As always you can find all our tasty food coverage at news-press.com/taste and naplesnews.com/entertainment/restaurants

Bon appetit!

Jean Le Boeuf

 

 

 

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Boston-area home goods and furniture stores: 15 of the top ones at all price points

This vast spot is a no-frills option for furniture such as couches, futons, rugs, end tables, coffee tables, and beds.

The price is almost always right, but test before you buy. (There is also a Basics location on Newbury Street in Back Bay.)

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The best baking sheets you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

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The Insider Pick:

  • A top-quality baking sheet is easy to handle, cleans up effortlessly, and bakes food without warping or buckling. The Nordic Ware Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet is our top pick because it is cost-effective, won’t warp, and produces evenly baked goods.

A baking sheet is just one of those tools that you need in your kitchen. Whether you are baking cookies, roasting vegetables, reviving frozen foods, or making a fancy jelly roll, you need a baking sheet (also known as a cookie sheet). That’s why we’ve done the research to find the best baking sheets you can buy.

All of the baking sheets in our guide are made of aluminum or aluminized steel. Aluminum is a popular material for cookware because it is durable, resistant to corrosion, inexpensive, and, most importantly, distributes heat evenly. When aluminum is paired with steel to make aluminized steel, you get an even more heavy duty pan, which also tends to cost slightly more. Stainless steel is another popular material, but it does not conduct heat as well and requires more finesse when cleaning.

Pay special attention to the size of the baking sheet you are looking to buy. Though the standard half-sheet size is 18 by 13 inches, companies try to save on materials by shaving fractions of an inch off of this measurement. For most purposes, that’s fine, but it’s still important to be aware of a pans’ dimensions.

You’ll have to consider whether you want a rimmed or rimless baking sheet. There are benefits to each style. With a rimmed baking sheet, you can cook items that might release juices or roll around without making a mess in your oven. On the other hand, rimless sheets take up less storage space and baked goods slide off easily.

We also recommend buying a cooling rack that fits inside of your baking sheet. This will allow air to circulate around your food, which lends itself to more even baking and roasting.

While researching the best cookie sheets, we examined hundreds of buyer and expert reviews as well as the ratings of dozens of pans. The baking sheets included in our guide have a sturdy construction, bake foods evenly, and are simple to clean.

Read on in the slides below to find out why the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet is our pick and why you might prefer the Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set, the AirBake Nonstick Cookie Sheet, the OXO Good Grips Pro Nonstick Cookie Sheet, and the Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan.

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Le Creuset is Hosting a Massive, Rare Sale in Denver This Weekend

 

If you’re a home cook you most likely know the beloved culinary brand Le Creuset. The French cookware brand has provided home and restaurant level chefs with pots, pans and more since 1925. But if you love this brand, you also know it is not cheap.

However, if you’ve been pining for one of these iconic items, this May 3 through 6 you’ll have the chance to get one at a discount.

Le Creuset recently announced the factory-to-table sale — which is one of five sales of its kind the company has ever done in its nine-decade history. The event will feature special discounts on a huge selection of Le Creuset products from around the world including colors and shapes that don’t typically make it to Colorado. From cast iron to stoneware, steel, tools and accessories — it’ll be your chance to stock your kitchen without going totally broke.

In addition to the discounted cook wear the event will feature special offers, daily deals, drawings and more throughout the event. For VIPs on Thursday, top Denver chefs will host talks and demonstrations. The list includes Justin Brunson of Old Major, Frank Bonanno of Denver Milk Market, Alex Seidel of Mercantile dining provision and Fruition, Thomas Biju of Biju’s Little Curry Shop and Kevin Morrison of Tacos Tequila Whiskey.

The event will take place Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 6. The Thursday VIP events are ticketed ($25) will go from 3 to 6 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from VIP ticket sales will benefit Project Angel Heart and Johnson and Wales University – College of Culinary Arts. The Friday events will go from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Saturday events will go from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Sunday events will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These are free to attend but space is limited and you must register to attend. 

This will all take place at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver. Go here to register. 


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