New All-Clad Karahi Pan

All-Clad Karahi Pan

Tying on an apron, turning up my music, and spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking – that’s my idea of a relaxing evening. But after work, I’m hungry, so I like to make dishes that don’t take too long and that don’t require a lot of clean up. My ideal meal can be cooked in one dishwasher safe pot or pan. Recently I discovered a pan that I wish I had found years ago. Known for cooking curry, the All-Clad Karahi pan is versatile and small enough to fit on one burner, as opposed to other bowl-shaped pans that monopolize the stove top. The handles are well-placed, sitting higher than an average pan, and do not grow hot while the pan is on the stove, making it touchable, holdable, and movable without potholders or burning fingers. As to the cooking itself, for my first Karahi pan adventure I stir-fried chicken and broccoli (see this quick and easy recipe below). The stir-fry cooked evenly and nothing stuck to the bottom or sides of the pan. Despite its compact design, I cooked a pound-and-a-half of chicken and two large bunches of broccoli in the pan. It looks small but it cooks large. Like my other All Clad pots and pans, the Karahi is dishwasher safe, which I adore.

Update:  All-Clad has discontinued this item  as of 2009, but we recommend the the All-Clad Chef’s Pan as a comparable alternative.

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Soft-shell crabs – All-Clad Electric Skillet Style

Frying soft-shell crabs in the All-Clad Electric Skillet:

All-Clad Electric Skillet

My family hails from New Orleans, home of fabulous food, especially seafood! So, when aunts & uncles come to visit us in Atlanta, what do they bring? Delicious seafood, of course!! When my family came to visit a few weeks ago, they brought some incredible soft-shell crabs…my mom’s favorite! Only problem was, how were we going to fry up 15 soft-shell crabs to feed our huge family? Naturally, with the All-Clad Electric Skillet. We thought of buying the All-Clad Multi-Use 6qt. Fry Basket to use with our All-Clad 6 quart Stock Pot, however, it would take us too long to fry all those crabs! So, we decided to go with the All-Clad 6 quart Electric Skillet instead. It worked perfectly! We filled the skillet up about ½ way full with canola oil. Once we turned the skillet on, the oil heated up in no time at all. We were able to fry all of them in 2 batches due to the large surface area the skillet offers. The crabs were absolutely delicious! One of the best things about the skillet was that we could plug it in anywhere in the kitchen & it was out of the way of the other things we were cooking in our kitchen. The easy to read temperature control kept the oil evenly heated & brought the oil back up the correct temperature when the crabs were added. There was very little mess even though we were frying in oil. The skillet was deep enough to hold the oil & the crabs & have minimal splattering. The lid also worked wonders & enabled our delicious crabs to get nice & golden brown. The best thing about the All-Clad Electric Skillet was the clean-up…it was a charm! Once the power cord is detached, the skillet can go right into the dishwasher for the easiest clean-up ever! It definitely beats attempting to clean those old pesky deep fat fryers!

I highly recommend this skillet to anyone looking to fry yummy seafood like I did, or if you want a classy way to cook eggs for a house full of out of town guests! You’ll definitely do it in style with this All-Clad Electric Skillet!

My Spring Fling with Food

Spring is in the air…at least in the Southeast, it is. Trees are starting to bloom, bulbs are rising, but the temperatures are still cool for the moment. With March just one day away (happy leap day, by the way!), that means just 17 days till St. Patty’s Day and 23 days until Easter. For me, Spring is my favorite season of the year. Everyone is coming out of their homes, playing tennis & soccer, wearing brighter colors, and you begin to see more smiles on people’s faces. The best part of spring in the south, is the foods lighten up as well. Fruits, salads, and veggies take the front row in spring. Except of course, on the spring holidays.

St. Patricks Day: On this day, my house smells deliciously yummy of corn beef and cabbage. Using a stockpot, such as the All-Clad 12-quart Disc Bottom Multi-cooker stock pot, I throw all my ingredients inside including, corn beef, carrots, onions, and cabbage. Its an easy one pot meal, ready to go in just 2 hours! Just be sure not to overcook the veggies. Some chefs recommend brining the corn beef one day in advanced. I’ll be sure to take pictures and blog when I cook on St. Patty’s Day.

Easter: Easter is such a fun holiday, I’m not quite sure where to begin? Is it all the Easter bunny chocolates or the great Easter meals? Some families host Easter brunches, other Easter dinners. This year, I’m hosting an Easter Lunch. I get to incorporate brunch and dinner at the same time. My Easter menu this year will include honey roasted ham, lasagna, stuffed artichokes, hot biscuits, sausage-egg casserole, bakery rye-bread, and strawberry trifle desert.

Great items to equip your kitchen with to host an Easter celebration include:

All-Clad Stainless Large Roaster Combo – perfect for roasting your ham
All-Clad Stainless Lasagna Pan -this roomy lasagna pan holds in all your gravy
All-Clad Vegetable Steamer- you can steam asparagus or broccoli to perfection
Global Knife Set – 3 pc. – great knives for cutting and peeling veggies and potatoes
CIA Baking Sheet – perfect for cookies or biscuits

Metrokitchen.com carries everything you need for the upcoming holidays. Stay tuned for future blogs and photos with our cookware in action during the holidays!

Tis the Season to be shopping…

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are searching for something great for your favorite cook, shop online at MetroKitchen.com. We have everything you need to complete a gourmet kitchen, such as fine cookware, cutlery & wine accessories. Plus, we have FREE SHIPPING on any item over $49! That’s the lowest free shipping minimum available online! Ship your holiday gifts for free–how great is that? :)

Here’s a list of our Top 10 Gift Items for the holidays!
1. Viking Portable Induction Cooktop

2. Viking Hand Blender

3. All-Clad 10 piece Stainless Steel Set

4. All-Clad Slow Cooker

5. Global 3 piece Santoku Set

6. PEK Wine Steward Preservo

7. Vitamix CIA Professional Blender

8. Staub Mussel Pot

9. Riedel Tyrol Decanter

10. Riedel Glassware

Happy Holidays from MetroKitchen.com. Happy Shopping!

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