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Oddball Cookware

As I nosing around the internet yesterday, I came across some strange pots and pans that I had never seen before. Thought they would be fun for you to see too. I have included the “commercial” information for each piece so you can get an idea of the designer’s original purpose.

Triple Play Cast Iron Frying Pan

Easy as 1, 2, 3. The three individual cooking areas of this fry pan allow you to prepare different meal components all in one dish. The cast iron design conducts heat evenly, retains it longer than other materials, and can be used on a stovetop, in the oven, on the grill, even over a campfire. The pan is great for families with a picky eater, or in a household where allergies make cross-contamination a concern.
Features Include:
Oven safe to 500F
Cast iron construction
Measures approximately 10″W x 15-3/4″L x 1-1/4″H

Triple-Channel Lasagna Pan

Make three kinds of lasagna in the same pan – inventive design is great for families, dinner parties and more. Durable aluminized-steel construction provides quick, even heat; nonstick finish for easy release and cleanup.
Features Include:
Dishwasher safe
Includes a spatula for serving
Measures approximately 12″ x 15″ x 3″.

Cast Iron Vertical Poultry Roaster

This vertical poultry roaster is the ultimate in the one dish meal concept. The center volcano-well has been designed to contain herbs and seasonings for infusing flavor as it roasts. The wide, ergonomically designed handles ensure secure handling in and out of the oven or grill. Cook up flavorful, moist bird with a cripy skin every time and avoid over cooking with the center cone design. Heats from the inside and out while infusing with flavors and moisture. The deep base is designed to contain root vegetables and smaller proteins. A convenient pour spout makes for easy transfer of vegetables and easy clean up. Vegetables in the base of the pan can baste in the natural juices of the poultry for moist and flavorful side dishes. Lasts a lifetime, often becoming a family heirloom to be passed through the generations. Chef Emeril created recipes are included.
Features Include:
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron
Rugged and durable, perfect for slow cooking and high-heat grilling
Becomes virtually nonstick with seasoning and use

Technique Cookware 3 Qt. Garlic Pot

Spice up your cookware collection with this 3-qt garlic pot. Durably constructed of cast iron with a white enamel surface, it’s shaped like a real clove of garlic to add a fun and functional touch to any kitchen. Pair it with the matching garlic-shaped trivet and serve with style.
Features Include:
Shaped like a real clove of garlic
Cast iron with a white enamel surface
Oven safe to 475°F
Loop side handles
Hand wash

Technique Enamel Cast Iron 3.5qt Square Pot w/Lid

A pot for all seasons – and seasonings. Whatever you’re cooking, this square pot’s cast iron construction retains heat for maximum cooking performance. The enamel porcelain exterior and cream-colored interior transitions easily from oven to table, making a delightful presentation. Includes 3.5 qt square pot and dome lid.
Features Include:
Cast-iron construction
Oven safe to 475F
With lid, measures approximately 8″L x 8″W x 8-1/2″H.
Lifetime Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Technique Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 qt. Square Pot with Lid

Stir up something succulent in this Technique(R) enameled pot. Made of cast iron for exceptional heat retention, the pot has a 3.5 qt capacity that offers plenty of room for browning, braising, reducing, and caramelizing. Take the square-shaped pot from oven to table, as it provides the perfect presentation and keeps food warm for extended periods of time. Plus, the versatile lid of this pot can be used alone as a baking pan.
Features Include:
Oven safe to 500F
Measures 10″L x 8″W x 6-1/2″H


An Oldie, But A Goodie!*

Senior Road Trip

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a
roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their
meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.
When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her
glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until
they had been driving for about forty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to
travel quite a distance before they could find a
place to turn around in order to return to the
restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the elderly husband became the
classic grouchy man. He fussed and complained, and
scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became.
He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant.
As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to
retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her,

“While you’re in there, you might as well
get my hat and the credit card!”

*Another great one from Bill.

Clap Your Hands

Here’s a super play-a-long cartoon for:
Hannah and Emily and Baby Lee

Are you happy that Grandma is coming to visit?
Then clap your hands, stamp your feet and shout hurray!

Oodles of love from your
Grandma in Olympia
xo xo xo

P. S. Only 9 more days until my airplane arrives!

B. W. O.

“After coming across what seemed to be the 4000th or so post on someone’s blog starting with “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.” I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it. I am thinking that no one should utter those words again.”*


Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it’s a treadmill.
Because it’s okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
Because it’s okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
Because sometimes less is more.
Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable.”
Because if you blog without obligation you’ll naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore.

One post at a time . . . no apologies!

*~ Hats off to Tartx.

NALC* Nationwide Food Drive


The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. The drive is held annually in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Donations from this year’s drive are expected to push the overall total since the annual drive began 18 years ago to over 1 billion pounds. The total currently is 982.7 million pounds.

Donations will be collected by more than 1,400 local branches of the 295,000-member postal union and delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters that serve the communities where they are collected. Assisting in the effort are rural letter carriers and other postal employees, as well as members of other unions and thousands of civic volunteers.

NALC President Fredric V. Rolando emphasized that as successful as the food drive has been in the past, it simply must be even better this year. “Millions and millions of families are suffering – struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” Rolando said. “Food banks, pantries and shelters need our help more than ever this year. As families count on them for support, they’re counting on us and we will not back off on our commitment.” Rolando also noted that donations are particularly critical at this time since most school lunch programs are suspended during the summer months and millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

More than 126 million postcards, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and Campbell Soup Company, were delivered to postal branches to remind residents to leave food out by their mailboxes on May 8, that’s today. These followed more than 40 million special Valpak envelopes that were delivered in April and May also promoting donations.

Did you spring into action?
I sure hope so!

* National Association of Letter Carriers

Fresh Herbs in Your Garden

Today I was planning to do a write up on using fresh herbs, as opposed to dry herbs, when cooking. Then I chanced over to Our Best Bites and found this wonderful tutorial, full of more information than I could ever have imparted.

Lotza gems, like this one!
The rule of thumb to remember with fresh herbs is this:
1 Tbls. fresh herb = 1 tsp. dried herb
or use 3 times fresh that you would dried.

Helpful herb guides for growing a successful crop, include: What to grow. Where to plant. Soil needs. Using the herbs. Cutting herbs. Cooking with herbs. Preserving herbs. And super recipes using your herb bounty.

I just love my little herb garden so thought
you would also enjoy this great post.

Block Telemarketers from Your Cell Phone

Cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and money is being made at your expense. Think about how many sales calls you receive in a week. I personally never answer any number that I do not recognize or that does not come up on my caller ID. Sometimes a number slips through the cracks and you are caught with an unwanted solicitation. I hang up and immediately “tag” the unwanted number and put it on my fraud list in my address book.


To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:

This is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. However, you must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. It takes about 20 seconds.

It’s E-Z.
You type 1 for English.
The prompt will ask you to type in the cell
phone number you are calling from.

Many of us change cell phone carriers and/or phone numbers every few years, so it is always good to re-do this procedure. Also these days many people actually use their cell phone as their main telephone number. Now when you purchase something at the store and the clerk at the check-out asks for your telephone number, many of us give our cell number to them. That information is then used by the store and quite possibly sold to telemarketers.