The Consuming Passion

I’ve been on the lookout for a saucepan in the 4-quart range–my Cuisinart saucepans top out at 3-quart, and the French ovens start at 5-quart and are a little to big for something like a week’s worth of oatmeal. I had originally planned to stick with Cuisinart, but Elizabeth Moon has been waxing lyrical over on her blog about her All-Clad pots and pans, and I pondered taking the plunge and getting an All-Clad saucepan. I have the small roaster and non-stick grill pan already, and I like them. I also wanted to see if there was any difference in performance or construction compared to the Cuisinart. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted, and I didn’t want to make a pricey mistake.

Then yesterday at the day job, I received a really nice thank-you award from a co-worker that consisted of a nice gift certificate to the store of my choice. One of the stores on the list was

You know where this is going.

The 4-quart Chef’s Pan.

All my casseroles and large saute pans have straight sides. The sloping sides are supposed to better for stir-frying and sauteing. And it’s deeper than the usual fry pan, so it’s also suitable for oatmeal I think.

Anyway, I went with cheap shipping, so I may not get it until early December. Just in time for Christmas cooking. And oatmeal.