September 26, 2020

Dining On Asian Food

Asian food is every bit as diverse as it is delicious. I used to think that I knew Asian foods growing up. You see, we used to go out to Chinese and practically every weekend.

They were a couple Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood, and they were perfect for us kids. They were greasy, flavorful, and we got a cookie at the end of every meal. What more could a child ask for?

What I didn’t realize was how much better Asian food could be than what my experience of it was. A lot of Chinese cuisine in America is actually nothing like the traditional style. It is much too greasy, and dominated by a simple array of flavors that doesn’t really capture the complexity of Asian cooking.

I wasn’t really aware of any of this until I moved to San Francisco. If you can picture an Asian food Mecca, this is it! You can get Thai food, Vietnamese food, Japanese food, Chinese food you name it.

Although all of the Asian gourmet food there is tinged by local cuisine traditional Asian cooking doesn’t incorporate cilantro, for example there still is quite a bit of authenticity to it.

In my opinion, the very best way to enjoy Asian food is to cook it yourself. You never really understand any kind of food until you cook it. I did not start cooking until I was 18.

My mother always made meals growing up, and it never occurred to me to try it out. Once I did, I was blown away by how much fun it was. It had seemed like it would be a chore, but it was anything but.

I can tinker with the heat, the ingredients, the proportions of different things, and any number of other factors. I can spend as much time experimenting as I want, and eventually cook up the perfect meal.

When I went to an Asian grocery store, I was overwhelmed by all the ingredients I saw there. At that point, I had been living in San Francisco for a year and a half, and I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Asian cuisine had to offer.

I was surprised at the hundreds of different ingredients which I had never seen before. It turns out that traditional Asian foods incorporates a lot of things that just generally aren’t fed to Westerners. Exploring these aspects of Asian cooking has been a joy for me.

This is a cookware review of Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange. I hope you find it helpful…

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange

  • Set includes: 1-quart,covered saucepan, 2-quart,covered saucepan, 6-quart,covered stockpot, 3-quart,covered saute, 8.5-inch skillet, 10-inch skillet
  • Dishwasher safe. A long-lasting nonstick interior lets food slide off with ease and makes cleanup quick and easy
  • Grippy handles – fun rubberized handles are oven safe to 350 degrees F
  • Tempered glass lids; Lifetime limited warranty

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, OrangeCreate super-nutritious and innovative meals that are never boring with the help of Rachael Ray cookware. Create Rachael’s Vegetable Cacciatore by browning vegetables in the saute pan while the accompanying whole wheat penne bubbles away in the stockpot. Or try adding a little spice to a simple lunchtime meal with a chipotle grilled cheese sandwich browned to perfection in one of the skill Read the original review here…

List Price: $ 255.00


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  1. 271 of 288 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Updated review, it ended up disappointing us, September 27, 2011
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange (Kitchen)
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    UPDATED: See new note at end of the original review.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW: This is my first experience with Rachael Ray cookware. When I removed the cookware from the set, I first noticed how light weight it was. I then noticed the attractive orange handles and the beautiful clear lids. It’s not high end cookware, but it would be welcome in many or most homes.

    I used the skillet to saute tofu and it browned nicely even at a medium heat level. I didn’t use any oil in the pan and just let the tofu do its thing. I have also sauteed vegetables using just a touch of water without added oil and it also worked out beautifully.

    I heated some almond milk for chai and forgot about it. That could have resulted in quite a mess with some other types of cookware, but it cleaned up quickly and still looked brand new.

    What I liked:
    * The design is very modern and attractive.
    * The glass lids have a sturdy rim that is designed so food will not be easily trapped
    * The orange handles are non-slip and easy to grip, and they keep very cool while cooking
    * The small size pots are very handy, and the 6 quart stock pot is a nice small-size stockpot that I’m finding a much better size for my use.
    * Cleanup was super easy

    What I didn’t like:
    * The pots seem to be about half the thickness of most of my other pots and pans. While I don’t think they would dent easily if dropped, they don’t have a sturdy, well made feel to them.
    * When compared to my Calphalon, they also do not have the same quality hard anodized finish on the outside.
    * The nonstick coating doesn’t feel as high quality as other brands. So far, so good though!
    * The pans do not have a thick bottom, and seem to heat unevenly. My food scorched quickly, so cooking time and technique will vary from my other cookware.

    I think this would make a great starter set for someone just starting out on their own. Despite the few flaws (IMO) that I noted above, I am enjoying using this cookware and cooking just became a little more fun!

    EDITED TO ADD: I’ve had this cookware for about a year and a half and am throwing it away. When I started using the skillets more frequently, I noticed that I felt weird. We know that nonstick cookware should not be used on high heat, but I barely used the skillets over medium heat and they emitted chemicals into the air. I’ve used T-Fal skillets on much higher heat without any ill effects. Every time I used the Rachael Ray skillets, I felt light headed and just weird. I tossed the skillets a long time ago. Now I’m discarding the other pieces. The saucepans and stock pot just haven’t held up well. The handles are loose and feel unsafe now. I also got tired of the uneven heating, which I mentioned in my original review. The exterior finish also scratches easily. They feel dinky. To me, the tradeoff of low price vs quality was just not worth it.


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  2. 101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A great assortment of pots and pans that you will use often, February 3, 2012
    Timothy B. Riley (San Antonio, TX USA) –

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    Customer Video Review Length:: 5:37 Mins

    When reviewing a set of cookware like this I always try to imagine who it was designed for and not to let my own personal preferences and biases effect how I judge the set. Having said that, I think that this is a great set for the casual (or reluctant) cook. Also, for those on a budget, newlyweds, first time home owners, etc. I am going to use this set in a summer/vacation home. I really like the assortment of pots, pans and skillets in this set so I thought that a video review might be helpful. Thank you.


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  3. 67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A serviceable set, with a few caveats to consider, September 30, 2011
    John B.
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    This review is from: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange (Kitchen)
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    Updated Sept. 2014 –
    As noted below, when I first reviewed these pans I said that I could not yet evaluate the non-stick coating. Now after several years of use I can. The coating is wearing off, so I have down rated the set to three stars. This is typical of the “Teflon” coated pots that we have and it the reason why we now prefer a ceramic coating. In the section on what I did not like, I mention that I was unsure if these were actually “Teflon” coated, but now I see that they are.

    1Qt Saucepan Plus a Tempered Glass Lid
    2Qt Saucepan Plus a Tempered Glass Lid
    3Qt Sauté pan Plus a Tempered Glass Lid (The lid for this pan also fits the 10 inch Skillet)
    6Qt Stockpot Plus a Tempered Glass Lid
    8.5-Inch Skillet
    10-Inch Skillet
    All these items are made from anodized aluminum, with non-stick inner surfaces (discussed later) and have rubber handles.

    I feel that this is an attractive set, with a lot of attractive features. The orange handles go well with the black anodized surfaces and the black non-stick coatings. There are metallic insert holes in the handles so the pans can be hung up and these metallic areas and metallic rivets and non-coated areas of the handles make a nice contrast with the other parts of the pots and pans. The tempered glass lids appear to be thick enough to resist easy fracturing and should hold in some steam when in use. Being made of aluminum these pots and pans are lightweight and have good thermal properties (they heat up more rapidly and have a better heat distribution than stainless steel). The handles are comfortable. So far the non-stick coating is doing its job and shows no signs of wear, but with any non-stick coating there is always a question of the durability of the coating. It will take some time to fully evaluate this and I plan to update this review when the pots and pans have been in service longer.

    – The instruction booklet is very brief (actually only a single folded page) and covers many different sets, with do way of identifying which description goes with which set. This is important with regards to the non-stick coating. The booklet describes PTFE (Teflon type material), but does not specifically state which sets are lined with this material. At least one reviewer was under the impression that the “non-stick” appellation used with this set was referring to the anodized coating, but I believe that this is in error. The exterior of the pots and pans are anodized black, on a smooth aluminum surface. The interior is also black, but a bit darker and rough, typical of PTFE coatings. Thus, I believe that the interior is PTFE. If this is incorrect I hope that the manufacturer will correct this impression via the comment section and I will correct this review appropriately. This is very important because if the pans are PTFE they cannot be used under a broiler, as the coating will degrade releasing very harmful vapors. This is a somewhat moot point because the rubber handles also prevent the use of these pans under a broiler. The PTFE coating will also release harmful vapors if the pans are heated without liquid in them or if the liquid is allowed to evaporate and the pans allowed to overheat. Whether or not the pots and pans are PTFE lined is also important because some people prefer not to cook with this material.

    – The handles are rubber coated, limiting their use in an oven to only 350F. If they were made of silicone then a slightly higher use temperature (400F) would be possible.

    – The 3Qt Sauté pan does not have a small handle in addition to the primary one. I went to the trouble to look at a number of other sets and find that 4 and 5Qt pans generally have such handles and so do stainless steel 3Qt pans, but 3Qt aluminum pans generally do not. The lack of an auxiliary handle is thus typical, but I still find the lack of such a handle to be somewhat limiting. Three quarts of water weighs six pounds, so a full pan would weigh more than this (because of the weight of the pan and even more if the lid were used). I tried this and found that a full pan was too unwieldy to use without the extra handle. Fortunately, in making sauces one would generally not fill up the pan, but the point is that it is unsafe to try to move the pan from the stove if it is filled with too much liquid.

    – There is no pouring spout on any of the pots. We have pots that have spouts and we find this to be a useful feature, which I would have liked these pots to have had.


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