TASTE | COOKING WITH FIRE

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional chef. Actually, you probably already knew that. I am married to one, though, and thanks to him, I've become a pretty decent cook over the years. While I still need a recipe to follow and a plan in place, I can hold my own in the kitchen. What I hadn't yet mastered was what kind of pots and pans would serve me well in our home kitchen. Until now. Enter The Select 7 Set of Made In Cookware that is literally about to change your life.

I know, I know, it sounds hyperbolic. It also sounds like the hard sell, but by now I think you all know me well enough to know that I don't wax poetic about crap I don’t actually love. I mean, really, really, love, so pay attention. 

Here's the backstory. In December, I got a call from Chip Malt and Jake Kalick, the founders of Made In Cookware. I was intrigued by what they were doing, I was also incredibly flattered that they had found The Select 7 and liked it, so we talked, and I loved what I heard.  

Cooking is really important for a million reasons, but for me, the reason I really started to find my way around the kitchen was to create connections. Making a meal, sitting down and eating it with friends or family (or friends and family) is a crucial part of connecting. We spend so much time with devices and screens, and mealtime is one of the last things we have left that allows for real, human interaction. And while this may sound a little heavy handed, it’s something I really do hold dear. Hearing these guys speak so passionately about what they were doing with Made In resonated with me big time.

If you’re scratching your head right about now trying to figure out what could be so amazing about some pots and pans, please stick with me, because I promise I’m getting there.

Made In was born from the idea that (1) people should be excited about cooking and (2) they shouldn't have to pay crazy stupid prices to make it happen. So Jake and Chip set off to create super high quality, American made (from 5-ply, American-sourced, cladded stainless steel and aluminum which ensures consistent heat) cookware that’s sold direct to consumer, meaning there’s no retailer markup, so #winning.  And that’s not all. They also went to a bunch of home cooks to find out what they could do to serve an amateur chef better than the brands currently out there. And here’s where it gets kind of fun. They took every complaint they heard, addressed it and fixed it: Cookware’s too heavy. OK, they made their handles hollow and more ergonomic, providing a more balanced feel; Frying pans generally heat up all the way to the handle, causing burns. OK, the aforementioned handles on Made Ins cookware are hollow in the middle, which dissipates heat and keeps the handles cool; I have no idea what brand I’m cooking on, and nothing matches. OK, they created the Made In brand to resonate with the customer through intriguing content and exceptional service, so they would be remembered.  And now they still listen to their customers. In fact, the brand spanking new Saucier (part of our collection), is a direct result of people using the regular saucepan and asking for one with a curved bowl. Ask and you shall receive.

Needless to say, I was sold. I got some cookware of my own (which my professional chef husband is incredibly jealous of) and tried them out. They. Are. Awesome.

FINALLY, this is where The Select 7 Set comes in: It’s the new 3QT Saucier with lid, a 5QT Stock Pot with lid, a 10" Nonstick Fry Pan, a 12" Fry Pan and the Made In Market Tote with my fave pun ever: I Don’t Carrot All. And as luck would have it, these 7 pieces are all you need. All. You. Need. For anything you might want to cook. Dinner party? Check. Meatless Monday? Check. Taco Tuesday? Check. You see where I'm going with this?  So get rid of all of those mismatched pans you've been playing around with and get cooking. 

And speaking of cooking, I kind of feel like I want to share a recipe with you. It’s my own, and there are very few measurements, so take it with a grain of salt and make it your own. But whatever you do, make it with your new 7.

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THE SELECT 7 CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE
(serves 2ish)

WHAT YOU NEED
1 head of cauliflower
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 /2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced (or 2 if you love garlic)
2 zucchini, cubed
I bag frozen peas
5 scallions, sliced and separated white from green
3 large eggs
soy sauce (or tamari or coconut amines)
salt to taste
sriracha to taste

WHAT YOU DO
1. Clean and dry the cauliflower and cut into florets. Place them into a food processor and pulse until it looks like couscous.
2. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
3. Heat the sesame oil in your 12” non-stick fry pan from your Select 7 Set of Made In Cookware, add the zucchini and sauté for a bit, until it sort of starts to brown and get soft.
4. Add the onions, the white parts of the scallions, the peas and the garlic and sauté for another few minutes until soft.
5. Add the cauliflower rice with a splash or two (or four) of soy sauce and cook until the rice starts to brown and get a little crispy.
6. Add the eggs and stir (fry) them until cooked through.
7. Garnish with the green parts of the scallion and serve with sriracha. YUM.

PS: Once you get yours in the mail and start playing, post your pics to the ‘gram and tag @theselect7 and @madeincookware and show us how you #MadeIn7.