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Staub is a less popular brand but also offers good quality. Your enamel coated cast iron pot is the best conductor of heat available and will allow you to cook on the stove top and in your oven all during the same soup creation without switching pots. Some chefs prefer the uncoated cast iron dutch oven - they must like extra work since regular seasoning to keep the cast iron in prime working condition is required. Dutch Oven Stainless Steel: If you like great results AND want convenience we suggest a stainless steel heavy bottom dutch oven. The All-Clad is our favorite. These cook great in fact we believe they work just as great as the Le Crueset but allow for easier observation with it s light colored interior. With this dutch oven clean up is a snap. Frankly we love the All-Clad look and the brand is top notch.
If you have larger hands we suggest trying a 10-inch blade or possibly a 12-inch blade. Consider a knife with a slight curve to the blade this allows for easier chopping. A great quality knife is designed to "catch an edge" making your cutting safer and easier and frankly more enjoyable. If you re going to invest in quality cutlery we also suggest an electric knife sharpener that controls the sharpening angle (a perfect 20 degrees). Fresh Ingredients: Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Nothing can replace the complex and wonderful flavors of fresh vegetables meats herbs and spices. Even ingredients such as olive oil offer the best flavor when freshest. Soup aficionados who make the effort to use fresh home made stocks are an inspiration to us all. In general your kitchen should keep a collection of fresh staple ingredients such as onions celery and carrots fresh peppercorns garlic and parsley.
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Bouillabaisse - a highly seasoned seafood stew made of fish shellfish onions tomatoes white wine olive oil garlic saffron and herbs. Broth & Bouillon (Stock) - a strained liquid that is the result of cooking vegetables meat or fish and other seasonings in water. Chowder - a thick chunky soup or stew usually containing seafood potatoes and milk or cream. The word chowder comes from the French word cauldron which means cooking kettle. Vegetables or fish stewed in a cauldron became known as chowder in English-speaking nations (a corruption of the name of the pot or kettle in which they were cooked). The first chowders prepared on the North American continent were brought by French fishermen to Canada. Consomme - a clear soup made of strained meat or vegetable broth served hot or as a cold jelly.