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Cookware

new cookware set

dwillm | Nov 10, 200807:06 PM     34

So I have been going back and forth trying to decide on what type of cookware to get and I need some help. I do a lot of cooking and consider myself, for better or worse, kind of a foodie, so I am really looking for a good quality set that will last a while and definitely be used everyday. I have been leaning towards some try-ply stainless steel (there is a $600 Cuisinart set at amazon going for $225) or possibly the Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 9-Piece Cookware Set which is going for only $160 at amazon (it is the pre-Calphalon One set I think). I have been reading some posts and seen the seemingly anti-Calphalon sentiment among many Chowhounds so if anyone has any direct usage knowledge of that particular set that would be helpful. But...I am beginning to get worried about missing the love/hate relationship with non-stick. Will I be alright without the non-stick? I make eggs and oatmeal pretty much everyday and just want to be sure I can fry up my little eggs without a whole stick of butter, and not lose half my oats to the pan. The reasons for moving away from non-stick are: I need to be able to use the pans in the oven (and not just up to 400 for 20mins), and really really really want to use metal utensils. Anyway, I can be easily convinced, so do your best.

also...I don't have unlimited funds for this either, maybe $300-350 max.

THANKS...

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