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Caraway Cookware Set - My Honest Review

FX's The Bear Inspired Me To Level Up My Kitchen

After cranking out I’d say a thousand dinners in my COVID-Kitchen, I must say that not only am I sick-sick-sick of cooking, but my cookware is sick-sick-sick of my cooking too. The pots and pans are totally beat - how many lids got lost behind the fridge, how many nicks, how many dings. And my Our Place Always Pan has more recently turned into a Never Pan.

One positive about the pandemic is that I learned to chef. I drank Bon Appetits YouTube Channel dry. Not only did I watch Stanley Tucci’s Searching For Italy seven times, I devoured his book, Taste, cover-to-cover. And then I started following Matty Matheson.

It was a mix of the tattoos, dry humor, and overalls with no shirt underneath that drew me to Matheson – he’s effortlessly chic by being the abso opposite of chic while maintaining a certain je ne sais quoi.

Thinking the man could do no more – cause evidently Matty’s done it all – he goes and co-produces and stars in The Bear. This smash hit, FX original series follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a world-class chef who returns home to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop after his older brother’s suicide.


My boyfriend, Dalton, just told me that The Bear’s been renewed for a second season! So I gotta dump the old cookware and get in the spirit. It’s time to chat up Caraway's Cookware Set.

Typically priced at $545, Caraway’s currently offering $150 off their cookware and bakeware sets.

Before we start cooking with gas, first . . . the recipe: Caraway’s 100% non-toxic cookware is free from harmful chemicals like polytetrafluoroethylene that can leach toxins into your food – looking at you, Teflon®. Their cookware and bakeware is naturally smooth, non-stick ceramic, and slick enough that cleaning only requires a touch of hot water and soap.

To begin, the packaging – Chef’s Kiss.

It arrived in a massive box. Each elegant piece has its own (recycled) cardboard nook and a pamphlet laying out the dos and don'ts to keep these babies pristine.

The full Caraway Cookware Set includes:

  • 10.5” Fry Pan
  • 3 qt Sauce Pan
  • 4.5 qt Saute Pan
  • 6.5 qt Dutch Oven (the pièce de résistance)

Each piece comes with its own lid which nestles in the Canvas Lid Holder. Dalton and I took one out, placed it in the magnetic pan rack, and stared. Frankly, we were mesmerized by the delicious, buttery cream color that totally matches our kitchen.

Caraway has five other rich shades like Perracotta, Gray, Navy, Sage, and Marigold. The Cookware Set is also available in Caraway’s premium and luxe Iconics Collection with glossy gold handles in both black and white for $595 ($150 off full price).

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We used to use the 8-in-1 Our Place Always Pan which fit our budget (and small apartment). While a multi-use pan is innovative, Caraway and its easy storage solutions prove you don’t need an all-in-one to save on space.

The rack sits on our countertop and it’s so exquisite, I’m not even bothered that it’s taking up prime kitchen real estate.

I Slacked my co-workers, fretting about cooking with our gorgeous new pots. I worried I’d ruin them. So I put them to work on Molly Baz’s Chickpea Chorizo Carbonara which is no walk in the park for any old pan.

I mashed and fried up chickpeas, layered in the chorizo, and turned my stovetop into a gustatory battleground. With our Caraway Dutch Oven front and center on the range and the Sauce Pan on the back right, I felt like Selena Gomez in Selena + Chef. And hey-presto! I’m the chef.

We devoured our pasta and were left with a sink filled with Caraway carcasses. Damage was done. There was chorizo grease and crispy parmesan that I fully expected I’d have to chisel off the pans.The pamphlet that came with our set advised that pieces should cool before submersing in water. So I waited ten minutes and got to work. I barely needed soap – everything simply slid off. I’m talking crusty carbonara – an egg and parmesan-based sauce – gone. With ease.

To clean both the Dutch Oven and the Sauce Pan only took five minutes. My station was clean. Yes, Chef!

After cooking our first meal with Caraway, we’re absolutely hooked. From serving eye-candy vibes on my counter to lessening my oil intake to feeling safer because I’m not baking toxic chemicals into our meals, I’m just about hitting Matty Matheson and The Bear levels.

In the show, Carmy calls everyone Chef as a sign of respect. And now, as the highest form of respect, I’m only calling my Caraway set, Chef.

Start chef-ing it up with Caraway now and get Free Shipping on orders of $90+ - Free Returns & 30-Day Trial! Don’t forget – Cookware & Bakeware Sets are $150 OFF NOW!

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Noah Hawley's "Alien" Series for FX Is Already Making Enemies

Politics are invading science fiction for the first time ever.

Noah Hawley's rise is one of the best thing that's happened to TV in the last decade.

As a showrunner for FX, he has adapted the Cohen brothers 1996 classic Fargo and the Legion storyline from X-Men comics into critically acclaimed series. The shows demonstrate Hawley's range as a showrunner, with wildly different tones and storytelling approaches, and now FX is trusting him to stretch his talents even further, creating a new sci-fi horror series based on the Alien franchise.

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Everything We Know About "Atlanta" Seasons 3 and 4

One of the best shows on TV will return next year.

Donald Glover's surrealist masterpiece Atlanta is coming back.

But we'll just have to wait for it. Since Season 2 dropped in 2018, fans have been waiting with bated breath to hear when (or if) the show will return, and now we know that we're officially getting seasons 3 and 4.

There's a catch, though; the next two seasons won't drop until 2021. However, season 3 will be longer than the first two seasons, featuring ten episodes instead of eight. Even better, both seasons will be filmed at the same time, so the two will likely drop in rapid succession.

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"The plan is that one would air I think in January, so early next year. And then the other would air, I think, later that year, somewhere around the fall," said John Landgraff, the CEO of FX. "There'll be less than a year break between them."

As for the plot, apparently some of Atlanta's next installments might be taking place far outside the city that gives the show its name. Season 2 ended with Paper Boi receiving an offer from Clark County, a rapper who invited Alfred to tour with him, and it seems that the third season will pick up where the previous one left off, following Paper Boi and crew on a European tour.

This summer, Glover explained that the third season of Atlanta will be more accessible than the previous seasons. "I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records," he stated. "I feel like this is our 'Graduation.' This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album."

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The past eight episodes, which comprised "Atlanta Robbin' Season," were not exactly accessible. Featuring a horrifically beautiful sequence that starred Donald Glover as a reclusive murderer in whiteface, a bizarre party at Drake's house juxtaposed against a discussion of simulation theory, a stint in haunted woods, and many more labyrinthine misadventures, Atlanta season 2 set the bar stratospherically high. There are few shows that portray both absurdity and reality with such precision and elegance, and so even if we have to wait for the next season, whatever comes next will be worth the delay.

In the meantime, Glover—who writes, executive produces, directs, and stars in Atlanta—has had a busy few years, so he can be forgiven for the delay. He played Simba in The Lion King, released music that included the Grammy-winning single "This Is America," headlined Coachella, and even announced that he was joining the campaign of presidential candidate Andrew Yang as creative consultant. If anyone knows how to bend and shape media to his will, it's Glover, and so his endorsement could potentially have significant influence on the race.

Regardless, by the time 2021 rolls around, we'll have a new president—which could be good or bad—but either way, we know we'll be able to laugh, cry, cringe, and dance along to more Atlanta come the next New Year.

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10 Most Disturbing Moments in "American Horror Story"

The next cast of "AHS" has been announced, and we're still not sure if this show is okay.

American Horror Story has been feeding America's craving for creepy, campy horror since 2011.

With the cast of season 10 including Macaulay Culkin, many viewers are hoping that the show leans further into its cutting social commentary and goes easier on the gratuitous sexual violence and grotesque body horror that's detracted from its later seasons. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have created a show that steps over the line time and again to challenge our notion of decency and decorum in an age of pandemics, mass shootings, fake news, and Marianne Williamson (a.k.a. actual Supreme witch). At times the show has almost certainly gone too far in its depictions of the terror humans wreak upon each other. It's also created disturbingly sympathetic villains who challenge the harsh tribalism that divides most American opinions—suggesting, if only for the duration of a gory amputation scene, that the shadows of Absolute Evil we see in the world are usually projections of the evil lying within ourselves.

All that's to say: Murder House was the absolute best season of AHS, and if you don't agree, then you're not the Supreme. Whether you're ready to cancel AHS for stepping over the line or you love to confront the show's moral ambiguity, these are some of the most stomach-churning moments throughout the show's eight seasons.

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7 Films and TV Shows to Celebrate Pride Month

Queer representation means more than just a queer character plopped in a plot line.

Pride month is here and Drag Race is over, and unfortunately, it's hard to find many other shows for queer people by queer people. Supporting and celebrating pride month isn't just buying a rainbow shirt from Target; it's buying directly from queer artists and giving back to the culture. With representation more important than ever, these TV shows and films place queer characters right in the center where they belong. Here are some to look out for and catch up on.

Now Apocalypse (Starz)

Gregg Araki, known for his great contributions to the New Queer Cinema Movement, is at it again with this bizarre new show. Avan Jogia (of Victorious and Twisted fame) stars as Ulysses, a gay man who has disturbing, premonitory dreams that the world is ending. Ulysses's romantic and platonic relationships are explored with consideration for sexuality and fame in Los Angeles. Now Apocalypse takes LGBTQIA representation to the absurd and it couldn't be more fun. All episodes are now available for streaming on Starz.

Pose (FX)

Ryan Murphy's latest phenomenon is back for its second season on June 10th. The show centers on POC queer, cis and trans men and women as they navigate different NYC scenes and find purpose through the African American and Latinx ball culture. The show also investigates each character's place in society during the AIDs crisis, reclaiming the narrative and the hysteria of the era. If you're not caught up yet, the FX show is now on Netflix.

Rocketman

Executive produced by Elton John himself, Rocketman was released last weekend to a surprisingly solid first weekend. Bohemian Rhapsody's fill-in director, Dexter Fletcher, captures the life of a queer icon. Besides Rocketman being the first major Hollywood studio production to show a gay sex scene, the film does what Bohemian Rhapsody wanted to do but Queen would not allow: put a global icon's sexuality on display, explore the creative depths of a genius, and feature a lead actor that actually sings. Sing along and enjoy the breadth of great performances and direction.

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Ok, this is an obvious one, but season 3 only premiered in March! If you haven't already watched the fantastic makeovers and heart-warming stories that have come out of the reboot, you're missing out. Celebrate love and life by embracing those who are transformed by the Fab Five. While you're at it, preorder Tan France's book, Naturally Tan: A Memoir.


Euphoria (HBO)

Not many know what this show is actually about, but the trailer seems to center on the complicated lives of youth today. Sexual and gender identities are at the forefront of conversation today, especially from adolescents aware of their pertinence in a way previous generations were not. LGBTQ activist and trans woman, Hunter Shafer, will star as a trans girl who befriends Zendaya's character and their relationship potentially becomes something more. Down the rabbit hole viewers will go! Premiering on June 16th, Euphoria gives everyone a reason to keep their HBO subscription.


Booksmart

White feminism aside, Booksmart is an important film because of its lesbian representation. Beanie Feldstein, break-out star of Lady Bird, explained how important her co-star's character is to her and society, "For me in my life, it is a part of who I am but it is not at all my defining feature. It doesn't mean I don't love my girlfriend, it's just part of who I am. And [the character]'s the same way. To see that in Amy and how beautifully Kaitlyn plays her and how beautifully Katie [Silberman, screenwriter] and Olivia [Wilde, director] crafted her, it's gonna change a lot of people's lives." Booksmart is still in theaters nationwide.


One Day at A Time (Netflix, for now)

The 70s sitcom reboot came with reevaluations. The showrunners, Kellet and Royce, decided to change the two daughters to a daughter and son. One of the main characters, the daughter Elena, did not start off as a gay character. It wasn't until Royce's real-life daughter came out that he realized he needed to tell this story. His writer's room invested their own experiences to shape a character and an on-going storyline that provided insight into a coming-out story and its realities in a fresh, familial context. It's done beautifully and truthfully. While Netflix has canceled the show, the creators are fighting to revive it on another platform or channel. #SaveODAT!

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The First 2019 Golden Globe Winner is Diversity

Mostly in the TV categories, but elsewhere, too.

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After announcing hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg (easily the most charming part of the 2018 Emmy Awards), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association followed up this morning with the official nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes. Awarded by the 94 Los Angeles-based foreign entertainment and industry journalists that comprise the HFPA, the Golden Globes cover both film and television, and are considered the official kickoff of awards season. Because the awards include a wider array of categories than the Oscars or the Emmys, which honor solely film and television, respectively, the Globes generally has an opportunity to celebrate a more diverse range of work and and creatives, but it doesn't always deliver.

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The industry and the self-congratulatory circus that is Awards Season have been under scrutiny for some time, notably since 2015, when an all-white slate of acting nominees prompted criticism and the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite—and again the following year. Since then, both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Oscars, and the Recording Academy, which governs the Grammys, have announced initiatives to diversify member bases and amend voting rules to ensure that their constituencies are more reflective of a diverse industry. The TV landscape, however, has been ahead of the curve when it comes to its content mirroring both its audiences and its creators. The same year that #OscarsSoWhite was trending, TV was having its most diverse programming season in years.

The HFPA has a decent track record in terms of the cultural, sexual, disability, and gender diversity of its television nominees, and this year is no different. Nominees in the television acting categories for this year's awards boast 10 people of color, including first-time nominees Billy Porter (Pose) and Stephan James (Homecoming), and the inimitable Regina King (Seven Seconds), who also snagged a nomination on the film side for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. Porter's nomination, and that of Pose for Best Television Series — Drama, is especially monumental, marking the first nomination of a show that features a primarily trans cast.


Because the Globes take place in January, right in the middle of the television season, it has a jump on the Emmys in terms of recognizing the year's newest and buzziest output, which likely accounts for the ousting of previous favorites like The Handmaid's Tale, black-ish, and This is Us in favor of Homecoming, Killing Eve, Pose, Kidding, Barry, The Kominsky Method, and The Bodyguard—all freshmen series. This, as well as the award show's proclivity for diversity, is perhaps the Globes' greatest advantage, especially when comparing it to, say, the Television Academy's tendency to nominate the same series over and over again (looking at you, Modern Family).

While the film acting nominations aren't quite as diverse as their television equivalent, other categories speak volumes about the state of art, and its consumers, over the past year. Films with casts comprised primarily of people of color (Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk), or that are focused on issues faced by people of color (Beale Street, Blackkklansman, Green Book) top the list. Best Song nominations were given to pop artists Troye Sivan, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar (who already has a Pulitzer).

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Newcomers and first-time nominees like James, Constance Wu, John David Washington, and Kristen Bell effectively bring down the median age of what can feel like a stuffy event in a room full of septuagenarians; 15-year-old Elsie Fisher adds an acting nomination to the recognition she's already received from the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Gotham Awards.

Of course, it wouldn't be an awards show without recognizing some rich old white guy, and it doesn't get richer, older, or whiter than Best Film — Drama nominee Vice, the biopic about Dick Cheney. But, hey, diversity in an industry that's been capturing the world's attention for over 100 years doesn't happen overnight.