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 Appetit’s 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.
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.