I'll be happy cooking, eating and drinking!

wizardnmNovember 27, 2008

My swap box was waiting for me when I got home last night from visiting my DM downstate.

James, it's perfect!!!!

I opened the Frankoma jug first, it is beautiful and I will be putting to actual use, holding the maple syrup that I love. I have some antique mixing bowls that I use all the time that are the very same color. I use all my stuff, never 'just on display' here. It will always be very special to me. Thank You!

Next I opened the box with the wine glasses. Almost bought some very similar....glad I didn't. These are much nicer. I'll be posting our Thanksgiving dinner pic today and they will be in it as we always enjoy a glass of wine... Thank You!!

Third item..... James, I'm not sure why you were worried about the cookbook selection. It looks great! I love cookbooks, read them like a novel and this one will keep me reading for a very long time. I've already spotted some things I will be making. I opened the book up to the chapter on poultry and have already decided to make Ginger Chicken, Peanut Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Chicken Potato Patties..... I love the fact that this book focuses on many countries around the world. I really like the way the book is organized. I'll be using it a lot. Thank You!!!

Here's my picture:

Nancy....back to cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

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ann_t

Oh Boy, I would say that it definitely is the perfect swap box. I can just imagine what that little jug feels like. It will be perfect for maple syrup Nancy. And the stemless wine glasses are very nice too. I hope you will share some of Mark Bittman's recipes with us. As usual well done James.

Ann

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 3:42PM
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mustangs81

Oh yeah, maple syrup--that's perfect Ann. Nancy, I know you will put those recipes to work ASAP.

Good job James.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 5:05PM
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jimtex

Nancy, I'm glad you like everything. This swap gave me fits. I kind of punted with the wine glasses. I had in mind the whole time a big platter but I couldn't find one that I liked and wasn't sure where to find what I wanted. It was fun though and I hope you guys enjoy the stuff.
James

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 6:22PM
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artsyshell

Very nice!! James you have excellant taste! Riedel wine glasses are a very nice wine glass, and the stemless ones are very nice. Nice pottery jug, and so perfect for syrup.
I have one of Mark Bittman's cookbooks and it is very good!
Wonderful swap package, you're going to get lots of enjoyment from it Nancy.

Shelley

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 6:50PM
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chase_gw

Nancy lucky you! I treasure the piece of Frankoma James sent me in a long ago swap, very collectible. I've heard so much about Mark Bittman but never tried ( knowingly) any of his recipes. Also have a set of the Riedel stemless and I just love them. Something special about holding them.

Great job ...as usual....James!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 7:03PM
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terri_pacnw

Wow..looks like pottery jugs are the in thing amoungst the CF! I've never seen any in person...They are really nifty!
And maple syrup is just perfect for that one!
Yeah I wanna hear more on those recipes Nancy!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 7:32PM
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mer4205

Very nice Nancy - Nice jug, love Bitman - his recipes are great and home cook friendly. Let's get some wine in those glasses ;) James has great taste! Hope you're having a great THanksgiving! -maria

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 10:24PM
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doucanoe

Jim, you sure know how to pack a great swap box!

I love that syrup jug and the cookbook sounds very interesting.

I have been meaning to get a set of stemless wine glasses, now I am inspired to actually go out and do it!

Linda

    Bookmark   November 28, 2008 at 1:07PM
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craftyrn

Oh nice ! Beautiful little pitcher-- love the color.

Bittman's recipes are so easy & yet somehow end up spectacular-- you'll love them-- great choice Jim.

And I've heard so much about Riedel glassware-- they sure look elegant .

    Bookmark   November 28, 2008 at 6:54PM
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riverrat1

Love the pitcher! The color is beautiful.

I can vouch for the stemless wine glasses. They are a favorite of mine.

Beautiful package Jim! Enjoy Nancy!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2008 at 4:00PM
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Bizzo

Nice Job, Jim!

I have a passion for glassware, and those Reidel are really great... I may need to put stemless Reidel on my Christmas list....

Love the pitcher, It's a great color... and to have it match stuff Nancy already has! and like Nancy, I read cookbooks like novels, so they can never go wrong...

    Bookmark   November 30, 2008 at 4:23PM
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lakeguy35

James does it again! Great package you have there Nancy!! Love the pitcher! Frankhoma is made here in OK and I have a couple of the older ones like this. Bittman was new to me until the forum and I love his version of steak diane....think MQ shared that a few years back. I'm challenged with stemware after a few and need to get some of those Riedel glasses...LOL! I know you and Kim will enjoy these things for many years.

David

    Bookmark   November 30, 2008 at 7:58PM
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annie1992

Nancy, that's a great package James sent you.

That pitcher will be perfect for maple syrup, I think you use it as much as I do, so that little pitcher will get a lot of use, I think.

The wine glasses will be perfect for you and Kim, I know you enjoy wine regularly with meals so nice wine glasses will be very useful too.

Yes, I can see you now, curled up with a glass of wine and your new cookbook, in the first real snowstorm of the year.

Great choices for Nancy, James.

Annie

    Bookmark   November 30, 2008 at 10:38PM
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Gina_W

Yes, Jim gets the fits - fits of inspiration! Very nice Jim.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2008 at 5:15PM
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publickman

Love the shape of the pitcher - does it have a stopper? I would put honey in it instead of syrup, however, but whatever you use most would be appropriate. It looks small enough to use as a cream pitcher also. Anyway, I love special serving items like that.

I've never seen stemless wine glasses. Like David, I need to replace a few myself!

I watch Mark Bittman fairly often, and while I don't like his personality, his recipes do sound good - generally fairly quick and fairly easy while also including interesting combinations of ingredients. I think I would like his cookbook much more than his show!! He spends a lot of time in Spain, and I love Spanish food.

Lars

    Bookmark   December 2, 2008 at 11:34AM
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jessyf

I think that cookbook is perfect for you. I love the international theme. Here is a thread of chowhound folks talking about some of the recipes. Lemme know if you can't find some of the ingredients locally, I'll swap you for some canned goodies! #@&$@^!! James you are such an enabler my library has that book.

I have been looking at Reidel for a long time and fondling them in the stores. I love the fact that they aren't tippy like stemmed wine glasses...I swear I should buy stock in 'Wine Away' stain remover. LOL.

Yeah I agree Terri, nice jugs here on the forum.....

    Bookmark   December 4, 2008 at 8:25AM
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