Another holiday season upon us, and another year we revisit all the classic Christmas tunes that sing the praises of silver and gold. Yes- precious metals lovely to look at and make that tree shine- but, none give the love that French copper gives a cook. Glorious, gleaming, heavy-duty copper sauteuses and sautoirs, roasters and rondeaus, round paella and oval Dutch ovens, and the precious 1/4 quart cocotte for the escargots lover. They give the feeling of preparing a meal for royalty. The touch of one in your hand is like holding a precious stringed instrument or rare bottle of wine. When I wash mine, I'm reminded of how I used to bathe my infant daughter in the sink, with warm water, gentle soap and a loving, fatherly caress. Patted down gently with fine cotton cloth, of course. And, if you look closely on the handle, you'll notice a set of lip prints where I lovingly bid "good night" to it.
Truly, though- each year here in Delaware, we're treated to a rare event- the happenstance of residing in the state that is home to the U.S. warehouse of French imported Mauviel Copper Pots and Pans, along with Emile-Henry cookware, Rősle stainless steel utensils, Cuisipro multi-purpose kitchen gadgets and other high-quality brands of kitchen helpers. The event is a two-day warehouse sale that is open to the public and offers them the chance to purchase all that these companies stock at up to 80% off the retail price. Deck the Halls, indeed.