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October 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Pot, or pan — a love affair: Stein’s, mine, yours?

Pot’s in the news again today, and my KPLU radio-sidekick and I thought we’d get in on the discussion, adding our two-cents worth on Food for Thought. I know that you know that I love my Le Creuset — in particular the 5 1/2-quart workhorse I used for making double-loaves of no-knead bread, as well as any number of soups and stews.

My version of Jim Lahey’s Irish Brown Bread (left), and a big pot of spicy carne adovada (right).

L’adoration for my Dutch oven aside, these days I’m showing extra love for my heavy-duty Lodge skillet — the honking, fries-a-whole-chicken-in-one-fell-swoop version I purchased (for about $60) at the Seattle Restaurant Store (I’ve also seen them at local sporting-goods stores). Trust me, you need one. Put it on your wish-list. Mine’s almost 14-inches across and has both a pour-spout and an “assist” handle. Here it is in action:

Stein, who spends even more time in the kitchen than I do, is also a classic-cast-iron skillet fan. And he, too, has a nice collection of well-used enameled cast-iron. Yet ask him and he’ll tell you: his top pot is a 30-year-old wok. Mine’s my cherry-red Dutch oven.

So, I was wondering. If you had to name your “desert island” pot. Yes, a single pot — or pan — which would it be?

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