Sunday, November 14, 2010

CSN & Product Reviews

Something's missing...   ;)

Do you have a counter that is in need of some counter stools like I do?   You're in luck, as CSN has so many styles that you're bound to find one you love!

(some of) the goods

I was excited to be able to review some products from CSN recently, and after putting them all to good use it's time to let you in on my experience!   My picks?  A  nonstick 2qt saucepan, a glass-bottomed cheesecake pan and a lovely 1qt au gratin dish (not pictured above).

Hmm....  what was this for?  Wait and see!

After placing my order I received the saucepan and cheesecake pan quickly, the stoneware a couple weeks later.    The Calphalon nonstick saucepan came highly recommended and I couldn't be happier with it.   The shallow design creates a larger surface area to heat and cleans up like a charm (even after making caramel!).

Pan #1:  failing the water test

Another recommended item, the Friehling cheesecake pan has quite a few attractive features as well...  handles to help maneuvering in and out of the oven and a glass bottom for elegant serving.  However when I opened the box I noticed that it was not tight at the junction between the bottom and collar.  Indeed, when I put some water in the pan it ran right through the edges (see above).  I contacted CSN and received a replacement pan a few days later (no hassles!).   This second pan seemed a better so I went ahead and gave it a shot.

So far I've made two cheesecakes.   I had a small leak with the first, but nothing a cookie sheet couldn't handle.  No problems with the second, and it was definitely made for a nicer serving platter!  We'll see how it holds up in the next few recipes and I'll report back for a final impression.


Last but certainly not least was a Le Creuset Au Gratin dish.  It was the perfect size for a lasagna for one or two!  Cleanup was easy too, I can't wait to use it again!  Maybe this time it will be an actual gratin ;)

A huge thank you to CSN for this opportunity!!  Stay tuned for the recipes featured in this post :)   Do you have any kitchen items on your gift list this holiday season??

*Disclaimer:  A good portion of the cost of these goods was covered by CSN.  The thoughts/reviews in this post are my own!


Kerstin said...

What fun purchases! Glad the second pan worked better than the first :)

Joanne said...

You chose such awesome products! I love the glass bottomed cheesecake pan. Never seen one like that.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I want that chocolate cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I've got ;)

Alisa Cooks said...

Seriously, how are you all getting this CSN loot? Too much fun!

I need a stockpot, but want a smaller one with steamer and pasta insert. Of course I want many other kitchen things!

Rosiecat24 said...

Somebody's got Thanksgiving on the brain with those cranberries...they are cranberries, right?

You did well with your CSN loot, Shannon! I love the idea of a lasagna pan that serves 1-2--perfect for cooks who aren't feeding an army. And your cheesecake looks gorgeous.

Delicious Dishings said...

I love that glass-bottomed cheesecake pan. That definitely makes for much better presentation! I've never seen one before.

Reeni said...

I won some things from CSN and was real happy with them! I love the cheesecake pan!

Biz said...

I totally need new jelly roll pans - although they are black from being used so many times - they are no longer non-stick!

Thanks to parchment paper I've still een able to use them. Not sure I could convince my husband that I needed anything else for the kitchen!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These are some fun kitchen purchases! I've got a new mandolin, grater, and blender on my holiday wishlist!

Unknown said...

I want to buy all of CSN's cookware! Love it! But my ultimate christmas wish (which I know we can't afford) is a VITAMIXER! I think I would sell my soul for one. Okay, that may be exaggerating but you get my drift, hehe!

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