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vintagegal

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #135 on: October 09, 2017, 07:57:57 AM »
Alton Brown reviews Amazon's dumbest kitchen gadgets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgFeVlw2Ywg

Alton, I've loved you for years, but don't you dare knock my Baker's Edge brownie pan!  I don't bake brownies, but I use that thing at least once a week.  Any quickbread/muffin/cornbread recipe goes in there, along with unbaked bars, meatloaf, and a dozen other things.  Everything bakes quickly and evenly, it's easy to divide portions, and it's faster to clean than muffin tins.

I may have to re-evaluate your place in my life if you can't recognize that pan for the multitasking workhorse that it is.

That's interesting to hear! I've always sort of wanted one, just because I like the edges of the brownies so much, and the center (in my recipe) stays a little too undercooked.
  Then I had to go gluten free, so I gave up.

Oh, Toots, we would be a perfect pair, as I LOVE the centers of brownies. Except, I too may have to give up gluten. I am experimenting with my diet now to see if it is what is causing me agita.

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #136 on: October 09, 2017, 08:00:38 AM »
Not precisely Stupid Products, but does anyone else read the Haters Guide to the annual Williams Sonoma Holiday Catalog?

Some of the products in there are useful, others are a nice "try it once" type of deal. But (in my humble opinion) a lot of it is ridiculously overpriced.

The Haters Guide reviews the catalog each year and makes choice, non ehell approved language satirical commentary on various products. I always get a chuckle out of it as I  prepare my holiday shopping list.  The guide takes particular pleasure in poking at food items.
 

I always wonder how many of those overpriced specialty items W-S actually sells.  I'm sure they're all good quality, but who's buying *one* fancy caramel apple for $24?

siamesecat2965

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #137 on: October 09, 2017, 09:52:23 AM »
Not precisely Stupid Products, but does anyone else read the Haters Guide to the annual Williams Sonoma Holiday Catalog?

Some of the products in there are useful, others are a nice "try it once" type of deal. But (in my humble opinion) a lot of it is ridiculously overpriced.

The Haters Guide reviews the catalog each year and makes choice, non ehell approved language satirical commentary on various products. I always get a chuckle out of it as I  prepare my holiday shopping list.  The guide takes particular pleasure in poking at food items.

For your perusal if interested, Hater's Guides for 2013 through 2016:

https://deadspin.com/the-2013-haters-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1481230580

https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-2014-haters-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1667452305

https://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2015-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1746862116

https://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2016-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1789529261

I have and it cracks me up! I will say I buy very little there; to me its very overpriced and a lot of what they sell you can find elsewhere.

That being said, i got a fabulous deal at the WS outlet last year on my Nespresso, with the electric milk frothing pitcher. I think normally it sells (with both) for about $275 or more, and there was one, for $125.

I also love their basic kitchen towels. I got some as a gift, and thought I'd hate them as they are thicker than i'm used to. But they work really well! I only buy on sale, so I have quite the collection now.

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #138 on: October 10, 2017, 09:57:19 AM »
Holiday catalogs seem to be the over-the-top weird even from otherwise sensible retailers. I have LL Bean boots, jeans, and a parka, and am happy with all of them, but the Christmas season catalogs want to sell me special themed sweaters (and pet beds!) with images of snowmen and sleighs and such.
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JeanFromBNA

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #139 on: October 10, 2017, 12:06:42 PM »
Not precisely Stupid Products, but does anyone else read the Haters Guide to the annual Williams Sonoma Holiday Catalog?

Some of the products in there are useful, others are a nice "try it once" type of deal. But (in my humble opinion) a lot of it is ridiculously overpriced.

The Haters Guide reviews the catalog each year and makes choice, non ehell approved language satirical commentary on various products. I always get a chuckle out of it as I  prepare my holiday shopping list.  The guide takes particular pleasure in poking at food items.

For your perusal if interested, Hater's Guides for 2013 through 2016:

https://deadspin.com/the-2013-haters-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1481230580

https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-2014-haters-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1667452305

https://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2015-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1746862116

https://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2016-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1789529261

I have and it cracks me up! I will say I buy very little there; to me its very overpriced and a lot of what they sell you can find elsewhere.

That being said, i got a fabulous deal at the WS outlet last year on my Nespresso, with the electric milk frothing pitcher. I think normally it sells (with both) for about $275 or more, and there was one, for $125.

I also love their basic kitchen towels. I got some as a gift, and thought I'd hate them as they are thicker than i'm used to. But they work really well! I only buy on sale, so I have quite the collection now.
Too funny! Thanks for the laugh. 

Same thing about the kitchen towels.  I buy them for my MIL, who loves them.  If she ever found out what they cost, she'd divorce me.

siamesecat2965

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #140 on: October 13, 2017, 01:45:01 PM »
 

Same thing about the kitchen towels.  I buy them for my MIL, who loves them.  If she ever found out what they cost, she'd divorce me.

I really was pleasantly surprised at how much I love them! I asked for some for Christmas and told my mom whatever color is on sale, don't you dare pay full price. But i will say, they are well worth the cost.

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Re: Stupid Products - Who Buys These?
« Reply #141 on: October 14, 2017, 09:02:21 PM »

Can't you get a good quality cigar in a (re-usable) metal tube? I know I have one that I keep small crochet hooks in.

There are a few high end cigars that come in a metal tube. Those are stacked inside a wooden box then wrapped to maintain the humidity for shipping.
Once they arrive at the retailer, the nox is opened and kept in a humidor to maintain both humidity level and temperature.

My biggest issue with the original cigar carrier was where it said to save a partially smoked cigar for later. Tnat will ruin tne humidity level, taste, and permanently change the interior of the carrier. Metal is permeable to a point. The nasty taste of a partially smoked cigar would infest the carrier permanently and adversely affect any future fresh cigars put into it.

That tube you use.... is great for crochet hooks, cable needles, etc. I would never reuse one for carrying a cigar. Even a fresh one.