I love to cook. If you have been a reader of this blog then you know how much I enjoy the process of cooking and how I feel it helps me connect with the other cooks in my family who have gone before me. I find it both relaxing and rewarding to spend time in the kitchen creating things from recipes old and new.
I am not a chef. And truthfully, the vast majority of my culinary experience has come to me vicariously through my family and the chefs with whom I have worked. I have very little direct training, but I have been watching in kitchens, both at home and at work, all my life so I guess I have gleaned a thing or two.
In my growth as a cook I have come to the same understanding that all artisans know to be true. That the quality of your work is greatly impacted by the quality of your materials and tools. As my father, a master carpenter, used to say "The right tool makes a hard job easy. The wrong tool makes an easy job hard." The same holds true in the kitchen.
Chantal is the right tool. Chantal cookware was founded in 1979 by Heida Thurlow, who has received 26 international patents for her line of kitchen tools. Chantal cookware combines high-quality with dramatic color and state-of-the-art science to form a line of environmentally friendly cookware that is second-to-none.My first piece was a 4 Quart Dutch Oven that my Mother-In-Law gave me last year. I had never really used a Dutch Oven, but it didn't take long for me to fall in love with it. I have used it more than any other piece of cookware that I own. As you can tell from the baked on stains. (I like to think of them scars of love.) I have made everything from roasts to soups and even bread. From this fantastic recipe I found on the Amateur Gourmet.
With that in mind it is easy to understand the excitement I felt when I got the invitation to the Private Previewing Party at the Chantal Warehouse here in Houston. The preview party was Thursday, November 4 and it featured everything from the new collections to a clearinghouse of odd and discontinued pieces. I was like a kid in a candy store.
If you have never used Chantal cookware you owe it to yourself to try it out. It is quite simply the best cookware at the best price you will find. I usually don't pimp products with such enthusiasm, especially for free, but in this case I am making an exception. After all, I love my Chantal.
And my Mother-In-Law got me hooked.