Jenny: The Good Wolf Makes Gravy

I want a new stock pot.

My mother never had time to teach me to cook, and I never had time to learn in college, so my first meals as a bride were godawful, which offended my sense of achievement. So at twenty-one, I decided to learn to cook, and by the end of the year, I was really good at it. Then we were stationed someplace permanently, I went back to work, and I let those skills slip. Cooking seriously was so far off my mind the Bad Wolf didn’t even comment. Well, he had a lot of other things to chew on. But now that I’m putting together the cottage kitchen (small) that I want on the cheap, I am suddenly cooking again, and the Bad Wolf has returned, licking his chops.

The first thing he got me on was the deplorable state of my kitchen. There are boxes in there that I step over every day, have been stepping over since February, and every time I do, the Bad Wolf says, “For the love of God, put that away.” But I can’t because I don’t have my kitchen built; that is, I don’t have all the shelves put in yet where that stuff will go. So I have to build the shelves, but there have been other more pressing things–winterizing the windows so I don’t freeze, grading, writing, getting the outside stuff cleaned up before it ices in place–so no shelves and lots of boxes with Bad-Wolf-Chewed corners.

But this week, I realized there may have been some method in my mess. When you have very little storage, the things you use tend to end up on whatever countertop you have. And that means that you know exactly what you use and what you don’t. So this week, I told the Bad Wolf to shut up, pulled everything off my two existing shelves and moved the stuff that was on the counter down onto them. It was amazing how little I needed, although the rest of the stuff is now sitting on top of the boxes I’ve been climbing over. But it also brought me to the second thing the Bad Wolf hit me with.

As a result of all this cooking and experimenting and thinking about my future kitchen, I’ve realized I need a new stock pot because my current cheapo is too small; it holds about four quarts which is ridiculous. But to replace it with a good quality larger version is not cheap. And now that I’m back to serious cooking again, I crave good quality. I crave the Multipot.


That’s when the Bad Wolf chimes in with, “Who are you kidding? You don’t need expensive cookware, you’re a hack, half the time what you make doesn’t turn out, this is a phase, just make do, you can’t afford it anyway.”

I’ve been here before with that bastard: “Just buy cheap paint, who do you think you are, Georgia O’Keefe?” “You don’t need a faster computer, all you do is type anyway, stop being such a spendthrift.” “Why would you buy a real dress form? You’re no seamstress. Get over yourself.” The thing that gets me when I think about these messages is that underlying every one of them is “You don’t deserve good tools because you’re just an amateur.”

That’s ridiculous. Good tools make good work easier, the same way good materials–good yarn, beautiful fabric, fresh ingredients–help make for a good outcome. It’s not indulgent to buy good tools and then take care of them; they’ll last for years, definitely longer than I will.

More than that, there’s nothing wrong with being an amateur. Amateur does not equal “bad;” it equals “unpaid.” Amateur means you’re doing what you do for love not money. How the hell could that mean you deserve less? The Bad Wolf, as usual, is criminally wrong.

Which is what I told the Good Wolf, who said, “Williams Sonoma has 20% off plus free shipping. And they have a bay leaf wreath. Also we need a pot big enough to make stock for gravy because stock is the lifeblood of cooking and gravy is the lifeblood of life. Go for it.”

So I’m going to. I was planning on justifying it by promising myself that I’d use any Christmas money I got to pay for it, but I think that’s pandering to the Bad Wolf. I think what I need to say is “I deserve good tools to do good work. It doesn’t matter that I’m not Ina Garten, I am still worthy of good pots and pans. And a bay leaf wreath.” So I’m going for it, and if the Bad Wolf gives me any grief, I’m marinating him in pinot noir, bay leaf and garlic and then stewing him in a medium oven for two and a half hours. Then I’m feeding him to the dogs.

Meanwhile, the Good Wolf and I will make gravy in the stock pot we deserve.


58 thoughts on “Jenny: The Good Wolf Makes Gravy

  1. RanchGirl says:

    Go you! I am a BIG believer in good tools. I too am a amateur cook. I did not cook much during my working years. With working full time and then having ranch chores every evening, my day (and my husband’s) were packed. We also had to get up at 4 in the morning and so were in bed by 9 – after getting home around 6. So not a lot of time for cooking. But now that I am retired I have really started cooking. And since I AM an amateur, I can use the recipes as guidelines. One clove of garlic? Pffttt. We LOVE garlic, so make that 4. I have been replacing my walmart pans and pots over the last two years and the difference is amazing. And they will last forever.

  2. I am swooning over that pot. I make gallons of stock and have to strain it in a plastic collander, which is a pain. I already have the big, serious stock pot…wonder if I could buy the strainer separately?

  3. You know, I’ve wanted a dress form forever. Almost my entire life. I can’t even imagine how much easier altering patterns would be if I had one. But I won’t buy one because of the cost and where the heck would I store it.

    It’s criminal really. Any one who sews crap as much as I do should have a dress form. And a sewing room to keep it in.

  4. Susanne says:

    Jenny, I have that pot and it’s well used and well loved, and here’s why I got it.

    One day I made a big pot of stock. It simmered and simmered. I made sure the bubbles were tiny and there was NO boiling going on. It took me hours and hours and hours. The smell was amazing. And when it was done, I put the strainer in the sink, and you guessed it, strained the stock into the sink and it was down the drain before I could blink. I was so shocked I couldn’t cry.

    So when I saw this amazing pot, I thought, that’s it. It comes with two strainers, and the smaller one is in use all the time for regular food prep.

    BUT, it’s also a safety thing. You are not carrying a heavy pot of stock (or whatever) to the sink. You lift the inside strainer and if you have a bowl beside the stove, you just put it there and the stock drains more.

    I can make a truckload of stock and freeze it. Some goes in 3 cup containers, some in one cup containers. Some people freeze in plastic bags, but they’re kinda slippery.

    And here’s the other thing. It’s called false economy. If I had purchased what I wanted in frying pans years ago, I wouldn’t have wasted money in buying cheaper ones that I had to replace.

    I’m glad you’re getting this pot. It’s huge, takes up a lot of space, and so what if it stays on the stove all the time if there’s no room in a cupboard.



  5. Maine Betty says:

    Yes, good tools, such as pens that make you happy to write, brushes that love being full of good paint, sharp knives that help you cook, a good sewing machine, in my case a pitchfork (I love it)rock. These are the things that add joy to life, beyond rubies. Although, I’m willing to give the ruby thing a try. I don’t want to have a closed mind.

  6. Kieran says:

    That would be great if you got a Multipot!! Bad Wolf, slink away before we pour boiling hot stock on you!!!

    This post reminds me–starkly–of a weird situation in my life! My MIL got me an All-Clad stockpot for Christmas. It was a gorgeous thing. And now it’s gone. It’s been gone for maybe four years–I barely got to use it–and I can’t find it anywhere. Why would it be gone? It’s big! Wouldn’t I have seen it disappear? I feel so paranoid every time I think of it. My mom doesn’t have it. Neither do my sisters!

    *Where is my All-Clad stockpot?*

    It’s a mystery I don’t think I’ll ever solve. And because I can’t solve it, I’m afraid to indulge myself and get a new one. I want your Multipot very badly–it’s even better than my old All-Clad because it has that strainer.

  7. Jenny, I have that stockpot with the strainer compliments of my MIL, whose kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of cool kitchen stuff. She thinks I need to have lots of stuff in my kitchen too. I’ve used and appreciated the stock pot (great for turkey soup and even pasta), but the clay “beer can chicken” roaster she bought me for my 60th birthday is a mystery. I bought a whole chicken last month thinking I would make us a beer can chicken with the pan and the cone that you fill with whatever you want to flavor your chicken. But you know, the new oven is still gorgeous and clean and I’m reluctant to use it to roast a chicken with a cone up its butt. I wonder if I cover the chicken and pan with foil, it would still roast well and not splatter grease all over my oven…hmmmm…

    Buy the pot and enjoy it!

  8. Sure Thing says:

    Jenny, hon, methinks you’re the one that taught me/us cost-per-use either here or on Argh.

    That idea either helped me buy or helped to reason the purchase of a really pricey pair of leather shoes (leather lining and upper) that I wore nearly daily to work for 2 years. And they’re still in pretty good nick, just scuffed to hell and gone because I couldn’t bother polishing ’em properly.

    Bad wolf be damned!

    Also, RiP Madiba. Hamba Kahle. (Go well in IsiZulu)

  9. I’m sure you can; the problem would be fitting it to the pot you already have. I’d go to that manufacturer’s website and do a product search.
    Although I feel that two big serious stockpots would not be a terrible thing considering how useful they are. The Multipot comes in an 8 qt and 12 qt version, so maybe get the other size?

  10. I use mine all the time and not just for sewing. A really nice one is a good neutral color, you can pin stuff on it, drape stuff on it, it’s turned out to be one of the things I would not give up. Actually, it would make a great jewelry holder. They’re padded for pins and stable as all hell.

  11. This one only has one strainer; I think it’s the 12 qt that has a strainer and a steamer insert.

    As for your stock story: Been there. SO sorry.

  12. I’ve been using cheap paintbrushes on detailing things in the house and they’re driving me crazy, shedding hairs in everything. Never again.

  13. Kieran says:

    Good idea. Vague guilt averted.

    OMG, there’s a monogrammed multi pot on Williams-Sonoma! Who’d ever monogram a pot, for goodness’ sake? Unless they tend to walk off…


  14. KimCz says:

    I have one too. I’ve had it for years, I bought it before I got married, Renaissance themed wedding, long story. Anyhow, I kept an eye on the sales at Joanns, I can’t remember if it was marked down or if I used a coupon but it was 50% off. It has been so useful, well worth the money. Maybe check eBay too.

    Now if I could figure out a sewing room… my great room ends up bearing the brunt of my crafty endeavors.

  15. McB says:

    And can I add that when you have good tools you are more apt to do good things with it? If you have that great stock pot, you know the process of making stock will be that much easier so its that much more likely that you’ll do it.

    And, geez, there are enough complications in life, so let’s do what we can to simplify where we can.

  16. McB says:

    I’m still quite a novice at sewing and there are items that are still higher on my priority list (although, fyi, the Norden gateleg table from IKEA has worked out really, really well and was a solid investment), but I’ve been browsing and research dress forms. I see it as a necessity once I decide to get serious about garments. Maybe I’ll ask Santa for one for next year.

  17. JenniferNennifer says:

    “More than that, there’s nothing wrong with being an amateur. Amateur does not equal “bad;” it equals “unpaid.” Amateur means you’re doing what you do for love not money.”

    Has made my day and is being forwarded to people I love, thanks!

  18. Stew the bad wolf! Stew the bad wolf!
    Uh oh, if we do that we won’t have anything to complain about.
    Save the bad wolf! Save the bad wolf!
    Love your multipot. I’m not cooking in large quantities these days, but I do have a wonderful double boiler that I use for a ton of things. And a George Forman grill. Couldn’t live without either.

  19. Mama_Abbie says:

    Our “beer butt” chicken is cooked on the gas grill….with a REAL beer can up it’s butt. This of course means that we have to go the the liquor store to peruse the available large beer cans every time we want to enjoy this delicious bird. Good luck with the pottery version.

  20. toni says:

    I was going to do the paint brush rant, but someone beat me to it. My husband would always try to economize by buying the cheaper brushes, and I’d be the one who had to take over painting (because he hates to do it), and then I’d be stuck with the crappy brushes. If you get the right brush, it lasts much much longer and will give you the sharp, clean lines on trim that you need. Same thing was true back when I pained (oil paints).

    And when did we have to be experts to appreciate, respect, and deserve good tools? This pisses me off, (and not at you, Jenny, but at society that teaches us that girls aren’t, somehow, “good enough” unless they can claim to be an expert in every-fucking-thing, and that they don’t somehow deserve the best tools if they’re not a “pro.” Fuck that. We deserve the good stuff. Life is just too damned short. (I am lecturing me. You all can ignore it as needed.)

    It’s the same with wanting to [fill in your desire here]. I sort of waited for permission to write a novel, and I hadn’t even realized it, until I was driving on my 40th birthday and I sort of wondered when I was going to get to write what I wanted to write. And when that thought popped in my head, almost like a little thought bubble hovering there in the car, I thought what the hell? Who was supposed to come along and give me permission? And who died and made them God?

    Get the good pots. Buy the good brushes. Get the yarn / material / supplies you need. Yes, be economical, because no one’s made of money, but don’t put your needs last. Nobody dies and thinks, “Oh, thank God I didn’t get the good pot, because wow, look where that would’ve gotten me.”

  21. I don’t really know how to cook and wouldn’t have any idea what to do with a stock pot. (I don’t even own a whisk!) But you clearly need that pot, so you should get it. For me, I ask “Will you use it?” At least if it’s something functional. If the answer is no, I don’t get it.

    Though there are the things I think I would use were I to own them. Like a KitchenAid Mixer. I almost never bake, but I’m positive that I would bake more often if I had this mixer. Unfortunately, they never go on sale and I’ve yet to justify the purchase. But someday!

  22. I will learn to sew once I have real work and a place of my own; rather, I will learn to sew and buy my own sewing machine. I’d like to make clothing of my own design or select patterns. But the idea of sticking my jewelry into the dress form is what really intrigues me, because I have a lot of jewelry, both contemporary costume, contemporary nice, and vintage of varying qualities. It would be lovely to see it all! (I could even find a way to display my vast selection of rings!).

  23. I too want that pot. Oh my word until I saw the picture I didn’t know how much I wanted that pot. We just made stock at Thanksgiving and it would have been so much better with that pot. Hmm, I’ll need to get rid of one of my other pots (but I love it) only maybe my sister would like it. It’s blue and then I’ll have been nice and I can have that pot too.

  24. I have a tiny soup pot with no strainer; it’s great for making the soup, not the stock. My housemates have a stockpot with strainer, but the strainer is so high in the pot that it’s hard to get all the vegies I use for my vegie stock into the pot. I would love a stock pot that has plenty of room in it — with the strainer in it — to make my vegie stock. I look forward to hearing what your experience is with what you are getting.

    I still struggle with the “good tools/clothes/dishes/etc.” problem. I have a large set of Prismacolor pencils — but I don’t want to use them until I’m doing something “worthy” of using them for. *rolls eyes* Same with my cool little travel watercolors set, my good dishes (which are all in storage, but that’s a separate issue) and so on. It’s ridiculous and sets too many things apart so you end up dead and your beneficiaries find completely unused items that you deemed “too nice” to use just on your worthless self.

    When I was remodeling the Oregon Coast house, I did buy and use good quality brushes and rollers. I already had high-quality tools that I bought when I first bought a house. So apparently it’s okay for me to buy and use high-quality tools and products for a house, just not for personal use.

  25. Scissors are my thing. I will not buy “cheap” scissors. They make a mess of everything and then I throw them across the room which is dangerous with the cats.

    As for good pans, I want a good cast iron dutch oven. I don’t know why exactly, but it is on my list. Only I need time to season it.

    As for the boxes, peese off wolf, peese off. I’ll get to them when I get to them.

  26. Lois says:

    How funny…. I just made stock out of the turkey bones and misc. veggies (like the tops of the leeks, not as nice celery, etc)that I gather in the freezer. I have a big stock pot with strainer and strained the stock and set it on the porch so I can easily skim the fat and then came here. No doubt – everyone needs a big stock pot with strainer. Glad you are getting one! So much easier, safer and neater than a pot and some weird balancing act with some colander.

    Love the amateur idea.

    BW is bugging me because I get so easily distracted and can’t finish a project. I think I am becoming dyslexic with a side of ADD as I age.

  27. Debby says:

    Go You!! That looks like an awesome pot for almost everything. 🙂 Think about how many hours you will spend cooking with it. Good tools help you love your kitchen more (in my humble opinion).

  28. Diane says:

    I just finished painting one of my daughter’s rooms from a vivid insane pink color to a more soothing purple… and boy was I glad that I bought the tinted primer, premium paint, good quality paint roller, the good Purdy paintbrushes, and a good painter’s tape.

    If you are ever thinking about painting an entire room in Benjamin Moore’s Fuschia Kiss, you might want to think on it some more… perhaps a great accent color, sure… but in small amounts.

    It took me close to two weeks, because I had to work in little bursts, and sometimes I got grumpy with myself for having to go slowly, but I got there in the end:

  29. Kelly S. says:

    Kohl’s sells KitchenAid Mixers and they often have coupons for 15-30% off. It helps. I think they also had them on sale – perhaps a black Friday deal. I remember buying 2 at that time as they became wedding gifts a few months later (a whole family chipped in to buy gift).

    I love my KitchenAid mixer but I bake less now as we try to eat healthier.

  30. Maria: you might be able to find a cast iron — seasoned! — dutch oven at a thrift store. A friend and I found one without a lid at a Goodwill. We both wanted it but don’t currently have a need for it. Plus, finding a lid. But if one is persistent, one can find all the pieces one needs! Or, if you are in good with the thrift store people, or you go often, you might just find exactly what you are looking for. And, seasoned!

  31. Wow, Diane, that was seriously PINK! Even worse than the bedroom I had as a child (my parents chose it, not I), and I thought that was bad! Nice lilac!

  32. Thanks! People always say, “Give it a try, it’s only paint.” Which is true in the technical sense, but it’s also plenty of work, too. I’m falling back in love with neutral paint colors for the rest of the house. ; )

  33. Carol says:

    Love the stock pot.

    Good tools is a must, that’s one thing my DH is very good about. I always get the best tools and not for my birthday, anytime I need a good tool, it shows up, like magic, probably because he hates working around the house after the first two renos.

    Have to go buy paint now, the new floors after the water damage were installed today. The walls look awful now.

  34. Michelle in Texas says:

    Jenny, i went through this exact conversation with myself about getting a good sewing machine. I had a $79 Wal-Mart Singer, and it was adequate. But oh, I wanted that pretty new expensive machine!! I finally said, Michelle, you deserve this! You are making gifts for friends and family, and you deserve a machine that will help you make the best gifts of love! So, I did it. and I LOVE IT!! And the Bad Wolf got his lips zipped!! Ha!

  35. Here’s my BUY THE POT story:

    I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever this year if it counts as hosting when the guests bring the turkey 🙂 They ended up leaving me the carcass which I planned to make gumbo with. The only pot I had that was big enough to boil the carcass was my giant black and white speckled canning pot. It worked fine as far as size but I spent way too long standing over the pot trying to find all the bones and chewy bit and woke up the next morning with a huge knot in my shoulder and couldn’t move my neck in a normal range of motion – ouch! What I wouldn’t have given for a pot with a strainer…

    I may have to buy one myself because even after all the work (and the pain and physical therapy appointment) I still didn’t get all the bones out…

  36. aunt snack says:

    Try Zabar’s in NYC. They have good deals on Le Creuset when colors are discontinued. And when my parents moved into their new ( and probably last ) apartment I had to give 2 of them away to Goodwill. It almost killed me, but all of the kids already had one and none of us could store 2 or 3 large ones. So maybe you’ll get lucky at a thrift store

  37. aunt snack says:

    Hey Jenny,
    You deserve the best tools you can find, but you don’t deserve to pay Williams Sonoma prices. As a former professional cook and baker I am really unimpressed by them. I suggest that you shop around both online and at restaurant supply houses. You may be able to do better. And if you can’t, at least you’ll feel better about the price you end up paying.

  38. Kelly S says:

    Actually, Kohls has them for $350 with a $50 rebate right now and You will save at least 15% if you have a kohl’s charge card and they are offering Kohls cash which is $10 to spend at Kohls for every $50 you spend there. Best case you can save 30% off so price would be $210 with $40 in kohls money to spend there next week. Of course, if that is still outside your budget, then wait until it makes sense to get one.

  39. Micki says:

    Oh, I think I have one of those! Well, it’s called a “pasta pot” here, and I think mine is only four to six liters big. But, it’s been a Very Useful Pot.

    I’ve used it for pasta, and I’ve used it for stock. I used to use it for cheesemaking when I was cheesemaking — cut a “follower” out of a cutting board to help with the pressing. It’s a great size for sterilizing a few 1/2 pint jars (and I think I can get three pint jars in there), and for the waterbath when I’m just making a few jars of pickles or salsa. It’s perfect for one batch of jam — leftover jam that can’t be processed can be put in the fridge and eaten right away. Or canning spiced pears. And, during mice infestations, it’s a great size for keeping crackers and things away from the little beasts.

    I would LOVE to have one in a bigger size.

    I suspect you started craving it at Thanksgiving. The cooling off period has been observed — the bad wolf can go down the chimney. This pot is yours.

  40. Micki says:

    Bless my multi-tasking heart. This one comes with a steamer basket, and Amazon says it might be available for international shipping . . . . Oh, my. Now it’s my turn to wrestle with the bad wolf. But, is my bad wolf the one who points out I already have an adequate pot and a huge pot? Or is my bad wolf the one who says, “No! More pots! Need pots for the Coming Apocalypse! When the Chinese invade, you can use it as a helmet . . . .”

  41. Terrie says:

    Good tools are a pleasure and they make what we do a pleasure. I remember struggling to machine quilt a quilt I had made for my son with my old and awful Sears sewing machine and I wound up in tears. My husband saw that and said, “Get a good sewing machine.” (We play Good Wolf for each other. Some people might call that enabling, but no, it’s Good Wolf all the way). Enter the Bernina and decades of sewing pleasure. It’s been a friend in good times and bad, it got me a published quilt book, an Etsy shop (that funded my fountain pen obsession this last summer), and hours of peace when I needed it so badly it was the oasis in a desert wind storm. It’s brought me friends and satisfaction and the pleasure of giving gifts that have brought pleasure to those I love.

    Yes, we need to be smart about how we spend our money. But smart is not a synonym for denial. Smart is understanding value and not just price.

  42. JulieB/Julie Spahn says:

    Wow! I was cheering you on, knowing where this was going, and telling you that of course you needed a good stock pot. I was sold as soon as I saw the piture. Then, you wrote about the computer, and I said, “Oh, she’s talking to me.”

    I do this all the time. I have always believed in spending good money for a few, good tools, and actually, in my kitchen, I’m paring things down to the few, really good things and getting rid of the rest that I have to keep moving out of the way.

    But, I haven’t bought a writing program, because I’m an amateur. I haven’t bought a bike lock or baskets for my bike so I can ride it to the grocery store, or work, because I don’t ride it enough. (See what my wolf did there? Trapped me!) I cook every day, but I have had a hard time allowing myself to buy new, good baking sheets because i have two (well now one because I finally completely ruined one) that twisted and bent the first time I used them with a high temperature.

    So apparently, my belief in good tools wasn’t an _always_ thing. Thanks for the wake-up call. 🙂

  43. A Kitchen Aid mixer is worth the price. I have one that’s ancient, probably twenty years old; the cord has electrical tape on it because I managed to burn the plastic cord (too close to the stove), but it’s still going strong. If you don’t use a mixer a lot, it’s probably not worth it, but if you do, it’s absolutely the way to go. Try Overstock; sometimes they have them.

  44. I get stuff from Kohl’s all the time that offers be $10 back for every $50 I spend which is essentially 20% off if you shop at Kohl’s anyway.

  45. Accent wall. Paint the other three walls white and hang pink things on them; use the pink wall as the headboard wall.
    I know; it would have been helpful if I’d mentioned this earlier. One good thing, if you do put one coat of white over the other three walls, that pink will bleed through and you’ll get a pastel pink that exactly matched the accent wall.
    Also a really subtle way to get a punch of bright color into a room without overwhelming the room is to paint the window casings (the wood around the actual glass, not the woodwork, a bright color. It’s like jewelry for the room.

  46. I love to cook, cook often, and appreciate good cookware. I’ve also always lived on a tight budget.

    So I tend to look for my cookware in places like Tuesday Morning, CostCo, World Market, and Target, where prices are good. Consignment shops, Goodwill, flea markets, and garage sales are another good place to get good quality cheap kitchenwares, though that’s a hit-or-miss thing, obviously.

    And if you cook, then the math works this way: I can buy this nice piece of equipment because cooking meals is SO MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE than going to restaurants, ordering carry-out, or getting packaged meals. (Ex. I made three kinds of curry this week. Ate some, served some to guests, froze some. Getting well over a dozen meals out of those three curries… which cost me considerably less to make then ordering Indian carry-out for 2-3 people would have cost me.)

  47. karen poling says:

    Get the 12 Qt. I know it’s big, but if you’re making pasta you won’t be filling it, you’re only going to fill it based on the strainer.

  48. Jen Wyatt says:

    I’m going to embroider “gravy is the lifeblood of life” on a pillow, dammit. That’s so profound and wonderful.
    You deserve good tools. They will pay for themselves in the end.
    You’re good enough, you’re smart enough and doggone it, people like you.

  49. Andrea S says:

    We love our George Foreman. It’s a heck of a lot easier to grill things on than a regular grill (less prep and clean up). And since we’re only cooking for 2 (maybe 3) people the hassle isn’t worth it at all.

    Also, I love to make paninis on it.

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