November 26, 2012

My Set, My Take on Classic American Comfort Foods
Or, Calphalon in My Kitchen ~ A Love Story

Have you ever wished you could customize a cookware set for the way you love to cook? Well now you can, with Your Set by Calphalon. I was lucky enough to receive two incredibly versatile pieces, and I used them for some of my favorite dishes.

See how I used the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan and the Unison Non-stick 10" Omelet Pan to make a One Pot Chicken Pot Pie and a Whiskey Apple Upside Down Cake.  Click here to read my post and enter for a chance to win one of 16 prizes worth $8,500! You can win a $1,000 cash gift card or one of 15 $500 Your Set by Calphalon gift cards so that you can build your own perfect set!

Click here to start customizing Your Set right now!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

For me, cooking and baking are an absolute passion.  So, when I discover something new for the kitchen that truly knocks my socks off, I want to shout it from the rooftop.  You'll have to imagine the rooftop scene as I belt out my lovestruck serenade for the two pans I recently had the opportunity to review from Calphalon.

First, I'm excited to tell you about the Unison Nonstick 10" Omelet Pan.  Whether used for delicate foods like eggs and fish, or as a way to use less fat when cooking, a nonstick pan that performs with precision can be a chef's best friend.  The Unison Nonstick series offers outstanding performance and versatility like no other nonstick pans I've ever experienced.  Not only do the Unison pans cook foods perfectly on the stovetop, but they can go into the oven and even the dishwasher when their job is done.  The pans are beautifully designed, easy to hold, easy to clean, and produce professional results.  Unison Nonstick features a durable, heavy-guage, hard-anodized aluminum exterior and is available in two task-specific surfaces -- Sear Nonstick to seal in the flavor for juicy braised beef or seared scallops; And the revolutionary Slide Nonstick that allows your culinary creations to slide effortlessly and flawlessly out of the pan.


The second piece of Calphalon cookware that really blew me away was the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan.  I've owned many brands of cookware over the years, but with this single piece, Calphalon completely won me over.  Constructed to last, the AccuCore collection is designed with a copper core surrounded by double layers of aluminum a stainless steel which eliminates hot spots and allows the heat to be distributed evenly throughout the cooking surface of the pan. Whether you're simmering sauces, deglazing the pan, or searing a roast, you can cook with confidence knowing that you don't have to go through the whole song and dance that comes with having a pan with hot and cold spots.  In addition to the sleek design and precision performance, I enjoyed the versatility of my AccuCore sauté pan as I moved it from stovetop to oven, and finally to the dishwasher. 

When I began my review of these two pans from Calphalon, it was a cold and rainy week.  A warm fire, some cozy blankets, and comfort food was on my mind.  So to put the versatility of the cookware to the test, I put my own spin on two American comfort food classics -- Chicken Pot Pie and Upside-down Cake.

My One Pot Chicken Pot Pie was prepared, baked and served in the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan. The creamy, buttery sauce is loaded with roasted chicken breast, peas, carrots and potatoes and is topped with fluffy and golden buttermilk biscuits.  You can find my recipe HERE.


My Whiskey Apple Upside Down Cake starts by caramelizing thinly sliced Granny Smith apples in the Unison Non-stick 10" Omelet Pan.  A light and buttery batter with just a touch of cornmeal is spread on top, then baked to golden perfection.  You can enjoy the recipe HERE.

Both pans performed like a dream and you can see my video review HERE.  My testing may be over, but I've been using little else but these two pans ever since.  In the past weeks, I've baked up a version of my grandma's macaroni and cheese in the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan, as well as a Gruyere cream sauce as the base of my French Onion Cauliflower Gratin for Thanksgiving.  Just yesterday, I made a delicious Za'atar crusted salmon in the Unison Nonstick 10" Omelet Pan.

With the holidays upon us, I'm excited to start building the rest of My Set with Calphalon and a little help from Santa!

"Finally, inspired foodies can feel free to chop, mix, stir, simmer, and sauté things their own unique way. Calphalon is heating up the whole cookware category with an innovative idea: the first cookware set you can customize for the way you cook. Choose pieces from two of Calphalon's most premium lines of cookware, Unison Nonstick and AccuCore Stainless Steel.   

The website is an immersive, e-commerce experience where you can create a custom set, share their sets and connect with other cooks, and explore inspirational videos that can help them master their technique, and shop.  Calphalon celebrates you, your individuality and your creativity. The site gives us a peek at two shop-able videos that are nothing short of inspirational. " (source: Calphalon)


  1. Oh my heavens! I love Calphalon ~ my niece has all Calphalon in her kitchen and doesn't even like to cook {insert silent scream} ~ your creations look divine (as usual!) Thanks for sharing your much respected opinions. I hope Santa fills his sleigh with more pieces just for you.

  2. Cooking is fun, but it's really fun with excellent cookware. Thank you for sharing what you made, now I am ready for dinner!

    xoxo, Tanya

  3. These are the two types of pans I use the most in my kitchen, except my stainless one can't go in the oven. Will definitely consider these.

    I loved your video. You're a did an amazing job! Plus I think I had that doll house!

  4. All of it looks delicious and the pots look fabulous. Who wouldn't want to pans! So exciting!

  5. I don't know if I ever told you that the first Christmas that Jake and I were together, he bought me a set of pots and pans, expensive ones!, and friends berated him: "You don't give a woman pots for Christmas! You give her jewelry or something pretty!" But he knew better...I still use and love those pots. Best Christmas present I've ever gotten.

  6. Cool, I've never heard of this brand before. Thanks for the heads up!

  7. You are adorable! Great job with the video! I learned a lot about Calphalon and I will ask for pan for Xmas!

    Was that a Little People house in the background?


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