Sunday, January 15, 2012


What do you do with leftover spinach and broccoli? I know, make an omelet! So that's what I did.

Stuffed it with cheddar and parm too. Not just that, but it was my new/used pan's maiden voyage.

I can't remember if I talked about my new/used pan before. If I did, we'll call it Oltimer's disease and you'll need to humor me.

I think it was last weekend, Looking-For-A-Deal-Poppy and I ended up in the Mission at one of those thrift stores. First place I go to in these stores is the shoe section. This was the store, a few years ago, where I found a pair of black Blundstones that were in perfect condition. You can't get these for under $100! The store wanted $8 for them. Score! Second place I go is the kitchen area. You can usually find a cast iron pan or two, but I've noticed over the years they're a pretty hot ticket item so I don't see too many of them.

I picked up a small saute pan, but I didn't give it much thought and left it. Sometime later, I found Eye-Spy-Poppy with her hands full of junk, inculding that pan. She said it's a great of them anodized aluminum pans. It's made by the Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company which is really Calphalon. Check it out...

1963 – Original Calphalon Company Founded: Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company
Ronald Kasperzak purchases a small metal spinning company in Perrysburg, Ohio— Commercial Metal. Renamed Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company, Ron’s purpose is to expand and upgrade the limited line of aluminum cookware for the food service industry.

1968 - A Renaissance in Cookware
Commercial Aluminum Cookware is the first company to adapt and apply a new technology developed by the aerospace industry. Hard anodizing is an electrochemical process of treating raw aluminum to create a new professional line of cookware called Calphalon.
1976 – Calphalon Hard Anodized Goes Retail

Calphalon Professional Hard Anodized enters the retail market. For the first time, consumers experience the superior cooking performance and durability that previously only professional chefs enjoy.

1992 – Calphalon Nonstick Line Premieres
Calphalon premieres a nonstick cookware line: Professional Nonstick from Calphalon. With the development of a new cooking surface, the ‘Calphalon’ product name evolves into a brand name.

1993 – Food Service Division Closes
In order to focus solely on the consumer market, Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company closes its food service division. Calphalon’s commercial heritage remains the hallmark of Calphalon consumer product design.

1994 – Utensils and Bakeware Launches
Calphalon expands its portfolio with the launch of its utensil and professional bakeware lines.

1997 – Announcing The Calphalon Corporation
Under its new name, The Calphalon Corporation reveals a new cookware line--Calphalon Commercial Nonstick—featuring Cool V™ handle technology.

1998 – Newell Purchases Calphalon
With Newell’s purchase, The Calphalon Corporation joins a family of well-known brands, including Levolor, Sharpie, and Goody. The following year, Newell purchases the Rubbermaid brand, changing its name to Newell Rubbermaid.

1998 – Commercial Hard Anodized Launches
Calphalon introduces its Commercial Hard Anodized cookware that combines Cool V™ handle technology with the original hard-anodized cooking surface.

2001 – New Tri-Ply Stainless
Calphalon launches Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cookware, designed with three layers that deliver even, consistent heating, while matching the beauty of stainless steel with the cooking performance of aluminum.

2002 – Calphalon Extends Into Cutlery
The same high standards of performance, durability and design that make Calphalon cookware distinctive for more than 25 years now distinguish Calphalon Traditional Cutlery.

2003 – Contemporary Platform: A Design Masterpiece
The new Calphalon Contemporary platform includes Contemporary Nonstick Cookware, Contemporary Stainless Steel Cookware and Contemporary Cutlery. The multi-layer nonstick provides ultra durability, versatility and uniquely shaped vessels. The stainless steel combines modern style with professional performance and dishwasher safe convenience. Finally, Contemporary Cutlery offers consumers a proprietary, patented feature: the name of each knife etched into the end of its handle, so there is never a doubt which knife you are pulling out of the block.

2005 – Introducing Katana Series™ Cutlery
Calphalon enters the Japanese VG1 Damascus style cutlery market with the launch of the Katana Series Cutlery.

2006 – Gadgets Get The Green Light
Calphalon Kitchen Gadgets introduce soft touch, control zone handles for comfort and better control to help you make the most of your ingredients. The collection of 14 includes a can opener, garlic press, pizza wheel, vegetable peeler, ice cream scoop, citrus zester, and coarse 2-way grater.

2007 – Introduction of Classic Nonstick Bakeware
Calphalon Classic Nonstick Bakeware brings to baking what Calphalon cookware brings to cooking-–classic professional quality construction and advanced features for reliably spectacular results. It features a durable, reinforced nonstick coating that provides effortless release of even the stickiest baked goods. The ideal choice for a lifetime of baking.

2008 – Electrics Heat Up
Calphalon Kitchen Electrics offer Style. Performance. Simplicity. Items in the original line include a panini grill, XL convection oven, removable plate grill and No Peek™ waffle maker. In 2010, Kitchen Electrics expands the line to offer a 7 qt. digital slow cooker, 2 and 4 slot toasters, and XL digital convection oven, with more products in development. The collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System, designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, ensuring that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for results you can count on – every time.

2009 – Revolutionary Release. Dishwasher Safe.
Calphalon UNISON Nonstick cookware offers professional results with nonstick convenience. Two surfaces make the difference: the revolutionary, ultra-smooth Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly; essential for creating tender omelettes and delicate sauces; and a specially textured Sear Nonstick surface seals in flavor to create juicy braised beef, tuna and vegetables. Each surface is designed to enhance the specific cooking purpose of the pan. The perfect pair – in one set. Calphalon Unison Nonstick is also dishwasher safe!

Committed to natural sustainability, Calphalon creates its ReNew program, an industry first! It is the easy way for consumers to recycle old cookware.

2010 – Click. Buy. Cook.
With the redesign of, Calphalon launches their online store and improves the user experience. The site features delicious recipes, culinary tips and tricks, and product information to keep Calphalon kitchenware looking great and performing beautifully. is the definitive online Calphalon destination.

Whew knew?

I decided I'd make NOM NOM Chicken for dinner tonight. I went to Sunset Super where everything is like a dollar! Sunset Super is a Chinese grocery store. I love buying local organic food, but frankly, we can't afford it. I'm sure that Chinese chicken isn't treated any worse than Foster Farm's merican chicken. Get this, I bought 9 chicken thighs and 3 chicken legs for $9.28! I also needed 3lbs of beef short ribs. Got those for $8.57! How about 2 large Napa Cabbages for $.99? Oh, and 3 avocados for $ what if they're from Mexico. Four limes for $.60, 3 huge yellow onions for $.47 and 5 bulbs of garlic for $.99!! Tightwad-Poppy is proud of her Fatass!

They have a great variety of Chinese veggies. Since I don't know what they are, I buy and try. Tomorrow we'll be having beef short rib soup with Baby Gai Choy.


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