Nothing, and I mean nothing, brings people together more than food. The act of cooking a delicious meal and sitting down at a table to enjoy it with friends and family, is sacred and a showcase of love. This is what unites my husband and I.
Our love for food starts at completely different places but ends right here, together. You’ve seen him mentioned in my tweets and posts as M, but his actual name is Brian Murray. When I came to work on Martha’s Vineyard, he had already been here for 6 years working on the line, creating food that was out of this world. A man of a few words (unlike myself!), he can make a meal out of nothing and have you craving for seconds. His knowledge is all from experience, mine started with culinary school. Our goal is one – make good food, taste new foods, create.
The first food festival we attended was the Martha’s Vineyard Chili Festival last January 2011, after a month of being married.Smack in the middle of January, it’s the one event during the winter and the island gets thousands of visitors just that week!
When we received the 8 Quart Covered Stock Pot from Anolon’s Nouvelle Copper Collection, we knew chili HAD to be made! As a family of two, you might think an 8 quart pot is an extremely large pot to have, but during the winter we like to make large batches of stews, homemade stocks, and soups to later freeze into individual portions for quick meals. And I can imagine that during the summer it’d be great to boil corn and lobsters, even layer on a small clambake inside!
What did we love about this stock pot? Honestly, what didn’t we love?! The copper bottom promotes even heat distribution and not only evenly but rapidly! The non-stick surface was great when making this chili and we realized that nothing, ever, stuck to the bottom of the pot. The handles are perfectly sized for this large pot and make for easy handling. We simmered the chili, covered, for 45 minutes, and the cover was the right size to make a tight seal, keeping in all that moisture we wanted.
Here’s a little more from the Anolon website about this precious pot:
This Anolon® Nouvelle Copper pot features durable, hard anodized construction crafted with copper to deliver optimum heat control and perfect cooking performance. The double full cap base features a copper core, enveloped between aluminum, completed with a magnetized stainless steel base. The copper and aluminum provide excellent heat conduction, and the stainless steel base makes this cookware suitable for all cooktops, including induction. Restaurant tested Autograph® 2 nonstick delivers enduring food release and easy cleaning, and is metal utensil safe. The generously appointed cast stainless steel handles are attached to the body using innovative flush-rivet technology, making clean up quick and easy. The elegant stainless steel lid fits securely, locking in flavor and nutrients.
Disclaimer: We received this item free of charge through the Virtual Potluck group, with no other compensation. All opinions are honest and based on our experience with the product and how well it performed.