Favorite Things: Mini Woks, Cast Iron Cookware, Fine Cooking, Crackle Medium, & Food Photography Workshop

23 April 2012

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Often, I have an accumulation of things I come across that’s just plain share-worthy. I’ll be featuring “Favorite Things” when my list totals at least three or more new favorites finds. These things may or may not be food/culinary related, could be a new movie, event, Website or blog, product, trend or something about edible gardens…anything ! The first list of favorites include:

  • Individual Sized Wok Dishes, Stoneware by Le Crueset
  • Cast Iron Cookware
  • Fine Cooking Magazine
  • Crackle Medium
  • MDR Photography Classes – Studio Lighting
These are personal favorite things. No compensation or products received from vendors in my “Favorite Things” write-ups. Please note the “Disclosure” at the end of the post.

Individual Sized Wok Dishes, Stoneware by Le Crueset

Le Crueset - Wok Dishes

These individual sized wok dishes by Le Crueset came in a myriad of colors. By the time I found them, some of the colors were impossible to get or discontinued. An attractive serve piece for individual portions of noodles, Asian cuisine or crisp greens.

These stoneware wok dishes have an enameled surface that’s scratch resistant, easy to clean, and won’t absorb or transfer food odors or flavors. They measures 8″ in diameter, hold 27 ounces, and are oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. These pretty gems are becoming harder to find. As of this writing, you may still be able to find an offering at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Cast Iron Cookware

Cast Iron Cookware

Many of my favorite pans and pieces of professional cookware I bought years ago are long overdue for retirement. A relatively inexpensive investment in what is sure to last you beyond your years are cast iron cookware.

I’ve only just started adding some of these versatile (but heavy) skillets and pans to my cookware collection. Love that I can go from stove top to oven. With a little bit of loving care in seasoning your cast iron, it is the type of kitchenware you can pass down for generations.

Recent posts utilizing cast iron:

I have a recipe I’ve been testing using one of my cast iron skillets…hopefully will be posting that one this week sometime!

Check sizes and pricing between Amazon.com and Walmart.

Fine Cooking Magazine

Fine Cooking Magazine

I have a new favorite domestic (meaning from the U.S.) cooking magazine. Besides my MS Everyday Food, Fine Cooking Magazine and some of their “Best Of” recipe collections are just simply some of the better food and recipe publications out there.

The publication contains great head notes and inspiring images with each recipe, seasonal ingredients feature, informative articles like “The Science Of/Food Science”, a Test Drive section on products and appliances, …you have to take a look at an issue to see for yourself what sets it apart.  It’s like receiving a quality bi-monthly cookbook through the mail!

See that top magazine for One-Pot Meals in the image above? It’s a fantastic collection of recipes that came out late last year/early this year with gorgeous supporting images. I’ve already made several dishes from that issue and looking forward to sharing about some of them soon.    Also, there’s a newer “Best Of” collection entitled “Cook Fresh” released for this year’s Spring and Summer months.

Crackle Medium

Dario Milano's Crackle Medium

Do you have an obsession for food and or lifestyle photography props?

Eat your heart out and click on over to Crackle Medium.   Crackle Medium specializes in food and lifestyle photography props. Gorgeous embellishments for your photography projects including: Cutlery, Utensils, Fabrics, Bottles/jars, Glassware, Crockery, Boards and backgrounds.

Dario Milano of Food Pixels recently launched this gorgeous online prop house. {Sigh} I do wish it was closer in proximity to me and that it was something I could order online to possibly add many of it’s beautiful pieces for my own collection! If you’re a food photographer and prop-obsessed, you are sure to love this collection.

MDR Photography Classes – Studio Lighting

MDR Photography Classes by Christina Peters

Although I already use some strobe lighting for food photography, I’ve been on the lookout for photography workshops that focus on professional studio lighting for food.   This type of class is harder to come by because many workshops are geared around shooting food in natural light.

Click over to my photography site, DigitalPhotology, for a quick read about the Studio Lighting workshop I recently attended at MDR Photography.

Disclosure: My experiences and opinions of the Le Crueset Wok Dishes, Cast Iron cookware, Fine Cooking Magazine, Crackle Medium site, and MDR Photography Workshops are my own. I was not compensated monetarily or with products for my review or mention of these items.

by Cristina A-Moore

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Nami | Just One Cookbook April 27, 2012

Hi Cristina!

Thanks for sharing – oh I want to have that Le Crewset wok – I collect their collection slowly… :-) Also, thanks for introducing Food Pixel – I’m a new follower.

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EA-The Spicy RD April 27, 2012

Great finds! I am in love with my 1 well seasoned cast iron pan, and I’d love to add to my Le Creuset collection (of only 1 piece at the moment :-). You have a lovely blog, and gorgeous photos. Heading over to your Digital Photology site now!

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Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 26, 2012

It’s great seeing what other cooks consider favorite things. I went to a photography class in Brisbane last week and it was terrific. Now I want to go to more of them. :)

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Mindy April 26, 2012

Love this list. You’ve inspired me to source a few of these things now!

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Cristina April 26, 2012

Hi Mindy: Ugh! I’m sorry…did I tempt you with a couple of these Favorite Things? :D

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Kristina April 25, 2012

I love fine cooking too! I have a horribly large collection of old magazine at home :) I grew up buying them with my mom and just have never stopped! They have the best recipes!

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Cristina April 26, 2012

Hi Kristina: Those back issues you have of Fine Cooking, I’m sure are keepers. Don’t get rid of them!! :)

I’m drooling over the newer special interest/best of collection called “Cooking Fresh” by Fine Cooking. Maybe I can sneak it in my grocery basket next month. :)

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Tiffany April 25, 2012

Oh how I want those wok dishes!

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Cristina April 26, 2012

They’re purdy, aren’t they Tiffany? Hurry… Bed Bath & Beyond before they’re all gone!

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets April 24, 2012

I just popped over to Crackle and so cool! Off to look a little more…

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Cristina April 26, 2012

Careful, Jen…it’s so addictive (but oh so fun) going through Crackle Medium. Just love it! :)

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Sandy April 24, 2012

Oh I love all of these favorites especially the cast iron cookware and the wok dishes by Le Crueset-I always knew you had great taste !

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Cristina April 26, 2012

LOL! Thanks Sandy. :)

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RKM April 24, 2012

What cool items, thanks for posting them. Love cast iron, my father used them all the time.

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Cristina April 24, 2012

Hi RKM: Yeah…those cast irons are sure keepers. Just luv ‘em! :)

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Samantha April 24, 2012

Great list of favorite things! I’m going to star hunting for those colorful woks and take a second look at adding another cast iron pan to my kitchen.

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Cristina April 24, 2012

Thanks Samantha. Suggestion: Check Bed Bath & Beyond online first for those woks. They’re hard to find, now.

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wok with ray April 24, 2012

Hi Cristina! Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful and inspirational sites. :)

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Cristina April 24, 2012

Good Morning and you’re very welcome, Ray! :)

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