My sister e-mailed today and reminded me what my answer is to be if either parent asks me what i think she wants for Christmas. That got me thinking about Christmas. Since i also just added all those handy links over yonder on the right about what i read, including the one about shopping; that got me thinking about shopping for said Christmas goodies at said shopping site.
Oh, the pot roast i could make in this MASSIVE cast iron goodness. Just think how much puttanesca sauce would fit in here (well, 9-quarts, that was kind of a rhetorical just think).
Truth be told, I could use a larger stock pot. I almost blew up the kitchen last night making black-eyed peas and collard greens.
(Really, you try stuffing five large bunches of stemmed, chopped, rinsed greens into a Cuisinart pasta pot that already has three diced onions, 4 minced cloves of garlic, two smoked ham hocks, 1T of thyme, and salt and pepper in it; then pour three boxes of low-sodium chicken brother over it, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 2 hours; then remove the meat from the pot, pull it from the bones, chop it and return the meat to the pot. Honestly, it's not easy.)
And then...oh, then little foodie-friends of mine, there's the kitchen buster. That is of course what any cooking set must be called if it causes, nay, requires a NEW kitchen (or the designation of all non-essential living space in the apartment for storage) just to hold it all.
This really is excessive. I'm putting this here because i was surprised to learn a 20+ piece All-Clad set existed.
I am a firm believer in having the right tool for the job. That sometimes means the right material for your pot/pan. I make cornbread in cast iron. That's the right tool for the job. I make marinara sauce in a saucepan. A saucier will do in a pinch, but not a skillet. And really, i prefer stainless for that, next to cast iron, because i get the best heat transfer possible with the stainless. (I have electric, I need the heat transfer to work as well as possible in my house fools.)
So the stock pot here would work too, but since you're likely cooking things in a stock pot for a LONG time, i'd rather have the cast iron.
Of course, if someone wants to buy me this monstrous set, I won't scoff...