Disclosure: I received a 10-piece cookware set from Wolf Gourmet for review purposes. All opinions remain wholly my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that rock my world!
Four years. We’ve been in this house nearly four years now and I still haven’t wrapped my mind around the fact that I control this domain. That if there’s something about my kitchen that I don’t like, I can change that. It takes a long time to recover from renting someone else’s space, I suppose. But even when we owned before that, it was rental property–a place where you had to keep the neighborhood and type of property in mind with any work you did, so as not to outprice yourself on the market. A gourmet kitchen would not pay off in a 700-square foot apartment in the suburbs that carried a rent of about $750/month. But the house I live in now? Well… alright, it still has some limitations. It’s a late 50’s ranch in a neighborhood of the same on a small lot. The danger remains.
Knowing this, I pick and choose to add where it counts and have learned that it’s the things I can take with me to my next house–because I know this won’t be my last–that satisfy me the most. That’s why it was so perfect when Wolf Gourmet contacted me to ask if I’d like to review their 10-piece cookware set! I’ve always wanted something Wolf Gourmet in my kitchen, but never really had a kitchen worthy of their top-of-the line appliances. Thanks to their cookware, I can easily integrate a touch of luxury to my life–and the kitchen I already have–without turning my world upside down. I jumped at the opportunity!
I’ll admit, when the big box arrived, I unpacked the set, laid the pieces out on my photography table, and proceeded to stare at them… for a few days. They were weighty–solid–and felt fully capable of everything a kitchen with “helpful” kids and home cooks could throw at them. The polished stainless steel gleamed in the afternoon sunlight, reflecting the setting sun. Mesmerizing. They truly are beautiful… but more than that. Works of art, yes, but ready for action. I just had to get over the thought of soiling their perfection by using them for what they were made for. Thankfully, I managed just fine.
The Wolf Gourmet 10-piece cookware set contains just about everything you need to cook for your family. You get:
- 8.5″ skillet
- 11.5″ skillet
- 2 quart saucier with lid
- 3 quart sauce pan with lid
- 3.5 quart sauté pan with lid
- 6 quart round Dutch oven with lid
And while this covers our needs just fine–there rarely comes an occasion when I require a larger pot or pan–you can also purchase pieces individually to expand on this set. So maybe you need the 8 quart stock pot, too, for whipping up some homemade chicken stock or veggie broth? They have that! Or you need a skillet that’s somewhere between the 8.5″ and 11.5″? There’s a 10″ skillet, too, to bridge that gap. I love that you can get every piece you’ll ever need, right from Wolf Gourmet!
A pretty face is great, but how does it all stack up? With their aluminum core surrounded by layers of pure aluminum and 18/10 stainless steel, these pots and pans mean business! You can use metal utensils–yay!!! because I love using my metal spatula (aka, pancake turner) when I’m cooking and can’t with other cookware I’ve owned! And the pieces are oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes stovetop to oven cooking a cinch–and cuts down on the number of dishes to wash, too!
Speaking of washing, yes, you can handwash your pretties… but what’s truly awesome is that the whole set is also dishwasher safe. DISHWASHER SAFE. Two of my favorite words in the English language. Ever since I got a dishwasher a few years ago, I have become the biggest fan ever of this device. And if something can go in the dishwasher, it’s more likely to be used in my kitchen than something that cannot.
Can’t wait to get your hands on your own 10-piece cookware set from Wolf Gourmet? Bloomingdale’s is here to save the day! Find it on their website, where the set is in stock and ready to ship to your door! Or buy online and pick up at the store–it’s almost instantaneous! OR you can enter my giveaway below, because the folks at Wolf Gourmet have graciously offered up one 11.5″ skillet (a $259 retail value!) for one lucky reader to claim for his/her own kitchen! Could it be you?
The 11.5″ skillet turned out to be my favorite piece in the set. Prior skillets I’ve owned were too small and I had a hard time cooking some of my favorite foods, like spinach. You know… spinach, which overflows with abundance when you add it to the pan… then disappears into almost nothing. Ha! Not only did I have enough room in this skillet to fit it all, but it was so easy to toss around, thanks to the flared sides. More food in the skillet means less I have to clean out of my cooktop later. Yes, I’m a messy cook. But I’ll happily hand in that crown with the better options I now have! The handle stayed cool to the touch (which is great because I’m clumsy as heck) and the helper handle on the side makes it easier to move the skillet to the table after cooking. No struggling with all the weight on one handle!
So, speaking of that spinach, I bet you want to know what I made. Wolf Gourmet had me thinking elegance, elevating your experience, and enthusiasm for foods that may otherwise be quite basic. I love fresh spinach, and often just toss it with some olive oil and enjoy. But this time? I wanted a side dish that would make everyone feel just a little more special. It comes together in 6 minutes or less, but really makes an impression. The toasty walnuts, lemony spinach, and tangy, creamy goat cheese work together in a symphony of flavors just meant for each other. You can serve four as a side dish, or heartily enjoy it as a main for one to two. You have protein, right? It’s a complete meal.
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- ½ cup walnut halves
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8-10 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese (chèvre)
- Place an 11.5" skillet over medium heat and add the walnuts to the pan. Toss frequently until the walnuts begin to be fragrant.
- Add the olive oil and garlic and stir for 20-30 seconds.
- Add the spinach and lemon juice and toss to coat evenly, sauteing until the spinach wilts.
- Remove from heat, sprinkle goat cheese over the top, and serve immediately.