Friday Flotsam


Friday Flotsam

That would be FRIDAY in my head hole.

So, I talk to my sister on the phone at least multiple times a day. It’s kind of our thing, to talk once in the morning about what we have planned for the day, any gossip to catch up on, and of course the daily riff raffs of parenting. She has a four-year old, and a newborn. I have, well . . . you know . . . those people.

Anyway, most of the time, Bar (her name is Barbara, but since the early ’80s I’ve called her Bar. She hated it at first, like with a rubber-chicken passion, but then once she came to understand the truths about the depths of my stubbornness, she came to accept it. I think she prefers it now, actually. I’ll double check that today.) can see right through my bullsh*t. She knows that I joke around proooobably 800 thousand percent of the time. But it was especially funny the other day when we were gabbing late afternoon as I sat on the back porch step watching the babes play out in the yard.

Me, “Nat! Get that out of your mouth. I’m serious! Wait, does it have eight legs or sixteen? Oh, twenty? You’re all good. Carry on.”

Bar, “Ohhhh. Okay, whoa.”

Me, “WILL! Leave that thing alone! Hold on, is it dead or alive? Okay, well is it starting to smell like death and regret? Not yet? You’re just fine then. Carry on.”

Bar, “Bev, what? Ummm.”



We haven’t spoken since.

My Super Foods Snacks!

Dudes, this age is weird. They’re kind of growing out of the whole Cheerio obsession, but still too young for straight up crackers and stuff. The super awesome people at My Super Foods recently sent us a huge ol’ care package of allll the goodies. And I’m not just saying this, but the babies are obsessed. They’re like, little super hero cookies and granola bites. All organic, all cute, all good for you. Amen.

I’ve thought about starting a little “What We’re Diggin'” series, just about what the babes are eating, wearing, loving, tearing up, destroying. Would you be interested in that? Or I could just keep that kind of thing in Flotsam. Whatever, man. It’s all good.

Friday Flotsam

I need help.

No, silly, not that kind of help. Although . . . wait, never mind.

I need pots and pans help. I’ve been using this super old Calphalon set since 1954. Just kidding, 2005. It was given to us as a wedding gift, and it so desperately needs to be replaced it’s embarrassing. But, I don’t even know where to begin! And it’s starting to hurt my brain.


Stick with Calphalon or try a new brand altogether?


Copper? (just kidding that would be like a trillion dollars)

What do you use and are obsessed with? I’m super hard on pans, so it needs to laaaast, baby. GUIDE ME TO THE LIGHT, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Friday Flotsam - Amanda's Cheesy Party Burgers OMG

First of all, if you’ve not yet made Amanda’s Cheesy Party Burgers (AKA: Diamond Burgers) you’re not living the life you thought you were. Which makes no sense, but go with it. I made these last night and both babies, hubz and wife (<–me) swallowed the entire pan whole. Even the baking dish. Swallowed. And it was glorious. Amanda, will you come live with me and make these four nights a week? Good, good.

Oh, also, I’ve got a new Food Network article up! It’s all about the wonders (not to be confused with the oneders) of tuuuuna salad! Take a peepsy if yew dig.

Friday Flotsam

Weekend plans? Tonight we’re headed to the Crossroads in KC for First Friday! It’s basically a huge art orgy. (sorry, mom) But it’s a lot of fun. You walk the streets, you sip wine, you look at art, you hang with frans, you get a tattoo, you join the circus, you move to Arabia. You know, NBD.

Onnnnne more Dr. Oz update and we’ll never speak of this again, I swear! It’s locked and loaded for Tuesday May 5th. Cinco de Ozy.

Git yo weekend.

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33 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Tessa May 1, 2015 at 7:57 am #
    You are so random, it's hilarious! But, you already know that! Fist bump. (But seriously, I want to give you a fist bump.)
  2. Amanda May 1, 2015 at 8:34 am #
    I would love a "What We're Diggin'" post! So go ahead and get your affiliate links set up so you can get some moolah offa me.
  3. Jennifer May 1, 2015 at 8:40 am #
    "what we're diggin' "......yes, please.
  4. Elle Marie May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am #
    I love, love, LOVE my stainless steel Cuisinart pots and pans. I managed to buy the entire set through Macy's during a mother's day sale, and stacking on a "friends and family" discount that a coworker gave me. I got the entire set for under $200 and they are the BOMB. Here's why I went with stainless: * Durability - these suckers will outlive me * Even heating - they have a triple layer in the bottom that evenly conducts heat, whether you're cooking on gas or electric. No awkward super-hot or cold spots! * Easy Maintenance - If they get looking a little dingy or dull, I just polish them up with a little barkeeper's friend and rinse. If I actually bother to do this, they look brand-new (even after five years of HEAVY use). There's no nonstick layer that can get scratched or scraped off. * Replacement - One of my roommates accidentally destroyed a pan. Still not entirely sure what happened, but something wound up getting burned into the pan (caramel sauce left unattended? no clue) and wouldn't come off. She was able to just buy me a replacement for about $20, same exact line of pots and pans, same size, through Amazon. I love knowing that if something happens or a pan gets misplaced, I can always replace it. Cuisinart isn't a fly-by-night company, that's for sure. * Cleaning - Nothing (aside from the freak incident mentioned above) gives me too much trouble when it comes to cleaning. Give it a soak with some soap and hot water, quick scrub with a plastic scour pad, done. They can also go in the dishwasher (which my husband loves). I will say that I was sorely tempted at the time of purchase to get a nearly identical set in copper. It was $100 more but oh-so-gorgeous, but finally I had the thought that A) it would be harder to replace something if lost or damaged, the copper sets aren't as widely available or able to be purchased as single items as readily as the stainless and B) over time they might be harder to keep looking nice and shiny. Plus I saved $100. I have never regretted getting the stainless set. Hands-down one of the best household investments I made, next to my cherry red KitchenAid mixer (her name is Candy, we make beautiful things together).
  5. Natalie May 1, 2015 at 9:12 am #
    Don't get non-stick... I did and regret it. Having one non-stick pan is definitely helpful, but not for all of them. You use less oils/butter with non-stick which may sound nice, but come on, give me all the oils and butter! You can't get that good stick/crisp/singe/yummy brown bits with non-stick. Go stainless, yes yes yes.
  6. Erin B May 1, 2015 at 9:13 am #
    I also need a new set since my calphalon wedding set is looking pretty trashy (nevermind the teflon flaking off the bottom causing cancer). I started replacing them and decided against the set approach (even though I love things that match) and have just purchased a Cuisinart Everyday Pan (LOVE.LOVE.LOVE it), a couple Calphalon Unison Sauce pans, a lodge cast iron skillet, and a lodge dutch oven (I really wanted la crueset but who can afford that stuff?). So far I'm in love with all of them and haven't really used anything else and I cook alot. The Calphalon Unison is pretty pricey, but I LOVE that it can go in the dishwasher. The End.
  7. Meg May 1, 2015 at 9:15 am #
    I, too, had a set of Calphalon hard anodized that looks like shinola but worked like a racehorse. (Mixed metaphors are my specialty) I decided to buy open stock to get exactly what I needed. It's not as easy as buying a 'set' but it made sense. Some hard anodized-I stuck with Calphalon for this, their newer pieces don't get the white powdery appearance like the ones of a few decades ago. I have a graduated set of non-stick Cuisinart non stick fry pans that are used constantly and I'm very happy with them. I also have 2 De Buyer carbon steel pans. I prefer them to stainless. They season beautifully and sear meats like no other. And for baking pans, I go to the local restaurant supply and buy 1/4 and 1/2 sheet pans by the dozen. Line them with parchment and they'll last forever almost. I love your Flotsam! Thanks!
  8. Angie May 1, 2015 at 9:48 am #
    Love your Friday posts, and I'd love to hear what your babies love post, especially since I've got one on the way in a bout a month! I've got a partial set of Calphalon, most of a Le Creuset set, several Lodge pieces, and a full set of stainless KitchenAid, nonstick Analon and stainless Al-Clad, plus a couple of restaurant supply heavy aluminum pieces. I've got so many it's embarrassing. I do think you have to have non-stick, stainless and cast iron pieces, each has their place in different cooking methods, just I've admittedly went overboard. If I had to do it over again, I would just have bought everything separate, and had a Le Creuset soup pot, mega pot, and skillet, two sizes each of nonstick and stainless skillets, and the pots in stainless, not non-stick. I like all the brands I have and don't see a major difference in them. The only brand I'm absolutely loyal to is that air bake for cookie sheets and their pizza pan that's filled with little holes, but only for thin crust. I have Pizza hut pan for pan pizza and I like a stone for hand-tossed.
  9. Jessica May 1, 2015 at 9:49 am #
    i wait the ENTIRE WEEK for this post. seriously. i am in the same pots and pans sitch. using ones from our wedding, they are destroyed. please do a separate post on what you're digging. (i'm not cool enough to sub an apostrophe for the g.) i heart you. (ew.)
  10. Natalie May 1, 2015 at 10:17 am #
    Scan pan! My mom got me a set for MY wedding waaaaaay back in 2012 and I quite enjoy them. They come with cute little handle pot holders.
  11. Andrea May 1, 2015 at 10:46 am #
    Kids shoes? Tell us. And that is also the answer to the question posed.
    • Bev Weidner May 1, 2015 at 10:55 am #
      Ahhhh yes. Those are Salt Waters! We have two pairs and
  12. Heidi O May 1, 2015 at 10:58 am #
    I recently found your blog while trolling for Cuban Sandwich recipes- I LUV dem! Anyways, I have fallen in fondest enjoyment of your blog- love the way you write, you crack me up and I like how it is not all prim and proper. Keep up the amazing talent you have goin'on.
  13. Jen May 1, 2015 at 11:03 am #
    Calphalon, LeCreseut and believe it or not, Emeril. I am generally suspicious of chef personality designed cookware but those pans have held up. I actually have two of the same pan because I love it so much.
    • Jen May 1, 2015 at 11:04 am #
      Oh, dear...LeCreuset...darn mom brain!
  14. Emily May 1, 2015 at 11:25 am #
    Slowly replace with All-Clad, they are worth every penny and will last a lifetime. We got a set for our wedding and we cook all the time and they look brand new still, cook evenly and are just the best!
  15. Amanda May 1, 2015 at 11:30 am #
    Your randomness makes me SO HAPPY. I'd be all about "What we're digging" posts. I don't have babies myself but approximately five thousand of my friends do and I like to BUY THINGS. Plus, your kids are the cutest. I'm zero help on pots and pans. I struggle with knowing what to buy. Stainless? Non stick? I don't know! I know both are valuable but it makes my head spin. Those burgers look amazingggg.
  16. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob May 1, 2015 at 11:40 am #
    I use Calphalon and like their Contemporary line or their Elite line at Williams-Sonoma. I don't like their Unison line (scratches too easily). I've never tried All-Clad but would like to. I will say this (in an old granny voice) they don't make them like they used to! You'll probably notice with newer ones they seem to get minor scratches more easily.
  17. Sylvia May 1, 2015 at 11:44 am #
    I hate to say copper, but I have had my Revere Ware pans since I got married 40 years ago and they are still going strong. Excellent heat conduction and clean up is a snap. The company stopped making them, I think, because they last a life time and never need replacement. My mother tried to talk me out of them, glad I didn't listen to her.
  18. Joannie May 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm #
    Favorite pots and pans? Le crueset Dutch/French oven and anything All Clad. Well worth the investment, basically non stick always cleans up nicely. And a good old fashioned inexpensive iron griddle pan for breakfast lunch and dinners.
  19. Marlys May 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm #
    Pots and pans? Le Cruset all the way. They're heavy (and not cheap!) but they'll last you a lifetime. It's pretty much all I use 'cept for one non-stick skillet and my old cast iron.
  20. Stacey May 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm #
    YESSSSSSS to "what they're digging"! Pretty please?
  21. Katie May 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm #
    Yes to the "What we're digging" segment! My kiddo is just two weeks younger than your kiddos, so I always appreciate reading about what your/their favorites are.
  22. Danica May 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm #
    I thoroughly enjoy you and your blog! Would love a diggin' series too! I use stainless and adore it, however; I used cast iron for the first time last night and I've been missing out! I did NOT miss out on those giant stuffed meatballs though- they were delicious- thank you!
  23. Jeri May 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm #
    Enamel over cast iron are the pans. I have one that was my grandmother's and still going strong. It will probably never be pretty again, or stain-free, but it still works like a racehorse. That said, I was gifted a Calfalon and I love that too. After five years, it isn't pretty anymore either, but it's still cranks out some great food. Don't worry about looks and enjoy your good friends that have served you well.
  24. Heather May 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm #
    Re pans: non-stick doesn't last, even the porcelain coated ones. We love using stainless steel and cast iron. Cast iron is great for searing/caramelizing and going between stove and oven. Stainless is good for non-sticking properties and really quick and even heat. We got a really good deal on cast iron at a local store that has sports/camping things of all places, soooo much cheaper than department stores!
  25. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog May 4, 2015 at 9:55 am #
    You walk the streets, you sip wine, you look at art, you hang with frans, you get a tattoo, you join the circus, you move to Arabia -- heh. everything your weekend should be!
  26. Caitlin May 4, 2015 at 11:27 am #
    I, too, vote for a "what we're digging" post! Love that stuff!
  27. Heather May 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm #
    I saw you on Dr. Oz!!! Yay, good job! I love that you dove into that sandwich right at the end :D
  28. Ashley May 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm #
    Stainless + cast iron, babyyyyy!!! Maybe 1 non-stick for eggs...but I just use the cast iron with a nice coating (I typed "goating") of ghee. Ohhhh, eggs + ghee. Game over.
  29. Christine May 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm #
    Hey, what is that adorable little trailer of yours? I have a vintage (1968) 18 foot Trotwood and this reminds me of it. It used to be my "guest house" when I lived in Boulder Canyon in Colorado, but it is soon to be a back garden get away as the sway is far too obnoxious for actually toting around. What do you use yours for?
    • Bev Weidner May 17, 2015 at 6:55 am #
      Hey! This actually isn't my camper. Isn't that so sad? It's the CUTEST thing ever inside, too. Ikea linens, old polaroids, a vintage aqua typewriter. The gal who owns it works out there. I'm not exactly sure what she does, but she has three kids, so I'd be out there "working" all the time, too. ;) I'm so jealous you have one!

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