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1.20.2014

General Tso's Cauliflower




Meatless meals have become quite boring in our house over the last few months. I've been wanting to cut our meat consumption down for quite some time and revamp our meatless dinners during the New Year.  This dish is simple, hits the spot when you get those take out cravings and it is a winner for all the vegetarians out there! The cauliflower  is prepared much like you would the popular Chinese chicken dish and I can honestly say you would not miss the chicken in this recipe. It tastes just like the real thing!

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a piece of cookware from a new line of pots and pans offered by Anolon. I received this gorgeous 9.5 inch covered skillet with two sided handles. I figured a new pan warranted a  new dinner idea to break it in.


 What I loved most about this pan, was the heavy bottom. This is how I typically judge my pans. I've owned many cheap sets that have no weight to them, and they quickly warp, or do not heat evenly. I knew right away this copper bottomed, stainless steel fry pan would be one of my favorites. Not only is it gorgeous (yes cookware can have good looks!), but I can tell it will last me a life time. I realized after only using it once, that it was high time I order a new set of pots and pans. And I think this new Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel set has my name all over it! If you want to a set of new Anolon pots and pans... you are in luck! We are giving away this set today, it is worth close to $400!! Scroll to the bottom of this post (just after the recipe) and enter following the directions on the widget. 



General Tso's Cauliflower
Recipe adapted from  Foodie with Family's General Tso's Chicken 

Ingredients:
For the cauliflower:
1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets
2 tsp sesame oil
1 egg
1/3 cup corn starch 
3 tbs soy sauce
peanut oil for frying

For the sauce:
2 1/2 tsp minced ginger root
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbs cornstarch
2 tsp garlic chili sauce ( you can find this in the Asian isle at most grocery store)
1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs peanut oil
White rice and steamed broccoli for serving
Green onions for garnish

Directions:

To prepare your cauliflower, in a medium mixing bowl mix together cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, and egg until a you form a batter. Should be a tad thick but not quite as thin as pancake batter. 

Toss cauliflower in batter until evenly coated.  Set aside for about 15-20 minutes.  

In a heavy bottomed fry pan, add 2 tbs of peanut oil and heat until the pan is hot. 

Toss in cauliflower florets and fry over medium heat until evenly browned on all sides. Do not over crowd! If you need to make them in batches, remove cauliflower from pan an place on a paper towel while you repeat the process (making sure to use more peanut oil as needed). 

Once cauliflower is prepared, start your sauce. 

In a separate sauce pan, add sesame oil and peanut oil with your garlic and ginger. Saute until fragrant. 

Mix in remaining sauce ingredients and whisk constantly over medium high heat, until it comes to a low boil. 

Once sauce has thickened, add to the fry pan you cooked your cauliflower in and toss with fried cauliflower. 

Over medium low heat, toss the cauliflower until it is evenly coated in the sauce.

Serve over white rice and with a side of steamed broccoli.Garnish with green onions.


Be sure to check out what some of my blogging friends have made in their new Anolon pots and pans. Plus you can enter to win a set of your own below! Just follow the directions on the widget, and be sure to leave a comment telling me that you entered!! 
 
The Law Student's Wife - Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta 
Dessert for Two - Skillet Spanakopita  
Cooking with Books - Orange Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry 
Nutmeg Nanny - Spicy Penne alla Vodka 
Garnish with Lemon - Spicy Sweet Chicken Stir-Fry 
Lemons for Lulu - Orange Glazed Pork Chops

(Disclaimer, I was not compensated to write this post. However Anolon did send me a new pan to test out as well as sponsoring this giveaway.) 
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502 comments:

  1. I would make anything! They would be a beautiful addition to my kitchen! Thank you for posting this!

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  2. I'd love to try the cauliflower recipe on your blog!

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  3. I wanna make the general's tso's cauliflower above

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  4. anything and everything. my pots and pans are almost 10 years old and need to be replaced. the newer fry pans i got a couple years ago that were supposed to be so great are scratched to heck.

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  5. Everything! Includng the fanastic General Tso's Cauliflower. I love cooking for my family and friends, plus I am a Family & Consumer Sciences teacher that teaches Creative Foods and Culinary Arts. I would love them!

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  6. There are several reasons why I would love to have this amazing set of pans. First off, I could use a new set. Second,it would be awesome to have a good set that cooks evenly and makes cooking easier and third, I definitely would love to try out the copper :)

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  7. Just about anything they're beautiful. -

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  8. Hmmm - I'd make a huge dinner for my family including chicken, rice and cauliflower!

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  9. Dinner for my hubby -- Just like I do now -- But with shiny new pans

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  10. I could really use some new pans. My daughter has started cooking and we have lost a few pans as casualties (lol).

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  11. Mmmmm...I'd make pasta, pasta and more pasta!

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  12. This is Yvonne I would cook the that I just read it sounds so delish.

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  13. I just tried making General Tso Chicken for the first time and it was incredible. I am allll over this spin on it for Meatless monday! Yum!

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  14. Gonna make this cauliflower recipe

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  15. I'd start with the General Tso's Cauliflower recipe!

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  16. I would love to make eggs! My current pans are not quite up to the task and always cause them to stick.

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  18. I might tackle the ever elusive white gravy... Maybe some sausage stirfry... I would love to introduce a meatless evening in our house.

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  19. I'd like to try that General Tso's cauliflower,it looks great!

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  20. I would like to cook the recipe for General Tso's Cauliflower. It would accompany a large stir-fry full of lean chicken breast meat, and as many fresh vegetables I could get my hands on. I love to cook and this set would be wonderful to win.

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  21. I'd like to make a Thai dish of some sort.

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  22. My daughter loves making Asian foods for us she would love to try this recipe!

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  23. Would love to win, would go stir fry krazy and there would be a mean Paella in the works

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  24. The cauliflower recipe looks amazing - likely other similar recipes such a sweet and sour, etc., could be adapted to cauliflower instead of the typical protein, and I'd love to experiment on all of them Thanks for the opportunity!

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  25. First of all, because I really needed, I have just an old pan and some pots :(. And because I love cook!!! Thanks for the oportunity

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  26. I'd make our favorite Caramel Chicken recipe - yum!

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  27. I really would make lots of things in these. Steak and Chicken & Mushrooms to start with.

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  28. I have a set of All Clad that I dearly love, so if I win, I'll give this to my mom. No idea what she'd make, but my mom is a fabulous cook so I'm sure it would be delicious!

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  29. the general tso's cauliflower, here + the general's chicken!

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  30. This delicious looking general tso's cauliflower recipe! And stir fry veggies - Yum!!

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  31. I'd make asparagus stir fry!!! YUM!!

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  32. I would LOVE this for my Sweet and Sour Pork. ;)

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  33. We have been meaning to do more meatless meals as well. I would definitely try this General Tso's cauliflower (though I can't promise I wouldn't throw some chicken in there, too...)

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  34. My son and daughter in law cooked many wonderful meals for me during my MANY weeks long stay while seeing doctors. I would like to prepare a nice meal for them. We all love CHICKEN MARSALA and that would be my first entree, along with some rice with green peas. Matza ball soup is good choice for all of us to start with. This would be a treat for me as most of my cookware, although still utilitarian is about 45 years old and looks it.

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  36. I'd make some chicken stir-fry.

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  37. I would make the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese you posted last year. It would be easy with an oven safe pan.

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  38. Where to begin? EVERYTHING! Love to cook and try new meal ideas.

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  39. I would literally make ever.er.y.thing! Haha starting with some skillet lasagna that my husband has been begging for :)

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  40. I would make a beautiful omelet...beautiful because of the even cooking of the new pan!

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  41. Something yummy!!!

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  42. I would make this recipe, I've tried a few of your recipes and they've all been great!!

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  43. I would make some fried pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. Yummy!!!

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  44. My cookware is over 20 years old..I can use new some new cookware..Thank you

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  45. Well I would definitely make this General Tso Cauliflower Dish!! I too have been cutting down my families meat consumption... at least at dinner time. I hope you post plenty more recipes like this in the near future.

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  46. This recipe looks perfect! I would make some sort of fun sauce!!...maybe vodka sauce?!

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  47. This recipe for General Tso's Cauliflower sounds great, but it would probably be too much for my 3 and 4 year old daughters, but I think they could handle the Orange Glazed Pork Chops.

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  48. This. I would definitely make this! Looks amazing!

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  49. I'd make spaghetti. It sounds so good today.

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  50. This. I would definitely make this! Looks amazing!

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  51. Wow, I would so make this Cauliflower recipe!

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  52. I would love to try the cauliflower recipe, the sauce sounds so good!

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  53. I would make tacos!

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  54. Oh I could make anything!! But I would deff make my family favorite sausage and spinach dish.

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  55. I love chicken. I'd find a delicious new chicken recipe ... Chinese recipe maybe ... to make in my new pans.

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  56. Everything! I'd have no excuse not to anymore.

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  57. Ooh so hard to pick one thing to make in this beautiful pan! I think I would make chicken meatballs! Or something saucy, lol.

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  58. I'd make a big skillet of chicken fried steak with cream gravy, mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans. My family would be very happy!

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  59. We have a new small business, if I had that set I love to cook & display that caserol in our eatery... it really help on me coz the caseroll is nice & beautiful

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  60. Shorter answer would be what wouldn't I make. I like the idea for this stir fry and I might be able to get my husband to eat cauliflower.

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  61. Boy could I use a new set. Mine are almost 50 yrs old and such a mixed set.

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  62. I would be able to cook so many different recipes with these

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  63. Oh, I could so use a new set of pans! I would love to make a big pot of chili.

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  64. I would love these and they would be used daily

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  65. I manage a farm so would be making a lot of egg dishes, I love to bake so fillings for quiches and tartletts would be very high on the list! I also do a good bit of preserving so some good big pots for brewing up concoctions would just be fabulous to have!!! Love your sight and all the inspiration that comes my way from here:)

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  66. I would make garlic chicken with cheesy garlic pasta!

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  67. i would make so many things with these beautiful pots and pans but first I would make pork calabasa and some fideo both Mexican dishes my mother taught me to make.

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  68. I would love to cook healthy melas with this set.

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  69. I would love to make chicken parmigiana, potatoes, pasta, and garlic bread with this set.

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  70. Oh my, the possibilities are endless what I would cook with this new cookware.

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  71. I need to try this recipe - looks awesome!

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  72. General Tsos Caiflower and chicken

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  73. How nice , could use these to make dinner.

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  74. I would attempt to make my mom's carne guisada.

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  75. ha! Id make everything! We're moving in three weeks and we have no pots and pans! (I wish I was kidding!) Its one of the first things Im going to need to invest in! What a great giveaway.

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  76. I would make some stir fry veggies!

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  77. I would make anything and everything!! I have always had a cheap set, so these would be awesome!! This recipe sounds pretty great, may try that first!!

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  78. General Tsos Caiflower and chicken

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  79. General Tsos Caiflower and chicken

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  80. would make anything fried - my husband regularly goes through our frypans, so it would be lovely to have some that last. :)

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  81. I am so pumped about this recipe Carrie! Awesome idea. We're trying to go veggie more often, and this recipe is perfect.

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  82. Just purchased my Dream Kitchen with a Capitol 36" High End Stove and I need these Pans to go with it!!!!!

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  83. I would make some chicken stir fry and some fried rice

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  84. Would love to try the General Tso's Cauliflower dish on your blog!

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  85. I really, really want to try this General Tso's Cauliflower in one of these frypans! It looks and sounds so delicious!

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  86. This looks SO good, Carrie! Is it weird that I could eat it for breakfast?

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  87. all natural food for the family

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  88. delicious foods as our baby grows ^.^, but one of the first would have to be my Mom's spaghetti, that's how we break in all of our pots/pans ^.^

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  89. I would love to have those pans. My mind is flowing with the possibilities of what to cook in them if I'm picked!

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  90. These pans look amazing! I never would have thought to use cauliflower in this way. Looks really interesting.

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  91. A nice big pot of meat sauce!!

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  92. I would give these to my son who is going to culinary school. He is autistic, so I know how much this would mean to him. Thanks and good luck to me (him!)

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  93. I would make pan-fried buffalo chicken

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  94. I cannot wait to try this recipe it is so cold here in Ohio today and this recipe needs to be made! The Anolon cookware is fantastic could really use these!

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  95. The possibilities are endless!! I am addicted to baking and cooking!!

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  96. What a beautiful set of pans.
    I am fascinated with your General Tso's Caulifower recipe, and would enjoy making it for dinner.
    Yvette N.

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  97. id cook everything n them . love to have them.

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  98. I would make stir frys

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    1. I would cook up big ole fried chicken dinner

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  99. What would I make, a home cooked meal for my family. So much better than take out!

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  100. My Husband cooks eggs EVERY morning so we would definately LOVE to have a new pan for this. But I on the other hand love to cook meals. From Asian to Mexican to Indian food we love to make all the yummy "take out" food at home since I live in a rural enough area that there is no real good "take out." I would definately LOVE to have a new set of cooking pans....I've never had a new set...just hand me downs....PICK ME!! :)

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  101. I would make your Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. I <3 Mac & Cheese! MMmmmMMMmm

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  102. I would cook my favorite pasta carbonera recipe with these new pans.

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  103. We love General Tso chicken so this sounds perfect!
    I am on a creamy pastas roll so I would probably make something like this!

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  104. I would keep the new set and pass my lovingly used pans to my daughter so she can cook at home more and eat out less:) A win-win for everyone!

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  105. When I moved 11 years ago, I sold everything and replaced it with a mix of pots and pans. I would love a good quality set for the next move. This pan looks like it would also be great for paella, but I am definitely going to pin this recipe.

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  106. I love to cook. I would make stir fry, many one dish meals, patty melts, grilled cheese, fried chicken. I'm sure these will go in the oven. I finish many dishes in the oven/broiler. PLEASE I really need new cookware.

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  107. What a fantastic idea to use cauliflower in place of chicken. I'm so glad you liked it, Carrie! Thanks for inspiring me to change it up a bit!

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  108. I would make a chicken and shrimp stir fry in the new pans.

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  109. I would make anything and everything with a nice pan like this! I know we all need good cookware...especially me! LOL

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  110. I would make my family's favorite meal to celebrate the new set of pans, Chicken Marsala and all the fixings!

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  111. While what I have is still decent at nearly 20 years old, I would love to be able to cook in some new pans that are better than I what I have. There are certain things I can't cook in my current pans too. I have to have other things like a wok. With these pans I wouldn't need anything extra. I would be able to the cauliflower dish in a pan.

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  112. I'd cook everyDAY in these fantastic pans! What a joy that would be.

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  113. I think I would try the buffalo chicken mac and cheese....and then try the General Tso's cauliflower. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

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  114. I would use this set everyday to cook for family and friends!

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  115. I would love to win these beautiful pans! :)

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  116. This is beautiful!! Take out is a thing of the past it THIS house, I will be making this instead!

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  117. I would like to try the General Tso's Cauliflower recipe you have posted!

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  118. I eat a pescatarian diet, so this recipe looks perfect for me! In addition to making this recipe in my new pan, some delicious fish filets would be wonderful.
    I would give my old cooking set to my newlywed daughter. She needs a set to practice on before splurging on a high-end set like this. ;-)

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  119. I love to cook and currently my pots and pans consist of hand-me-downs and aren't in the best shape as I have used them long past their time. These would be amazing!

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  120. I'd try one of your recipes..love your site

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  121. I would probably try this recipe!

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  122. sautee' zucchini and red pepper with bow tie pasta, and make a tomato basil cream sauce, using all fresh ingredients.with pan seered chicken tenderloins. YUM!

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  123. I would make chicken fried rice!

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  124. I can't wait to make this recipe. It looks absolutely delicious!

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  125. I would fix one of your recipes..I'd love to try them all

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  126. I think I'd like to try this recipe, maybe with broccoli. :) Thanks!

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  127. I would try the recipe above, I need new ways to cook veggies so thank you for the recipe.

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  128. OMG!!! I love to cook!!! Really could use some really good cookware. WANNA WIN!!

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  129. I think I may make this recipe! Sounds yummy!

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  130. OMG!!! I Love to cook!! Could really use some really good cookware. WANNA WIN!!!

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  131. I would try the cauliflower dish. Sounds yummy....

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  132. I would make bourbon chicken! Yummmmmm!

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  133. For starters, I would definitely make this General Tso's Cauliflower .... and from then on, everything else for dinner! I am in desperate need of knew cookware!

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  134. I could use it to make rigattoni bolognese yummmmm!!

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  135. hmm very hard to say what first thing I would make as I would use them for everything, love to cook!! and zI need a new set sooo bad- lol

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  136. Your recipe above! With the price of meat rising I'm looking for new meatless meal options.

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  137. If I won these I would finally have a matching set of pots and pans. I would definitely try new recipes all the time and be able to make my old family recipes as well!

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  138. Chicken Bacon dish :) mm mmmm

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  139. Pots and pans life of kitchen and us cooking in delicious meal for our family. These pots can be put to good use in my kitchen as well as yours...........

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  140. I'd love to try your cauliflower recipe in the pans. I LOVE Analon cookware, just can't afford them.

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  141. Not sure what I would make first, but I do know I would enjoy using them!

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  142. Maybe this dish!!

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  143. I'd love to make some risotto!

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  144. I would love these. I am not much of a veggie fan but I am trying this one!

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  145. I would love these and the recipe look yum!

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  146. I'd make crab cakes and brown rice with broccoli on my new set of pans if I win! Three of my favorite things to eat.

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  147. I would like to start out with the General Tso's Cauliflower on a bed of brown rice!

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  148. I LOVE to cook :) Let's see - maybe a skillet Lasagna or a french toast, or maybe, even a recipe my friend calls Sticky Chicken! Your recipe looks great, except I don't eat Cauliflower! LOL but I bet the sauce would work on anything.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  149. oh my!! been looking for some pans like these. The amount of things that i could make in these.... enchiladas michoacana's, omelet's, stir fry.... ooooh the list is endless!!! LOVE. Thank you!

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  150. I would start out with the above recipe for General Tso's Cauliflower, it sounds wonderful. Then cauliflower fried rice and maybe some fried gluten free battered fish and some fried gluten free chicken!!

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  151. Gorgeous pots, Carrie! I'd love those to cook a birthday feast for my husband.

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  152. I'm planning on making the General Tso's Cauliflower, tonight!

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  153. I would love to make some skillet chicken parmesan.

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  154. I want to make this General Tso's Cauliflower!

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  155. I need new Cookware, I gave my old to my Daughters for their New Apartments.

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  156. I would make my famous chicken breasts in this cookware,make my awesome flavored pork chops, or really tasty meatballs!

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  157. I would go through my file of your recipes and make something I have never made before but want to try.,

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  158. I'd make a loaded frittata; my pans are awful and cheap and it is so hard to make a proper frittata

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