Friday, July 25, 2014

All-Clad Inspires Cooking


All-Clad does inspire cooking! The company was founded by John Ulam. He is a metallurgist who developed many patents in bonding steel to aluminum. All Clad combines American products and excellent craftsmanship to form wonderful high end cookware. It happens to be headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. How cool is that? The best recommendation is that I love mine. :)
Our current auction features All-Clad items! see: All Clad Category

There are wonderful recipes on the All-Clad website. Because Thomas Keller is celebrating 20 years at the French Laundry Restaurant, and he cooks using All-Clad, here is his recipe for a classic I hope you will enjoy.


Oven Roasted Tomatoes by chef Thomas Keller

For this recipe we only partially dry the tomatoes because we still want to keep some of the juices, but they can be cooked longer for a drier tomato.
Be sure to use the highest quality tomatoes.
Use the tomatoes as a garnish in soups, on salads, sandwiches, pastas, as an accompaniment to meat or fish or chopped and spread on a baguette.
• 10 Roma (plum) tomatoes, peeled and halved lengthways
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons minced thyme
Preheat the oven to 250°F.
Arrange the tomato halves, cut side up, in a 6 quart Copper-Core buffet casserole. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.
Place the pan in the oven and cook for 3 1/2 hours to partially dry the tomatoes. They will shrink in size but should still be moist. Remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan.

If the tomatoes will be stored, layer them in a storage container and pour the oil remaining in the pan over the top. If the tomatoes are to be used in a dish, such as pasta, they can be cut into the desired shaped and added cold to the dish. As an accompaniment to another dish, the tomatoes can be re-warmed in a 325°F oven before serving. - See more at:

Cooking for a crowd this summer? All-Clad’s Fabulous Stockpot is great for large-scale entertaining and family meals, whether it is boiling lobsters, making a Louisiana seafood boil or blanching a large batch of vegetables. see: item 138  
                                      What would you make in this stockpot?

Here’s your chance to cook with an American original – and bring legendary performance to your kitchen and every meal. Don’t forget the tomatoes!

Happy Bidding!                              

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We've been Framed! Thank you Linda!


Five delightful Jeweled Picture Frames are featured in our current auction. Please take a look and you will know why we are thanking Linda Levinson, Berebi and Swarovski, for their fine work.  see Picture Frame Category.

Linda Levinson’s background in fine jewelry and her love of antiquities were the foundations for her business. In 1986, at the urging of store buyers Linda started Linda Levinson Designs, Inc. The business began in her parent’s suburban basement with a small sample line of hair accessories and costume jewelry. After five successful years in business and a move into a Chicago studio space,  Linda began a line of jeweled picture frames and other assorted items for the home using American made products.

Each piece is developed by Linda in Chicago. She then sends her drawings to model makers in Rhode Island. These craftsmen take the design and carve by hand a wax or metal model. After the prototype is complete all pieces are hand cast then plated in Rhode Island and sent back to the Chicago Studio for hand setting of stones and finishing. Each picture frame is handmade to order. Once you take a closer look it is easy to understand why these frames are so expensive and so collectible. Please check our her website at

Happy Bidding!                              

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Here comes the Sun (Glasses)!


Our current auction features some wonderful items to help you look great this summer.  I am talking about our wonderful collection of designer sunglasses in nearly every shape and color.

Thank you Beatles and especially George Harrison, for writing the that wonderful song, “Here comes the Sun”.  This blog is a tribute to the Beatles who took sunglasses to a new level. You might already know July 7th was Ringo Starr’s Birthday.
Vintage style sunglasses have been growing in popularity, and the biggest names in designer eyewear have been re-inventing and perfecting these styles in order to make them relevant in the current fashion atmosphere. Some of the names included in our current auction: Armani, Oakley, Fred Lunettes, Maui Jim, and Kieselsysin-Cord .
Aviator sunglasses were developed by Ray-Ban in 1936 for pilots who needed to protect their eyes while flying.
They became popular with the public a year after they were released and continued to gain popularity because they were worn by rock stars and cultural icons like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The rise of the hipster, the revival of retro, and postmodern approaches to fashion have made vintage retro sunglasses and eyewear designs must-have accessories.  Designer eyewear brands have helped bring these vintage styles back to life. From the aviator and Wayfarer to frames with round “John Lennon” lenses and 1960s-inspired plastic brows, vintage style sunglasses are hot. Now they can be yours. see Sunglasses Category.

Here is a tribute to John and item 98
“It’s all right.”

Happy Bidding!