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Which Is the Cookware to Have and to Hold. Planning a wedding is an exercise in making decisions. Decisions rang- ing from what flavor of wedding cake to serve and the number of guests to invite, to what dresses the brides- maids will wear and items to include on a registry. One registry item that is key to all kitchens is cookware. It also is a category with many options and even more opinions. But armed with some good information, couples can register for cookware that will fit their lifestyle and be a part of their lives for many years. There are several kinds of materi- als used to make cookware from stainless steel to glass. However, with all the choices, 85 percent of the world's cookware sales come from three types of materials: stainless steel, aluminum and hard-anodized aluminum. When comparing pans, it is impor- tant to compare the same materials; aluminum to aluminum, copper to copper. The reason is aluminum requires three times the thickness of copper to get the same heat distribu- tion. STAINLESS STEEL If you're looking for something that is shiny, resistant to dents and dings, non-reactive with foods like tomato sauce and is dishwasher safe, then stainless steel cookware is a good choice. Unfortunately, one of the material's biggest drawbacks is that it is not a good conductor of heat w a critical factor to cookware per- formance. In order to make a stain- less steel pan conduct heat effective- ly, it is combined with another con- ductive metal like copper or alu- minum. This is done either by attach- ing a disc to the bottom of the pan or by combining layers of stainless steel with aluminum or copper to make a clad pan. Without the addition of copper or aluminum, some areas of the pan heat up faster than others allowing food to burn in the hotter spots. Look for a thick disc that spreads to the edges of the pan. This will eliminate a ring of burnt food in the bottom as well as hot spots and improve heat distribution. ALUMINUM Aluminum cookware offers the advantage of being a great heat con- ductor, but it is a soft material that can be easily dented and may react with certain acidic foods like toma- toes. Unlike stainless steel cookware that only heats up on the bottom, alu- minum cookware heats across the bottom and up the walls. Most restau- rant kitchens use thick aluminum cookware because of the great heat conduction properties and low cost. A good rule of thumb to remember is, the thicker the aluminum cookware the better the heat distribution and cooking performance, some alu- minum cookware has designs on the base that claim to prevent warping and improve heat distribution. These processes might make a slight improvement in heat distribution but the primary factor in even heating is the thickness of the pan. HARD ANODIZED ALUMINUM This material is one of the fastest growing and most popular types of cookware material, as well as one of the most misunderstood. One com- mon misperception is that hard- anodized cookware is nonstick cook- ware. No cookware is called "non- stick" unless a nonstick coating has been applied to the surface. Hard- anodized aluminum cookware is plain aluminum cookware that has been processed in a series of chemical baths charged with an electric cur- rent. The process results in a material that has the same superior heat con- ductivity as aluminum but is non- reactive with foods like tomato sauces and twice as hard as stainless steel. No hard-anodized aluminum cookware should be washed in the dishwasher with the exception of one brand, Anolon Titanium, a new line of hard anodized cookware that is dishwasher safe when using a mild dishwashing gel detergent. NONSTICK COOKWARE More than 80 percent of all cook- ware sold nowadays is nonstick, hard anodized nonstick aluminum bing the the fastest growing category. Nonstick cookware has made dramat- ic improvements in quality and dura- bility since it was introduced more than 30 years ago. There are a few things to look for when shopping for nonstick cook- ware. Look at the type of pan surface on which the nonstick coating is applied. A hard anodized aluminum nonstick pan or stainless steel non- stick pan will last much longer than a plain aluminum nonstick pan. Why'? 0 ALL DIA Wedding Sets, i Diamond Solitaires and l: Men's Wedding Bands li and Anniversary Bands II i - Lifetime Guarantee on All Diamonds ~ I1: Cash, check or credit card only at these prices i ,, SALE ENDS )AN. 31, 2002 , I" z77--Nx ',4 CUt above the rest" in diamonds and service. //I I " Oow n town Milbank 1 ddlo '’ cV I. An ". Hours" eb ARMED WITH INFORMATION, couples can register for cookware that will fit their lifestyle and last for many years. Because hard anodized aluminum and stainless steel are harder and more durable than plain aluminum. While an inexpensive nonstick pan will probably perform as well as an expensive nonstick pan on the first day of use, over time the cheaper pan will not last as long. The second feature to examine is the thickness of the pan. The thicker the pan, the better the heat distribu- tion that over time will protect the nonstick coating. As when comparing discs, it is important to compare the same materials -- aluminum to alu- minum, stainless steel to stainless steel w because each metal has dif- ferent heat conductivity properties. HOW LONG WILL IT LAST If a claim seems too good to be true it probably is. Some manufactur- ers are now claiming it is safe to use metal utensils on nonstick cookware. But a pan that has only been subject- ed to plastic or wood utensils will retain its nonstick ability longer than a pan that has been exposed to metal utensils. Many pans are guaranteed for life but read carefully. What is guaranteed are defects in the manufacturing of the pan, not the ability of the pan to remain nonstick. The bottom line is the quality of the pan is what deter- mines the durability, not the warranty. The information provided here should arm you with the knowledge you need to make an informed cookware registry choice. / For the Groom Place your quali@ing order of wedding invitations and accessories from and receive a beautiful gift FREE! Stop in today for details at The Ortonville Independent 29 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278  .. 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Create a list of important information he or she will need to have handy. Here's what you can include: YOUR WEDDING PARTY • New married name of couple • Parents" names • Names of the bridal party as they will walk in (bridesmaid/grooms- man). • Names of the Maid of Honor and Best Man. (Flower girl/ringbearer) • Names of anyone making toasts and when these toast will occur. DANCES AND TRADITIONS • Your wedding song • Father/daughter song • Mother/son song • Spotlightdance (second wedding song) • Cake cutting song • Whether you will be doing a bou quet and garter belt toss • Any special dedication songs • Any special audience participa- tion songs, like "The Electric Slide," "'The Macarena," • Any songs you prefer not to be played like those which might offend elder guests. Remember, however, your band or DJ is a professional and will have a good idea what to play. Do not pro- vide a complete playlist, which only adds more work for you and can take away from the surprises and excite- ment of the day. Reineke-Trygestad vows s AMY REINEKE AND NElL TRYGESTAD were united [ Dec. 30, 2000 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Pastor Steve Berksland and Pastor David Hall officiated. couple are Stan and Joan Reineke of Owatonna and Char Trygestad of Bellingham. i Page 4  Ortond January 2002 , Mark the Day With a Creative M, and E Fisch Many couples remember their wedding day through photographs, videos and a guest book. The book is placed near the door and guests are encouraged to sign their names and write a little message. But, for the creative couple you can express your individuality with clever ideas that borrow tradition from the guest book. Here's a few ideas, courtesy of Easiest WeddingTM. • Ask your friends and family to sign a mat board that you will later frame along with a photograph of yourself and your new husband. As an unconventional form of remembering your guests, the signatures can be mounted in your new home. • In Asian cultures, wedding guests sign a piece of silk with a permanent marker. This, too, makes an unforget- table decoration to hang in your home. • Have a special wedding quilt made that can be signed ccup a Wedding plan tc ere are o and s u need t. t the kin, be. OU must is not a on one side during the reception, guide. • If you or your husband-to-be are consider having your guests sign a bag, tennis skirt or shorts, or running imagination run wild. • Have a special 12-month calendar tOwarc of your wedding. Ask each family sign on the date of their birthday. I memento of your wedding, but you'll tours al birthdays, too. These • A white linen tablecloth and COupi signed with an indelible marker. On often set your table, you'll have your with you. 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