I used to love cooking and kitchen gadgets and all things cooking and kitchen-related. Kitchen stores were my happy place. But somewhere along the way, I got old and tired, and today I’m all about simple recipes and kitchen products that make cooking and cleanup easy.
Enter the Our Place Always Pan. I’ve had this pan for at least a year. I ordered one when I started seeing other influencers talking about it. I was skeptical, as I usually am when it seems like everyone is sharing about something, but in this case, it was not just a bunch of hype. The Always Pan has so many purposes, and it makes cleanup a breeze.
Now everyone who comes to my house and sees me cook wants one too. Even my kids have asked for one when they start out on their own. I had to practically keep mine under lock and key to prevent Caroline from taking it off to college with her. (Yes, she is definitely getting one for Christmas!)
But I had one complaint I had about the Always Pan. It isn’t always big enough for our family of five. I kept saying that I wished they had a bigger option available.
Well, guess what!?! Our Place just came out with a solution. Allow me to introduce the Perfect Pot!
This 5.5 quart pot combines all your pots and some kitchen utensils too. It’s surprisingly lightweight, and it comes with a straining lid, beechwood spoon that’s designed to nest on your pot, and a nonstick roasting rack that doubles as a steamer.
The Perfect Pot also has a modular lid that allows you to let off steam when you want, and lock it in when you don’t, and it also strains and pours.
Best of all, it’s compatible with all types of stoves — even my induction cooktop!
Also, neither is dishwasher safe, but don’t worry. Cleanup is a breeze, thanks to the nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating. Just allow them to cool before washing with warm, soapy water and the sponge that comes with them.
Suffice it to say, this is now my go-to pot for pasta, soups and stews, roasting meats, and much more.
Between the Perfect Pot and the Always Pan, you really don’t need any other cookware in your kitchen. If you don’t already have the Always Pan, they sell the two as a set for a discounted price. The Home Cook Duo is $250, for a $60 savings over purchasing them both separately.
Again, you can buy these dishes as a set for a reduced price. Set The Table is a bundle that includes the Side Bowls, Main Plates, and Side Plates for a cost savings of $15. And the Dinnerware Duo includes just the Side Bowls and Main Plates for a cost savings of $10.
The other night, I made one of our favorite family meals in my Perfect Pot and used my new bowls and plates.
This White Chicken Chili recipe came from a friend many years ago, and I still make it regularly, especially in the fall and winter. It’s also a nice one to make for a new mom or a sick friend because it keeps in the freezer and reheats well. It’s actually better the second time around.
Chicken Chili Recipe
- 2 to 3 lbs shredded chicken
- 3 cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 med onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1-1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 4-oz cans chopped mild green chiles
- 3 cups shredded jack cheese (divided)
- salsa, sour cream, and/or scallions for topping
- Roast chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and olive oil in a 350° oven for 40 minutes; or roast a whole chicken in the Perfect Pot. Cool the meat; shred or chop, then set aside.
- Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil. Stir in all spices. Add beans and broth, and simmer for 60 minutes or so.
- Add chicken, chilies, and 1 cup cheese; stir to combine. Use stick blender if desired.
- Top with remaining cheese, salsa, sour cream, and/or scallions.
I’m telling you, this is the pot you never knew you needed. It also makes a great gift for newlyweds, the kid moving into his first apartment, or any busy mom who is looking to make her kitchen chores a little easier.
photos: Alison Cornell