Oct 302010

Well, the big day has finally arrived!  Tomorrow is the launch of the Blue Jean Chef cookbook (Blue Jean Chef: Comfortable in the Kitchen), as well as the launch of the brand spankin’ new line of Blue Jean Chef cookware and cooking tools on QVC (noon and 7pm ET).  I’ve been blogging and tweeting about all the new things in store, but I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at what will be available tomorrow.

I’ve always been a big fan of hard anodized cookware.  It performs well as a cooking medium, distributing the heat evenly.  It is super durable and keeps its good looks for a long time.  AND… I just think it looks great in a kitchen.  So, what’s new about Blue Jean Chef hard anodized cookware?  Well, first off the cookware is truly designed for the avid home cook.  Many people have complained to me about cookware being too heavy.  This cookware is weighted perfectly for the home cook – easy to manage without compromising performance.


Secondly, we’ve put the best non-stick surface available on the inside. The non-stick in Blue Jean Chef hard anodized cookware is by Dupont AND it is PFOA-free.  The big news, however, is that unlike many other PFOA free non-sticks, this one is metal utensil safe!  That’s huge!  It means that this non-stick surface will last, and you won’t end up throwing the pan out in the trash (which is what happens with many of the other PFOA-free pans).  Finally, I listened to my QVC customers and included colored silicone handles (you can choose from red, blue, brown or black) and glass lids with a silicone rim.  The cookware is beautiful and I know everyone will be pleased with its performance.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the most important tools in your kitchen are your cookware and your chef’s knife.  Tomorrow I’ll be showing off the coolest knife I’ve seen in a long time.  The handle is actually made from denim!  The handle is made with technique called mikarta – layers of fabric (usually linen, but for the Blue Jean Chef we had to use denim!) are pressed and bonded together to form a brick, from which a handle is then carved.  The result is not just a cool-looking knife, but a knife handle that is waterproof and harder than wood or plastic.  The blade of the Blue Jean Chef knife is made of Japanese stainless steel, has a granton edge and of course is a great shape – a cross between a santoku and a chef’s knife.  It’s so unique – you won’t find a knife like this anywhere else.

I’m really happy to also be bringing some ceramics to the Blue Jean Chef line.  Tomorrow we’ll show off a 3 quart stoneware baker in three different colors (red, blue and green).  This versatile baker also has a fabric treatment to it.  We’ve embedded a linen like texture into the surface of the ceramic, giving it a very cool and unique look without going crazy with a pattern.  This way, the Blue Jean Chef ceramics can fit into any decorating or design scheme that you already have in your kitchen.  It’s so versatile because it can go into the oven up to 500º F, into the fridge, into the microwave, into the freezer OR into the dishwasher.  It’s happy to find a home anywhere in your kitchen!

Throughout the show tomorrow you’ll see me using gorgeous new Blue Jean Chef kitchen towels.  I have a soft spot for tea towels and always want a nice one to grab at any time, whether I’m drying a glass, grabbing a hot pan out of the oven or just wiping my hands.  Towels are usually left out in your kitchen – handing on the rail of your oven or hanging on the fridge handle, so they had better be nice looking.  So, we have a set of SIX kitchen towels in blue, red or green striped pattern.  The quality is top-notch and the value can’t be beaten.  You’ll love these!

It’s no secret that I have a terrific job!  Another offering in the Blue Jean Chef line is a selection of wines from My Wines Direct.  It was another tough day at the office when I got to sit with the folks at My Wines Direct and select two whites and two reds to pass along to the QVC community.  I selected an Argentinian Malbec, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, a Californian Chardonnay and a delicious Californian Cabernet Sauvignon.  Then, I created two recipes for two of these wines, which are included with the set.  The wines can be purchased as a one time delivery, or on an auto-delivery program so you’ll never be without a bottle when you need it.

And, of course, my cookbook will be available tomorrow.  I’ve been able to share the book with several people since I received the first copies from the printer, and I’ve even received some great reviews online.  You can read them here and here and here. We had a book release party last Friday and all the feedback I’ve been getting has been great!  I’m excited about sharing the book with you.  There’s even a great cookbook holder/chalkboard to keep your book clean and open to the right recipe.  That is a must have!

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So, as you can see, it’s going to be a big day for me tomorrow.  I hope you can join me on QVC at noon ET for a preview of the cookbook and then at 7pm ET for a full hour of all our new Blue Jean Chef products.

  17 Responses to “Big Day!”

  1. Very nice. It’s like Cook’s Essential’s(silicone handles) and Technique(hard anodized aluminum) combined.

  2. can you please give me your recipe for french onion soup thank you

  3. I would like to purchase the Blue Jean Chef cookware I saw on QVC a few months back. I attempted to buy it from QVC shortly after the show & it continues to say “available on wait list”, with no reference to how long that may be. I would like to make a purchase shortly. Thank you.

  4. Hi Linda. The BJC cookware is coming back to QVC, but probably won’t be available until July. Thanks for your interest in it.

  5. Meredith,

    I bought the hard anodized dishwasher safe cook set and the non stick and cleanup is fantastic. My question what is best to use for cleanup of the outsides of the pans.



  6. Will you have 8 inch skillets?

  7. Hi Ed,
    The best thing I’ve found to clean the outside of the pans is liquid dishwashing machine detergent that is not lemon scented. Scrub this on the outside with a green scrubbie. It won’t look like new, but this is the best way I’ve found of removing stains on the outside.

  8. Hi Beth,
    We do have 8-inch skillets in Technique. We will have them in the future in BJC too, I hope.

  9. I just received my new 7-pc cookware set that I ordered from QVC. I cooked rice in my 1.5 qt sauce pan and it was perfect. Already love this set!

  10. Are you going to have your Blue Jean Chef knife back in production? It’s the best ever and I want to purchase more. Any good news?

  11. Hi Samantha,
    I wish I could give you good news, but I’m afraid I can’t. :( The knife was discontinued. I love it too, and I really appreciate your note.

  12. I love the look of this cookware, but I want to know if they are made in the USA and I need a 12 inch or larger fry pan. Is that size available?

  13. Hi Mary. These are not made in the USA, and I’m afraid there is not a 12″ skillet available at this time. I do hope that in the future we will have large skillets available individually, however.

  14. re: 6.5qt pressure cooker. your recipe for beef and macroni – do i have to cook the macroni first or do i put it in dry

  15. Hi Mona. The great thing about that recipe is that you can put the macaroni in dry! Have fun! ML

  16. Hi, I bought the Blue Jean set, red handles from QVC a couple months ago. Love the pans, except the silicon on the 8 inch lid has melted and I would like to replace. QVC advised to contact you or return the whole set to them. Please advise, thanks!

  17. Hi Nancy. I’m sorry you ran into trouble with the silicone on the lid. The silicone can’t withstand direct heat, but is fine in the oven to 350ºF and on top of pots on the stovetop. I’m afraid I do not have any individual lids, since I do not warehouse any of the products. I am asking the manufacturer if they have anything that they could send to you. If I succeed, I’ll let you know immediately. Fingers crossed.

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