I am very lucky to have “A Man and His Pan”.  I have the most amazing husband who is majorly into food and cooking.  Is that all he likes?  Not by any means.  He also likes anything sports and is a die hard Ohio State Buckeye fan.  For this post I will stick to his cooking interest.  He loves to play in the kitchen.  Over the years he has become an amazing self-taught chef that has the innate skill to create his own recipes.

A Man And His Pan, findingourwaynow.comBecause my husband likes to experiment with different ingredients I naturally am the taste tester for his creations.  In the beginning some of his experiments were less then appetizing.  But as time has passed, his skills have improved greatly and that has contributed to my weight increase.  That is another story for another time.

As it is with anyone who is into cooking, he has gotten into the tools needed to make the best dishes and cook everything to perfection.  He has researched cookware and their different properties with various metal plys and their conductivity, knives that are well balanced in your hand and dangerously sharp, cookbooks of every imaginable subject and source and an amazing array of gadgets.

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Many times my husband will be in a cooking store or department and will run into a person who appears to be struggling with what to buy.  He will offer assistance and give them chapter and verse regarding the ventures of each style, type and brand of cookware.  I’m not sure that many of these people were prepared for the information they received or thought possible but my husband would be in his glory and they would listen with rapt attention.  Through much conversation, asking and answering questions he would make a recommendation and the person would walk away with what he has deemed a good choose for their particular need.  While this was going on, the store personnel would look on with a knowing smile, understanding that he would effectively sell their customer something that would makes sense, which would be much better then they could have ever done.

What all this has lead up to a frying pan  fetish.  Yes, you heard me right.  My husband has an obsession with frying pans.  He can’t pass up a really good looking or inexpensive frying pan.  We have a collection that would rival any cooking store inventory.  We have a nice home that has a good amount of storage, but we are running out of room.  In order to allow for better organization we need to give away or sell some of our inventory and to be fair some of my stuff as well.  The problem is when we let go of a few pans, a few more (new) ones magically show up.

Man and His Pan

We are Costco shoppers.  It was a Saturday and the store was a zoo.  We had arrived and had made a decision to split up.  I, armed with my list, headed into the den of craziness and my husband headed off to the cookbooks and cookware section.  I had fought my way through the kamikaze housewives, darting and crying kids, families and people who would block the aisles to get what I had on my list.  I hadn’t heard a word from my husband who would usually hunt me down to put something in my basket, usually a cook book or cooking utensil of some kind that he thought would be fun to try.

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I had finished with my list and had text my husband to let him know that I was headed to checkout and had a really funny story about an aisle blocker and a really big guy who had helped me out.  I was almost to checkout when he appeared with nothing in his hand.  Because the store was so crazy busy I never thought to ask if he had found something of interest.  I had assumed he hadn’t.  As we were checking out, he decided that it would be nice to get a frozen yogurt so he went on ahead to buy one and find a place to set while I completed our purchases.

So there we were sitting and eating our frozen yogurt having a nice conversation about what the rest of the weekend entailed.  That was when I asked about the cookbooks and cookware.  He smiled and shrugged his shoulders and said there were some interesting things and described a new cookbook he almost bought and left it at that.  We finished up our yogurt and headed out to the car.  As we approached the car he said he needed to tell me something.  As we wheeled the shopping cart to back of my SUV that was when I noticed a very large box in the cargo area.  I looked at the box and then at my husband with a questioning look on my face.  He said “I found this really great set of Green Pans that are usually very expensive.  The price was really, really  good so I went ahead and bought them and put the box in the car while you were shopping” and then he gave me a really, really BIG smile.   I burst out laughing because I had actually thought we would make it our of the store without a frying pan instead we now had a whole set of new cookware.

I do so love my husband.  He truly is a man and his pan kind of guy.  I am hard pressed to discourage his interest because he so much enjoys buying and using each pan.  Some he deems better then others.  We are making an effort to reduce our current supply of pans.  Some of our friends have been and will be the lucky recipient of some of our inventory.  In any case all of this plays very nicely into my blog.  So don’t be surprised if he shows up as a guest writer on my blog in the future.

Life’s journey continues…

If you enjoyed “Grocery Store Aisle Hogs,” check out Part 1:Grocery Store Aisle Hogs and His Pan, Pretend Listener and for a bit of fun When To Quit.

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  • Dan Meyers

    It must take many years of marriage to get to a point where you can laugh off something like that!  I think my wife would have gone home with either me or the pans… but probably not both!  Enjoyed the story

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Years of marriage and understanding your spouse do help a great deal. To be fair, he probably has stuff he could tell about me as well. :-)

  • Karena

    Love the story…. I can almost picture it as if I were there! :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks. I am so glad that you were able to enjoy and appreciate the story. Thank you for stopping by. :D

  • Charlotte

    Got to  the point easily well….it’s all true and funny to read;-) I can see him also interrupting a customer with a salesman in a store to explain how really is made a pan! Hilarious;-) A very good man with great knowledge in the kitchen! By the way, I saw a chef in France on atv show with a “all-clad” mini pan (the ones he bought to replace our tefal red points)!!! I laught myself and Guillaume did not understand…

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      i am so glad you enjoyed my story. I remember that about the All Clad pan. That is funny. I understand why Guillaume wouldn’t understand, you had to be there. :)

  • Julie C

    I love this story! You really got me at the end. I laughed out load. I could actually picture it in my mind. Thanks for brightening my day. Julie C

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thank you. I am so glad I made you laugh and made your day. I have accomplished my goal. :-)

  • Margaretduarte

    Oh my.  To be sooo lucky.  What an awesome husband.  Love his shopping habits!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Even though we are running out of space, some the stuff he buys are really cool.

      It is fun when we are both cooking in the kitchen. He cooks really well and that is a problem when you are trying to lose some weight. :-)

  • clarestweets

    Hi Susan, we met at eWomen last night. Had to stop by and check out your blog. Your illustrations are AMAZING!  What texture and life. We also have more in common. I am from Ohio. My Mom lives in Columbus and life stops when the Buckeyes play. Looking forward to getting to know you better. 

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Boy isn’t that the truth. When the Buckeyes are on TV, doesn’t matter the sport, nothing else matters.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I too look forward to getting to know you better. :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSN4F5U4ASBUJULRBNBFJTDTEA Kozmo1211

    I can say I am blessed to know Susan’s husband. He is an amazing man who has love, compassion, and respect for everything that he does. I too have tasted a few wonderful creations. There is not enough to say about how wonderful both him and Susan are. I have seen the storage at her house and yes he LOVES cooking. I am in awe whenever I go visit and have spent many hours browsing their EXTENSIVE cookbook collection. As a self proclaimed foodie myself it is an honor and a treat to have both of them as my dear friends. Rod, anytime you want to cook I immediately volunteer to be your taste tester.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is so much fun when you visit. We have such a great time playing in the kitchen. Rod says you can be a taste tester anytime.

  • guest

    Hi!  I came over from “Simple Dude” and I love your blog.  I was just going to mention, I think you meant “rapt attention”–you’ve got something else there. =-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thank you. Being dyslexic I sometimes miss stuff. Thanks for visiting my site. :-)

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