Glass and Stoneware: Finally, for all your holiday baking, stock up on glass Pyrex casserole dishes, pie pans, and loaf pans. Stoneware is another great alternative, Dr. Feister says. The Pampered Chef sells stoneware muffin pans and rectangular stone sheets that can be used for cookies. Most chefs prefer aluminum cookie sheets, however, because they're so good at conducting heat. If you do use aluminum bakeware, line it with parchment paper, preferably the type coated with silicone, not GM-based soy or vegetable oils or petroleum-based paraffin wax.
The Ideal Cookware Set: Buying a 10-piece set of pots and pans can be a waste of money if you wind up with a bunch of pieces you don't need. In addition to the glass and stoneware baking items, Dr. Feister recommends having the following pots and pans in your kitchen. They'll serve all your cooking needs without exposing you to toxic chemicals. And since the season of massive-markdown sales is nigh upon us, you might even find some at a discount.
- 12-inch All-Clad stainless steel skillet
- 10- or 12-inch Lodge cast-iron skillet
- 2- and 4-quart All-Clad stainless steel saucepans
- 5½- or 7½-quart Le Creuset enameled cast-iron Dutch oven
- 12-quart All-Clad stockpot