Mar 22, 2011

CSN Stores Review

If you've never visited CSN Stores, you're missing out.  They truly have something for EVERYONE.  When they offered to let me do a review, at first I didn't know how I'd possibly decide what to get from them as it was totally open ended.  But I decided to be practical and order something we truly needed, which was some new cookware.  Since I make a lot of pasta and I am often known to beg my husband to make grilled cheese (because we all love it but even in 30+ years I still can't manage to make them without charbroiling them) we have used our griddle and largest pot to death. 

I search CSN for these two items and was surprised by the huge selection for both.  They have a very wide range of brands, quality and price points.  Because CSN was looking for a review of their site, they give a gift code and allowed me to place an order just as if I were any other customer.  (This is different than typical product reviews were items are sent direct from PR personnel and I don't really use their ordering system at all.)

Online ordering was super simple, standard stuff.  I think the prices were very reasonable.  I was given an estimating shipping time of just about a week.  But was thrilled to see that the items arrived well before their projected dates.  This was especially surprising to me since these items (shipped separately) were very large and typically this seems to slow down delivery from other sites.  The items were very well wrapped and arrived in perfect condition.

I would highly recommend CSN Stores site to anyone as a place to find just about anything from cookware to toys to furniture or home improvement!

Here is the detail about the items I purchased and am very pleased with:

Calphalon Simply Nonstick 5 Quart Chili Pot

  • List Price:$57.95
  • You Save:$18.10 (31%)
  • Sale Price:$39.85

Quality and quantity go hand-in-hand in this hefty hard-anodized chili pot. Ideal for soups, stew, pasta, chili and more, it's the pan you'll reach for when company's coming. heavy-gauge aluminum construction guarantees even heating across the bottom and up the sides of the pot. Slowly simmered sauces clean up easily from the double coated nonstick interior. The domed stainless steel lid keeps moisture and flavor locked inside. Oversized loop handles provide a secure grip even when you're wearing oven mitts.

  • Two coat proprietary nonstock interior cooks with little-to-no oils or fats
  • Hard-Anodized exterior will not chip or crack
  • Nonstick interior
  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Low heat transfer, stainless steel contoured handles
  • Effortless food release
  • Nonreactive with foods
  • Oven safe up to 450° F
  • Sleek brushed stainless steel cover

  • Capacity: 5 Quart
  • Material: hard-anodized aluminum exterior and nonstick interior
  • Use only plastic, coated, or wood utensils to protect your pan's nonstick finish
  • Ten Year Warranty
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Made in the USA
The Simply Calphalon collection makes choosing cookware a simple proposition. Everything that counts in cookware - delicious results, good looks, easy clean up, durability - is built right into it.
An ideal choice for cooking enthusiasts on a budget, Simply Calphalon is constructed to meet Calphalon's strict standards for performance and durability. Designed with an eye toward simple elegance, this collection captures the essence of Calphalon style. Good-looking, hard-working and protected by a 10 year warranty, Simply Calphalon represents the straightforward value so many consumers are looking for.
The Simply Nonstick collection features Calphalon's signature hard-anodized aluminum construction for excellent conductivity and even heating along the bottom and sides of the pan. The interior surface is double-coated with Calphalon's sturdy, reliable nonstick coating. You're going to love the sleek brushed stainless steel cover, too.

Paula Deen - 11" Non-Stick Square Griddle in Red

  • List Price:$35.00
  • You Save:$10.15 (29%)
  • Sale Price:$24.85


  • Aluminum construction heats quickly and evenly
  • Colorful speckled porcelain enamel is durable, stain resistant and a breeze to clean
  • Dual riveted rubberized handle with a stylish copper ring designed to provide a comfortable, secure grip
  • Oven Safe to 350 degrees
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty
About Paula Deen
Paula Deen's culinary career began in June 1989 out of her kitchen with the Bag Lady, a home-based lunch delivery service in Savannah. The bag lady was extremely successful and soon outgrew her kitchen. On January 8th, 1996 she opened her own restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in downtown Savannah. In 1999, USA today named the Lady & Son's the "International Meal of the Year".
In 1997, Deen published her first cook book, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. As luck would have it, a major publishing company house picked it up when one of their literary agents walked into the restaurant to escape a rainstorm. Shortly after that, Deen's cookware was appearing on QVC. In the next few years Paula published many more cookbooks.
"Paula's Home Cooking" premiered on the TV Food Network on November 16th, 2002. The program features Deen doing what she does best-being herself, teaching people how to bring joy into their kitchens and homes. With Deen it is about teaching viewers to bring out the best in their families and creating happy memories no matter what the budget is.
In Fall 2006 Deen launched her second program, "Paula's Party", on the Food Network. She invites guests to participate in her cooking classes. Viewers get an inside look at what makes Deen so special- her clever wit, her jovial laugh and shear genius at making people feel good.


  1. I recently got some Calphalon pans and I'm totally loving them.

  2. I need new cookware! I will definitely check out CSN for this...thanks!!

  3. Ooh, this is a nice piece of cookware. I love having great things to use in my kitchen.

  4. I want those! Need to get me some new pans. Everything I have food sticks and i hate it.

  5. Love CSN and this cookware looks awesome!

  6. I have been looking to get new pans... thanks for a great review... deff. will check them out

  7. I need new pans- I'm going to check them out!!

  8. I have been using the same stuff for 15 years, would love new!

  9. I could definitely use some new cookware - especially that griddle. Right now I can only cook 2 pancakes at a time in my little saucepan.... :(

  10. Hi! Thanks for following...I'm returning the favor:)

  11. Oh, what a nice pot. I need a new one too, lol

  12. Wow! CSN really does have everything. Just when I think I've seen everything they have to offer I'm surprised again! I love Calphalon - congrats on your new pot, you are going to love it and it will last a LONG time!


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