1. Rachael Ray is a celebrity cook.

    “Should we get Rachael Ray-branded cookware knowing that our child will be banging on them?”

  2. I thought more along the lines of over indulged child: can he bang on these to Rachael Ray, then when Julia Child comes on, we’ll get out the Julia Child pots and pan for him to bang on.

    I think the joke might have initially been just wondering if you can cook to Rachael Ray on these particular pots, but probably that wasn’t seen as unrealistic a ridiculous request enough.

  3. In the dialog it says “bang against“; I think the question means whether it is safe to hang these pots & pans in the kitchen, knowing that the kid is going to run into them.

  4. I think this is taking place at a store, not a home kitchen. And while the woman and child at right are a family, the man at left (with name tag on shirt?) is the salesperson. So the captioned question is excerpted from the sales inquiry dialogue.

  5. I’d say Dana K’s analysis is spot-on and, in that case, the answer is “Yes, it’s fine. Will that be cash, debit or credit?” IOW, the customer is always right – provided they pay!

  6. I concur that this cartoon is set in a showroom at a store. I’m not sure it matters if she means “bang with” in the sense of making noise for the sake of making noise, or “bang into” in the sense of bumping against. Either way, the question is “will (the banging) cause damage to the child or the pans?”
    Discarding as not relevant another definitional meaning of “bang”.

  7. I currently have a huge beef with Rachael Ray : Nutrish, her pet food line.
    It’s taken over the canned dog food shelves at Market Basket. The little space left for Pedigree & Purina seldom has the good varieties.
    Probably not her fault, but Gresham’s Law is still hitting hard in the 2020s world of supply issues.

  8. Many parents keep a cupboard that their children, with indestructable items that they can take out and play with. You never put anything breakable there (we used Tupperware in ours). Gives the kid something to do when the cook is in the kitchen. You just need to watch out for tripping over them.

    A heavy fry pan probably isn’t something that should be there.

  9. @ Mark H. – We moved all our Tupperware to a bottom-level drawer for precisely that reason. Now, more than a decade (and a move to a new house) later, the Tupperware is still sitting in that same drawer.

  10. The only dish ever broken in my parent’s apartment/house that I remember (and we used chinaware every day and two sets (milk and meat – despite not being Kosher) of good china was when husband and I were dating.

    I lived at home until we got married and my parents/siblings went on a trip. I invited him for dinner and cooked for him – used the second best china (all white in color and modern). He dropped his glass on the plate – the glass not being from the best glasses it was heavy – and broke the plate. Something none of us had ever done even as children. We did replace the dish, but he felt so terrible (and it cost so much).

    His family used the every day Corelle for holiday meals (when they ate home instead of eating out for a holiday) and the good china was only for display in a furniture piece in the dining room – which was NOT used for eating in (holiday meals meant 7 people at table normally used by and intended for 4 people until his sister brought a guy home – then it was 8 people at the table. He still gets upset that I insist on the “good” china for holidays for the two of us – service for 8 or 14 (when pattern was discontinued I bought 2 extra settings for backups) does it matter if we lose some pieces to breakage – which has not happened yet.

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