When I finally moved out on my own, I somehow got a hold of a Franklin Mint catalog, and what I saw inside delighted me! Daggers and swords adorned with dragons, castles, and jewels were so beautiful and irresistible that they birthed my love of them. I ended up collecting a few of those decorative pieces, and that love of knives seamlessly transferred into the kitchen when I started cooking regularly for myself.
When Doug from The Kitchen Professor approached me about writing a guest post all about knives, I was delighted! He has a wealth of information here of which everyone should take heed. Loved knives makes for a happy kitchen! Without further ado, I’ll pass it on to Doug!
“I always wanna get fancy!” I tell one of my foodie colleagues on Twitter this afternoon. It’s true. I can never leave well enough alone and have to get fancy with everything. What can I say? I love creating, and pushing my own boundaries with food. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but what I’m learning more and more is that the true art lies in restraint and focus. (more…)
This is one of those flavor combinations that sounds really wacky at first, but they work together really well. I’ve become a fan of smoothies that are sweet, yet not overly sweet, and have a slight tart-ness from an acid like lemon, which helps bring out the flavors of all the other fruits and veggies. I’m always, ALWAYS a fan of spice, whether it’s in an egg dish, dinner, or dessert, and since it’s hatch chile season, I figured why not spice up a smoothie!
Hatch Chiles are everywhere right now. If you’ve been to your grocery store lately, you’ve probably seen a big bin of them somewhere. If you haven’t, I promise they’re on their way! Your local grocer may even have a Hatch Chile Roasting event, where they’ll have roasters in the front, roasting these puppies for you! They span all heat levels, though the mild seems to be the most popular, and let me tell you – they are delicious. I even have a super special giveaway today, so you’ll want to keep reading!
I listen to Sirius XM Liquid Metal every chance I get, and lately Jose Mangin has been talking up Crobot something fierce. Because their name sounds so much like Probot, the super group whose members include the one and only Dave Grohl, there has been cause for much confusion. They couldn’t be more different, though, and equally great in their own ways.