Archives for September 2012

Improving My Cutting Skills–The Chicago Way

Improving My Cutting Skills–The Chicago Way

Cutting, chopping, mincing and slicing… All of these actions lead me to the same conclusion: It’s time that I learn how to use knives for more than opening the cellophane wrapped around K’s new DVDs and GameBoy games.  Since I have started doing more cooking in the kitchen, I have also heard my wonderful husband mutter under his breath one or two times “You are USING the WRONG KNIFE!”  So, you can bet that I jumped on the chance to learn more about great knives and their uses.

 I am venturing to The Chopping Block at the Merchandise Mart today to get some lessons on the proper knife technique.  Specifically, I will be using the new Chicago Cutlery® DesignPro™ product.  It’s the latest innovation from Chicago Cutlery.  The knives are designed to have a handle that guides your hand to the best position for superior control and cutting. Hopefully, with the ultra-sharp, Japanese blades, I won’t find myself struggling to not only figure out which is the correct knife to use, but also be assured that I am using a sharp knife to make the cleanest cuts.

 

In the meantime, I have been looking at pictures of two of the knives online.

 

 

I have a feeling that once I have completed the class today, I will be texting my super-fantastic cook of a husband with a request to replace our 15 year-old german knives with these super sleek, sharp and modern ones.

 

Who knows?  Perhaps with the Chicago Cutlery Design Pro knives, I will do more of the cooking?  Or at least taking the lead for the food prep?  You will be the first to know.

 

Crafty Celebration for the Jewish Holidays

Crafty Celebration for the Jewish Holidays

We are getting ready to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, this week.  I decided rather than buying holiday cards this year, I would make them.  I turned to my old friend, Pinterest, for some great ideas.  Check out what I found and what I am doing this year to wish my friends and family, L’Shana Tova (Happy New Year)  on the UrbanMommies site.

Here’s a hint:

A cork + stamp + paper + pens = Original card