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Calphalon Knives — a Cautionary Tale

Calphalon Knives — a Cautionary Tale

  Or, one man’s story of seduction and betrayal by Calphalon knives . . . Once upon a time, on a whim, I bought a Calphalon santoku (see above) at BB&B. For a long time, it lay in a cupboard as some kind of backup knife to

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Bladesmithing Class with KitchenKnifeGuru

Bladesmithing Class with KitchenKnifeGuru

Bladesmithing. Have you ever wondered what what it would be like to hand forge a knife from just a bar of steel? Wonder no more and join my journey. . . Just a few weeks back I had the gumption to take a two-day bladesmithing course from

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Banana Bread Recipe—Easy and Delicious

Banana Bread Recipe—Easy and Delicious

Banana bread has been in my blood ever since I used to woof down loaves cooked up by my older sis when we were in high school. She would get banana bread urges in the AM hours while the rest of the house was fast asleep. But,

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Solingen, Germany — Wusthof Factory Tour

Solingen, Germany — Wusthof Factory Tour

This past October I had the pleasure (along with my 11-year-old daughter) of visiting Solingen, Germany in order to take a tour of the Wusthof factory located there since 1814. (Well, not in the exact same place, of course.) Solingen is not only home base for Wusthof,

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Quality Kitchen Knives on Sale

Quality Kitchen Knives on Sale

Here are some of the latest deals on high-quality kitchen knives. We’re talking name-brand blades that will get sharp, and stay sharp, for a serious amount of time. As long as you treat them right, of course (see my Top Ten Tips). They should feel great in

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Best Carving Knife — Some Recommendations

Best Carving Knife — Some Recommendations

A carving knife is a thing of beauty, even if it’s used only a couple times a year. When you need a long, thin, and most important of all, sharp blade to do your slicing, nothing else will do. (Above: Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set.) If

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Chocolate Mousse Recipe — Elegant, but Easy

Chocolate Mousse Recipe — Elegant, but Easy

Do you have a chocolate lover in your family you’d love to make a dessert for? And you’d like to avoid the old standard chocolate cake mix—plus, you don’t have oodles of time to bake and then frost it? Chocolate mousse is the answer! At least it

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How to Cut a Pineapple like a Pro

How to Cut a Pineapple like a Pro

Learning how to cut a pineapple is one of the great joys of kitchen knifedom. You weld your samurai-like blade to separate the spiny crown and prickly skin from the sweet, juicy fruit, and you feel exhilarated. But you must use a sharp knife. Otherwise it’s pure

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Wusthof Knives — Outlet Store Bonanza

Wusthof Knives — Outlet Store Bonanza

Wusthof, Wusthof, Wusthof!! I’ve got Wusthof knives on the brain. . .mainly because I’ve been working on a definitive article to add to the KitchenKnifeGuru website that should cover everything Wusthofian. Weeeell, let’s not get carried away, but at least it should offer shoppers some serious guidance

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Shallot Confit — Flavor-Up Your Kitchen

Shallot Confit — Flavor-Up Your Kitchen

I’m a huge fan of shallots and I’m also a huge fan of cooking simple but tasty. And I’m learning one of the secrets of cooking simple-but-tasty is having a battery of condiments or garnishes or whatever-you-want-to-call in your pantry to flavor-up simple dishes. So when I

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