Kitchen Kinives

by Bryan on April 11, 2012

When I was finishing up College, I worked at Cutlery World. It was a fun gig, and I learned a lot about knives. I also became enamored with Henckels knives. At the time, the three big lines were Chicago Cutlery, Trident, and Henckels. Chicago Cutlery had wood handles, and stamped blades. I did not care for either, but they were popular. I always liked the forge steel blades of Trident and Henckels. What sold me on the Four Star blades by Henckels was that the handles had no rivets. Rivets are just a place for crud to gather.

Flash forward to wedding plans, and I had two things I wanted. A KitchenAid Stand mixer, and a set of Henckels Four-Star knives. They don’t sell quite that set anymore, but it was close to this one: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 7-Piece Block Set (associate link) minus the Santoku and scissors.  This fall I will have been with my Four Star knives for almost 20 years. Oh yeah, and my wife as well.

I have since added a 7″ Santoku and 3″ paring knife (it was a mini-set). We have used these a lot over the years, so I can testify to their durability. I like the label; Friodur… Ice Hardened.

Getting a set of nice knives, and making them last 20 years does require some care and maintenance. I recently found a series of videos by Bob Kramer (a master bladesmith) created by Sur La Table and JA Henckels. See links after the jump.

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The Amazon Appstore for Android has a daily free application. Today it is Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals, usually priced at $7.99, available for free today. I’ll definitely do a more thorough review later, but wanted to let you know about it now, since it won’t be free then.

Looks like there is 80 MB of additional data (pics, video) to download, but it stores them on the SD card. There are 60 recipes with pictures and videos.

Here is a letter from Jamie from the Amazon description:

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all your messages asking for 20 Minute Meals on Android. It’s finally here, and will help you to prepare and cook loads of delicious meals; each one in around 20 minutes.

There’s 60 recipes in total; each one presented one step at a time, with photos along the way, so you really can’t go wrong! There’s also a cool shopping list feature which sorts your ingredients by aisle so you’ll be really speedy in the supermarket too.

Breeze through the store using aisle view on the shopping list

As well as all that you’ll find 21 videos of me shot exclusively-for-mobile with useful tips, tricks and kitchen skills from sharpening a knife to chopping an onion. Download it today and get cooking!

Big love,

Jamie Oliver xxx

So if you have an Android phone, go get the app today. So far, it looks pretty cool, I’ll review it later.

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Quick Look: SmoQ and the Lunch Deal

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Queso Producto con Tomate y Chiles Verdes

February 6, 2011

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Hummus

February 3, 2011

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Eggs-Zavier Week: The Celebration Sandwich

January 7, 2011

Well, things ended well last night. Yancy… wow, but really I think Holloway should have received the MVP, the Bearcats could not have secured a 20-point victory without his “effort”. So we celebrate the Crosstown Shootout victory with my new addiction, the bacon and egg breakfast sandwich. If you recall, I have ready praised Red […]

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Eggs-Zavier Week: 3-Way Omelette

January 6, 2011

Today is Crosstown Shootout day, and we reach the penultimate post of Eggs-Zavier week. Skyline has sponsored the Crosstown Shootout for a long time, so to honor this, we are going to combine the 3-way with the omelette to create the delicious 3-way omelette.

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Eggs-Zavier Week: Omelette

January 5, 2011

So now we move on to the Omelette. This can have a fussy vibe, but the similarities to scrambled eggs are significant. No surprise, my epiphany regarding omelettes came courtesy of Alton Brown yet again. This time it was in Season 7, Episode 3 in the episode The Egg Files VI.

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Eggs-Zavier Week: Scrambled Eggs

January 4, 2011

Eggs are an incredibly versatile food. They work well in many applications. They can even take on many forms when they are the main event. These includes: Scrambled Fried Poached Soft-Boiled Hard-Boiled Omelette In this list, one application stands out as boring. The scrambled egg. It has all the sex-appeal of a mid-major basketbal team […]

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