It’s that time of the year again, the time when the University of Cincinnati Bearcats battle “crosstown” rival Xavier in the Crosstown Shootout.
Four years ago I started what was going to be an annual tradition of highlighting egg dishes in “honor” of rival Eggs-Zavier (I am a Cincinnati grad myself). By the next year, my blog had fallen in my lists of priorities, and as it would happen, we had our worst game as both teams showed a total lack of self-control with a bench clearing brawl. I was happy I had let it slide. The competition was renamed “Crosstown Classic” (because THAT would fix the issue) and moved to a neutral site. This year, the name Shootout returns, and the game also returns to alternating sites, this year at the Shoe.
So in honor to the return of the old moniker, and in hopes that I can start posting again at pFoody, I decided to bring back the Eggs-Zavier week post. And since what is old is new again, I thought I would go with a comfort food. Baked Custard.
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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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