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Tips for Buying Kitchen Knife

Tips for Buying Kitchen Knife

I own two food blogs and the ugly truth is my knives were horrible. I mean horrible. When I cut something it just wouldn’t cut so it ended up having to grab a scissors to get it to look good for my recipes on www.thesassyslowcooker and on www.cookinginbliss.com. It got me thinking what would happen if I got knives that actually worked. I contacted Cutco because I heard they were the best.

Well, I am not sure if they are the best but they are the best knives I have ever used. They cut with precision. They feel nice in your hand. They move through the food fluidity. I was blown away by how much time they saved me. These are the things I think you should know when thinking about buying a knife. I believe this is an item to invest in. These Cutco knives are weild to people and I now know why.

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Easy Mexican Pork Chops – Dinner Made Simple

Since being sick took so much out of me I haven’t really had the energy to make intricate meals. I’ve been trying to stick with easy food and these Easy Mexican Pork Chops were a life saver tonight. A few simple ingredients (whole kernel corn, tomato sauce and seasonings) mixed together with pork chops then served over steamed rice made for a complete meal.

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The beauty of this meal is you can clean up or relax a little while the Mexican Pork Chops are cooking. The flavor is out of this world; my son told me “There’s a fiesta in my mouth!” and the addition of corn adds a pleasantly light sweetness to make it a full meal. I used Allen’s whole kernel corn which is amazing. There were no leftover hulls of corn like some other corn leaves behind which is a huge bonus. The corn has a great flavor – sweet but not overly and a wonderful texture.

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I have other Allen’s and Trappey’s products in my pantry that I have big plans for. I’ll be using the black beans for my next Taco Casserole. These are definitely brands you want to check out and stock your pantry with.  So, let’s find out how to make some easy Mexican Pork Chops, shall we?

Easy Mexican Pork Chops
Author: Amber
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 15.5 oz. can whole kernel corn
Directions
  1. Lay the pork chops on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  2. Combine the seasonings with the tomato sauce and pour over the pork chops.
  3. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the dish from the oven and stir in the can of corn. Return to the oven, uncovered and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice.

 

I received products from Allen’s at no cost. All opinions are my own

How to Choose Kitchen Knives

Does your kitchen suffer from dull knife syndrome? Mine did and what made it worse was I had just bought a pretty expensive set of knives. They were great the first use and then dulled down to the point I was sawing instead of cutting.

So, what do you look for when you’re selecting kitchen knives? I’ll tell you and let you know why I love the knives I received from Good Cook (you can win the same set below!) Good-Cook-Knives-How-to-Choose-Kitchen-Knives-1

Price

The most obvious reply is price. Most people want to make sure the knives they choose are affordable. However – a method many of the people I know use is to find the more expensive knives and move down in price to find those that fit within a budget. Too many people think that as long as the knives cost over a certain amount they’re good knives. The truth is that’s a good way to find yourself disappointed (and with non-quality kitchen knives.)

Higher prices shouldn’t influence your shopping decisions. Just because something costs more doesn’t mean it’s better – just that those marketers realize people will pay more for certain names.

How long they stay sharp

The purpose of kitchen knives is to cut. Meats, herbs, vegetables – slicing, dicing, julienning and paring these are the knives jobs. So, shouldn’t they actually work? When shopping for kitchen knives you want those that serve their purpose as effortlessly as possible. You shouldn’t have to use them like a hacksaw. You also shouldn’t have to apply maximum pressure. Your knives should glide through whatever it is they’re cutting.

My biggest pet peeve when it comes to kitchen knives is when they work great the first few times then become dull. I’m not a fan of sharpening my knives, so the less frequently I need to do it the better.

Balance & Fit

This may seem like a strange feature to look for when choosing kitchen knives, but they’re 2 features you notice right away. When you’re choosing kitchen knives you want to choose those that are comfortable. That is, you want to feel steady and coordinated when you’re holding the knife and working with it

Have you ever watched professionals chop herbs, veggies or anything else? They’re like food ninjas and a big part of that is their comfort with the knives they use.

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The set of knives I received from The Good Cook are absolutely amazing and fit into the requirements I have when shopping for kitchen knives. They have great prices, terrific balance and have maintained their sharpness for a month of heavy use – with no sign of wear in site.

Here Are the Good Cook Knives I received:

  • Nonstick Chef Knife – Blue, 5” blade (Retail: $24.49This is my 2nd favorite knife. I’ve never owned an amazing Chef’s Knife – not until now.
  • Nonstick Bread Knife – Yellow, 7” blade (Retail: $29.99I never full understood what use a bread knife was. That’s because I never had one that was this nice – this leaves my bread intact instead of hacking it to pieces.
  • Nonstick Sandwich Knife – Purple, 5” blade (Retail: $19.99) I enjoy having a knife specifically for sandwiches  I’ve always used a regular knife, but this makes the process so easy.
  • Nonstick Santoku Knife – Orange, 5” blade (Retail: $18.99) This is my favorite of the 6 knives (although it is a close call.) It’s perfect for deboning and trimming meat effortlessly.
  • Nonstick Utility Knife – Red, 5” blade (Retail: $15.69This is one of those go to things; it’s useful in  so many situations – a definite kitchen must have knife.
  • Nonstick Paring Knife – Green, 4” blade (Retail: $14.99) I totally appreciate the ease of paring thanks to this knife. I used it to peel and slice my peaches for my Southern Peach Cobbler!

Each knife is perfectly sharp which is something I’ve been so desperate for. They make prep work effortless whether it’s fruits, veggies, herbs or meats – I’m able to cut, dice, split or julienne with ease and I love that! Since they are coated (all but the sharp edge of the blade) you don’t have to worry about what you’re cutting sticking to the knife. Good-Cook-Knives-

Something else I absolutely love about these Good Cook Knives are the colors. They’re bold and vibrant and perfect for Spring Time. The only thing I miss with these knives is my knife block. However, these knives come with matching sheaths which adds security and storage ability. They look beautiful in my kitchen caddy.

From the first time I held these knives I’ve been 100% comfortable with them. They have ergonomic, soft-grip handles that mak thm easier to use and hold on to – even with slippery hands.

You can get these amazing knives as well as other awesome Good Cook products on the Good Cook website.

Tortuga Rum Cakes Review

Holiday desserts are highly sought after. That’s an understatement; sometimes I think the only reason we eat dinner is for the desserts. What about you – do you fill up on holiday dinner or do you make sure to save room for dessert?

While there’s something to be said about those who spend days preparing cakes, pies, cookies and other sweets for holiday desserts, it’s not always fun. As someone who spends close to a week shopping, prepping and baking these sweets I can honestly say I’d love a break. I’d love to find a dessert that is worthy of the dessert table that I don’t have to put so much time into. Tortuga-Rum-Cakes-2

Tortuga, probably best known for their Rum, has a dessert that will leave rum lovers hungering for more. Their tender, impossibly moist cakes come ready to serve up to your holiday – or non holiday – guests with pride. While most rum cakes leave you wondering if they’re even worthy of the name, Tortuga Rum Cakes most certainly earned their name.

I was able to sample a Six Pack variety of Tortuga Rum Cakes with my family and friends over our holiday festivities. John was the first to try them and his initial response actually made me hesitate to try them myself. From just smelling the rum cakes his eyes widened. Tasting led to the same wide eyed result. He actually had to pick up the box to see if there was a proof listed. The rum has a very noticeable presence in the cakes. Tortuga-Rum-Cakes-1

The first bite of the Tortuga Rum Cakes packs the most punch. Afterwards you find yourself automatically sending the fork back in for more and more. I have never had a pre-packaged cake as moist as these. There is not a dry or flavorless bite to be found in these rum cakes. I think it’s more of a surprise when you take the first bite; you’re not expecting that vibrant rum flavor – especially if you’ve never had a real Rum Cake.

While I have yet to visit the Caribbean, the flavors in these rum cakes give me a pretty good idea of what it would  be like. I’m a huge fan of tropical fruits: pineapple, coconut, mango, papaya…did I mention I love Pina Coladas?! The variety pack comes with 6 4 oz. rum cakes in Original Golden with Walnuts, Chocolate, Coconut, Key Lime, Banana and Pineapple. The fact that there are real pieces of fruit in these cakes make me swoon.  Tortuga-Rum-Cakes

The flavors were mild compared to that of the rum, however they were still obvious. My favorite was the banana (I’m a sucker for anything banana) while John loved the Key Lime. Even my son wanted to try some, although I was a little hesitant. I didn’t think he would be able to get past the rum taste and I was a little worried about giving him rum. John reminded me that I cook with alcohol often and I should know the alcohol cooks away. So I gave my son his own rum cake in what other flavor than chocolate? He loved it – ate every last crumb and licked the plate.

Something I did with the Rum Cakes that helped tone down the intense rum flavor was add an accompaniment to them. I drizzled my sons chocolate rum cake with chocolate syrup and added a dollop of whipped cream. I used crushed pineapples on the Pineapple rum cake and a banana foster type topping for the banana rum cake. The cakes are great without the additions but they really come to live with the addition of those special ingredients.

logo If you’re looking for a new tradition for your holiday gatherings or you just have a craving for the Caribbean then head over to Tortuga Rum Cakes website and see everything they have to offer. You can also connect with Tortuga on Facebook and Twitter.

Edwards Salted Caramel & Other New Pies

Sweets are a treat that most people enjoy; pie being at the top of the list for many. What’s not to love about a beautiful crust covered with a delicious filling then possibly topped with some other yummy goodness or another crust? Can you think of anything? Well, besides maybe the calories. Edwards-Salted-Caramel-Pie-2

As much as I love a warm, homemade pie sometimes I just don’t feel like doing all the work. It’s times like those I’m happy to head to the grocery store to pick up a thaw and eat pie like those from Edwards. Edwards has a nice variety of pies readily available and they just added 3 more to their selection. That’s right, new flavors of Mounds Coconut, Banana Creme, and Salted Caramel have joined the ranks of rich, creamy goodness offered up by Edwards.

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Sadly for me I could only find the Salted Caramel pies in my grocery store, but I’m still waiting for the other 2 to hit the aisle! I’m not sure which I’m most looking forward to – the Mounds Coconut or the Banana Creme. Edward’s older Banana Cream Pie is one of my guilty pleasures. Seriously – I could (and have) eaten one by myself. On the other hand Mounds Coconut? Drool much?!

The Salted Caramel pie is definitely something to keep me happy until the other 2 newbies come to my store. Salted Caramel is one of those treats that turns the worst day into something great. Edwards has taken that delicious salted caramel and covered a graham cracker cookie crust with it. On top they put a vanilla bean creme filling, chocolate covered salted pretzel bits and chocolate drizzled in perfect proportion.

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Stop drooling, you’ll short circuit your keyboard!

I’m sure you see why I’m happy to wait for the new pies to come, I have something delicious to keep my tastebuds smiling. You can bet, though, that as soon as the Mounds Coconut and Banana Creme Edwards Pies show up I’ll be picking them up too. You can find the new Edwards Salted Caramel Pie and other new pies in your frozen food aisle. Find a store near you using the “Where to Buy” page on the Edwards website.

You can also connect with Edwards on Facebook & Twitter!

I have a coupon to give away for one of you to try a new Edwards frozen pie for yourself! Just use the for below to enter.

 

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