Tag Archives: knife skills

What if… Everyone Had Knife Skills?

29 Jan Photo of Knife Skill Teaching
by Deanne

The “What if” question for last week involved encouraging people to cook at home.  If we want to cook at home we can save ourselves a lot of time and money in the kitchen by developing our skills with a chef knife. 

For some reason I  never developed the practice of using a chef knife until we opened our restaurant in 2008.  Steve and Luke both taught me how to use one. In fact our home kitchen didn’t have one until my sister-in-law noticed and gave us one as a gift.  I don’t think I am alone based on the number of people I have talked to about cooking at home.

This video does a pretty good job of teaching the basics.  

I have also included a video from Luke’s cooking series on the chiffonade technique for cutting greens and making things look pretty.

If you want to select some other knives besides a chef knife, here is a good article that can help when picking out knives.   Let us know your thoughts on our what if…..real food Wednesday questions.

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Fiery Corn and Black Bean Salsa

3 Sep
by Deanne

Yesterday in our garden tour  post, we showed pictures of our abundant tomatoes.  Here’s a delicious way to use them up and practice your knife skills at the same time! In his most recent GamerKitchen episode, Luke makes a great tasting salsa that can double as a snack or dinner-sized salad.

Luke used one Serrano pepper – the heat was just right, but I’m sure one jalapeno would be good too.

What heat level do you think you’ll choose?