- SANTOKU – I like this over a traditional chef’s knife because it is a bit shorter with a thinner and broader blade. The indentations on the side make it easier to cut through food by creating air pockets that reduce the friction to make for a smoother cut.
- UTILITY – this knife will become your best friend – it’s the ALL PURPOSE knife that does everything that the specialty knives don’t.
- PARING – great for coring, peeling and trimming vegetables especially. I have several of these.
- CLEAVER – This one doesn’t get used much, but is essential if you need to cut through bones.
- BONING – The long, narrow, thin blade of this knife works to get into tight places when you’re trimming fat and tendons away.
- BREAD – scalloped teeth of a serrated edge is great for cutting through bread and softer foods.
- SLICER – a long thin bladed knife that is ideal for slicing roast beef.
- POULTRY SHEARS – these are essential if you want to cut up your own chickens. Many times I can save a ton of money by buying the whole bird and cutting it apart myself for fried chicken.
- MANDOLINE – okay I know it really isn’t a knife, but it has a sharp metal edge so I include it in this category. Don’t skimp on this, get a good quality.
CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL RAISIN PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES aka KITCHEN SINK COOKIES
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Jumbo eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cups minced walnuts
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup golden raisins
- Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and espresso powder.
- Cream butter and peanut butter together.
- Add the sugars and cream again.
- Add the vanilla and eggs and cream until smooth.
- Gradually add flour mixture until well blended.
- Add oatmeal until well blended.
- Add nuts and combine well.
- Add chocolate chips and combine again.
- Add raisins and mix well.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Press down slightly.
- Bake 12-15 minutes.