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Help me pick a new chopping/vegetable knife

I would look at Fujiwara from CKTG. They make carbon and stainless but I would recommend the FKM stainless line.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkmse...

They are a bit higher priced than $50 but the santoku or 210 gyuto are $72 each and the 240 gyuto (a great size that can function as a chefs and slicer) is around $84.

The Forschner is great for $30 but for a little more you get a really great knife.

Feb 17, 2011
smarcus in Cookware

Creating a Cooking/Supper Club

Iron Chef was a blast. My wife who doesn't cook was paired up with one of the other husbands who doesn't cook either but they asked a few questions and did a great job. They ended up doing simple but good food and getting done in an hour and half where as the other 2 groups with good cooks did complicated elaborate food and ended up cooking for 4 or 5 hours. They kept asking if we were done yet while they drank cocktails and relaxed wile we were running all over the place.

Jan 27, 2011
smarcus in Not About Food

Creating a Cooking/Supper Club

I am in 2 different Supper clubs. 1 has 3 couples and the other has 5. Each club meet every 2 months or so.

The club with 5 couples in it is relatively formal. The host produces the entire meal with the other couples just bringing a bottle or two of wine. Food is very good and themed. Some of the better cooks in the group are more extravagant and the evenings involve alot of nice conversation, good food and drink and are always a great time.

The group with 3 couples is a bit more focused on cooking and going over the top. In this group we have 3 really strong cooks and their spouses who are alot of fun. In this group we have done a mini Iron Chef where we all brought ingredients (1 Protein, 1 starch, 2 Vegetables and 2 strange items per couple) and then drew straws to form 3 2 person teams. After teams were established we drew ingredient names from a hat and after a bit of horse trading we set about making dishes. It was a long night and the last entree was served around midnight (split lobsters smoked on a XL Green Egg) but it was tons of fun. Other times this group will do less formal dinners with kids attending and each couple bringing dishes and assembling them together.

Jan 27, 2011
smarcus in Not About Food

Wanted: specific carbon chef's knife, any ideas?

I haven't found specs except what was on the CKTG website but here is something on the masamoto - http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/sho...

Jan 11, 2011
smarcus in Cookware

Other than for meat....what is your best use for Le Creuset 5.5qt oval ?

Baking bread. It is perfect for Jim leahys no knead bread recipe.

Jan 10, 2011
smarcus in Cookware

Wanted: specific carbon chef's knife, any ideas?

I know you said you weren't interested in Japanese knives but I would recommend either of these in the 270 size. Both are praised for their excellent carbon steel. They are western style and neither are lightweights, but neither are brutes. Since you sharpen yourself andnhave a particular grind that you like it should be easy enough to make either edge into exactly what you are looking for. The only negative I see is that they don't have as much belly as a traditional German knife.

Misono Swedish gyuto 270mm

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/misono5...

Masamoto HC gyuto 270mm

http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/HCS...

Jan 10, 2011
smarcus in Cookware

How much pressure to use on a whetstone?

I use a fair amount of pressure but I have no way to put a number on it. I think the advice above about not using any more force than you can control is excellent advice and i've never heard it put like that.

I put my fingers of my non dominant hand on the portion of the edge that I am working on.

Nov 29, 2010
smarcus in Cookware

I need to replace my bamboo chopping board - what kind shall I get?

Dave knows of what he speaks. I have one of his maple end grain boards and it is of heirloom quality. Buy it right and buy it once. Since he was too modest:

http://www.theboardsmith.com/

I have seen a lot of discussion and diverging views on who makes the best kitchen knife (Kramer, Nehoni, Burke, Thomas etc..) but everyone seems to agree that Boardsmith makes the best boards.

Nov 13, 2010
smarcus in Cookware

How do you purchase your knives?

I also purchased many knives online and been completely satisfied once they arrived but I did not do that with my first Japanese knife. The first one I handled in person and once I had that baseline as a reference point I became comfortable ordering others online. Now i find online reviews, pictures and detailed specs almost as good as handling the knife in person.

If I did not have the opportunity to go to a shop like Korin and handle a diverse line of knives I would pick out a knife that everybody loved and then talk to Mark at Chef's Knives To Go and ask him if I could return it unused if I didn't like it. Then just order it.

If you want light and nimble in the 8" to 9" range I would suggest a wa gyuto with a thin blade and a length of 210mm-240mm. Some suggestions below:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/wagyuto...

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/suinhow...

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/suinhow...

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tagyas2...

Sean

Nov 13, 2010
smarcus in Cookware

How do you purchase your knives?

The best knife store I have purchased from physically is Korin in Manhattan but I realize that not everyone has the ability to get there or a place like it. I have purchased online from Chefs Knives To Go and Epicurean Edge and both were excellent.

I also think that a good place to check out knives if you can't get to a shop like Korin and you're not comfortable with mail order is William Sonoma. The WS in my local mall carrys Nenox, Kuikichi, Shun, Global and Wusthof.

Nov 12, 2010
smarcus in Cookware

Hartford Dinner with 11-12 year olds!

Molly Darcy's. I think it is owned by the same people as Rosy's. It is off either exit 17 or 18 of I-84, I can't remember which.

Nov 05, 2010
smarcus in Southern New England

Blender for Smoothies

I have a Waring MX1050 and it is extremely powerful and excellent at making smoothies. Fresh or frozen fruit, it doesn't matter. I have not used a Vitamix so I can't compare the two. I am very happy with it.

Nov 04, 2010
smarcus in Cookware