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Apex EdgePro sharpening system

I've had the Apex for a bout a year and while it was expensive I've been satisfied. Although I enjoy maintaining my knives I got inconsistent results using stones and realized that I just wasn't willing to put the time in to learn stones so the Apex was a good compromise in my opinion. Given the cost of sending out 5-6 knives to be professionally sharpened a few times a year I feel it's already come close to paying for itself. It's easy to use and it only takes a long time the very first time you use it to get the motion down and find the right angles for what you want to do. After the first time I've found that doing touch ups has been very quick, only a few minutes per knife.

Dec 18, 2009
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Keffir / Kefir Lime Leaves???

I found some today in the Wegman's Downingtown, they're n the produce section.

Nov 21, 2009
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Butcher Block Kitchen Island - Thoughts/Recommendations?

I use some paraffin wax, it does the same thing and is easier to find than beeswax.

Sep 13, 2009
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Butcher Block Kitchen Island - Thoughts/Recommendations?

I went through the same search very recently. After researching MMB, Boos, and getting a quote from the BoardSmith, I ended up going with Boos. Not because I thought anything poorly of the other two, but I stumbled across a ridiculous deal, 1/3 off, that I couldn't turn down.

I ended up with an island with a 7" top. It had the "varnique" finish on it which I had to sand off but I've been using it for a month now with no problems. It was definitely pricey, even with the big discount we got, but I don't regret it. I love it and use it every day, it definitely drinks up the oil though. However, I've only had it a month, so I don't feel comfortable recommending it just yet. I'll have to see how it holds up over the long haul, but it was the right choice for me.

Sep 12, 2009
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New Floating Island with Butcher Block Top: To Cut or not To Cut?

Cut on it! I've had a small rolling cart with BB top that I've been cutting on for years. As long as you take care of it, oil/wax it regularly, it will be beautiful. My cart is my favorite part of the kitchen, has a lot of character built up over the years. And if you don't like the scratches you can always sand them out.

Jul 22, 2009
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outdoor bbq grill - best bang for the buck

Some groceries in my area don't always carry lump charcoal, but all the hardware stores do, and they usually have larger bags too. Try your local hardware store.

Jul 10, 2009
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Longevity of Boos Block tables?

Do you have one of these blocks from Bally or do you have experience with them?

Edit: Not trying to give you a hard time, I appreciate your input. I like the idea of the Bally block, especially as it is close to me and I can buy locally, I'm just not familiar with the company.

Jul 05, 2009
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Longevity of Boos Block tables?

Fritter- I could only find this test including Boos (http://www.americastestkitchen.com/te...) and while they did mention splitting if not maintained, it was still recomended. I've looked at the MMB stuff and I do like it, but I'd rather have a block that also has some storage and shelves underneath that can also be like an island.

Psiweaver- Did you oil/wax it regularly over those three years? And how thick is the board approximately? End or edge grain?

Thanks.

Jul 04, 2009
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Longevity of Boos Block tables?

I'm moving into a new home and will be purchasing a butcher block/island. I'm planning on getting an end grain surface from Boos but I'm curious if the table type islands will last as long as I hope (at least 30 yrs if not longer). Most of the tables that I'm looking at have anywhere from a 2-5 inch thick table top. Do you have something similar? How has it held up over time? I'm planning on using it nearly every day as a cutting surface. And yes, I will be taking care of it, oiling it regularly, not letting water stand on it, etc...

Here are 2 example of what I'm looking at:
http://www.kitchensource.com/kitchen-islands/jb-jasmin.htm
http://www.kitchensource.com/kitchen-...

Jul 04, 2009
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Best selection in Northern Delaware?/

Thanks for the help. The website looks good, a little further than I was hoping for, but I'll take a run down this weekend and see.

May 19, 2009
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Best selection in Northern Delaware?/

I recently moved to West Chester and I'm looking for a beer store with a wide selection of domestic craft beers, a good import selection would be great too, but not absolutely necessary. I've been to Total Wine in Claymont and while the selection was good, I was a little underwhelmed compared to other stores of theirs in other states. Any other great stores out there close to the PA border?

May 18, 2009
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Coyote Crossing in WC

I walked by CC today and there were banners up exclaiming CJ's Sports Bar is open. Though I though CC was overpriced for what it was, I'd rather have had CC than another sports bar in town. Does anybody know why they closed?

Dec 06, 2008
ctg115 in Pennsylvania

Hardwood lump charcoal in Chester Co?

Hi, first time poster. Quick background, I started cooking in college as a work study job and stuck with it for several years in various types of places (cooking from #10 cans in a community outreach daycare to $30/plate restaurant). Now it's just a hobby.

I realize that most of the posts on this board are about restaurants, but I'm wondering if anybody has any tips on places to get hardwood lump in and around Chester County. I recently moved to West Chester so I'm not very familiar with the area and I'd like to try some other brands besides Cowboy which is all I've found in the hardware stores and groceries in WC.

ctg

Jul 08, 2008
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