Calphalon just launched their LX Series line of cutlery and I have been playing around with a few pieces. Before you ask "Don't they make pots and pans?" let me say that I, too, was skeptical at the outset. Another line of knives?
This interlocking set of cutlery may not actually have the word LEGO attached to it; after all, that would probably be copyright violation. But we all recognize the familiar shapes and colors of these playful cutlery pieces, and those of us who loved our LEGOs will find it hard to pass them up.
A few weeks ago I received a 20-piece cutlery set at a PR event here in New York (it's up for grabs so click through if you want it) and it got me thinking about how many people buy knife sets. As you have probably heard me say before, I believe you only really need two knives: a paring knife and a chef's knife. If you can only pick one, it's obviously the chef's knife. If allowing yourself three, a serrated bread knife is handy.
Now, back the issue of the knife set: I'd like to take an anonymous survey, and please do tell the truth:
Last weekend we went to our local farm's annual tomato tasting (yum, 52 varieties!) and at one table I spotted a volunteer slicing her batch with this crazy implement. Made by All-Clad, it has the typical serrated blade, but it sports an enlarged, rounded tip that is for serving (perfect for a tasting, but my guests usually aren't so hungry that I need to serve slices right off the knife!).
Ah IKEA. We spent a few hours there on two separate trips recently, and we were reminded of how much we love and hate the place. It's maddening yet delicious; inexpensive yet deceptively pricey. Some of their kitchen goods are not worth even the $2 they cost, but there are others that we have found to be good buys. We'll look at a few favorites this month - feel free to chip in with your own!
Here's the first installment: the RATIONELL wooden cutlery drawer.
Recently I came home from a tradeshow with the usual bag full of goodies that usually get donated or given away, and came across a tidy little package from SwissMar: three peelers with different blades. I was about to put them in the give-away pile, when I noticed that the three blades basically mimicked the functionality of my beloved Benriner mandoline. Hence, the perfect mandoline replacement for a small space and a small budget.