One thing that makes me crazy is not having a good sharp knife to cut food with. I've never understood why so many people have knives that are dull and useless, sitting around in their drawers, taking up space. Maybe their grandmother gave it to them long ago and they have sentimental attachments to it; or maybe their husbands have used it too many times for "other purposes" out in the garage. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of old dull knives around that should have been thrown out along time ago.
Which brings me to my happy news. I bought a new knife while I was visiting the Bar Area. Don't get TOO excited. I know there are some people out there who will fail to understand why I'm so delighted, but I also know that there is acknowledgement out there in blogland; folks who are nodding there heads and smiling because they know what a sharp knife means in the kitchen.
I don't like to spend a lot of money on things. I'm a real "thrift shop" diva; but some things are sacred and knives are one of them. My oldest son gave me a Gerber classic walnut handled 10" cooks knife about 15 years ago and my obsession was born. He set the standard for me. I have no idea how much it was then, but I have it professionally sharpened every so often and it has become my knife of choice for just about everything. Since I can't afford the Gerbers, the Henckels or the Wusthofs , I'm always looking for the perfect knife that isn't too expensive. Well, I found the bargain of the year at T.J. Maxx. It's a Santoku knife made by Kitchen Aid. No kidding! The knife has a high-carbon, steel 4.5" blade and a black, riveted handle. It's light weight and the balance is wonderful . I don't think I will ever have to sharpen it ...., and are you ready....., it was only $6.00. Yep! Honestly! I'll be slicing those home grown tomatoes in style this summer.