Sunday, October 11, 2009

Please Pack Your Knives & Go.

Today the Cocoa Cola Girl went to her lil free demo class at Williams Sonoma. I wonder if they are going to do these during the holiday season?? Today's demo was on knives. I'm a lil skittish around knives. Always have been. When your little you learn three cardinal rules, 1.) Don't play with the stove, 2.)Don't play with matches, and 3.) Don't play with knives. Well I think I forgot to upgrade the third one. lol.

I learned a few interesting facts that I would love to share with you. I've always heard on the TV shows, "Top Chef" & "Iron Chef" that the knives make the chefs. That's totally true. You can't just go in a store & buy a knife set. There are different types for different purposes. There are Serrated Knives, Pairing Knives, Santoku knives, Japense knives and of course many more. And when it says, "Medium Dice" they actually mean dice it to a medium size. When following a recipe you actually have to follow the sizes of dices. A dice is the lil cubes of garlic, or potato or any yummy ingredient. You need the right size because it depends on cooking time. If you need a large dice in a stew and you cut small dices, your potato will be soggy in the stew because it cooked too fast. Did not know that!!

There wasn't much to the demo. This is was the first one that was more of a, "Buy this product." My eyes are still watering from when the lady cut the onions. Her main advice to people buying knives was buy at least a Chef's Knife & a Pairing Knife. A Chef's knife is a knife you cut a turkey with & a Pairing Knife is small which is used for cutting tomatoes, onions, radishes, etc.

Also ALWAYS SHARPEN YOUR KNIFE!! The odds are actually greater of getting cut from a dull knife, then a sharp knife. Also when you are slicing & dicing make sure you're cutting on a level surface. Even cut your potato or tomato perhaps into a square shape so you don't have to work with a wobbly opponent. And curl your non cutting hand so you don't have your hand flat where it can be easily cut. I was hoping to learn how to like make a rose out of a radish but I think I have to take a real class for that.

Well for heavy duty Knife skills maybe I'll just watch "Kill Bill Vol.1" for some inspiration. I'm sure a Hattorio Honzo sword will do the trick. =P.

This is going to be a hard week for me. I have a lot to do & none of it is easy. Rose-colored glasses off, and Grown-Up Face on. I spoke of change and nothing is going to change unless I do something. I think I'm ready. Well, I have to be ready. I'll explain more tomorrow...


I'd like to take a minute to thank the lovely lady over at Dustjacket Attic for giving me my first award, the Kreativ Blogger Award. This made me soo happy!!! I'm going to follow the rules now. I have to tell you 7 things you didn't know about me & pass it to 7 people!

7 things you didn't know about me:

1.) I went to Catholic school til 6th grade.

2.) I actually was the Captain of my high school Cheerleading Squad. And was the most unpopular cheerleader ever. Yeah, Taylor Swift hunny, sometimes the "Cheer Captain" doesn't get the guy either.

3.) I'm terrified of the E.T. Ya know the alien movie with the plant, Drew Barrymore, the E.T. Phone home? I'm petrified of that movie. I actually will run out of a room and scream if it's on the TV.

4.) I love train rides. I always feel like I'm going to some other world and it's just so relaxing.

5.) I believe in Past Lives. I've met too many people & on that first meeting I've felt like I've known them forever or some time before. And there are definitely things you just can't explain.

6.) I can play the piano, but I can't read sheet music. Maybe I'm dyslexic or something because the notes on the pages just get all scrambled to me, but my grandmothers both taught me how to play by ear.

7.) When I was 8, I accidentally bumped the actress Brooke Shields with the door at Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City. She had walked in before me, and I pushed the door into her back. SORRY BROOKE!! I had no idea who she was at the time.

I'd like to pass on this award to 7 people:

Carpe Diem
Modern Dreamer
Simply Colette
The GREEN in me
Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife
I know, right?
Life in Quotations

Thanks again!!!

Oh Don't Forget to Enter my Giveaway!! Here's the link to the post.

My Dirty Dancing Eye Make-up Compact Giveaway!!


controlled chaos said...

You have no idea how carefully I read and absorbed your information about knives.
you're so awesome. Are you gonna have more demo classes? Are you gonna post about them?
Let me know!

Thank you!

Girl Meets Gun said...

I almost started a job as a door to door knives salesman.

You read that right.

I took an hour long seminar in which a lady made me CUT A PENNY IN HALF with a pair of scissors meant for cutting meat and the like. It was very interesting.

However, I just wasn't down for going door to door selling the things. People might take the crazed look on my face for something other than a desperate girl needing a sale.

The knives were pretty freakin awesome, though. If I could afford to spend two hundred bucks on cutlery I'd get 'em.

Scientific Housewife said...

Thanks so much for the award love, it's my first one too!

Children of the 90s said...

I've always wanted to go to one of those Williams Sonoma demos, they sound like a lot of fun!

Simply Colette said...

Aww thanks for the award hun! Also, I was so frazzled last week preparing for my trip, and was thinking on the plane how much I appreciated what you said about being a good friend. Just wanted to say Thank You! I think you are pretty special. I find myself thinking about my blog pals during the day often. :) In beautiful Tahoe now, visiting Mom. Have a great day!

Jay Ferris said...

Any tips on which blade is best to run through a couple of my co-workers?

OceanDreams said...

Congrats on your first award darlin, so glad you received a fun award! I liked your little knife lesson, I will be sure to keep my knives sharpened! I love riding on trains too and I also play the piano and have a hard time reading sheet music, I guess we are twinners on both of those aspects! Hope your weekend went well. XO

S.Elisabeth said...

Thank you for the award!
I love the advice on knives; I'm incredbly squeamish around them too!
And your facts are fun, I agree with them =) Especially 4, I love loong ride in general b/c they're so peaceful

Barry said...

Hey thanks for the award sweetie, it's my first one! I've posted it on my blog with a link to your site. You're awesome Melanie!

DesBisoux said...

oh sweetie...just read that post and find out that you gave me an award!!...thank you. merci!...i'll do it tomorrow!
btw it sounds pretty badass to be the most unpopular cheerleader...

(oh...have cut off the boy...bbm,fb,email,cell phone...yes m'am!)

Pixel Wild Child said...

Hello pretty girl! ;O)
Very nice reading about you! I believe in past lifes too and I can't believe you learn to play music just like that... I am always amazed at these things! wow... And about E.T... OMG... I love that movie he he he heeeeeeee.
(And I never sharpen my knives... I am too scared of cutting off a finger! ;O))
Kisses babe, have a great evening!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

I have a dream that someday i'll take a knife skills class.....someday....

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oooh fun post!! I'm sorry I have been MIA from blogger lately. The past few days have been SUPER BUSY!

First, the knife class sounds like so much fun. :) I probably should take something similar. I am weary around knives too, simply because I am a klutz, so me around sharp objects makes me a danger to myself and my poor fingers. Lol. I need to gain confidence in that skill.

Congratulations on your award. You totally deserve it. And thank you SO MUCH for passing this award on to me. That is really sweet. I loved all your answers. Number three made me laugh really hard! I really liked number five too because I can relate. I have always believed in past lives. When I was really little (three) I used to talk about a past life and that really freaked out my parents. So yeah, firm believer in that! :)

This was a great post. I loved it!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I really need to get a great knife set, maybe that's my problem with cooking ... maybe not.

Great post honey and love your list, very interesting.

Constructive Attitude said...

Congrats on the award and htanks for the knives 411


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