Almost two weeks ago I got to attend an event in Chicago at the Chopping Block for Chicago Cutlery. I was so excited to be able to go to a class to learn how to use these knives. They are so awesome! I’ve been nervous ever since cutting my thumb the first time I really tried to use them. This class really helped me, though. I’m still not a knife expert, but this gave me confidence I never had and I learned a lot about cooking. (Some day I’d like to take a series of cooking classes!) I would most definitely go back to the Chopping Block for classes, but it’s a bit far away for me to go to often.
I was surprised to see some people there not following directions or even trying to learn how to properly hold a knife. (Why be there if you don’t care to learn?) Of course, I felt a little like teacher’s pet because when someone didn’t hear something I was right there telling them what was going on.
Our menu for the day was:
- Caponata on Costini
- Thai Beef Salad
- Fish in parchment with Julienned Vegetables and Olive Butter
- Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tart
Normally I wouldn’t want to try ANY of those items, but let me tell you, they are ALL delicious! All of us students were in charge of chopping and julienne the vegetables, fruits and meats for the meal. We all made our own Salmon and worked on the fresh fruit tarts, but for the other two items we split into two teams to prepare them. My team made the Thai Beef Salad and the other team made the Caponata on Costini. There was a LOT of cutting that went into that salad. It was so much fun, though, becoming more and more confident with the knife.
I can’t wait to show off how I learned how to dice an onion. (You’ll see a video coming in a few days from me!) I’ll also recreate a few of these recipes at home and share them with you over the following month. I’d love for my husband to try that salmon. I NEVER like salmon and I thought this was delicious.
I definitely suggest you check out the Chicago Cutlery Design Pro Knives! They have places on each side of the handle that make it simple to know where to rest your fingers. They are great knives to help you master cutting and they are so sharp that it makes it simple to cut anything! I’ve used them for bread, tomatoes, meat, onions, and peppers. Great knives! You can purchase them on Amazon. I still want to buy me a bread knife from the Design Pro Series.
Note: I wrote this review after attending in an event by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicago Cutlery and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.