Thursday, August 22, 2013


Slate deigns to do a video on which knife to use to slice tomatoes.  First, they get that simple point wrong by suggesting the second best knife, a serated knife.  The best knife is a slicer, such as the Victorinox

However, that is forgiveable, as a serrated knife is indeed useful.

What is unforegivable is how she holds the tomato, by mashing her hands over it.  That technique invites you to slash yourself.

The correct way to cut with a knife, as virtually anyone who actually has knife skills can tell you, is to hold the item with your finger tips, knuckles slightly bent outward, so the side of the blade is sliding on the knuckles, which means no matter what knife you use, you can nver cut yourself.

However, if you would like a demonstration of the WORST WAY TO SLICE A TOMATO, follow the below link.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Swanson Thai Ginger Stock - Great to Keep on Hand

Swanson has a new product out - Thai Ginger Stock.  A vegitable stock, plus a number of Thai influenced seasonings such as ginger, lemon grass, curry and others.  The question of course is, does it actually taste good?

You know, pretty good.

I picked some up at Walmart, and needing a quick dinner, I made a modified, HMR/Diet freindly version

3 juliened carrots, 1/2 a sliced onion, 3 pealed and diced potato, 1 juliened sweet potato, 1 bag frozen peas and 1/2 a red pepper, sliced.  Plus 4 chicken thighs, sliced.  I used 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 Thai Ginger broth, as the Thai Ginger Broth is spicy.  Plus 2/3 cup of cocunut milk, some minced cilantro, a lime squirted over the top, all added at the end of the cooking and some chopped jalepeno on the side for me.  No rice, no noodles kept this as a very low calorie dish.