Stay Sharp! – How to Keep Your Knife Honed (and Rada Cutlery Winner)

It was so fun to read about your knives in the comments for the Rada Cutlery giveaway.  I was a little surprised at how many of you lack sharp knives.   Some of you are carving turkeys with steak knives!

Sharp knives are essential for making dinner quickly, so I thought I’d share some tips for keeping your cutlery sharp.  I’m no expert.  These are ideas I’ve picked up over the years.

1. Start with a good knife – If you don’t have one then get thee to the Rada Kitchen Store.  I recommend the Cook’s Knife.  It’s only $9.20.  That’s less money than it takes to feed your family one meal at a fast food restaurant.  And having a sharp knife will speed your cooking so you’ll be less inclined to grab something quick on busy nights.

You will not regret buying this knife.  It’s so affordable, there’s no reason to keep using your dull knives.

For the record, Rada Cutlery doesn’t know I’m sending all of you over to their site.  I’m not making a commission or earning anything and they didn’t pay me to do this post.  I just want you all to have the joy of cooking with a sharp knife that is affordable!

2. Use a cutting board that won’t dull your knife. Wood, bamboo and plastic are all reliable choices.  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 52 and A Giveaway!


This is going to be an action packed post, so stick with me!  There’s a giveaway at the end! (The giveaway is now closed)

First of all, this marks one full year of free menus + complete grocery list available on Eat at Home.

To celebrate, I created a special edition of the menu this week in honor of teachers.  Of course, anyone can use the menu, but school is starting and I thought this would be the perfect time to thank teachers for all their hard work for our kids.

Many of you homeschool your kids.  I’m one of that group.  Many of you teach in either private or public schools.  And lots of us have kids who have teachers.

The menu this week has a special note to thank teachers.  Please share it with the teachers who will be working with your kids this year. Send it in an email or print it out and hand it to them in person.  Either way, send a note along with it to let them know how much you appreciate their dedication.  If you homeschool, you may want to share this with co-op teachers or another homeschool mom as a way to encourage her.

A few notes about the menu:

  • This menu is fully linked, so you can click the title of the recipe and be taken straight to the original post with photos.
  • I’ve also cross-referenced the menu with the grocery list so you can tell at a glance which recipe an ingredient on the list will be used in.  This should help if you decide not to make one of the meals or to change something.
  • You get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.
  • I chose all of the recipes to be quick and easy to help in the transition to new routines and schedules.
  1. Hashbrown Casserole, Ham or Smoked Sausage in the Slow Cooker, steamed veggie
  2. Slow Cooked Honey Mustard Chicken, new potatoes, steamed veggie
  3. Tony’s Tilapia, Parmesan Fettuccine, salad
  4. Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans in the Slow Cooker, salad, chips and salsa
  5. Pesto Tomato Pizza (cheese pizza for kids), salad
  6. Easy Pepper Steak in the Slow Cooker, angel hair pasta, salad
  7. Chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake

To download/print, click here: [download id=”53″]

The Giveaway!(The giveaway is now closed)

tomato slicer

Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer – I’m giving away 5 of these fantastic knives today!

A few weeks ago my mom told me about a knife that she bought from one of my aunts, who was selling them through a fundraiser.  My mom raved about the knife and said several of my aunts also raved about them.

I decided to order one (I also ordered a bread knife).  I thought the best thing about the knife would be that it is so affordable – just $5.70 retail.  But, I was wrong.  The best thing about it is it works great!  I find myself using it all the time to cut all kinds of things.

Like Twinkies for Twinkie Tiramisu (recipe coming later this week)

tomato slicer with twinkie

I know that looks painful for the Twinkie, but it was all worth it for that dessert.

I still love my santoku knife and I wouldn’t give it up for anything, but I find myself reaching for this knife all the time.

I actually contacted Rada Manufacturing myself, which is something I *never* do.  Most of their sales are done through fundraisers, so if you work with an organization that needs a good way to raise money, please check them out.

Rada Cutlery is providing 5 knives for me to giveaway.  To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment. The contest will close Tuesday night and the winners will be announced Wednesday.

I told you this was an action packed post!  To re-cap, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the Menu + Grocery List above.
  2. Share the Menu with the teachers in your life.
  3. Leave a comment to enter the giveaway – if you’re a teacher let me know!  You can also leave me a comment letting me know if you’ve ever used or heard of Rada Cutlery before.

That should do it!

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at

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