Nutella and Macadamia Nut Braided Strudel

3 ingredients.  (4 if you include the egg wash)

And one of the ingredients is Nutella.  You just can’t go wrong with that.

My oldest daughter and her friend were discussing on Facebook their desire to eat Nutella toaster pastry.  They thought someone should invent that.  Because I stalk my kids on Facebook (you stalk yours too, right?), I commented that I could make that happen.

It’s a cinch to make, looks impressive and tastes even better.  The hardest part is waiting for it to cool.  The flavors are more pronounced at room temp, rather than warm from the oven.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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…]

Every Cook Needs a Good Knife – A Giveaway!

The most important tool in your kitchen is a good, sharp knife.  Without one, you’ll be very frustrated trying to prep foods for cooking.  Chopping veggies and meats should not be time consuming.  A sharp knife is the secret to making quick work of the task.

The photo above is my collection of Rada Cutlery knives.  I love them all, but the Cook’s Knife (3rd from the top) is the one I reach for most often.  The knives not only hold an edge, but they also take an edge.  Meaning the can be sharpened easily.

I’m so excited to get to host this giveaway for Rada Cutlery.  The company is providing a Starter Set of their knives to the winner. [Read more…]

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