Category Archives: Cooking tools

Zucchini Spaghetti

Those of you that know me, know that I usually don’t think too much about calories when I cook.  My friends Rena and Vic are very health conscious but also love a good italian meal. Sometimes those two things can clash. They bought me this kitchen tool that may just change the way I think about pasta! This dish dropped an 800 calorie, 160 gram of fat dish to 60 calories and 8 grams of fat! This zucchini pasta tasted so much like real pasta I had to tell the people I served it to that it wasn’t pasta!  I may just be a kitchen gadget guy after all!  This tool is called a Veggetti, but you could make this with a mandolin or by using a potato peeler and making larger pasta “noodles”!

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This tool can make both a small and large size thinkness of noodle. I’m using the larger side for this dish.

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You could serve these noodles with any sauce or ingredients you would normally use for pasta. I used Zucchini, but this tool works with carrots, potatoes or cucumbers too! These noodles are good raw, boiled or in a sauté’.

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Today I made a sauce of garlic, tomatoes, sour cream, chicken stock, onions, broccoli, and shrimp! I added the zucchini noodles at the end just prior to the shrimp being completely cooked and cooked them for about 3 minutes.

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I hope you enjoy! Ciao, Mike!

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Cutlery

Those of you that know me well know that I love cooking tools. I’m not a big gadget guy, but I love quality tools, such at pots, pans, and especially knives. I don’t have many knives but I think a good chefs knife is the best tool a home cook can have. For years I’ve used the classic Wusthof knife and I’ve been very happy with how long they’ve lasted and how well they keep a sharp edge.

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I’ve been wanting a new knife set for a while and have read many reviews and scoured many websites to get ideas and learn about new brands. While I was on vacation in Florida with friends we stopped by a food festival in St. John’s pass. While walking around trying out some great seafood  I bumped into a booth for Rhineland Cutlery. I absolutely loved the knives. The quality was amazing and the price was set at promotional, wholesale prices for the food festival. The chefs knife retails at $169 and they were selling them for $75. Of course I could not resist buying one. My friends considered this an impulse buy, but I’ve been looking for new knives for a long time and these were exactly what I was looking for!

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I loved the Chefs knife so much, I’ve since ordered a pairing knife (an essential home chefs tool)’ and a 6″ Santoku, a good utility knife.

Checkout the many varieties of quality cutlery on the Rhineland website! http://www.rhinelandcutlery.com

Some people store their knives in a drawer, but I think this probably beats them up unnecessarily and shortens their life, but mostly makes them inconvenient to access. I use a knife hanging magnet, which is not only a good way to display your knives, but also keeps them in good shape and easily accessible.

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I also recommend that you never, ever put your good knives in a dishwasher. I hand wash mine immediately after using them and hang them up so they stay in great shape.

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I recently added to my collection. For Christmas my wife bought me the 6″ chefs knife, a great utility knife, and the folding pocket knife! These knives really hold their edge. Since purchasing my original chefs knife a year and a half ago, i have only sharpened them twice!

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The pocket knife is as functional as it is good-looking! It has a clip which is a must have feature for me!

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Ciao! Mike