While there’s definitely an argument to be made for taking your knives to a pro to get sharpened, there’s also a case to be made for doing it yourself. “I highly recommend knife sharpening,” says Eivin Kilcher, homesteader, cookbook author, and one of our “Cutting Board” knife experts. “It really is a great skill to bring into your life and an important thing to be able to do at home.”
That said, the first time you do it — and even the first dozen times you do it — can be intimidating. But practice makes perfect. Even Kilcher, who has been using knives since he was 10, notes, “Every time I sharpen a knife, I’m getting better. Sharpening knives is a lifelong art.”
Ready to get started? Read on to find out more about sharpening and watch the video to learn how to safely sharpen your knives.
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A few years ago in an attempt to perfect my own biscuit recipe, I started experimenting with different baking pans. Starting with a simple baking sheet, I worked through metal and glass baking dishes, a pie pan, and a cake pan before finally landing on a likely candidate: my favorite cast iron skillet. A sturdy cast iron skillet has become my favorite biscuit pan for three reasons.
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2016 has been a big year for water. This is the first year ever that bottled water has outsold soda, and LaCroix sparkling water has taken off in a way nobody could have expected. There are songs dedicated to LaCroix, there are cocktails centered around LaCroix, and last week we even built a LaCroix castle to honor our favorite sparkling water.
It was discovered, however, that the parent company of LaCroix — National Beverage Corp. — might be in a bit of trouble. Glaucus Research Group accused National Beverage Corp. of artificially inflating its stock. As a result, their stock plummeted by as much as 16 percent yesterday. The stock dropped to as low as $39.14, which would make it the lowest since March.
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Plain cream cheese is delicious, but why not get a little creative with your morning bagel? Here we have 11 ways to start with plain cream cheese and turn it into a schmear to make your fancy bagel shop jealous.
We’re not just talking about run-of-the-mill cream cheese flavors like scallion or strawberry — these 11 unique mix-ins start with pumpkin, progress to pickle, and close with chocolate. These are schmears to kvell over.
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Shepherd’s pie is a marvelous comfort food: hearty meat and veg under a mashed potato crust. This upside-down version, made in a muffin pan and baked in shredded potato cups, is both ingenious and cute. Ingenious in that it takes so little time — no more than what you have on an average Monday evening; cute in that, hello! These are small and adorable muffin cups of shepherd’s pie.
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In the South, cast iron skillets are treated as family heirlooms. Folks bestow their well-loved, well-seasoned skillets in their wills and it’s not surprising that there are bitter family feuds born from the bequeathed skillet’s placement. You see, Southern cooks treat their cast iron skillet as a beloved friend. Caring tenderly for these skillets through regular cooking, cleaning, and curing means that some of us spend more time with the pan than our family.
There’s a quaint Southern saying, “Cleaning another woman’s cast iron is like kissing her husband,” that rings true for me even as a Southern transplant. Here’s why.
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From Apartment Therapy → Binge Watching for the Soul: Shows to Marathon for Self-Care
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Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five smart, successful women to share how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier. Here are five smart pieces of advice from an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon.
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