Kitchen skills: How to hold a knife

How to Chop with a Kitchen Knife While Keeping Your Fingers Intact from Kaley Perkins on Vimeo.

This video was taken during an interview with journalist Kaley Perkins, and published on her blog, KaleyPerkins.com, as part of her post, “Local Chefs Fight Monsanto With Knives” November 9, 2013.

Click here to read the full interview and listen to the additional podcast.


Simple Sauteed Carrots

Wow’d the crowd at the Wilsonville Farmers Market tonight with our Super Simple Sauteed Carrots.

So easy, SO good…this is what carrots are supposed to taste like!

-Chef Perry

Simple Sauteed Carrots Recipe

Simple Sauteed Carrots
Serves 6
2 lbs. fresh carrots
1/3 cup of hot water
1 tsp. Better Than Bullion Vegetable Base
Dash of sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp. flat-leaf parsley

Simple Sauteed Carrots RecipePeel the carrots and slice diagonally in 1/4-inch slices. You should have about 6 cups of carrots. Place the carrots, 1/3 cup of stock, the salt, and pepper in a large saute pan and bring to a boil. Chop the parsley and set aside.

Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat for 7 to 8 minutes, until the carrots are just cooked through. Add the butter and saute for another minute, until the water evaporates and the carrots are coated with butter.

Off the heat, toss with the dill or parsley.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.


Basic Knife Techniques (Video)

Hey, not everyone was raised working in professional kitchens, we know that…and no one is born automatically knowing how to use a kitchen knife, either.

Like everything else, it has to be learned!

We took a look around and, for a quick read on several basic cutting techniques (and some tips on sharpening your knives, as well) this video was one of the best we found.

BTW…knife skills, like religion and sports, are passionate and deeply held beliefs for some folks, and can become matters of endless debate. We don’t like endless debate, it takes away from cooking time. So – if you do it differently than this…and it works for you…congrats, keep doing it your way! If you don’t have a “way” and want some basic info…watch this video.

If you would like some suggestions on good knives, let us know!


How to Chop with a Kitchen Knife While Keeping Your Fingers Intact from Kaley Perkins on Vimeo.