Kitchen Essentials

I love my chef's knife. It's a Chicago Cutlery knife -  not an expensive brand - that was passed down

to me by my parents about a decade ago. I chop almost everything with my chef's knife: from onions to apples.

The key to enjoying your kitchen knives is to sharpen them regularly. This is a very quick and simple task, which will make your food preparation much easier. It's not worth the work to struggle with poor quality, dull knives! You will enjoy cooking much more when you have a good, sharp knife.

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To choose a chef's knife: make sure that the metal blade goes all the way through to the end of the handle. This will ensure that the knife lasts and has good leverage without bending its blade.

To choose a sharpener: go to your local hardware store and ask for a simple kitchen knife sharpener.

Mine is small and yellow

. It has criss-crossed ceramic edges that sharpen knives quickly and easily.

Now that you have a nice knife and a good sharpener, enjoy preparing food! When you return from food shopping, chop up a few days' worth of vegetables and store them in the fridge.

I like to make cubes of sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and potatoes. I use these either for roasting or for

soups

.

I chop kale, collards and chard for sautes or soups. I add chopped onions to add to almost anything, from

pot pie

to

frittata

.

Regardless of how you prepare food, please set aside time to cook and enjoy your meal!