Ever Wonder What’s in a Working Cook’s Arsenal?

Working Cook’s Arsenal While wandering around the “Everyday Life” sub-forum of a popular online forum, I came across a posting, complete with picture, from someone who works in the restaurant industry. In his posting, the poster lists the contents of his “Working Cook’s Kit.” According to the posting, the starred (*) items are more for elaborate presentations and/or frequent entertaining. Here is an itemized list: 8″ Chef’s Knife Offset spatula Wave Edge Slicer Spatula Serrated Knife Spiral veggie cutter* Crinkle Cut Veggie cutter* Fish Spatula Channel Knife* 10″ Chef’s knife 7″ Santoku Knife* Candy Thermometer*... | Continue reading article

Let’s talk utensils: Small wooden spoons

Wooden Spoons Idea of Scale If you want something more practical or utility-oriented in your utensils than conversation piece, head to Global Homeware (708C Somerset Street West) in Ottawa’s little Chinatown. Like other home cooks, I really dislike digging into boxes or parcel bags for staples like AP flour, granulated sugar, corn starch, rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, or kosher salt. As such, I cache on-hand quantities in much more manageable translucent glass or plastic containers with air-tight lids. When these containers run out, I refill them from the boxes or parcel bags. The... | Continue reading article

Let’s talk utensils: Table

Prescious Famine Ever wonder what happens to your lost forks, spoons, and knives? I could be wrong, but some of mine may have ended up in a wonderfully ludicrous piece of furniture from Made entirely out of cutlery, the table is a limited edition piece, entitled “Precious Famine.” It is more conversation piece than furniture.

“Teapot tea is healthier for you” (May 28, 2007)

Teapots I think I’m developing a “thing” for smart cars. I even found a smart car teapot from In a coincidental happenstance, I also found an news article from that states that how you make your tea can be just as important as drinking it. Accordingly, researchers from the Rowett Research Institute, have demonstrated that teapots with either tea bags or tea leaves produce tea with a higher amount of polyphenols when allowed to steep for 5 minutes. Polyphenols are naturally occurring antioxidents in plants. They have cancer-fighting properties. Longer steeping does not... | Continue reading article

One really sick-looking Knife Holder

Sick Knife Holder Readers may remember “stabby“, the voodoo knife holder, I blogged about sometime ago. Well, I found a REALLY sick-looking knife holder/cabinet on the same website that stabby came from, This particular holder/cabinet is being sold at for $59.99 USD (presumably). Behind its front pane of glass, this knife holder/cabinet features an unmoving crouching figure. Above him are 5 slots to hold knives of varying lengths and widths. Apparently, the largest slot accommodates a standard 9-inch chef’s knive. observed that a 9.5-inch chef’s knife could cause the figure some mild... | Continue reading article

“Non-stick cookware largely safe, study suggests” (June 4, 2007)

Mol. Structure of Teflon According to an article from, researches with the New York-based magazine, Consumer Reports, have determined that cooking with teflon-coated cookware poses little threat to humans. Accordingly, their findings state that there are minimal emissions from a synthetic chemical, called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in tests of teflon-coated cookware at heats of 400°F. PFOA is used to make non-stick coatings and, earlier studies, have suggested that, at high temperatures, this chemical can release fumes that could trigger flu-like symptoms in people. The molecular structure of teflon comes from the good people at... | Continue reading article

“Microwave ovens do not eliminate all bacteria” (May 23, 2007)

Melting chocolate If you are like me and only use the microwave oven to do things like heat fully cooked food, melt chocolate, or dissolve butter, you may think little about how this kitchen appliance has anti-bacterial properties. That is, as is commonly held, heating or cooking food in the microwave oven kills bacteria. Apparently, this is a complete misconception and it can be dangerous because heating food in a microwave oven in fact may not kill all bacteria. The image above comes from According to an article from the journal of Epidemiological... | Continue reading article

Toxins in the Kitchen – Solution: Use Cast Iron

Dr. Mao Apparently, many of the implements in common kitchens are toxic. This is according to an article from’s Dr. Mao. He recommends using cookware with a porcelain enamel coating or cookware made of glass, cast iron, or terra-cotta clay. While I try to minimize use of teflon coated pans in my kitchen (I’m down to only 1 flat bottomed skillet) and I only purchase stainless steel-coated aluminium pots, I really don’t want to cook eggs, make pancakes, or pan-fry fish without a non-stick surface. Skillet Wok This is where tried, tested, and true... | Continue reading article