Josiah Citrin, chef at award-winning Melisse restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., has a collection of beloved knives he turns to in order to practice his craft. An E. Dehillerin long slicing knife, boning knife, lobster knife and Japanese sushi knife are among his most prized cutting tools.
Every home kitchen should be stocked with three basic knife types: an eight-inch chef’s knife, bread knife and paring knife, says Donald Davie, head chef at Effina’s Tuscan Grill in Jacksonville, Fla. Smith Knives owner Lacy Smith says whetstones are the best method for keeping a knife sharp and proper cleaning can extend the life of a knife.
The Nostalgia Electrics Soft Pretzel Factory can produce a batch of twisted treats in three to five minutes. The gadget has interchangeable plates for different sized pretzels and dough cutters to ease the preparation process.
U.S. retail sales likely grew more slowly in August as the economy struggled and consumers continued to deal with high unemployment, said economists, who predicted a 0.2% increase for August, down from 0.5% in July. The Commerce Department will release official retail figures on Wednesday.