Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chicago Cutlery Design Pro Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago I told y’all how excited I was at being chosen to be a Chicago Cutlery Mom Ambassador.  Well now I get to tell y’all all about how much I LOVE using them and host a giveaway to give y’all a chance to win one of your very own Chicago Cutlery Design Pro Chef Knives!!

What can I say about this set of knives?  Other than the fact that I absolutely love them and they can slice through everything I’ve used them with like hot butter, I haven’t found anything negative about them.  The Japanese steel that the blades are made from definitely make a difference in the way they work.  We got a nice knife set years ago, but they never worked this well from day one. 

I love how each knife is designed to help you hold the knife like a pro.  Sure you can watch all the chef/cooking shows on tv and see how to hold one, but then picking one up and holding it that way may not be the same.  With that being said, I see now that I wasn’t always holding the knife the correct way all the time.  Who knew that would make a difference?!  I didn’t.  But it does.  Placing my hand on these knives just feels correct.  I’m not sure why all knives aren’t made with this same sleek design.

I have seriously used these knives to cut everything from fruit to chicken, and garlic to vegetables.  I ask Zack to chop up a tomato one night to go with dinner.  He grabbed the Santoku knife and sliced through two sorta on the soft side tomatoes and when he got done he said, “I love this knife”.  Even though the tomatoes were soft, he was still able to slice through them and make each cube of tomato almost the exact size!  I was impressed.  With his lack of cooking skills, I know that I owe it all to that knife!  Knives do indeed make the cook.

My most recent recipe using these knives would have to be Chicken Alfredo Pizza {made it over the weekend}.  I used my Santoku knife to slice the chicken into small strips, chop the garlic and spinach and slice the onions. 

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What do you need?

  • 1 can of pizza dough {or you can use a recipe you love}
  • 1 jar of your favorite garlic alfredo sauce {or again use a recipe you love}
  • 1 onion
  • 2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped

What do you do?

  1. Start by grilling your chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Once it’s done, slice into small slices.
  2. Caramelize your onion {slice into even slices}.  I did this by cooking over medium heat with a little bit of EVOO, a sprinkle or salt and a pinch of sugar.  It took FOREVER, but I think it’s because I had to much oil.  Oh well, live and learn. ;-)
  3. Get your dough ready. Some dough you have to prebake.  We use the Pillsbury thin crust, and it’s a 5 minute prebake.
  4. Add your sauce to the dough.  I just eyeballed it, but I probably used 1/2 to 1 cup.  I have plenty left over for another meal.
  5. Add your sliced chicken, spinach and caramelized onions. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake until cheese is bubbly and the edges of the crust are golden brown. 

Now for the giveaway!

One winner will receive a Chicago Cutlery DesignPro
Chef Knife.

To enter:  You must be a follower of this blog!  It’s easy and all you do is click the blue button over there to the right that says “Join this site”. 

Now, once you’re a follower, I want you to tell me one recipe that reminds you of growing up!  I’m all about family recipes or ones that I ate growing up, so I’d love to hear about yours. 

And that’s it!  The giveaway ends on October 1st.  I will contact the winner via email, so please leave your email address in your comment! 

"I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicago Cutlery and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate."


Miller Racing Family said...

Wow that recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Hope you all are well, blessings!

Fangirl Jen said...

Homemade turkey soup always reminds me of home. Mom and I would spend the day after Thanksgiving chopping veggies and using leftover turkey to make delicious soup.

Kristen said...

I follow on GFC.

My dad made killer huevos rancheros and those always remind me of him...yum!

Julie said...

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my mom makes oven stew that is delish