Friday, February 5, 2016

My Favorite Knife

I found this photo in my maternal grandfather's photo album. It was taken in Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada. I am wondering if I am looking at my great-grandmother. She is working in a rustic kitchen. She wears a cap and an apron. On her lap she has a roasting pan loaded with potatoes. In her right hand she holds a knife. I like the contented look on her face and she seems perfectly at home in her old kitchen. I believe that the year must be between 1905 and 1912 based on her age and her clothing and the fact that my grandfather was born in 1892. This photo has been cropped, but one day I will revisit to share what the rest of the kitchen looks like. It holds some surprises. 




The star of this post is usually found in the drainer as I use it many times a day. It really belongs on the magnetic bar on the side of the refrigerator at the ready.


My apologies for the
quality of the screen cap here, but this proves that this knife is a great price. Only $8.76 at your local Wal*Mart. I found the first one I purchased in a special display of Pioneer Woman products. The rose-handled knife was something I could afford and, needing a new knife, I purchased it. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. It became my favorite knife. Later, when I wanted to purchase more as gifts, I found them located in Housewares.


 It slices cheese uniformly


And chops veggies with ease

And it chops craisins to add to my yummy slaw.

Have you purchased any of Pioneer Woman's products?  Have you shared them? I want to visit if you have!



 I was not paid nor did I receive any product for this recommendation. I really love this knife!

43 comments:

  1. The knife looks amazing. I am afraid I cannot help with your research I have never bought any of her products.

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  2. I have not bought any of Pioneer Woman's products but I believe that the knife may have to come home with me.

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  3. Good to know that a reasonably priced knife works so well.
    I haven't bought any of PWs kitchen products. I do, however, see them popping up on other blogs.

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  4. Don't know that name either. Nearly all of my granddaughters have worked through college as some kind of sales rep. and I have bought many things from them. One which are my favorite is my knife set. Pampered Chef and all those regulars are in my kitchen. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Oh I love this! I simply must add this to the kitchen! Yes, I have purchased some of her products and like them very much! I wasn't certain I liked her designs when they first debuted, but they grow on you! Enjoy your weekend Vee!

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  6. Your photo reminds me of my Granny. When I think of her, I see her sitting at the kitchen table, peeling potatoes, shelling peas .. always doing something for her family. I very rarely go to the wall of Mart, but I love the Pioneer Woman, so I'll look online for the knife. !!!

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  7. That photo looks just like me when I'm working in the kitchen! (It is a treasure, for sure). I've never purchased Pioneer Woman anything, but do have a knife similar, which I got at Sams's Club - and love it. It works the same, chopping or slicing all my favorite things, including the most important, of course, CHEESE!!! Have a wonderful weekend. Your slaw looks delicious!

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  8. I will have to check that out at our local Walmart. I could definitely use a better everyday knife. I've seen the Pioneer Woman things and love them, but have not yet succumbed to buying any. My daughter has a few of the items and really likes them.

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  9. Looks like a useful knife and I'll be checking it out next time I'm at Walmart! No Pioneer Woman items but I have a set of Chicago Cutlery knives in a wood block which I love. I also use odd ones I pick up when I see something I might enjoy. I DO refuse to buy those really expensive knives - have you seen the prices on some of them, unbelievable. I'm leaving them to the professional chefs who chop 24/7!!
    Lovely photo of your relative who does look like she's happy doing her chores - can't wait to view the whole kitchen Vee!
    Have a great weekend - Mary

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  10. This is great to know. Chelsea and I love knives. Sounds weird? We just love to find great cutting tools since we cut and chop veggies and other things very often. I'm going to go hunting for one of these for each of us.

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  11. What a wonderful photo! That knife is a bargain.

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  12. Me again. Just wondering, is the recipe for that yummy slaw here on your blog somewhere? Looked on your recipe page but didn't see it. Or maybe I was distracted by the Cocoa Dreams ...

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    1. You can't go wrong making Cocoa Dreams...so yummy! No recipe for the slaw. I just make it up as I go along. Sometimes I put pineapple in or even an apple. I was watching a cooking show over the weekend where raw brussel sprouts where chopped up for a slaw, which is the only way I'd ever eat them!

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    2. Thank you!! Sometimes I put pineapple and/or apples in coleslaw too. My mother often used that combination in slaw, along with a few raisins, and she usually then added a little pineapple juice to the dressing.

      I may make the Cocoa Dreams this weekend. Always looking for new treats for our Sunday potluck. And it's safer to make them to share with others!

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  13. All I have are Ree's cookbooks. I'll have to look for that knife this week. Love the old photo!

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  14. Love that old picture! There is something so special about looking at old, family photos. That looks like a great knife too!

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  15. LOVE slaw -- any and all recipes. Yours looks good.

    Regarding Pioneer Woman, I read an article on her blog recently about important things all good cooks need to know. The list included sharp knives. The author advocated sharpening them every time they are used. Well, I'm not doing that, but I am sharpening mine a lot more often than I used to, and she was right -- it's a big help.

    Enjoyed this blog post!

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  16. Long ago I was told that my most important piece of kitchen equipment was a good knife. Over the years I have collected a number of gorgeous German knives and I keep them good and sharp. There is no misery like cooking in someone else's kitchen and having to use their dull knives!
    The picture is priceless. I look forward to seeing the rest of it!

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  17. I will keep an eye out for this....I wonder if this is still the price...On amazon its $14.00 and change.

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    1. This is on the Wal*Mart site. And, yes, it is still the same price as I just bought another on Monday.

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  18. No, never bought any of her things.
    Your post title reminded my of my father-in-law. Many times he would be at our house and ask me for my sharpest knife when cutting tomatoes. It ended up being a joke because I didn't have any good knives. When Ken's dad died I got his 'sharpest' knife. : )

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  19. That is a great price for that type of knife, Vee! No, I don't have any of PW's products, but I'm glad that you are so happy with the knife. Happy slicing to you!
    Loved the photo that you shared of (hopefully) your great grandma.

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  20. It's amazing to me that any PW item would be that cheap. It looks wonderful and life can be tough without the right knife, I know, I've been there. Every time I'm at WM I "drive" my cart past the PW area, just seeing if by chance her beautiful line of dishes might be on sale, but they never are. Sigh. They are really pretty and so colorful.

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  21. Hi Vee!

    What a wonderful old picture, I can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen!

    I do have a favorite knife, I use it for everything. I know a lot of people who love Pioneer Women's kitchen ware. She has a really cute line of dishes, so I'm sure that her knives are wonderful too, and what a great price?! My favorite knife was very expensive. I'm definitely going to try her line. I like seeing your dish drainer, some young people don't even know what one is...they always just use a dish-towel to drain their dishes on. Mine is just part of my kitchen!

    Have a great week-end!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  22. I haven't purchased any of her products, but you can bet I'll be one of the ones on the internet buying that knife. Thank you so much for sharing your great finds. My cleaning cloths arrived today. I'm looking forward to trying them. I think the near future will hold lots of cleaning opportunities.

    Would you please share your cole slaw recipe? I was planning to make cole slaw last night and now I'm glad I waited.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of your great-grandmother's kitchen. I remember my paternal great-grandparents kitchen to include the old ice box before they bought an electric refrigerator. I wish that I had pictures to share. You are blessed.

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    1. Wow, Diane! That was fast. You'll never have had so much fun cleaning. I cleaned my oven window today...it was great!

      See conversation above with Mrs. T. concerning cole slaw. No set recipe.

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  23. Vee, I so like the picture of your great-grandmother. I'm looking forward to you sharing what her kitchen looks like. I do not own any of the Pioneer Woman items, but I do always look at them when I'm in Walley World. I haven't seen any of her knives. A good knife is so valuable in the kitchen. I have a Santoko knife that I adore. ♥

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  24. That photo of your great grandmother is priceless. Very cool. Oh how I love a good knife. Thank you for this recommendation. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. I love the picture, and yes, contented. Now I must check on that knife. I bought Pioneer Cookie Jars for the grands for Christmas. Her dishes are wonderful also, and affordable. Great info! Thanks!

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  26. I've never purchased any PW product but I do like the look of many of them! I don't get to Wal-Mart often but maybe I'll go just to see PW's line! I love good and useful tools for the kitchen!

    I'm enjoying my miracle cloth!

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  27. How lucky you are to have this old photo, Vee...I know very little about my grandparents on both sides and goodness knows where all the photos have gone since I lost my parents.

    I have two great knives that I alternate depending on what I'm using them for. A paring knife for smaller things and a serrated knife for bread. I'm good. I didn't know Pioneer Woman had a line of products. I haven't been to Walmart in ages but we used to go to the one near the lake just over a year ago before we had the 'flood'. I'll look for her products...she is the real deal.

    Jane :)

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  28. I love this olden photo...all of the older ones are so so interesting. At first, after you mention she held a knife in one hand, I thought you had THAT knife...:)
    xoxo

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  29. I'm going to have to look for this knife, it's exactly what I've had in mind to get.

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  30. I love the photo of your great grandmother at work in the kitchen. Salisbury is so close to home (Moncton) and we had relatives there plus we drove through Salisbury practically every Saturday of my growing up years to visit our great aunt and uncle in Petitcodiac. We should examine our family trees Vee. I bet we're connected! I don't think they carry the Pioneer Woman products in Canada so may have to check them out if we ever get to go to Houlton to shop, what with the Canadian dollar and all. Enjoy the weekend.

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  31. I've seen this knife in PW's line at WalMart and thought I should try it and now that we have your recommendation, I'll get one for sure. The only thing of Ree's that I've bought so far are most of her cookbooks. The dishes are so pretty...and tempting...but I have enough already and have little room for more. Darn it. Have a nice weekend!

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  32. Vee, you are so lucky to have your family photo albums - great starting point for your family tree.
    I had my mother's family bible but one of my cousins borrowed it and didn't give it back!
    What a photo of your great grandmother, it tells us so much about those times. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the kitchen.
    No I haven't got any pioneer utensils but I wish I did!

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  33. I have a knife similar to that and I love it too. Our nephew gave us an amazing set of Paderno knives for Christmas and it feels like you are cutting through butter. Time to take the old knives to the next library garage sale! Old photos are such treasures.

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  34. This is a new brand to me Vee and if the knife is available in the stores, I'll have a look while in Florida. The end is unusual and intrigues me. My knives, sharp and in their block at home are an important part of my kitchen and I have one for every task.

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  35. I don't think the PW products are available here, other than the cookbooks. Good knives are so important. My sweet husband keeps mine sharp for me. The ones in the Home Ec lab at school are dangerously dull and I'm thinking that a knife sharpening lab would be a very good thing.
    That's a great photo of your great grandmother. It's interesting how she's sitting down doing the knife work - I usually stand at the counter or the sink. But very likely, women in those days were glad for a few moments to sit.

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  36. I've never bought any PW things nor really followed her, although I hear a lot about her. I agree, a good knife is one of the most important kitchen tools!
    I've been going through old photos myself lately. Love to get a peek into the past and get a glimpse of how things were.

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  37. The Pioneer Woman has become quite an industry, hasn't she? I haven't bought any of her products but this knife looks useful. When I moved to CO I bought new knives as I disposed of my old ones that were over 40 years old. Costco had a wonderful sale and I've been enjoying their good quality.

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