The Controversial Kitchen Tool That’s Become My Staple

Any professional chef will tell you that good knives are only to be sharpened manually and with a whetstone—electric knife sharpeners are for the uneducated, who don’t truly care about their tools. So like any self-respecting cook (someone who intervie…

Any professional chef will tell you that good knives are only to be sharpened manually and with a whetstone—electric knife sharpeners are for the uneducated, who don't truly care about their tools. So like any self-respecting cook (someone who interviews chefs for a living!) I never deigned to purchase a knife sharpener. Instead I bought a whetstone, found it impossible to use, stuck it far away in a drawer, and subsequently got my knives sharpened by a professional every three months or so (honing daily in-between).

This strategy was working quite well for me, until the world was placed into quarantine. My day job of filming a public television show about food was replaced this spring by becoming a glorified in-home chef/cleaner for my family, a homeschool prisoner/teacher, and the kind of person who does daily Instagram Lives cooking with her son just to have a reason to get dressed. As the days and weeks dragged into months, I was suddenly faced with a new problem. My daily knife honing was no match for knives that required sharpening.

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Slow Cooker Spiced Oatmeal

Make mornings easier with overnight slow cooker oatmeal. This recipe combines warming spices and melt-in-your-mouth golden raisins with the nutty bite of steel-cut oats to take breakfast to a whole new level—and requires less work than the st…

Make mornings easier with overnight slow cooker oatmeal. This recipe combines warming spices and melt-in-your-mouth golden raisins with the nutty bite of steel-cut oats to take breakfast to a whole new level—and requires less work than the stovetop method.

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