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Know which parts of your knife are which:
No single feature makes a knife objectively better. Rather, they’re indicators of how the knife is designed to perform. But it’s good to know the names of each feature to understand your personal preferences.
Keep your chef knife properly sharpened:
As Rachel Muse, private chef and founder of Talk Eat Laugh, puts it: “If you buy a professional knife, you need to keep an edge on it, otherwise it’s like owning a car and not putting fuel in it.” Stayed tuned to Heart of the Home's social channels to see when our next FREE knife sharpening is, so you can outsource the task of sharpening your knives to a professional. If you can't wait for the next in-store knife sharpening you can certainly learn to sharpen your knife yourself.
Hone your knife:
A knife honing rod, or honing steel, is designed to keep your knife functioning well between sharpenings. Honing straightens the edge of a knife, while sharpening literally grinds away part of the steel to produce a sharper edge.
It's recommended that you hone your knife each time you pick it up (the whole process should only take 10-20 seconds) or, if prepping a lot, whenever it starts to feel dull.
Be aware that not all experts recommend honing. If you don't hone correctly it's not worth your while.
Learn the right way to chop:
If you’re looking to improve your chopping game, we offer these tips:
Only use your knife on food:
A chef's knife is your most important kitchen tool. Don't use it to complete tasks around your house such as opening boxes: buy a pair of kitchen shears for boxes and bags!
Avoid the dishwasher:
Regardless of manufacturer instructions, never put your chef knife in the dishwasher. And while you’re at it, never toss it into the sink. Every time the knife blade bangs against something — like the plastic spines of your dishwasher or the metal sides of your sink — it has the potential to dull, and you want to keep the blade as sharp as possible for as long as possible.
Instead, wash your knife by hand with standard dish soap, then use a clean dish towel or paper towel to rub it completely dry. (If you let it air-dry, it can develop water stains or rust spots.)
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When the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve, many of us find ourselves setting new goals and hoping to uphold them for longer than a few days.
The "New Year, New You" mantra, no matter how over played it seems, will always ring true for many of us, and therefore we want to make sure that it lasts longer than a few days or even weeks.
For us here at Heart of the Home, we find that many of our staff have made it our mission to not only spend more time in our kitchens, but to explore new recipes and try to introduce healthier habits into our daily cooking.
We have gathered a few recipes that not only make our bellies and minds feel better, but also taste absolutely delicious.
10 MINUTE HEALTHY PITA PIZZA | via: https://the-fit-foodie.com/recipes/10-minute-healthy-pitta-pizza/
MINESTRONE SOUP | via: http://bitchinhousewife.com/blog/myminestronesouprecipe
BLUBERRY ALMOND YOGURT PARFAIT |
What's the only thing better than spreading cheer by giving gifts to the ones you love? Buying all those gifts and staying on budget. From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind items we’ve curated a small collection of items all under $45.00 that will please everyone from the novice baker, to the life-long chef. Be sure to stop by the store where we have helped make holiday shopping easy for you, by organizing some of our favourite gifts into themed shelves perfect for all price-points and budgets!
These are only the highlights:
Chirpy Top Wine Pourer
These bird shaped wine pourers will "chirp" as you pour from your bottle of wine. As the liquid passes through the whistle inside the bird, a delightful chirping sound is produced. They're a must have at any party, or make great gifts!
Paddywax White Flowers three wick candle
The Paddywax signature soy wax candles are hand poured into a 13-ounce gilded glass. Each candle can be upcycled into a luxe flower vase when the soy wax runs out!
Christmas Time Home Fragrance Diffuser
Change the ambiance of a room in an instant with the lusciously fragrant Christmas Time Home Fragrance Diffuser; Comes with eight reeds and an elegant glass decanter
Gurglepot (Assorted colours)
These whimsical 42 oz gurgling pots are a unique gift for hostesses, weddings or teachers! When you tip their stoneware bodies, they make a glugging sound just like a gurgling fish. They are the inspired creation of Matt Ellison, who during a wedding celebration in a small village in Southern France found these fish-shaped water pitchers to be his saving grace. Speaking no French, he ended up drinking more water than wine so that he could fill the silent room with "gurgling" and unite the table with smiles.
Mudpie Lime & Salt Rimmer Platter
This party-perfect Lime & Salt Rimmer Set includes a specially designed ceramic plate with a “Hit me with your best salt” well for salt rimming, and a wide rim stamped with “Squeeze me baby one more lime” to showcase your freshly cut citrus. Also included is one vintage-styled fork stamped with “Give me a wedgie”. The pair come beautifully tied with rustic twine
The Slate Platter with Handles is perfect for serving your favourite antipasti, appetizers, cookies or desserts. Use chalk to write the various food types.
Le Cresuet Candy & Nut Bowls
These limited edition Candy and Nut Bowls are great for entertaining and are ready to gift in festive packaging. A great stocking stuffer or host gift for the Holiday season, these small bowls are a colourful addition to any gathering!
If only gift giving could be as simple as picking something from the "under $30" section of Heart of the Home. Oh, wait. It can! We’ve curated a small collection of items all under $30.00 that will please everyone from the novice baker, to the life-long chef. Be sure to stop by the store where we have helped make holiday shopping easy for you, by organizing some of our favourite gifts into themed shelves perfect for all price-points and budgets!
These are only the highlights:
Moscow Mule Mugs
The Moscow Mule cocktail is traditionally served in a copper mug. The nickel and copper plated body helps to keep your drinks colder for longer, while the handle makes the mug easy to hold. Although the mug was originally dubbed for the Moscow Mule drink, it is suitable for any icy drink alcoholic or non-alcoholic, anything will do.
Paddywax Prism Candles
This holiday spin on Paddywax's Prism collection has all the fun of glitter without any of the mess! Keep the party going all night long with mercury glass vessels filled with wintry fragrances. Each candle is topped with a cork lid and festive hang tag. You'll want to give these playful candles to everyone you know, whether they've been naughty or nice!
Fred and Friends Bottled Up Decanter - Booze
Lift your spirits with a distinctly different decanter. Each 1000 ml / 34 oz BOTTLED UP decanter is made of hand-blown laboratory glass with mirror-finish gold lettering. Four handsome styles to choose from.
Wine Glass Writers
A modern alternative to the wine glass charm, this 3-pack of Wine Glass Writer Markers will help you keep track of wine glasses at your next dinner party. The non-toxic ink dries in 1-3 minutes, and it washes off with soapy water after the party's over
Measuring Wine Glasses
Fred enthusiastically endorses that famous comment often attributed to Julia Child: "I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food." So he's designed a new kitchen tool no cook should be without - crystal stemware that measures in both cups and sips. It matters not whether the wine is destined for the chef or for the pan, you'll be prepared! Sauced is a 12-ounce lead-free-crystal all-purpose wine glass, accurately marked in 1/4 cups and 2-ounce sips.
Car and Camper salt and pepper shakers
Make a wonderful addition to your table, especially during the holiday season.
Moscow Mule Tea Towel
The perfect addition to every bar! Follow the Moscow Mule recipe right there on the tea towel!
A flask that is ready to accompany you on all of your adventures!
Kikkerland Flexible Tablet Holder
This flexible gooseneck holder clips on to your desk with a super strong clamp and holds your tablet device for easy, hands-free viewing. Great for viewing photos/videos; video chat; cooking; travel and GPS; watching movies and TV; and more. Fits tablets 5.1" to 8" wide (not included). Minimal assembly required; instructions included.
Looking to fill a stocking, treat a friend to a new tool for their kitchen arsenal, or encourage someone’s hobby of baking? We’ve curated a small collection of items all under $15.00 that will please everyone from the novice baker, to the life-long chef. Be sure to stop by the store where we have helped make holiday shopping easy for you, by organizing some of our favourite gifts into themed shelves perfect for all price-points and budgets!
These are only the highlights:
Mighty Fine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Dips
These light and crisp honeycomb, made with honey, covered in smooth and creamy Belgian milk chocolate are gluten free, vegetarian and absolutely delicious.
Topi Designer Toilet Paper
Add a little colour to any situation with these hilarious toilet paper designs.
SugarSin Dry Gin Fizz Gourmet Cocktail Gummies
These unique, cocktail inspired gourmet gummies are infused with real gin, blended with lemon and topped with sweet and sour sugary fizz. We also have them in Prosecco flavour!
Fa la la la Llama Napkins
These white paper cocktail napkins add a little fa la la to your table setting.
Molly & Rex You Filthy Animal Soap
"It’s a jungle out there. Lather up like the beast you are with this 3.5 ounce clove scented soap bar, paper-wrapped and sealed with a sticker in a gold foil-embellished box."
Wendy Tancock Canadian Mugs
Toronto based designer/illustrator, Wendy Tancock specializes in Canadian themed cards, prints and t-shirts. Her designs are equally beautiful as they are hilarious!
Good measure Drink Recipe Measuring Glasses
Mix it up with good measure! With a variety of recipes these glasses are are printed with deletable cocktail recipes that are sure to turn you into the mixologist you've always dreamed of being.
A delicious stuffed pork tenderloin, wrapped in prosciutto and roasted to perfection. Impress your dinner guests with this dish that is much easier to make than it looks!
Check out this recipe that you can make directly in your Staub Cast Iron Skillet and Stainless Steel Skillet
Serves: 4 | Preparation: 15 mins | Cooking time: 45 mins
FOR THE FILLING
FOR THE PORK
MAKE THE TENDERLOIN
Welcome to Katryna's Corner! For those of you don't know, Katryna is the owner of Heart of the Home, a kitchenware store specializing in beautiful collections of both everyday and special occasion cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, and unique accessories for passionate home cooks and cooking-inspired gift givers. Katryna's corner is a feature on the Heart of the Home blog where Katryna shares her favourite recipes, kitchen products and more!
Ah... mastering the art of pancake making. It's a simple recipe but creating the perfect pancake certainly doesn't come easy! It's taken me years to master the perfect shape, fluffy-ness and texture and this recipe is my all time favourite.
Old-Fashioned Fluffy Pancakes
*Feel free to make the pancakes as big or small as you please
Choose Cookware and Utensils That Last
The utensils and cookware that you bring into your kitchen should be able to stand the test of time. From the skillets that you cook in, to the containers you store your leftovers in, the least amount of waste is the main goal. Rather than teflon, fill your kitchen with stainless steel or cast iron skillets which can last for generations if you take care of them!
Having a kitchen drawer full of funky colourful knives is fun, but you’ll have to replace them in a few short years, instead purchase high quality knives, like Zwilling J.A Henckels that you can sharpen yourself or bring into our store during our free sharpening events (check our website to see when the next one is).
A generally effortless way to green-ify your kitchen is through using materials that can be used over and over again. We absolutely love the Bees Wrap, a natural reusable and comfortable alternative to plastic wrap! You can use it to wrap your lunches, store leftovers and even meal prep for the week ahead. You can also upgrade your school or work lunches by storing your food in Stasher Containers rather than plastic ziplock baggies.
We’ve all heard numerous time how terrible plastic water bottles are for the environment, but do we know how truly bad they are? According to banthebottle.net plastic water bottles can take between 400 to 1,000 years to decompose, it requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it and bottled water costs over 1,000+ times more than tap water. Using a reusable waterbottle is not only good for the environment, but is great on our bank account well! We currently have a large stock of funky and unique beverage bottles that will keep your drinks hot or cold and can be reused over and over and over again! We’ve also had parents raving about the Asobu Reusable Juice Drink Box that they have been sending with their kiddos to school, dance class and daycare.
Choose Specific Eco-Smart Products
When it comes to being eco-friendly it’s important to think not only about how you are going to use a product, but how that product was produced in the first place. What kinds of materials were used to make it? Are they sustainable and environmentally friendly?
We have recently brought in the EcoSmart PolyGlass Collection by Architec because their products are innovative, durable, lightweight, easy to use and of course eco-friendly. Each Eco-Smart product is made from translucent, recycled, food grade polypropylene (plastic) and recycled glass particles; the glass particles are suspended in the plastic, creating a shimmery natural textured appearance with a smooth surface. By purchasing one of the EcoSmart products you are keeping 20 or more plastic cups out of the landfill! WIN!
We love EcoSmart because these products are easy to care for, dishwasher safe, and are built to last a lifetime.
Supporting local has become a regular, everyday thing for most Edmontonians. We feel so lucky to a part of such a strong community of local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs and fully understand both the environmental and economical necessity of supporting these local entities.
The food and products that you bring into your kitchen, and home are just as important as every gadget and appliance that you own. That is why we urge you to purchase local whenever you can. With local farmers markets such as the City Market (on 104th street in the summer, and in city hall in the winter) and 124th street Grand Market, you are able to purchase food and goods that have come direct from a local farm or grower. On top of less transportation pollution, purchasing local foods means you are ingesting products that are devoid of preservatives, biocides and many other chemicals that can be found in conventional foods.
Soothe Your St Patrick’s Day Hangover
We’ve all been there before, sipping green beer after green beer, hoping the luck of the Irish will be on our side in the morning and we don’t have a hangover. We’ve learned over the years that when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day you must pace yourself and make sure to mix in a water, but the older we get the harder it is to avoid that green beer hangover. Thanks to your friends at Heart of the Home we’ve got everything you need to make sure March 18 isn’t a complete write off of a day, because we all know that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
Eat A Full Breakfast
Easy Peasy Green Smoothie
*Smoothie is best served cold. Use frozen fruit or ice to achieve cold temperature.
Not in to trying a green smoothie? Make a banana and honey milkshake instead!
dRINK A hot Cup of Tea
Hydrate inside and Out
We all know that hydration is key when it comes to combating a hangover. Rehydrate by drinking 8 glasses of water. Looking to add a fresh flavour to your water? Try tossing in cucumbers and lemons or limes.
Not only do we need to make sure we are hydrating the inside of your body, we also need to take care of the outside. We always find that our skin is extremely dry after an evening of heavy drinking. We combat that by moisturizing with our favourite Brompton and Langley Luxurious Hand and Body Cream.
Do as the Irish Do
If none of these hangover cures sound good to you, do as the Irish do and cure it with the hair of the dog. What does this mean? It means sitting back down at a bar stool and having one last beer – Guinness to be exact.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
1. Fred and Friends, Hangover Mug | 2. Tealish, Chill Out Loose Leaf Herbal Tea | 3. Tealish Pineapple Tea Pincer | 4. Wrendale Designs, Candle | 5. Brompton & Langley Hand and Body Cream