Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's the Little Things . .

I get excited about little things . . . and my newest "little thing" is my new knife holder. I did store the knives in one of those wooden knife blocks but they take up valuable (very valuable in my tiny kitchen) counter space and because my knives are not in a set, some of them didn't fit in the block and so they were stored "on top".

And then, at my favorite kitchen shop, Life+Style, (we're so lucky that it's here in our little town on the prairie) there was a magnetic knife holder. It came home with me and languished in it's box for a long long time -- for I had to have someone install it because it would be mounted on tile. But patience is a virtue and finally, it was installed . . . and . . .

with knives lined up like soldiers in a row! It definitely was worth the wait. For it is perfect -- so perfect, in fact, that I'd use one even if I had matching knives!

But as you can see, I have a "mixed bag" of knives, bought one at a time.

My "Chef's Knife" (second from right) was bought by Husband Jim many many years ago in Tokyo. Made especially for me, it has my name engraved on it -- in Japanese!

The bread knife (third from right) was from McDonald's when Husband Jim worked there. It's a great bread knife.

The boning knife (far left) is my most recent purchase -- it came home to Linderhof from Minnesota -- and it is perfect for trimming meat.

I'm not a big fan of paring knives but I do have do and use them -- but only occasionally -- the chef's knife sees the most use at Linderhof.

It reminded me of my grandmother who used her "Butcher's Knife" for everything -- from slicing tomatoes to peeling potatoes. She never used anything but! I'm not sure that she even had a paring knife!

My knives (especially my Chef Knife) are a "Few of My Favorite Things" -- please join me at Laurie's, Bargain Hunting with Laurie, for My Favorite Things Saturday.


On Crooked Creek said...

Funny how we all have our "favorite" knife, isn't it? Today as I cleaned out kitchen cabinets and drawers, I'd like to have pitched a few "extra" knives out. Couldn't. . .they are "Mr.Ed's" favorites. Why do I keep them? He hardly ever does any cooking! I guess there's always hope! Enjoy your lovely weekend on the prairie! This weather has had my windows opened all day!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a great kitchen tool. I hear u about the block taking up a lot of space! may have to put this on a list to get for my husband for christmas next yr!

Anonymous said...

There's room for another one!

Pondside said...

I have exactly that knife magnet hanging above my counter. I'd never trade it for a knife block. My favorite knives are my tomato knife and my chef's knife.

Blondie's Journal said...

I have my favorite knife!! It lives with many others!! One thing I do like is a serated knife for things like tomatoes...ever try this?

Love those magnetic thingies!! :-)


Martha said...

Blondie -- I often use the bread knife for tomatoes -- it is serrated and works really well on the cherry or grape ones -- my Chef's Knife works good on the big ones, however, and I use that if I don't use the bread knife. But I agree, a serrated knife works so much better on tomatoes!

Lynn said...

I love your new knife rack Martha! I'd love to have one with magnets on both sides so I could put it on the side of my fridge:@)

Ben said...

I love it, Martha, especially your chef's knife. We really do have our favorite knives. My go-to is still "old reliable" - the 8" chef's knife from an inexpensive set I got nearly 30 years ago and that has been my sidearm throughout my whole cooking life. Today I've got "better" knives, but this one is like that old, comfortable pair of jeans everyone says you should get rid of, but you know better. That knife and my hand just go together.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I have this magnetic knife holder too, and absolutely love it...My favorite knife is my mothers 6inch Sabatier, even though the tip was slightly bent and I keep trying to fix this without as much success as I would like! This is the most practical knife holder of all!

Anonymous said...

Very cool and allows an efficient use of space. I was at Ikea recently and noted their magnetic units for all kinds of things.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I like mismatched. I think knives have to be functional even if they don't match; most of mine don't. Yours look so much better than mine. Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting with me.

BumbleVee said...

Me too.... I get excited about the little things. I always say it doesn't take much to make me happy or to keep me entertained. It's probably the main reason I'm so happy with my life really.

Sometimes I think it might have begun way back when we didn't have very much at all.. as kids even.... and so perhaps a small gift or a little improvement in life... was seen as a much bigger thing than it actually was.. who knows? Anyway...somehow it has stuck with me.. and, I'm so happy it did.

My knives are in a block too... mismatched as they are...but..when I get my new cupboards perhaps there will be room for a rack or holder... hmmmm...yes.... must begin some plans for where to put the knives....

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a clever idea! I can see how that "little thing" would make a big difference in your life (not to mention giving you an empty drawer). I'm so impressed that your husband got you that personalized knife. Thank you for linking up. laurie