This is Jaden from the Steamy Kitchen Blog
From time to time I mention some of the non-wedding related blogs I love to read. One of my favorites I discovered this summer is the Steamy Kitchen Blog by Jaden Hair. Jaden posts scrumptious photos, that she takes herself, on her blog with step by step instructions of how to create the food in the pictures that literally make my mouth water. She is a chef, a food columnist, an educator and by the looks of her online resume is a successful tv personality to boot!
This is the knife I won!
So her giveaway sponsored by New West Knife Works was a chance for 3 lucky readers to win their choice of several different artisan cooking knives. From the two different lines to choose from I was drawn to the Phoenix line which is described on their site as:
"Japanese kitchen knives with a Western flair. Our Japanese kitchen knives are made with 33 Layers of Damascus steel, precision ground and fused to a beautiful, indestructible Nobel-Lite handle. The innovative, function-based design and unique material selection are partnered with the world renowned craftsmen of Seki City, Japan to create the new standard for Japanese kitchen knives."
*Swoon* I know most of my girlfriends would be more excited at the thought of a designer bag or a pair of really cool shoes but my weakness has always been walking into kitchen stores like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table and wanting everything in sight.
I posted one of the 1086 comments her readers left in her blog and had I not been sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap when I cruised by her blog last night just in time to see that I was lucky winner #2 out of 3??? I would have probably either fallen over or jumped for joy! As it was I felt giddy happy and couldn't wait to share my great news with all of you. Not just because I won a super cool Japanese chef's knife but because I'd already been planning to share Jaden's blog with all of you anyways.
So if you love to cook... Or if you just love to torment yourself looking at photos of gorgeous food you can't have at that moment... Make sure you go take a peek at the Steamy Kitchen blog. If you're like me you'll look for both reasons. As soon as my knife arrives I want to make this: Warm Fig, Apple and Gorgonzola Flatbread. I wonder if figs are in season this time of year though?
In fact I think making this dish and FINALLY breaking open that bottle of ice wine that's been haunting me for the past few years would be the perfect way to celebrate my big win! I've mentioned that dratted bottle a half dozen times here on the blog and even dedicated two past posts to it: I'm Thinking About Getting Schnockered! and The Sanctuary. I think it's time has come. Thanks so much to Jaden and New West Knife Works! I really do appreciate it and will always feel very happy when cooking with my gorgeous, new knife.