Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pillsbury Sweet Moments Winner! and CSN Stores review

And.... declard my Pillsbury Sweet Moments Giveaway winner to be... #22... or Mo' Betta!  Congratulations!  And thank you to everyone else for entering this giveaway!  FYI: This prize pack, in addition to the product, prize pack, and information I received were all given to me from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

Now for the CSN Stores review!  CSN Stores generously provided me with a $40 giftcard to use in their stores.  They have SO much, but the two things I ended up purchasing were a Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox 8" Chef's Knife and an Emerilware by All Clad Cast Iron 10" Skillet.  I am super happy with both items!  They were shipped fast and were packaged well - so no bumps, dings, or scratches :-).

Isn't this knife gorgeous!  It sliced through a couple large raw sweet potatoes like a dream.  I was afraid it was going to cut right through the cutting board (it didn't!).  I was even a bit afraid to use it since I've never had a knife so large and sharp.  I'm very pleased with it though.  Now I think I need a knife block.  It just seems wrong to just put this knife in a drawer with my other cheap knives :-(.

I've been wanting a cast iron skillet since forever, but have gotten by without.  Now I have one (boy, is it heavy!), and the its features are wonderful:

•10" cast iron made for high heating cooking
•Excellent heat retention - keeps food warm at table

•Perfect for browning, searing, frying, and sauteing

•Heats evenly and consistently

•No warping or chipping

•Becomes virtually non-stick with seasoning and use

•Pre-seasoned pan surfaces and oven safe up to 600F

•Heirloom quality with signature thumb rest

•Large, extra-long handle and easy-to-grip side "helper" handles

•Lifetime warranty
So, do any of my readers own a chef's knife and/or a cast iron skillet?  If so, what are your favorite uses for each?  I could especially use ideas for the cast iron skillet :-).
And my goal is to post at least twice a week, but, alas, life has been so busy!  Maybe shorter posts?


  1. I want a cast iron skillet to cook cornbread in! I've heard that it makes such a difference. I do own a chef's knife that I got for my wedding, and I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing sweet girl!

  2. YAY!!!! I love winning stuff! Thanks :-) I've been thinking about getting a cast iron skillet too! And I agree w/Monet, cornbread! My Grandma used cast iron for everything - still does. Hope school is going well!

  3. What a great skillet! Look forward to future posts documenting your adventures with cast iron cooking! :-)

  4. I bought the bf an Emerilware cast iron skillet for Christmas (maybe even the same one?) and so far so good! Nice pick. :)

  5. I do have a cast iron skillet and the only thing i use it for is pancakes and making omlettes.
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