Wined and Dined & Playing with Knives

c4  Burger Broads Zane and Sharon

A few of us Burger Broads were invited to a CUTCO #FoodiesForever party in downtown Toronto a couple of weeks ago and though there weren’t any burgers involved we had an educational,fun and delicious great time.Now,I don’t know about you but up until this event I had never heard of CUTCO before.Where have I been?! This company has been around and going strong since 1949!

Whoa.Whoa! What is CUTCO,you ask? CUTCO is cutlery but really it’s about their amazing knives! so amazing that they are forever guaranteed.Yes.Forever.

“The history is steeped in tradition and founded on the fine craftsmanship of early settlers to Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The company, located along the Allegheny foothills in Olean, N.Y., can trace its roots back to skilled cutlers who settled in the area after immigrating from England’s famous Sheffield cutlery industry in the late 1800s.

CUTCO Cutlery was created in 1948 as a new product for Wear-Ever Aluminum, a subsidiary of ALCOA. The name of the new cutlery line was derived from a company once owned by Wear-Ever, the Cooking UTensil COmpany – CUTCO.

ALCOA sought out the expertise of the finest cutlery manufacturer in the U.S. at the time, Case Cutlery in Bradford, Pa., to manufacture the new cutlery line. It was a joint venture that created a new ALCOA company called Alcas Cutlery (AL of ALCOA and the CAS from Case). The new Alcas Cutlery factory in Olean, N.Y., was completed in 1949 and the first set of cutlery was shipped to New Kensington, Pa. that same year.”

Anyways, if history turns you on you can read more about it here. 

Let’s back to present day and talk about how fun and delicious the evening was.There was SO MUCH FOOD! For the first hour we mingled,sipped on wine and had our pictures taken while we had  platters of non-stop delectable appetizers floating about the room.This definitely was a foodie bloggers heaven and we were thrilled to join in on something we normally wouldn’t have the chance to do. Shortly thereafter we were divided up into groups with team leaders who took us to the kitchen to prepare our meal (Kale salad and a Quinoa side dish )that we would all help make and then sit down to share afterwards.c3(It’s no secret I love burgers but I don’t eat them all the time.i do love salads too:) the Kale Salad  and Quinoa  we made was a meal unto itself.I also learned how to prepare Kale for a salad which will be having me eat it more often.Tree(de-stem) the kale and then roll the leaves up and use scissors to cut it up into fine bite sized forkfuls! easy peasy!) and jampacked with goodness.

c10 The preparation of the meal but of course was with the amazing CUTCO knives!.

I  know this sounds like I am selling but truth be told…I am gushing!!!

When I showed up to this event I was suspicious. even cynical.I thought it was going to only be a demonstration while we the captive audience watched and got suckered into buying a set of knives..Cutlery.big deal. Knives.big deal..who needs cutlery when you are eating burgers?! Unless you are in the kitchen all the time preparing and making food,unless you are a Chef then I think the average person doesn’t put too much thought or investment into their kitchenware and cutlery.

Hell, I’ve been known to buy cutlery from a dollar store but after that CUTCO experience I made a promise that I would never do that again.Seriously, as much as I am gushing here there’s a part of me that says.. chill..they’re just knives …except they aren’t JUST knives. They are the ONLY knives to own.If you can afford it. Sure you can buy one knife at a time,depending on the knife anywhere between 25-80 dollars or you can buy the whole shebang for about 1500 dollars. c6

Again.. they’re just knives.Again.They are the ONLY knives to have! Come on.. with a company that has been around since 1949 and guarantees their products forever without any questions asked or hassles why wouldn’t you invest?These knives will be sharp Forever.No sharpening needed.Hard to believe? Guess,you’ll just have to turn yourself into a believer by doing some research or buying some knives;) and I will need to save up my money because I have no plans of getting married anytime soon to have  a gift registry.

Are you wondering why you have never heard of this company if you haven’t heard of this company? Because you won’t find them in retail stores.They are a direct to market business and you can even get involved and become a sales rep. Lately,I have had people approach me with direct marketing ventures from health food,to water, to makeup but somehow if I were to get into this kind of venture,CUTCO it would be for me where i could go to people’s homes and have a dinner party while showing off these exquisite tools.Our team leader, Dawn, is a testament.After owning CUTCO knives herself for the past 15yrs she recently became a rep because that’s how much she believes in them and the company.c2

is that not a PERFECT smile?!!!

So as much as this was all about knives it was also about creating a meal and more importantly breaking bread with strangers who quickly became friends. >>>>Shout out! to Isabelle Boucher (@Izzbell) of www.crumbblog.com.c13

She was in our group and right away I took a shining to this woman.She was sharp, witty and self-possessed.I asked her for her card and when I read it i recognized her name  and blog from twitter as we had had a few conversations back and forth so it was a thrill to meet in person after all this time..I sure can pick em’ and smell em’ a mile away.

She’s a Broad in my books!

So here’s to playing with KNIVES! and only the best knives!

A special Thanks to Dawn our fun and beatiful team leader and to everyone involved who made the evening a delicious and spirited memorable  event. Chop On CUTCO!

I am now a believer!.and maybe one day I too will become a sales rep but for now I have other fish to fry, other burgers to flip and more good trouble to cause:)

Ms.D-(Madame of The BroadHouse)

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the incredible hamdog

"only if you dare"

guten tag hamburglers,

as my journey unfolds, my ethereal wandering spirit has spoken loudly and have taken me to places far beyond the reach of our meek, humanoid existence….or at least it feels that way!

my journey into a relatively untapped part of history has already shed iridescent light upon the moment of birth of the hamburger and like all living things, the hamburger, as it grew and evolved, changed in form, function and flavour.

the hamburger became a capital market for the united states of america.  a gross development of this substance was usually fit for simpletons, more over; ground beef became a staple for most, if not all, blue collar and no collar families of the early 20th century.

our older more boastful brother, the u.s. would come to represent and present the hamburger in such distorted concoctions that many earthly worldians  soon started to question whether these oddities were truly the wonderments of natures imaginative culinary skills or the deceptive master plannings of world domination by an unknown entity.

And if this is the case, who’s to say that this specimen, unearthed deep in the recesses of Decatur, Georgia in 2005 was not the warnings of things to come.

so what exactly is the Hamdog Hamburger?

http://art-ranger.deviantart.com/

walk with me for a bit…..for me, Hamdog conjures up a an amusingly disturbing imagery.  could it have been a verocious pig/dog hybrid aimed at destroying mankind through misguided notions of self indulgence?

it’s not……this isn’t raccoon city….yet!

the hamdog, is seemingly, nothing more than a figment of an invention of an idea of a bad dream that should have remained in the shadows within the normal thought process…not the conclusion. but is that all there is to it?

now, let’s rustle up some hamdogs….

the hamdog hamburger was invented by a crazy dude they call chandler golf in the tender year of 2005.  as you may have guessed, this creation was painfully birthed in the u.s., as many of my findings will illustrate. it’s a popular novelty act it seems.

if you wanted to build yourself a proper hamdog ( i would advice having the emergency hotline readily available first)

this is what it would entail: a hotdog wrapped in a beef patty tomb, deep-fried, then drowned in chili, french fries, and topped with a sunny side up.

hmmm, i have to wonder what is really going here and it leaves the door open to review very logical and rational questions such as-

why? who are you working for? what the #%!* were you thinking? what is its dark purpose?

you may have a few questions yourself.  for the answer is still out there… somewhere in the unknown…..

as i continue my search for the truth, i hope that you will also ask yourself the same frightening and unthinkable question…..

is there a dark secret that may jeopardize the very existence of human-kind still yet to be uncovered? or is it just a crazy man’s creation of crazy comfort food?

to be noted: dr. nicholas lang, professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for medical sciences, advised against ever consuming a hamdog at any point in one’s lifetime.

advise noted!