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I’m doing a double-duty post today!! First off, I am blogging about how to clean leeks today over at the Cafe Zupas blog. Head over and check it out!

And second – the wonderful folks over at Ergo Chef contacted me about their knives. Let me tell you first of all that I am a total knife snob. I have to have a sharp, quality knife. It is probably the #1 thing I would say is the most important in your kitchen. They sent me one of their Santuko knives, and let me tell you – I knew from the first cut that this was going to become my new favorite knife!! It was so sharp that as I was cutting the leeks in half, using the tip of the knife, I actually cut a line in my cutting board. This baby was sharp!! Not only was is super sharp, but it felt great in my hand and I felt like I had complete control while cutting – which is a very important thing to me. The only complaint I have about this knife is that it is too big to fit in my cutting block and I’ll have to find another safe place to store it!!

The wonderful folks at Ergo Chef have also sent me a knife from their Guy Fieri line to giveaway to one of you! It is the Knuckle Sandwich 5.5″ Utility Knife – perfect for cutting fruit, tomatoes, cheese, bread and sandwiches. It is a $75.00 value!!

To enter:

Mandatory: Comment below and let me know what your favorite kitchen tool is.

Extra entries:
*Follow Taste and Tell and Ergo Chef on Facebook
*Share this giveaway with your Facebook friends
*Follow Taste and Tell and Ergo Chef on Twitter and tweet the following:

I just entered to win a knife from @ErgoChefKnives @TasteandTell – http://bit.ly/mNDKJG

*Follow Taste and Tell via RSS feed.

Note: for any of the extra entries, make sure you leave a separate comment for each.

*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*This giveaway will be open from today until Wednesday, June 15th at midnight MDT. The winner will be announced on June 16th.

Disclosure: I received a free knife for this review.  Ergo Chef is also providing the knife that is being given away. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.

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107 Responses to How to Clean Leeks {and a giveaway!}

  1. Chris M. says:

    My favorite tool is my bread knife. Thanks!

  2. branny says:

    I love my food processor!

  3. Hila says:

    My favorite kitchen tool has to be my kitchen aid mixer! I love making meringues with it!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Very hard to decide a favorite tool. I’d probably have to go with my Santuko knife. Everything else has some sort of flaw – wish it was bigger, mixed better… No flaw in the knife. Works great.

  5. Kimberly says:

    I like you and Ergo knives on FB.

  6. I use my Blendtech blender about 5 times a day and my kitchen aid!

  7. Jeanne ODonnell says:

    My favorite kitchen tools are my slanted measuring cups! I don’t know what I did without them!

  8. My favorite tool has to be my knives although I need new ones, thus the reason I am entering the contest. Thanks!

  9. I follow Taste and Tell on FB.

  10. I tweeted the giveaway-@italianmamachef on twitter

  11. I’m following Ergo Knives on twitter.

  12. pam L. says:

    kitchen aid mixer

  13. Julie says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is my KitchenAid Mixer.

  14. Julie says:

    I follow your RSS feed too.

  15. Yikes, I have too many fun kitchen toys to pick just one! Right now, I’m loving my Williams Sonoma Veggie Chop & Measure. Makes chopping everything a breeze! Just wish it was easier to clean….

  16. danielle says:

    My favorite tool is a good wooden spoon.

  17. Jen says:

    My fav tool is my Kitchenaid mixer!

  18. Jen says:

    I also follow you via RSS too

  19. Jen says:

    & lastly I Like Taste & Tell, and Ergo on facebook!

  20. Jaida says:

    I am a fool for kitchen tools/appliances! I have a new favorite each time I get a new toy, but right now my Kitchen Aid mixer is the tool of choice!! I love it!

  21. Desi says:

    My fave kitchen tools are my Kitchen Aid knives. A great sharp knife is a necessity!

  22. Val from PA says:

    I love my food processor, although I don’t get to use it as much as I like… Would love to have that awesome looking knife!!

  23. SUSAN FORD says:

    My favorite tool is my microplane for lemon zest and fresh parmesan cheese!

  24. Holly says:

    I already liked Taste and Tell on facebook:)

  25. Holly says:

    I’m a follower and also just wanted to let you know I posted a recipe of yours on my blog to day:)

  26. Holly says:

    I’m a total knife snob as well!!! I would love a knife from Guys collection!:)

  27. Kristi Ehrlich says:

    I love my LeCreuset dutch oven – I use it for EVERYTHING!

  28. Tessa says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is probably my baking stone. We use it for just about anything that can be baked free-form in the oven.

  29. Whitney says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is my spoon/scraper. I use it for everything and wish I had another.

  30. Jessica says:

    I love this knife! So I’m entering! My favorite tool, ever, is the meat pounder. Not because I use it a lot on meat, but because it is awesome for smashing and de-skinning garlic cloves. Saves me a lot of time and irritation.

  31. ericka H. says:

    I love my Santuku knife by Martha Stewart. It is so darn sharp, I had to get 3 stitches in my middle finger!

  32. ericka H. says:

    I follow via RSS.

  33. Lola says:

    I LOVE my salad spinner!!!! I would love a new knife to cut up veggies to make fab salads this summer!

  34. ericka H. says:

    I follow on FB as well!

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Call me lame, but I love my salad spinner. My husband thinks I am crazy but whatever. But once I can get my hands onto a Kitchen Aid mixer, I think the salad spinner will be bumped down on my list.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    I am a follower via RSS feed.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    I like Taste & Tell and Ergo on facebook.

  38. Michelle Carter says:

    My Kitchenaid Mixer…I use it for lots but I love how it does the hard work for bread making.

  39. Michelle Carter says:

    I follow both on FB

  40. Katrina says:

    Thanks for the tips! My favorite kitchen tool is my spatula…it helps me every day :)

  41. Brittany C. says:

    I love my immersion blender with the bowl attachment, use it all the time!

  42. Tammy S says:

    I love my stand mixer. Never thought I needed one, then I got one as a surprise for Christmas and never looked back!
    Thanks – love your site!

  43. Janie says:

    I love my immersion blender!

  44. Angela says:

    Bosch. Food Processor. I think those are the top two. But you know what I could really use? A good knife!

  45. Tasha says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is probably my food processor because I can do so many different things with it.

  46. Whitneyisetta says:

    That knife looks awesome! I totally agree, a super sharp knife is key. My favorite kitchen tool right now is the papered chef ‘mix n chop’ it is a mixing utensil that has a star shape on the end to chop with. It is perfect for ground beef. I love love love it, but I’m pretty fickle and I think that sweet looking Ergo Chef knife could easily be my new fav!

  47. Dawn says:

    I love my garlic press. I use a lot of garlic!

  48. LisaK says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is Food Network. My second favorite is my blue Lodge dutch oven pot that I got for my birthday. It’s great to cook with and makes me happy looking at it.

    I need to find a really good knife. If you need a blog post topic, a knife review would be awesome.

  49. Tina says:

    A new egg turner I just bought at the kitchen outlet store!

  50. Annette Herbst says:

    My favorite kitchen tool has to be my kitchen aid mixer!

  51. LisaK says:

    Following on FB.

  52. juliea says:

    My favorite kitchen tools are my knives. I am super picky about them. They make cooking so much more enjoyable. Thank you so much.

  53. Heather says:

    My Furi serrated knife…LOVE IT!!

  54. Mrs. Z says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is my Santoku knife!

  55. Jenny says:

    It was my spatula. Until I got a kitchenaid stand mixer!

  56. I totally agree with you about the sharp knife thing. I hate when I am cooking at other people’s homes and they have dull knives!

  57. I follow Taste and Tell and now Ergo Chefs on Facebook.

  58. I follow both Taste and tell and Ergo on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  59. Joey says:

    Roasted garlic express.. the thing is awesome! Roasting garlic without burning it is a pain for me and i love it.. so this thing does it for me!

  60. Simply Life says:

    wow! what a great giveaway! my fav tool is definitely the KitchenAid!

  61. Cheryl R says:

    My Santuko knife is my favorite.

  62. Shandi says:

    My kitchen aid mixer! I also really love my kitchen aid rubber scraper… gets everything off the sides of the bowls!

  63. Shandi says:

    I already like Taste and Tell on FB!

  64. My Cuisinart food processor is my favorite!

  65. jenny says:

    It would have been my coffee maker until about 4 months ago when I kicked the habit! Now I would have to say my food processor- I can’t imagine making an apple pie without it!

  66. My favorite kitchen tool is my heat-resistant spatula. I use it almost every day!

  67. I like Taste and Tell and Ergo Chef on Facebook.

  68. I’ve subscribed to Taste and Tell RSS feeds.

  69. Magen says:

    I love my strawberry huller. I couldn’t live without it during the summer.

  70. Maria says:

    Oh man, this is a tough one… I would have to say my Kitchenaid mixer, with all of its crazy attachments that somehow keep popping up in my kitchen. This knife looks fab, thanks for the giveaway!

  71. Maria says:

    I follow you via RSS feed!

  72. Meredyth H says:

    Definitely my food processor!

  73. Heather Wragge says:

    I know this may sound silly, but my pizza cutter! Not only does it cut a good pizza but I also use it to cut my kids sandwiches and everything else I can think of!

  74. Heather Wragge says:

    I follow you RSS Feed

  75. Heather Wragge says:

    I follow you on FB

  76. Heather Wragge says:

    I follow Ergo Chef Cutlery on FB

  77. Janell says:

    I love my salad spinner :)

  78. Heather Spooner says:

    My favorite kitchen tool is my cheese grater.

  79. Emily says:

    My stand mixer is my favorite kitchen tool; although I don’t think I could live without a decent knife!

  80. Christy says:

    My stand mixer is probably my favorite tool. I love it.

  81. Mercy says:

    A wooden spoon is my favorite kitchen tool. So versatile!

  82. favorite tool? that’s tough! a tie btwn my kitchenaid and my food processor!…or my ice cream maker ;)

  83. Sharon says:

    My favorite kitchen tool? That’s like asking me which of my children is my favorite!! I love all my kitchen gadgets and tools, but my favorite and most-used is my KitchenAid stand mixer. I recently got a Side Swipe mixer blade for it and love that as well. No more stopping to scrape down the bowls.

    That knife is gorgeous. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

  84. Sharon says:

    I follow both on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

  85. Sharon says:

    I shared this giveaway post on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

  86. Sharon says:

    I follow both on twitter @sharonjo2
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/sharonjo2/status/79036089406468096

  87. Sharon says:

    I subscribe to your feed via Googlel Reader.

  88. Right now it’s my Kitchenaid mixer, but I just got a food processor yesterday so there may be competition for my fave!

  89. maria says:

    Love my food processor! And my pizza stone if that counts!

  90. maria says:

    I follow you & Ergo Chef on FB

  91. grace says:

    the pastry cutter is a tool i couldn’t live without. the end.

  92. Favorite tool is my chef’s knife and microplane!

  93. I Follow Taste and Tell and Ergo Chef on Facebook

  94. I follow you via RSS feed!

  95. Jessica says:

    I subscribe! I LOVE my bamboo cutting board.

  96. Leslie Fitzgerald says:

    I found this blog via link from PBS – looks great ! My favorite tool is my chef’s knife but I don’t want to be without a sharp little paring knife, either, so that’s a close second.

  97. Sharon says:

    My favorite is my mini cuisinart processor, and next is my whisk!

  98. Sharon says:

    I am following you and Ergo Chef on FB.

  99. Sharon says:

    I am following you and Ergo Chef on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/80690842335068160

  100. Sharon says:

    I am subscribed to your RSS feed.

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