Sharpen your cooking skills with a handy gadget

This giveaway is now closed.  The winners are Jen E, Erin, Doran, Adrienne G, and Uncommon Blonde – congratulations!

Next up in the Week of Giveaways is from Smith’s, the leading creator of quality knife sharpeners.  If you’ve ever tried effective cooking with dull knives, you can appreciate having a quality tool like a razor-sharp knife at your disposal in the kitchen.

It’s important to keep your knives in good condition if you don’t want frustation during meal prep.  And as you probably know, it’s actually easier to cut yourself with a dull knife than with a sharp one – sharp ones are safer.

We have three different Smith’s knife sharpeners in our home, and they’re all so easy to use.  In fact, this morning I sharpened our hair scissors with the V-Slot 10 Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener.  Just a few quick swipes through the sharpener, and my inexpensive scissors cut my bangs with razor-sharp precision.

Smith’s is giving five Simple Mom readers the very same V-Slot 10 Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener! This sharpener retails for $10.

How To Win

1. Leave a comment on this post, answering this question – What’s your favorite thing to cook for your famiy?

2. To get a second entry – and a second entry on all the giveaways this week – subscribe to the Simple Mom feed and email me the movie quote at the bottom of any post in your feed reader or email inbox (there is only one quote for all the giveaways). Send it to simplemomblog (at) gmail (dot) com, and put the quote directly in the subject line. The body of the email won’t be read.  And you only need to email me the quote once in order to get a second entry for all the week’s giveaways.

3. Finally, to get a third entry, post or tweet about this giveaway – if you use the URL of this post, I’ll receive it – no need to email me.

This giveaway will end this Friday, January 30 at noon EST. I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. either my super easy risotto (made in the rice cooker) or what i am making tonight – a chicken and prune tagine + couscous – easy and so delicious.

  2. Minestrone, lentil, or any kind of soup. Add salad and bread, and you’re done. I make a double batch in the morning and I’m done with two meals by noon. Making soup can involve lots of chopping, though, so a good sharpener could come in handy.

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  3. I’m seconding the soup. I make two or three pots of soup a week for my family in the winter months. We love lentil soup, quinoa soup, and any hearty vegetable soup. It takes a lot of veggie chopping and right now my DH hand-sharpens our knives; he would be especially appreciative of a sharpening gadget like this!
    Thanks for the chance to enter!

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    • I love to cook Korean soups because that’s what I ate growing up and there are so many variations/kinds that it never gets old

  4. I like to make Spaghetti Pie. It’s easy and delicious.
    And by the way, I think all my knives are dull! Great giveaway!

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  5. I love to cook Enchiladas, everyone loves them even my picky 6 yr old

  6. Currently it is making fresh bread. I love the smell and the taste as it is warm out of the oven with butter.

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  7. my chicken paprika with fresh homemade noodles

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  8. Fajitas!

  9. I also love making soup because I know I can put all sorts of veggies, especially greens, in the pot and it will always be delicious with homemade chicken stock.

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  10. I love to make shish kabobs, with a fresh salad and fruit smoothie.

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  11. my favourite meal to cook is of course whatever my husband and kids favourite is! this always makes cooking more enjoyable! especially when you hear that… “ohhh yummm we’re having ‘that’ for dinner!!” So a few favourites in our home are Beef and vege Chowder, and Honey chicken stir fry.
    Amy Salinger

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  12. I love to cook things that everyone will eat. And my Chicken and Sausage Gumbo gets scarfed down pretty fast. (Plus, it’s very easy!)

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  13. Something everyone likes! Steak….but then dh does it, and isn’t that the best?

  14. favorite thing to cook is a whole baked chicken/veggies/rice. the chicken makes a great warm meal and then can be used for fajitas, pizza, pasta, you name it. i’m pretty sure i bake a whole chicken every single week. you can vary the flavors each time so it doesn’t seem like the same old thing.

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  15. Traciatim says:

    Every Sunday morning I pull out the griddle and do pancake breakfast. The kids really enjoy different flavours of pancakes.

  16. I have to admit that cupcakes are my favorite thing to make. My girls have so much fun decorating them.

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  17. sunday night waffles are my favorite thing to cook. they are easy and fun and you add a squirt of whipped cream and it is a PARTY! i bought a waffle maker like they have in hotel breakfast areas and it makes delicious waffles everytime…

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  18. Biscuits and Gravy – it’s quick, it’s yummy and it’s everyone’s favorite!

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  19. I love to cook anything with lots of chopping . . .. Steaming is my favorite!

  20. Homemade “rustic” type bread and any type of cookies.

  21. Homemade chili! I also love to bake cookies.

  22. I love to cook pasta for my family because I know that everyone will eat it without complaint. No short order chef necessary.

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  23. Homemade granola! We all love it and it’s a healthy breakfast/snack.

  24. Stacey K. says:

    Lately, I’ve been making Giada’s chicken piccata from the food network website a lot. It’s a really yummy, really easy weeknight meal. I’m also a fan of black beans and rice, especially now that I’ve discovered the diced pancetta at Wegmans.

  25. I love to cook Fettucine Alfredo for my family.

  26. Rebecca Nichols says:

    definitely soup! i always make an extra big batch and put some in the freezer for dinner on busy nights.

  27. I love to cook anything! If I had to narrow it down a bit, I’d say my favorite things to make are spicy foods, b/c my dh loves them.

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  28. I like making homemade pizza! The smell is wonderful!

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  29. Love to make homemade pizza when everyone takes part in topping the pizza!

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  30. My favorite thing to make right now (it changes often!) is risotto. So creamy and yummy!

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  31. Southern Gal says:

    It’s a tie:
    Homemade spaghetti sauce because all my kids love to eat spaghetti even if they won’t eat meat sauce!
    And pot roast with carrots, potatoes and mushrooms.

    My knives are pitifully dull. I would put this gadget to use immediately!

  32. hmm. Favorite thing to cook for my family – sour dough bread, with a close second of cookies.

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  33. Lasagna!

  34. My favorite thing to cook for the family is spaghetti with meat sauce. The sauce is a family recipe that slow cooks for several hours on the stove top and is my favorite thing from my childhood. I hope it continues to get passed down!

  35. I love to cook soup of any kind, today it’s ham and bean!

  36. I love making homemade chicken and dumplings. It’s my husband’s favorite and they are a perfect food for my 7 1/2 month old. Yum yum!

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  37. I think, thus far, our favorite thing to cook and eat is pizza. The kids get the help do it all, and the reward for the work is a wonderful, yummy pizza. Plus knowing we’re saving a ton by not ordering it and having it delivered makes it taste even better!

  38. Mussels – there is virtually no prep, dinner is ready in 5 minutes and the kids love eating out of the shells.

  39. A big salad with grilled chicken on top! Amazingly, my whole family enjoys it (usually there is someone who isn’t enamored with the meal).

  40. retroluce says:

    I love cooking nachos and my husband loves to eat them! We make a good pair.

  41. Spaghetti and meatballs because it’s simple and even my most picky eaters gobble it right up!

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  42. Great question, Tsh. I’ve had fun reading what everyone likes to cook and eat. You’ve got some foodies as readers!
    My favorite dish to cook is always changing…with the season, with my current ethnic trends, but I would have to say pancakes are the most requested item from my 3 year old.

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  43. Everyone’s favorite hands down – my homemade chocolate chip cookies!

  44. I love to make homemade pizza. I’ve got our favorite crust down pat and then we can add whatever we’ve got in the ‘frig as toppings – easy and yummy!

  45. Homemade bread. Thanks 🙂

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  46. Now if my 3 year olds were answering this, it would be a resounding “COOKIES!”. For meals in general, anything with blueberries melts their butter. My husband and I prefer soups and chilis this time of year.

  47. My favorite thing to cook is homemade pizza. We have it exactly how we like it- super thin and crispy on the pizza stone. Yum!

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  48. I love to make chicken pot pie for my family. I use fresh ingredients- nothing canned- so a sharp knife is essential!

  49. My favorite thing to cook for my family has been homemade pizza lately – my three year old is really into helping with the toppings and choosing what goes where. Sometimes we make crusts from scratch, sometimes we buy premade crusts, but either way it’s pretty easy to get dinner on the table.

  50. Sorry to disappoint – I don’t like cooking at all. But even people like me who are forced into cooking (because the alternative is starving) need to sharpen the knife from time to time 🙂

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  51. I am not much of a cook (but luckily married a guy who is a great cook)… but I do love to make roasted potatoes for my husband and I. We both love the recipe and they are so tasty!

  52. Breakfast is my favorite to make for the family – because everyone loves it. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, the works. We could use a sharpener in our kitchen too. Thanks.

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  53. I love cooking and my favorite thing to cook is probably this special breaded chicken that everyone loves. I also enjoy a lot cooking with my fresh garden vegetables and herbs.

    A knife sharpener…all my knives are pretty dull so I would definitely benefit from that!!!

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  54. I like to make chicken (how boring) for my family. It usually turns out okay, and most other stuff find a way to mess up!

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  55. I love to make homemade bread and spaghetti for my family. My husband LOVES bread and my children LOVE spaghetti. So it is the perfect meal here at our house. Toss in a salad and everyone is happy as can be.

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  56. BBQ chicken. My kids gobble it down.

  57. Wow how I need that knife sharpener…….My favorite thing to cook for my family is really anything…I love trying new stuff and they are always nervous about it but we trying something new every week sometimes more than once a week.
    Like this week part of my family has never had fish tacos so I am going to give it a whirl and see what the final verdict will be.
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  58. Carolyn G says:

    I like making comfort food so I say my fav is macaroni and cheese. MMMMM

  59. Even though I subscribe to your blog, I can never find the hidden codes or the movie quote.

    But that’s beside the point.

    I LOVE to cook hotdishes. My dad and I actually had a discussion about this the other day. Sometimes, nothing (not even the best steak) beats a hotdish (casserole).

  60. Fav thing to cook: scrabbled tofu by Isa Chandra

  61. I like to cook a lot of things, but my favorite things are new things…. I get bored and like to try new things out on my family.

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  62. I really enjoy cooking – and I love trying new things. But with three little people in the house – my favorite thing to cook would be anything that everyone eats without complaint! And so last night that would have been roast pork loin, broccoli and mashed potatoes.

  63. My favorite thing to cook for my family is homemade noodles. My mom used to make them when I was a child – and her mom used to make them. I guess the sentimental value has taken over.

  64. This is a no-brainer: meatloaf, green beans, and homemade mac & cheese. I have a VERY picky almost-10-year-old, and this is one meal I know he’ll eat, every time.

    In fact, I just made meatloaf last night, and was loving the sharpness of my new knives (Christmas gift from the ILs). Be nice to have an easy way to keep them sharp. 🙂

  65. Enter me please!

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  66. My favorite thing to cook is salmon fillets with sundried tomato dressing. SO fast and yet a really delicious meal, and good for you too! (and yes, it is that easy — marinate the salmon in the dressing, saute some garlic in a pan and then add the salmon and marinade and saute for 5-7 minutes each side. Serve with the glaze that the marinade made — yummy!)

  67. I think that my favorite would have to be chicken breasts just because I can do them so many different ways. I don’t think I have cooked them the same way yet!

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  68. Homemade pizza, especially with black beans!

  69. Homemade mac and cheese … everyone loves it, and it’s such a comfort food. Plus, there’s not a whole lot of prep work involved, which I can always appreciate!

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  70. Current faves: quesadillas or pizza! They’re both easy, and everyone in our family loves them. I also really enjoy baking cookies or other sweets, because everyone loves those, too. 🙂

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  71. i love to cook stir fry and pasta creations

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  72. We make a lot of soup, but my favourite thing to make with my daughter is ginger brownies — but I’m in charge of chopping up the chocolate!

  73. My favorite thing to cook for my family is probably homemade pizza. Everyone has fun!

  74. my favorite thing to cook for my family is homemade pepperoni pizza roll…not that it is my favorite to eat, but it is theirs and it gives me great pleasure to make them happy!

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  75. I suppose making coffee doesn’t count as cooking…
    I enjoy making the stock for soups. There’s a creative challenge in trying to use as much in your kitchen as possible.

  76. I love to cook my mom’s lasagna for my family!

  77. Quesadillas are my favorite thing to make.

  78. pumpkin muffins! Everyone loves ’em!

  79. Spinach Manicotti

  80. What a cool giveaway!

    I love to make chicken enchiladas. And my husband does, too!

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  81. I love to bake fruit breads in my Zojiruishi breadmaker (pumpkin, cranberry, apple oatmeal, banana, zucchini, etc.). We eat this almost every single day!

  82. Anjanette says:

    A make your own bake potato bar. They love it and it’s SO easy.

  83. i love to make any kind of soup for my family!

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  84. I like to cook something new and gourmet-ish, and often read recipes to find something fun to try. My husband always appreciates my efforts, and my kids learn to expand their tastes.

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  85. I love to cook lasagna. Such a good warm-and-fuzzy meal!

  86. Bread.
    I love, love, love making bread!

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  87. chocolate chip cookies!

  88. Cook? I prefer baking, but let’s see here…any kind of pasta dish.

  89. My favorite thing to cook for my family is my pasta e fagioli, though we just call it goulash.

  90. My family loves apple pizza with gorganzola and candied walnuts. Yum!

  91. Anything my kids can help me cook! My daughter loves to make stuffed chicken because she gets to “hammer” the chicken for me. She can also crack and egg better than a lot of adults I know 🙂 Both kids seem to eat more when they get to help make it, so it’s a double win for me!

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  92. I love to cook spinach lasagna!

  93. Bulgogi! (Korean barbeque) I was born on a military base in Korea. We had a full-time housekeeper who taught my mom how to make authentic bulgogi. It is the dish I trot out to impress my friends and family.

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  94. I like to cook holiday dinners. Everyday cooking is whatever I can throw together quick.

  95. My favorite thing to cook are cookies!

  96. I love to make Fluffy French Toast from allrecipes. They are the best I’ve ever made & my family LOVES them!

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  97. I love to make tacos for my family. Nothing fancy, but it is something that EVERYONE in my family likes.

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  98. Rebecca Y. says:

    Hmmm, my husband does most of the cooking (I’m a lucky gal!) but I really like making vegetable lasagna every now and then. I prefer to bake – banana bread is the current fave!

  99. My favorite thing to cook is anything creamy and comforting. Potato soup, chicken casserole, etc.

  100. I love to bake for my family – cookies!!