So, I have a new tool in my kitchen. Well, it's not necessarily a new to my kitchen item, it is NEW, though.
Look at it!
Isn't it magnificent?I have researched and studied over the years, trying to decide what kind of cutting board I should have, what size I would really use, how much money I should spend...A QUALITY cutting board has become a necessity for me. I love watching the cooking shows and have dreamed of that black walnut sitting on my counter. I have heard my knife sing as it cuts across the surface of it in my sleep. I know, obsessive, but it's true. I knew no other board would do. I knew I wanted an end grain cutting board, but didn't feel like I could justify paying what a walnut cutting board would cost in the size I felt I would need. I mean, really, $300-400 for a slab of wood? Granted, it would last my lifetime if treated properly. It just didn't feel right, so I have watched for sales, scoured websites, looked in every kitchen store I have ever been in and have never been able to bring myself to purchase one. I DO feel you get what you pay for and that setting yourself up with quality tools will help you to actually get yourself into the kitchen, so I have not been able to let it go. I DO NOT own every gadget out there. I own quality tools that multitask. So, how to solve the disparity between what I really need, what I really want, and what I can afford? UGH!
Imagine my utter joy when I came across John Loftis and Lone Star Artisans: http://www.lonestarartisans.com/. I swear that my heart stopped as I perused the pages of his website, seeing quality cutting boards for *gasp* affordable prices. I did not see the large board I wanted, but did find a custom build feature. I quickly put in my specs and sent off my inquiry. I had a reply from John in 24 hours. He was so wonderful to work with and I had the board of my dreams in about 3 weeks' time. I tell you, the heavens sang as I opened that box. I unwrapped the bubble wrap to find fresh oil soaking the paper it was wrapped in, knowing it had been freshly treated. I couldn't wait to try out my board! I had an epiphany as I looked in my frig and came up with what you see below. It is inspired by the ingredients in my frig. It is truly a dish I just came up with off the top of my head-a near first for me.
The board was fabulous to use...I have nothing else to say. GET YOURSELF A FABULOUS CUTTING BOARD! If you don't want a cutting board, check out the other things John and the other artisans make at http://www.lonestarartisans.com/ I have NO doubt it will be top quality and your service will be top notch!