I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I receive product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I was recently approached by Influence Central to review a set of the new Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set AND host a giveaway! Of course, I said, "You know what, I don't like nice knives and giveaways on the blog are a real bummer but, thanks anyways!" JUST KIDDING! I JUMPED at the opportunity and today, I am bringing you the goods!
We registered for a very expensive set of knives for our wedding and we have been pretty pleased with them but let's be honest, they aren't as sharp as they once were. I am protective of those babies since they were so expensive but also too lazy to get them sharpened. Kind of an issue. With these Calphalon Self-Sharpening knives, that will not be an issue! This set has SharpIN Technology which consists of ceramic sharpers that are built INTO the the storage block to automatically sharpen the knives with everyday use which ensures that every time a knife is used it is automatically sharpened to the correct angle! How cool is that!? A lazy girl's dream I tell you!
These knives are made from high-carbon, no stain forged stainless steel and feature full tang construction and a comfortably balanced, triple-riveted handle. Basically they are super nice, will last a long time and feel REAL good in your hands.
I gave these babies a test drive while making one of my favorite cold month meals: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Holy SMOKES you guys, this stuff is GOOD. Like warm your heart and soul good! There is quite a bit of chopping so I thought it would be the perfect time to try out the knives. Follow along for the recipe and scroll to the bottom for the GIVEAWAY!
Check out this handy video from Calphalon that shows you how to properly dice a bell pepper! You will also want to dice your onion, celery and mince your garlic so it is ready when you need it!
After the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and place it on a plate for the time being. Cut your sausage up into rounds then cut the rounds in half. Pop it in the pan, just until it is browned. Remove it and place it on the same plate as the chicken.
Let this simmer, uncovered on the stove for at least an hour, I did mine for two hours while the baby napped (for 1.5 hours) and I napped (for 45 mins) of this process :) #sundaying
Our little 14 month old gobbled this up as well! I do have to say it is pretty spicy but our girl LOVES the spice so it was perfect. Adapt it to the taste of your family by adjusting the cayenne pepper and Cajun Seasoning!
Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!
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The giveaway will run starting today (November 2nd) through November 7th. Good luck!!!!
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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
6 Tablespoons +1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
14 oz smoked sausage, sliced into half moons
4 chicken breasts or chicken thighs
1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
6 tablespoons flour
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 celery stocks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
7 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, optional)
Start by heating 1 teaspoon of oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot on medium-high heat. Sprinkle your chicken with 1 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning on each side. Place in the pot, cook on each side for about 3 minutes. Once browned (does not need to be cooked through--the chicken will fully cook while simmering in the gumbo), remove and place on a large plate. Put the smoked sausage into the pan and brown, should be about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage and place on the plate next to the chicken.
Remove the pot from the heat for a few minutes to cool--DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Place back on medium heat, add 6 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk CONSTANTLY until the mixture is a dark caramel, this should take about 15 minutes of babysitting and stirring.
Once your roux is pretty and golden brown, add in the bell pepper, celery and onion. Cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes being sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so nothing sticks/burns. Add garlic and tomato paste, sauté for another minute.
While whisking, pour in the chicken broth. Scrape any bits off of the bottom and be sure to stir until there are no lumps of roux. Add in the spices: remaining Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, paprika and cayenne pepper along with the chicken and sausage. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil, all while stirring. Once it comes to a boil, let simmer on low heat, uncovered for at least an hour, 2 hours is best! Remember to keep an eye on it and to keep stirring. It does not need to be stirred constantly but probably every 15 mins or so.
Once the gumbo is done simmering, remove the chicken, shred it and return it back to the pot. Give it another good stir. Remove the bay leaves and serve with cooked white rice.
Recipe slightly adapted from: Iowa Girl Eats
**DISCLAIMER: Yes, I did receive a set of knives and a promotional item for my time working on this post. But, I do actually like them and as always you cannot buy my love, baby.**