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Best Carving Knife

Holidays wouldn’t be the same without everyone tucking into a big roast. 

And whether your table is home to a honey glazed ham, juicy turkey, or succulent pot roast, you should have a carving knife close at hand. 

Sure, you could make do without one of these specialized knives. Most of the year, they’ll live in your drawer. And I’ve found that most people have never actually used a “good” carving knife. Once you do, you’ll never want to go back to hacking through a roast with your chef’s knife. 

I’ve tested, reviewed, and compared a baker’s dozen carving knives to put together this curated list of best carving knives for you. And if I’ve done well, by the time you’re finished reading you’ll know exactly why I always keep my trust carving knife within reach around the holidays.

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Best Blender Under $100

A blender is one of a home kitchen’s most versatile tools. What other single appliance can make you sauces, dips, smoothies, and cocktails?

Unfortunately, a “less-than-great” blender is more likely to be a source of headaches than delicious drinks and snacks. This puts people on a tight kitchen budget in quite the pickle.

But fear not! With my expert guidance gained from 15 years of kitchen and bar work, I’ll guide you through a foolproof process for choosing the best blender under $100. I’ve had success with blenders from $20 to $200 or more, and am happy to share my favorite choices with you.

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Best Toaster Oven Under $100

Before I started learning the nuances of Italian cooking, I found occasion to prepare my share of pizza rolls. Whether you’re cooking frozen delicacies or a more robust meat-and-veggies meal, the best toaster oven under $100 can be your best friend. Take a look at my guide below to learn more about how these little appliances can deliver the power and versatility you need in the kitchen.