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Top Chefs Dish on Their Favorite Home Kitchen Tools
Michael Ehlert, The French Room
Vitamix Blender, $649
Commercial-Size Plastic Wrap (18”-by-2000’ available at Restaurant Depot)
A Plastic Dough Scraper ($2 to $3 at most kitchen stores)
Chef’s Knife, $164.95
Julian Barsotti, Sprezza
Handmade, Ergonomic Wooden Spoon, $12.95
Finex Cast-Iron Skillet, $225
Phil Ryan, NOLA Brasserie
Food Mill, $49.95
Wooden Cutting Board, $99
Small Copper Braiser, $600
Vitamix Digital Scale, $99.95
Keep Your Knives on Point
A good knife is useless unless the blade is well maintained. Head to kitchen mecca Sur La Table (4525 Cole Ave., Ste. 190. 214-219-4404), and they’ll make sure the blade is ready to slice for $5 a knife. For a mom-and-pop option, try chef-recommended Veiga Knife Sales & Sharpening (2929 Gaston Ave. 214-821-3240).
Dallas’ Best Ethnic Grocery Stores
This Asian grocer in Carrollton and Plano stocks Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese selections of fresh and packaged foods. Check online for weekly specials.
Jimmy’s Food Store
The DiCarlo family has operated this Bryan Street shop for 50 years. Pop in for Italian wines, cheeses, olives, and cold cuts, or grab a sandwich.
You’d be hard pressed not to find what you’re looking for. In addition to meat, produce, dairy, beer, and wine, don’t miss the fresh-daily tortillas and barbacoa.
Kuby’s Sausage House and European Market
This spot is a brunch favorite, but you can also load up on German sausages and fresh-cut meats.
Practice Your Pies
The Wolf Showroom has two chefs on staff if you want to take a new oven for a spin. Sign up for a use and care class, or have the chef show you around. You can bring in your designer to go over plans if you’re serious about renovating, but there’s no pressure to buy.
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