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The preparation of any salad is made easier with a good knife. Make the investment. Buy one good knife and throw out all the others. It makes sense to also buy a knife sharpener. Knife sharpeners can be purchased for a few dollars or a few hundred dollars. But don't forget to sharpen your knife on a regular basis.


I am preparing a salad for 165 people and must do this a few hours in advance of serving dinner. How can I prepare the avocado's ahead of time without them turning brown? I would appreciate any advice you have. Thank you.

Sprinkle all cut surfaces with lemon or lime juice or a bit of white vinegar, that should help. (Be careful not to use too much or you will get the flavor of the juice or vinegar in your salad...) Also, make sure you store the avocados in an air-tight container until you are ready to eat them!

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Take 1 package of lime jello and dissolve in 1 cup of boiling, salted water. While it is cooling, prepare the following:

  • ½ cup celery, finely cut
  • 1 tab. onion juice or grated onion
  • 1 tbsp, green pepper, finely cut
  • 1 ½ cups diced avocado (2 medium or 1 large avocado)
Preparation Instructions

Mix these altogether and pour in with the lime jello; mix ½ cup salad dressing, and ½ cup whipped cream together and fold in with the above ingredients. Turn into a mold and chill, Unmold and arrange on lettuce. Can be made a day in advance. Serves 4.

Contributed by Mrs. M. Goughlin, 1950

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Contemporary Chef's Knife
Contemporary Chef's Knife
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This knife is a definite must-have for any well-equipped kitchen. It dices onions and peppers, makes slender "matchstick" French fries and thinly shreds cabbage. The softly curved edge allows for a gentle, even rocking and gliding motion as you cut. Make use of the whole blade to cut larger items or use the flat side of the blade to lightly smash the skins from garlic cloves. From Calphalon's Contemporary line, this fully-forged, high-carbon, no-stain steel knife has a full tang for better balance and strength and an ergonomic grip for more accurate handling while cutting. Handwash.

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