The Granny Fork – Do you use one?

granny forkDo you use a Granny Fork? Did your Grandmother? I know mine did and Julia Child used one a lot as well.  Also known as a “mashing fork”, “turning fork” or more often a “Foley Fork”. This fork has many uses in the kitchen for the obvious mashing but also stirring, scooping, straining and blending. The tines on the fork are slightly offset to each other that makes it more effective at mixing things up.

This piece of kitchen cutlery would satisfy Alton Brown’s rule of being a multi-tasker indeed. These have been a collectors item in the past as they went out of fashion and manufacture. But now Norpro has the Grip-EZ Granny Fork which is 11.5 inches and has an ergonomic handle. It isn’t dishwasher safe but has the interesting curved and uneven tines.

 Norpro Grip-EZ Granny Fork


Oversized Decorative Cutlery – It’s a really big spoon!

oversized decorative cutlerySometimes your spoon can be too big like this poor guy. And sometimes you’d like a large set of cutlery for your kitchen or dining room. To be honest, my kitchen has no room for something like this, I think it’s best for a restaurant. But if you want a really big set of oversized decorative cutlery then this is probably right up your alley. This fork, knife and spoon metal silverware set are 23 inches long and ready for mounting on the wall.

 23″ Oversized Aluminum Silver Fork, Knife & Spoon Wall Decor Set


Gary Hovey Flatware Silverware Sculptures

Gary-Hovey-Flatware-Silverware-SculpturesAs usual we try to find something fun to post on Mondays and this week we barely made it (see the pun I made there? It’s horrible).  Check out this amazing collection of cutlery sculptures by Gary Hovey. From his bio: “Since 2004 Gary Hovey has been sculpting stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons into realistic forms. Favorite subjects are wildlife such as herons, bears, and game fish.”

His Dad searches flea markets for the flatware for his sculptures. That must be boxes and boxes of cutlery!

Check out his gallery of work 


Jean Dubost Laguiole 5-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware

laguiole flatwareOK, first thing to point out is that this is a single setting for one person consisting of five pieces: 8-1/2′ Dinner Fork,  9′ Knife, 6-1/2′ Salad Fork, 8′ Soup Spoon, and a 6′ French Teaspoon. All are made of dishwasher safe 18/8 stainless steel.

The next thing to point out is that this is France’s genuine 19th century Laguiole with the ‘bee’ symbol and everything. More famously known for their wine and cheese knife their line of knives and cutlery hold their name and quality dearly much like “Champagne” does (and I would love to start a Champage blog if I had more hours in the day). The weighted hand hold feel of this set is delightful and takes a fine dining meal one step higher up the ladder. Beautiful work.

 Jean Dubost Laguiole 5-Piece Flatware Set -Stainless Steel