Stoplight Vegetable Dish and a Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Few things make me happier in a kitchen than when all my tools cooperate with me in the preparation of a delicious meal for my family. Seriously, have you ever tried to dice tomatoes only to end up with a soupy pile of mashed up tomato pulp? Nothing puts me in a contrary mood in the kitchen faster than a dull knife. This Stoplight Vegetable Dish is one that has the potential to be quite beautiful (not to mention delicious), if you use a sharp knife to get the job done. It is the perfect side for every kind of meat, and is a great dish to take to potluck dinners too. Maybe it will even make it onto your Thanksgiving table!

Who knew roasted veggies could be so beautiful?!? This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

Growing up, I remember watching my dad whip up delicious meals in the kitchen. Before he started any dish that required slicing or dicing anything, he would always pull out the big file-like knife sharpener. Back and forth and back and forth he would draw the blades against that file. Oh, how it would grate on my nerves to hear that! "Why must you do that every time you cook, Dad?" I would ask him. He would just smile and keep sharpening before diving into the cooking process.

This Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set makes meal prep a cinch... no more dull knives!

As an adult with my own kitchen, I soon realized how very important it was to have sharp knives in my arsenal of tools. Not only does it make food prep so much easier and more efficient, but it is safer than drawing a dull knife across foods with tough skins in a sawing motion. Time and again, I have had to stop what I am doing and open the drawer to pull out a different (sharper) knife to get the job done. No more... I was recently sent a Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set to try out and it has made all the difference.  No more frustration, just smooth slicing and dicing. 


I have picked up some professional pointers about slicing fruits and veggies on the Calphalon Knife Skills videos too, like this one for tomatoes! You have to check out the other videos too... lots of great tips.

Slicing tomatoes for the Stoplight Vegetable Dish with the Chef's knife from the Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set.

I followed the directions of the video to start by slicing off a piece of the side of the tomato to stabilize it, then rotating it to slice from the bottom. Genius! It's much safer to slice the tomato this way. Oy! I have a lot to learn still!

This Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set makes meal prep a cinch... no more dull knives!

This set features ceramic sharpeners built into the storage block to automatically sharpen the knives at the correct angle with every use, which means that my knives are always at their sharpest. It also means that I don't have to take the time to sharpen each and every knife before using it. It happens automatically when you replace the knives in their block.  I can just get going on my recipes... which is what I'll do right now with you too!


Who knew roasted veggies could be so beautiful?!? This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

So, this Stoplight Vegetable Dish... it is yummy! There is something magical that happens in the oven when you roast a bunch of veggies together. This particular dish gets extra points because it makes a pretty statement... and you might be able to convince your youngsters to eat it with the "Transportation" theme of the stoplight colors... red tomatoes, yellow squash, and green zucchini. Also, if you have a garden, this is a great way to use up some of the late summer harvest!

Here's what you'll need: tomatoes, zucchini, squash, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, spices and shredded cheese (unless you're doing a Whole30 or something). 


This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

It's a really easy dish to put together. You start by dicing the onion, mincing the garlic, and sautéing them. While they are getting all nice and fragrant in the frying pan, thinly slice the other veggies. Place the cooked onions and garlic in the bottom of the pan and arrange the vegetable slices vertically in an alternating color pattern. Drizzle with olive oil, cover with foil and cook for about 25 minutes. 


This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

Remove from oven and take off the foil. Sprinkle on some cheese and return to oven for about 15 minutes.

Who knew roasted veggies could be so beautiful?!? This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

Stoplight Vegetable Dish

3-4 medium tomatoes
2 summer squash
2 zucchini
1/2-1  yellow onion (diced)
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
salt & pepper, other seasonings (Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute is one of my favorites)
1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 2 quart baking dish with oil; set aside. Sauté diced onion and minced garlic in 1 Tbsp. olive oil in frying pan until onion is translucent. Meanwhile, thinly slice zucchini, squash and tomatoes. Spread the onion/garlic mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange the vegetables in an alternating pattern, standing up vertically. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and any other seasonings. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with shredded cheese and return to oven for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. 

Who knew roasted veggies could be so beautiful?!? This delicious Stoplight Vegetable Dish is made with simple vegetables arranged in an extra-ordinary way .

I have long been a fan of Calphalon for their bakeware and cookware, but now I'm a fan of their cutlery sets as well. With comfortably balanced handles and full tang blades, these knives are quality made. I feel like I've finally graduated to a big-girl set of kitchen knives. AND... I get to share that feeling with one of you too! Sign up below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set for yourself or someone you love (a $219 value)... (Did you know that Christmas is less than 8 weeks away? Not that you would have to give it away if you won it... just sayin'.)


Win this Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set featuring SharpIN technology. Dull knives are a thing of the past.

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54 comments:

  1. Looks interesting! Thanks for the idea!
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  2. I'm totally making this dish! Thanks for posting Nici I always enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! I hope you like it as much as I did!

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  3. I'd definitely keep them for myself. I am in need of new knives. This dish looks delicious thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks, Cami! I know the feeling... nothing worse in the kitchen than dealing with dull knives! Good luck!

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    1. What a sweet gesture, Manda! I hope you have the opportunity to do just that! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It would be both a gift and something for myself....my parents live with us, or do we live with them?

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    1. I see your dilemma! :-) Either way, I'm sure this set would come in handy. I absolutely love mine! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I would keep this for myself. My set is cheap, old and dull.
    Jennifer Rote

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    1. I totally understand, Jennifer! If nothing else it would make a nice Christmas gift to yourself ;-)

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  8. I would keep this for myself. Our knives are old and dull! We like to cook a lot so these knives would get used a lot in our kitchen.

    Kristin Goodson
    marleykristin@hotmail.com

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    1. My knives were pretty dull too. I do love that with each 'taking out' or 'putting in' motion, the Calphalon knives are being sharpened. Good luck!

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  9. I would keep it for myself. We need new knives badly.

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  10. I would like to think that I'm a generous person but I would definitely keep these for myself. :)

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  11. I have terrible old dull knives, and I cook for a family of 4, so I need new knives to help me cut better for all the Holiday menus that I will be planning this yea. Thanks so much for sponsoring such a terrific giveaway!!

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  12. I would keep it...we don't have any nice knives at all and really haven't ever, lol.
    rafflecopter name: Alaine

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  13. I would keep them. I need new knives!

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  14. I would keep this as my knife set is really old and they don't really cut anything anymore.

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  15. I would keep it for myself! (and give my perfectly adequate but not-quite-as-nice knives to my niece)

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  16. RAFFLECOPTER: PUDYQAT
    I would give it to my daughter as a Christmas gift -- she's been asking for new knives.
    CalifKitties {at} Aol {dot} com

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  17. I wouldbe tempted to keep them but would give them to my son law as he is the chef in the family.

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  18. Oh I would keep for our family! Ours are older and do not cut very well. This would be wonderful!!

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  19. If I win this I would keep it for myself. I really need a new set.

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  20. I would definitely keep them for myself!

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  21. I would totally keep it for myself!!! :D

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  22. Keep it for myself! Our knives are SO dull; we desperately need new ones!

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  23. If I won this I would be so happy! I would definitely keep for myself!

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  24. If I win I would keep it for myself because my knives are old and dull!
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  25. I would keep the knife set for my family. We really need a new set.

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  26. I will for sure keep this for myself if I win.

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  27. I would keep it. I need some new knives

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  28. If I won I would keep it ...I need sharp knives!

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  29. If I win, I am totally keeping these for myself! :)

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  30. I would love to gift this to my mom. She would be so thrilled.

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  31. I am going to be selfish and keep them for myself. ;) I can never seem to keep my knives sharp, so I need these!!

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  32. I would keep it for myself, need one.

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  33. I'd definitely keep it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. This is so awesome. I actually saw a commercial the other day and they looked so nice! I would have to gift these to my Nana. She has been wanting a new knife set for a while now!

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  35. Ive been wanting a full set of knives for a long time! I would have to keep them!

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  36. I would give it away as a gift. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  37. Mt cousin just got married and they are expecting their first baby in December. I would love to give this to them for their new start on life! :) Thanks

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  38. Oh, I need these for all the holiday cooking I'll be doing! Sorry family, this stays with me! :-)

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  39. i'd give it to my mom for christmas! she works so hard and last time i visited her kitchen i saw that all of her knives were SUPER dull. a new knife set is something she wouldn't buy for herself because she doesn't like to spend money on herself so i'd love to give it to her! :)

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  40. I am gonna be honest here, we just got engaged and we have nothing but used things so I would def keep it.. I love the name Calphalon makes such great products too..

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  41. I would give it to my mom.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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