Knives: A Scary Story, a Lesson Learned and Avocado-Egg Toast

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A quick supper favorite is made easier with a good knife.

Knives evoke strong emotions at my house. Not only do I have a scary family story involving a knife, I’m eating a few words today in regard to knife-care. And then there’s this avocado-egg toast I could eat every night for supper.

My younger son (a fifth-grader at the time) was playing with a neighborhood friend (I’ll call him “Ace”) at his house when Ace’s 12-year-old brother went berserk over a perceived injustice between himself and Ace. He grabbed a butcher knife and began to threaten Ace.

My son and Ace sprinted to our house to hide. Ace’s brother soon followed and started beating on the locked front door, cracking the stained glass with the handle of the knife all the while screaming how he wanted to kill Ace.  In anger and frustration, he turned and used the knife as a machete to level the flowers in my front flower beds.

Next, Ace’s brother ran to our garage, which happened to be open. Inside, my older son and I frantically dashed to the door between the garage and kitchen. We got there just in time to push it shut while Ace’s brother tried to push it open from the other side. The back-and-forth pushing and pulling of the door continued for a few adrenalin-filled seconds until we finally got the door locked. When Ace’s brother tired of beating on the garage door, he retreated back to his house.

We cautiously peeked out our front windows and watched him cross the street and slit the tires on his momma’s van parked in the driveway. As he walked on down the street, the police arrived and carted Ace’s brother off to wherever they take troubled kids as we breathed a sigh of relief.

The silver lining to this story is the way it drew us together as a family as only a crisis can do. We were thanking God that nobody was seriously hurt, but also asking Him to provide the help Ace’s brother needed. We had a new appreciation for the parenting struggles our neighbors endured, which were completely disguised up to that day.

Less importantly, we got a new front door, and my boys had writing material for the rest of their school days.

On a less terrifying note but still related to knives, I am confessing I’ve been a knife abuser.

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This is what can happened to a good knife after washing it in the dishwasher too many times.

The knife pictured above was my  favorite. Sad, I know. I used to say, “If I can’t put it in the dishwasher, I don’t need it.”  In fact, I once gave away 12 place-settings of blue Wedgwood with the white raised figures on the perimeter because my mom said it shouldn’t go in the dishwasher.

In my defense, I wanted my knife to be really clean and the dishwasher water gets way hotter than the water from my faucet. But as you can see, abusing a knife like this will drastically shorten its life.  The handle only lasted about 3 years and the blade is dulled. Now that my husband replaced it for my birthday, I have repented and vowed to change my dishwashin’ ways.

While we’re on the subject of knives, I think it’s a good time to share a no-recipe entree made much easier with the use of a good, sharp knife.

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Use a biscuit cutter to cut a round hole in the middle of a slice of bread.

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Remove the cut-out center.

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Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Place both pieces of bread into skillet.

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Crack an egg into center of bread. Season with salt and pepper.

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When toast is browned, flip over to brown the other side.

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Use a sharp knife to cut a fresh avocado in half by rolling it around the seed. Then carefully strike seed so the knife blade is embedded into it. Pivot knife slightly back and forth to loosen seed and remove it.

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Scoop avocado from outer shell with a spoon.

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Place your egg-in-toast onto a plate and position avocado wedges on top. Cut toast in half down the middle with a sharp knife so the runny yolk is exposed.

Avocado-Egg Toast
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
Avocado-Egg Toast makes a quick supper for avocado lovers.
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Use a biscuit cutter to cut a round hole in the middle of a slice of bread.
  2. Remove the cut-out center.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Place both pieces of bread into skillet.
  4. Crack an egg into center of bread. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. When toast is browned, flip over to brown the other side.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut a fresh avocado in half by rolling it around the seed. Then carefully strike seed so the knife blade is embedded into it. Pivot knife slightly back and forth to loosen seed and remove it.
  7. Scoop avocado from outer shell with a spoon.
  8. Place your egg-in-toast onto a plate and position avocado wedges on top. Cut toast in half down the middle with a sharp knife so the runny yolk is exposed.


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Dee W November 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I was once a terrible knife abuser, then I won my first Wusthof knife from you! I used the dishwasher one time before I learned how bad it is. I now wash my wonderful knife by hand every time I use it..Thanks again!


Suzanne November 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Yikes, that was a close call for your son and his friend, and sad too. I do love to make eggs this way for special occasions like Valentine’s day with a heart cookie cutter. I had not thought of avocado with it but I’m a lover of those delicious fruits so I would love it. As for the knives I have done the same to mine but try to keep my favs. out of the dishwasher.


Kimberly November 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

Brings back memories of Girl Scouts – we used to make something like this on campouts and called it “toad in a hole”.
Praying for healing for Ace’s brother and family.


Sally Cevasco November 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

Wow! What a story about the knife!

I hope that young fellow got the treatment he needed and won’t be threatening anyone again. Very scary!

I just love this recipe with avocado toast and will try it this weekend.

Oh, and the other recipe I tried from your site last weekend for the broccoli cheese casserole was a big hit at the party! I think I added a little more cheese than the recipe called for but it was delicious!

I have a share great food page on facebook and will definitely mention your site and recipes there!

Have a great day and thanks for the great recipes!



Sarah G November 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

What a horrible experience! I hope that kid gets the treatment he needs.


Beth November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

Oh my goodness, that was a scary story. I think I’d want to move. I definately feel for little Ace. He’s the one that has to deal with “big” brother the most.

I have a set of Henckle knives that I got when I married. They go through the dishwasher and they have opened so many packages when they arrived in the mail because the knife block used to set on my counter and that’s what hubby and boys would grab since it was handy. They have been abused let me tell you. I don’t even know what a sharp knife is anymore.

I had someone tell me that putting them in the dishwasher wasn’t good but I have never researched it to see why.


The Café Sucré Farine October 31, 2012 at 6:51 am

Whoa Paula, that is a REALLY scary story. I’m sure you are reminded of it every time you use a knife!
I had to laugh, as I was the same way about knives. I had a set of Henkel knives and they went through the DW all the time. I had the same attitude as you, then my husband blew the wad and bought me a set of Global knives, oh my, now I’m hooked and take care of them like they’re my babies! I also took a class on knife skills as I had always done it my way which was awful technique. Now I love to cut, cut, cut ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but no, no, no, don’t worry about me standing at your door with a knife, a plate of cookies, sure, but never a knife! 🙂


KarenDF October 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

My steak knives have served me well for several years despite my dishwasher abuse. The plastic handled set’s blades are discolored. The 20-year-old wood-handled set is not discolored; but, the wood grain on the handles is barely visible. I’m assuming that wood-handled set is a better quality. What a difference a little oil made to the poor handles. Kitchen utensils need pampering, too! ; -) With that said …
* Please share your favorite knife/knives (i.e., brand and type) for food prep as well as tabletop/steak knives.
* How do you sharpen your knives (i.e., stone, knife sharpener gadget or appliance or professional knife sharpener)?

Thanks again … enjoy your day!


KarenDF October 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hello, Paula. I’m enjoying your blog for the first time today. Thanks for sharing your tips & recipes here. Praise God that you are all safe!

Your breakfast looks yummy & efficient on so many levels. I believe this is a popular camping recipe. My favorite breakfast sandwich is similar to yours only less efficient because I use two pans (bread in one, egg in the other). I look forward to using your method. FYI, my sandwich has multi-grain bread, egg, avocado, butter, olive or coconut oil & a little cheese (Swiss, Parmesan, Havarti or asiago). Sometimes I make this for dinner using two slices of bread & add other toppings (i.e., tomato, spinach, smoked salmon, turkey bacon).


Carol October 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Just discovered your site through Pinterest. My mom used to serve me the egg in the cut out bread growing up. we always called it a “Toad in the hole”.
Don’t know why! thanks for the memory. I’ll have to try it with avacado.


Paula October 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Welcome. Seems like there are many names for egg cooked in a hole in toast. If you like avocado, you will love it.


Vicki V October 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Wow, what a story! I was on the edge of my seat! Glad it turned out okay for you. That kid definitely had anger management issues.

Your breakfast/snack looks delish. This is right up my alley!


Paula October 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hi Vicki,
Good to hear from you. Hope all is well at your house.


Piper@GotItCookIt October 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’m glad that you were there for Ace, the outcome could have been much worse…

I’ve been a knife abuser too, but a couple things to know, that the metal in your silverware can react with the different metal in your knives while in the dishwasher cycle and also cause rust spots on the silverware. Weird, huh?

I’m sad about that Wedgwood… I wonder if it would really have hurt it? I bet not…
I wash lots of stuff in the dishwasher that I probably shouldn’t, even my Waterford crystal, if the feeling hits me. Lots of people don’t put their china in the dishwasher because it used to damage the metallic trims, but anything made after 1985 is completely safe. Heck, I know my grandma would want me to put her stuff in the dishwasher, because I am using it and enjoying it!

I love smashed avocado on buttered toast with a sprinkling of Spice Islands “Beau Monde” seasoning. I don’t know what’s in that stuff, but I love it.


Paula October 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Your comment is full of good stuff, but I like the last thing you said best. I’ve already put the seasoning on my grocery list and will be trying it very soon.


Becky October 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

Paula, I am shocked that you of all people would abuse a knife in such a way! Aren’t you a trained domestic goddess and everything? What a relief to find out you are not perfect! I feel much better about my own shortcomings now. I have not yet managed to justify a Wusthof knife. I really want one, but I have knives that work adequately. I would love it if you would pass on a really good rationalization. Love the egg in a boat idea.


Paula October 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Becky, You made me laugh. I’ll work on that “rationalization”. Not sure how you cook without a Wusthof. My favorite!!


heather October 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

Wow, what a story. Very scary and could have turned bad fast.
We make the egg toast quite a bit here. My breakfast picky 6yo son calls it a “egg boat”. Gonna have to try it with avacado, sounds delish that way.


Paula October 27, 2012 at 7:18 am

“Egg boats?” I love it. I may give these a new name. “Avocado Egg Boats” Has a much better ring to it. 🙂


Natasha October 27, 2012 at 4:18 am

You must have been terrified and I feel so sorry for your neighbours.
On a happier note: thanks for this lovely new avocado idea! In my book avocado makes everything alright 🙂


Paula October 27, 2012 at 7:17 am

Yes, me too about the neighbors. They moved away within a year or two so we never knew what happened after that.


Renata October 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Wow, Paula, what a scary story! Thank God no one got hurt.
I am loving this avocado egg toast, sounds wonderful!


Paula October 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Hi Renata,
Yes it was scary, but it’s amazing how God can use bad things for good.


Lorraine October 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Oh, No! I kept thinking as I read the knife story that it couldn’t be real and you were going to get to a funny part. Nothing funny about it at all. Very scary!

I don’t put knives (along with pots or crystal and other items) in the dishwasher but John lets stuff slip through. Since they removed the phosphates (or whatever it is) from dish washing detergent, I find frequently, things don’t get clean, glass gets cloudy and metal darkens.

When the kids were small we made the egg in the toast but never tried it with avocado. I think they called it frog in a log. That name doesn’t seem to make sense so maybe I remember wrong. 🙂


Paula October 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Frog in a log? Lol. Was it “toad in a poke”? I think I may remember wrong too.


Tracey October 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

We always called those egg in the nest when we were kids.


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