The kitchen garden is starting to burst with fresh herbs at Connecticut Country House. I find that the best way to make short work of chopping them up is by using one of my favorite kitchen tools, a mezzaluna. Italian for “half moon,” the curved blades of this very sharp knife (which can have single, double or even triple blades) is easy to use. Place a stack of basil leaves, chives, or whatever you’d like to use, on your cutting board. Grab a handle with each hand and get a rockin’ and a rollin’! It readily slices through the herbs without bruising the tender leaves. Easy. Efficient. Effortless.

A must-have tool for any country kitchen.

Happy cooking!

Love, Nora



  1. Linda on June 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Never knew what this gizmo was called so thanks for the explanation. Also, love your photography!

    • Nora on June 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thank you! Love, Nora

  2. Talia on June 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I just (as in Monday!) received a mezzaluna for my birthday. I love it and used one for the first time when in Italy. Your post is perfectly timed.

    • Nora on June 21, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Happy Birthday Talia! I love it….don’t you? Happy cooking! Love, Nora

  3. Jan Leonard Stone on June 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Awesome Nora! The perfect tool for every one’s kitchen herb garden ! XOX

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