A Piece of Cake: Thirty Years of Marriage….Thirty Years of Cutco


We will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary next month.  It’s hard to believe that our children  are just about the same age  that we were when we got married.    Now our children’s friends are having weddings…and sometimes we are lucky enough to be invited.   Those sweet children who played soccer,  were in our kids’ classes in school,  came to birthday parties and were part of the crazy and fun high school years are marrying their sweethearts now.   We consider an invitation to one of these weddings to be a supreme honor.

wedding photo Barlow

November wedding of Amy and John Barlow in Valley Center, CA


There are lots of changes in thirty years.   Styles have changed.  Technology has rebuilt the world as we know it.   Social norms have changed too.  But when we are invited to a wedding,  it takes us back to our own special day.

One of the gifts we received for our wedding was a wonderful set of Cutco knives and cooking tools.  My brother had been a salesman for Cutco while he was in college.   He gave us his entire demonstration set as a  wedding gift.   It was a gift of love;  a gift that would last a lifetime and would be used on a daily basis.   We have used those classic brown knives for thirty years,  and bought the new pearl-white set several years ago.   We’ve added new knives and tools as they were introduced over the years and we enjoy keeping up with the newest innovations in  the Cutco catalog.

Our own children have started collecting Cutco knives.  Every year for Christmas, each one specifies the knife or tool they want next.  They usually ask for the trimmer first.   The cheese knife is popular, as is the ice cream scoop!  The petite chef is one of their favorites too.   This year it will be time to get a knife block for at least one them.

Last summer we all helped with the wedding of our daughter’s best friend, Anna.   We had a wonderful time providing music, helping with decorations and participating in the festivities with her family.   We call her our “daughter” and she calls me “Momma Holtz”.  Special times.  It wasn’t surprising when our daughter mentioned that Anna would love to have some Cutco knives, just like the rest of the family!

Cutco server for wedding

My brother had the best idea for a gift thirty years ago.  Those Cutco knives are in the heart of our family kitchen and are the heart of preparing our family meals.   They are a bridge to the next generation and will be in the heart of our children’s lives.  It only makes sense that Cutco knives would be the best wedding gift for the special young people who include us in their special day.


carrot cake and Cutco knife



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  1. Mimi,
    30 years — this is always so nice to see. Congratulations to you and Ed.

    Hugs, Anna

  2. Love this post!! Congrats on 30 years, wow!! Cutco has been a part of our family life since I can remember as well. My mom gave me the kitchen shears a few years back for Christmas . . . oh what fun it was to open that gift!

  3. Aww there we are! 🙂

  4. You gave us a personally engraved cake server for our 25th Anniversary! We have an entire set plus some of the gizmos and gadgets galore (my fave is the cheese slicer). My my we are sounding like a Cutco commercial! Mimi, I wonder if the Cutco Company would sponsor this blog!!!!!

  5. Im a district manager for Vector/Cutco and we’re already starting to circulate it 🙂

  6. Just stumbled on this post while reading your kale lasagna article. Love it! We are coming up on our 30th anniversary this year, as well, and I am a new Cutco acolyte. Love those knives, and love your story here!
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    • I’m glad you love Cutco too, Dorothy! This was one of my very first posts…and I was amazed that many Cutco representatives shared it when it was published! We just celebrated our 31st anniversary…and I’m using my Cutco right now!

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