I went to the farmer's market on Saturday and bought special red carrots for the salad I was making for book club and when I started to cut them up... BLAH!!... woody stems. So I threw them away and started over. I pulled out a 5 pound bag of carrots I bought at the grocery store (hey- at least they weren't those horrible carrot nubs) and wondered how I could make them look a little more special. Viola! The fancy little knife my aunt just bought me. It seemed like a good idea, but I don't think this knife was made for carrots. They just ended up looking weird. (Maybe next time I'll try using the knife on a cucumber...)
I went back to the farmer's market the following week and asked the vendor about the crazy woody carrots. She admitted that they were "tougher" than regular carrots and she liked them best when roasted, not eaten raw. And she gave me a free bunch to try again. I did. And they weren't bad.