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Staying In: Holiday Dinners at Home

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With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re inevitably starting to think about one of the most anticipated traditions around—holiday dinner parties!  From homemade pumpkin pies to turkey dinners, these get-togethers with family and friends never fail to bring back the warm, fuzzy feelings of the holidays!

Check out some of our favorites in housewares to make those dinner parties that much more special:

1. Emile Henry Le Grande 12” Pie Dish: Those signature pie recipes will look spectacular when baked in this lovely pie dish.

2. Le Creuset Rectangular Stoneware Casserole: Save yourself the extra cleanup with this durable casserole. The interior is virtually nonstick, making it ideal for serving your masterpiece recipes right from the oven.

3. Riedel Ouverture Magnum Red Wine Glasses (Set of 8): Enjoy the full complexity of your favorite reds with these durable glasses.

4. All-Clad Stainless Steel Turkey Forks: Let this Thanksgiving essential do the heavy lifting!

5. Le Creuset Fruit/Pasta Bowl: Add a splash of color to the dinner table with this beautiful enamel serving bowl.

6. Emile Henry Lion’s Head Soup Bowls (Set of 4): These are perfect for French onion soups and other hearty soups.

7. Vera Bradley Cocktail Party Napkins: Dress up any table setting with these delightfully printed cloth napkins!

8. OXO 11-Piece Barware Set: Treat your guests to pre-dinner cocktails with the help of this all-in-one bar essential.

9. Highbury Square Lacquer Serving Plates (Set of 4): Add a contemporary feel to your presentation with these modern plates.

10. Zwilling J.A. Jenckels Twin® Gourmet 2-Piece Carving Set: For the pièce de résistance, this high-quality duo will make easy work of carving and serving any roast or turkey.

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Color Up Your Cookware

The kitchen can be a great place to start when looking for ways to go green. Core Bamboo is the proud manufacturer of the world's finest bamboo products. Made by an experienced team of hard-working artisans, Core Bamboo is made in eco-conscious environments. They take great pride not only in the outstanding quality of their products, but also in the environment in which they are made.
 
Every product that bears their name was made ethically and in a socially responsible way. Core Bamboo has been awarded several honors by different local associations and trade groups for the standard in which they hold themselves by. All of the bamboo Core Bamboo uses is 100% organically grown. They use food-safe water-based adhesives and finish each product with top-grade natural oils. Even the lacquer comes from natural cashew trees. Wherever possible, Core Bamboo uses recycled and eco-friendly packaging. Some people talk about being organic - Core Bamboo lives by it!
 
Core Bamboo has a wide variety of creative kitchen doodads that will not only be good to the environment but also pretty easy on the eyes. Core Bamboo uses great colors to help bring your dinner to life. Check out all of the super hip Core Bamboo products and our other housewares on Zappos.com.

On the 10th Day of Housewares...

During the Holiday season, many people enjoy spending time with family and friends. When we have people over, we usually use these times to pull out the good plates and silverware to have a formal Holiday dinner. Since most of the year, many of us are pretty casual about our table setting, our Housewares team used the 10th day of Housewares to give us some tips on setting the table for the Holidays.

Dinner Plate – This is the “hub of the wheel” and is usually the first thing to be set on the table.
Forks – The forks are placed to the left of the plate. The dinner fork, the larger of the two, is used for the main course; the smaller fork is used for salad or appetizers. The forks are arranged according to when you need to use them.
Napkin – The napkin is folded or put a napkin ring and placed either to the left of the forks or on the center of the dinner plate.
Dinner Knife – The dinner knife is set immediately to the right of the plate, cutting edge facing inward.
Spoons – Spoons go to the right of the dinner knife. The soup spoon goes to the far right of the dinner knife; the teaspoon or dessert spoon, which is used last, goes between the soup spoon and knife.
Glasses – Drinking glasses of any kind – water, wine, juice, iced tea – are placed at the top right of the dinner plate, above the knife and spoons.
Salad Plate – This is placed to the left of the forks. If salad is to be eaten with the meal, you can serve it on the dinner plate.
Bread and Butter Plate – The bread plate goes above the forks with the butter knife place diagonally across the edge of the plate, handle on the right and blade facing down.
Cup and Saucer – If coffee is being served with a meal, the cup and saucer are placed above and to the right of the knife and spoons.

List of Kitchen Accessories

A well-organized kitchen complete with all the accessories you need to cook and serve those delicious home cooked meals (or microwave specialties) may not make working in the kitchen your favorite part of the day, but it will make your life easier. Selecting the items you need and getting rid of those you do not goes a long way to streamlining your work and returning joy to the kitchen.

Cookware
Every kitchen needs a basic set of cookware. Whether you choose cast iron for its even cooking and flavor enhancing properties or a waterless cooking system that preserves the nutritional content of food is a matter of preference. Select one that matches you needs, but make sure the set has a variety of sizes to accommodate any recipe.

Cutlery
High quality knives designed to meet your specific needs make you job as a chef easier. You will need a set of all-purpose knives that include paring knives, bread knives, steak knives and knives for cutting meats and vegetables. There are many excellent options available. Choose the one that best meets your needs. Do not forget the cutting board and knife rack to keep your knives in tiptop shape.

Bakeware
A good set of bakeware makes baking a breeze. Consider your baking habits and choose casseroles, baking pans and other bakeware in the size and shape you desire. Browse the many choices available until to you find one that meets your needs. Do not forget the pizza stone for that delicious homemade pizza.

Electronics
A food processor, can opener, mixer and toaster make up the basics of electronics for you kitchen. Coffee drinkers need a good coffee maker or espresso machine. A microwave provides quick cooking. Consider an electric grill for times when grilling outside simply is not possible.

Dinnerware
Round out your kitchen accessories with dinnerware that matches the color scheme and design of your kitchen. Choose a set that is durable enough for everyday use in a design that appeals to you.

Flatware
Select flatware that complements your dinnerware. It should be comfortable in your hand and durable enough for everyday use.