Although summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, Memorial Day weekend will always serve as the unofficial kickoff of the season. Gather your family and friends around the grill and welcome summer the right way with these BBQ essentials!
Zappos Blogs: Kitchenware
Many consider the kitchen to be the heart, the center, the life force, if you will, of the home---and for good reason! The kitchen is where people congregate at the beginning and the end of the day, where meals (and oftentimes, homework and messy science projects) are prepared--- in a nutshell: it’s where the real magic happens!
So why wouldn’t you want the heart of your home to be a lively and beautiful place to spend quality time? We’ve rounded up a few kitchen gadgets that add a dose of fun & color to the most important room in your home:
New Year’s resolutions aside, the beginning of a new year is a great time to treat yourself to premium-quality kitchenware that makes healthy eating a lot easier. These handy kitchen gadgets are indispensable for creating healthy drinks and dishes long after the whole New Year health buzz fades. And after all, consistency is really the key to making a healthier diet work long term!
Check out some of our favorite kitchen appliances that will help you stick to that healthy diet all year long:
1) Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor: The compact design is great for smaller counter spaces, but its versatile blades are capable of handling anything from fresh salsas, sauces and more.
2) KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender: Perfect for making healthy smoothies, soups and much more, this versatile blender is a great everyday kitchen sidekick.
3) Vitamix CIA Professional Series: Trusted by professional chefs worldwide, this powerful blender creates tons of culinary masterpieces—from smoothies, sorbets, soups and more! It even comes with a great cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes.
4) Breville JE98XL The Juice Fountain® Plus Juicer : This efficient juicer makes a delicious glass of juice from large chunks of fruits and veggies in mere seconds! Drink up!
5) Omega Nutrition Center Masticating-Style Juicer: This powerful juicer is perfect for yielding the most juice from leafy green veggies like kale and spinach.
6) Chef’s Choice Professional Digital Scale: When practicing precise portion control, this food scale is truly an essential. We love the sleek, low-profile design!
For the discerning foodie, coffee or gourmet connoisseur on your list, there’s no better gift than that of a shiny, brand new kitchen gadget to take their culinary (or coffee) game to the next level.
Check out a few of our favorites from the Zappos Home department:
Pulling off the perfect holiday feast takes time, patience and, of course, the right kitchen helpers. While family and friends can be great help in the kitchen, having the right kitchen appliances is all you really need for a perfectly-executed preparation. After all, you know what they say about having too many cooks in the kitchen!
Below are some of our favorite Breville essentials for cooking up a holiday feast they won’t soon forget!
There isn't a more perfect use for the Le Creuset roaster than a beef roast. This delectable recipe combines classic flavorful ingredients with seasonal root vegetables for a mouth-watering result.
The best part is that you can put this roaster right on the stove top and make the gravy directly in the dish! Go big for your next dinner parties with a 4-pound roast because the roomy handles on the Le Creuset roaster make maneuvering around the kitchen easy.
-1 (4 lbs) boneless prime rib beef roast
-6 garlic cloves, minced
-2 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
-1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
-1/2 cup kosher salt
-1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 3 Tbsp for the vegetables
-2 lbs of small potatoes, halved if larger than 3 inches
-2 lbs assorted root vegetables (such as carrots, beets, turnips or parsnips) peeled and sliced on the bias
-2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
-1 qt beet stock
-2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Allow the roast to rest at room temperature at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Mince the garlic cloves. Combine with Dijon mustard, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil to create a rub. Spread evenly over the prime rib, patting well. Place the roast fat side up in a Le Creuset Signature 7 qt Roaster.
3 In a bowl toss the potatoes and root vegetables with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetables around the roast reserving any tender vegetables, such as carrots, for later.
4 Place the roaster in the center rack of the oven. Roast roughly 20 minutes per pound for medium-rare, or internal temp reaches 120 degrees F. Add the more tender vegetables to the pan halfway through roasting. When the roast is ready, remove from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before carving.
5 While the roast rests, make the jus (gravy). Discard a few tablespoons of fat, leaving some in the roaster. Place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes, until it reaches paste consistency.
6 Pour in the beef stock and add thyme, stirring continuously. Use a wooden spoon to release any browned bits on the bottom of the roaster.
7 Increase the heat to high and continue to cook. Adjust seasonings if necessary, and strain the jus to serve with the roast.
Style. Versatility. Class. Charm. These are ideals to which 10 Strawberry Street® aspires while providing customers with cutting-edge tabletop designs to elevate food presentation. 10 Strawberry Street offers dinnerware, glassware, bakeware, serveware and flatware in a range of styles and materials from modern to traditional and porcelain to bone china.
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10 Strawberry Street believes that culinary masterpieces deserve to be displayed with brilliance, and aims to help customers find the perfect serving solution for professional or everyday use. Having helped hundreds of resorts, restaurants, hotels and country clubs express their unique personalities with stunning dishes, 10 Strawberry Street looks forward to providing every customer with exciting ways to exhibit kitchen creations.
With showrooms in New York City, Beijing, Xian, and Guangzhou, and even wider distribution, Artland enjoys a major presence in the worldwide tabletop and home fashions industries. Artland’s vibrant patterns, prints, and colors are a splashy alternative to standard glassware.
When you’re searching for colorful glassware, beautiful home décor, and entertaining pieces sure to spark conversation at your next gathering, look no further than Artland for quality, functionality, and artistry.