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A Colorful Kitchen

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:

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1. Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini-Prep® Plus Processor in Sugared Plum

2. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven in Palm

3. Bodum Bistro Pour Over Electric Coffee Maker in Red

4. Joseph Joseph 6-Piece Elevate Utensil set in Multi

5. Shun Kai Pure Komachi 9-Piece Set in Multi

6. Waring Pro Professional Drink Mixer in Retro Green

7. OXO Good Grips® 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl Set in Multi

8. KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender in Cranberry

9. Emile Henry Flame® Top 2.6 qt. Tagine

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Beef Roast Recipe with the Le Creuset Roaster

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.

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INGREDIENTS:

-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

INSTRUCTIONS:

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.

Enjoy!

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August is National Coffee Month!

A cup o’ joe, java, bean juice, the daily grind. Whatever you call it, a good cup of coffee is as individual as the person savoring it. Whether you need that mid-day jolt of energy or that crucial morning pick-me-up, this beloved beverage certainly deserves its share of accolades.

To celebrate National Coffee Month, treat yourself to a new coffee maker, espresso machine and coffee accessories to enhance your daily caffeinated bliss! (or decaf, if that's your thing)

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1. BIA Cordon Bleu Latte Mugs (Set of 4)

2. Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

3. Capresso Café Espresso & Capuccino Machine

4. Breville The YouBrew® Thermal Coffee Maker

5. Le Creuset Cappucino Cups & Saucers (Set of 2)

6. KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Mill

7. Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee Maker

8. Bodum Travel Mug

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Wedding Gift Ideas for the Newlyweds

Give the newlyweds a gift that they’ll get plenty of use out of during that all-important “nesting phase”. With our great selection of top houseware brands like Lenox, Gorham, Le Creuset and more, you don’t even need to deal with the department stores to give them a great wedding present!

Oh, did we mention our housewares also ship free both ways? Talk about fuss-free wedding shopping! If only the rest of the wedding planning was this easy!

Check out some of our wedding gift picks below:

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1. Le Creuset Vitesse Wine Decanter with Aerator

2. Lenox Lace Couture 5 Pc. Plate Settting Set

3. Gorham Westcott Satin 45-Piece Silverware Set

4. Riedel Ouverture 12-Piece Wine Glass Set

5. Blissliving Home Grace King Sheet Set

6. Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker

7. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

8. Emeril by All-Clad Hard Anodized 12-Piece Cook Set

9. Tumi T-Tech Cargo Medium Packing Case

10. Keurig K75 Platinum

11. Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor

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Picks for Summertime Entertaining

One of the great joys in life is entertaining at home for friends and family. With BBQ season in full swing, we’re excited to fire up the grill, serve up some refreshing cocktails and share some yummy summertime fare with those we love! From good ol’ homemade apple pie to salads and burgers, great food is meant to be enjoyed with great company.

Check out some of our favorite dining and kitchen gadgets for pulling off the perfect lunch or dinner get-togethers in your backyard this summer.

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1. Lenox Tuscany Classics Beverage Pitcher

2. Echo Design Latika Seafoaf 4-Pc Place Setting

3. Vitamix CIA Professional Series

4. Dansk Classic Fjord All Purpose Serving Bowl

5. Gorham That's Entertainment Bar Set

6. Riedel H2O Classic Bar Long Drink 2-Pc Set

7. Lenox Chip & Dip Serving Plate

8. Le Creuset Bistro Grill

9. BIA Cordon Bleu BIAmboo 4-Pc Salad Plate Set

10. BIA Cordon Bleu 2-Pc 3-Section Server Set

11. Spiegelau Beer Tall Pilsner Glass Set

12. Emile Henry Le Grande Pie Dish

For a refreshing summer treat for the whole family, try this delicious smoothie recipe from Vitamix®!

Citrus Smoothie

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1 orange, peeled and quartered

¼ lemon, peeled, quartered and seeded

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

¼ cup fresh mango chunks

1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix in the order listed. Start at Variable 1 setting and turn on the machine. Slowly increase the speed to 10 then to High. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!

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Gifts for Coffee & Tea Lovers

For a lot of us, the day doesn’t officially start until that first cup of brew. There’s just something about the aroma, the ritual, the caffeinated jolt that gets us going even on a sleepy Tuesday morning!

So, in honor of our beloved beverages, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for the coffee and tea connoisseur in your life (even if it happens to be you!). Who needs the coffee shop when you can be your own barista right in your kitchen?

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1. DeLonghi Nespresso Capsule Espresso/Capuccino Machine, 2. Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, 3. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle, 4. Krups XP2280 Programmable Precise Tamp Combination Coffee Maker, 5. KitchenAid Four-cup Personal Coffee Maker, 6. Breville You Brew Coffee Maker

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January is National Thank You Month!

Whether you say danke, merci, arigato or grazie, the meaning of “thank you” stays the same in any language. This January, which is National Thank You Month, say thanks to someone in your life with a little something special to let them know they’re appreciated.

Because a little gratitude goes a long way!

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1. Dogeared Jewels It's The Little Things Butterfly Stud Earrings, 2. Archipelago Botanicals Vanilla Home Candle, 3. Essie Modern Chic Manicure Set, 4. LeCreuset Activ-Ball Original Wine Gift Set, 5. Barefoot Dreams BambooChic Throw, 6. Marc Jacobs Fragrance Rollerball Trio Gift Set

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Who doesn't love a gift that keeps on giving? If you thought Zappos only carried shoes, allow us to introduce you to some of our amazing home brands this holiday season!

Whether it’s for the perpetual hostess, the newlyweds, or the new college student on your gift-giving list, we’ve got you covered with these handy gift ideas.

Check out a few of our top picks below, just in time for holiday gatherings and guests! For even more home gift options, visit our Housewares section on Zappos.com!

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1. Krups XP 1500 Coffee & Espresso Machine, 2. Cuisinart Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Set, 3. Bodum 4-Piece Coffee Gift Set, 4. Breville ikon 4-Slice Toaster, 5. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven, 6. Omega Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 7. Riedel Overture Magnum (Set of 8), 8. Shun 10th Anniversary 8" Chef Knife, 9. All-Clad Stainless Steel 3 qt. Saute Pan, 10. Emeril by All-Clad 8" & 12"  Hard Anodized Fry Pan Set, 11. SHEEX Performance Queen Sheets Set, 12. Aerobed 18" Premier Queen Mattress w/ Headboard