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Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, of purging out clutter and reintroducing a little more organization into a sometimes-chaotic life. Why not start your spring cleaning endeavors in your kitchen?

Whether it’s streamlining your countertops, upgrading your kitchen gadgets, or simply a weekly sweep-and-dust routine, we’ve got some pretty handy helpers to make short work of spring cleaning—so you can get back to more fun springtime activities…like lounging by the pool, perhaps?

Check out some of our picks from our Housewares boutique:

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1. OXO Good Grips® Microfiber Extendable Duster

2. Calphalon Hard Anodized Pot Rack

3. Joseph Joseph Nest 7 Plus

4. simplehuman 30L Retro Step Can

5. Joseph Joseph Elevate™ Carousel Set

6. WellnessMats Antique Trellis Anti-Fatigue Mat

7. OXO Good Grips® Upright Sweep Set

8. simplehuman 14” Cabinet Organizer

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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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Kitchen Helpers for Healthy Eating

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:

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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!

 

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It's the Season for Summer BBQs!

With the 4th of July coming up, we thought we’d pay a much-deserved homage to one of our favorite all-American summer traditions: the backyard BBQ!

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill for some hotdogs and burgers with great friends and family, sipping on cold beverages as we celebrate the summertime.

To help you craft the perfect backyard BBQ, check out some of our best kitchen gadgets below!

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1. All-Clad Stainless Steel Barbeque Set (with case)

2. Cuisinart CPB-300 Smartpower Portable Blender/Chopper

3. Bodum Iced Tea Jug with Filter

4. OXO Good Grips® Chef's Digital Leave-in Meat Thermometer

5. Emile Henry Flame Top Grilling/Baking Stone

6. Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set

7. Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Starter Set

8. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

9. Breville the HemisphereControl Blender

Aside from the typical BBQ fare, treat your guests to cold treats like homemade ice cream, or try this deliciously refreshing lemonade recipe from allrecipes.com!

Cucumber Lemonade – by Lori

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 12oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

2 liters of lemon-lime carbonated beverage

Place the cucumber slices in the plastic filter of your Bodum Iced Tea Jug. Pour the lemonade concentrate and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour in the lemon-lime soda. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices. Serve to your parched guests and enjoy!

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Our Picks for a Great Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means it’s time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to kick off the holidays with lots of good food and football!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite housewares for a Thanksgiving feast to remember!

AND in the spirit of the holidays, we have a special housewares sweepstakes HERE! Good luck!

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1. BIA Cordon Bleu 20" Oval Platter, 2. Le Creuset Set of Stoneware Cocottes, 3. Emeril by All-Clad Hard-Anodized Roaster w/ Rack, 4. Reed & Barton Longwood II 65-Piece Silverware Set, 5. Waechtersbach Fun Factory 4Pc Place Setting, 6. Riedel Bordeaux/Cabernet 2Pc Set, 7. Highbury 12" Square Lacquer Chargers (Set of 4), 8. Emile Henry Classics® 9" Pie Dish, 9. Keurig Elite 40

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Home for the Holidays: Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets

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Time is a hot commodity during the holiday season. That’s why we love anything that helps us save time, particularly in the kitchen.

Whipping up those holiday meals will be a snap with some of our favorite kitchen time savers:

1. Cuisinart Smartstick® Hand Blender: Cut down on the number of dirty bowls you use when whipping and blending with this versatile gadget.

2. Kitchenaid 12-Cup Food Processor: Chop, blend, mince and mix your way into culinary perfection with this powerful must-have tool.

3. Bodum Eileen French Press 4-Cup Coffee Maker: This aesthetically-pleasing coffee maker lets you to brew a delicious cup of coffee on the go!

4. OXO Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer: This versatile and handy slicer comes with three different blades and a soft-touch dial to adjust slice thickness. From making homemade fries to fresh veggies for dipping, this tool is a definite must have.