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Introducing AquaChef(R): A Revolutionary Appliance for Home Cooks

VISTA, CA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) —
The AquaChef(R) Professional Water Oven by KitchenAdvance will be
introduced at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show, booth #
L12464, March 10-13 in Chicago. This innovative appliance makes it
easy for home cooks to prepare tender and mouthwatering meats, fish,
and other food precisely with maximum nutrient retention.

KitchenAdvance is proud to present the AquaChef to industry insiders
at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show. Attendees will get
a firsthand look at the compact appliance’s unique features and
benefits including one-touch operation for accurate temperature
control, its energy efficient and resilient design, and ease of use.
The AquaChef Oven comes with the Seal ‘N Fresh(TM) Handheld Vacuum
System and Seal ‘N Fresh(TM) Vacuum Bags. With the push of a button,
the Vacuum System quickly removes air — locking in the food’s
natural flavors, nutrients and moisture. Approximate retail value of
the Aqua Chef Oven and accessories is $159.80.

“The AquaChef technique guarantees that you get moist, succulent
meats and perfectly cooked meals every time,” says Chef Melissa
Silva, AquaChef Test Kitchen Director. “All you need to do is seal
the seasoned food inside the vacuum bag, submerge in the water bath
at the required temperature and walk away. Food is cooked at the
finished temperature which makes it virtually impossible to

Just three simple steps ensure foolproof results for at-home cooks:

1. Season: Add fresh herbs, spices and even sliced lemon to the
vacuum-sealed bag for more intense flavors and enhanced textures.

2. Set: Select desired end temperature and place the bag in the
3. Serve: Remove precisely-cooked food from the bag and

Internal food temperatures will never exceed the temperature of the
water bath and will therefore not overcook. When cooking foods such
as meat and fish in the AquaChef Oven, select the desired end point
internal temperature of the food. For example, if the desired
internal temperature of a food is 160 degreesF, then set the
temperature on the AquaChef Oven display panel to 160 degreesF. The
water will reach this exact temperature and will bring the food to
that temperature all the way through.

Based on the European sous vide cooking method, AquaChef cooks food
at a precisely controlled temperature in a water bath for consistent
results. Unlike conventional ovens, which rely on higher temperatures
to achieve a safe internal temperature for foods such as meat or
fish, the AquaChef Oven controls internal temperatures with pinpoint
accuracy, ensuring food remains moist and flavorful. In addition, the
water oven conducts heat more effectively than air, which saves time
and energy.

Ideal for home cooks of any skill level, the AquaChef Oven is one of
the most versatile compact kitchen appliances on the market today.
Home cooks can tenderize tough, less expensive cuts of meat;
eliminate added fats or oils; keep foods at the correct temperature
until they are ready to serve; and enjoy easy cleanup. Economical,
healthy, and restaurant-worthy meals are easily achievable with the
AquaChef Oven.

About KitchenAdvance: KitchenAdvance believes in making gourmet
cooking easy and affordable. Working with suppliers and designers to
develop quality and cost-effective alternatives to high-priced
cooking equipment, KitchenAdvance is committed to helping people cook
better, healthier, and have more fun doing it. Since 1987,
KitchenAdvance has worked with customers to help discover and provide
gourmet cooking solutions. Visit or for more information.

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SOURCE: KitchenAdvance


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Stock analyst forecasts Sears’ end game despite chairman’s upbeat outlook – Chicago Sun

Business Reporter

February 27, 2012 7:26PM

Updated: February 28, 2012 7:38PM

Just four days after Sears Holdings Corp. announced new store closings, 11 store sales and a spinoff of certain outlet and hardware stores, a retail analyst said Monday that he believes Sears is on its way toward “an orderly liquidation” down the road.

Sears Chairman and 61 percent shareholder Edward S. Lampert, the hedge-fund operator who combined Kmart with Sears seven years ago, appears to be maintaining a stable appearance at the Hoffman Estates-based retailer while selling off its best assets — a strategy that experts figured he would pursue when he first took over Sears, said Gary Balter, an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse, in a note to investors.

Balter said he reads Lampert’s moves as saying he sees returning to positive operating cash flow levels is likely impossible, “so let me keep the ship afloat while I dispose of the dinnerware and other valuable items before abandoning.”

In response, Sears spokespeople on Monday pointed to Lampert’s letter to shareholders last week saying that he believes Sears “has a profit problem, not a liquidity nor an asset problem,” and that more spinoffs that could benefit stockholders are on the way. Sears had a $2.4 billion fourth-quarter loss.

Lands’ End clothing and Sears Canada are possible spinoff or other value-enhancing possibilities, Lampert’s letter indicated.

“Should the circumstances warrant, we also have the ability to access or release value through our ownership of 95 percent of Sears Canada and 100 percent of Lands’ End, as well as our substantial real estate portfolio, Lampert wrote.

Lampert, who recently bought $130 million worth of Sears shares with his own money from his own hedge fund, ESL Investments, also said that Sears’ brands “have a long way to go,” but that he believes Kenmore appliances and Craftsman tools could become “the Nike and Apple of the appliances, tools and lawn and garden industries.”

Lampert said he intends to “make it through our current challenges and restore confidence in the company.”

“We do not intend to sit idly by and have it be business as usual,” Lampert wrote in the letter.

Sears, whose stock had already been up 64 percent since the beginning of the year, said last week it would spin off its smaller Hometown and Outlet stores as well as some hardware stores in a deal expected to raise $400 million to $500 million. In a separate deal, Sears will sell 11 stores to Chicago-based real estate company General Growth Properties for $270 million. The only one of those 11 stores in Illinois is at the Market Place Shopping Center in Champaign.

Home & Garden Show this weekend at fairgrounds

  LYNDEN The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County presents the 33rd annual Whatcom County Home Garden Show March 2-4 on the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.
  This year, experience a Local Outlook on Home Garden with a Focus on Building for the Future. Learn about remodeling, gardening and home design directly from local experts. Over 200 exhibitors will be on hand to present their newest product offerings and offer great ideas for home and garden.
  DeWaard Bode and KAFE 104.1FM have teamed up this year to give away a daily prize in all, three prizes totaling $10,000 over the three-day show. Stop by DeWaard Bode booth at the show to enter to win either an Electrolux washer/dryer set, a Kitchenaid grill or an iComfort sleep system.
  The coloring contest for kids this year features a line drawing of local art celebrity Ben Manns cover art. All coloring submissions will be displayed at the show and the winners will be announced on Sunday at 3 p.m. Submissions are encouraged from all ages. Children 10 and under can enter to win prizes. Contest rules for the giveaway and coloring contest are posted at
  The Whatcom County Home and Garden Show is open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults over 16, $6 for seniors over 55; children under 16 get in free.
  For more information, visit or call the BIAWC at 671-4247.
  Free seminars presented on the Garden Walk Stage are a highlight for many attendees. This is the schedule:

  11 a.m. Joshua Miller of Western Solar Inc. presents Solar Options for Whatcom County.
  12 noon. Jeff Caldwell of Heating Green talks about Radiant Heat Applications and Advantages and Josh Baldwin of Quantum Construction discusses Degrees of Green.
  1 p.m. Eberhard Eichner of The RE Store gives a practical demonstration of repurposing materials for home and garden furniture.
  2 p.m. Certified nursery consultant Craig Corliss of Home Depot will share his insights into how to identify the basic principles of landscape design and identify plants that grow well in specific zones.
  3 p.m. Puget Sound Energy presents Energy Advisor C.J. Conner with guiding tips on preventing energy waste.
  4 p.m. Built Green presents three topics: Jobsite Recycling with Rodd Pemble, Sanitary Service Company; Energy Conservation with Allison Spector, Cascade Natural Gas; and Energy Efficiency Rebates with Monica Foster, CNG.
  5 p.m. Wes Diskin of Barron Heating and Air Conditioning will describe the basics of what a ductless heat pump is, how it works in existing homes and what level of savings homeowners can expect.

  11 a.m. From Rose Lathrop of Aiki Homes, you will learn the fundaments of building for a green future.
  12 noon. In a Builders Roundtable, Rose Lathrop, Jim Caldwell and other representatives talk about doing the Built Green remodel or addition.
  1 p.m. Bakerview Nursery Garden Centers Chuck McClung will discuss the best vegetable varieties for our area, plus how to plant them and care for them to get the best harvest.
  2 p.m. Jeff Mack of Bellingham Bay Builders, professional energy auditor and home builder, will discuss the science and benefits of an energy audit.
  3 p.m. Cisco Morris, gardening expert and perennial favorite of the Home Garden Show, invites you to Stump the Chump with your gardening conundrums.
  5 p.m. Three topics: Dana Brand of EcoTech on Why Solar Works For You, Susan Lignell of Vollara on how to make your home healthy with NASA-inspired space technology, and Jacquie Scott of Legacy Kitchen Bath on Green Kitchens Baths.

  11 a.m. Whatcom Horticultural Society members will lead you through transforming your yard into the gem of the neighborhood.
  12 noon. Larry Clark of Bakerview Nursery and Garden Center will discuss the best fruit tree and berry varieties for our area. Also learn about soils, nutrients and pruning techniques.
  1 p.m. Puget Sound Energy presents Energy Advisor C.J. Conner with guiding tips on preventing energy waste.
  2 p.m. From Ted L. Clifton, with 45 years of experience, learn the energy cost and financial benefits of a whole-house energy retrofit.
  3 p.m. Home Depots Jeffery Cunningham discusses and demonstrates a variety of faux painting techniques and concepts.   Lynden Tribune

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Shelves that Slide Launches New Website

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Local company, Shelves that Slide, announces the launch of their new website to better accommodate customer’s needs and showcase the convenience of Shelves that Slide kitchen organizers and other products.

The new website is promotes easier mobility between products for customers to research and purchase products such as pullout shelves and other kitchen cabinet and home organizers. On the new website, the products are arranged by four overall categories: Sliding Shelves, Trash Systems, Lazy Susans and Accessories and Hardware.

On the Shelves that Slide site there is also a helpful Measuring and Installing portion. Here the company provides useful explanations and tips for homeowners who choose to install the products themselves. Various hardware, tools and products are explained in great detail, easing homeowner’s efforts to install the Shelves that Slide products.

“Launching the new website is an exciting venture,” said Steve Edling, founder of Shelves that Slide. “The site provides our customers with more information about our home organization products and also has an easier check out system. Customers will benefit from the resource center as well. It has helpful tips and explanations of the products and hardware, making self-installation easy to understand.”

Shelves that Slide develops and creates the pullout kitchen appliances in a showroom in Anthem, Arizona. The company designs products that can be used to help organize the kitchen, bathroom, garage, office and other areas throughout a home.

Shelves that Slide website was created by Lucid Agency. Lucid Agency is a digital marketing agency geared towards interactive online marketing. The agency provides PPC, SEO, website design and development, mobile marketing, public relations, social media and other digital marketing services.

About Shelves that Slide:

Shelves that Slide has been making custom pullout kitchen shelving for almost 20 years. Their products ease the lives of customers every day. The full line of products offered by Shelves that Slide can be found at


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Recycling Rules Refresher for New Rochelle

Twice a week for regular garbage; alternating weeks for recyclables, depending on whether it’s a paper week or a metal/glass week.

And then there are the rules for televisions, computer monitors and appliances.

It’s not that complicated, but a refresher course isn’t always a bad idea, especially when it comes to getting rid of trash in New Rochelle.

The city’s Web site has all the information residents need to, literally, sort things out. But Patch is including a PDF version of the 2012 Refuse and Recycling Rules and calendar attached to this article for your convenience.

Basically, the collection schedule is as follows:

  • North End: Monday and Thursday, for garbage
  • South End: Tuesday and Friday, for garbage
  • Recyclables are collected on alternate Wednesdays (commingled one week and newspapers, cardboard and junk mail the following week)
  • During weeks with holidays, trash will be picked up on the first collection day. Trash and recycling will be picked up on the second collection day. (That’s why the collection calendar is so handy.)

Luckily, the Westchester County recycling division has its own guide for recycling.

Recycle these items in one bin:

  • Plastics numbered 1-7, including: food containers, beverage containers, detergent bottles, household cleaner and shampoo bottles, coded pails/buckets, coded flower pots/trays.
  • Glass containers, jars and bottles of any size and color.
  • Metals: food and beverage cans, clean aluminum foil, clean aluminum trays, empty aerosal cans.

All plastic and metal containers should be rinsed and free of waste. Labels do not have to be removed. Metal caps should be taken off (but can also be recycled here).

And these in another:

  • Paper and cardboard, including: newspapers, glossy inserts, phone books, magazines, junk mail, brown paper bags, corrugated cardboard.

Remove plastic linings, windows and excessive tape. Flatten and place boxes inside each other.

DON’T recycle:

  • Plastics including plastic bags (grocery, dry-cleaning, packing material); Stryofoam (cups, trays, packing material); non-coded plastics; plastic utensils, hangers; toys, pools, furniture; building materials (piping, sinks, vinyl); empty plastic containers which held hazardous material (motor oil, solvents, pesticides).

Return plastic bags to any large retail or grocery store. Or reuse!

  • Glass that is not used for packaging food or beverages (light bulbs, drinking glasses, crystal, window and mirror glass, ceramic ware, kitchen cookware); empty glass containers which held hazardous material (pesticides, solvents).
  • Empty paint cans, empty metal containers which held hazardous materials (pesticicdes, glues, solvents); aluminum siding, scrap metal, wire, pipes, tubing, motors, sheet metal, appliances and auto parts are recycled under separate municipal programs.
  • Waxed cardboard (milk cartons, orange juice cartons); plastic and styrofoam packing materials; cardboard with any trace of food (cereal boxes and similar are okay to recycle!); paperback/hardcover books. 

Donate used books to the library!

Waste reduction tips:

At home:

Buy what you need. Buy products with less packaging. Buy durable goods that will last longer.

At the office:

Set printers to duplex. Cut one-sided copies you don’t need into four sheets and reuse as memo paper. Label garbage and recycling bins with signs of what goes in what.

On the go:

Bring reusable bags with you whenever you shop—not just the grocery store. Many grocery store chains offer 5 cents per bag as an incentive.

Bring reusable coffee mugs for your coffee on the run.

Bring recyclables home when containers aren’t made available.

Repeat this mantra: Reduce Reuse Recycle.

For more information, call the recycling helpline at 914/813-5425 or visit

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Pick your Sears metaphor: Sinking ship or foreclosed house?

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Wall Street equity analyst reports tend to err on the side of circumspection, to put it mildly.

So when one likens a company to both a sinking ship and a foreclosed house, it’s pretty much the equity analysis equivalent of a Charlie Sheen outburst (without the drugs).

Gary Balter, a New York-based analyst with Credit Suisse Group, uses the metaphors to describe Sears Holdings Corp. in a note to investors this week, signifying that he’s already penned the company’s obit—and he thinks Sears Chairman Edward Lampert has, too.

Mr. Balter says Mr. Lampert is trying to maintain a stable appearance while selling off assets through the back door in order to maximize their value.

Mr. Balter interprets Mr. Lampert’s recent decision to sell certain stores and other assets as the following tacit admission: “I now see that returning to positive operating cash flow levels is likely impossible, so let me keep the ship afloat while I dispose of the dinnerware and other valuable items before abandoning.”

Mr. Balter continues: “It would be unfair to compare (Sears) to a house about to go into foreclosure being stripped of everything down to the copper wiring, but that is what comes to mind.”

This explains why Mr. Lampert is continuing to operate Sears even though the company is cash-flow negative, Mr. Balter writes: He’s trying to sell off as much as possible now because he assumes the assets are more valuable as part of a going concern than they’d be during a liquidation.

General Growth Properties Inc., Mr. Balter points out, wouldn’t have paid $270 million for 11 stores if it thought it could grab the good properties for a steal after a bankruptcy filing.

If we accept that Sears’ operations won’t become cash-flow positive again, Mr. Balter writes, the only remaining question is the value of what can Mr. Lampert pull from his freighter before it sinks.

(See Morningstar’s Inc. analysis of a Sears selloff here.)

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Whirlpool Corporation to Present at Three Investor Conferences; Reaffirming …

/PRNewswire/ — Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) announced today that it will participate in the KeyBanc Capital Markets Consumer Conference, the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Consumer  Retail Conference.  The company will be reaffirming its full-year 2012 outlook during these presentations.

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Whirlpool Corporation will be presenting at the KeyBanc Capital Markets Consumer Conference on Wednesday, February 29 at the Intercontinental New York Barclay in New York City.  Presenting for Whirlpool Corporation will be Larry Venturelli, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  A copy of the presentation will be available on the company’s website at by clicking on the “investors” tab and then clicking on “Events Presentations.” 

The company will be presenting at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference on Tuesday, March 6 at 9:50 a.m. ET at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.  Presenting for Whirlpool Corporation will be Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool North America.   Whirlpool Corporation’s presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet and may be accessed at

Whirlpool Corporation will also be presenting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Consumer Retail Conference on Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m. ET at the Palace Hotel in New York City.  Presenting for Whirlpool Corporation will be Jeff Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer.  Whirlpool Corporation’s presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet and may be accessed at

Interested parties also may also view the March 6 and March 8 webcasts  at by clicking on the “Investors” tab and then clicking “Events Presentations.”  The presentations will be archived for 30 days.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2011, 68,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at

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