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Diamond® Cabinets Introduces a Fresh Batch of Kitchen and Bath Cabinet Styles …

JASPER, Ind., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
With spring home improvement season in the air, Diamond Cabinets, a division of MasterBrand® Cabinets, is blooming with a fresh new line of kitchen and bath cabinet products ripe for the picking. The on-trend lineup of cabinetry solutions is designed to meet consumers’ needs for flexible options in home remodeling and cabinet replacement.

Home trends continue to point to the kitchen as the heartbeat of the home. In fact, kitchens remain the focus of cabinet buyers at 78 percent of the remodel spending, followed by baths and other areas such as utility rooms and home offices, according to MasterBrand research.(1) Cabinet replacement is also a strong trend, with nearly 60 percent of cabinet spending used for remodeling part of a room, and a third for replacing old or outdated cabinets only. In addition, an American Institute of Architects survey showed increased consumer preference for combining household living space with kitchen space, and a growing popularity of adaptability and universal design features.(2)

“With consumers staying in their homes longer and more generations of families living under one roof, the needs of today’s homeowners can be summed up in one word: flexibility. Without exception, Diamond cabinets offer the perfect balance of beauty, brains and brawn that homeowners want and designers demand. We’ve created fresh styles and finishes, savvy kitchen storage ideas, and added muscle where it counts,” said Joel Culp, executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning, Diamond Cabinets.

Inspiring cabinet solutions The new cabinets are engineered to make kitchens and baths the most beautiful and organized places in the home. Highlights include the latest innovation to one of Diamond’s most popular cabinets, the Gourmet SuperCabinet(TM); cabinets that feature corner drawers; end cabinets that open from the front and the side; flexible glazes and finishes in soft, neutral colors that adapt to many styles of home decor; clean-lined glass inserts and accessories; SmartStop(TM) self-closing glides and hinges made standard, and toekick drawers now available as a modification on any cabinet 18-inches and wider.

Storage on the brainEquipped for maximum function and flexibility, Diamond offers new cabinet solutions to increase organization and workflow while keeping the kitchen clutter-free.

Gourmet SuperCabinet: The perfect solution for the cook who has everything, the new upscale version of Diamond’s popular SuperCabinet theme allows for centralized storage of pots, pans, lids and cutting boards (included). Available in 30 and 36-inch widths, the Gourmet SuperCabinet offers multiple, movable chrome rail dividers and space for a cutting board and plastic wrap containers.

Base Corner with Curved Pullout: This 48-inch, maximum-storage cabinet swings out for remarkable accessibility. Chrome rails and a nonskid surface keep items in place while the shelves are in motion.

Three-drawer Corner Cabinet: Providing a more furniture-like look than a traditional diagonal corner cabinet or lazy Susan, the base Three-drawer Corner Cabinet is designed with a top drawer that continues through the corner.

Face Frame and Door-On-End Option: A new functional end modification makes it possible to access cabinet interiors from the front and the side, providing a perfect solution for center islands or additional end-run cabinet storage.

Colors to spark the imaginationAs cabinet color trends shift from orange-, red- or yellow-toned browns to a more versatile brown, Diamond’s new glazes and finishes provide the perfect neutral. This move toward a softer palette allows homeowners choosing to reside longer in their homes feel confident that they have chosen colors with ‘staying power.’

Grey Stone Glaze: A cooler option to the warmer tones of Amaretto Creme and Toasted Almond Glaze, this new glaze is available on three distinct white-tone paints — Pearl, Dover and Coconut — for a look that lightens up a space while bringing out the warmth of it.

Tundra Mid-range Brown Finish: Within a landscape of browns, new Tundra is a timeless brown with purely neutral undertones. The warm-hued beauty works across a range of door styles and wood types, including maple, cherry, oak, alder and rustic alder.

Opaque Finishes: In keeping with the trend for more a more neutral, conservative approach to color, Diamond’s Inspired Color collection expands with two new accent colors. Juniper Berry is a crisp and refreshing opaque gray finish infused with blue undertones. Sand Dune is a warm and soothing sand-color opaque beige finish with a slight red undertone.

Simply elegant embellishment Answering the call for even more embellishment options, glass cabinet inserts provide a positive first impression in any kitchen.

Prairie Mullion is the newest addition to Diamond’s glass cabinet insert options. Available on shaker-style doors, this decorative glass design joins a line of embellishments that have been expanded to wall, base and tall cabinets.

Quality inside and out From cabinet tops to toekick bottoms, Diamond builds quality cabinetry, inside and out.

Toekick Drawer: A new modification available on any Diamond cabinet type starting at 18-inch widths, the ingenious Toekick drawer provides an extra 3-inch high storage area, perfect for stashing flat kitchen accessories such as baking sheets or placemats.

Smart Stop(TM) Integrated Door Hinge: A fully concealed, six-way adjustable hinge is now standard on all Diamond cabinet doors, drawers and sliding shelves. The hinges make it possible to view all contents within the cabinets and ensure that drawers and doors close softly, every time.

About Diamond Cabinets Diamond Cabinets is a division of MasterBrand Cabinets Inc., the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America. Diamond Cabinets holds certification from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program. Other MasterBrand cabinet divisions include Aristokraft®, Decora®, Dynasty(TM), Homecrest®, Kemper®, Kitchen Craft®, Omega® and Schrock(TM). MasterBrand Cabinets is an operating unit of the consumer product company Fortune Brands Home Security

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(1) MasterBrand Cabinets Inc., Scope Quarterly Cabinet Buyers Survey-Remodeling Projects, 1Q10- 3Q11

(2) American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, March 9 2012,

Contact: Cathy Hitz Diamond Cabinets (812) 634-0189

SOURCE Diamond Cabinets

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Five Examples of Why You Should Not Pimp Your KitchenAid

kitchenaid2.jpgWhat’s wrong with this KitchenAid? NOTHING! That’s the point.
The time has come to showcase some of the unnecessary hideousness Pinterest has to offer. Let’s be real… There is a lot of stuff on there that just shouldn’t exist. Beginning with KitchenAid mixer decals.

I didn’t realize what a phenomenon this was until I started paying attention. I just can’t understand it. KitchenAids are classy and timeless and should remain as such. Why would you want to deface yours?

Let’s take a look at some of the worst KitchenAid “pimps.”

5. Flower Power

Unless you’re 12-years-old, this is unacceptable. FlowerKitchenAid.jpgPinterest.comAnd if you’re 12 and own a stand mixer, that, too, is unacceptable. Either way it’s out of the question. The caption for this read, “I need to bling out my KitchenAid.” Flowers are not bling. I will show you bling in just a bit.

4. A is for _______.

Someone is making money selling these “personalized stickers” in their Etsy shop. This one is a little more adult from the above, but not by much.

It’s not necessary to put your initial on your stand mixer. If it’s in your kitchen, we know it’s yours.Polka-Dots2.jpg

And unfortunately those aren’t all the hideous creations we found on Pinterest. Page through to see more.

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Thursday Tidbits: Love the Mothership, Earth

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Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. Remember, love our Mother Earth often and well – for food’s sake!!! To celebrate, join Picnic for the Planet – Boston on Boston Common, beginning at 11 am.


The Health of New England’s Seafood
Next Sunday, April 29, is your best chance to learn about the health of our region’s fish stock and the health of our fishing industry. Let’s Talk About Food (LTAF) is again organizing a superb event, this time at Harvard University, with a line-up of seafood-related professionals from all walks of the industry. Tickets are $10 for the 1-5pm program; there is a free, related event Sunday evening at the Museum of Science. Read more and order tickets at the LTAF site.

Needham and Newton Unite
On Monday, April 30th, Spring Seasonings: Tastes of Our Neighborhoods is being held at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, 5:30-8:00pm. Honorary Event chairman Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods has marshaled together 40 fellow restaurateurs and chefs from Newton and Needham to participate, including not only Legals, but also Spiga, B Street, Petit Robert Needham, Bokx 109, the Center Café and Tu y Yo. Chestnut Hill’s Urban Grape will be supplying beverages. Tickets run $30 apiece.

A White (and Red) Riot
Wine Riot Boston is returning to the Hub tomorrow, April 20! Beginning at 7pm at the Park Plaza Hotel, you can work your way through 250 wines from all over the world — tasting, pairing, app’ing (is that a word?), getting educated and interacting in booths (no joke, that’s what they’re sayin’). Read more about this planned Riot, and buy tickets online.

Get Reel, Whole Foods
This month Whole Foods Market launches its “Do Something Reel” film festival — a series of “provocative” documentaries about food and environmental issues. First in line is “The Apple Pushers” (immigrant entrepreneurs / urban food deserts) which will be shown this Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!) in various theaters around the US. A live panel discussion will stream afterwards from Austin, TX. Click here for info on the Boston screening.

A Quaffable Edible Meet-Up
Join Brooklyn Brewery and the staff of award-winning Edible Boston at Local 149 in Southie on Monday, April 23, from 6-8pm for the first of four “Quarterly Carousels” – a meet-up of beer lovers, local food producers and Edible Boston readers. RSVP to

Drumlin Farm and…Chocolate
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln is hosting an “Evening of Chocolate” on Friday April 27, led by Drumlin Farm’s Tia Pinney and Walter Plante, co-founder of New Leaf Chocolates (and blogger behind Koko Buzz, featured here at PRK). Knowledgeable and passionate, Plante will share where cacao is grown, how chocolate is made, how to care for it and factors that influence its flavor and texture. Registration required.


Food Stamps Offer Real Help
…Especially for children living in poverty. Nancy Shute of NPR analyzes a report recently issued by the USDA’s Economic Research Service quantifiying the positive impact food stamps can have on families living in poverty. The SNAP (food stamp) program gets federally funded vis a vis the Farm Bill, which is up for passage this year.

Cast-Iron Love
For sure it’s not just Southerners who cherish their cast-iron skillets. Nevertheless, a couple out of Atlanta, GA, has produced a new cookbook devoted to the skillet’s place in Southern households. “…Memories accrue over decades of cooking in it, of memorable meals and of loved ones now gone,” reports Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune, reviewing the book.

Patriot’s Day, the Magna Carta and Food Rights
Yes, they’re connected. What the colonist ‘rebels’ fought for and won here in Massachusetts some 200 year ago has to do with just compensation for private property. The legal precedent for that can be traced back to a greedy king seizing food. NPR’s The Salt reports.


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DailyCandy’s top floral picks for the closet, kitchen and office

Floral patterns are popping up everywhere this season and SuChin Pak of shows how you can incorporate the trend into everything from jeans and rain boots to aprons and napkins.

By SuChin Pak, DailyCandy

Spring is in bloom — and so are floral patterns, on everything from clothing to office and kitchen accessories. The editors at DailyCandy have discovered a variety of stylish, affordable ways to make your season blossom.

Florals for the closet
It’s easy to incorporate florals into your wardrobe without looking like a wildflower patch. A sweet, simple flowery sundress, paired with a jean jacket for errands or a blazer for the office, can be your wardrobe centerpiece. Pair lightweight tropical skinny jeans from Topshop with a neutral top and simple accessories — like an almost-sheer white top from Zara — for a breezy daytime look.

And read our tulips: Accessories are a great way to be on-trend without breaking the bank. An Urban Outfitters wallet and Betsey Johnson watch add a bouquet of color to any outfit. And let’s not forget that spring has its fair share of rainy days, so suit up in garden wellies and a printed umbrella. Beat the drizzle in sunny style.

Dress, GAP, $60 
Jeans, Topshop, $80
Wallet, Urban Outfitters, $24
Dillard’s, $95 
Totes Isotoner, $30
Rain boots,
Target, $32.99

Florals for the kitchen
Add a dash of floral flavor to the most popular room in your home: the kitchen. Hand-painted measuring cups and dishwasher-safe, heat-resistant embroidered trivets by Anouk Jansen make the dinnertime routine rosier. Marimekko paper napkins turn any meal into a garden party, and an orange and yellow floral-inspired apronfrom Anthropologie could almost be worn as a dress. And, finally, toast to spring by serving drinks, like fresh lemonade, in beautiful enamel tumblers, handcrafted by local artisans in India and made from recycled aluminum.

Cups, Anthropologie, $32
Greener Grass Design, $22
Napkins, Crate Barrel, $6.75 for a set of twenty
Anthropologie, $32
Tumblers, Connected Goods, $40

Florals for the office
Stock up on cheery office accoutrements that help your creativity bloom. Mundane tasks come up daisies with a printed tape dispenser and scissors. Keep on point with fabric thumbtacks and flower paper clips. Budding executives can click away on a poppy mouse and pad.

Tape Dispenser, Amazon, $15
Scissors, Amazon, $10
Thumbtacks, See Jane Work, $8.25
Pad, Sorting with Style, $35

For more great style picks visit

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New Replacement Mixer Attachment Beater for your KitchenAid Stand Mixer

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The coating on the left is chipping and blistering. The coating on right is long lasing and tough like your stand mixer.

Compare coatings on the flat beater- The coating on the left is chipping and blistering. The coating on right is long lasing and tough like your stand mixer.

Simply stated our mission is to sell you one flat mixer attachment that never needs replaced – The Titanium Twister.

Lima, OH (PRWEB) April 19, 2012

The Titanium Twister was developed based on the need for a better coating on the flat mixer attachment included with the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The KitchenAid Stand Mixers will last generations and fulfill a dream for many bakers. On the other hand, the flat paddle that comes with the mixer stand will not.

Why this coating is better

The coating becomes a part of the beater! Alodine EC² is a Ceramic Titanium Metal Oxide (TiO2) electrodeposited from the electrical assisted hydrolysis of metal complexes. This innovative coating, offers better corrosion and abrasion capabilities for a long lasting and durable replacement beater.

The Alodine EC2 coating has been tested and approved for food contact by the NSF®. While testing the performance of The Titanium Twister among many other similar products, it has been observed that the coating will not chip, blister, tarnish or scuff like other beater attachments.

About Titanium Twister

Our parent company has been involved in developing new coating technologies for well over 30 years. The Titanium Twister product was developed out of the need for a better coating on the mixer attachments included with KitchenAid Stand Mixers. What makes this attachment so special? It doesn’t chip or tarnish and it can be washed in the dishwasher. Our mission is to sell one flat mixer attachment that never needs replaced – The Titanium Twister.

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