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Bethenny Frankel Joins ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Cast

Bethenny Frankel Joining ABC's 'Shark Tank'

Bethenny Frankel is going from Real Housewives of New York City to the Shark Tank. The reality star seems like an odd choice for ABC’s Shark Tank. After all, she’s known for her crass mouth on the Bravo series. Bethenny marketed off her skinny physique and the rest is history. Her success probably has to do with the fact that she’s a reality star. People love buying useless stuff from reality stars like wine and beauty products. Does that make her a sound businesswoman? Not necessarily.

Bethenny Frankel is scheduled to appear as a guest shark for Season 9. She made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, May 15. The 46-year-old will join main sharks – Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, reports Page Six. It’s also has been reported that the female sharks will rotate throughout the season, as they always do. When only four of them are seated in a single episode, it’s a sign a guest shark will sit in the tank with them.

Bethenny Frankel isn’t the only famous figure to step into the shark tank. Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez will also serve as guest shark. Other three guests include Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Glaceau and Bai founder Rohan Oza, and Spanx founder and owner Sara Blakely. Bethenny Frankel certainly doesn’t fit in with these group of people. But, the Skinnygirl founder and CEO sure has learned a lot about business along the way.

The RHONY star most recently promoted her company’s new line of deli meats now available at Publix grocery stores. Her Skinnygirl brand has flourished into shapewear, T-shirts, hats, accessories, books, alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, popcorn, and kitchen appliances. She also had a short-lived skincare line that was available at most Walmart stores.

Bethenny Frankel has a reported net worth of $25 million, according to She didn’t always live in the life of luxury. After graduating from NYU, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor. She ended up in TV shows and cheesy horror flicks. Bethenny even worked as a nanny for rich families.

Bethenny Frankel Joins ABC's 'Shark Tank' Cast

Her biggest break was when she was cast on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City. In 2016, she returned to the Real Housewives of New York, where she reportedly earns $40,000 per episode. Though she sold her Skinnygirl brand in 2011, she continues to earn money from her brand. It’s part of a deal that allows her to make a portion of all produce stales.

Check back with CDL for more Bethenny Frankel news and updates right here.

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Major setting for KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Morning Drive | May 16, 2017

Rocco Mediate explains how special it is for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to be held at Trump National Golf Club near Washington D.C.

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A small, turn-of-the-century co-op gets a big dose of girly glam

Wide black and white painted stripes add personality to the hallway at Louisa Bargeron’s apartment in Washington D.C.

Wide black and white painted stripes add personality to the hallway at Louisa Bargeron’s apartment in Washington D.C.
Photo for The Washington Post by Goran Kosanovic

Louisa Bargeron loved the 10-foot ceilings, the fireplace with original tile and claw-foot tub in her one-bedroom co-op at the venerable Ontario in Washington, D.C. The hodgepodge kitchen, cracked ancient bathroom tile and her mismatched furniture — not so much.

Bargeron felt unsure of how to get her taste, personality, and a bit of girly glam, into her 835-square-foot home while keeping its historical character. So she reached out to District designers Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Residents Understood. Today, she’s got a stylish new kitchen with an oak library ladder to reach high cabinets, a sparkly chandelier over her bed, a warm green dining room with an art-deco-inspired bar cart and a bohemian bathroom with black walls, brass sconces and white marble subway tiles.

“Louisa wanted to live in a pretty space,” says Centella, who started Residents Understood with Kushlan in 2010.

The designers got why Bargeron was in love with the Ontario, which opened in 1904 and retains original details. It’s one of Washington’s most recognizable apartment buildings. “These places still have the soul of the building,” Kushlan says. “That’s what brought Louisa here, and we wanted to keep that feeling.”

Bargeron, from New York City, moved to the District in 2009 and bought her co-op in 2014. The Ontario reminded her of Brooklyn brownstones and Harlem prewar buildings. instantly fell in love with it and wanted to live here,” says Bargeron, 43, works at the Defense Department. The apartment has separate living and dining rooms, a compact kitchen and a long hallway leading to a bedroom and bath.

She spent nine months trying to furnish it herself. “I didn’t know how to pull it together. There was no sort of flow or good feng shui here,” Bargeron says. “Although I was always buying things to try to overcome that, I was actually just adding to the clutter.”

She also realized the kitchen, with its jumble of different cabinets, skimpy counter space and old appliances, wasn’t working. So in November 2015 she contacted Kushlan and Centella. They agreed on a plan to redo not only her kitchen but also her bathroom, and to decorate the place. “I wanted them to blend the rooms so they had a flow and a theme,” Bargeron says.

She made a Pinterest board showing what she liked and filled out a client questionnaire.“In terms of design, I’m anywhere from modern to traditional to French country. I can’t decide on any one,” she wrote.

Kushlan and Centella mulled over her profile. Their plan was to play up the vintage Old World charm of the place and balance it with modern, clean-lined furniture. The kitchen and bathroom renovations would maximize the grand ceiling height and details. The designers could incorporate some of what Bargeron owned, pulling everything together with paint, wallpaper, lighting and accessories.

“Louisa has a wonderful feminine style, so it was such a fun project to work on from a style perspective,” Kushlan says.

The kitchen accommodate five major appliances, including a washer-dryer set, while saving two original glass-front cabinets. More storage came with new gray cabinets. The opening to the dining room was enlarged to make the space airier. On kitchen walls, Centella and Kushlan used basic white subway tile in a matte finish so the counter-to-ceiling expanse wasn’t too shiny. For the floor, they chose a black tile in a herringbone pattern. A wood countertop warmed up the look.

The dining room, which has original corner cabinets with leaded-glass detailing, was painted Benjamin Moore Lafayette Green to contrast the natural light and white built-ins and molding, Kushlan says. Bargeron had bought a dining table at West Elm, so they added a rug, artwork and chandelier.

The long hallway was given 10-inch horizontal black and white stripes for “personality,” Kushlan says, and because the wall stretches almost the full length of the unit into the living room, it helps visually distract from the television.

The bathroom was full of century-old details, but the tile was cracking and there was no storage. The designers urged an all-glass walk-in shower, but Bargeron wanted to keep the claw-foot tub. So they added marble subway tiles and eight-inch, hexagonal floor tiles in dark gray. A thick crown molding dressed it up, as did the Jet Black paint by Benjamin Moore and a Restoration Hardware washstand in antiqued wood, metal and marble.

Bargeron had an upholstered bed. The designers framed the wall behind it with a metallic silver lace wallpaper from Hygge West.

The living room has a lot of natural light. Bargeron wanted a space for overnight guests, so Kushlan and Centella chose the Room Board Watson sleeper sofa and set it across from two leather chairs. They replaced an ugly ceiling fan with an industrial brass one by Rejuvenation. The original fireplace recalls a chic turn-of-the-century Parisian flat.

“My favorite piece in the living room is the mirror, which is from Anthropologie,” Bargeron says of the romantic iron Gleaming Primrose mirror. “That piece just nailed it for me. It reminded me of the sort of brownstones in New York City that have beautiful mantels and mirrors built in. It’s really something after my own heart.”

Five savvy solutions for tight spaces

Small spaces demand a more imaginative approach. Designers Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Residents Understood had lots of creative ideas for Louisa Bargeron’s 835-square-foot co-op. We asked them for some pointers based on issues they faced.

• Be innovative with storage. Bargeron had a lot of beautiful sheet sets and duvet covers but no linen closet. Kushlan and Centella solved the problem with a black dresser (Pottery Barn’s Chloe) that stores all of her linens and acts as a media console in the living room. To add sparkle, they swapped out the hardware with Anthropologie’s chunky pink gem pulls.

• Focus on priorities. Bargeron desperately wanted a washer and dryer in her home but could not spare a closet. So they went in the kitchen. By closing off an unnecessary second door to the kitchen, Kushlan and Centella made room for a stacked washer and dryer in the corner. A tall pantry cabinet houses Electrolux’s 24-inch front-load washer and 24-inch ventless dryer.

• Take advantage of high ceilings. One of the best things about old buildings is the generous ceiling height. Bargeron’s kitchen offered lots of opportunity for vertical storage, but it wasn’t accessible to a person of average height. Kushlan and Centella added a rolling ladder that not only looks beautiful but allows Bargeron to easily reach all of her dishes.

• Don’t let the TV ruin your fireplace aesthetic. Bargeron’s living room features a beautiful fireplace and mantel. The last thing anyone wanted was to hang a television above it. So instead, Kushlan and Centella placed it on a black dresser on another wall. They kept the furniture centered around the fireplace, with two green leather swivel chairs (West Elm’s Lucas) so guests can center themselves for conversation or spin to view the TV.

• Consider smaller appliances. Because there were five major appliances in the 80-square-foot kitchen, smaller appliances had to be used. Among the selections were an 18-inch Bosch 800 series dishwasher and a 25-inch Fisher Paykel Active Smart refrigerator.

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Get cooking with our favorite KitchenAid blender – under $100 right now

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A good blender can transform your kitchen and your lifestyle. Not only does it give you a reason to whip up healthy smoothies, but it makes cooking all sorts of recipes even easier—think sauces, soups, and even cheesecake!

There are a LOT of models to choose from, but if you’re looking for a blender that gets the job done and fits in your budget, you want the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender. This is our top choice when it comes to affordable blenders. With five ways to blend and an ice-crushing setting, the KitchenAid Diamond Blender is a versatile tool that gives you more cooking options that you might even realize.

It typically costs $159.99 new from KitchenAid, but Walmart, Target, and Amazon are all currently offering the Diamond Blender for under $100.

The right color at the right price

Walmart is offering this blender at the lowest price of $97.95, but they’ve only got the classic Empire Red in stock. If red’s not your color, you’ve got a lot of color options to choose from if you want to buy from Target or Amazon, and the price difference is no more than $2.

Target has seven color options (Empire Red, Cobalt Blue, Pink, Majestic Yellow, Green Apple, Crystal Blue, and White) all for $99.99.

Amazon lists 21 different color choices, including discontinued colors like Hot Sauce and Liquid Graphite, but not all are below the $100 mark, unfortunately. Those going for $99.00-$99.99 include Empire Red, Cobalt Blue, Majestic Yellow, Raspberry Ice, Liquid Graphite, Green Apple, Metallic Chrome, Pink, and White.

Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

Stir things up with a new KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender in the color of your dreams for $97-$99 from Walmart, Target, or Amazon.

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You Should Definitely Put Mustard Greens on a Sandwich

Photos by Claire Lower

Yesterday I asked you all for your thoughts and feelings on what makes a sandwich truly excellent. It turns out you are a very opinionated bunch, particularly when it comes to sandwiches, and the resulting conversation was, in a word, delicious.

Later, as I was scrolling through the many, many comments, I found an impassioned, specific description of a sandwich I knew I had to try. Oddly, it wasn’t the bread choice that intrigued me, nor the combination of meats. It wasn’t the suggestion of pepper jack cheese that drew me in. It was, shockingly, the greenery.

Hello! It’s your good friend, mustard greens.

Usually, I consider leaves on sandwiches to serve one purpose: crunch. Crisp, water-filled lettuce can help break up heavier flavors and balance out richness, but I’ve never really thought of it as providing much flavor on its own. Maybe a touch of sweetness (if you squint your mouth).



But then I read Covarr’s comment, and my life was changed for the better. You should click the above link to read the full description of this amazing sandwich, but this paragraph on veggies is what grabbed me:

Next, we’re going to veg it up. Tomatoes if you want. Onions if you want. I use both. The onions should be white. Nothing too sweet though. Walla Walla onions are an easy way to ruin a sandwich. Most significantly, the green should not be lettuce, and especially not iceberg. That’s noob-tier greens. No kale or arugula either, unless you are trying to be fancy and don’t know how. No, our lettuce-substitute in this perfect sandwich is mustard greens. Tangy and flavorful, beautifully crisp, and plenty healthy, they can be used like a good romaine, but they taste way better.

I’ll be honest, I’m not in the habit of eating raw mustard greens, as I usually prefer to saute them in a bit of bacon grease until they’re just wilted. But I am nothing if not open-minded, so I purchased all the fixings to make Covarr’s sandwich, including a big bunch of mustard greens.

I then constructed the sandwich almost exactly as instructed by Covarr, with the only tweak being a sprinkling of some flaky salt on the tomatoes, because sliced tomatoes should always be salted.

Never skip this step.

I then ate said sandwich and can now say with utter certainty that putting mustard greens is a truly excellent idea. Not only do they provide crunch and texture—which helps prevent other, more slippery fillings from falling out—but they have a zingy, almost horseradish-y flavor that not only cuts through rich meats and cheese, but complements them. Given the fact that a good sandwich is all about achieving that perfect balance of complimentary flavors, I give this tip 5 out of 5 skillets. Would eat again.

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Kutchina Launches Exclusive Outlet in Bangalore

(MENAFN Editorial) Bangalore, Karnataka, #India

Kutchina, India’s first holistic kitchen solutions brand today launched their first exclusive outlet in Bangalore. Mr. Namit Bajoria, Director, Kutchina, addressed the media on the occasion and shared the brand’s achievements, growth and expansion plans for the city and region. The occasion was graced by the presence of renowned actress of the Kannada film industry, Ms. Sharmeila Mandre.

Mr. Namit Bajoria (right) addressing the media at the launch along with actor Sharmeila Mandre

The sprawling store is strategically located in BM Arcade, Kadugodi and is spread across an area of 1400 sq ft. The store will showcase a wide range of modular kitchens of International standard apart from a range of auto clean chimneys and other kitchen appliances like hobs, water purifiers, dish washers etc.

Speaking to the media about the launch Mr. Namit Bajoria, Director, Kutchina, said, ‘Our aim is to transform the cooking scenario in Indian kitchens and make it a lifestyle experience. We have witnessed changing preferences and increasing demand for our products everywhere and with this we aim at an aggressive expansion in South India. We are continuously striving to offer better products and make contemporary Indian cooking a lifestyle experience.

A market leader in the kitchen appliances segment, Kutchina has always introduced its consumers with appliances with the most advanced technology packed with thoughtful features.

Kutchina – the only Holistic Kitchen Solution brand in #India

Today Kutchina is a trusted name which pioneers in introducing products which are superior in technology and offer unique features incorporated after indepth market research and assessing the needs of the end consumer to make Kutchina products user friendly and the most preferred brand. Kutchina offers widest bouquet of kitchen appliances making it the undisputed market leader in providing holistic kitchen solutions under one roof. Kutchina offers chimney, hobs, modular kitchens, water purifiers, dish washers etc. which has set it apart from the other brands in the segment.

Kutchina Modular Kitchens

The modular kitchens have been designed to meet modern Indian needs. The technology and the style used in the kitchens are in keeping with the contemporary International standard. The focus is on making Indian cooking an effortless experience. Hence, special emphasis is laid on the ergonomics while designing the kitchens for maintaining the correct posture of the cook and ease of cooking. Space is used intelligently, utilizing each nook and corner for storage. Built-in chimneys ensure a smoke free kitchen. The accessories used are from Hettich, using superior technology to ensure smooth functioning of the utilitarian baskets and noiseless operation.

Kutchina Auto Clean Chimney

The auto clean technology with filter-free oil collection system is a dynamic concept conforming to industrial standards with a combination of modern technology and innovation. The latest in this regard is the 3rd generation Dry auto clean chimney which is the evolution from soap water fed auto clean technology to dry auto clean technogy, wherein, a single push of a switch is good enough to clean the chimney automatically and deposit the dirt in the oil collectors. The most sought after model in the 3rd generation category is the ultramodern and elegantly designed chimney which now comes with a LCD monitor. This audio visual communication device can play all your movies; music videos and can also connect to your satellite box to view television giving a new experience of smokeless, noiseless, hygienic and entertaining ambience in the kitchen which is much more enjoyable and fun.

Kutchina Hobs with Timer

While the kitchen chimneys eliminate the hassle of cleaning the filter manually, the range of hobs come with timer control. Not only will it save time but will also give your kitchen an ultra modern and sophisticated look. With designer knobs and brass construction in burners to avoid melting, these hobs work on both LPG NG gas.

Kutchina Antioxidant RO

Continuing to introduce the country with technological marvels in kitchen appliances, Kutchina also boasts of a wide range of water purifiers with unique features – Auto Clean, Back wash and Antioxidant candles.

After years of research and development, Kutchina introduced yet another marvel from its stable – water purifiers with antioxidant technology. Drinking water should be free of arsenic, iron, mercury, lead, fluoride, nitrate and pesticides but at the same time, water which is best for our body must be hydrating, anti-oxidizing and detoxifying. The antioxidant technology in Kutchina RO water purifiers ensure all this.

Kutchina Small Appliances

Kutchina also boasts of a wide range of small appliances including cooktops, toasters, sandwich makers, OTG, mixer grinder, juicer, electric kettle, Inductions and Hand Blenders.


After a decade of delivering Quality, Innovation and a wide range of appliances in the Indian market, Kutchina has become one of the leading Kitchen Appliances brand in #India today. The company has excelled in providing energy efficient products Chimneys, Hobs, Dishwasher, Built in Microwave Oven, Built in Oven and Water Purifier. After establishing its dominance in the Eastern #India market, Kutchina has now set its eyes to conquer the rest of country as well. Expanding options further, Kutchina has now forayed in to the Kitchen Interiors and launched modular kitchens with state of art design and functionality. Kutchina products stormed the market with its energy-efficiency, low maintenance and advanced functional innovations like the Auto Clean Technology, which it pioneered in Chimneys, Auto Timers in Hobs etc. The Company owns service centres, all across #India and has centralized customer-care centers with a National toll free number, Stringent and prompt maintenance and assistance policy for all customer enquiries with the best response time standards. Numerous accolades won by Brand Kutchina bear testimonial to the company’s excellence it has built in the industry is a matter of years. This is further substantiated with a large, satisfied customer base and loyal employee strength of over a thousand employees.


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Woman charged in Mortensen heist

SANDPOINT A Clark Fork woman was charged with grand theft after allegedly ransacking the rural home of actor Viggo Mortensen.

Sharyl Ann Hoskins made an initial appearance in Bonner County Magistrate Court on Monday via video feed from the Bonner County Jail, court records show. Judge Debra Heise set Hoskins bail and appointed a public defender to represent her.

The caretaker of Mortensens rural home reported on Friday that he left the property and was gone all day. Upon the mans return, he discovered smashed up dinnerware, overturned furniture and missing property. Two .22-caliber rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, 25 pocketknives, 20 antler sheds, four whitetail deer skulls and other property were reportedly taken, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Hoskins, 50, was identified as a suspect because Mortensen had recently purchased items at an estate sale held by the Hoskins family, court records indicate.

Hoskins was confronted with the allegations and allegedly confessed to taking the items. She reportedly told the deputy that she lost control of herself, the affidavit said.

Mortensen, who is also a musician, author and artist, has scores of film credits to his name including, The Road, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Carlitos Way.

A preliminary hearing in the case is pending.

Keith Kinnaird can be reached by email at kkinnaird@bonnercountydailybee and follow him on Twitter @KeithDailyBee.

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