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Interior Design That Counteracts Stress

WHETHER IT JOINS you at the table in the form of Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s animal-evoking dinnerware or offers you a friendly handshake like the five-fingered doorknobs from London product designer Charles Edwards, whimsicality is leavening interior design.

“There’s something in the zeitgeist right now that has people looking for an escape from the seriousness of work and politics,” said Baker Furniture chief creative officer Tristan Butterfield, who recently papered the company’s High Point, N.C., showroom with a…

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Cookbooks just in time for grilling season – The Columbus Dispatch

It’s time for a little smoke and fire — that’s right, it’s grilling season.

Whether you use gas, charcoal or wood, cooking over a live fire is one of the culinary pleasures of warmer weather.

The crop of cookbooks devoted to grilling and barbecuing burgeons every spring. The experts have plenty of advice to offer on how to up our grilling game. Here are six new books worth exploring:

• “Barbecue Sauces Rubs and Marinades” by Steven Raichlen (Workman, 346 pages, $17.95)

With a string of award-winning books to his credit, Raichlen is the reigning king of live-fire cooking in America. His latest book offers more than 200 recipes for rubs, bastes, sauces, marinades and condiments to enhance and accompany grilled foods.

Many of the recipes have been shared with Raichlen by prize-winning barbecue competitors, and there is an entire chapter on international barbecue sauces.

• “The Outdoor Adventure Cookbook” by Coleman (Oxmoor House, 272 pages, $22.99)

Campers will appreciate the new book from Coleman, the makers of coolers, tents and camp stoves. There’s advice for meal planning, camp cooking safety and setting up the perfect fire.

The recipes begin with items to make before departure, such as beef jerky and granola bars, and finish with plenty of campfire cuisine, from breakfast through s’mores.

This book will encourage even backyard campers to get out their Dutch ovens and cast iron skillets.

• “Secret Ingredient Smoking and Grilling” by Staci Jett (Page Street Publishing, 159 pages, $19.99)

A competitive barbecue chef from Kentucky, Jett is the winner of Travel Channel’s “American Grilled” and was a contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters.”

In this, her first cookbook, Jett aims to help home cooks take their grilling and smoking skills to a higher level.

The recipes are decidedly Southern and are sprinkled with Jett’s secrets for producing successful results.

• “The South’s Best Butts” by Matt Moore (Oxmoor House, 288 pages, $26.95)

Moore, author of “A Southern Gentleman’s Cookbook,” focuses his second book on exploring pork shoulder (a cut commonly called the butt) and how it is revered by Southern pit masters.

Along the way, he gathered stories and recipes for more pork butt than you can imagine, plus the Southern sides to go with it.

• “Red, White and ‘Que” by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig (Running Press, 200 pages, $25)

Adler and Fertig, also known as the BBQ Queens, focus on farm-fresh foods in their latest offering.

While there’s plenty of ribs, chicken and burgers on these pages, the book has a strong emphasis on vegetables, making it a good choice even for vegetarians, who might find themselves tempted by the likes of grilled kale bundles with warm cranberry-bourbon vinaigrette and grilled radicchio wedges with vintage green goddess dressing.

• “Weber’s Greatest Hits,” by Jamie Purviance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages, $24.99)

Grilling enthusiasts all know Purviance’s name. Since 1999, he has penned more than 20 cookbooks on grilling and smoking for Weber, the maker of popular charcoal and gas grills.

In this book, Purviance picks 125 recipes from the thousands previously published to create a greatest-hits volume.

There’s a little bit of everything in here, from appetizers through desserts, along with plenty of tips and info graphics packed with grilling know-how and how-tos.

 

Lisa Abraham is the Dispatch food editor.

labraham@dispatch.com

@DispatchKitchen 

 

 

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SIF inaugurates Gracie Rock Capacity Building training programs

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 9:50 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On May 13, 2017, a ceremony was held for residents of Gracie Rock Village who successfully completed training in Capacity Building programs.

The trainees received Certificates of Completion at an award ceremony.

Funding for the project was provided courtesy of the Government of Belize through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The programs were designed to strengthen the capacity of the community to increase income from tourism and recreational activities aimed at taking advantage of the rich eco-tourism that Gracie Rock possesses.

The training included Capacity Building facilitated by the University of the West Indies Open Campus; Tour Guide Training facilitated by the Belize Tourism Board; First Aid Training facilitated by the Belize Red Cross Society; and Food Preparation/Hospitality Management facilitated by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). In complementing the training, the Gracie Rock Community Centre was rehabilitated, and equipment was provided to enable the community to be better equipped in delivering services to visitors in a professional, marketable and sustainable manner. Thus, the Gracie Rock village is poised to form part of the tourist destination in Belize.

The equipment included kitchen appliances, furniture, laptop, two desktops, projector, screen, printer and accessories as well as canoes, bicycles, inner tubes, vests, and fishing rods for outdoor activities.

Officials at the event included the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Area Representative for Belize Rural Central, Beverly Williams, Phillip Clarke; Village Chairman, Wilmot Staine; and the Executive Director for Belize Social Investment Fund,  William Lamb Jr. among others.

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Smash Therapy: Breaking Through Stress and Pain

The sounds of breaking glass, loud music and emotional release echo inside an old Cheerwine warehouse in Salisbury.

“Giving people a place where they could just let go of whatever’s bothering them,” said Elysia Demers, owner of Grievous Gallery.

Glass bottles, ceramic mugs, porcelain plates are all unlikely sources of mental and emotional relief.

“We encourage people to scream into them, cry into them, write on them, whatever it is to literally and figuratively fill that cup up with emotion before they let it go,” said Demers. And shatter it into pieces against a brick wall.

Since Grievous Gallery opened last year, owners Tim and Elysia Demers have seen a lot of pain come through the doors. Depression, cancer, divorce, addiction, death. The reasons inked on the dinnerware and on a nearby table can be deep, painful and as dark as the atmosphere inside here.

“To be able to see it before they let it go and just watch it disappear, I think there’s something very cathartic about that for people,” said Demers.

“It’s like quick therapy,” said Emily Soward. The Salisbury woman comes here often. She’s in addiction recovery and enjoys the release.

On this trip, she brought her younger sister. “It was exhilarating but also relieving at the same time, you know what I mean? Because it’s like a physical way to take out how you’re feeling emotionally,” said Soward.

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The inspiration behind the business comes from similar pain and heartache for Tim and Elysia.

“It caused for some real life-changing moments.,” said Tim Demers. He suffered a traumatic brain injury while on the job in 2012.

“It really just changed our lives,” recalled Elysia. “One day it’s dad going off to work, a few hours later he’s being resuscitated in a parking lot.”

He was in rehab for 6 months.

“There was a lot of frustration on both of our ends because I was trying to be the brave one and hold the family together,” said Elysia. “He’s frustrated because he’s trapped in a body he no longer can control.”

“I was just very frustrated, I couldn’t do these things anymore and well, you kind of start breaking things,” admitted Tim.

That’s when the Demers thought maybe others could use a similar release. It didn’t take long to see just how many people needed it.

From a couple with infidelity issues…

“They were able to put those on the plate and work through that together and leave it here,” remembered Elysia.

…to a mother grieving the loss of her son to suicide…

“There were screams and cries and it was heart-wrenching to hear a mother go through that,” said Elysia.

This place can help heal. But for the Demers, it can also haunt.

“It’s hard to come back here sometimes when we sift through the glass and we send it out,” said Elysia. “You see people’s hurts, you see people’s deep down secrets that they don’t share with their spouse or they don’t share with their pastor or their best friend, but they share it here.”

But it’s a weight they say they’re happy to carry if it helps others who could use a lighter load.

“The one thing I’ve learned is that everybody’s pain is exactly the same,” said Elysia. “It doesn’t matter if they lost their dog or they got laid off or their boyfriend broke up with them, it’s all exact same pain, it’s just in a different form.”

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Tentrr App Will Help You Find Your Dream Campsite

After battling city traffic, we arrived at our campsite in Catskills, New York late, which usually would have meant a settling for a bad spot and pitching our tent with a headlamp. But this wasn’t a regular campsite, but rather, a private plot of land that we had booked through Tentrr, an Airbnb-like service that provides well-equipped sites on private property throughout the Northeast. (The company will expand to the Pacific Northwest by the end of this year.) We pulled up to a large canvas structure in an otherwise empty meadow, and inside we found a fully made-up queen-size cot, bedside crates with books and lanterns, a small wood-burning stove, and a large basket of firewood. Aside from a few hundred noisy crickets, we were completely alone.

Regular camping requires plenty of gear and effort, and for some people that’s part of the fun. But for those outdoor enthusiasts who still like the luxury of the indoors (solar showers, bedding) Tentrr’s premium campsites, (between $75-$165 per night) are the ideal compromise. It’s convenient and comfortable, but you’re still in nature, as we were reminded the next morning when we woke up to the sound of rain.

The tent kept us dry, so we lazed in bed listening to the percussion of water on canvas, and took turns to crawl out from the covers and throw another log into the stove. Eventually hunger and dead phone batteries led us to the nearby Phoenicia Diner for bottomless coffee and farm eggs cooked in cast iron skillets; we had breakfast supplies at the campsite, but the weather was a convenient excuse not to cook.

Our camp keeper Max, whose land we temporarily inhabited, didn’t have time for any rainy day excuses. Max is a professional outdoorsman, who guides hunting trips and designs biathlon courses for the winter Olympics. When camp keepers list their campsites on Tentrr, some offer add-on experiences like mountain bike riding or fishing excursions. We had arranged for Max to take us foraging for ramps, the wild onions that pop up at farmers markets and on trendy restaurant menus for a few weeks every spring. When I questioned whether we should call it off, Max looked confused. “It’s only rain,” he said, making me feel like a foolish city slicker. “And the ramps should come out of the wet ground a bit easier.”

We pulled on our hiking boots and raincoats and followed Max into the woods, climbing uphill through thick vegetation, detouring around fallen trees, and slipping on wet rocks. Max pointed out indentations on the ground and scratches on tree trunks. “Bears,” he said in the same way he talked about the rain, which by now had saturated all my layers. But soon enough we discovered these spearlike leaves poking out of the ground under a canopy of maple trees: ramps. Max gave us trowels and showed us how to grab a clump and carefully dig out the bulbs. We were wet and muddy, but quickly filled a plastic grocery bag with the wild stalks.

On the way back I noticed what looked like fiddlehead ferns, another spring delicacy. Max confirmed that I had identified them correctly, but said we were about a week too late for harvesting. No matter. I had evolved from urban wimp, afraid of the rain, to professional forager in an afternoon.

When we returned, Max offered to throw our clothes in the tumble dryer. I resisted the urge to ask if we could use his shower too, and headed back to our tent to do what most city slickers do on a rainy day: watch Netflix.

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Arte Italica to Preview Fall 2017 Collection

Arte Italica will release its Fall 2017 Collections to retailers as a preview before the summer show season starting next month. The new collections and line extensions exemplify the classic aesthetic of handmade Italian ceramics and pewter with entertaining in mind.

“Our Fall Collection centers around entertaining during this special time of year and speaks to all different tastes and palettes,” said Chris Collins, president of Arte Italia. “The Fall 2017 Collection is well rounded with a stunning yet simple new dinnerware collection, and over 30 new pieces that are created exclusively for entertaining.”

The Semplice (pronounced sem-ple-ch-a) glass dinnerware collection has an elegant gold band encircling each piece. The hand-etched charger features the same gold band, and matching barware is included in the collection. The collection is handmade in Italy with a MSP of $50 to $165.

The Bella Natale and Rosa glassware were created to mix with the company’s Bella Bianca Collection. The Bella Natale brings a touch of the season to the table with winter trees and is perfect for gift-giving. The Rosa collection adds a festive punch of color with its red swirl glassware and solid red tableware. It also is handmade in Italy with a MSP of $17 to $166.

Arte Italica also added nine new pieces to its Natale line, including a Limited Edition Square Platter, signed by the artist. The items have a MSP of $45 to $336.

Double Old Fashion, Highball, Wine Coaster and Ice Scoop, which feature a mix of Italian glass, leather and pewter, were added to the Giorgio collection. The items have a MSP of $90 to $112.
 

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