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KUCHING: There is something for everyone at the Perfect Livin home and lifestyle exhibition, which is back for the second time at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Retiree Christine Chang has never missed going to the exhibition and she comes away with something each time.

“I usually look for household appliances rather than furniture. The last time it was here in April I got a smart cooker, which I found to be very good.

“This time I am looking for an oven,” she told StarMetro when met at the exhibition.

Several new exhibitors are making their debut appearance at Perfect Livin. Among them are Favourite Reno N Deco Sdn Bhd, which offers kitchen cabinets, accessories and appliances as well as wardrobes.

“Our dynamic kitchen concept helps homeowners to customise and use kitchen functions. There are five zones in the concept – consumables, non-consumables, storage, wash section and cook section.

“We can also help customers to design their kitchens,” sales representative Daryl Leon Duke said.

The kitchen accessories include storage baskets, sinks and acrylic or granite countertops while cabinet options include glossy and melamine wood-grain door panels.

Throughout the four-day exhibition, Favourite Reno is offering cash rebates and lucky draws for customers. “We also offer reasonable prices for our kitchens,” Daryl said.

At Hatch Home Concept Sdn Bhd, a hot selling item is the foldable mattress, which is offered at RM299 instead of the usual price of RM699.

“We introduced this last year and it is very popular. It is made of pure latex. You can use it in the guestroom or for children to take a nap in the living room.

“It is quite light, weighing about five kg, so you can bring it along when you are travelling,” a sales representative said, adding that limited units were available at Perfect Livin.

Hatch Home Concept also has fabric sofas, mattresses, bed frames, bean bags and pillows.

Visitors looking for water heaters and fans can drop by Alpha Home Appliances Sdn Bhd.

According to Alpha manager Richard Wong, the latest water heater models come with improved safety functions.

“The autotest will run for eight seconds to check the heater’s condition. A green light will come on if it is safe to use. There is also a line fault indicator to check your home’s earth wiring,” he said.

A wide range of fans can also be found at Alpha, including 88-inch and 100-inch wooden ceiling fans and powerful standing fans which can reach about 9m.

Perfect Livin is open from 10am to 9pm until tomorrow. Admission is free.

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BBQ MY WAY: Doctor up your grilled burgers

Many times when folks grill burgers, it can be downright boring. The same ole’ thing. Throw a patty over the coals or the flame, press it, flip it, press it again and flip it an additional time or two. Today let’s open our creative mind and talk about how to make a burger that will rival any burger you can buy at a nice restaurant. For me, it’s about properly grilling the burger, making sure to not overcook it, and the cool things you put on it.

For this episode of BBQ My Way, we used a cast iron skillet. Don’t have one you say? Well please get one, preferably an older one that you might pick up at an antique shop, an auction or a flea market. The older ones (pre-1960) are so much better that the more current versions. Why? Because the cooking surface is as smooth as glass. You will probably need to clean it up and go through the process of seasoning it again, but if you find the right one and take good care of it, teflon skillets will be in your rearview mirror. Griswold and Wagner are great collectible brands. Just do some research and homework online so you know you are buying the real thing and not a reproduction. We could write an entire book on cast iron cookware. In fact, many have.

I like to use “80-20” ground beef, which simply means the beef has approximately 20 percent fat. Much leaner and the burger will become dry. Form a ball about the size of a baseball, or just slightly larger. Don’t pack it tightly. This will result in a one-third pound burger. Flatten it out and make sure the center of the burger is thinner than the perimeter. Why? Because as the burger cooks, it pulls inwards. This insures that the burger is the same thickness from end to end when it’s cooked. Liberally sprinkle both sides of the burger with kosher salt, coarsely ground black pepper and granulated garlic.

In your cast iron skillet, place sliced mushrooms, sliced vidalia onions, a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a couple dabs of butter. Season with salt and pepper. Place the skillet over the hot coals and saute’ away until the onions are slightly caramelized (a light golden color) and the mushrooms are browned. At the same time, place your burgers over the coals around the cast iron skillet. After a few minutes you will see fluids develop on the top of the burger. Flip and be ready for some flaming. Don’t, please, I beg of thee, ​don’t​ push down on the burgers. All you are doing is making the burger dry. I cook my burgers to medium. This is usually four to five minutes on the first side and three to four minutes on the second side.

Once the burgers are cooked, move them to the side to where they are not directly over coals. Pile on the onions and mushrooms and layer a slice of your favorite cheese over the burger. Place the lid on and let the cheese melt for one minute or so. Take them off, place on a bun and enjoy!

— Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones financial adviser in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ enthusiast on nights and weekends. Liz is his wife. You can contact Dave with your BBQ, cooking or grilling questions at davelobeck@gmail.com. You can also visit their YouTube channel at ​www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay​.

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Sensio Inc. Announces Launch of Fall 2017 Consumer Campaign …

CRUX Kitchen products will anchor “copperstyle” sweepstakes, highlighting retail partnership with Macy’s.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2017

Sensio Inc., the specialty kitchen appliance manufacturer, today announced the launch of its “Copperstyle Your Kitchen” sweepstakes as part of CRUX Kitchen’s fall consumer campaign with Macy’s. “Copperstyle Your Kitchen” invites consumers to elevate the style of everyday kitchen essentials with CRUX Kitchen’s line of sleek, stainless steel and black stainless steel appliances with copper-line accents, complemented by a variety of “copperstyle” accessories available at Macy’s.

Coinciding with the relaunch of cruxkitchen.com, the contest will live on a dedicated landing page that doubles as an interactive digital look book, featuring images, videos, recipes and links to shop at Macy’s.com. The contest also coincides with the addition of nine new products to the CRUX Kitchen line – including the CRUX Coffee Grinder, CRUX 5 Cup Coffee Maker, CRUX Programmable Slow Cooker, and CRUX 2.2 Pound Touchscreen Air Convection Fryer, and the CRUX 20-Cup Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker, CRUX Sous Vide Cooker, CRUX Panini Grill, CRUX 3-Cup Mini Chopper and CRUX 6QT Extra Deep Electric Skillet, available in October.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Copperstyle Your Kitchen campaign to life with CRUX Kitchen through a unique, digital experience,” says Maria Gagliardi, Sensio, Inc. Director of Brand Management.

Each month, participants who enter the “Copperstyle Your Kitchen” sweepstakes will be eligible to win a bundle of copper-accented CRUX Kitchen appliances. The prize bundle for August and September will include the CRUX 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, CRUX 2-Slice Toaster and CRUX 6QT Programmable Slow Cooker, valued at $219; the prize bundle for October and November will include the CRUX 2.2 Pound Touchscreen Air Convection Fryer, CRUX 3-Cup Mini Chopper and CRUX 7-Speed Blender, valued at $219. The sweepstakes will begin on Friday, August 11, 2017 and end on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Sensio Inc. will announce monthly winners on September 1, 2017; October 2, 2017, November 1, 2017; and December 1, 2017.

To review the complete rules and regulations or to enter CRUX’s “Copperstyle Your Kitchen” sweepstakes, please visit: http://lookbook.cruxkitchen.com.

ABOUT SENSIO INC.

Since its inception in 2003, Sensio Inc. has become a primary manufacturer of specialty kitchen appliances. The company is recognized for developing dynamic and innovative consumer products for their own brands including BELLA Housewares, CRUX Kitchen, brim and Throwback Appliance Company as well as other licensed brands. With a strong commitment to design, innovation, quality and function, Sensio Inc. offers a wide range of products from coffee makers and blenders to exciting entertaining amusement appliances such as free standing candy dispensers and popcorn makers, all of which are sold through major retailers nationwide. Sensio Inc. continues to conceptualize new and innovative ways to make everyday life in the kitchen easier. For more information, please visit: http://www.sensioinc.com.

ABOUT CRUX

CRUX is the newest line of small electric appliances from Sensio, Inc. Designed and engineered in New York City, CRUX offers a dynamic, innovative and sophisticated collection of countertop cooking appliances, blender and coffeemakers featuring signature copper-line accents. The CRUX Promise ensures efficiency in the kitchen through smarter technology and quality products that yield only the best results. CRUX is available exclusively at Macy’s and Macys.com; to learn more, please visit: cruxkitchen.com or follow CRUX on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT MACY’S INC.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

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Source: Ayesha Curry/Instagram

Ayesha Curry is adding another job to her culinary resume: cookware designer.

In a series of Instagram Stories videos on Tuesday, the Food Network star, restaurant owner, cookbook author, and founder of the meal kit delivery service Homemade revealed an early look at her new line of tools and accessories for home cooks.

The star’s first collection with Meyer Corporation, which will make its debut at Target stores nationwide in October, includes porcelain enamel, hard-anodized and stainless steel cookware, cast iron, bakeware, stoneware, pantryware, cutlery and tools.

In the videos, Curry also gives a tour around her Bay Area kitchen, where her products are being photographed for the first time. “Stainless action!” Curry says as she pans over her oven featuring several different stainless steel pots and pans.

RELATED: Ayesha Curry Is Opening Her First Restaurant in the Fall—See What’s on the Menu


Source: Ayesha Curry/Instagram

She then showed off “one of her favorites” to her followers. “It’s called brown sugar,” she says. “Porcelain enamel with a copper interior. How cool is this? And that diamond texture interior.”


Source: Ayesha Curry/Instagram

Curry, who is married to NBA star Stephen Curry and mom to daughters Riley, 5, and Ryan, 2, often shares what she is whipping up in the kitchen — and knows the importance of having quality products.

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“This is something I’m really excited about,” she says. “I just slaved away making this bacon, got my beautiful cast iron skillet here and a jar for the bacon drippings. Hallelujah. Pasta carbonara’s on the way, holla at your girl.”


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Curry also shared a preview of her ceramic serveware that will be available in several different colors.

“One of my favorite and most used items, this beautiful dutch pot, dutch oven with my signature knob on the top, it’s a heart,” she adds. “And of course the matching cast iron in the brown sugar color. I just love the flecks, it’s gorgeous.”


RELATED: Ayesha Curry Can Only Get Steph to Cook for Her Once a Year—’If I’m Lucky


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“I’ve loved cooking since I was a little girl,” Curry says. “I love the way food brings people together, and I couldn’t be more excited to put a little piece of my family into your home.”

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How to buy and keep cast iron cookware — for a healthy brain

While cast iron cookware was as common in kitchens as salt shakers when I was growing up, it fell out of favor with the advent of Tefal and succeeding generations of non-stick cookware beginning in the late 1950s.

Today, most nonstick cookware is called Teflon by the people, though Teflon is just Chemours’ (spun off from DuPont) brand name for its popular nonstick pans, and there are many other manufacturers making nonstick cookware today. The “new” nonstick technology was attractive to cooks then for the same reason it is today: it’s lightweight, cleans easily and food does not stick if the nonstick surface is undamaged.

But nonstick was not without its shortcomings. Chief among those was the fact that the nonstick surface was easily scratched and damaged and there were concerns about what chemicals were leaching out of the pans surfaces, especially after DuPont admitted in 2004 that had hidden information about known health hazards from its Teflon-coated cookware.

Those health concerns about polyfluoroalkyls and perfluoroalklys, also known as PFAS, along with a desire by many millennials inundated with technology to return to the old ways of doing things have led to a resurgence in use of cast iron. And many who have never used it before have questions about how to buy it, what they can and cannot do with it and how to maintain it after use.

The simplest way to try cast iron for the first time is to purchase a new, small to medium Lodge brand preseasoned skillet from your local box store or Amazon. Lodge Cast Iron is America’s largest manufacturer of cast iron cookware, and you can get a skillet from those places for around $16.

Lodge is not the only U.S. manufacturer, but because of their size and longevity – they’ve been in business since 1869 – their pans are usually the least expensive when purchased new. Camp Chef, Coleman, Texasport, Old Mountain, Heuk, Ozark Trail, Benjamin Medwin and Bayou Classic are other current American makers of cast iron. They come in varying qualities. Several new smaller operations are now making vintage-style cast iron (which differs from new because it has a smooth surface) cookware, but their price point makes them better suited to the serious cast iron cook rather than the novice.

To attain its nonstick quality, cast iron pans must be seasoned, which is a process of polymerizing oil to the cooking surface. Lodge claims its pans come preseasoned, but I have heard complaints that, when new, that food still sticks. Many cast iron veterans buying a new Lodge would remove the company’s seasoning and season it themselves. But for the newbie I would recommend using the factory seasoning and exercising patience. All cast iron cookware – whether old and newly seasoned or new and factory seasoned – gets better with use.

Most cast iron veterans prefer vintage cast iron to new. Vintage cast iron can often be picked up for little or nothing at estate sales, yard sales, flea markets or thrift stores. Sometimes even valuable collector pieces are found at these sales and can be bought for a fraction of their real worth as collector’s pieces. That’s because cast iron can last for decades.

If you purchase or inherit a second- (or third-) hand cast iron piece, you’ll want to strip it and reseason it. The simplest way to clean and prepare it for reseasoning is to soak it in Easy Off Heavy Duty™ oven cleaner, but sites like The Cast Iron Collector go into great detail on a number of cleaning methods. (This is also the go-to sight for learning whether your estate sale find is valuable or not.)

There are number of methods recommended for seasoning your new or newly-cleaned pan. The best one I’ve tried was created after much trial and error by Jeffrey B. Rogers who hosts the Culinary Fanatics Facebook group. Here is how he describes the process:

The following is a seasoning method that works well for both antique cast iron cookware as well as modern cast iron cookware. I currently have about 100 skillets, which is nothing compared to others. But, I have a lot of experience seasoning cast iron and have finally settled on a method that seasons well, plus gives my skillets a beautiful look while being totally dry. You can’t argue with the photos.This method is the culmination of reading and testing so many other methods. I have just taken all of the little things that seem to work and combined them into what I feel is one solid method. To say this is ‘my method’ is true only in the fact that I have personally tested a ton of different methods to do this and have finally settled on a combination that is rock solid. So, thanks to anyone who has ever posted anything about seasoning – good or bad :)There are a ton of other methods you can use to season your cast iron cookware. Most of them are right in a lot of ways. This is just a tried and tested method that has worked extremely well for me.

  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Put skillet in oven upside down and allow it to heat to 200 degrees. Approximately 20 minutes should be fine.
  3. Remove skillet from oven. Apply a liberal amount of Crisco shortening. I apply this with lint-free painter’s rags that I get from Home Depot.
  4. After applying the Crisco shortening, wipe it all off with an absorbent paper towel. I use blue Scott shop paper towels that I get from Home Depot. About $2 per roll.
  5. Put skillet back in oven upside down. After putting skillet in back in the oven, increase oven temperature to 300 degrees and set timer for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes has passed, remove skillet and wipe again – lightly. You will notice that when you remove it this time, any excess oil will have begun to pool. This is good, but the timing here is critical – you don’t want the oil to get cooked on like this.
  7. Place skillet back in oven upside down. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and let it go for two hours.
  8. Allow to cool completely in oven.
  9. Repeat if more sheen on your skillet is desired.

Here is why I do it this way – I prefer a very smooth, black patina on my cast iron. Wiping the iron twice keeps it from pooling. Antique cast iron can be hard to season because it is so smooth. A lot of times when I would season at 450-500 degrees, I felt like the shortening was just burning off, and it was. It is so much easier to season a rougher modern Lodge skillet than a really slick Griswold skillet. So, I was looking for a method that worked well for both. I found that 400 degrees was the magic temperature for me. But, with just an hour at 400 degrees, the skillet was still a little tacky. So, I did some testing with two hours at 400. Voila!!! A beautifully seasoned skillet in which the oil adhered nicely and the skillet was not sticky at all. When a lot of people photograph their cast iron cookware, it looks great because they wipe it down with oil first. I do not. Mine have a beautiful sheen but are totally dry and not sticky. And, they all cook beautifully.

When cooking with cast iron you should always preheat your pan before adding oil or food. Failure to do so will result in food sticking to the surface. To preheat, set the pan on the stove eye set to medium for three or four minutes.

There is something of an art to cooking with cast iron, and it takes a little practice and some patience. But once you’ve mastered it you’ll find cast iron far superior to any other cookware and won’t want to use anything else.

One great aspect of cast iron is that you can go from the stovetop to the oven with the same pan, or use it on the grill or over an open flame. You can even use it on glass cooktops as long as you don’t slide it around, which would scratch the cooktop. So get the pan hot, sear that steak  and finish it in the oven.

To clean your cast iron after use it’s best to do so while the pan is still warm (not hot). Put it under hot running water and wipe it out with a paper towel or rag. If there are some stubborn spots, use a dishrag with a scouring side or patch, a chainmail cast iron scrubber, or just add salt and use it to scour the stubborn spots. It should come off easily after a couple of minutes. Soap is not necessary and will damage your seasoning, making waste of your previous efforts.

After washing, pour out any excess water and place the pan on a stove eye and set it to medium-high. When the water spots evaporate, rub a little Crisco or lard on the inside of the pan with a paper towel and wait until it begins to smoke. Wipe it again and then turn off the eye and let the pan cool. It’s ready for the next use.

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Updates to transform your new house into your dream home

Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home.

1. Update Lighting

Cost: $10 (box of light bulbs)-$300 (new fixture)

Benefits: Brightens the room, enhances ambience, increases energy efficiency.

Let there be light! There are several ways to make a room feel brighter. Start with something quick, like swapping out bulbs to brighter or more efficient choices. For a mid-level task and a dose of style, add new lampshades. Or go big by replacing outdated fixtures with on-trend options.

2. Find a Better Faucet

Cost: $150-$500

Benefits: Boosts home appeal, improves kitchen functionality.

One in five millennials say they want to update their kitchen, according to Moen research, and a simple faucet upgrade can be impactful. Replacing a basic kitchen faucet with a one-handle pulldown, like Moen’s Sleek faucet, creates a clean, modern look while adding functionality that makes cleanup a breeze, thanks to the easy-to-maneuver spray wand. Equipped with Power Clean technology, it provides more spray power while containing splash, which means faster cleanup for tough-to-rinse foods.

3. Install a Kitchen Backsplash

Cost: $125-$250 (varies based on materials and if paying a pro)

Benefits: Creates a focal point, protects walls from cooking splatter, prevents water damage.

If your new kitchen has the blahs, a fresh backsplash may be the solution. In addition to protective and easy-to-clean qualities, a backsplash provides many customization possibilities, from material and color, to cost. Options could be glass mosaics, salvaged brick, or even peel-and-stick tile for easy installation (hello afternoon project)!

4. Replace Your Showerhead

Cost: $75-$150

Benefits: Offers personalization, adds style, enhances daily routine.

New to DIY? Replacing a showerhead is an easy way to get your feet wet – pun intended! Whether trying to save water with a low-flow fixture or updating something out of style, swapping showerheads can be done in minutes. For ultimate customization, try a multi-function showerhead like Moen’s Attract combination handshower and rainshower with Magnetix, which provides three showering options for your perfectly personalized shower every time. Plus, the magnetic dock on the handshower makes re-docking a snap.

5. Add a Coat of Paint

Cost: $25-$60

Benefits: Provides an instant makeover.

Whether your space is screaming for a makeover (mustard walls, anyone?), or you’re itching to try new trends, a coat of paint makes a big impact. Try creating an accent wall with a pop of color or fun pattern – it’s a smaller project that’s easy for first-time DIYers.

6. Maximize Space with Shelves

Cost: $10-$45

Benefits: Maximizes space, revamps walls.

One in three millennials lacks the confidence to hang a shelf, according to Moen research, but they shouldn’t! With practice and the right tools, installing shelving is an inexpensive project to help better utilize space Creative ways to add storage include installing floating shelves for books or adding floor-to-ceiling shelving in a closet.

7. Coordinate Accessories

Cost: $20-$40

Benefits: Creates a consistent look, easy to install.

Create a cohesive look throughout your home with coordinating accessories. Choose hardware matching in color and style with the existing fixtures, sink and flooring to achieve a sophisticated feel from top to bottom. Easy-to-install accessories, like towel bars and rings with Moen’s innovative Press Mark technology, ensure fast and accurate installation. Accessories with the technology have a washable ink stamp to show exactly where to drill (perfect for novice DIYers).

Homebuyers (especially first timers) can often be overwhelmed with improvements, but tackling one project at a time will leave you saying “there’s no place like home.”