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Look We Love: Gothic-Chic Furniture And Accessories

The “Gothic” look might bring to mind dark interiors that go heavy on the wood, wrought iron, velvet, and dark colors. While this is somewhat true — a look at any Gothic castle will confirm the stereotype — a few pieces in the style can go a long way in a home. Gothic décor adds a little bit of welcome drama, especially in interiors that take a more streamlined, modern approach. The bold lines of a wrought iron chandelier add character above a sleek kitchen island, a little bit of velvet makes a dining room feel cozier, and the interesting silhouette of an antique Gothic chair draws the eye. Whether we’re talking about antiques from the design period, or furniture and accessories that just have that intriguing “Gothic” look, the following pieces make a statement in any space.

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Can micro-flats solve Britain’s housing crisis?

The second flat I’m shown has a lower ceiling but more floor space, yet it feels smaller. However, all the fittings have a smart, piano-black sheen. It’s like the bat-cave, had Batman been a hip twenty-something working in finance. Space-saving is still the name of the game, though, with a flip-up table fitted snugly into the wardrobe, while the wall behind the bed is perforated, like a giant cribbage board, for shelving.

If the idea of living somewhere cramped just to be in the best location, location, location feels like too much of a compromise, this isn’t going to work for you. But for young professionals, with their busy social lives, it could work.

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Get Ready For Deals—Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale Is Back

There are not a lot of cookware sales worth traveling for, but if there’s an exception, it’s Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale. Beloved by home cooks, pros, and Food Wine editors alike, the high-quality and extremely versatile line of pots, Dutch ovens, pans, and other kitchen essentials can cause a hit to many a savings account thanks to their justifiably high price tag.

But next month, the cost is coming down. Le Creuset’s fourth Factory-to-Table Sale will be held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 from 9 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday, November 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will also be a special early shopping event Thursday, November 9 from 4 PM to 9 PM. The sale will feature special discounts on a huge selection of Le Creuset products from around the world, which means the convention center floor will be filled not just with less expensive Le Creuset’s, but shapes and colors not normally available in America.

A ticket, which costs $10 for Friday and Saturday but is free Sunday, will get you entrance for a two-hour shopping session. In addition to gaining entry to 25,000 square feet of enameled goodness, all ticket proceeds will benefit local partners The Green Heart Project, and culinary scholarship funds for the Culinary Institute of Charleston.

The November 9 VIP event for the sale (which comes a month and a half after this year’s first Factory-to-Table sale in Nashville) will grant early access to “the floor products and sales, demos and meet-and-greets with Charleston’s top chefs, live music, tasty bites and sips to fuel shoppers, and more” and tickets cost $25.

So whether you’ve been saving for a Le Creuset, or are looking to pick up one of the specially curated holiday editions unique to the sale event, get your tickets now. And on your mark… get (Le Creu)set… go!

The Le Creuset Factory to Table sale runs from November 9-12 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive, in North Charelston. 

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Tune in Tonight! The Food & Wine Kitchen Collection Launches on HSN at Midnight

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Food Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple will demo some of our most popular recipes using our brand new line of cookware.

Tonight’s the night! Prep a midnight snack and warm up your credit cards! Because at midnight, the Food Wine Kitchen Collection will make its television debut on HSN. Whatever your kitchen needs are—from full-on 13-piece stainless steel cookware sets for anyone looking to stock up to stunning stainless steel knife sets (perfect for holiday gifting) to the pan cleaners you’ll definitely want to have on hand after Thanksgiving dinner—we’ve got it. 

Check out our Food Wine Kitchen Collection shopping page for more.

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On hand to introduce the stunning collection to HSN audiences will be our very own Culinary Director Justin Chapple, who, over the course of the next 24 hours, will demo some of the most popular (and delicious!) Food Wine recipes of all time. 

“I’m thrilled we’re partnering with HSN on this stunning, versatile collection of cookware,” Chapple says. “At Food Wine, we rigorously test thousands of recipes and hundreds of pieces of equipment every year. We channel all the lessons we’ve learned into our designs for the Food Wine Collection and I’m excited to share them with HSN fans everywhere.”

Also on deck to demo our new cookware will be St. Petersburg, Florida, Chef Jeffrey Hileman of Locale Restaurant, who was selected from a national casting call from thousands of chefs around the country.

“I am so excited to be part oft his collaboration between HSN and Food Wine,” Chef Hileman says. “The product line is innovative, high-quality and affordable, and I am honored to have been chosen to share these innovations with HSN fans and Food Wine readers.”

You can check out the initial Food Wine Collection over on our shopping page—and make sure to tune in to HSN beginning at midnight tonight to see the cookware in action! The collection features cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools and accessories, including small kitchen appliances and more—all priced between $20 and $200. Each cookware product is infused with a copper and aluminum base for even heat conductivity, and all products feature copper accents.

Have any pressing questions? Make sure to tune into a Facebook Live demo with Justin Chapple tomorrow, October 20th at 4 p.m. ET live on the HSN Facebook page and the Food Wine Facebook page.

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$15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware

This is the lowest price I’ve seen for this super popular, cheap 10 piece camping cook set.

The pot and pan, with lids, neatly stack. Netly stack into a size that is just right to fit into my VW Vanagon’s sink, with some dishtowels and a cutting board, for storage as I drive around. It also comes with a sponge, stainless steel spork, a spoon and some bowls.

Handles on the pot and pan are not terrible to use, which inspired my purchase. Most camp cook set pots and pans come with burn the shit out of you handles, or complicated weird latch systems. These just fold out and have some silicone for grips.

The set is worth it just for the pot and pan. At $15 you can throw this kit into your emergency/bugout bag and have something to boil water in once the apocalypse comes.

Honest Portable camping cookware mess kit folding Cookset for hiking backpacking 10 piece Lightweigh durable Pot Pan Bowls Spork with nylon bag outdoor cook equipment via Amazon


Jason Weisberger

Jason Weisberger is Boing Boing’s publisher. Nemo is Jason’s Great Pyrenees. You can find Jason on twitter at @jlw


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An apple a day the easy way

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Apples that are harvested in the fall keep longer than those that ripen in late summer.`

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:45 pm

An apple a day the easy way

By Angela Shelf Medearis
The Kitchen Diva


There is some truth to the old saying about the health benefits of eating an apple a day. One apple has about 80 calories and about four grams of fiber. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel of an apple. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases.

Apples are the second-most valuable fruit grown in the United States. Oranges are first. The top apple producers are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.

Fall is the best time for harvesting and eating apples. Apples that ripen in late summer do not keep as long as apples harvested in the fall. Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated. Fuji is one type of apple that can be stored for a long time. It will retain its texture for several months.

A good apple should be bright, crisp and juicy. Fresh apples need to be stored in a cool place (about 32 F to 40 F) to help keep them fresh and prevent rotting. Be careful not to get below 32 degrees F, because freezing will quickly deteriorate fresh apples.

Think beyond apples eaten out of hand or in a dessert. Using apples in savory dishes is a great way to incorporate fruit into your daily diet. Try these recipes for Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Crispy Chicken with Apples and Brussels Sprouts. Have an apple a day, the easy way.


    • 4 slices of fresh crusty bread (Pullman, Multigrain, Sourdough or Ciabatta)
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced thinly
    • 4 slices smoked or regular Gouda cheese
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • Lay out bread slices. Add 1 slice of cheese each to 2 slices of bread. Divide apple slices in half and top each cheese slice. Top with another slice of cheese, and then place remaining bread slices on top. Spread one tablespoon of the mayonnaise on the top pieces of bread.
    • Heat two heavy, dry skillets over medium-high heat. Place both of the sandwiches with the mayonnaise-covered bread on the bottom of one skillet to cook first. Spread the remaining tablespoons of the mayonnaise on the top piece of bread.
    • Using pot holders, place the second, heated heavy bottom skillet on top of the sandwiches. Press down on the skillet to ensure full contact and a crispy texture. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned. If more browning is required, flip carefully and cook for another minute on the other side. Slice in half and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches.


I love this recipe because it showcases the best of fall in a one-skillet meal. You can toast the pecans in a dry skillet first over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring to keep from burning the nuts. Set the pecans aside, wipe the skillet clean and proceed with the rest of the recipe. While the chicken is cooking, prep your vegetables. Makes 4 servings.

      • 1 1/2 pound boneless chicken thighs
      • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
      • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      • 4 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
      • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts
      • 1 large Granny Smith apple
      • 1/2 large red onion
      • 3 garlic cloves
      • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
      • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
      • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
      • Season the chicken thighs with the poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper, and the cayenne pepper. Place a large, cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add in 2 tablespoons of the oil.
      • Place the chicken, skin-side down in the skillet and cook without moving, uncovered for about 15 minutes, until the fat has rendered and the skin is deep golden brown and crisp. Turn chicken and cook on the other side. If the skin is sticking to the pan, it probably isn’t finished on that side. Reduce heat as needed if the skin starts to burn before it is golden brown.
      • Turn the thighs over and continue to cook for about 15 to 20 more minutes, uncovered. When the meat closest to the bone is cooked through, the chicken is done. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
      • Thinly slice the Brussels sprouts, apple, red onion and garlic. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Add in the Brussels sprouts, apple, red onion and garlic clove to the skillet, and cook over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the Brussels sprouts are wilted, about 5 to 6 minutes.
      • Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper.
      • Return chicken to pan to warm, skin side up, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the toasted pecans.

Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis.

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Xbox One X New Charging Station by Fosmon Lets Gamers Play On Through the Holidays

WOODBURY, Minn., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Fosmon, the leading supplier of electronic accessories for more than 10 years, is pleased to announce its Fosmon Dual Conductive Charging Station compatible with the new Xbox One X. The convenient station charges up to two controllers on contact, providing up to 28 hours of gameplay per charge.

Fosmon’s Charging Station is one of the top-rated Xbox One accessories on Amazon, and also an Amazon best seller. Customers have enthusiastically looked to Fosmon to provide the same accessory for the new Xbox One X. “The Xbox One X is one of the most hotly anticipated gaming consoles in recent years,” says Simon Loh, CEO of Fosmon. “Xbox enthusiasts have always loved our charging stations for the ease of use and sustained gameplay it supports, and we are pleased to update our charging station to power the exciting experience of the new Xbox One X.”

The Fosmon Dual Conductive Charging Station retails for only $39.99 and is now available at:

For gamers looking for the ultimate experience, Fosmon also offers 3.5mm Over the Ear Gaming Headsets with Microphone and Audio Controls, with universal compatibility, a durable braided cord and padded headset for comfort for those long gaming sessions.

The gaming headset retails for only $13.99 and is available at:

Power Your Play

The Fosmon Dual Conductive Charging Station is compatible with controllers for the Xbox One and the newly announced Xbox One X. Features include:

  • Freedom from the constant cost and hassle of needing new batteries. The charging station allows you to wirelessly charge two controllers at once, on contact.
  • Automatic charging without the need to remove battery packs. Convenient LED indicator light will blink when control is being charged, and emit a steady glow when charging is complete.
  • More power to play – each full charge provides up to 28 hours of play time.
  • Compatible with most standard Xbox One, Xbox One S, and new Xbox One X controllers (please note the charge is not compatible with Xbox One Elite Controllers).
  • Charging stations come with Fosmon’s limited lifetime warranty. Please refer to Fosmon’s website for more information.

About Fosmon

Founded 2007 in Minnesota, USA, Fosmon has been the leading supplier of electronic accessories including audio/video, gaming, smartphone, and home automation products. We are committed to helping make everyday life easier by providing solutions to all of their electronic and household needs – from the yard to the kitchen to every corner of your house. We have served millions of satisfied customers over the years. At Fosmon, your satisfaction is guaranteed and backed by our experienced USA-based customer support and lifetime warranties. Fosmon – Every day. Every need.

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