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Watch Out For These Two Kitchen and Bath Trends in 2018

Kitchens and baths are notoriously expensive and time-consuming to update, so they tend to evolve slowly. But like tectonic shifts, when changes in style do occur, they can be durable and dramatic. (Recall the hegemony of stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the aughts). As 2017 draws to a close, we have our eye on two phenomena in particular. 

First, kitchens and baths are getting darker. To meet consumers’ suddenly insatiable demand for smooth, ebony finishes, manufacturers from LG to Vipp are cranking out entire collections of matte-black products. Expect to see monochromatic, Scandinavian-inflected interiors dominating Instagram in 2018. 

Second, the number of high-performing but pint-sized fixtures and appliances is proliferating. In the kitchen, the trend is fueled at least in part by the rise of celebrity chefs, cooking shows, and food blogs, which has created huge demand for commercial-grade chef technology that can fit in a home. 

Here, we assemble 32 of our favorite products in the matte-black and small-space categories. For more kitchen and bath inspiration, including expert advice and real-life results, pick up our January/February issue, on newsstands January 23.

Paint It Matte Black  

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White Bull Tavern Opens Downtown With a Raw Bar and Wood-Fired Pizza

Downtown Boston has a new dining spot that pays homage to the history of the city and sits right by Faneuil Hall. White Bull Tavern has officially opened at 1 Union St., serving pizzas, skillet-cooked appetizers, and more.

White Bull Tavern, located in Boston’s historic Blackstone Block, is named for a tale about William Blackstone, a European settler who rode a white bull named Jupiter into the city in the 1600s.

“William Blackstone was a pioneer, a man of many trades and talents, and a legend in his own right. We took that inspiration and turned it into a new concept that is a modern-day meeting place,” said owner Jeff Baird in a release, promising “something for everyone” at the restaurant, from mid-day snacking to late-night dining.


Lamb lollipops white bull tavern

Lamb lollipops

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The restaurant has a raw bar with eight seats, serving a selection of oysters that changes daily. Appetizers, which are served in cast-iron skillets, include lollipop lamb chops, meatballs, roasted Brussels sprouts, and pan-seared scallops. The main menu features several pizzas, including a particularly meaty one topped with pepperoni, prosciutto, and salami. In addition to pre-set pizzas, there are customizations available, along with sandwiches and salads. Entrees rotate weekly.

To drink, there are 24 beers on draft and cocktails served in non-traditional vessels, like antique tea cups and champagne buckets.

The restaurant spans nearly 8,000 square feet of space across two floors, seating 180 people. Design elements are courtesy of At Absolute Zero Design as well as antiquing efforts from owner Jeff Baird and his wife, Alissa, and there is a portrait of William Blackstone displayed prominently on the first floor.

White Bull Tavern operates daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. In the coming months, the restaurant will debut late-night and weekend brunch menus.

See below for the full opening menu at White Bull Tavern:


White Bull Tavern scallops

Pan-seared scallops

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White Bull Tavern [Official Site]

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You can get All-Clad cookware at an incredible price right now

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

If you love cooking and dream of a kitchen filled with the best cookware, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the All-Clad brand. This brand is well-known for its long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products. But that quality comes at a price, literally.

All-Clad cookware tends to be on the more expensive side because you’re paying for products that will last. But throughout the year, they hold VIP sales on their “factory seconds” with discounts that can reach as high as 70% on everything from pots and pans to tools and accessories.

Right now, they’re holding their first 2018 VIP sale, and it’s only going to last until Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. EST. You’ll need to plug in the code “ALLCLADVIP” to enter the site and explore all the merchandise. Typically, their sales tend to run over their deadlines until they run out of inventory, but the best stuff always goes fast. Here are some of the most impressive deals we spotted:

The term “factory seconds” simply means the products have minor imperfections, such as small dents or scratches, that don’t affect their functionality at all, but can no longer be sold at full price. Rather than letting them collect dust, All-Clad offers them up at those massive discounts to people like you who care more about cooking than how pretty their pots and pans look. Well-loved cookware will show signs of wear over time anyway, so why not save money while getting a great product?

Use the code “ALLCLADVIP” to access the 24-hour All-Clad Factory Seconds VIP Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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You can get All-Clad cookware at an incredible price right now

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

If you love cooking and dream of a kitchen filled with the best cookware, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the All-Clad brand. This brand is well-known for its long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products. But that quality comes at a price, literally.

All-Clad cookware tends to be on the more expensive side because you’re paying for products that will last. But throughout the year, they hold VIP sales on their “factory seconds” with discounts that can reach as high as 70% on everything from pots and pans to tools and accessories.

Right now, they’re holding their first 2018 VIP sale, and it’s only going to last until Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. EST. You’ll need to plug in the code “ALLCLADVIP” to enter the site and explore all the merchandise. Typically, their sales tend to run over their deadlines until they run out of inventory, but the best stuff always goes fast. Here are some of the most impressive deals we spotted:

The term “factory seconds” simply means the products have minor imperfections, such as small dents or scratches, that don’t affect their functionality at all, but can no longer be sold at full price. Rather than letting them collect dust, All-Clad offers them up at those massive discounts to people like you who care more about cooking than how pretty their pots and pans look. Well-loved cookware will show signs of wear over time anyway, so why not save money while getting a great product?

Use the code “ALLCLADVIP” to access the 24-hour All-Clad Factory Seconds VIP Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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From the food editor: Mastering the frittata, with help from a lot of …



Lets talk about frittatas. Specifically, how I can never seem to make one that actually tastes good.

They are described in blogs and cookbooks as an easy, breezy dish suitable for using up leftovers lingering in your fridge. Like a quiche, but low-carb!

Sure, the process seems easy: cook some veggies or other fillings in a skillet, add cheese, cover with eggs, bake. I have attempted it a handful of times at home. But it wasnt until just a few days ago that I made one I wanted to keep eating. Do you have dishes like that? Things that you never really bothered to learn how to make properly, so you shy away from it? One of my cooking goals this year is to cook 10 things I never have before. Much could go on that list. But I am also trying to embrace those things that seem just out of reach, things I have dabbled in but know I could do better. I think finally got there with the frittata.

To be fair, I think I was expecting too much from the frittata, which will never stack up to a quiche, a similar egg dish that sits on buttery pie crust. There is just no contest. It is its own thing, an eggy one-pan wonder that really is a great vehicle for a wide variety of ingredients: diced potatoes, roasted red peppers, chicken or steak, asparagus, mushrooms I could go on.

The real problem is that I was overcooking them.

Until a couple years ago, I was unreasonably squeamish about a runny egg. I still dont like yolks oozing entirely over my meal, but I have come to embrace a softer egg; I adore a hardboiled one with a still-jammy yellow center. So my tendency has always been to cook a frittata until there is no sign of wiggliness. Again, this goes back to the quiche: Its hard to overcook a quiche, which typically needs at least 30 minutes in a hot oven to come close to setting. Not so with the frittata. This thing goes from not ready to overcooked in the amount of time it takes to wash the raw egg off your hands.

So this time, I kept a very close eye. The frittata starts cooking in the skillet, then goes into the oven. So I set the oven timer for a mere 5 minutes, and worked my way up. I landed on 7 minutes until my eggs were mostly set, then took the skillet out of the oven and let it sit, while the piping-hot skillet continued the cooking process a bit more.

I cut a big wedge out of the skillet and placed it on a small plate, grated some Parmesan cheese on top and sprinkled some fresh basil. The bottom was a light brown, with a nice crust from the cast iron skillet. The rest was light and fluffy, dotted with spinach (which helped keep things moist) and mozzarella cheese that pulled into a long strand when I took a bite. It was the heartiest breakfast I had in weeks, and also one of the tastiest.

Mozzarella Frittata

For this recipe, youll need a skillet that can go in the oven. I would recommend cast iron or nonstick, but make sure the nonstick is oven-friendly. Not all are. I used a 6.5-inch cast iron skillet. For larger skillets, anything more than 9 inches across, double the amount of ingredients listed below.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 shallot

2 cloves garlic

Salt

Pepper

2 cups baby spinach

4 eggs

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh

cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Red pepper flakes

Fresh basil, chopped, for garnish

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet set over medium heat. When oil is hot, add shallot and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more, until both are softened. Season with salt and pepper.

While shallot and garlic are cooking, place spinach in a bowl and add enough water to mostly cover the spinach. Heat in microwave for 3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Drain, then squeeze spinach with your hand to drain even further, making sure to get rid of excess water. Add spinach to skillet with shallots and garlic and cook for a minute or so, breaking up spinach into smaller pieces with a spoon.

Add mozzarella to skillet, and cook until it starts to melt slightly. Add Parmesan cheese, then pour the eggs into the skillet. Swirl eggs around to make sure they cover the contents of the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes, to taste, and let cook for 3 or 4 minutes, until the edges of the egg are just starting to set.

Place skillet in oven and cook for about 7 minutes. At this point, check frittata by cutting out a tiny slice. If eggs pour into the spot where the slice used to be, they are not quite done. If the eggs hold firm, take frittata out of the oven.

Let it sit for a few minutes in the skillet, then cut into wedges and serve with fresh basil and more Parmesan cheese on top on each wedge.

Serves 2.

Source: Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times

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Catapult Makes Headlines for London Kitchen Recycler

A London-based business has turned to Lancashire-based PR consultancy, Catapult PR, as it helps design-conscious homeowners across Britain own the kitchen of their dreams, or recycle one that has already given them much joy and many lifestyle benefits.

Catapult PR is now immersed in the world of designer and ex-display kitchens on a daily basis, having started to work with innovative London business, The Used Kitchen Company, whose CEO, Looeeze Grossman, pioneered the concept of kitchen recycling 12 years ago.

The consultancy is putting kitchens from over 40 manufacturers in the spotlight, including much-desired brands such as Chalon, Boffi, Bulthaup, Mark Wilkinson and Siematic, which are sold at www.theusedkitchencompany.com at prices between 50-70 per cent less than their recommended retail price. Many of the kitchens showcased also include top-notch appliances within their purchase price, making them incredible bargains.

Through its promotional activity, Catapult is helping to find new homes for breathtaking kitchens, islands, dressers, light fittings and accessories and communicating how those wishing to own a kitchen with kudos can adapt kitchens and add personal touches, to suit their preferences.

Word-of-mouth recommendation from one of its Lancastrian clients put Catapult in touch with The Used Kitchen Company, after Looeeze Grossman exhibited alongside that client at Grand Designs Live, in October. Both had been chosen to be ‘Green Heroes’ by TV personality, Kevin McCloud.

Catapult produced a creative PR proposal that highlighted new promotional ideas that The Used Kitchen Company could employ and which also suggested a 2018 campaign message of ‘skip the skip’ – a rallying cry to encourage homeowners to recycle their kitchen, rather than sending it to landfill.

Over the past 12 years, The Used Kitchen Company believes it has saved 10,000 tonnes of waste, granite, quartz, glass and other materials from being scrapped, helping to reduce the strain on landfill sites that are struggling to cope with a mountain of waste.

This, and other quirky angles used by Catapult PR, have already seen The Used Kitchen Company featured in The Sun, The Express, Delicious magazine, Your Home, interior design portal Inex and KBB (Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms), within the past few weeks. PR is delivering a great return on investment.

This success has led to the possibility of Catapult handling other work in London, thanks to Looeeze Grossman now recommending the agency to other contacts and businesses.

Catapult PR’s managing director, Jane Hunt, says: “This is a fabulous account to work on, as amazing kitchens are continually arriving on www.theusedkitchencompany.com, sparking new ideas. Looeeze is an inspiring business woman and we aim to exceed her expectations throughout the year ahead.”

Catapult PR is building on huge success in late 2017, when it scooped more PR and marketing awards than any other PR agency in the north, winning five different trophies, as well as being a finalist for a further 10 awards. It has previously worked with other London clients, including Cocorose London and Essential Travel.

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Stocks to Watch For: Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR), Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS)

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR)

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) represented a move of 0.78 percent or $-0.02 per share and closed its previous day trading session at $3.9. 2.22 Million Shares were traded in the last trading session with an Average Volume of 1.93 Million Shares. The stock currently has a Market Capitalization of 324.29 Million.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. consists of a chain of retail stores operating under the names Pier 1 Imports and The Pier, selling a wide variety of furniture, decorative home furnishings, dining and kitchen goods, accessories and other specialty items for the home. Additionally, the company, through certain subsidiaries, operates stores in the United Kingdom under the name The Pier. The company supplies merchandise and licenses the Pier 1 name to Sears Mexico and Sears Puerto Rico.

The stock traded between $3.84 and $7.83 over 1-Year time period showing its price to sales ratio of

Right now, the stock has a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of $-12.82 and 200-Day Simple Moving Average of $-20.78. Its Price to Free Cash Flow is 11.58 and Price to Book of 1.16.

Analyst’s recommended the stock as 3.4 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell.

In the last Quarter, Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) reported its Actual EPS of $0.09/share. The analysts offering Earnings Estimates for the company were believing that Pier 1 Imports, Inc. could bring EPS of $0.11/share. The difference between Actual EPS and Estimated EPS was -0.02 Percent. Thus showing an Earnings Surprise of -18.2 Percent.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS)

In the last trading session, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) added its value by 2.66% closing at the price of $33.92. The stock currently has market capitalization of 3.55 Billion, with average volume of 3.8 Million shares.

Beta is also a factor of measure of the relative volatility of a particular stock to the market. Currently Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is showing beta of 0.65. This particular value of beta suggests that Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) has historically moved 65% for every 100% move in the benchmark, based on price level.

EPS is another important factor while making the decision of buying, selling or holding of particular share. Currently EPS for Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is at $2.71.

The stock currently has RSI of 67.34. RSI is considered overbought when above 70 and oversold when below 30, currently the given RSI for the stock suggests that the stock is average and it has not entered in overbought or oversold territory.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) topped its 52-week high price of $54.03 on 01/26/17 and 52-Week Low Price of $23.88 on 11/01/17. The Stock currently has P/E (price to earnings ttm) of 12.5 and Weekly volatility of 3.41% and monthly volatility of 3.40% respectively.

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