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Three OMMO Accessories You Need In Your Kitchen Right Now

In the week which has seen us unveil the all-new Kitchen and Dining category, we thought it was the perfect time to also introduce you to one of our favourite kitchenware brands – OMMO.

If you’ve ever attempted to purchase cookware for a new kitchen, or simply tried to improve the quality of tools in your current kitchen, you’ve probably found that stocking up on high-quality kitchen essentials is much more difficult than it should be. And this, to extend, makes sense, doesn’t it? Nowadays, everywhere you look, there’s someone on the TV and social media or in the restaurant and the bookshop telling us how their product, be it a pineapple corer, ice cream maker or dedicated avocado knife, will make our lives easier. In reality, all this increased choice makes our live that little bit more difficult – especially when it comes to separating the quality from the junk. So, we decided to test all the kitchen equipment we could get our hands on from OMMO – the innovative Japanese studio are hell-bent on redefining the world of kitchenware – to solve this problem and make stock of minimalist, high-quality kitchenware that you will actually use.

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Recipe Exchange: Two Good Casseroles

Sometimes a crowd needs a casserole. We’ve got two good ones.

Dorothy’s family and friends love her chicken and wild rice. In fact, it’s a winter meal that they’ve come to expect. A few even demand it.

Dorothy’s casserole baked in a deep cast iron skillet 

If we double Dorothy’s recipe, we also should double the long grain and wild rice mix to two packages equaling 12 ounces.

Fast and easy cleanup was on my mind as I prepped to make Dorothy’s casserole. Two 10-inch diameter cast iron skillets were my answer. My oldest standby, at 1 3/4 inches deep, cooked the rice, then, kept it warm at the back of the stove.

Cast iron skillet, 3 inches deep 

I was able to make as well as to bake Dorothy’s dish in my second skillet, which measures 3 inches deep. I used the recipe as it’s written below.

Dorothy’s Wild Rice Supreme

1 package(6 ounces) long grain + wild rice mix                       

Long grain wild rice mix 

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/3 cup flour

1 1/4 cup chicken broth, divided

1 cup whole milk, half half, or in a pinch 2% milk

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 1/2 cups large-diced cooked chicken or turkey

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1/3 cup lightly toasted slivered almonds

1/2-3/4 cup Italian flavored panko bread crumbs

3 tablespoons grated Pecorino-Romano cheese

Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside at room temperature when done.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.

Melt butter in a large saucepan or skillet over low heat. Turn heat to medium. Add chopped onions, Stir occasionally, and cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Stir in the flour and keep stirring until flour is absorbed. Immediately add 1 cup chicken broth, the milk or half half, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until thickened, 2-4 minutes.

Set heat to low; add large-diced chicken, chopped parsley, slivered almonds, and cooked rice. Mix well. Spoon into a casserole dish.

Mix the grated cheese and bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over top. Drizzle 1/4 cup more of the chicken broth, if desired. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

The William Mary Cookbook 

The reputation for our second recipe is that it’s a tasty combo, great for a crowd. This recipe comes from The William Mary Cookbook published by the college’s alumni to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 1993.

William Armbruster’s Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

6-8 sweet potatoes

6-8 apples


4 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt 

2 cups water

1 stick unsalted butter, 1/4 pound

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Boil sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water just until tender, 10-15 minutes. Once potatoes have cooled, peel and cut into round slices.

Peel and cut apples into round slices.

Arrange sliced potatoes and sliced apples into layers in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Potatoes should be last layer. Set aside.

Make the sauce: Mix the cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil. Add butter and cook until thickened, only a few minutes. Pour thickened warm sauce over potato/apple layers. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for one hour. Serves 8.

Suggestions for The Recipe Exchange may be sent to Ellen Clifford McGuire, or mailed to Recipe Exchange, P.O. Box 461, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. For more meal ideas, visit 

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Asian grocer H-Mart set to debut first Austin store –

The wait for H-Mart is almost over.

The popular Asian grocery chain has confirmed it will open its first Austin store on Feb. 15 at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin.

H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68,670-square-foot space near Lakeline Mall.

The Austin store will be the first with a Market Eatery, a new concept that features several small shops and restaurants tucked away within the larger H-Mart store.

Eateries that will be featured in the Market Eatery at Austin’s H-Mart are:

  • Sunday Bird (Korean fried chicken)

  • Sunday BBQ (Korean barbecue)

  • Snow Monster (Taiwanese shaved ice, Boba tea, waffles)

  • Sogongdong Tofu House (Korean tofu soup and comfort food)

  • Mix (Korean snack food)

  • Lai Lai (Authentic Chinese cuisine)

  • Tous Les Jours (Korean bakery)

  • Momo Sushi (Japanese sushi)

Non-food vendors will include:

  • The Face Shop (Korean cosmetics)

  • Cheong Kwan Jang (Korean red ginseng shop)

  • Tori Gift (Gift shop)

  • Jessica Hair (Salon)

  • JDX (Blinds and curtains)

Market Eatery will also serve beer, wine and sake, with daily drink specials planned.

“I want to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who has made this project possible,” said Stacey Kwon, president of H-Mart and daughter of the chain’s founder and CEO Il Yeon Kwon. “Without their hard work and dedication to our vision, none of this would have been possible. Specifically, to the city of Austin and the members of the community who have welcomed us with open arms, we are humbled to join this city’s unique vibrancy and ever-changing landscape.”

Domain additions

True Food Kitchen is adding a second Austin location.

The restaurant, co-founded by author Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox and known for its menu featuring an array of seasonal healthy dishes, will open a location at The Domain late this year.

It will join a location in the Seaholm development in downtown Austin that opened in 2016.

At The Domain, True Food Kitchen will take over the space in Domain I formerly occupied by Blackfinn Ameripub, at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

“True Food Kitchen will be a terrific addition to The Domain’s already impressive retail and dining lineup,” Lauren Krumlauf, the center’s director of marketing and business development said in a written statement. “Austin residents and tourists who appreciate well-prepared, wholesome dishes and incredible hospitality will enjoy True Food Kitchen as the restaurant is well-known for both.”

Founded in 2008, True Food Kitchen now has 21 locations.

Other new and upcoming additions at in Domain I and II include:

  • Fast Fix Jewelry Repair: Jewelry and watch repair. Near Maggiano’s Little Italy. Now open.

  • Indochino: Custom-made men’s suits. Near Vineyard Vines. Opens this summer.

  • Nespresso: Premium coffees, coffee machines and accessories. Near MAC Cosmetics. Opens this spring.

  • Paradise Smoothies: Smoothies, ice cream, frozen yogurt and other drinks. Near ATX Gifts Souvenirs. Now open.

  • Stinger Salon by Kia: Gallery showing off the high-end 2018 Kia Stinger. Near Dillard’s. Now open.

  • Ted Baker: Clothing and accessories with “a quintessential British attitude” for men and women. Near Lilly Pulitzer. Opens this spring.

  • Vince: Clothes for men and women made with luxe materials, such as cashmere sweaters and Japanese denim. Opens this summer.

  • Wanderlust Yoga: Yoga classes, community events and more, plus an organic juice bar. Near Amy Donovan Plaza. Opens this spring.

  • Xian Noodle: Dishes featuring hand-pulled noodles, as well as dim sum. Near Zara. Now open.

“We are thrilled to have so many exciting announcements to share,” said Irma Castor, mall manager for The Domain. “Now that we are in our 11th year, it’s exciting to see how we continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community.”

Another HM coming

The Austin area is getting yet another HM store.

The retailer, known for its hip and trendy clothing at reasonable prices, will open at Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Northwest Austin, this summer.

The 21,000-square-foot store will feature the HM Kids line targeting newborns to 14-year-olds, as well as an assortment of clothes and accessories for teens, men and women.

HM made its Central Texas debut in 2012 with a store at The Domain. Since then, it has opened locations at Barton Creek Square mall in Austin and the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, as well as an outlet store in San Marcos.

The express lane …

The Sears Grand store at 12625 N. Interstate 35 in North Austin is currently holding a “store closing” sale, with plans to shut down by the end of April. … Bealls has shuttered two Austin stores. The locations – in the Windsor Village shopping center at 5811 Berkman Drive in Northeast Austin and the Westgate shopping center at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. in Southwest Austin – are among eight stores closed nationwide by parent company Stage Stores. … Pet Supermarket, a national chain, has opened its first Austin store at 7028 Wood Hollow Drive in the Northwest Hills area. A store at 4750 Gattis School Road in Hutto is on the way. … There’s a new restaurant at Domain Northside. Look for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen at 3001 Palm Way.

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Timeless NO Style on Iconic East Lakeshore Point

Homes along University Lake are destination domiciles in our city. When you live on one of the Lakeshore drives, it’s about as good as it gets. The home at 3267 East Lakeshore Drive is a spectacular residence with 436 feet of curving lake frontage with amazing views of Tiger Stadium, the Campanile and the lake itself.

If you’ve ever driven along East Lakeshore Drive, you’ve likely taken notice of this home as you round Walker Point. Built in 1991, the one-owner residence stands tall and statuesque. It is unmissable.

Walker Point is one of the premier locations on University Lake, from nearly every room in the home, you can clearly see Tiger Stadium, the Campanile, the Lod Cook Center and incredible sunsets. And nearly all of the home’s windows are dressed in operating plantation shutters.

“The views here are phenomenal,” said Candace Walker, the C.J. Brown agent marketing the home.

The millwork in this residence is custom, right down to the coved crown molding, door casings and baseboards. There’s also lots of copper trim, drainage and flashings.

The rooms in this 5,040-square-foot home are large and arranged thoughtfully. Most of the flooring on the first level is teak wood, an exquisite choice that was reclaimed from a New Orleans warehouse.

“It took two 18-wheelers to haul the wood up here,” Walker said. The teak floors are one of the first things you notice when you walk through the leaded glass entry doors. To the left is a parlor with room for a grand piano, and to the right is the formal dining room with a swinging door to the kitchen area. Both rooms have huge windows with lake and LSU views.

The massive kitchen is outfitted with stainless KitchenAid appliances. The owner left the original Corian countertops, giving the new owners the opportunity to make their own choices.

The family room has a corner fireplace and a wall of glass to a covered porch and a 75-foot wide brick courtyard with a 10-foot pigeonniere. The current owner said parties for 200 or more guests are easily accommodated. Just on the other side of the courtyard is a 1,050-square foot guest house with a full kitchen.

A home office connects to the master suite, a large retreat with a sitting area and views of the lake. The focal point in the master bath is a Carrera marble cove with a Jacuzzi tub. Two walk-in closets have dressers, and dual vanities are below a single custom mirror.

Up the amazing custom staircase, you’ll find three bedrooms that share two full baths. With 9-foot ceilings and more teak wood flooring, the upstairs portions of this home were certainly not an afterthought.

You’ll also find the best lake views of all from the 10-foot-wide New Orleans style balcony.

“This is an amazing spot,” Walker said as she swung open the door to the balcony. While many balconies are more for decoration, this one is usable, she said. And because it’s on the lake, there’s always a breeze.

About this Home


3267 East Lakeshore Drive

Lot dimensions:


Living area:

5,040 square feet




Three full, one partial



Marketing agent:

Candace Walker

C.J. Brown Realtors

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Police: Suspicious package at Jacksonville IKEA was bag of …

  • By:
    Action News Jax

    Updated: Feb 3, 2018 – 7:53 PM

UPDATE at 6:30 p.m.: Jacksonville police said the suspicious package found in the parking lot was a bag full of silver pots. The scene is clear. 


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Original story 

Jacksonville police are investigating a suspicious package Saturday at the IKEA, police said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 2:50 p.m. from IKEA management about a suspicious package at the store.

Investigators have yet to determine how the store was made aware of the package. 

Once police arrived at the store, they found the suspicious item in the parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office said. Employees and shoppers were evacuated from the store, police said.

Investigators said some customers weren’t able to drive away because of the location of the suspicious package. 

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority provided buses for about 100 employees and customers who were displaced. Police said they’re all staying on the buses. This option was to ensure people could get out of the cold.

All lanes at Gate Parkway from I-295 are closed due to the reported threat, police said.

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