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Anna Cappelen and Chloe Pollack-Robbins, partners of the firm Curious Yellow Design, pride themselves on their style, which is influenced by the simplicity of classic Scandinavian design. A native Scandinavian, Cappelen translates this engrained aesthetic into the interiors she creates, even when shopping for simple details. Both designers agree that restraint is key when selecting all accessories, right down to the floral arrangements. “You may get excited by lavish bouquets,” says Pollack-Robbins. “But keep it simple to be sure it’s appropriate for the space.” This translates to all aspects of living, especially in the kitchen–for example, your faucet should also reflect this idea of simplicity. A sleek appearance combined with highly advanced functionality, like found in the Delta Trinsic® Pro Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology, is ideal for keeping things simple yet elegant in the kitchen.

A Few, Simple Ingredients Are All You Need

When entertaining, or just staying in on a Tuesday night, Bon Appétit Contributing Editor Alison Roman agrees with the Curious Yellow team about simplicity. “Less is more,” she says. One of her go-to favorites is a simple and elegant pasta dish punctuated by many varieties of mushrooms. “You don’t need 100 ingredients to make a delicious bowl of pasta,” says Roman. “The addition of all different types of mushrooms enhances the texture, flavor, and color of the dish.” Roman translates this love of simplicity to her workspace as well. A kitchen that is streamlined yet uber-functional is a must. Cooking can be messy, so any appliance or accessory that can help keep it simple is welcome. That’s where, again, the right faucet comes in. “It is nice to use a faucet like Delta with Touch2O® Technology,” says Roman. “You don’t have to reach for a handle if you have been cooking and your hands are dirty. It is a ‘simple’ idea that is extremely convenient and needed.”

“Whether it is your florals, interior space, or kitchen, keep it clean, simple and elegant,” recommends Pollack-Robbins. Words to truly live by.

Looking for more simple and elegant kitchen solutions? See what Delta can do.

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Michael Symon’s New Cookware Line Has Everything We’re Looking For

If you’ve been looking for cookware that’s both versatile and durable, but affordable, look no further than Symon Home, the cookware collection that Chef Michael Symon and his wife Liz designed for HSN. Symon told Food Wine that the line was inspired not only by his decades of experience cooking in restaurants, where “everything is about functionality, so I don’t worry about how pots and pans look,” but also by 25 years of entertaining and hosting dinner parties as a couple. The result is a practical collection for home cooks, one that “performs like restaurant equipment, but [that] you could set in the middle of the table to entertain.”

“We took everything that we’ve learned from 30 years in the restaurant business and brought it into the home kitchen in a seamless, useful way,” Symon says.

In the first batch of Symon Home products, you’ll find cast enamel pans, a set of chef knives, and a set of wooden spoons, among other smaller, but still essential, kitchen appliances (like a pair of tongs). Here are Symon’s tips for how to get the most out of the line:

Reduce mess

“I go to a sauce pan to the stove top and make a mess,” admits Symon, who says that Liz often teases him for cooking in their home as though he’s still in a bustling kitchen.

If you’re mess prone like Symon, the kitchen tools—like the wooden spoon spatula—are designed to sit upright rather than laying directly on the counter, reducing your post-cooking clean up.

Sunday supper

One of Symon’s favorite dinners to cook for family and friends is his “Sunday supper” of braised meatballs and pasta. He uses the 4-quart casserole pot to cook his meatballs (he says sausage also works), but since it’s a Sunday (although this method would work any day of the week), he makes it easier on himself by serving the meat directly from the pot at the dinner table, alongside a “big bowl of pasta and beautiful crisp salad.” He also brings the acacia wood spatulas and spoons out from the kitchen, which can double as serving utensils.

According to Symon, cast enamel pans are also an essential tool for both beginning home cooks and those who are more experienced. If you ever plan to cook for your family, cast enamel is the way to go because it “holds heat the best, which makes them the most forgiving, makes clean up relatively easy, they release food really well, and you still have the ability to caramelize, which you can’t do with a straight non-stick pan.”


Symon think that one of the collection’s greatest strengths is its versatility. If you’re a seasoned dinner party host, or looking to get entertain guests more often, Symon Home offers a simple 2-in-1 deal: You can serve dinner in the same dishes that you cooked in, which cuts down on time and mess.

“People want to know how to make things taste great, look great, and present great, for a reasonable amount of money and in an easy fashion,” Symon explains. “If we didn’t have these great cast enamel pans, we’d have to scoop [the food] out, then put it on a platter, then clean the platter. All those things make entertaining harder, which is why people don’t always want to entertain.”

The Symon Home collection cuts down on some of those steps—you’ll still have to dishes, of course, but Symon hopes he and Liz’s designs simplify and demystify the process.

“We find a lot of joy in entertaining,” he explains. “We just want to show people that if you have the right stuff, this really isn’t as hard as people make it out to be.”

And you can start out small, working your way up to bigger dinner parties once you get comfortable: The pieces in the current collection serve anywhere from four to ten people at a time.


Not only will the collection give you a high level of functionality, it also looks good on the table, according to Symon. He and Liz chose a series of colors that he hopes people will be proud to showcase on their dining rooms tables.

“We tried to pair up a lot of different color options,” he explains. “[The tools] are going to come in burgundy, grey, and blue. I’m a mix and matcher, but people can have all burgundy—burgundy handles on the wooden tools, burgundy handles on the knife set—so there can be cohesiveness to it.”

Comfort is key

The couple decided to create a range of sizes for the chef’s knives because Liz would often grab her husband’s knife while cooking and think, “This is stupid, this doesn’t work for me.” She needed something smaller, and figured other people out there would want the same thing.

“We designed a chef’s knife that’s around 8/12 or 9 inches that’s [comfortable] for me, and a 5-inch knife that is comfortable for Liz,” explains Symon.

The chef is also slightly arthritic, so he designed the smaller tools, like the peeler, to be especially comfortable to hold.

Symon Home 12″ Enameled Cast Iron Frypan, $40 on

Symon Home 3-piece Stainless Steel Knife Set, $30 on

Symon Home 3-piece Essential Kitchen Tool Set, $20 on

Watch Michael Symon introduce Symon Home on HSN at 4 p.m. tomorrow. 

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More Than 100 Items Make This All-Vegan Menu

The Modern Vegan

Address: 700 E. Naples Drive

Phone: 702-755-8127

Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday

A new restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and brunch for the vegan crowd. The Modern Vegan sits across from the Double Down Saloon, sharing a parking lot with a 7-Eleven.

The massive menu with about 100 dishes features $7 12-ounce smoothies named for hotels on the Strip, $4 12-ounce milkshakes that can be upgraded to a protein shake for another $2, $4 wellness shots, $8 fresh-pressed juices, and $9 cocktails. Starters for $10 include breakfast potato skins, cheddar bites, Canadian poutine, avocado toast, and stuffed deep-fried tomatoes. Breakfast dishes such as a vegan eggs Florentine, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles, as well as skillets, omelets, waffles, pancakes, and crepes for $14 make the menu.

At lunch, fish tacos, green coconut curry, spaghetti and meatballs, and penne primavera join $13 sandwiches, $8 soups, and $13 burger varieties.

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‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond ripped for ‘explosive’ kitchenware collection

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s kitchenware line is being ripped apart by unhappy customers, has learned.

The Food Network star known for her savory dishes straight from her Oklahoma kitchen partnered with Walmart years ago to exclusively sell her own line of kitchenware products from cups, pots, pans, dishes, and more. While the line has received high praises for its colorful designs, has discovered the line isn’t as appealing to customers once they start putting the items to use!

In fact, some users are claiming the products aren’t safe. One Facebook user demanded Drummond stop labeling her plates as microwave safe because they’re actually the opposite.

“If I can’t put it in the microwave for more than two minutes without it breaking, or feeling like I pulled it out of Hell’s fire, it is not microwave safe,” said the concerned fan.

Another displeased customer responded to the complaint, admitting that the dishes “literally explode!”

Many disgruntled fans have actually called out Drummond on social media after their cooking utensils have broken.

“So, my flat whisk broke the very first time I used it,” one fan revealed.

Another fan admitted it was a “sad morning” back in January when he was using a measuring cup from the line and “the handle snapped.”

A disgruntled Twitter user even tagged the TV chef in a tweet to ensure Drummond would see the complaint. He complained that a two-week old cutting board he gifted his girlfriend was “already warped and splitting apart.” The upset customer shared a picture of the board appearing crooked on a countertop.

The Oklahoma native sells a range of cookware sets. One in particular is named the Vintage Speckle 10-Piece Non-Stick Pre-Seasoned set sells for $99 – and a lot of reviewers claim the pans are ruining their meals!

“The first time I used it, pieces of the black glaze from the pot was in the food,” a “disappointed” review states. “The food I made was literally all black.”

Another user echoed that statement, but reethe chipping began when she was cleaning the dish.

“I noticed the inside is peeling/chipping away!” the customer wrote on “What am I supposed to do with this!? Feed my family some extra ingredients that came directly from the pot!!??”

Radar discovered Drummond has responded to her fans who have reached out with complaints on Twitter and directed them to the line’s customer service email.

Most recently Drummond was under fire for an action that didn’t have to do with cooking. Radar exclusively revealed the food blogger was accused of supporting mass horse slaughter.

Before that, Drummond shocked fans when revealing that her TV persona is a fraud in her book, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.


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Grilled lamp chops; Creamy mint sauce





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Le Creuset Launches Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Le Creuset is adding even more must-have cookware to its collection: The beloved purveyor of ceramic Dutch ovens, braisers, and saucepans is launching a new seven-piece stainless steel cookware set today.

Most dedicated home cooks already know why Le Creuset is so well loved in both professional and personal kitchens: The cast iron appliances last forever and the endlessly-popular Dutch oven—while considered an investment purchase for most people—is so useful in the kitchen, you could cook a new dinner in it every night.

“Le Creuset’s enameled cast iron Dutch ovens are rightly praised for their versatility – from searing to braising to baking bread, enameled cast iron is a wonderful tool to have in your kitchen,” Will Copenhaver, Director Marketing Communications, at Le Creuset, told Food Wine. “That said, there are times when you need to boil a quick pot of water for pasta, or perhaps get a light and quick sear on a piece of salmon.”

That’s where the Le Creuset stainless steel collection comes in. The 7-piece set includes a 10-inch frying pan, and 2-quart saucepan, a sauté pan, and 7-quart stock pot. Each piece is printed with the iconic three ring Le Creuset design. The company is launching a new 2-piece set of nonstick stainless frying pans, as well. 

Le Creuset’s stainless steel is also lighter than cast iron, and because it also heats up much faster than cast iron, allows you to expand the range of dishes you can prepare using the company’s cookware. 

“Tri-ply stainless steel heats up very quickly and allows for very precise temperature control, and in instances where you want your cookware to be light, versatile and quick to cool, stainless is a wonderful option,” added Copenhaver.

Does the new stainless steel collection look as pretty as, say, the mint lime collection, the millennial pink set or the clover-shaped Dutch oven that’s perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day? Not quite — but we’ll take it!

Stainless Steel Stockpot, $160 on

Non stick stainless steel fry pan, $96 on

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Thrifty Thursday: Shopper hits the jackpot with dinnerware find – Virginian

Everyone loves a bargain. This week’s find comes from Susan Powers, an associate insurance agent who lives in Moyock, N.C.

What: Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff dinnerware collection

Cost: $36

Where: Goodwill on Cedar Road in Chesapeake

What makes it special: Jackpot! I have been checking out the thrift stores to decorate my new office. I was cruising the aisles at the Goodwill store on Cedar Road in Chesapeake when I found these pieces from my pattern, Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff. I bought 41 pieces for $32. They also had another square dish for $4. I did my happy dance because this more than doubled my collection for dirt cheap. One of the platters alone is $30 regularly, and I got two! Had to use a little elbow grease to get the pricing stickers off, but very happy.

your turn

Thrift shop and yard sale enthusiasts, here’s your chance to let others gush over your nifty finds.

By email (preferred):

By mail: Send to Thrifty Thursday, Features Department, The Virginian-Pilot, 150 W. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510

What to include: Item, price, where found and what makes it special. Include your name, occupation, city and phone number. High-resolution photos are welcome.

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