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Adventurers spruce up the face of Mt. Washington – Tribune

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Bake like a pastry chef with a discounted KitchenAid stand mixer

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A KitchenAid stand mixer has been sitting in my shopping cart for months. I’m always dreaming of the day when I can finally make a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies without struggling with a hand mixer. Plus, the sleek aesthetic of this classic mixer will add major style points to my kitchen.

These incredible mixers are usually just out of my price range—unless I want to settle for a refurbished one, which I don’t. But right now, Macy’s is selling the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Silver Metallic for brand spanking new at the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Typically, they’re priced at around $300, but right now you can get it for just $219.99.

This model is our favorite stand mixer because it breezed through all of our tests and it’s the quietest stand mixer out there. Plus, KitchenAid includes so many attachments that are all just as easy to use, which makes it the ultimate baking machine. So if you’ve been thinking of investing in a high-quality stand mixer for a while now (like me), now may the time to finally buy. And if you have any weddings coming up soon for loved ones you want to spoil, this is almost guaranteed to be on their registry. Just saying.

Get the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer at Macy’s for $219.99 and save $80

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

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The best camping cookware you can buy – Business Insider

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The Insider Pick:

  • A great set of camping cookware brings the comfort of the kitchen to the campsite.  The Gear4U Camping Cookware Mess Kit is our top pick because it contains 13 useful items that tuck together into one compact package weighing just 1.3 pounds.

A journey into the wilderness affords an escape from the hustle, clutter, and worries of our busy modern lives. But just because a camping trip means leaving behind the myriad gadgets and appliances most of us use on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean your adventure has to be fraught with needless difficulties. With the right gear, time spent out in the field can be rustic yet still convenient when it comes to preparing food. In fact, with a good set of camping cookware, you can move beyond the basic need for nutrition and prepare meals that are truly tasty.

As happens with so many people who find themselves spending more and more time hiking and camping, I went through an evolutionary process with the gear I used. I started off with an older, heavier air mat and sleeping bag. My first tent was a cheap and flimsy model I found on eBay for the same price as a single tank of gas. My first boots were hand-me-downs. 

I bought my first set of camping cookware for five or six bucks at an army surplus store. It was made of thin, stamped aluminum, and after only a few uses, the metal tarnished with exposure to moisture, the pot and pan discolored from the flame of the stove, and all of the components became so warped and dented that the set no longer fit together properly.

Now having used several superior camping cookware sets, the poor quality of a set that cheap is no surprise to me. What might be a pleasant surprise to you, though, is how many high-quality camp cooking sets you can get for a modest price. There’s a lot of great camp cookware out there for between $20 and $30 that will last for years of use with proper care.

Read on in the slides below to learn why the Gear4U Camping Cookware Mess Kit is our top pick and why you should also consider the MalloMe 10-Piece Cookware Mess Kit, the HealthPro Titanium Camping Cookware Set, the Stansport 360 Stainless Steel Mess Kit, and the Terra Hiker Camping Cookware Set.

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Open house planned for Sunday at 3430 Whitehaven place | The …

At 3430 Westhaven Place, the new custom-built dwelling features four bedrooms and 2 1/2 half baths. The house has much to offer prospective homeowners within its 2,550 square feet. It was built to be low maintenance and comfortable.

Built by Dean Custom Homes, LLC, the dwelling was built from a Frank Betz plan.

It has a multigabled roofline and exterior façade of brick, stacked stone and Hardie board. Carriage-styled doors on the two-car garage add to the curb appeal. Brick steps lead to an entrance featuring double-doors with opaque decorative-glass panels and a clerestory topper.

The two-story foyer has a chandelier framed by an arched window to provide natural as well as artificial light to the hallway. Running throughout the main level is beautiful ¾-inch red-oak flooring.

The main level features an open floor plan with a great room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, master bath and master bedroom, as well as a powder room.

The formal dining room is separate, yet easily accessible from both the great room and kitchen.

The kitchen has plenty of custom-built, white-colored cabinetry, Whirlpool range, microwave and dishwasher. One of the highlights of the cabinets is the appliance garage with electrical receptacle hidden inside. The countertops are black granite. Inset lighting has been used in the room.

Chad Dean, builder, noted the structure is a Kohler house. It offers the latest innovations in Kohler plumbing, vanities, tubs, sinks and accessories. The kitchen double sinks are deep with a pull-down faucet. Stools are tucked under a bar feature on the sink island.

There is a breakfast area adjoining the kitchen with plenty of windows and two doors. One door leads to a covered porch, which would be perfect for entertaining. The other door leads to the back yard. Both of the exterior doors feature in-window blinds.

Adjoining the kitchen is the laundry room, which features a wash sink and plenty of upper cabinets. Besides room for the washer and driver, there is room for a folding table. The flooring is a marble-looking ceramic tile.

The great room features a cathedral ceiling with fan/light fixture. The focus of the room is a brick fireplace. Windows on either side of the fireplace flood the room with natural light.

The master bedroom features three windows and a double-trey ceiling with fan/light fixture and inset sidelights. Adjoining the bedroom is the master bathroom with a large jetted tub, glass-enclosed walk-in shower and separate toilet room. The double vanity features the same custom cabinetry as the kitchen and is highlighted with two framed mirrors. The flooring is ceramic tile with the look of marble. The large walk-in closet features a single window looking over the front yard.

A combination of red oak and wrought-iron newel posts and balusters lead the stairway up to three more bedrooms and a bathroom. Gray carpeting has been selected for the flooring upstairs.

All of the bedrooms feature plenty of closet space — two have walk-in closets. One of the bedrooms has an under-the-roofline area, which would be perfect for storing holiday or seasonal items. The center bedroom room follows the contours of the roofline for an extra large room, which might be used for a bonus area.

The upstairs bathroom again features Kohler fixtures — double-vanity sinks and shower-tub combination — as well as ceramic tiling and framed mirrors.

Dean said all the lighting in the house is from Lowe’s Cabinet and Lighting Center. He acquired the Kohler items from Ferguson.

The yard will not require much maintenance. It features installed sod and landscaped bushes with rain irrigation to help keep it well watered.

The dwelling has central heat and cooling.

The Westhaven Place neighborhood features underground utilities, sidewalks and streetlights.

Situated close to shopping areas and main transportation routes, the house is priced at $315,00.

Jim and Philomena Davis of Crye-Leike will be showing the residence in an open house Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

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Food for Thought and Shopping Inspiration at Saks’ New Food Hall …

Hoping to excite consumers’ appetites for shopping, Saks Fifth Avenue has unveiled its first luxury food concept in the U.S. at Brickell City Centre in Miami: Casa Tua Cucina, an 18,000-square-foot Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and marketplace.Saks’ 107,550-square-foot unit, which bowed at Brickell in 2016, at the time was the retailer’s first new store to open in 30 years. The 500,000-square-foot Brickell City Centre opened after four years of construction as part of a $1.05 billion mixed-use project in the Brickell business and banking district.Food isn’t new to Saks, nor is it entirely novel to consumers. Saks Food Halls — Pusateri’s Fine Foods — have opened at two Canadian stores, CF Sherway Gardens and CF Toronto Eaton Centre.Shopping centers have been plugging food concepts into spaces left vacant due to bankruptcies and downsizings. The few new mall projects, such as Brickell, are featuring food halls prominently. In fact, Casa Tua isn’t the only food hall in the mall. Another Italian one, La Centrale, occupies 40,000 square feet on three levels.Casa Tua Cucina offers 10 dining stations, a 300-seat restaurant, full bar, a flower market and a home goods shop, featuring a selection of home and kitchen accessories made by local and international artisans, and Casa Tua private label products. The menu consists of classic dishes and new recipes created exclusively for the location, which can be eaten onsite or ordered for takeout.

Casa’s stations hit all the Italian high notes, including pizza — in this case, it’s of the Northern Italian crispy variety; prepared foods and Italian specialties such as lasagna; rotisserie chicken and meats; smoked salmon; grain salad; caviar, and charcuterie and cheeses. Crudo + Grill features fine meats and local and imported fish, while Pane features handmade breads, focaccia and grissini baked fresh on-site every hour. Casa has an on-site bakery at Brickell.

The venue’s pastas are handmade on-site and paired with proprietary sauces.Dolci, the pastry bar and dessert station, goes beyond the typical cannoli to include chocolatini and other signature sweets. There’s a coffee bar serving Caffe Passalacqua, a Neapolitan blend that, according to Saks, is not available anywhere else in the U.S. Meanwhile, the 30-seat wine, beer and cocktail bar offers more than 60 wines by the glass, artisanal Italian beers and local draft beers and cocktails.An enormous stainless steel open grill is the centerpiece of Casa. At the restaurant, steaks, pizzas, salads, pastas and panini receive three dollar sign designation for expensive. Prices range from $11 for pizzas to $140 for Tomahawk steaks.“The future of retail is the new luxury — reaching consumers in a more meaningful way by creating experiences and entertainment in-store and beyond,” said Saks Fifth Avenue president Marc Metrick.The purpose of restaurants in our stores has changed in today’s new luxury. They’re less about satisfying hunger. They really have to be destinations in and of themselves.“Restaurants are great ways to both entice our clients to shop in-store, but also to stay in stores longer and ultimately purchase…maybe even become loyal customers,” Metrick continued. “We like to think that the luxury client no longer wants simply to transact, they want to experience something and we want to provide them with that something, be it be fantastic food, a quiet spot to relax, a fitness class, special event or otherwise. Ultimately, it’s a means for them to return and to shop with us again.”One of the most popular features of Casa could be the takeout menus. Customer traffic includes Brickell’s flagship hotel — and more than 100,000 office workers housed in two towers that are part of the project. There’s been a dearth of food options for them until recently, said Debora Overholt, vice president of retail at Swire Properties.Metrick believes the new gastronomic fare will appeal to a wide range of consumers. “By partnering with a local, yet globally renowned partner like Casa Tua, we’re providing our clients with a one-of-a-kind, authentic experience,” he said. “Casa Tua literally means ‘your home.’ The brand’s foundation is centered around family, friends and community. It’s much more than a restaurant, it is a neighborhood destination with loyal clients. This sense of home, comfort and loyalty fits perfectly at Saks.”Casa Tua was founded by Italian-born Miky Grendene in Miami in 2002, with a hotel, restaurant and Miami’s first private members club. It expanded in 2010 to Aspen.

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Designer tips for the ideal kitchen

The kitchen is undeniably one of the most important rooms in a home as it is the area where the family congregates, meals are prepared, and guests are hosted so make sure you are making this space beautiful and lively.

In order to have a perfect kitchen, Mikita Laad Gupta, Interior Design Lead at Bonito Designs and Shinijni Chawla, Interior Expert at UrbanClap.com give out five tips that can help you in designing your ideal kitchen* Space Planning: Space planning is one of the most important factors when it comes to a kitchen, as it is the most function-intensive space in a home. Keep in mind the ‘work triangle’ for the key functions of a kitchen, i.e. the Refrigerator, hob and sink, as well as the number of people who would be using the kitchen at a given time.

Another aspect that people often ignore is toe space under the kitchen counters, so make sure there is enough space provided when you design a kitchen skirting so that a person can comfortably stand at the counter for long periods of time. The more specific and organized the kitchen is, the better it will function, so try incorporating custom kitchen accessories instead of providing empty cabinets, such as a designated place for aprons, gloves, wash clothes, etc.

* Countertop: Granite was considered as one of the most conventional materials for a kitchen countertop due to its hardness and durability. However, now that time and technology has changed, don’t hold yourself back from trying some new materials in countertops like Engineered Quartz and Corian, to name a few. They are available in a variety of color options, are durable and of good quality, and can be also very economic.

* Dado: A beautiful dado can enhance the look of the whole kitchen as it is visible at eye level throughout the kitchen most of the time. Experiment with a wide variety of materials now available for very different looks, such as lacquered glass for pops of bright, glossy colour, ceramic tiles with myriad interesting patterns, or even the same quartz you used as a countertop for a homogenous feel.

* Light: Lighting often gets neglected in the kitchen area, despite its functional requirement. In addition to overhead lights, make sure you provide ample lights beneath the upper cabinets for specific tasks in order to provide proper illumination for your work spaces. Lights can also be provided inside the cabinets with sensors for their operation, for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

People often have this notion that false ceiling is not for kitchen spaces, but with the proper ventilation and chimney placement, it can be used beautifully to provide uniform lighting in the kitchen.

* Appliances: In today’s times, no kitchen is complete without the appropriate appliances. Spend some time doing research on the wide variety of appliances available, and make a list of your required appliances before designing the kitchen.

Make sure you only choose appliances based on your particular needs and usability, as other than the basics, not all appliances are for everyone. Place the appliances in your kitchen layout based on the frequency of their use.

–IANS

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