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Now’s your chance to get All-Clad cookware at an incredible price

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Editor’s note: All-Clad has extended the VIP Factory Seconds Sale. You now have until Sunday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST to shop.

All-Clad is one of the brands that, when they hold a sale, people lose their minds. While we found other cookware brands that perform better, there’s no doubt that All-Clad is one of the best money can buy.

However, that reliability often comes with a hefty price tag. But thankfully, All-Clad runs a handful of Factory Seconds VIP Sales every year, in which you can find steep discounts that make it much easier to upgrade your cookware. You’ll need to use the code ACJVIP18 to access the second sale of the year and start shopping. This sale runs through midnight (EST) on Wednesday, June 20, so don’t forget to take a peek.

The discounts you’ll find in these sales, which only happen a few times a year, are always impressive. We’re particularly into this 9-inch stainless/nonstick frying pan, which is only $50 right now compared to the full price of $115. There are lots of pots and pans available for similar discounts. And if you’re in the market for prep accessories like mixing bowls and kitchen shears, All-Clad’s got you covered too.

But wait! What does “factory seconds” mean? Basically, these are the products that couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents. If you want your new cookware to look flawless, this might not be the sale for you. But pots, pans, and the like will get these kinds of marks through normal use anyway, so if you can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end cookware.

Use the code ACJVIP187 to access the All-Clad Factory Seconds VIP Sale

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

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Kenmore’s New Stand Mixer Might Whip the KitchenAid Classic

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

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Strawberry Fields Pancake House Puts Family, Community, and Comfort Food Back into Sunday Brunch

Over the last few years, the popularity of brunch has exploded into an Internet bonanza. The meal has become less about eating and more about posing for photos meant to go straight to social media feeds. So, Strawberry Fields Pancake House has gone back to the brunching basics: companionship and a good meal bridging breakfast and lunch. On any given Saturday, the cozy restaurant is filled with families and friends chatting over coffee and comfort food.

The plates arrive full, but the prices come slim. Unlike trendy boutique spots that cater to Instagram filters, Strawberry Fields Pancake House offers satisfying and affordable meals that cater to everyone. The family-owned restaurant serves breakfast all day— a stroke of luck for those late risers that crave bacon and eggs past noon.

As its title suggests, Strawberry Fields Pancake House whips up a mean pancake; “flavor-bursting” toppings include everything from sweet treats like chocolate chips to tart fruit like peaches and cinnamon apples. The Strawberry Field French Toast is an instant classic: delicious French toast filled with sweetened cream cheese and topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Georgia Les, a manager at Strawberry Fields, said that while the breakfast items are hugely popular, the lunch menu also delivers.

“You really can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches or salads here,” Les said. “But you can never go wrong with breakfast food, either!”

Strawberry Fields Pancake House is known for catering to everyone’s taste; Mom can get the Ruby Reuben, while Dad can order the Meat Lover’s Skillet. Variety is the key to the extensive menu. Breakfast covers all grounds, from the delicious waffles, blintzes, and crepes to the savory omelets, skillets, and frittatas. Lunch promises a full belly with burgers, wraps, fresh salads, and soups. The section on the menu called “A Little Touch of Greece” even offers kabobs.

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Greenville celebrates Annie Oakley with a bang, bang: Ohio’s Tiny …

GREENVILLE, Ohio – Annie Oakley’s statue looks over the southwestern Ohio working class town she called home more than a century ago and today where teen-aged girls compete in sharpshooting contests in a festival that has been held for 55 years.

The Annie Oakley Festival is just one of two festivals on the weekend of July 27 through 29 to honor the town’s legacy. The other is the more sedate Gathering at the Garst, on the grounds of Darke County’s Garst Museum on North Broadway, which focuses on the history of Greenville and its role in opening up the American Midwest for settlement. 

Jesse Peters demonstrates his shooting skill while on horseback. He will be one of dozens of riders that will participate in events at the Annie Oakley Festival. (Courtesy Jesse Peters) 

And while the festivals draw tens of thousands of visitors every year, those who come also discover beautiful parks, a museum of Ohio history and a tiny restaurant that makes a unique sandwich.

The Oakley festival begins July 24 with practice for the Miss Annie Oakley shooting competition. Young women, ages 14 to 19, dress in costumes of the day and compete for the title of Miss Annie Oakley, shooting BB rifles at balloons. 

Ira McDaniel, 17, the reigning Miss Annie Oakley for a few more weeks until the next sharpshooter is selected. (Courtesy Annie Oakley Festival) 

This year, after a parade down Broadway, an historical marker will be placed at the house at 225 E. Third St., where Annie Oakley was visiting when she died of “pernicious anemia.” Historians believe she actually died of lead poisoning from a lifetime of handling ammunition in hundreds of skill shooting performances.

July 28 and 29, there will be free bus trips to Annie Oakley’s birthplace, childhood home and her grave, located a few miles outside the city, and other important Annie Oakley sites. 

Gathering at the Garst

The Gathering at the Garst focuses more on Greenville’s history, including reenactments of the signing of the “Treaty of Greene Ville” in 1795 by General “Mad” Anthony Way and the leaders of 12 Native American tribes.

Later, Fort Green Ville closed and gave way to the modern community. The land that once housed the fort is now downtown Greenville.

The treaty assured the Native Americans their own land and assured settlers that it was safe to settle the Midwest. But the museum also has a display that shows how that treaty and others were later broken by the American government.

Eileen Litchfield, president of the Annie Oakley Foundation, said officials have discussed combining the two festivals. 

But, she said: “We offer very different events at each festival.They are not really in competition.”

A quiet town

Greenville Police Lt. Eric Roberts said the city is relatively quiet. There has not been a homicide there for eight years.

In 2016, there were 12,836 residents in the city that measures 6.6 square miles.  The population is mostly white with a small number of African-American residents, some whose ancestors fought in the Civil War and were given land grants for their service. There are also few Amish families in and around the city.

Located near Dayton and 239 miles south of Cleveland, Greenville is a peaceful town with a thriving Main Street and a love of its local sports teams, which does not prevent people from joking about them.

“If there is ever a tornado warning here people rush to the high school football field,” deadpanned Roberts. “There hasn’t been a touchdown there in years.” 

Annie Oakley, favorite daughter

Annie Oakley was born in Darke County, just outside of town, and died while visiting relatives in Greenville, the city she called home.

Before her death in 1926, Oakley traveled the world as part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with her husband and fellow sharpshooter, Frank Butler. She met kings and queens and royalty of many nations, but she never forgot Greenville, and the city has never forgotten her.

Annie only stood five feet tall, but her memory casts a giant shadow to this day. Her statue, with rifle in hand, welcomes visitors and her presence is nearly everywhere.

In 1860 she was born Phoebe Ann Moses, or Mosey depending on which relative or expert you talk to. Her grave in the Burke Cemetery north of town attracts thousands of visitors each year. Her husband, who died just weeks after his wife, is buried beside her.

Oakley has an entire wing of the Garst Museum full of memorabilia including a kinetoscope created in 1894 of her shooting demonstration created by by fellow Ohioan Thomas Edison. It was the second kinetoscope, the forerunner of the motion picture, ever created. Admission to the museum is free.

Bear’s Mill

Another thing to see in the area is Bear’s Mill, a working, water-powered, grist mill that was built in 1849 at 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Road in Greenville Township, just east of downtown. Annie Oakley’s father, Jacob, died in 1866 while trying to make it back home from getting winter supplies at the mill. Today, the mill features demonstrations, an art gallery and presentations by people wearing traditional garb.

Quick draw artist

Everyone in Greenville knows that no one is faster on the draw than Harry Ballengee, even at the age of 82.

Ballengee is a quick draw artist who will demonstrate his skill as he competes with other fast guns from around the country at the Annie Oakley Festival.

How fast is he?

“I’ve been clocked at one-third of second,” he said. “I’m fast, but not the fastest. There is a guy who pulls at one-fourth of a second. I’ve won my share of competitions though. There will be about 20 of us at the festival, we’re always competing against one another.”

He shoots a modified Ruger .357 Blackhawk that fires wax bullets.

Ballengee grew up watching westerns on television — “Gunsmoke,” “Hopalong Cassidy” — he draws like they did, western style. 

“We have to hit a target of course, and are penalized if we miss it no matter how fast we draw,” he said. “We have a measuring device that records the speed of our draw to the thousandth of a second.”

Ballengee has been shooting professionally for 45 years, more than half his life, and he’s good at it.

He said he has no desire to shoot anyone, but he feels like he was born more than a century too late.

“I think I would have enjoyed life way back then,” he mused. “But I would really miss electricity.”

KitchenAid sale

KitchenAid is a major force in the city. With 1,300 workers, the factory east of downtown is the city’s biggest employer. During festival weekend, downtown turns into a giant sidewalk sale, with the KitchenAid Appliance store leading the way.

People line up the day before outside the store, the only KitchenAid store in the world, for gifts, prizes and heavy discounts. They can also see the KitchenAid museum in the basement. It includes the first mixer ever sold by KitchenAid (then Hobart) in 1924. They expect more than 30,000 shoppers over the weekend.

Maid-Rite, a unique treat

Don’t let the thousands of pieces of chewed gum on the side of the  Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop throw you off.

The restaurant, 125 N. Broadway, which opened in 1934, serves a unique sandwich. It is made of finely ground beef from locally produced beef and is prepared with a carefully guarded recipe of herbs. It is served with pickles, mustard and cheese for $2.05. Add ham for a Big Jim.

The menu does not go much beyond that. The only other sandwiches offered are a ham and cheese, chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches.

Not that they need much else. The sandwich is so popular that the restaurant is almost always full and there is a line of cars at the drive-thru window.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid,” said Cheryl Clouse, 70, of Ansonia. “We didn’t have much money, but my dad would stop here and buy all four of the kids Maid-Rites, he could afford that.”

And the gum on the wall? 

Part-owner Steve Canter said no one is quite sure why or how it started.

“We know it started in the early forties, after that people just kept on doing it,” he said. “I scrape it off now and then, no one seems to notice.”

If You Go:

The Annie Oakley and the Gathering at the Garst festivals take place July 27, 28 and 29 in Greenville, located 33 miles north of Dayton. Both are free.

The Annie Oakley Festival is at the at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The Gathering at the Garst is at the Garst Museum in downtown Greenville.

The Oakley festival will feature horse riding, shooting contests, bullwhip demonstrations and numerous food and souvenir vendors.

The Garst festival will have historic reenactments and Native Americans demonstrating their ancient and modern foods, music and culture. It will have an art exhibit and contest and also feature live bands.

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Antiques and Collecting: Copies of originals can sometimes prove valuable

Although antique dealers often say that early 1900s oak furniture doesn’t sell well, average Chippendale pieces are not wanted and fancy French designs of the past are out of style, some pieces — and even good copies — can be a good investment.

In 1899, Wallace Nutting began photographing, hand-coloring and selling scenes that had a “Colonial” look.

He bought and borrowed the furniture and accessories featured in the scenes, and he sold thousands of the pictures. There were some historic flaws in the images, such as hooked rugs in front of the fireplace in an early 1700s scene.

Eventually, he started to make and sell accurate copies of different types of furniture, including Queen Anne, Chippendale and Hepplewhite period pieces.

Today, there are collectors of Wallace Nutting furniture and photographs.

A Wallace Nutting tavern table made in the early 20th century as a copy of an 18th-century table sold at a Garth’s auction for $469.

Q: I have a Napanee Dutch Kitchenet in very good condition, except for missing brackets that connect the top and base of the cabinet. I’d like information on where I might be able to buy replacement brackets.

A: The Napanee Line of Dutch Kitchenet kitchen cabinets was introduced in about 1914 by Coppes Brothers and Zook of Nappanee, Indiana. Freestanding kitchen cabinets such as these were also made by Hoosier and other manufacturers. They were popular from about 1900 until the 1930s, when built-in cabinets became available. Sources for replacement parts can be found by searching online. One source for vintage kitchen cabinet hardware is

Q: I have a cup and saucer marked with a crown over crossed swords and the letters “R” and “C” between the swords. An ampersand is between the sword handles. Below that, it reads “Pompadour.” Who made this, and what is it worth?

A: Your cup and saucer were made by Philipp Rosenthal Co., which started in Selb, Bavaria, in 1891. This mark was used from 1891 to 1904.

Several variations of the mark were used later. Pompadour is the name of the shape. Rosenthal bought other companies and eventually had factories in several other German cities. The brand became part of the Arcturus Group in 2009. The value of your cup and saucer is about $25.


Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

• Doll: Navajo, stuffed cloth, blue velvet blouse, red bottons, striped cotton skirt, beaded necklace, woolen black hair, 1950s; 12 inches; $84

• Toy truck: fire pumper, red, silver, white rubber tires, wooden rims, cast iron, Hubley, 1930s; 5 inches; $150

• Chess set: lapis lazuli, white marble, white border, fitted case, Morita Gil; 10¾ by 10¾ inches; $258

• Lamp: electric, three-light, caramel slag glass, laurel leaves, urn, silver tone base, vines, signed, Miller; 24 by 15 inches; $405

• Silver pitcher: cylindrical, quilted, twist handle, Earl Evans, Alfredo Ortega Sons, Mexico, 7½ inches, $1,020.

• Bronze sculpture: Sorel Etrog, walking figure, Canada, 1933; 8 inches; $6,875

Terry and Kim Kovel, authorities on collectibles, write for the King Features Syndicate. Visit

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With an empty nest and a full kitchen, I’m saying goodbye to my daughter

The colorful bowls nest into each other in bright reds, yellows and blues. The pans are clean, with nonstick bottoms, still shiny and relatively new. There are spices I’ve never used before.

This is what happens when your daughter is moving far away, and you’ve had the same pots and pans for at least 20 years, if not longer. Your daughter gifts you her “like new” stuff. I call it reverse nesting.

My daughter has been busy cleaning out her apartment, which is just a few miles from my home. She is preparing to get married and move to England. All new things await her there, where she will make her own nest with her British husband.

I’ll still be here, in the house she was raised in, and if not for her generosity, would still be using my old, messed-up, burned cookware. I’ve never found the time or the money to justify updating my kitchen equipment, and I haven’t cared that much. With a tight budget, my husband and I have opted to invest in our girls over the years, for things such as camp, SAT prep classes and college applications.

All the while, I was using my same kitchen stuff, aware of how old and awful it was getting. I kept telling myself I needed to stop being so cheap and buy new things. It’s not hard to find an inexpensive set of pots and pans, but stubbornly, oh so stubbornly, I didn’t do it.

Now, suddenly, I’m traveling in reverse. When my daughter moved into her apartment to attend graduate school two years ago, she needed new everything. She bought some stuff and received some as gifts, and we gave her some things, too. We bought her a new iron and ironing board, which she just gave back to us. The timing is perfect; we’ve had the same iron and board for years, and neither is in tiptop shape.

It was weird how my daughter texted me from her apartment, showing me pictures of the things she could bring me — the bowls, of course (my favorite because they are so bright and cheerful), and baking pans of different shapes and sizes, which I will definitely use, because like my daughter, I enjoy baking. She even brought me all the staples in her kitchen cabinets, so now I have plenty of brown sugar to last a good long while. (Note to self: Find recipes that call for brown sugar to use it before it goes bad.)

This would all be great, except it also means she is moving far away. She and her husband will live in England, with new kitchen supplies from their gift registry. Their first kitchen will have shiny pots and pans and silverware and bowls and plates.

She will start her new life about as unencumbered as you can get — she will carry just two suitcases full of clothes to England and come back for some more in November, when she visits for Thanksgiving.

As she starts her new life, kitchen and otherwise, I will be the same as I am now — almost 28 years married, with very few new things, and warm memories of everything that was, as well as hope for all that is still to be.

I will use her kitchen gear and sometimes feel sad. Those items will remind me of the daughter I will miss so much. They will be a symbol of what’s changed. But the quality of my kitchenware will be better than what I have now — so I’ll smile, too, as I mix cake and brownie batter in the bowls or use them for a backyard barbecue, filling them with pasta salad or potatoes. They are mine now.

We reversed how it usually is — mother giving daughter things to fill her first kitchen upon her marriage, helping her create a household that will last a lifetime, things the daughter will use every day while thinking of her mother. Instead, my daughter brought me slightly and gently used kitchen supplies that I can use for many years to come, thinking of her as I use them.

I hope she still will think of me, too, as she opens her shiny new cookware and bakeware, and makes all her favorite recipes. I hope she will smile as she mixes some of our favorites — the challah bread we both like, the cheery summer pasta salad with bright tomatoes and corn that involves a lot of chopping.

Maybe we’ll be in our kitchens at the same time, doing the same thing. Maybe we’ll be on FaceTime while we do it. Or maybe we’ll just text each other later about it — two kitchens, two countries, two new sets of kitchen equipment, one mother and one daughter.

Walters is the author of “The Natural Order of Things,” as well as six other novels. Find her online at

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Designer Misha Zadeh Enters Tabletop Category

Designer Misha Zadeh has entered the tabletop category with a new licensed collection of tableware.

The collection includes Zadeh’s trademark bold and colorful designs in ceramics and melamine, featuring her original watercolor artwork. The collection includes dinnerware, serveware and drinkware items.

Zadeh began as a freelance graphic design business, Turquoise Creative, and soon ventured into the newly emerging indie stationery world. Since then, the company has been rebranded as Misha Zadeh Illustration Design, under which the new tabletop line was launched.

The new line was officially launched at this year’s January Atlanta Market and designed exclusively for retailer 180 degrees. The collection shipped to other retailers in May.

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