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Local entrepreneur opens Kitchen Tune-Up in Marietta

Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen and bath remodeling company, has arrived in Marietta.

Local Marietta resident Kseniya Conniff has launched Kitchen Tune-Up’s operations along with the support of the company’s home office located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The award-winning company has established itself as the industry leader with more than 30 years of success behind it.

With a background that includes working in medical software support and a degree in nursing, Conniff’s experience has given her the foundation to launch and grow Kitchen Tune-Up locally.

In addition to residential clients, Marietta’s Kitchen Tune-Up offers kitchen remodeling for commercial customers. Services for both client bases include the company’s famous Tune-Up, a proprietary wood reconditioning process, as well as cabinet redooring, cabinet refacing, custom cabinets, Granite Tune-Ups and accessories.

While most kitchen remodeling services can take weeks, leaving kitchens inaccessible, Marietta’s Kitchen Tune-Up can finish its work in as little time as one day.

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The best UK deals for Monday: PetSafe accessories, Bosch dishwashers, Sonos speakers, and more

Pets are a gift that we don’t deserve. It doesn’t matter how bad your day has been, they have the ability to turn it all around with a little affection.

Stepping through the door and meeting your pet, that loves you more than anything, is a great feeling. In return, we owe it to them to shower them with gifts and accessories. 

We have put together a selection of the best deals on products for your fluffy friends. You can save on a PetSafe microchip cat flap, Solvit PetSafe telescopic dog ramp, and Purina ONE bifensis adult dry cat food with our round-up of the best deals for Sept. 10.

Elsewhere in our daily deals list, we have collected some great offers on technology for the home, products for the kitchen, and some fun gadgets for the family. Enjoy!

Products for your pets

The PetSafe microchip cat flap is available at £54.99.

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Homeware and kitchenware

Sistema KLIP IT food storage containers are down to £10.99.

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Technology for the home

The Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa is on sale for under £60.

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Products for the family

The Omron M2 basic upper arm blood pressure monitor is at almost half price.

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Wirecutter’s Favorite Kitchen Appliances: Baratza Encore, And More

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Forbes may earn affiliate commissions.

New kitchen tools help with preparing everyday meals in more ways than one. We’ve gathered some of our simple-to-use picks with features that will transform your cooking routines, allow you to make your favorite meals in less time, and let you try some new techniques.

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Food Processor: Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor

For a basic food processor that kneads, chops, and slices better than its competitors, we recommend the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor. This classic design comes with accessories and disks that are straightforward and it performs just as well as pricier models. During testing, it remained stable while chopping herbs and vegetables, shredding soft mozzarella cheese, and whipping up firm mayonnaise. Its 750-watt motor isn’t as powerful as full-sized models, but that doesn’t take away from its overall solid performance. The Custom 14-Cup Food Processor managed to power through pizza dough with little effort. Its bowl is easy to clean and big enough to accommodate most tasks.  

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Juicer: Tribest Slowstar

Whether you’re gearing up to try the latest juice cleanse or just think it’s time to drink more of your produce, you’ll need a juicer that produces high yields from a variety of fruits and veggies, generates little foam, and won’t jam often.The Tribest Slowstar is versatile enough to handle root vegetables, fruit, and thick greens. If you juice regularly, we’re confident that the Slowstar is worth the investment. Its motor and parts are protected under a 10-year warranty—one of the best guarantees offered among the juicers we tried.

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Coffee Grinder: Baratza Encore

A great-tasting, even brew starts with evenly grounded coffee beans. The Baratza Encore is our top pick for coffee grinders because it offers the best features for most people, quickly produces a consistent grind, and it’s more affordable than the competition. You won’t have to worry about creating much space on a countertop as the Encore has a slim, compact design. We like how easy it is to adjust the grind size and that the Encore’s top burr conveniently twists out for easy cleaning and maintenance.

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Electric Kettle: Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle

If you’re using an electric kettle for the first time, you’ll appreciate how simple the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle is to use. Its preset temperature buttons and the option to keep water warm for up to 30 minutes after it’s been boiled are true conveniences, all aided by an easy-to-read, intuitive interface. The CPK-17 has been our top pick for five years because of its consistent performance. It quickly heats water to temperatures that are ideal for balanced-tasting coffee and tea, plus it has a wide handle that’s comfortable to hold. Its 360-degree swivel base makes it easy to pick up from any angle and its wide spout helps to keep spills to a minimum.

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Stovetop Pressure Cooker: Fissler Vitaquick 8.5-Quart Pressure Cooker

If you’ve never used a stovetop pressure cooker, the Fissler Vitaquick 8.5-Quart Pressure Cooker is the most user-friendly model we’ve tested. You won’t have to fiddle with its lid as it smoothly locks into place, and it has two pressure levels—low pressure for foods like fish and eggs, and high pressure for beans and meat. The Vitaquick has a large cooking space which means you’ll be able to sear and sautée larger meals. We like that it browns food better than similar models and during testing it was the only pot that didn’t scorch on its sides. When you aren’t in the kitchen, its pressure indicator will still be easy to see—and its pressure-release button is located on its handle, a better position for avoiding hot steam. If you’re still apprehensive about a stovetop pressure cooker, we recommend reading our guide on Should I get a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, or a rice cooker? It’ll help you figure out which of these cookers is the right one for your needs.

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Disposable Dinnerware Market Analysis by 2025: Top Players Like Abert SpA, Mozaik, PrimeWare, Hefty, Belix …

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KitchenAid and Instant Pot Are Up to 50% Off at Macy’s Right Now

Out of all the kitchen appliances to shop, an Instant Pot is the one to invest in. With seven functions, it acts as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer—all in one.

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West Texas blacksmith specializes in carbon-steel skillets

His hands darkened with coal, and his forehead beaded with sweat, Randy Kiser shifted the embers as smoke bellowed from the forge.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reports he lifted a reddened rod from the flames, and beat the malleable metal with a hammer. He inspected the edges and moved to a machine that tapers them.

When he stopped, he had shaped the handle of a carbon-steel skillet.

Kiser’s workshop is set in the back portion of a rustic building on Moss Street in Paint Rock, the seat of government for Concho County, 32 miles east of San Angelo.

The front looks like an antiquer’s treasure trove, and serves as a showroom for Kiser’s 3Nail Ironworks.

“It’s something primal and takes you back; it’s the fire and smoke and sense of creating something,” Kiser said.

Dating back to the Bronze age, humans have been melting, casting and shaping metal into tools and weapons. The materials have changed to include iron, but the basic process of blacksmithing is the same.

“I grew up on spaghetti westerns, and they always head a shot of the blacksmith shop with a guy working on an anvil,” Kiser said. “It was always kind of dark, there was a mystique to it, and I was fascinated by them.”

After high school, Kiser worked as a welder in El Paso. A few years later, he moved to San Angelo and worked at Hirschfeld Steel.

Eventually, he found his way to a local blacksmithing group and completed an apprenticeship in 1998. After that, he worked on architectural projects creating custom designs for gates, doors and knobs at his shop in Paint Rock.

About a year ago, Kiser started making skillets. His skillets and pans range $175-$335.

“It’s the practical useful sense of it and the way it performed, it surpassed anything I can imagine.” He said. “Being able to make something that people could afford and can use every day is even better.”

While Kiser created custom projects for architects, he would create specific tools for each project. Kiser said the work was very slow going, and working on the skillets was a change in pace.

“Once I build the tooling, I could keep using it and improve on the tooling, and improve on the process to be more efficient and also turn out a better product,” he said.

“The best part is cooking with it, it’s something beautiful and functional.”

Besides being handmade, carbon steel distributes heat evenly and heats up quickly. Seasoning the pans also creates a polymerized layer on the surface, which aids in cooking.

Kiser’s eyes lit up as he looked on his work, checking the edges and curve of the handle. The handles on Kiser’s skillets end with a riveted bail, something that sets his apart.

“The best part of blacksmithing, sometimes the way something is put together or jointed turns into the ornamentation,” he said. “It brings in elements that nobody else has.”

He said the way the handle feels and looks shows off the uniqueness and quality of the skillets.

“I’m surprised at the response, and we sell more to men than women, or women will buy them for their husbands or boyfriends,” he said.

Making skillets is repetitious, which allows Kiser to get consistency in a timely fashion, while creating something affordable. It also allows him to spend more time away from the business, and eventually pass it on.

“Without me, the custom business doesn’t exist besides an auction of tools, this is something that could be a businesses all by itself if anything happens to me,” he said.

“This keeps me focused in a way I haven’t been focused before, it’s a better business model.”

The business is expanding, and Kiser recently filled his first international order to Australia.

Right now, he has a selection of skillets and paella pans in three sizes and depths, but he plans to add accessories in the future.

3Nail Ironworks skillets can be found online at, and at shows such as the annual open house event at the Chicken Farm Art Center.


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Best tagines

It’s easy to forget that tagines were relatively little-known in the UK ‘till fairly recently. In 2001, we felt it necessary to tell you what a tagine is on these very pages: 

“Tagine is both the Moroccan word for stew and the name of the pot in which it is cooked – a ‘tagine slaoui’. This principle is old hat in France, where for years pedantic cooks have insisted on cooking casseroles in a casserole, a daube in a daubière, and a marmite in a marmite.”

Nowadays, most British food buffs are au fait with this classic cookware, which has benefited from the patronage of Nigel Slater, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and countless other culinary celebs.

As we’ll see in this article, the materials used to make tagines have diversified beyond traditional ceramics. Their form, however, remains consistent: a dished base to hold the ingredients, and a fluted cone lid that traps the steam from cooking food.

This is the whole point of tagines: the steam collects in the cone of the lid, cools, then drips back down onto the bubbling ingredients. Sheer juiciness ensues.

This effect lends itself well to all sorts of meals – particularly couscous, stews and yes, tagines. Consider this specialised cooker alongside it’s ornamental value, and there you have a recipe for greatly enhancing what comes out of your kitchen. 

With these advantages in mind, let’s get to grips with ten of the best tagines available online today – from traditional ceramic models to innovative northern European newcomers.

One thing before we start: it should go without saying that you must always wear oven gloves when handling a hot tagine. We’re aiming for perfectly cooked meals; not perfectly cooked hands.

SCANPAN – Impact Tagine with Ceramic Lid

Best for: contemporary form and flawless function
Diameter: 28cm​
Colours: White
Materials: stainless steel, ceramic  

Although the tagine’s spiritual home is undoubtedly northern Africa, its development has in-fact been a collaborative effort between different peoples through the ages – from ancient Rome to modern-day France.

The Danish manufacturer SCANPAN may well have written the next chapter in the tagine’s tale, in the form of the Impact Tagine. Quite unlike any other tagine we’ve tested, it combines a stainless steel base with its more-traditional ceramic lid. It proved to be our favourite tagine to cook with, offering excellent results and superb ease-of-use – thanks in-particular to the handles on either side (remember your oven gloves).

An outstanding 21st Century update for a classic item of cookware.

£129 | Amara | Buy it now

Le Creuset – Cast Iron Stoneware Tagine

Best for: completing your cookware set
Diameter and capacity: 27cm, 2.1L
Colours: Cerise (pictured), almond, cassis, teal, volcanic, satin black
Materials: cast iron, stoneware

Le Creuset’s tagine is a unique twist on the traditional tagine blueprint, comprising a heavy cast iron base, and a stoneware funnel lid in one of a several vivid colours. Having tried out a few recipes with this tagine, we’re thoroughly impressed. Easy-to-clean, relatively-easy-to-handle, and suitable for use either on the hob or in the oven, it’s as practical as it is attractive.

Owing to its relatively deep base, this tagine is more capacious than it might seem at first glance, with room to cater for up to four diners of ordinary appetite.

£145.08 | Amazon | Buy it now 

Emile Henry – Tagine

Best for: your best buy under £100
Diameter and capacity: 27cm, 2L OR 32cm, 3.5L
Colours: Red, charcoal, terracotta, blue flame
Materials: ceramic  

This gorgeous Emile Henry tagine, made entirely from exceptionally heat-resistant “flame ceramic”, is quietly innovative, with subtle curves and a deep base amounting to an aesthetic quite unlike any of our other tagines. Small wonder the EH monogram is so proudly marked out on the lid.

More solid-feeling and arguably better-looking than other tagines in its price range, this model is in our eyes the best tagine you can buy without breaking the £100 mark.

From £74 | Amara | Buy it now

Castleton Home – Calisto Terracotta Round Tagine

Best for: minimalist Iberian style   
Diameter and capacity: 27cm, 2L OR 32cm, 3.5L
Colours: Red, charcoal, terracotta, blue flame
Materials: ceramic 

Castleton Home’s Calisto tagine is manufactured in Portugal, and we could well imagine it blending in with the whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles of the Alentejo, or some other sleepy region of the Iberian Peninsula. Its matte finish and terracotta trim are easy-on-the-eye, and it cooks food just as it should – trapping in steam to ensure its contents are moist and evenly heated.

Unlike the metal-bottomed tagines featured in this article, the Calisto is for use in the oven only – so don’t go using it on the hob.

£46.99 | Wayfair | Buy it now

LEON – Terracotta Tagine

Best for: great design for a mid-range price
Diameter: 27.5cm
Colours: Red
Materials: terracotta

In-between serving commuters their morning coffees and penning trendy cookbooks, LEON has somehow found the time to design a stylish cookware range for John Lewis, including this rather lovely tagine.

Its glazed red finish and steep sides make it distinctive without altogether breaking the mould – ideal if you like your traditionalism laced with a modern edge. Every inch as stylish as we’d expect a LEON product to be, this tagine is a fine ornament as well as a useful tool.

Handily, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe – so reheating leftovers and washing after use is a doddle.

£65 | John Lewis | Buy it now

Amazing Cookware – Terracotta Tagine in ‘Pearlescent Green’

Best for: a dinner-party talking point
Diameter: 27.5cm
Colours: Green
Materials: Ceramic

Just looking at Amazing Cookware’s ‘Pearlescent Green’ tagine feels uncannily akin to eating a whole packet of sour sweets in one ill-advised mouthful. Its lime paintjob is certainly a conversation-starter.

On closer inspection, this tagine’s merits are inarguable. Handles on opposite sides of the base and a knobbed end to the lid make handling it (with gloves!) far more comfortable than handling most of the other tagines we’ve featured, and its ceramic material will stand up to hobs, ovens, microwaves, barbecues, and just about any other kitchen-appropriate heat source you care to subject it to.

£53.74 | Amazon | Buy it now

Beka Cookware – Beka Tagine

Best for: complementing cutting-edge kitchen interiors
Diameter and capacity: 28cm, 2.3L
Colours: Black white
Materials: Cast iron, ceramic

If bucolic style is not your thing, the Beka Tagine could be the one for you. It looks positively extra-terrestrial.

Despite its cutting-edge looks, this tagine’s materials are time-honoured: a cast-iron base and a ceramic lid, much like Le Creuset’s version, albeit lighter.

Suitable for hobs and ovens, this would make an effective choice for those seeking to marry traditional cooking methods with a contemporary kitchen design. It’s also relatively reasonably priced.

£82.44 | Amazon | Buy it now

Etnico Arredo – Moroccan Clay Tagine

Best for: going back to basics
Diameter: 30cm​
Colours: Clay
Materials: Clay

Etnico Arredo’s Moroccan Clay Tagine has a pleasingly handmade feel that’s absent in some of the more extravagant tagines we’ve encountered. It has a human touch.

Primarily built for oven-cooking, it can also be used on the stove-top – but only when used with a heat diffuser underneath it.

Some of us are looking for novel features in our cookware; but others prefer a traditional design. If you fall into the latter camp, this tagine would make a good bet.

£33.32 | Amazon | Buy it now

Marocstore – Traditional Moroccan Tagine

Best for: a decorative take on a traditional tagine
Diameter: 30cm​
Colours: Clay
Materials: Earthenware

Ornate yet uncomplicated, rustic yet refined, this Moroccan made tagine offers excellent function and traditional style at a price that won’t break the bank. It’s built for both ovens and stove-tops, and so enables you to cook however you prefer (we’d tend towards cooking on the hob if you’ll need to check or add to the ingredients often; or slow-cooking in the oven if not much attention is required).

At 30cm in diameter, this tagine is particularly wide – which makes it great for making an interior design statement, but not-so-great for cooking in close quarters.

£22.95 | Amazon | Buy it now

Lakeland – Traditional Moroccan Tagine

Best for: rustic style with a glazed finish
Diameter and capacity: 32cm, 2.2L
Colours: Multicoloured
Materials: Glazed terracotta

Lakeland has a knack for applying a glossy finish to traditional designs, without dulling their charm. Their take on a traditional Moroccan cuisine is a case in point, made with beautiful glazed terracotta that’s just about rough-around-the-edges enough to maintain a bucolic air.

At 32cm across the diameter, this tagine is a voluble presence in the kitchen – perfect for cooking generous portions and serving as a dinner party centrepiece.

£21.99 | Lakeland | Buy it now


Although it arguably loses points for lacking a traditional north African aesthetic, we’re naming the SCANPAN Impact Tagine our ES Best Top Pick. It’s a contemporary rendering of the very best things a tagine can offer: principally that iconic, fluted lid design, and the capability to cook sumptuously moist meals. If you’re a stickler for traditional style, you might look at Marocstore’s or Lakeland’s tagine instead.

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