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Fiesta Dinnerware Retires Sage From Color Lineup

Homer Laughlin’s Fiesta Dinnerware brand will be retiring the color sage from its lineup of 14 signature colors.

Fiesta Dinnerware will be taking orders from retailers for Sage through December 31, 2018, for delivery by March 1, 2019. On March 31, 2019, Sage will be added to the “inactive availability” list of colors. Sage will be available to consumers at better department stores, independent retailers, at dot-coms and on the company’s website while supplies last.

Sage was introduced in 2015. The new color for 2019 and other new items will be announced on January 8, 2019, on the first day of the Atlanta International Gift Home Furnishings Market.

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Ottolenghi’s skin-crisped salmon fillets with pine-nut salsa was mentioned in a British movie

Serves 4

You need two skillets for this; one to make the salsa, the other to cook the salmon.

1. Cover the currants with boiling water; set aside for 20 minutes.

2. On a large plate, mix the salmon with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

3. In a large skillet, heat 5 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chopped celery and pine nuts and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes, or until the nuts start to brown (they can burn easily). Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the capers and brine, olives, saffron and liquid, and a pinch of salt. Drain the currants and add to the pan with the parsley, and lemon rind and juice; set aside.

4. In another large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the salmon, skin side down, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the skin is very crisp. Lower the heat to medium, turn the salmon, and continue cooking for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on how much you like the salmon cooked).

5. Arrange the salmon on each of 4 plates and spoon over the salsa. Garnish with celery leaves. Sheryl Julian. Adapted from
“Ottolenghi SIMPLE”

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7 Fair Trade Kitchen Accessories To Celebrate Fair Trade Month

The fair trade movement began as a way to support artisans and producers in developing countries by providing a marketplace for their handcrafted goods and consumables, whether it’s coffee or bananas. October marks Fair Trade Month and what better way to celebrate the artisans and farmers who bring us fair trade delights from around the world than by highlighting some of their unique products? Here are seven fair trade items that will work well in any kitchen.

Coffee Mugs

“Why would you use a plain boring mug, when you could drink your morning cup of joe from this cute little owl mug?” asks Teresa Hendricks, owner of Lucia’s World Emporium. We have to agree. Lucia’s ceramics are made by their artisan friends in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala.

Wouldn’t it be more fun to enjoy your morning fair trade coffee or tea in this owl mug from Lucia’s World Emporium?Cassidy Dietz for Lucia’s World Emporium


One can never have enough aprons and these reversible aprons are hand-batiked on organic cotton by the “Mamas” in Ghana, West Africa. “On each item tag, we share the name of the batiker, seamstress, and quality control checker that crafted that specific piece – something we’re able to do as an organization that is vertically integrated and fully transparent,” shares Jess Bowen, Global Mamas, Sales Manager on the U.S. team. For those who wish to learn more about the woman who made the item, they can visit their website and read their story. “The back side of each apron is lined with upcycled flour sacks that we source from local bakeries, reducing waste while giving the garment a nice weight to prevent splashes from reaching your clothes while you work in the kitchen or studio.”

These reversible aprons from Global Mamas are hand-batiked by artisans in Ghana, West Africa.Global Mamas

These floral aprons from Elevāt are hand stitched by a women’s co-op in the Philippines, according to co-founder Julie Johnson. They feature a divided pocket in the front with a tie back and available in four different floral styles. Since they’re made using 100% cotton and are machine-washable, you don’t have to worry about being messy in the kitchen.

These floral aprons from Elevāt are hand stitched by a women’s co-op in the Philippines.Elevating The Globe

Kitchen Accessories

At one point, I wondered how practical and useful potholders were until I needed to use them for dinner one day. I’ve been a convert ever since and I love to collect colorful and artsy ones, in particular, because they bring such fun texture to any table.

Felted Wool Potholders

These felted wool potholders are made by a group of women who are victims of domestic abuse in Kyrgyzstan. “Leaving their husband isn’t an option, so by giving the women some income, it relieves the financial burden at home, which decreases the likelihood that their husband will drink, decreasing the chance of abuse,” shares Wendy Farmerie who offers these potholders through The Silk Road Market. “They also provide therapy for the husbands at the same

time and are showing a really high success rate.”

While those reasons are enough to fall enough with these potholders, Farmerie admits there is another reason she loves them. “These ladies are so creative, no matter what funky pattern I dream up, they pull off,” she says. “They’re also the perfect thickness…super thin so you can easily grab a casserole, but thick enough you don’t feel any heat.”

These felted wool potholders are made by a group of women in Kyrgyzstan and available through The Silk Road.The Silk Road

From a small business in Nepal committed to providing fair wages and benefits to its employees come these felt ball trivets, available through Tango Zulu.

These felt ball trivets, handmade in Nepal, are available through Tango Zulu.Tango Zulu

Pizza Cutters and Tortilla Baskets

Sure, there are pizza cutters and tortilla baskets that are standard and utilitarian but what fun in that? I’m of the opinion that we can elevate our kitchen accessories by seeking out beautifully-designed pieces that are both functional and pretty to use.

I thought these two pieces fit the bill.

This tortilla basket, available through Women’s Peace Collection, is made out of pine needles and native, wild Guatemalan grasses! Since Guatemalans eat corn tortillas with just about every meal, they regularly use baskets to keep them warm. This particular basket smells just like fresh pine and according to Sue Fish, founder of Women’s Peace Collection, her whole place smells like pine when she receives her shipments.

“The talented artisans are all women who live in remote areas of Guatemala,” adds Fish. “They largely work at home so are able to take care of their children while they weave. The women travel on foot, sometimes up to two hours, to find the longest pine needles they can for the baskets.”

This tortilla basket, available through Women’s Peace Collection, is made out of pine needles and native, wild Guatemalan grasses.Women’s Peace Collection

Another cool find comes from Ten Thousand Villages and made by artisans in India: a bicycle pizza cutter. Made in Moradabad, the artisans were facing a dying industry as many metal workshops in this city once busy with welders were closing their doors as the price of raw materials kept rising as the value of metalwork kept falling. Working with Ten Thousand Villages, these artisans now use their traditional metalwork skills and create fun and innovate new designs, like this bicycle pizza cutter.

These cool bicycle pizza cutters, available through Ten Thousand Villages, is are made by talented metalwork artisans from India.Ten Thousand Villages

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Coated Fry Pans Are Choking the Planet and Cook Culture’s Fry Pan Trade-In Event is Doing Something About It

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cook Culture, the leading kitchenwares retailer and culinary educator with four locations in Victoria and Vancouver, is leading the charge to responsibly eliminate as much used Teflon and Teflon-like cookware from people’s kitchens as possible. To make this happen, throughout the month of October they are offering 30 percent off a new “sustainable” fry pan with the “trade-in” of a used piece of coated cookware. Owner Jed Grieve calls this “One In, One Out. For Good.”

There are many choices for people that do not want to buy coated pans

This is Cook Culture’s 3rd Annual “Fry Pan Trade-In” Event. In the first two years, Cook Culture took in over 4,300 pounds of used coated fry pans, which was responsibly recycled. Cook Culture’s goal is to completely eliminate the use of coated pans and cooking tools in the kitchen, which will greatly reduce unnecessary waste and the use of chemicals in people’s kitchens.  

In 2015, Cook Culture chose to discontinue selling all products coated with a chemical non-stick finish. This included some popular brands of cookware, bakeware and electronics; no more coated fry pans, cookie sheets and waffle makers. This decision negatively impacted gross sales but they believed they could no longer trust that they were selling “safe” products. Jed, founder and CEO of Cook Culture, says, “I’ve been in this business a long time and I’ve seen many coated cookware brands come and go. One thing for certain about coated cookware is that it all ends up in the garbage after a few short years.”

Cook Culture offers an inventory of “naturally non-stick” pans which include Lodge Cast Iron, de Buyer Carbon Steel and Staub Cast Iron fry pans, all at 30 percent off retail with the trade-in of a used coated pan. These types of pans must be maintained and do take time and attention, however, the result is a non-stick pan that is naturally non-stick and will last forever.

Seasoning video: How to season de Buyer fry pans

Jed says that the decision to use Teflon-like coatings is an individual choice of the consumer and has found it to be a bit contentious, as many people do not realize the direct effect of using chemicals in cooking.

Jed has watched an immense amount of cookware unnecessarily discarded year in and year out because coated cookware wears out so fast. He’s experienced that in the housewares industry, it’s accepted that nine out of 10 people will buy coated cookware. Using simple math, he estimates that 3.5 million fry pans alone are discarded in Canada annually. Here is a link to the logic of his math.

Over the last few decades, a battle has raged over the chemicals used in Teflon. Many people have written about using or not using coated fry pans, especially ones with Teflon. So-called authorities have vouched that Teflon is totally safe and almost every retailer that sells cookware sells a chemically coated type of cookware.

In 2014, there was a class action court case that ordered DuPont, the maker of Teflon, pay $300 million in damages for poisoning groundwater with the chemicals found in Teflon, but part of the deal was that they did not have to admit to any wrongdoing. The science and research of the long-term effects of the chemical used to make coated pans is murky, mainly due to the lack of investment by anyone other than the chemical companies. However, part of that landmark compensation package awarded to the plaintiffs was designated to fund research that proved that the chemicals in Teflon are carcinogenic. Please read this article that explains how this was amazingly uncovered. The final payout last year was for over $670 million.

Jed also wants to challenge his industry – manufacturers and retailers. He wants his industry to take responsibility for selling wasteful cookware. He says that even though it takes more effort to educate and support a customer in learning how to use a sustainable fry pan, retailers should do everything they can to limit the impact on the environment. To them, he says, “In this day and age, with what we all now know, anyone that buys or sells coated cookware is contributing to waste in our environment.”

About the Event

The “One In One Out Trade-In Event” continues to Oct. 31 in all four Cook Culture retail locations. Fry pan brands involved are Lodge Cast Iron, de Buyer Mineral and Staub Cast Iron. The event details are: one used coated fry pan can be brought into any Cook Culture store to be traded towards a new fry pan at 30 percent off the MSRP. After the event is over, Cook Culture will have the used pans recycled by a Vancouver company that will remove the handles and coating and repurpose the materials. 

About Cook Culture

Everything Cook Culture does is to help people have more fun in the kitchen. To eat better, be healthier, enjoy time with family, friends and food, and connect with the people who grow and make what we eat. They’ll help people find the right kitchen equipment, improve their kitchen skills with cooking classes taught by great chefs and instructors and learn about fresh, seasonal foods and local producers. Cook Culture has three retail stores selling kitchenware in Vancouver and one in Victoria, with teaching kitchens in North Vancouver, downtown Vancouver and Victoria.

Cook Culture is the only kitchenwares retailer in Canada to publicly pledge not to sell disposable cookware of any type.

About Jed – Founder and CEO

Jed Grieve has been selling housewares since the late ’90s. Over the years, he’s sold many of the most popular high-end cookware brands produced, including many of the leading non-stick cookware brands. Due to his years of retail and cookware buying experience, Jed has learned that all coated cookware is not sustainable. He’s calling on his industry to sell cookware that is better for people and the environment.

Jed is the only retailer in Canada leading the charge to sell and educate on the use of only healthy, sustainable cookware.

Attachments :  

Jed’s latest blog on what fry pans are choking the planet:

Jed making a plea to the general public to stop buying coated pans:

Over the last two years, Cook Culture has recycled over two tonnes of non-stick fry pans. This is a video of the pile from 2017:

How to season a carbon steel pan with Chef Cosmo Meens:

Why people have such an issue using pans without Teflon:

For more information:

Please contact Jed Grieve, founder and CEO of Cook Culture
Phone: 250-812-4151

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A collection of sustainable fry pans
There are many choices for people that do not want to buy coated pans

de Buyer Mineral
French made Carbon Steel cookware is one of the best choices someone who wants a lifelong seasonable solution for cooking all types of food.

Jed Grieve
CEO of Cook Culture

Lodge Cast Iron
Lodge Cast Iron is one of the greenest cookware brands, made in the USA

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Fiesta Dinnerware Says Goodbye To Sage

Fiesta Dinnerware, a Homer Laughlin brand, is set to retire the color sage from its lineup of 14 signature colors.

Fiesta Dinnerware will be taking orders from retailers for Sage through December 31, 2018, for delivery by March 1, 2019. On March 31, 2019, Sage will be added to the “inactive availability” list of colors. Sage will be available to consumers at better department stores, independent retailers, at dot-coms and on the company’s website while supplies last.

Sage was introduced in 2015. The new color for 2019 and other new items will be announced on January 8, 2019, on the first day of the Atlanta International Gift Home Furnishings Market.

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One of Our Favorite Cast-Iron Brands Just Made the Perfect Breakfast Skillet

Released this morning, Smithey Ironware Company’s 8-inch cast-iron skillet is its easiest to handle and lowest priced.

Founder Isaac Morton got started in cast-iron cookware after he received a hand-me-down Griswold skillet and wanted to replicate the level of craftsmanship he observed in older pieces. In his words, “When I saw that old piece, I got it.” The hallmarks of his pans are similar to those of cast iron of old — perfectly smooth cooking surfaces, a hole-punched handle and even a heat ring (an homage to the time of wood-fired stoves). His cast-iron skillets don’t share everything with older skillets, though — they’re heavier, meaning they hold heat more effectively when cold food is thrown in, and they sport a hole-punched front lip as well, which makes the skillets easier to grip with a gloved hand (or hang from the wall).

The 8-inch skillet accompanies Smithey’s 10- ($160) and 12-inch ($200) skillets, and while not big enough for bacon (unless you were to cut it in half), it is an excellent quick breakfast pan. “Well, we developed it for about two years, and all I was really trying to do was make the perfect omelet skillet,” Morton said. “But it’s also just a better option for sauteeing a few veggies.” (The 8-inch skillet also sports a longer, upward-sloping handle, which is helpful for tossing said veggies at safe distance.)

Morton is right. It is an incredible omelet maker. Frankly, it’s suited perfectly for any delicate egg cooking, be it omelets, frittatas, quiche or a few fried eggs. This is thanks to the machined surface working in tandem with sloped walls, a new feature to the Smithey line of skillets, as opposed to the traditional hard angle where the wall meets the cooking surface.

The rounded transition from wall to the base also makes it easier to clean, as food particles don’t wedge themselves as easily in the crevasses of the pan.

The Smithey Ironware 8-inch skillet is available now for $100.

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