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New Kitchen Gadgets To Make Summer Foods Glamorous

By Steven V. Philips – Being a talented eater rather than a talented cook, I’m happy with the fruits, salads and sandwiches of summer because those I can assemble into what looks like a meal and tastes pretty good too. Even I can’t do much to ruin a farm-stand cucumber or heirloom tomato still warm …

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It’s All about Color

By Steven V. Philips – Here’s some background and advice about color choices for your kitchen or dining room in case your Spring cleaning energy extends to redoing the colors at home. And maybe it should. Design experts know that paint is the least expensive way to dramatically transform a space. Joseph Binney, a British …

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Time To Glow

By Marsha Fottler – An inexpensive designer secret that you can access and use right away is candlelight. When you set a table in the dining room, the lanai, the pool pavilion or even the kitchen banquette, you will want to finish off the special effects with candlelight. Actually, it’s the only special effect you’ll …

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Stop and Smell the Roses

By Steven V. Philips – My Grandma, Bertha Nye Philips, was born in North Montpelier, Vermont in 1874. Her daddy owned (then) the oldest continuously run General Store in the USA , which kept on running into the late 1940s. So my great-grand-daddy was a Town Father. He had a marble bathtub, a red one. …

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Kitchen Plumbing, Part II

By Steven V. Philips – Last month I revealed how well our daughter had married. Remember in the old days, when your child married a lawyer, mom and dad thought ”L-o-t-t-e-r-y”?  Even better, our child’s father-in-law is Ron, a plumber. Talk about hitting the jackpot. In February I listed my daughter’s many plumb-lucky plumbing gifts …

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Kitchen Sink Advice From the Plumber King

By Steven V. Philips – Our kids married well. I’d say this to guarantee their future visits to me at the Home even if not true, but they really did. Our designer son has a wife who is his lethal sales manager and a fantastic Vietnamese cook. Our daughter’s husband fosters her belief that she’s …

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Best Kitchen Trends for 2014

By Marsha Fottler – Next to the master bedroom, the kitchen is the largest room in the average size American home, coming in at 300 square feet in a 2,500-square foot new home. The kitchen – unquestionably the most important gathering place in the home – takes up about 11 percent of the space in …

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Best Kitchen Tools for 2014

By Steven V. Philips – As you may have noticed, I am surrounded by Real Food People. Here and at home. So it’s very risky (ok, stupid) to be offering my  so-called wisdom about food preparation tools as I hold only a beginner’s permit, which limits me to cleaning them. But, in an attempt to …

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December Dreaming About the Yard Tools of Spring

By Steven V. Philips – As a child, of a cloistered life, I was always kept away from tools. Once uncaged, I became a toolaholic, purchasing any and many things to help Mrs. Philips in her yard work. So northern folk in Otis, while your garden lies dead and barren, I’m warning you. All of …

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