Lisa Freedman, Every Day with Rachael Ray’s Home and Market Editor, walked (many) miles through the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago last week. While she attempts to catch up on emails—and sleep—you can check out the five most ingenious new products on display at the show. Note: These photos aren’t the prettiest, but you try trekking through a convention center while carrying hundreds of catalogs, armed with a measly iPhone camera!
OXO Bright Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer
This fall, OXO will debut small kitchen electrics—that’s right, it will be the first time the company releases anything with a plug! The line includes coffee makers, toasters, an immersion blender and, our favorite, a hand mixer. It has an LED light that shines when the beaters turn, so bakers can actually see what they’re mixing. Genius! oxo.com, $80
Starbucks is sprinkling it into lattes and grocery stores are stocking it on shelves: But what is this curious green powder called matcha, anyway? Whole-leaf green tea that’s been finely ground, matcha has a deeper flavor than brewed tea and more of the antioxidants believed to ward off cancer, lower blood pressure and boost brain power. Stir it into hot water or add it to sweet and savory foods for a fresh, grassy flavor. Get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day with these quick ideas!
Matcha Bundt Cake
Add 1 tbsp. matcha powder to a boxed yellow or white cake mix, pour into well-greased Bundt pan and bake according to package directions.
The cluttered epicenter of an on-the-go American family
The kitchen in Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house is not meant to be relaxing or peaceful. “This set reflects true family life, where it feels lived-in and highlights the busyness that every day brings,” says production designer Claire Bennett, who took over for the original designer, Richard Berg, before Season 5. The photo below was snapped at a rare moment of organization.
A masculine kitchen for a single guy– and his daughter… and his mom
The entire kitchen was built around the $1,300 Kohler faucet because production designer Alfred Sole fell in love with its innovative look. From there, Sole worked with the actors who play mystery writer Richard Castle and his live-in mom, Martha, to create a space they felt comfortable in.
If March Madness means your television is turned to college hoops all month long, show your school pride by giving your couch a spirited makeover: Temporarily transform your favorite team tees into game-day decor. Don’t worry– your shirts are still wearable when the season’s over. What a slam-dunk DIY project!
1. Gather your supplies
Clear off a workspace and have your supplies handy. Slide the pillow form into the T-shirt, making sure the logo is centered. Lay the pillow flat on your work surface with the front of the shirt face down.
Square pillow form
Team logo T-shirt
Peel-and-stick Velcro tape
2. Pin it down
Fold the next of the shirt over and down the back of the pillow and secure with safety pins. Fold both sleeves in, making sure the design on the front of the shirt remains centered and smooth. Finally, fold up the bottom of the shirt and secure with more safety pins.
3. Make your backing
trim the felt so that it is 1 inch smaller than your pillow on all sides. Remove the backing from one side of the Velcro tape and secure it to the felt, placing it 1/4 inch from each edge. Remove the remaining tape backing and turn up the 1/4-inch runover of felt so it wraps around part of the Velcro.
4. Put it together
Flip the felt back over and center it on the back of your pillow, making sure to cover up all the safety pins. Press down on the adhesive Velcro to secure the edges.
When the season’s over, remove the Velcro and pins and your tee is as good as new!
Butter’s popularity is spreading! A potential explanation: “Studies show that a diet rich in fats and low in carbs is more effective than low-fat diets for weight loss, possibly in part because of fat’s satiating effects,” says Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise. Learn which kind of butter is best for every kitchen task.
Everybody’s favorite comfort food gets a delicious upgrade with these fun mix-ins. Imagine the pastabilities!
We love nutty, hearty barley, but shopping for the tasty little grain can be confusing. Use this handy cheat sheet to make sure you’re buying the right stuff for your recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight, come to dinner armed with these fun facts–your secret weapon for breaking up family tiffs, curbing chatty Cathys and rousing snoring uncles.
Freezer aisle finger foods are the key to no-sweat holiday parties. With these quick, from-scratch upgrades, no one will guess you’re serving store-bought!