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Have You Entered Our Love Your Cucina Giveaway Yet?

We’ve partnered with PotsandPans.com, who is hosting giveaway of nearly $1,000 worth of Rachael Ray’s Cucina line kitchenware!

 

 

Simply enter via the PotsandPans.com Facebook page and one winner will get to choose his or her favorite color of pots, pans, bowls, knives and more! Rach’s line was inspired by her travels in Italy, and every piece has the handmade, rustic look that she loves about the ceramics there.

 

 

But wait, there’s more! 10 additional contestants will have the chance to win a Cucina skillet in the color of their choice.

 

For more globally-inspired recipes, visit the PotsandPans.com Pinterest page. Good luck! Contest ends May 13th.

TV Kitchens to Love: Modern Family

Modern Family

 

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.

 
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TV Kitchens to Love: Castle

Castle

 

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.

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DIY March Madness Pillow Cases

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.

 

Supplies:

Square pillow form

Team logo T-shirt

Colorful felt

Peel-and-stick Velcro tape

Safety pins

 

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!

 

 

Should You Spend $20 on a Roasting Rack?

You’ve got one chance to roast your Thanksgiving turkey to golden, crispy perfection, so you better believe we insist on splurging on a hefty roasting rack.

 

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Customize Your Thanksgiving Playlist with Spotify

We couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving day without a few tunes to help get us through the hours of prep, the overwhelming amounts of family members and the incredulous food coma. Whether it’s The Beatles blasting while you baste the turkey, or some low-key Nora Jones to help ease your indigestion, music is as essential to the holiday as the turkey. This year, music app Spotify is making our lives even easier with their Time for Turkey playlist creator.

 

Photo courtesy of Spotify

 

On the morning of, simply head over to the Spotify website, select the weight of the bird you’re cooking, choose whether or not you’re stuffing it and your favorite music genre. Spotify will create a custom playlist that is guaranteed to keep you motivated and last throughout the day and . It’s as easy as (pumpkin) pie!

 

We wanna know: What’s your favorite music to cook to? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

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The Year’s Easiest Halloween Decorating Idea

For this year’s Halloween party, brew up some tabletop fun: Spray-paint plastic trick-or-treat buckets black, inside and out (flat-finish paint looks spookiest), to transform them into cauldrons. Coat flat-top wooden candle holders (available unfinished at craft stores) with the same paint and attach the cauldrons to their tops with hot glue. Now all that’s left to do is choose witch, er, which snacks to serve. (Not recommended: eye of newt.)

 

 

 

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Should You Spend $40 On an Immersion Blender?

The answer is yes! Find out why you should definitely splurge on this life-saving kitchen tool.

 

 

It’s small, but mighty.

Think of it as a blender or food processor on a stick: just as powerful but way more nimble and easier to store. Use it to turn cooked veggies into bisques, to blend herbs and nuts into pestos or to smooth out gravy right in the pan. Unlike those stationary blades on traditional blenders and food processors, an immersion blender can reach into the depths and edges of your pots, pans and even tall glasses, leaving no chunks behind and allowing you full control over texture. Just point and pulverize.

 

It reduces mess.

Forget transferring batches of hot soup from pot to blender and back to pot (yikes!). Immersion blenders do it all right in your cooking vessel, no matter how much you’re making, saving you a step–and the time it takes to do the dishes!

 

 

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Win Everything You Need for an Organized Kitchen from OXO

Today’s Love Your Kitchen Challenge is to clear the clutter! That means donate or toss out two kitchen tools you haven’t used in the past six months. Trust us: If you’re not sure what it does, you don’t need it! But that’s not all. Once you’ve de-cluttered your kitchen, enter to win $250 worth of products from OXO — which basically covers anything and everything you could possibly need to organize your kitchen. All you have to do is tag your pic on Instagram using the #OXOsweepstakes hashtag and you’ll be entered to win all of the products below. Totally worth cleaning, right?

Expandable Utensil Holder

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Support No Kid Hungry with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi’s Caring Cooler!

 

Between picnicking, tailgating and lounging on the beach, it isn’t summer without outdoor eating (and drinking). This year, you can add some personality to your party with the bright orange Caring Cooler! This limited-edition cooler from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi isn’t just adorable, it also supports a good cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Caring Cooler sales will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which strives to end childhood hunger in America through education and awareness.

The cooler features a stain- and odor-resistant liner, and can hold up to four bottles of wine (or a ton of snacks!). It’s on sale this week through September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month, so be sure to pick one up soon to get your outdoor party started!

 

Click here to purchase your own Caring Cooler.

 

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