5 Kitchen Design Ideas You will Fall in Love for Your Holiday Celebration

We all agree that Kitchen is the heart of the home and people love to gather together having fun in their kitchens specially in holiday seasons. And of course, how you style your kitchen in holidays  will a set your mood for holiday celebrations. With the holiday season just around the corner, here are some tips you actually can apply to have a neat, fresh and chic kitchen ready for holidays.

  1. Declutter. It is kind of pyicological thing that we all feel great and pleasant by walking in a clean and well-organized room rather than a room stuffed with things, junkies from many years ago. Our excuses are always like ” I have to go through those” or I may need them one of these days ” or someone may need them.” The truth is many many years passing by, those things are still there and if you don’t use them even once a year, they can absolutely end up in your home cleaning list. And by doing so, we actually feel much lighter and less burden and stress. In case you don’t know Marien Kendall–she is decluttering guru from Japan, you can get some advises from her book:    The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)

When you declutter your kitchen, I find it is pretty helpful you ask  yourself the following several questions(1) Do I truly need it?; (2) Do I truly adore it?; and, (3) Would I trade inner peace for this? The answers can help curb your pack-rat impulses, allowing you to clear out and move on.

2. Storage, storage, storage. Some really cool smart storage gadgets that will save you tones of time. I find out that a lot of people mainly focus on cabinetry, appliances and some other hard surfaces when they remodel their kitchen, and spend less time to think through the storage solutions since they are just accessories and their costs are not cheap sometimes and they always can add them later on.  The fact is  a lot of my clients rarely spend time to think about or do something more  once they finish their kitchen remodeling or they just buy a little bit of this and a little bit of that and end up with another cluttered kitchen with new cabinetry and surfaces. So, it is actually a good idea to think through your storage solutions one time when you remodel your kitchen.  Sometimes, those storage accessories coming with cabinetry are not cheap. If this is one of your concern, here are some suggestions for you:

Airtight Food Storage Containers for Pantry Organization and Storage by Simply Gourmet. 14-Piece Set + 32 FREE Chalkboard Labels & Marker. Air Tight Containers for Food – Perfect for Kitchen Storage

Simple Houseware 2 Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer, Silver

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In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block Holds 16 Knives (Not Included) Without Pointing Up PLUS a Slot for your Knife Sharpener! Noble Home & Chef Knife Organizer Made from Quality Moso Bamboo

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Fridge Organizer Drawer, Refrigerator Pull-Out Bin | Adjustable, Installs Under Shelf | Fits Most Fridges, Clear Plastic | BPA Free

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MustQ 2 Tier Organizer Baskets with Mesh Sliding Drawers, Ideal Cabinet, Countertop, Pantry, Under The Sink, and Desktop Organizer for Bathroom,Kitchen, Office.

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DecoBros Stackable Under Sink Cabinet Sliding Basket Organizer Drawer,Chrome

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Bellemain Spice Gripper Clip Strips for Plastic Jars – Set of 3, Holds 12 Jars

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SimpleHouseware Expandable Stackable Kitchen Cabinet and Counter Shelf Organizer, Bronze

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ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf – A Space-Saving Solution For Anything Up to 10lbs – Built-In Cable Channel – Easy Install With Hardware Included – Ideal For Sonos and Smart Home Speakers – EGOS1

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SONGMICS 16 Gallon Step Trash Can, Double Recycle Pedal Bin, 2 x 30L Garbage Bin with Plastic Inner Buckets and Carry Handles, Fingerprint Proof Stainless Steel, Slow Close ULTB60NL

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mDesign Deep Plastic Kitchen Storage Organizer Container Bin with Handles for Pantry, Cabinets, Shelves, Refrigerator, Freezer – BPA Free – 14.5″ Long, 8 Pack – Clear

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Refrigerator Side Storage Shelf, Sunix Upgraded White Paint 3 Tiers Kitchen Organizer Spice Jars Rack, Fridge Storage Shelf Side Storage Wooden Organizer Rack Shelf, White

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Foodsaver V4400 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine with Automatic Bag Detection and Starter Kit | Safety Certified | Black & Silver

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Wilton 3-Tier Collapsible Cooling Rack

InterDesign Linus Lazy Susan Cabinet Turntable – 2-Tier Organizer Tray for Kitchen Pantry or Countertops – 11″, Clear

DecoBros Mesh Cabinet Basket Organizer, Silver

Eco Kitchenware Diagonal Space Saving Bamboo Drawer and Cabinet Organizer Divider fits Drawers 17” X 12” X 2.5

simplehuman 14 inch Pull-Out Cabinet Organizer, Heavy-Gauge Steel Frame

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Practical Comfort Adjustable Drawer Organizer | Elegant Aluminum, Customizable, for Clutter-Free Kitchen, Junk Drawer, Office, Clinic | 9 Drawer Dividers (3 Long + 6 Short), Large 19.7″ – 22″ deep

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TQVAI Expandable Kitchen Drawer Silverware Utensils Organizer Mesh Cutlery Tray, 8-10 Compartments

Lipper International 8895 Bamboo Wood Custom Fit Adjustable Dresser Drawer Dividers, Set of 2

Household Essentials C21521-1 Glidez Dual 2-Tier Sliding Cabinet Organizer, 14.5″ Wide, Chrome

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Surpahs 2 Tier Under Sink Expandable Shelf Organizer, Storage Rack (Silver)

Lynk Professional 401721 Organizer Pull Out Under Cabinet Sliding Shelf, 17″ W x 21″ D, Chrome

Rev-A-Shelf 5WB2-1218-CR 2-Tier 12-Inch Wire Basket Pull Out Cabinet Organizer, Chrome

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Lynk Professional Sink Cabinet Organizer Pull Out Two Tier Sliding Shelf, 11.5w x 21d x 14h -Inch, Chrome

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Richards Homewares 220110 Chrome One Tier 20″W x 21″D x 3.2”H, Requires At Least 21” Cabinet Opening, Slide Out Kitchen Cabinet Organizer & Pull Out Under Cabinet Pots & Pans Sliding Shelf

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Lynk Professional Roll Out Cookware Organizer – Pull Out Sliding Cabinet Shelf – 11 inch Wide-Chrome, 11 wx 21 d x 10.9 h-inch

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Lynk Professional Professional Slide Out Cutting Board, Bakeware, and Tray Organizer with Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Rack, 10w x 21d x 9.6h -inch, Chrome

Lynk Professional Roll Out Pan Lid Holder and Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Organizer Rack, 7.25w x 21d x 9h -inch, Chrome

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Household Essentials Glidez Narrow Sliding Organizer, 5″, Chrome

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Glideware Pull-out Cabinet Organizer for Pots and Pans

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Rev-A-Shelf 5CW2-2122-CR 21 Inch 2 Tier Wire Kitchen Cabinet Organizer for Pots, Pans, and Lid Cookware, Chrome

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To be continued.

Happy Thursday

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Cool Technologies from KBIS2019 Series 1–Sous Vide cooking

It has been 2 weeks since the closing of KBIS 2019.  There are just so much information we got from the show and it does take time to digest everything.  Meanwhile, I read some articles about trends from the KBIS show. Yes, there is a sea of  info out there.  I think that may be a good approach if I just share some cool technologies and ideas  that really blew me away in a series and really go deep on each topic rather than writing kind of general for everything.

So, today , I will share one take-away— Series 1 from KBIS2019Signature Kitchen suite‘s new feature for the residential range cooking—Sous Vide. First of all,  from what I learned, this built-in Sous Vide feature might just be exclusive to Signature Kitchen suite Duo 48″ by now.  And  I am sure that other brands will catch up soon.  Second, if you are just like me, never heard Sous Vide before, don’t worry. We are going to learn this new way of cooking together here.

Ok, well, the words of Sous Vide, not surprisingly is a  French term for “under vacuum”.  Sous Vide  is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times  at an accurately regulated temperature. The temperature is much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 55 to 60 °C (131 to 140 °F) for meat, higher for vegetables. The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture” —quote from Wikipedia

Simply put,  sous Vide is to cook your vacummed and sealed  food in a water bath with a precisely controlled and lower than regular temperature(the lower temperature can retain nutrients better).  You might already  experience the evenly cooked and juicy steak from one of Michelin-rated restaurants and wander why ? Yes, this is the result of Sous Vide cooking —their secret weapon to guarantee that the food will NEVER be over-cooked. Of course, Sous Vide is not a new concept for commercial cooking and of course they have all sorts of gauges to make it happen.  But now, Signature Kitchen suite just introduced  this cool way of cooking to residential cooking .

So how does Signature Kitchen Suite built-in Sous vide work?

 

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There are 4 steps:

STEP 1

Fill your water bin to the recommended level and set your temperature and time to your desired doneness.

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Step 2:

Season according to the recipe and seal your food in a high-grade bag with the vacuum sealer we’ve provided as a gift-with-purchase with your product registration.

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Step 3:

Place the bag into the water bath and cook according to your desired time and temperature. Don’t worry, it’s nearly impossible to overcook food with sous vide.

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STEP 4

Remove from the bag and finish on both sides with a quick sear on a cast iron skillet on our Ultra-HighTMheat gas burners, or on your gift-with-purchase induction grill plate over the dual-zone induction burners.

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Here is the video that you can learn the importance of Sous vide:

https://www.signaturekitchensuite.com/us/our-story/sous-vide#sous-vide-steak

 

By the way, Signature Kitchen Suite won Best of KBIS – Kitchen Gold for the 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Built-in Sous Vide! And here is the big party they hosted on the show:

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5 Principles to Re-paint your Kitchen Cabinets

How do you like painted kitchen cabinets?

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In case you just want to have a quick make-over of your kitchen, re-painting your kitchen cabinets might be one of the fastest ways to achieve this goal.  However, there are some principles you can follow to make the result of your painting job  look good. Here are 5 principles in the aspects of prep, tools, kinds of paints, paint finishes, coatings…

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