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We have a winner… well, 4 actually…

Congratulations are in order for the 4 lucky folks going home with January’s giveaway, the Nespresso Lattissima coffee maker: Hayden, Joann, Ken and Claudia! Thanks for being Insiders, we will see you soon!

You, too, can win… we give away all sorts of cool stuff and gift cards all the time. Just make sure you are signed up to receive our Hot Sheet emails every Friday: CLICK HERE TO SiGN UP

Let’s Talk Products.

It’s the start of a new year, so it seems like a good time for us to get some ideas from you. We’d like to think we’re pretty good at figuring out what to carry in our stores; after all, when you buy some things and don’t buy other things, we get the message.

However, maybe there is some stuff you think we should carry that we never do. Or, perhaps our stores are full of things you think don’t belong. Do we have too many choices in some areas? Not enough in others? Where are we missing the boat?

We’d love it if you had the time to give us some feedback. We can’t promise we’ll honor all your requests; we do have our own point of view, after all. And some products we all may want to see simply don’t exist. But, we know there are some good ideas out there. So, let’s hear ‘em!

Why the Clackamas Town Center Store Is No More

Why did we leave Clackamas Town Center? The short answer is because the mall is taking our space for another use. They are perfectly within their rights to do so, and they did offer us other spaces to move to. So, they’re not bad guys. The problem for us was that the other available spaces are really bad, both too small and too poorly located to be a real alternative for a Kitchen Kaboodle store. So, we made the decision to close down and walk away. Trying to make a go of it in a bad location that would would severely limit our selection of merchandise didn’t seem like a good idea.

The slightly longer answer is that the outdoor locations at Clackamas Town Center never really worked. They didn’t work for the stores in those spaces and they didn’t work for the mall, either. In fact, seven years after the outdoor spaces were added, several are still sitting empty, having never been occupied. Sometimes, what seems like a good idea turns out to be not so good, after all. So, the mall is going to convert our space, and quite a bit more right around it, into what they call “entertainment concepts”. What this means in the real world is that a couple of god-awful places, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Dave and Busters, will be coming to Clackamas Town Center, sometime in 2014.

We’re sad to leave Clackamas. We’ve been there since 1980. But, given the lack of a good way to stay, we reluctantly have to say goodbye. We thank all our great Clackamas customers for all their support. We still have our other four stores, and it’s easy to shop at http://www.kitchenkaboodle.com, so we look forward to seeing everybody again soon.

Christmas Crackers?

Party crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times when a confectioner started selling sugared almonds, each with a motto and wrapped in a twisted paper package, as love  tokens.

One day a jet of resin from the confectioners log fire burst into flame with a loud ‘crack’. Using this idea he decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a surprise bang and inside would be an almond and a motto.

It soon became a firm favorite at parties with toys, hats and jokes added to each ‘cracker’.

By the end of the century it was well established as a traditional holiday custom and now each year virtually every household in the UK has crackers.

In recent years crackers have become essential ice breakers at all types of parties, dinner parties, weddings and celebrations. Place one at each place setting for decoration and then pull it open with a friend and share the fun!

Recipe: Ladies Night Out Gingerbread

Rachel’s Gingerbread recipe was a hit at Ladies Night Out on NE Broadway, here it is for all of you that asked for it: Ladies Night Out Gingerbread Recipe

2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Combine all dry ingredients; flour, spices, baking soda and salt and mix well.

Combine melted (but not hot) butter, eggs, sugar and molasses.

Mix together the dry ingredients and creamed mixture.

Once combined add apple sauce and water and mix well.

Cook at 350 degrees in a greased pan. Fits perfectly in the Nordicware Gingerbread Man Pan sold at Kitchen Kaboodle. Can also be made in a 9″ baking pan or a loaf pan. Make sure to spray with Baker’s Joy to ensure a perfect release. Check after 45 mins, but will likely take about 55 mins. Use a cake tester to determine when the cake is done cooking in the middle. Serve with whipped cream.

The Happy Winner!

We’d be happy too, if we had won a Vitamix Professional 750. Congratulations to Georgia W. who was the winner of our recent Vitamix giveaway. To the other 500 or so entrants, we hope you win next time!

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Zen Blades knife sharpening at Kaboodle..

Woody Bailey and his Zen Blades truck visits our warehouse most every week, to sharpen knives you bring to our stores. Woody, who teaches at the Western Culinary Institute and sharpens for lots of chefs around town, doesn’t just pull a knife through a sharpener. Using his own specialty equipment, Woody rebuilds the edge on each knife , restoring the blade’s original geometry and making it, in his words, wicked sharp. Once Woody is done with them, your knives will be like new.

Woody sharpens for us all year ’round, but over the next few weeks, he’s taking a little vacation and he’ll be sharpening for the last time before Christmas on December 19th. Get your dull knives to any Kaboodle store by Tuesday, the 18th, and you’ll have them back, wicked sharp, by Saturday the 21st.

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We Get to Hang Out with Ken Onion

Thursday evening at the NW Portland Kaboodle, knife designer Ken Onion really wowed customers and staff. It’s an honor to meet someone so committed and so dedicated to his craft. We learned  more about kitchen knives in a couple of hours than we thought possible, and got the inside story on the design process of Ken’s Rain cutlery.small1 small3 small2 small4

Check out our new truck…

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Well, it’s the same old truck but how about those new graphics?  We decided to start sharing the best kept secret at Kaboodle: We have furniture! But not just any furniture, furniture that is just right for Portland. We are also Gettin’ busy with the Fizzy and are featuring SodaStream on the back door. Feel free to follow the truck to fresh bubbles!

Be the first to know & win great prizes… Become a Kaboodle Insider

Calling all Kaboodle Insiders…it’s your chance to win. We’re giving away four great gift boxes every month, one box  at each Kaboodle store!

All you need to do to have a chance to win is to be a Kaboodle Insider. If you’re a current Kaboodle Insider, simply click the gift box drawing link in you weekly Hot Sheet e-mail and you’ll be automatically entered. It’s quick, easy and painless.

If you’re not yet a Kaboodle Insider, just sign up, either in any of our stores, where you can see the gift box, or follow this link, and sign up on-line. Either way, we’ll make sure you’re entered the monthly drawing.

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