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Look What Kelsey Did!

Look What Kelsey Did!

Using a roll of chalkboard table runner paper and a piece of chalk, Kelsey at our NW store created great art for the table. C’mon, you can do it, too!

Thank You, Stephen Colbert!

Thank You, Stephen Colbert!

You’ve heard of how Amazon is using its monopoly position to squeeze Hachette and its authors, including Mr. Colbert? Well, don’t kid yourself; what Amazon is trying to do to books, it wants to do to everything. Whether it’s bowling balls, tennis shoes, or auto parts, Amazon wants to monopolize the sale of everything. Everything. That’s not good for anybody, Except, of course, for Amazon.

November Gift Box Winners!


Congratulations are in order for the 4 lucky folks going home with November’s gift box chock full of awesome stuff to prep for the Holidays:

Judy, Mai, Rebecca, and Sally!

Thanks for being Insiders, guys, 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, and make sure you open them each week to be entered to win: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

A Mighty Fine Gin & Tonic

A Mighty Fine Gin & Tonic

Made with Tanqueray Malacca gin, water carbonated in a SodaStream, and homemade tonic water syrup (recipe by Jeffrey Morganthaler here). The glass is a Top Class tumbler and we’re using an ice cylinder made in this.

Super-Exciting Behind-the-Scenes Spy Shot

Super-Exciting Behind-the-Scenes Spy Shot

Sparing no expense, we’re using a borrowed skateboard, a plastic tripod and an iPhone to shoot our latest outdoor furniture tv spot.

Raw Hummus Demo this Saturday

macadamia-nutsJoin us at the Northwest Portland Store this Saturday and sample Kelsey’s amazing Raw Hummus Crave…

The Dream Bar

We just saw this bar at the High Point, North Carolina furniture market this past week. It’s pretty cool, with an incredible degree of design and manufacturing excellence. No surprise, really, considering it’s made by BDI, who makes fabulous home theater furniture. The wood is either light oak or walnut, the top is etched glass. It’s not even in production yet, but we have our order in. It’s going to sell for, probably, $2,199.

Closed Bar

Half Open Bar Open Bar

A New Hot Pad Idea

We just saw this item and we’re think of carrying it. It’s called the Handle Hands and it has won a bunch of design awards. It’s a rigid, silicone-lined grip that clamps and locks onto a  pan handle. You just squeeze to lock it on, then push the buttons at each end to release it. It can all be done with one hand. The Handle Hands can be left on a pan while you cook. It also is really handy for pulling out a hot oven rack. It would probably sell in the $9.95 – $12.95 range.ImageImageImage

No stove? No problem!

Asparagus Potato Soup with Sausage

Asparagus Potato Soup with Sausage

Lunchtime in the office doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t mean you have to settle for leftovers. With a little creativity and a few tools you can whip up just about anything….


  • 1/3 cup of diced onion
  •  2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 pound of asparagus
  • 1/4 pound of potatoes (I use fingerlings but any waxy potato ought to work)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock (plus more in case the soup needs to be thinned)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 chicken sausage
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Equipment used:


  • Add the onion to the Steam Case, without the tray, and drizzle with olive oil. Close up the Steam Case and give it a good shake to coat the onions. Set your microwave to 800 watts and cook for 2 and half minutes.
  • Slice the sausage lengthwise and broil it in the toaster oven, skin side up, until warmed through and skin is crisp.
  • Remove the Steam Case from the microwave and pour the now suateed onions into the carafe of your Vitamix (or in to a work bowl if using an immersion blender). Peel and smash two cloves of garlic and place at the bottom of the Lekue Steam Case. Place the tray over the top of the garlic and then fill with about 1/2 cup of water. Slice up your potato into smaller pieces and add them to the Steam Case. Close up and throw it in the microwave at 1000 watts for 6 minutes.
  • In the meantime, trim your asparagus into 1″ pieces. When the potatoes are done, carefully remove the steam case (contents will be hot) and add the asparagus on top of the potatoes. Return to microwave and cook an additional 4 minutes at 1000 watts. When done, carefully remove the Steam Case and, leaving the lid closed, pour the excess water out into the sink by holding the handles and turning in on its side. The water coming out will be boiling hot! Be very careful.
  • Open the Steam Case and remove 2 or 3 asparagus tops and set aside. Combine the rest of the contents of the Steam Case, including the garlic, to the onions in the Vitamix carafe or work bowl. Add the chickpeas, stock, butter, salt and pepper and blend, on high, until smooth and steam starts to escape out the lid (Of course you could use your Vitamix’s Soup Function if using a preprogrammed model.) Add more stock if the finished product is thicker than you like.
  • Remove the sausage from the toaster oven and cut each half into thin slices. Stir the slices into the finished soup. To plate pour the finished soup into a bowl, dollop with a little sour cream and the reserved asparagus tops. Drizzle the bowl with a little lemon juice and hit it with a touch of fresh ground pepper.

Start to finish: less than 20 minutes.

Serves: 1-2

There’s a New Fiesta Dinnerware Color Coming.

Calling all Fiesta fans…coming sometime this summer is a brand-new color called Poppy. As you can see, it’s a beautiful red-orange, slotting in between current Fiesta colors of Tangerine and Scarlet. Look for it at Kaboodle soon.ImageImage


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