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Mark your guest’s spot with this setting that’s perfect for indoor and outdoor meals

Setting the table can be a fun experience if you want it to be — especially if you add table runners, escort cards, napkin rings, and chargers into the mix. Making each guest’s setting personalized goes a long way and adds that extra sentiment that they’ll surely appreciate.

These awesome slate placemats are fantastic for a few reasons. First, they’re dishwasher-safe. They’re also weighty, which makes them great for preventing fly-aways while dining outdoors. But our favorite part about them is definitely the fact that you can draw on them with chalk, making it fun to mark your guests' spots at the table with a simple scribble. Jot down what each person is drinking so it’s easier when it comes time to refill their glasses, or you can even play a classic game of tic-tac-toe.

After your meal is over, simply toss these in the dishwasher and it’s a clean slate for the next gathering. Four placemats come in a set and they make fantastic hostess and housewarming gifts, especially for summertime.

17 Kitchen Trends That Reign Supreme in 2020

Get started on your renovation plans with these pointers from the pros.

The kitchen is the workhorse of the home, so it should be designed to suit multiple functions. While following trends may feel like a fleeting pursuit, when it comes to kitchen design, they often outlast their time in the spotlight. From millwork to backsplashes, color palettes, and design styles, we asked top designers to weigh in on what trends are most popular on the home front this year.

Read on for the designer-approved kitchen trends for 2020.

&ldquoThe fixtures are from Circa Lighting and designed by my friend Eric Cohler, who is also an interior designer. I am not a huge fan of recessed lighting, so these do the job in a functional yet stylish way. The bronze finish matches my counter stools and cabinet hardware. I like silver- or gold-tipped bulbs&mdashthey&rsquore easy on the eyes but also add a decorative touch.&rdquo &mdashSheila Bridges of Shelia Bridges Design

&ldquoContrasting counter materials with cabinetry color adds major drama to a kitchen. White-oak cabinets and dark granite countertops not only differentiate the kitchen area in this open floor plan, they also add a level of sophistication and warmth to the space.&rdquo &mdashAllison Babcock of Allison Babcock Design

&ldquoI appreciate the white kitchen trend because I love clean lines and no clutter. For this white kitchen, we wanted to add something special so it didn&rsquot seem so sterile. The beautiful blue in the cabinets adds color without being loud. The bronze light fixture and hardware along with the pops of yellow add warmth to an otherwise cool palette.&rdquo &mdashAchille Salvagni of Achille Salvagni Atelier

&ldquoThere is a big move away from marble countertops as people want surfaces that are beautiful but not vulnerable to staining. These counters are nano glass from Artistic Tile, which is impervious to stains. It&rsquos a kitchen you can really use.&rdquo &mdashMichelle Gerson of Michelle Gerson Interiors

&ldquoWe love a classic white kitchen, but lately we&rsquove seen requests for navy millwork, like what we did in the Goop offices in New York. It blends beautifully with marble and brass.&rdquo &mdashAriel Okin of Ariel Okin Interiors

&ldquoA slab backsplash is so clean, yet it adds the right amount of drama to a kitchen.&rdquo &mdashBailey Austin of Bailey Austin Design

&ldquoA backsplash is the best place to add a pop of color into a kitchen design without having to do a full kitchen renovation. While white kitchens will always be in style, people seem to be taking more risks with color and design these days.&rdquo &mdashChristine Markatos Lowe of Christine Markatos Design

&ldquoExpanding a kitchen&rsquos function and maintaining traffic flow, double islands in the kitchen are an integral feature. They&rsquore a convenient way to divide the area between meal preparation and serving or gathering. With the addition of dual sinks, cleaning up is a breeze!&rdquo &mdashCourtney Hill Fertitta of Courtney Hill Interiors

&ldquoWe think steel hoods are the new trend of 2020. We are noticing a surge in custom kitchen hoods that steer away from the boring stainless steel or basic painted wood. We&rsquove been implementing steel and plasterwork into our designs more and more, and we are loving how these are becoming a focal point and conversation piece for our kitchens.&rdquo &mdashJanice Barta of Barta Interiors

&ldquoUpdated classic design for kitchens, amping up the glamour factor without making you feel oddly out of place having coffee in a bathrobe.&rdquo &mdashJeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman

&ldquoUsing color in unexpected places like appliances and hoods. If you love color, it&rsquos a fun way to incorporate it and make a regular appliance feel special and custom.&rdquo &mdashJulie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner

&ldquoMany of our clients who are looking to maximize the sense of clean, open space within apartment kitchens have been drawn to gravity-defying islands. With these unique islands, the functional elements of the kitchen recede to reveal more space and become an extension of the architecture itself. They can also have a chameleon effect, bridging the gap between classic, prewar architecture and more contemporary-feeling spaces.&rdquo &mdashKaren Williams of St. Charles New York

&ldquoThere&rsquos a time and a place for a gray-and-white kitchen, but warm finishes are on the rise. When done well, old-school wood cabinetry can be modern and fresh. I love pairing it with a soft, natural countertop material, like a honed quartzite, and tumbled-stone floors.&rdquo &mdashMarie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors

&ldquoThere has been a long-running trend of open shelving for dinner and glassware. Now, I like seeing kitchen shelving that holds antique cookware, gilded vintage glasses, and copper pots baring their patina. Blending old-world with modern appliances is so warm and inviting.&rdquo &mdashLaura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design

&ldquoI&rsquom seeing less and less crown moldings used on the tops of the upper cabinets. Clients are opting for a cleaner look that isn&rsquot too decorative at the top. It also can help with adding more storage space to cabinetry, because then you don&rsquot have to worry about giving an interior shelf to the molding.&rdquo &mdashLinda Hayslett of LH Designs

&ldquoWith natural materials and earth tones taking over, kitchens are following suit. Countertops are going dark, and natural woods like walnut are coming out as big winners.&rdquo &mdashMarika Meyer of Meyer Interiors

&ldquoExtending the countertop material up the backsplash allows you to streamline the number of materials in a kitchen and create a clean and contemporary look. It also results in a beautiful background for dinnerware and accessories on open shelving.&rdquo &mdashTina Rich of Tina Rich Design

Brooklyn Slate

Brooklyn Slate Company is a collaborative effort from Brooklyn graphic designer Sean Tice and Parsons graduate student Kristy Hadeka. After visiting Kristy's family slate quarry in upstate New York in the spring of 2009, the two grabbed a few pieces for use as all purpose boards back home in Brooklyn. They used them as trivets for tea kettles and hot dishes to coasters for beers - and began gifting pieces to friends. The response was so positive that the two struck out to produce a line of slate products.

They now make regular trips to the family quarry in upstate New York to hand pick the best pieces of black and red slate. Some of the slate is sourced from the quarry "graveyard," or collection of odd shaped pieces that were ultimately destined to be ground for use as road cover or baseball diamonds.

They then transport the pieces to a studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where they do additional cutting and clean the stone so it is food safe. In order to achieve the rough, unfinished look, the edges are chipped with a slate cutter and other tools.

They finally assemble the packaging in small batches. Every single piece of packaging - from the envelope to the burlap bag - can be repurposed for other uses.

The end result is a product completely unique in cut, shape, color, and overall presentation.

When faced with another hurricane warning, Mr. Tice said, “we’ll probably take everything valuable out of there and put it on a higher floor or a storage facility.”

In Sheepshead Bay, in southern Brooklyn, many mom-and-pop businesses were destroyed. A tidal surge flooded the bay and smashed into restaurants and stores at street level. Water gutted Istanbul Restaurant, a 17-year-old enterprise owned by Riza Atas.

The day after the storm, Istanbul’s interior looked like a scene from “Titanic.” Tables, chairs and settees were toppled. Plaster board and wallpaper hung from walls. No one could enter the kitchen large industrial refrigerators and stoves had been thrown into the doorway.

Gawkers who entered the restaurant stood not on a floor once made of marble and granite tiles but on shards of wood and dishes. Mr. Atas lost a great deal of meat and fish. Worse, the storm destroyed the photographs, tiles and carpets from his native Turkey that he had lovingly displayed.

“We did not lose a restaurant,” Mr. Atas said. “We lose Turkish culture here.”

After the storm, the building’s owners sent 25 contractors and helpers to pump water from his basement and to clean, but the basement started filling again. Mr. Atas could not reach his insurance broker on Long Island, where thousands of customers had no power. His kitchen appliances, including the grill and the fryer, were filled with water. And he did not know how he would keep his 10 employees. “If we get something from the government, we have to help them, too,” he said.

Mr. Atas said he had not yet decided whether he would reopen. He estimated he would need $200,000 and three months to do so. “If the government or city helps, we can rebuild,” he said.

Considering what happened elsewhere in Brooklyn, Carl Manni, chief executive and co-founder of Linda the Bra Lady, said he got “kind of lucky.” Although the company headquarters and his home are in Dumbo, along the East River, neither place filled with water, and he did not lose power. But with subways halted, most of his 40 employees could not get to the office or to the company’s two Manhattan stores for several days.

Working solo for nearly three days, Mr. Manni said he was forced to let Web orders go unfilled. Several of his vendors’ warehouses were damaged badly, which meant the company could not replenish its stock and ship to customers.

In all, Mr. Manni figured the seven-year-old business lost $50,000 last week. “In a way, that’s the same thing as physical damage,” he said. “It’s really dollars at the end of the day.” He said the company had business-interruption coverage that began after 72 hours, so he expected to get some money, though he did not know how much.

In the meantime, with the business closed for nearly a week, cash flow has been a struggle. “We’re just not prepared for that,” he said. “We don’t run with a ton of cash in the bank. I’ve had to do incredible financial gymnastics to make sure we can pay rent and make our payroll.”

Frustrated by the transit shutdown, Mr. Manni also became creative with transportation. He dispatched the company’s delivery van, which is not made for passengers, to pick up employees throughout the city.

By the end of last week, operations were getting back to normal. “With the online business, people expect that you ship their packages and answer their e-mails,” he said. “We just can’t stop moving because of Sandy.”

Mr. Manni said he had prepared for the storm “as much as we could — and it helped.” Employees filled all of the vehicles with gas, and plumbers cleaned the storm drains.

“The rest is up to the utilities and government to make sure services don’t go offline for too long,” he said. “Hopefully, next time this happens, they will have new systems in place to get things back up and running more quickly.” That, he said, would minimize the economic damage.

The History Of Presidential Desks Is Oddly Fascinating

Only six desks have graced the Oval Office, and the history of each is pretty incredible.

As far as we're concerned, a President's design sensibility is just as telling as their policy, and there are few places more indicative of their taste in interiors than the Oval Office.

But did you know that only six desks have graced the Oval Office since construction was completed during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency?

Earlier this week, Slate's Atlas Obscura blog published a history of these pieces of furniture &ndash and it's nothing short of fascinating.

Take a look at each one below &ndash then check out the complete history here.

1) The Resolute Desk

President Barack Obama got some flack for putting his feet up on this stunning oak wood piece, which has also served John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

The wood from the desk comes form the HMS Resolute, a British naval ship that was abandoned in the Arctic in 1853, writes The Daily Mail. An American whaling vessel discovered the ship and restored it at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It was then returned to the United Kingdom, and when the ship was broken down in 1879, Queen Victoria commissioned three desks be made from its timbers &ndash one of which was a gift to the United States "as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the Resolute," according to Mental Floss.

It's worth noting that the American presidential seal in the center of the desk wasn't part of Queen Victoria's design. The seal is actually a panel which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had commissioned to cover the knee hole and, by extension, the leg braces he wore due to polio &ndash but he didn't live to see it installed, according to The White House Museum.

The desk didn't make it to the Oval Office until Jackie Kennedy found it while she was restoring the White House. Interestingly, when President Kennedy was assassinated, Lyndon B. Johnson moved the desk out of the Oval Office &ndash perhaps out of respect or desire to make the office his own.

2) The Johnson Desk

President Johnson loved this mahogany desk: Slate reports that he used it while he served as a Senator and during his stint as Vice President before moving it to the Oval Office. Made of mahogany, it's the only presidential desk that's been topped with green leather. Its rounded body and bulbous feet are consistent with other furniture found on the Senate floor.

Nixon passed on the desk following Johnson's tenure, and it was moved to his presidential library, where he would reportedly hide behind it and scare visitors.

3) The Wilson Desk

15 vice presidents used this piece in their office in the Capitol building before President Nixon moved it to the Oval Office. Slate reports Nixon believed it had been previously used by his predecessor Woodrow Wilson, and delivered his "Silent Majority" speech on the Vietnam War from behind the desk, reiterating President Wilson's rhetoric about World War I.

A White House curator later discovered, however, that it was called the Wilson Desk because it was used by Henry Wilson &ndash the 18th Vice President. Oops!

Nixon kept using the desk &ndash probably because he'd installed five hidden microphones in it, which recoded some of the conversations of the Watergate Tapes, according to The Brookings Institution.

President Ford used the desk following the Watergate scandal, but it was returned to the vice president's office in the Capitol &ndash where it is still used &ndash when Ford left office.

4) The Roosevelt Desk

More presidents have used this piece &ndash which was built for Teddy Roosevelt, who spearheaded the design of the West Wing &ndash than any other desk. It was designed by the same architectural firm which designed the original West Wing, and was moved by President William Taft to the Oval Office during his term.

Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower all elected to use the desk as their workspace. In 1961, JFK moved the desk to the vice president's office, where each new administration has signed its top drawer ever since, according to The White House.

5) The Hoover Desk

It may be named after President Hoover, but FDR got way more out of this desk, which he chose as his workstation during all 12 years of his presidency. (Even though Roosevelt ordered the panels be installed onto the Resolute desk, he actually kept it in his study &ndash not the Oval Office, according to The White House Museum.)

Hoover had been using the Roosevelt Desk during the first year of his term when a fire ravaged the White House. Someone threw a tarp over the desk and it made it through the fire unscathed. But when the Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturer's Association donated a new desk to Hoover, he decided to make the swap.

Globe-trotting whole cumin seeds bring a whole lot of flavor to Lamb with Cumin

Whole cumin seeds, jalapeño and red bell peppers, garlic and onions all deliver big taste in this lively Chinese dish. Recipe below.

C umin gets around. Originally cultivated around the Mediterranean and the Middle East—and in fact found at archeological sites in Babylonia and Egypt—it’s now found in cuisines throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas and parts of Europe.

One of our favorite places to find it is in a lamb with cumin dish served at Lao Beijing, one of Tony Hu’s authentically regional restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown. Lamb with Cumin is a traditional dish of Mongolia and the neighboring Xinjiang region of western China, but variations have made their way across much of China. Continue reading “Globe-trotting whole cumin seeds bring a whole lot of flavor to Lamb with Cumin” &rarr

Chowhound Christmas Gift Guide 2019: Best Gifts for Your Cheesy Friend

We all have that friend—the turophile who raves about the nutty, creamy nuances of the latest Manchego or Bucheron. Maybe it’s you. Or it could be your work-wife. Your boss. Your bestie from college. Your brother. Whoever it is, that person is crazy about cheese, which we consider a sane passion. Be a good buddy and fulfill their cheesy dreams.

Make their holidays by satisfying their…wait for it, wait for it…grate passion for Parmesan. Brie their best friend ever. (OK, we’re done.) Just check out our favorite cheese items.

Artisanal Cheeses

Murray’s Holiday Feast, $100 at Murray’s Cheese

Cheese is made gift-able with this package, great for entertaining over the holidays or for the lucky recipient to keep in the family. Three delicious cheeses are chosen by Murray’s expert cheesemongers, paired with cranberry orange jam, prosciutto, and crackers. The items come in a Murray’s signature gift crate and include: heavenly cave-aged selles-sur-cher, nutty cave-aged gruyere, stilton, spicy cranberry-orange jam, silky prosciutto di parma, and crispy sea salt olive oil crackers. The gift is 1.25 pounds of cheese and 3 ounces of meat, estimated to serve 6 to 8 festive folks. Buy Now

Award-Winning Cheeses Collection, $69.99 at Harry and David

The five gourmet cheeses in this gift set have all won awards from the American Cheese Society and the World Cheese Awards, and span a range of styles from creamy Oregonzola (Rougue Creamery) to seductively crumbly Satori BellaVitano Merlot cheese. Buy Now

Wisconsin Cheddar Ascent Gift Crate, $36 at Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Your cheese enthusiast can take her/his time climbing up the ladder of aged Wisconsin cheddar, tasting the increasingly pungent flavor as the cheese matures. This gift set starts with a mild and creamy cheddar and Wisconsin’s original Colby cheddar. The flavors start emboldening, growing sharper and tangier as the taster progresses up the line. This gift crate is 2.5 pounds and includes five American-made cheeses: Wisconsin Colby, mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, white 1-year cheddar, 2-year cheddar, and a Wisconsin-made branded wooden crate. Buy Now

Plymouth Artisan Cheese Bundle, 3 for $39.96 at Williams-Sonoma

Plymouth Artisan Cheese is known for its deliciously old-fashioned cheddar, and this gift contains a half pound (each!) of three varieties: their sharp original heritage cheddar, sage and herb flavored cheddar, and garlic peppercorn cheddar. Buy Now

Cheesy Holiday Box, $71.50 on

But the cheese doesn’t have to stand alone this curated collection of Plymouth Hunter Cheddar Cheese and St. Stephen Triple Cream Cheese from Four Fat Fowl come along with cassava crackers, rosemary and lemon crackers, spiced candied walnuts, and quince paste. Check out the other options on Mouth too, including a gift set that comes with a cheese board, and a “black tie” box with truffle cheese. Buy Now

Junior’s Traditional Collection Cheesecake Gift Certificate, $55.95 at Junior’s

Cheese can also be for dessert—the savory stuff can stand in for sweets, or you can go for an actual cheesy baked good. New York-style cheesecake fans will be blown over when they find a Junior’s gift certificate that lets them choose their own favorite cheesecake, which will be delivered to their home anywhere in the United States. Junior’s cakes are made with cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and a touch of vanilla. With no water and no fillers, all cheesecakes are hand-blended in small batches and mixed for over 40 minutes. They use fresh fruit, homemade purees, imported chocolates, and fresh spices. Nothing canned. Ever. The cake is shipped frozen, chilled with gel packs. Buy Now

Cheese Utensils

Cut that stinky cheese the right way, nice and smoothly, with these tools. Cheese is important enough to require its own knife. Yet there are many cheese knives, each shaped according to the needs of different types of cheese: hard, semi-soft, soft, crumbly, and so forth. Some people like graters, or those wire knives. Spreaders are good for chevrés. So a set of different cheese utensils is your best bet for the cheese lover in your life.

Vin Kesso Cheese Knife Set, 5 for $19.99 on Amazon

The set contains a spreading knife, soft-cheese knife, hard-cheese knife, crumbly-cheese knife, and a serving fork. Each knife is about 5.5-inches long. They’re stainless steel in a satin finish and come in a handsome case. Buy Now

Wüsthof Gourmet Wine and Cheese Set, $89.99 at Sur La Table (originally $149)

Made in Germany for the last 200 years, knives with the Wüsthof name demand respect. Now they offer a oenophile cheese gift set, with a cheese plane, cheese knife, corkscrew, and 8-inch-by-12-inch bamboo board. Wüsthof cuts its knives with lasers, using a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. There’s a lifetime warranty, but you still should hand-wash their knives. Buy Now

Personalized Engraved Cheese Knife, $18.13 on Etsy

This vintage, silver-plated cheese knife has a mother-of-pearl handle. Stamped with “To brie or not to brie,” an endearingly cheesy phrase, we’re won over before we even take a taste. But you can get another message stamped on there if you want. Buy Now

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker, $37.99 on Amazon (originally $110)

We consider this a utensil because, well, there are fondue forks in the set, and the maker helps you eat cheese in liquid form, which we like. You could also use the pot for chocolate (yasss), broth, or oil. The set includes the base, bowl, temperature probe, eight fondue forks, and a fork rack ring. The stainless-steel, 3-quart bowl has a nonstick interior. There’s a removable temperature control too, making this device adjustable for a range of recipes. Buy Now

Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Cocotte, $29.95 on Amazon

The adorable little stoneware crocks designed for making baked brie that made the list of Oprah’s favorite things on Amazon for 2019 are sold out at the moment, but you still have options, like this petite version of Le Creuset’s famous cocotte. The 8-ounce size is ideal for a round of cheese—and hot, gooey fromage is the ideal appetizer for any holiday party (or random Saturday night). As with mini cast iron skillets, there are doubtless several other uses you could put them to when you’re taking a break from cheese, like serving soup or snacks, or using for mise en place. Buy Now

Cheese Boards

When a regular board doesn’t cut it anymore for your cheese needs, you need to get a special surface. Most cheese boards are meant for not only slicing, but presenting your cheese to guests. Frame it right.

Cheese Board Starter Kit, $54 at Brooklyn Slate

For the blossoming cheese devotee, a starter kit is in order. This kit from Brooklyn Slate features the company’s signature slate cheese board, a hand-carved wooden cheese knife, a pack of soapstone pencils for writing the names of cheeses on the board, and a bottle of food-grade mineral oil for maintaining the board’s good looks. Slate cheese boards are all the rage because they’re easy to clean, don’t retain odors, are hardy, and rustic-chic. For an additional fee, you can also have this monogrammed! Buy Now

Creative Home Natural Marble Cheese Board, $29.99 on Amazon

This 12-inch-diameter, round board is good for cutting, and it’s eye-catching for serving your cheeses as well. Hand wash it. Buy Now

Rustic Live Edge Black Walnut Cheese Board, $65+ on Etsy — sold out

The Cut Nail Woodwork/Etsy

Take rustic to another level with this live-edge, handmade walnut wood board that’s great for cutting and serving cheese. Unlike slate, it’s a little harder to clean, but it’s so beautiful you might not care. And note: While this particular board is sold, you can find similar pieces on Etsy like this live edge walnut board and this live edge maple board. Buy Now

Personalized Cheese Board with Built-In Drawer and 4-Piece Utensil Set, $46+ on Etsy

Or get personal with this 10-inch round wooden board that can be engraved with a monogram, logo, or motto of your choice. Even better: It includes a built-in drawer with 4 cheese utensils, making it perfect for picnics and parties for years to come. Buy Now

Cheese Reads

Cheese-focused cookbooks, magazines, coffee table beauties, and almost academic texts can take the cheese enthusiast to the next level. Salivate over the photos and learn trivia to toss out at the next party over some Gouda.

“Cheese Boards to Share: How to Create a Stunning Board for Any Occasion” by Thalassa Skinner, $18.72 on Amazon

Cheese enthusiast does not necessarily equal cheese expert, so this professional cheese board primer is a great gift to anyone who loves cheese boards, and is full of inspiring tips and recipes for making the most of cheese. See some tips and a candied almond recipe from the book in our How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board guide. Buy Now

“The Oxford Companion to Cheese” edited by Catherine Donnelly, $38.28 on Amazon

For the hard-core cheese nerds, there’s this encyclopedic tome by the esteemed publisher that brought us their trusted dictionary. Called the first major reference work dedicated solely to cheese, this companion contains 855 entries on cheese science, culture, history, and production. Buy Now

Culture Magazine, 6 issues for $30

Give a subscription to the ultimate bimonthly periodical on cheese, with stories on the world’s cheese, cheesemakers, mongers, regions, recipes, and how-to help. Buy Now

“Artisan Cheese Making at Home” by Mary Karlin, $27.80 on Amazon

Here’s a comprehensive guide to cheese making at home, with step-by-step instructions for creating your dreamiest cheeses and other dairy items, like yogurt. Buy Now

“Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between” by Heidi Gibson with Nate Pollak, $17.96 on Amazon

This mouthwatering book features 39 grilled cheese recipes created by Heidi Gibson, winner of seven grilled cheese championships and the co-owner of the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco. There are 40 other recipes too, for accompaniments and side dishes, such as hearty soups, mac and cheeses, spicy pickles, and tangy spreads. And then you get tips and techniques, from buying the right stuff to grilling it to oozy, drippy perfection. Buy Now

“Artisan Vegan Cheese” by Miyoko Schinner, $9.69 on Amazon

Maybe you have a former cheese hound friend who’s had to give up dairy? Help them out by gifting them this textbook on homemade vegan cheese written by the queen of vegan cheese herself, Miyoko Schinner. Just because conventional milk is no longer in one’s future, doesn’t mean one’s days of reveling in a range of gorgeous cheese are done for too. It’s surprisingly easy to make vegan cheese in several styles at home, from firm snacking cheese to melty vegan queso. Buy Now

Cheese Accessories

There is just so much. If you’re a fan of cheese, like a big one, then you have so many options to show your allegiance. Whether it’s with practical or pretty accompaniments or funky socks with mac-and-cheese splashed all over (it’s a thing), you are in luck.

Capabunga Cheese Vault Storage Box, $34.95 on Amazon

Sometimes one simply can’t eat all the cheese in one sitting, in which case, wrapping the leftovers in plastic is far from ideal. Cheese needs room to breathe, but also needs protection from drying out. This silicone storage box provides both, and includes a removable insert in case the cheese isn’t standing alone. You can use ball point pen to label the outside, and it should wash right off. Buy Now

Standing Stone Farms Beginner Cheese Making Kit, $24.99 on Amazon

This kit has all the accessories you need to make your very own mozzarella, burrata, chevre, ricotta, mascarpone, queso fresco, and butter. Basically, all your giftee will need to add is dairy (cow, goat, or sheep milk). Naturally, the kit includes a recipe booklet with detailed instructions on how to use everything else in it (from citric acid to calcium chloride) to churn out delicious homemade cheese. Buy Now

Cheese Survival Kit Tote Bag, $15 at Brooklyn Slate

Create your very own cheese survival kit inside this well-made, sturdy and bright tote bag. Hand-pulled in Brooklyn on 100-percent cotton, the tote features an original illustration of the essentials to plate, pair, store, and savor cheese. Buy Now

Hand Made Porcelain Cheese Markers, 4 for $15 at Sur La Table

This set of four cheese markers allows you to label your selections so you don’t have to continually identify them for your guests. Plus, they look pretty. You can use the included pen to label each marker and then wipe them clean when the party’s over. Some customers like the short stems for more delicate cuts of cheese. Buy Now

For a Gouda Time T-Shirt, $25 at Murray’s Cheese

Hey, what can we say? Cheese sells. Not everyone has to agree with it. But it’s been going on for thousands of years. To honor this institution, get your funny friend this T-shirt and call it a day—a…gouda day. Buy Now

Brie Happy Enamel Pin, $8.37+ on Etsy

If your cheese lover also loves cheesy puns, this adorable enamel pin is perfect for slipping in their stocking. Buy Now

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese Art Print, $8.99+ on Etsy

They are indeed. Choose your standard size, buy a nice frame, and give someone this cool burlap print, which is a play on the beginning of that 1983 Eurythmics song. And as that blue dot says, you can even buy prints for two friends and keep one yourself, for free. Buy Now

20 best gardening gifts under £35

There's everything here for your plant-loving friends.

Stuck with what to buy your plant-loving friends? We've rounded up the best gardening gifts for under £35, ensuring you can still buy a meaningful present within budget. From beautiful ceramic plant pots, to gardening forks and slate tags, there are present ideas for everyone.

Take a look at some of our favourite gardening gifts.

Treat your gardening-loving friend to this wonderful gift set. Presented in a handmade seagrass hamper basket, you'll find lip balm, hand lotion, exfoliating soap, a nail brush and gardening gloves.

Gloves are a must-have for gardeners. With a sweet bird print and ultra-soft fell palms, this Burgon & Ball style is perfect for all.

Presented in a lovely box, this Sophie Conran trowel makes the perfect gift for your garden-loving friend.

Tubi TV’s Full List of October Arrivals

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 7, 2016 – Tubi TV, the largest truly free Internet TV network with no subscription fee requirement, offering instant access to premium movies and TV shows across OTT, Mobile and Web devices, today announced a new slate of October movies. These audience favorites join the largest free collection of premium and unique movies and TV shows available anywhere, featuring Oscar-winning movies, Emmy-winning TV shows, classics, family and kids, telenovelas, Korean dramas, stand-up comedy, horror, and much more.

Tubi TV’s new October arrivals include everything from the Coen Brothers’ award-winning True Grit—nominated for ten Oscars in 2011 — to the cult classic Get Shorty, a 1995 crime thriller comedy starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito.

Horror movie fans will have plenty to scream about before Halloween, with titles including The Devil Inside, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Meanwhile, comedy lovers will laugh their way through movies starring legends such as Eddie Murphy (Imagine That), Chris Rock (Pootie Tang) and Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town). Cinephiles will find auteur fare from directors ranging from Woody Allen (Broadway Danny Rose) to Lars von Trier (Dogville) to Robert Altman (Dr. T and the Women).

Consumers can watch these titles and many more for free on the web at

Below is the complete list of new October 2016 Tubi TV titles, as well as titles leaving Tubi TV in October (last chance to watch):

Highlighted New October Tubi TV Titles:

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

New to Tubi TV Starting October 1:

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2008)

Cheating Death (Termite Art) (2004)

Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

Kickboxer V: Redemption (1995)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

The Legend of Bruce Lee (2010)

Liberty Stands Still (2002)

The Medgar Evers Story (1983)

Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Report To The Commissioner (1975)

Save The Last Dance 2 (2006)

Seance: The Summoning (2011)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

The Thing Called Love (1993)

What Were You Thinking? (2002)

New to Tubi TV Starting October 5:

New to Tubi TV Starting October 12:

New to Tubi TV Starting October 19:

Bamboo Gods, Iron Men (1974)

New to Tubi TV Starting October 26:

New to Tubi TV Starting October 31:

Tubi TV Titles Available Only in October:

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear (1988)

Highlighted Titles Leaving in October (Last Chance to Watch):

Art School Confidential (2006)

Curse of the Blair Witch (1999)

Dirty Dancing – Havana Nights (2004)

Dresden Files, Season 1 (2007)

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

About Tubi TV

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Spicing Up Oktoberfest (i.e. National Marlene Dietrich Month)

Autumn is eagerly awaited each year by the crisp weather-loving, hearty food enthusiasts here at The DP Chutney Collective. We need at least three Fall celebrations, so in addition to Halloween and Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest is an early justification for plenty of dark, rich beers and the densely delicious meals that best accompany them. Not to mention rainy evenings in front of Dietrich/Von Sternberg movies, kitted out with warm German soft pretzels and chutney dunking sauces. Below are a few ideas for incorporating DP Collective chutneys in a range of dishes typically served at Oktoberfest gatherings.

OBATZTER (German Beer Cheese Spread)

Especially addictive when brightened with zesty Curried Peach Chutney and served with brown bread and dark stout. Try it with brown rice crackers and ice-cold vodka for a wheat-free alternative.

  • Camembert or a similar cheese, cut into small pieces -- 16 ounces
  • Butter, softened -- 3 tablespoons
  • Red onion, minced -- 1
  • German ale (optional) -- 1/4 to 1/3 cup
  • The DP Chutney Collective'sCurried Peach Chutney -- 2-3 tablespoons
  • Sweet Paprika -- 2 teaspoons
  • Caraway Seeds, lightly crushed -- 1 teaspoon
  • White pepper -- 1 teaspoon
  1. Place all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mash together with a large fork or potato masher until smooth and fluffy. Alternatively, you can pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. Place the cheese spread in a bowl. Garnish with more minced red onion, chopped chives or sliced radishes if you like.

Discovering how easily this impressive hybrid of pasta and dumplings is to prepare almost guarantees spaetzle a new place in your kitchen repertoire. Our Juniper Berry Chutney used here also makes an excellent and unique condiment when spooned over slices of Schweinebraten, or German roast pork.

  • Flour --3 cups
  • Salt -- 1 teaspoon
  • White pepper -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg (optional) -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Eggs, beaten -- 3-4
  • Water or milk -- 1 cup
  1. Sift the flour, salt, pepper and optional nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl beat together the eggs and milk or water. Mix the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and beat well with a fork or whisk until smooth. Add a little more liquid or flour as needed to get a thick and elastic yet pourable consistency.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches of 1 to 1 1/2 cups at a time, pour the batter through a sieve or colander with large holes (about 1/8-1/4 inch) so small bits drop off into the boiling water. Let cook for about 1 minute, or until the spätzle noodles float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon to another bowl. Continue with the remaining batter until it is all used up.
  3. Layer spätzle with shredded Emmenthaler cheese and generous drizzles of Juniper Berry Chutney in a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350˚F until the cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes. Optionally, top with onions browned in butter, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. This is a nice touch if serving as a vegetarian entree.

WIENER BACKHENDL (Austrian breaded and fried chicken)

An Oktoberfest favorite in Munich, Austrian breaded, fried chicken is typically served with potato salad, lemon wedges and a few tossed greens. The Collective prefers it with mashed potatoes, a parsley salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette and plenty of Green Tomato and Horseradish, Spice Route Citrus and Gingered Raisin chutneys for dipping and dolloping. Consider these seriously improved McNuggets.

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