7 expert kitchen design tips to make cooking a delight

Torri Donley

“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”

For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations. 

We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice. 

1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances

The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want

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Westlake Fire Department offers kitchen fire tips; Faces of Westlake nominations open

Torri Donley

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Not many people know that the No. 1 cause of fires and fire injuries in the home happens in the kitchen. In particular, unattended cooking is the leading hazard related to home fires, with scald burns coming in second.

The Westlake Fire Department has participated this year in the national Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen campaign to bring awareness to these types of fire danger. The campaign shares simple but important actions that can be taken to keep ourselves safe in the kitchen.

To that end, here is a cooking safety checklist of questions to ask yourself about your own kitchen:

Does an adult always pay attention to things that are cooking?

Does an adult watch the stovetop when he/she is frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food?

If an adult must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, does he or she

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Amazon Prime Day: Tips for getting the best deals

Torri Donley

Amazon started Prime Day in 2015 to enroll more members in its shopping club — and ramp up sales in July. But with the event delayed until October 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the online retailer will test whether shoppers are willing to open their wallets as the economy remains weak.

Despite that shakiness, there are signs that Americans are ready to spend: About two-thirds of consumers indicate they plan to shop on Amazon Prime Day, more than either Black Friday or Cyber Monday, according to coupon site RetailMeNot. 

That explains why some experts predict that Amazon Prime Day — not Black Friday — will serve as the early kickoff for the 2020 holiday shopping season this year, generating as much as $10 billion in total sales during the October event, according to some retail analyst predictions. 

Some consumers may prefer locking in deals early rather than waiting

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10 Tips For Using PR To Improve Your Google SEO

Torri Donley

The PR Maven(R), CEO & Founder, Marshall Communications, creating & implementing marketing/PR/personal branding strategies.

In today’s digital world, Google Search is pretty much everything. Google processes an average of over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches annually. That comes out to more than 40,000 queries every second.

And it’s not just searches for “cooking recipes” or “how to change a tire” that make Google the world’s most dominant search engine: Google Search is also home to “top stories,” user-specific advertisements and much more. It is essentially a one-stop shop for everything.

With that in mind, brands need to make their Google SEO — that is, where they appear in search results — a top priority. Whether you’re promoting a personal brand or an organizational brand, there are ways you can create and post content online that will make your brand show up with more authority and

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Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Andhra-Style Mutton Fry

Torri Donley

The juicy, tender and versatile quality of mutton has given birth to many interesting delicacies.


  • Mutton is a versatile ingedient used in a variety of Indian dishes
  • South Indian cuisine has a repertoire of mutton delicacies
  • This Andhra-style mutton fry is a quick and delicious dish to try

Don’t we all have those days when we simply want to indulge in a decadent Indian treat? Indian cuisine never fails to surprise us with an array of options to offer. If you are a non-vegetarian and looking for soul-satiating mutton dishes, you are in for a treat! Mutton is perhaps one of the most versatile meats that can easily make a dish a star on the table. From simple pulao to a rich curry, add a few mutton chunks and it would instantly up the game.

There are plethora of Indian mutton dishes that one can try – from nalli

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Hy-Vee dietitian shares tips to get back to a breakfast routine

Torri Donley

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – With some students taking part in remote learning or the hybrid in-person model, many families are noticing a change in once typical breakfast routines.

a banana sitting on top of a table full of food: Tips to getting back to a breakfast routine

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Tips to getting back to a breakfast routine

Hy-Vee Dietitian Andrea Miller shares some recipes and tips to get your day started off right.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

“We fast overnight, so we go without energy overnight as we are sleeping which is a good thing to do,” said Miller.

As many families know, some children and adults might not wake up hungry. To appease the picky eaters, Miller suggests serving a non-traditional breakfast food.

“Don’t feel like you have to stick to what we know as traditional breakfast foods,” she said. “Usually when kids are involved in what they’re eating, they’re usually going to try it and like it a little

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Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to use a silicone muffin pan in so many ways beyond baking: freezing stock, ice cubes and organizing

Torri Donley

Silicone bakeware has been around for a few years now, but I’ve been a stubborn resister to the changing times and technology. That shifted recently when, on a whim, I snagged a floppy, red 12-cup version made by Keliwa on amazon.com for $9.99 to give it a try.

Naturally, I’ve put it to use for baking — surprise — muffins. But the device has found a couple other uses in the kitchen I’ve come to appreciate over the past couple months.

In the oven, silicone baking pans do behave differently from their metal counterparts. Silicone doesn’t let most baked goods brown the same way as metal. That’s a good thing for delicate cupcakes and muffins, but it’s a downside for something like a popover or breads where a golden crust is desired.

The biggest upside is that it’s incredibly easy to get anything you put into the molds

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This Is Ree Drummond’s Top Tips for Beginner Cooks

Torri Donley

It’s every foodie’s dream to interview Ree Drummond! Not too long ago, we had the opportunity to sit down with the Pioneer Woman herself recently to chat about all things home cooking (including the best ways to use canned pumpkin).

Ree Drummond holding a sign posing for the camera

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The most important question we asked her, though, was, “How can beginner cooks get started in the kitchen?” It can be intimidating to cook dinner from scratch for the first time. Here are Ree’s top tips for the novice home chef.

Don’t Overthink It

Ree compares cooking to any other hobby, like writing or photography—everyone starts out as a beginner and the only way to get better is by just doing it. “You have to do it and do it and do it,” she says. “And you’ll mess up a lot and it won’t turn out exactly right. But then one day you’ll just make like

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Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Soft And Fluffy Roti Like A Pro!

Torri Donley

Soft Rotis Recipe: Make soft roti with these 7 easy tips.


  • Are you struggling to make soft rotis?
  • Making the perfect roti is not a difficult task.
  • Here are some tips to make soft and fluffy rotis.

For someone who has just started out their cooking endeavour in the kitchen, making the perfect roti can seem like quite a task. The double goal of making roti round and soft at the same time is no easy feat. If you’ve tried all recipes promising to make soft and fluffy rotis and failed, let us break it to you that the key to success lies not in the recipe but the skill with which the recipe is followed. And to do that, you just need to discover the right techniques to make a go of it.

We will help you have a crack at making those feathery rotis you’ve tried so

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Acton Fire Dept. Offers Tips For Fire Prevention Week

Torri Donley

ACTON, MA — As part of National Fire Prevention Week, Chief Robert Hart and the Acton Fire Department are offering cooking safety tips, and encouraging everyone to create a home escape plan in the event of a fire.

National Fire Prevention Week began this year on Oct. 4 and ends on Saturday. The annual campaign educates and provides the public with valuable safety recommendations and steps they can take to prevent possible fires and react properly in the event of a fire.

The theme of the 2020 National Fire Prevention Week is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unattended cooking is the main cause of kitchen fires and almost two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

The NFPA estimates that from

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