• Wolf Griddle Top Chicago

    Cooktop Griddles Compared

    Fancy yourself, a downtown Chicago short-order cook? Ok maybe not…then how about just being inspired by the cooking demonstrated on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? I know because I have had the privilege of being on the show with Guy Fieri, and I can tell you...
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    Quartz Countertops & Surfaces

    In the August 2010 Consumer Reports issue on Kitchen Remodeling, I was asked to comment on the use of quartz countertops. While natural stone will likely always be the first countertop choice in the luxury market, quartz has many advantages that I think kitchen remodelers should consider. First, quartz...
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    Onyx art in the kitchen!

    The owner of this Long Grove, IL contemporary kitchen had some very specific ideas when Better Kitchens helped design their new space.  One of them was to use an Onyx slab as the backsplash for the Kitchen.  Not satisfied with “just” a beautiful piece of Onyx, the owner decided...
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    Care and Cleaning of Stainless Steel Surfaces

    Tips for Both Stainless Steel and Brushed Chrome Exterior Surfaces: Find out whether the exterior of your appliance is stainless steel or brushed chrome (ask your dealer or the manufacturer). This can effect some cleaning recommendations, especially on how aggressive you can be. DO Always wipe with the grain...
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    The Edible Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

    The Edible Garden, sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden, was a summer-long celebration of growing great food.  Through delectable exhibitions and mouth-watering programs, tens of thousands of visitors were inspired to grow, prepare, and eat garden-fresh produce, and understand how plants provide the food and drink essential to...
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    How to Choose a Residential Water Filter

    Commercial grade kitchen appliances are the foundation of nearly all high-end kitchens designed today.  From ovens and ranges to refrigerators and faucets, heavy-duty items that were once found only in restaurants are now routinely found in the home kitchen. While there are aesthetic reasons to select commercial grade appliances,...