Weeknight Meal Recipe: Original Italian Carbonara

by Matt Allison

Original Italian Carbonara

One of the joys of writing about food and preparing meals is that I get to meet great chefs and producers.

As I've shared in the past, we eat very little meat these days, but when we do it's choice grade and pasture reared. My friend Richard Bosman produces amazing charcuterie, one of which is guanciale, made from pigs cheek, incredible fatty, but when cooked into crunchy bite sized treats, is one of the key ingredients in preparing a proper Italian carbonara.

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5 Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Makeover

by Capree K

If you could only makeover one room in your home, which room would you choose?

A few months back, we took a poll over on our Facebook page asking this question and the kitchen was the most common answer -- by a landslide. While kitchen makeovers can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you're likely to tackle, it is possible to breathe new life into your space without breaking the bank.

So, if a kitchen makeover is next up on your to-do list, check out these five money-saving tips before you start!        

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Before and After: A Lackluster Kitchen gets a Massive Overhaul on a Budget

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Before, this kitchen looked more like a giant storage unit with cabinets and a stove than a place that anyone would live in. Rest assured, however, this is actually someone's home and the transformation this kitchen has undergone is pretty impressive. And even more so, when you consider the fact that this massive overhaul came in at less than $4,500 in total. Check it out.   

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Before and After: A Lackluster Kitchen gets a Massive Overhaul on a Budget

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Before, this kitchen looked more like a giant storage unit with cabinets and a stove than a place that anyone would live in. Rest assured, however, this is actually someone's home and the transformation this kitchen has undergone is pretty impressive. And even more so, when you consider the fact that this massive overhaul came in at less than $4,500 in total. Check it out.   

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

by DIY Maven



(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)

My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother. 

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It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.

For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some love and some Moroccan spice.

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