Author: Vicki Payne

The Passing of a Dear Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of Kathi Cunningham on Tuesday, February 6th resulting from complications with the flu. Kathi Cunningham is a beloved founding member of our organization. She served on the founding Advisory Committee, the 2002-2003 Board of Directors and is one of the original WithIt Ambassadors. In 2006, she received the WOW Award for Mentoring a multitude of women and men in the industry. Her early experiences as a retailer in her family business gave her unique insight into the needs and challenges of retailers and sales associates and...

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Smoked Buffalo Cauliflower

My all-time favorite game time food is smoked Buffalo wings ̶ or maybe I should say it used to be. This Smoked Buffalo Cauliflower is a hot contender for the number one spot. Seasoned and then smoked, the cauliflower takes on a more complex flavor and a fantastic crunch. Blis Blast Hot Sauce and a bit of butter make for a quick homemade Buffalo sauce that cannot be beat. Ingredients 1 dried pasilla chile 1 tablespoon chopped dried shallot 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar 2 cauliflower heads 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive...

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Grilled Buttermilk Hot Wings

These wings were a spontaneous creation for a party last weekend. They were a huge hit, disappearing in less than ten minutes, so I thought it would be best to share this gem with you. A quick brining in buttermilk and hot sauce yields tender and flavorful meat. The chile rub on the outside finishes the wings off with a perfect crust. I describe the heat-level on these as medium-hot. Ingredients For brining 1 cup buttermilk 9 ounces hot sauce (I use 1 x 5-ounce bottle of Cholula and 1 x 4-ounce bottle of El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauce)...

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A Space of His Own Part 6: Hardware

Hardware is the “Bling” of the house. I’ve worked with Top Knobs for years. They have the largest most versatile cabinet hardware selections. Pulls in various lengths, coordinating knobs and even matching bath hardware. Hardware needs not only to be beautiful it must be functional. Bill wanted sleek lines but didn’t want something that looked or felt dainty. I selected several different styles and finishes for his consideration. Top Knobs will send free samples so it easy to see how they feel in your hand and fit on the cabinets. I selected two different collections for the kitchen. For...

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A Space of His Own Part 5: Cabinets

Designing perfect work centers for a home takes skill, knowledge and quality products. As a custom designer, you must know how to maximize every inch of space in what can be a limited area. You must understand building codes and requirements and have a working knowledge of all the appliance and cabinet manufacturers options. All these design tools are important but the biggie is knowing how your client lives. Bill loves to cook and entertain. He is also 6’5” so height and plenty of room to move about is key to making his kitchen function for him. He likes...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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