Rachael Ray

An award-winning chef, television show host and author, Rachael Ray was raised in a family much concerned with cooking. Her family owned several restaurants before the family relocated and her mother worked as a food supervisor for a chain of restaurants. She has stated that some of her earliest memories come from restaurant kitchens watching her mother. Her mother’s side of the family was Sicilian-American and both her mother and her maternal grandfather were influential in teaching her different cooking techniques. Her father’s side of the family was French-American and so in addition to the Italian-style of cooking, she was also exposed to Louisiana-style French techniques. Of her early years Ray says, "I was surrounded by all different styles of cooking and worked in the food service industry in just about every capacity you can imagine."

Rachael Ray’s first job was at the candy counter in the Macy’s department store.....

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Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen, often more than any other room in the home, is a space for work. The amount work involved in preparing food can be greatly altered by the way in which it is laid out. A well-ordered kitchen with a functional design can act as a warm inviting center for the home where meals are efficiently prepared, however a poorly designed kitchen can waste both time and energy, making it a stressful part of the home. Because of these factors, kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular home improvement projects. Kitchen remodeling is often undertaken prior to selling a home, as a well-designed kitchen can be a major selling point.

Kitchen design is comprised of.....

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About HGTV

Home & Garden Television is a US cable network whose programming is made up of a variety of shows in the categories of Decorating, Gardening, Remodeling, At Home, and Crafts. HGTV.com is the associated website providing vast amounts of information on a wide range of topics relating to home and garden. The idea for HGTV began with its founder and now CEO and President, Ken Lowe.

HGTV went on the air in.....

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Home Decorating Basics

Getting Started:

As with anything, the beginning of a home decorating project can be the trickiest part. The best way to start is by defining for yourself what you are trying to achieve. Take into account the following: the purpose of each room; how you want each room to feel; your personal preferences in design styles; unique features or flaws that should be highlighted or dealt with; and lastly your budget.

The Key Elements:

As you begin to tackle each room, it is best to.....

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Bedroom Remodeling

Of all the rooms in the home, the bedroom is one of the most personal, in addition to being one in which a lot of time is spent. After all, human beings sleep for about a third of their lives, add that to waking hours spent in the bedroom and it becomes more obvious why it is important to have a bedroom space that is pleasing and functions well. In some cases, a simple redecorating project will do the job, however, in others it may be time to look into remodeling the space.

For any home remodeling project, there are certain steps that should be followed.....

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a reality television home renovation show currently aired on ABC. It began as a special edition of the show Extreme Makeover, which portrays real people as they completely change their appearance through plastic surgery, weight loss, clothing, hair and makeup. Both series are produced by Endemol USA, which is responsible for a number of primetime reality shows including Big Brother, Fear Factor and Deal or No Deal. Sears sponsors the show, with Craftsman and Kenmore products featured prominently throughout each episode. Ty Pennington, a former model who worked as a carpenter on another reality home renovation show, Trading Spaces, hosts the show.

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