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What To Give When Life Gives Us Lemons

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This has been a difficult few weeks here in the U.S. Disasters – of both the natural and man-made variety – seem to be coming at us hard and fast. Just when we had wrapped our heads around Hurricane Harvey relief there came Hurricane Irma, then Maria, and then the tragedy in Las Vegas… It’s a truism that when circumstances are at their worst, people are at their best. And right now, most…

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A Letter From Our Founder: Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Every day at Knack we have the privilege of seeing compassion and altruism pass through our doors. We read the messages of thanks, congratulations and love that our customers write to their family, friends, and business partners and we derive great joy from playing a small role in bringing people closer together. Like all of you, our hearts are broken witnessing the devastation faced by those in the path of Hurricane Harvey….

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Gourmondo & Knack “Celebrate Seattle” Crossword Puzzle Answers

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Sometimes thinking out of the box means thinking about what should go IN the box. When we decided to partner with Gourmondo, one of Seattle’s most delicious catering companies, we told founder Alissa Leinonen we wanted to make the experience fun for everyone who was about to enjoy Gourmondo’s fresh, delicious boxed lunches. We borrowed our mom’s thoughtful habit of leaving notes in our school lunchboxes, with a twist: because Seattle is…

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Salted Caramel’s Slick Success

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The French Confection Brittany, France, 1981. Pastry chef Henri Le Roux flouts one tradition while paying homage to another: while it’s customary in the pastry world to use unsalted butter in baking and confectionery, Le Roux couldn’t resist experimenting with Bretagne’s famously rich salted butter. He swirled it into a batch of caramel and studded the mixture with chopped walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. His “Caramel-Beurre-Salé” transfixed customers as the idea spread across…

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Lift Your Spirits: A Conversation With Addition Cocktail Spice

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We encourage our merchants to drop by our office any time, and they do–with samples, new products, and prototypes they want to run by us. When Matt Hemeyer from Addition Cocktail Spice visited, we were delighted to see that he carried vials of his liquid spices in a small vintage suitcase, just like a classic traveling salesman. We talked with Matt about what inspired him and his business partner Eric Salenski to create their “bartender’s spice rack,”…

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