Winter Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Cut Butternut Squash, Beets & Red Onion into equally sized chunks, toss with melted coconut oil, Himalayan salt and fresh black pepper and roast on a sheet pan @ 400 for 30-40 minutes Assemble a big bowl of hearty greens and lettuces of your choice: spinach, kale, radicchio, endive, arugula etc. (NOTE: if using Kale- massage with olive oil first)  Add cooked and cooled butternut squash, beets, and onion.  Top with fresh broccoli sprouts and chives, pomegranate pips, hemp seeds and goat cheese. Add dressing and toss. Enjoy! Pomegranate Vinaigrette 1/3 cups pomegranate juice. 1/3 cup olive oil 5 teaspoons…

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Timeless Traditional

I have a lot of clients that dream about having two islands in their kitchen. When we run across a home that can accommodate them, it’s a great space to create with. This months featured project has the two island design, and we also played a part in most rooms of the home in some way. This home had such an expansive space for the table area that it made sense to add a second island. The main island is a large space for preparing food, no matter how many cooks are in the kitchen. The second island serves as…

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No Flour Brownies

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)  2 tbsp dark cocoa powder  1/2 cup organic almond flour 1/4 tsp himalayan salt 1/3 cup raw local honey 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or more honey) 1/4 cup organic coconut oil 4 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.) optional: more chips, for presentation Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A…

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Transitional Transformation

It’s the tale of woe once again for someone looking to get rid of their 80’s oak cabinets. Especially to a young couple who just moved into a new home. This is one of those stories of a young couple taking on that task (with a smile) to rid their home of those outdated, blonde oak cabinets. These are the types of transformations that are fun. Look isn’t always the culprit with remodeling a kitchen. A lot of it has to do with the layout. With all of the choices in appliances now, for a young couple who likes to…

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CREAMY WILD RICE SOUP

Let’s start the new year with a healthy, hearty, vegan soup! By Carla Christian Makes 6 cups Preparation Time: 20 minutes Ready In: 1 hour 15 minutes INGREDIENTS: 4 cups vegetable stock 1 (8-ounce) package button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered ¾ cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained ½ cup thinly sliced leek (white part only) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup chopped red bell pepper ½ cup chopped carrot ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup almond flour ¼ cup chickpea flour 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Instructions 1. Combine the stock, mushrooms, wild rice,…

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Dream a Little Dream

I can’t help but sit here and ponder on this day of January 10, 2019 on the 40 years that has gone by since I started Wood Palace in my mother’s backyard garage in 1979. I was still a kid, just 2 years out of high school, and ready to contribute to the business world. I have to admit that I hadn’t a clue on what it took to run a business but there was this spark inside that inspired me. In the beginning, people often asked me if I had taken over my dad’s business. Unfortunately, I would have…

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STUFFED QUAHOGS

Karen Cook was the 2018 Recipe Contest winner in the Appetizer category.  She shared her yummy recipe with us! INGREDIENTS 20 chowder size quahogs 3 medium onions 1 lb bacon Seasoned bread crumbs Salt, pepper, Tabasco Grated Parmesan cheese Tomato juice DIRECTIONS Steam open quahogs, save juice & 1/2 the shells Chop clams small Cook bacon, cool & chop Mix liquid, breadcrumbs, & chopped ingredients to create a stuffing Season to taste w/ salt, pepper & Tabasco Fill saved shells, sprinkle with Parmesan & 1 tbs tomato juice Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes

Country Farmhouse

There are so many styles that are popular these days but I always love when I get a traditionalist who gravitates to the old world and classic Country/Farmhouse look. This home in Raynham fit the bill for the taste she longed for. A beautiful, older style colonial home with so much charm, I jumped at the chance to change up their older, failing kitchen. Older homes are fun to transform, but sometimes space  is tight. My first step to any new project is to pick my clients’ brains so that we know what they are thinking. Too many designers in…

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Potato Salad

2018 Recipe Contest winner (Best Sides) Elise Norman shares her potato salad recipe with us. INGREDIENTS 3 lbs red potatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup  and 1/4 cup Kens Italian Dressing and marinade 6 hard boiled eggs 3 oz Bacon Bits 1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise  DIRECTIONS Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces and boil until fork tender. Drain potatoes and place in to a large bowl. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of Kens dressing to hot potatoes. Cover potatoes and chill overnight….

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Tuscan Charm

Every once in a while, I get called into an older, outdated kitchen to only bring it up-to-date in looks. The layout works for them but they really want to update the look. This month’s feature was just that. The kitchen was original when the home was built and they housed the cabinets that were hot at the time, laminate with the oak wood accent. I can remember selling this look so much back in the 80’s. It was a very clean, modern look at the time that brightened up the room. Not so much anymore. My client had been…

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