Chicken Piccata

Here is an excellent, no-flour recipe for this yummy dish.  Courtesy of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. This recipe is pretty quick to make, and healthy.  Serve with steamed broccoli and cauliflower mash. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 1/4 cup arrowroot flour 2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons butter, separated (see notes) 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil 1 shallot or small onion, sliced thin 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 3/4 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup capers 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Directions Place flour in a wide…

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Bathroom Resort

I recently was asked to remodel a good friend’s bath. We had remodeled her kitchen years ago and she has been talking about her dream bathroom for most of the years after we completed her kitchen. So with that many years of yearning, she knew exactly what the bath was going to look like. The best part of my job is listening and helping our clients get what is in their head and onto paper as a plan that will drive the project forward. Most people know what they like but need our help to bring the ideas, materials and…

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Poached Salmon Farfalle with Cream Sauce

Ingredients: Poached Salmon: 5 cups water 1 lemon (cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds) 2 shallots (peeled, halved lengthwise) 1 stalk celery (cut into 1-inch pieces) 2 carrots (peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces) 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons Kosher salt (plus more to taste) 2 (4-ounce) skinless salmon fillets Farfalle with Cream Sauce: 3 egg yolks 2 and 1/4 cups heavy cream (divided) 1 pound farfalle 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 shallot (peeled, minced) 1 clove garlic (peeled, minced) 1/4 cup vodka 1 recipe poached salmon 1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed, drained) 1 tablespoon lemon zest fresh parsley (finely chopped, to…

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Bringing Yesterday into Today

I ran across this wonderful couple that lived in a condo here in East Bridgewater. Their original goal was to fix the finish problem that they were experiencing on their existing kitchen. The finish was wearing away on a lot of the doors that were used most often. I presented the problem to our detail finish man and his thought was that there was too much to re-finish. So we moved on to option B with having a painter come in and paint the cabinets. It costs a lot less than replacing the cabinetry, but my concern is always, will…

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Getting Ready For Your Kitchen Installation

A kitchen installation requires a lot of coordination to get the right materials and the right people in your home at the right time.  You can help to ensure a successful kitchen installation by making sure your home is ready to receive the boxes and boxes of cabinetry and ready for the professional installation team to build your dream kitchen. Here is a list of the important things you need to do as the homeowner to make sure your home is kitchen installation ready. Make sure that the area where your kitchen will be installed is completely clear of all…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 3

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel – Part 3 Choosing the Right Contractor In most cases, you will be hiring a contractor to do some of the work on your kitchen remodel.   If you are not familiar with any contractors Angie‚Äôs List or Home Advisor as well as referrals from friends and neighbors are a good place to start. Make sure your contractor has a written contract that specifies what he/she will and will not do.  It is imperative that they are licensed, insured and skilled in the type of work you are going to have them do.  Check their…

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Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging) 2 pounds beef chuck (cut into 1-inch cubes) 1 yellow onion (peeled, medium dice) 3 cloves garlic (peeled, minced) 1 celery root (peeled, medium dice) 3 carrots (peeled, medium dice) 3 parsnips (peeled, medium dice) 1 bunch thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 2 cups red wine 4 cups beef stock 1 pound wide egg noodles (to serve) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 bunch fresh parsley (finely chopped, to serve) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste) Butcher’s twine Directions 1.   In a shallow baking dish, add…

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Facade Makeover

What does a person do when the Foil cabinets that they have in their kitchen yellow and the cabinets themselves are in good shape? In this case with Tim’s cousin, Leslie, we just replaced the door and drawer fronts and added quartz counter tops. As you will see in the before and after photos, the transformation is nothing short of spectacular. This is not one of the things that we normally do, but in certain situations, we are able to accomplish it for a client that is in need. Sometimes when someone is looking to sell their home, and the…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2 Plan for Inconvenience A kitchen remodel is inconvenient so you need to plan to be inconvenienced.  Make sure all of the activities your family usually does in the kitchen are accounted for and a place is set up to do those activities when the kitchen is under construction.  For example, beyond cooking and eating are there other activities that the kitchen is used for such as homework or a computer station for paying bills?   Make a space for those activities. Set Up A Temporary Kitchen Set up a temporary kitchen in…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel

How To Survive a Kitchen Remodel, Part 1  Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the place where your family gathers for meals, conversation, homework and connection.  Remodeling any room is a project that impacts the family in a big way, but that impact is likely magnified when the room being remodeled is the kitchen.  Here are some tips to help you through your kitchen remodel. Be Realistic Remodeling is stressful.  There are no two ways about it.  The more realistic you are, the less stressful your remodel will be.  Thinking about the things you will need to account…

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