Blueberry Spinach Salad Bowl with Orange Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS ORANGE VINAIGRETTE ½ tsp. orange zest 2 tablespoons juice from 1 orange 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon snipped fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, or dill 1½ teaspoon Dijon-style mustard Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste BOWLS 1 small sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon orange juice ⅛ teaspoon curry powder ⅛ teaspoon paprika 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1¼ cups cooked wheat berries ½ of a 15-oz. can no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained ⅔ cup fresh blueberries ½ of an avocado, seeded, peeled, and sliced Optional toppings: sliced green onions,…

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Kitchen Remodel Must Haves: ACCESSORY EDITION

Good kitchen design is more than just a beautiful selection of cabinetry;  it’s what’s INSIDE the cabinet that counts. Our designers often employ built-in cabinet accessories to create a better spaces for our clients.  THE PROBLEM: “This setup doesn’t work for us” Kitchens mean different things to different families- sometimes a large family needs more seating or dedicated space for entertaining. Sometimes a smaller home needs to incorporate a mud room or office area into the kitchen space… it’s all about making the space more functional for the homeowners. THE SOLUTION:  Good Listening & Observation We get to know how…

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Raw Pecan Chocolate Caramel Slice

Here’s a treat on the healthy side of things that might be fun to do with your kids.  No stove needed! Ingredients: Base: 1/2c almonds 1/2c Medjool dates, pitted 2T coconut oil 3T raw cacao powder 2T raw honey Caramel Pecan Layer: 1c Medjool dates, pitted 1/2c coconut oil 3T tahini 1t vanilla 2T raw honey 1/4c chopped pecans Top Layer: 1/4c coconut oil 1/4c maple syrup 1/4c raw cacao powder 1/4c chopped pecans Directions: To make the base first, pulse dates, almonds, coconut oil, raw cacao, and honey in the food processor into a crumble. Press this mixture into…

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The Little House That Could

The Homeowners: A Marshfield couple and their Golden Retriever with a historic cape style home. The smallest house in a big neighborhood had lots of character but was in need of lots of improvement. The Remodel: The original layout included a tiny U-shaped kitchen. Over the years they had begun to DIY remodel bit-by-bit, living with the existing cabinetry as they removed walls, restored a stone fireplace, and spent time improving outdoor spaces. An adventurous team, they were more than willing to get their hands dirty building sweat equity into their home. After almost 20 years in the house, the…

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Lemon Primavera Bowties

INGREDIENTS   kosher salt 1 lb. bow-tie pasta 2 c. peas extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 c. chopped onions 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips 1 small yellow zucchini, sliced into thin rounds Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c. heavy cream 3 lemons 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 c. Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving 1/2 c. chopped parsley   DIRECTIONS Bring an 8-quart stock pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Meanwhile, set up bowl of cold water with ice cubes. Drain pasta, then cook peas in pasta…

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Walnut in Wareham

The Homeowners Middle aged couple on the verge of becoming empty nesters, decided to downsize and purchase their final home.  They were looking for something that they could make their own. This particular home was very dated and therefore was a perfect choice to remodel.  The Remodel After analyzing the condition of the home, it was discovered that it was a bit more than anticipated.  Upon tearing out many walls in the very large kitchen, it was discovered that the electrical and plumbing needed to be replaced. After the shock of all of this, it was time to pick out…

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Roast Leg of Lamb

Prep time: Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Marinating time: 2 hours Yield: Serves 8 to 10 INGREDIENTS Marinade 1/2 cup orange juice 1 cup white wine 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme 2 Tbsp of fresh chopped rosemary or 1 Tbsp of dried rosemary 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper Blend marinade ingredients in a blender, just a few pulses until well mixed. Lamb Roast One 6-pound leg of lamb, bone-in or boneless. (If boneless, the leg should be tied up with kitchen string by butcher.) Marinade Salt and freshly ground black pepper Special…

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Virtual Design Services

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and happy in your homes. While the nation and the world are grappling with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we find ourselves adapting to a new kind of lifestyle. As a construction based business, Wood Palace is still fully operational, with some minor changes to lead times and practices. Those of us who are working in the office are abiding by the social distance guidelines and some of us are working from home. We are grateful to continue working safely, as so many others are not. We offer our sympathy to those who are…

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Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Ingredients: 1 lb flank steak 1 bunch green onions 1 inch chunk fresh ginger 2 naval oranges 1T reduced sodium soy sauce 2T rice wine vinegar 2T brown sugar 2T vegetable oil 1T minced garlic 1-12 oz. pkg snow peas Directions: Cut the steak into thin slices for stir-frying. Thinly slice the green onions. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut one orange into half moon slices. Squeeze juice of second orange into a medium bowl. To juice, add the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and ginger. Whisk to combine. In a 12-inch skillet or wok, heat the oil on…

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An Update for Modern Living

    The Homeowners: Young professionals with big dreams for renovating their first home. Originally built in the 1940s, this home needed updating to accommodate a modern lifestyle. Separate living, dining and cooking areas divided the space and did not accommodate entertaining. The original kitchen was dated and dysfunctional, with a cramped layout for appliances and limited prepping space. Our clients envisioned a open space with clean lines and a neutral color palette. The Remodel: Working with a General Contractor to open up the floorplan was of paramount importance to our clients. The wall between the kitchen and living room…

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