Mandarin Orange Salad

This Mandarin Orange Salad is refreshing and delicious! INGREDIENTS 10 ounce bag spring mix (or spinach) 11 ounce can mandarin oranges 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup sliced almonds (can use walnuts or pecans as well) ORANGE DRESSING 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate 1/2 teaspoon orange rind 1/4 cup olive oil (or vegetable oil) 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon vinegar (I used apple cider) 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon poppyseeds 1/4 teaspoon salt INSTRUCTIONS Add the spinach, oranges, cranberries and almonds to a large bowl.  Add the orange juice, orange rind, olive oil, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice and salt to a mason jar. Shake until well combined. Add the poppyseeds and shake just before serving. Then pour over the salad. Toss until combined.  Recipe from iheartnaptime…

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Refresh Kitchen Design

Sometimes, all we need in our kitchen design is a refresh. That is what these young clients were looking for in their home. The client, who is handy, had already made his mark in the backsplash area above the stove. He had created a nice open shelved area with beautiful mosaic tile. He had asked if he could keep all of that and I said, absolutely. Even though we were getting rid of the old peninsula, putting in an island and all new cabinetry, we could keep his work of art. I find it important to keep features that a…

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Jicama Slaw

Ingredients 1 large jicama (or 3 small (about 2 pounds), peeled and finely shredded) ½ head red cabbage (finely shredded) 2 carrots (peeled and shredded) 1 large red pepper (stem and seeds removed, sliced thin) ½ white onion (thinly sliced) Dressing: ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup rice vinegar ¼ cup lime juice (freshly squeezed) 2 tablespoons honey ½ tsp chili powder (ancho chili powder if you have it) ½ tsp red chile flakes 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp pepper (freshly ground) ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves Instructions Place jicama slaw vegetables in a large bowl.  Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour the dressing over the jicama slaw mixture and toss to coat well. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Recipe from the Self-Proclaimed Foodie

Baker’s Extraordinaire in New Jersey

I find that the tougher the kitchen space, the more fun I have coming up with ideas. This story starts many years ago with my cousin’s home in New Jersey. I have been in their home many times over the years, so I know the space, and how jammed the kitchen looked and felt. I find it hard to believe that Diane actually worked in this space, knowing how much she likes to cook. She especially loves to bake, having grown up in her father’s bakery. These days, she cooks with her grandsons, and she has always wanted a baking…

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Seafood Lasagna

Homemade Pasta Ingredients 2 cups of pasta flour or all-purpose flour 3 eggs at room temperature 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt water as needed and additional flour Preparation: On a clean surface or large bowl, create a well in the middle and add the pasta ingredients. Using a fork, start to gently scramble the eggs and add the flour and continue to mix until you can form a ball of dough. Knead the dough on the work surface until the dough is soft and smooth. Let the dough rest for approximately 30 minutes. If you don’t have time…

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Cape Cod Refresh

This month’s feature is from clients who sold the home and moved down to the Cape. We did the kitchen in their previous home. You can see from the before photos of the Cape house, below, that there was a custom inset cabinet. However, the cabinets lacked efficient storage. That bothered our clients, so they called me in to see what we could do to make it more efficient and up-to-date. Before photos Their first comment was that they hated the base corner storage. It was a small, blind corner cabinet that was too small to get into. They also…

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Scallops Provencal

This is the most popular recipe on Foodnetwork.com! Ingredients 1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour, for dredging 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided 1/2 cup chopped shallots (2 large) 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/3 cup dry white wine 1 lemon, cut in 1/2 Directions If you’re using bay scallops, keep them whole. If you’re using sea scallops, cut each 1 in half horizontally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss with flour, and shake off the excess. In a very large sauté pan,…

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Lobster Mac n Cheese

Trust me, this is awesome!  Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 25 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes; Servings: 8; Calories: 627 kcal  Author: Sara Welch INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons butter divided use 2 tablespoons flour 2 1/2 cups water 4 cups milk I use whole milk 1 pound corkscrew pasta such as cavatappi or cellentani 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked lobster meat plus more for garnish 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons chives thinly sliced cooking spray INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2 or 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the…

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Giving Thanks

Typically we like to share a design story with you each month, but today we would like to dedicate this post to giving THANKS. We have so much to be grateful for this year, especially amidst the chaos and turmoil that is 2020. As the holiday season approaches and this tumultuous year comes to an end, please indulge us while we bask in gratitude. We can talk about kitchen design another time. WE ARE GRATEFUL…  …to continue business operations through this pandemic, and to continue to serve our community and our customers. Even with unexpected economic conditions, our business continues…

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Thai Basil Eggplant

Ingredients: 1 large eggplant, halved lengthwise and cut into 3/4″ slices 3 red, green and/or yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced 1 lb. Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed, cut into 1/2″ slices 1c chopped onion 1/4c hoisin sauce 2T reduced sodium soy sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 2t grated fresh ginger 2t arrowroot powder 1c water 1/2c thinly sliced Thai basil* 4c hot cooked rice 1T sriracha sauce (optional) Directions: In an extra-large skillet, cook eggplant, peppers, mushrooms and onion over medium heat 6-10 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1-2 T at a time as…

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