Showroom Tour Series Part 1

Here at Wood Palace Kitchens, we are proud to offer over 15 kitchen and bath displays to inspire you. We update them every few years so there is always something new and fresh to see. As we start the early stages of the design process, we encourage clients to dive in and explore all of our displays as they begin the “Dream First” Process. While nothing compares to an in-person showroom tour, this blog series is a digital exploration of some of our latest additions. To get a closer view and a personal tour with one of our designers, contact us…

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The Time of our Lives

Two Saturday’s ago on November 6th, I realized while doing paperwork here in my office that it was the 42nd anniversary of my business.  I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. I walked out into my mother’s garage, which I had turned into a cabinet shop, stared at the new tools that I had set up and thought to myself, “wow, is it clean in here”. Not sure why that thought came to me first, but it did. My second thought was, “where am I going to get my wood from?” It’s one of those business thoughts…

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Vegan Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Glaze

Ingredients For the cookies: 1/2 cup ForA vegan butter, room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup Misfits Market canned pumpkin purée 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt For the glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon dairy free milk Note: The recipe works really well with regular butter if you’re not vegan. This recipe is from Misfit Market

Overcoming Kitchen Remodel Fears

By Beth Sobiloff We’ve been wanting to remodel our kitchen since we moved in five years ago. And yet, here we are with the same tired cabinetry after all this time.  I have come to realize that our lack of action is mostly due to fear of the unknown. How much will it cost?  How long will it take?  Will we like the results?  Will the improvement be worth the cost? Can we get what we want given the limited space? The unfortunate thing is that now we’re getting desperate to make a change, and the cost of materials has…

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Lasagna Soup

Ingredients 1 tbsp canola oil 1 (1 lb) pkg 93% lean ground beef 1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp Italian seasoning blend 1 (24 oz) jar Nature’s Promise® Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water 8 lasagna noodles, broken into large pieces 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp jarred pesto Fresh basil, to garnish (optional) Steps In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil on medium-high. Add the beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, 5–7 min., stirring and breaking…

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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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