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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Showroom Renovation PART 2

SHOWROOM FAVORITE GETS A FACELIFT Our Ultracraft display has been a showroom favorite for many years- even featured on our signature Wood Palace shopping bags. The Metro-Retro Style Tim created here featured a black and white color palette that is appealing to so many. But when we decided to give this classic beauty a facelift, bold and adventurous was the way to go.  CUSTOM COLOR: Looking for a cool, coastal feel with a bold pop of color, We chose Sherwin Williams Lupine https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6810-lupine   Ultracraft Cabinetry will create custom color cabinets from any brand name paint or stain. Keeping the…

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Showroom Renovation PART 1

SHOWROOM RENOVATION: PART 1 Exciting things are happening in the Wood Palace Kitchens showroom! We like to keep our displays fresh and enjoy updating them every few years. It’s an opportunity for our design team to create new experiences for our customers. We always want to showcase the most current products on the market. Displays typically live on our floor for about 5 years. When we consider updating a display, it’s all about predicting the future and we strive to present up and coming trends while keeping a classic and timeless aesthetic. We are currently under construction and want to…

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Copycat Panera Squash Soup

prep time: 10 MINUTES; cook time: 20 MINUTES; total time: 30 MINUTES INGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup) • 2 pounds chopped butternut squash (about 6 heaping cups) • 3 small carrots, chopped (about 1 cup) • 3-4 cups vegetable broth • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice (do NOT use apple cider vinegar) • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • dash of nutmeg • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 tablespoons butter • 2 ounces low-fat (neufchatel) cream cheese • 1 tablespoon brown sugar,…

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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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