Turkey Casserole

Who doesn’t love leftover turkey? Every time we have turkey, I make this casserole with the leftovers and maybe a few extra vegetables.  It’s a big hit. Ingredients: 3c cooked turkey, light or dark meat, chopped into bite sized pieces l medium onion, diced 3 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1c frozen peas, thawed, or green beans cut into bite sized pieces 2T olive oil, coconut oil or turkey fat 1-2c leftover gravy 3-4c leftover stuffing Saute the onions, carrots and celery in the oil or turkey fat until the vegetables are soft. Add the remaining vegetables. Heat through….

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Beyond the Kitchen

Happy November everyone! I can’t believe we are at the end of the year already. It’s been a busy year here and we have completed a few more displays to update our showroom. The working kitchen area is next. We have some new and exciting things for that area that are all about today’s times. We also passed our 40th year. On November 6, 1979, I set foot into the small shop that I had built onto my mother’s garage for the first time. I had the enthusiasm of a little kid in a toy store and was wondering what…

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Crock Pot Chick Stew

Full of tender, juicy, and flavorful protein and veggies, this Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with potatoes is a cozy, easy dinner recipe for chilly nights! Course: Dinner Cuisine: American Keyword: chicken stew, chicken stew with potatoes, slow cooker chicken stew Servings: 12 cups Calories: 162 kcal Author: Blair   Ingredients 2 medium sweet onions, diced into bite-sized pieces 3 stalks celery, diced 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small bite-sized pieces 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon dried thyme ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning 3–4 lbs. bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock 1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon cold water For garnish: chopped fresh parsley Instructions…

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American Collection Kitchen

I’ve talked about the Americana Collection before in the newsletter and that it is a collection of cabinetry that is fashionable and affordable and it helps people get a kitchen between the $8,000.00 to $20,000.00. It was specifically designed to help these clients fit into their budget range. The kitchen featured this month fits the collection well. My clients were a young couple with a small family and had just purchased their first home, a raised ranch. As with anyone who indulges in their first home, budgets need to be tight to afford the things in the home that need…

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Watermelon Granita

This is a perfect way to use watermelon that will go bad if not eaten soon! Not to mention very refreshing! INGREDIENTS 4 cups (1 3/4 pounds) cubed seedless watermelon (from a 4-lb. melon) 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice REPARATION Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 9 x 2″ metal baking pan. Freeze mixture for 1 hour. Stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork. Cover and freeze mixture until firm, about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes. DO AHEAD Can…

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The Birth of “Dream First”

I’m sure we can all name many times in our lives when we caught ourselves dreaming of what life was going to be like. Or maybe it was just something that we yearned for, whether a possession or a person. I used to drift away many times when I was young, sitting in my bedroom and listening to music. Those were times that I thought I could have accomplished anything that I desired. I still believe many years later that anything is possible, especially when it comes to kitchen design. I’m at my creative best when I delve into a…

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Ziggy’s Deep-Fried Ice Cream

The recipe comes from our friends Vanessa Moore and Louisa Clerici, who created The Plymouth Cookbook. The recipe is from Ziggy’s Ice Cream & Food in Plymouth, MA. Ingredients: Ice cream of choice Corn Flakes cereal, crushed Dash of Cinnamon (optional) Enough whisked egg whites to roll the ice cream in Canola oil for deep frying Directions: Scoop out a ball of your favorite ice cream. Wearing a pair of vinyl gloves, compact the ice cream in your hands. Pack it so that it is about the size of a baseball. Proceed to roll the ice cream ball in crushed…

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Making Memories

Wow, it’s July already! Where does the time go? I love the 4th of July because it is a symbol of the birth of a nation. I look back forty years ago when I started Wood Palace and think, wow, that alone was a lot of work, never mind a whole nation, lol. It’s a great month of celebration with cookouts, beaches, long summer night walks and getting together with family and friends. The latter is always what life is all about. July is also a great time to reflect on our homes and plan those next projects. I have…

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Shrimp Creole

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, seeds and membrane removed finely chopped 2-3 stalks celery (you want about the same amount as green bell pepper) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or to taste) 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 bay leaf 1 can (15-ounce) tomato sauce 1 cup water (approximately to rinse out the can) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, tail removed Tabasco sauce, to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons chopped…

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Modern Southwestern Retreat

This month’s feature is as different from other months as it could be. One of my favorite projects because I helped with the design of the whole downstairs floor, where the kitchen was sandwiched between two other rooms. When I first walked into the home, I was amazed at how long the whole area was that housed the stairway, dining area, kitchen and family room. The ceilings were sectioned off with very large, sheet rock soffits. That’s how the original builder and homeowner must have thought that the soffits delineated the rooms. My clients were sick of the wood and…

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