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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Beef Barley Soup

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef stew meat 1 onion finely chopped 3 large carrots cut into 3/4 inch pieces 3 stalks celery sliced 2 teaspoons minced garlic 8 cups beef broth 1 dried bay leaf 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 3/4 cup pearl barley 1 cup sliced mushrooms 2 tablespoons chopped parsley salt and pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Season the beef stew meat with salt and pepper to taste. Place half of the meat in the pot in a single layer….

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A New Look in New Bedford

Who lives here: A realtor who was downsizing but not downgrading. Unwilling to compromise style or functionality, she purchased a home that needed TLC and immediately began renovations on the entire property, inside and out. The Remodel: Working with a General Contractor, she removed an awkward half wall to open the space, installed a new window and slider, added fresh lighting and new stainless appliances. Moving the refrigerator allowed space for an ample pantry on the opposite wall. Here at Wood Palace, we can provide cabinets and countertops only- We recommend using a GC for all the other elements of…

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Dreaming First in Middleboro

  The Homeowners: A Middleboro couple with an (almost) empty nest. After years of raising a busy family, and concentrating on renovations throughout the home, they were were finally able to realize their dream kitchen. With a generic layout and outdated oak cabinets, they had been tolerating the existing kitchen for long enough. Now that the kids are grown, they could finally devote the time and energy into the full remodel they had always wanted. The Remodel: Acting as their own General Contractors, our homeowners were proud to stay local with all aspects of their remodel, employing tradespeople almost all…

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Juicing

It’s a new year, and many people are looking at ways to get healthy after holidays full of sugar and over-eating.  Juicing has been shown to be an excellent way to detox, get the sugar and high fat out of your system and move away from sugar cravings.  Juices give your body the nourishment that it’s missing from the typical American diet. Whether you try juicing once or twice a day instead of meals, or go on a complete juice fast, here are two basic recipes that taste great. Green Juice 1 apple Handful of baby spinach 1/4 of a…

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Mocha Yule Log

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD: 12 servings. Ingredients 5 large eggs, separated 1/2 cup cake flour 1/4 cup baking cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar, divided 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar FILLING: 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar FROSTING: 1/3 cup butter, softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/3 cup baking cocoa 1 tablespoon brewed coffee, cooled 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk Directions Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Line…

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Transitional Cottage Classic

This months featured kitchen is a classic, transitional kitchen. Today’s tastes are still leaning toward a classic look in a modern/cottage style. I like to call it the “quiet calm.” Simple lines to give the room a rich but elegant look. We designed beautiful transom cabinets to the ceiling to give the room that old world charm and custom built-in look. We accented only two cabinets with glass doors to not over power the area. A good transitional look needs to have simple lines, not cluttered, when completed. I love the contrast of the deep grey island that goes well…

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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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