Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging) 2 pounds beef chuck (cut into 1-inch cubes) 1 yellow onion (peeled, medium dice) 3 cloves garlic (peeled, minced) 1 celery root (peeled, medium dice) 3 carrots (peeled, medium dice) 3 parsnips (peeled, medium dice) 1 bunch thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 2 cups red wine 4 cups beef stock 1 pound wide egg noodles (to serve) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 bunch fresh parsley (finely chopped, to serve) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste) Butcher’s twine Directions 1.   In a shallow baking dish, add…

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Facade Makeover

What does a person do when the Foil cabinets that they have in their kitchen yellow and the cabinets themselves are in good shape? In this case with Tim’s cousin, Leslie, we just replaced the door and drawer fronts and added quartz counter tops. As you will see in the before and after photos, the transformation is nothing short of spectacular. This is not one of the things that we normally do, but in certain situations, we are able to accomplish it for a client that is in need. Sometimes when someone is looking to sell their home, and the…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2 Plan for Inconvenience A kitchen remodel is inconvenient so you need to plan to be inconvenienced.  Make sure all of the activities your family usually does in the kitchen are accounted for and a place is set up to do those activities when the kitchen is under construction.  For example, beyond cooking and eating are there other activities that the kitchen is used for such as homework or a computer station for paying bills?   Make a space for those activities. Set Up A Temporary Kitchen Set up a temporary kitchen in…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel

How To Survive a Kitchen Remodel, Part 1  Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the place where your family gathers for meals, conversation, homework and connection.  Remodeling any room is a project that impacts the family in a big way, but that impact is likely magnified when the room being remodeled is the kitchen.  Here are some tips to help you through your kitchen remodel. Be Realistic Remodeling is stressful.  There are no two ways about it.  The more realistic you are, the less stressful your remodel will be.  Thinking about the things you will need to account…

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Swiss Chard Burrito with Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Everyone wants to lighten up in January.  This is a great way to start! Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided) 2 cups shiitake mushrooms (thinly sliced) 1 small yellow onion (peeled, sliced) 2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced) 1 tablespoon ginger (peeled, finely grated) 2 cups cauliflower (grated on the large holes of a box grater) 8 large Swiss Chard leaves (stems removed, reserved and chopped into small dice) 1 15- ounce can red kidney beans (drained, rinsed) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste) hot sauce (to serve) Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil….

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Timeless Transitional

Sometimes when a client buys an existing home, the layout of the home does not fit their taste or idea of an ideal space. Sometimes it’s an easy transition but sometimes, wall have to come down. This project fits the latter. When my clients bought this home, one of our contractors was called in to resurrect the space. One main wall leading into the family room (which is the outside of the home), plus another dining room wall needed to come down so that it was wide open for their guests when they hosted the football games. Today’s younger couples…

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3 Kitchen Design Mistakes We Can Help You Avoid

There is a lot to think about in kitchen design but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Just think it through.  Our Wood Palace Kitchen Designers can help you make mistakes. Appliance Selection Arlene was excited about her appliance selections.  They were top of the line, beautiful and served her every day needs nicely.  But when it came to whole family gatherings and holidays, she needed more oven space, was always scrambling to get everything ready at the same time for the large crowd.  She wished she had thought about this when she was purchasing her new kitchen.  It’s important…

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Decorating Trends: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Each year interior decorating trends change, furniture styles change, appliance styles and even appliance colors change.  The decorating trends stem from the colors and styles that come out of the fashion industry which introduces new trends each season.  Although interior decorating trends change more slowly than fashion, you want to be sure your decorating doesn’t become dated before it’s time.  So how do you stay up to date and keep your style fresh and updated?  There is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to keep your home looking fresh and updated using color.  First and foremost, it starts by making…

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Peppermint Bark

This bark makes a perfect home made gift for the holidays!   Ingredients: 12 ounce Dark chocolate chips 5 regular sized candy canes, or peppermint candies 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract Directions: Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir. Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes…

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Tuscan Farmhouse Culinary Haven

Most people dream about a chef’s kitchen, but this chef made it a reality in his new home. With a large space that opens into the family room area, it was fairly easy to design the space for a busy chef who also loves to cook at home. The island becomes the focal point and a space where food prep and cooking were a must for this Italian chef. Good Italian food takes time and space, so we designed in a wonderful butcher block area to prepare the fresh vegetables and baking goods. It is across from the fridge and…

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