Nana’s Epic Navy Bean Ham Bone Soup

Ingredients: 1 pound dried navy beans 1 ham bone + ham scraps 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 10 cups water Salt and pepper Instructions: The Night Before: Place the dried beans in a large bowl and cover with three inches of water. Soak the dried beans overnight (up to 24 hours) to soften. Drain when ready to use. Place a large 6 quart pot over medium heat. Add the oil, ham bone, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the onions. Then add in the drained beans, thyme, ground cumin, crushed red pepper, 10 cups…

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Seaside Escape

Who doesn’t want to live by the ocean year-round? I know that has been one of my wishes for many years. That wish came true for my clients in this month’s feature. Nestled just off the ocean in Onset, just a short walk to the water, sits this seaside escape. I’m lucky to share in the fun of this home every 4th of July weekend at their wonderful annual cookout. They even have an outdoor built-in kitchen and bar area so that guests can enjoy the outdoor beauty, volleyball on the beach, or just sitting by the fire pit. Tracey…

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Tuscan Chicken

This was meant to be a crock pot, “keto” recipe, but it burned badly in the pot while I was out, so I revised it to be baked in the oven, and it’s yummy! Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 c heavy cream 1/3 c chicken broth 3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese 4 6 oz chicken breasts 1 T Italian seasoning sea salt to taste black pepper to taste 1/2 c sun dried tomatoes, chopped 2 c fresh baby spinach Directions: Season the chicken breasts with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  Place in a lightly…

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The Farmhouse Modern Craze

I speak to a lot of clients about the movement in the fashion world today with the Farmhouse/Modern trend. I can’t tell you how many kitchens I design in that same style. Many of these clients ask me, how do I define that style today and how will they know if that is their actual style. In the world of design, my job is to ask the right questions and listen carefully to my clients’ responses to put together exactly what their minds are thinking, because most clients don’t really know what their taste is. Here’s how I define what…

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Winter Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Cut Butternut Squash, Beets & Red Onion into equally sized chunks, toss with melted coconut oil, Himalayan salt and fresh black pepper and roast on a sheet pan @ 400 for 30-40 minutes Assemble a big bowl of hearty greens and lettuces of your choice: spinach, kale, radicchio, endive, arugula etc. (NOTE: if using Kale- massage with olive oil first)  Add cooked and cooled butternut squash, beets, and onion.  Top with fresh broccoli sprouts and chives, pomegranate pips, hemp seeds and goat cheese. Add dressing and toss. Enjoy! Pomegranate Vinaigrette 1/3 cups pomegranate juice. 1/3 cup olive oil 5 teaspoons…

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Timeless Traditional

I have a lot of clients that dream about having two islands in their kitchen. When we run across a home that can accommodate them, it’s a great space to create with. This months featured project has the two island design, and we also played a part in most rooms of the home in some way. This home had such an expansive space for the table area that it made sense to add a second island. The main island is a large space for preparing food, no matter how many cooks are in the kitchen. The second island serves as…

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No Flour Brownies

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)  2 tbsp dark cocoa powder  1/2 cup organic almond flour 1/4 tsp himalayan salt 1/3 cup raw local honey 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or more honey) 1/4 cup organic coconut oil 4 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.) optional: more chips, for presentation Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A…

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Transitional Transformation

It’s the tale of woe once again for someone looking to get rid of their 80’s oak cabinets. Especially to a young couple who just moved into a new home. This is one of those stories of a young couple taking on that task (with a smile) to rid their home of those outdated, blonde oak cabinets. These are the types of transformations that are fun. Look isn’t always the culprit with remodeling a kitchen. A lot of it has to do with the layout. With all of the choices in appliances now, for a young couple who likes to…

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CREAMY WILD RICE SOUP

Let’s start the new year with a healthy, hearty, vegan soup! By Carla Christian Makes 6 cups Preparation Time: 20 minutes Ready In: 1 hour 15 minutes INGREDIENTS: 4 cups vegetable stock 1 (8-ounce) package button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered ¾ cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained ½ cup thinly sliced leek (white part only) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup chopped red bell pepper ½ cup chopped carrot ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup almond flour ¼ cup chickpea flour 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Instructions 1. Combine the stock, mushrooms, wild rice,…

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Dream a Little Dream

I can’t help but sit here and ponder on this day of January 10, 2019 on the 40 years that has gone by since I started Wood Palace in my mother’s backyard garage in 1979. I was still a kid, just 2 years out of high school, and ready to contribute to the business world. I have to admit that I hadn’t a clue on what it took to run a business but there was this spark inside that inspired me. In the beginning, people often asked me if I had taken over my dad’s business. Unfortunately, I would have…

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