Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound ground turkey 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 2 teaspoons salt 2 medium zucchini 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (2 ounces) Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 2. In a large straight-sided skillet set over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the…

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Vineyard “Haven”

Not all kitchens are a cut and dry design. Sometimes we take another room in the house and put the kitchen in there. That was the case with this Martha’s Vineyard home. The kitchen was in the typical in-between room of the house. Unfortunately, it was jammed in the area where the hall to the added family room was. The client wasn’t happy with the narrow hallway as it made it non-inviting to the family/bar room. Get togethers for Patriots football is constant in the fall/winter and the path from kitchen to family room needs to be inviting. Our client…

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How Do You Tell A Quality Kitchen?

How do you tell a quality kitchen? There are many things that go into a quality kitchen: cabinetry, hardware, counter-tops, additional features or accessories for the cabinetry, and the labor and workmanship to pull it all together. The highest quality kitchens are typically a combination of great design, high-end materials, quality workmanship, and unique finishing touches. Wood is more expensive than any of the composite cabinet materials available, and solid wood doors and drawer fronts are typical in high-quality cabinets. Examples of woods used in quality kitchen cabinets are maple, cherry, oak, hickory, and walnut. These woods are durable and…

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We Build Value Into Every Wood Palace Kitchen

Value is usually equated with money.  It is most often defined as the monetary worth of something or the market price.  Something may have a high monetary value and cost a lot or be a bargain because its value is good in relation to its cost.  At Wood Palace, we look at value differently.  In addition to value for the money, we build value and our values into every Wood Palace Kitchen. Value in terms of quality. We have the highest quality standards for every kitchen no matter what the price point. Value as an asset in your home. We…

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Listening Is The Key To Great Kitchen Design

Have you ever noticed how GOOD it feels to be really listened to? It’s impactful, particularly when the listening goes beyond just the words you’re speaking. That kind of listening conveys respect and promotes positive relationships of all kinds. That’s the kind of listening we practice at Wood Palace Kitchens. Rather than selective listening where people hear the other person’s words, but focus on what it means to them and what they are going to say next, our focus is on our clients and what they are saying. We are curious, open and listen as much to what a client…

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I love the Strawberry Salad at Panera Bread, so I decided to make a version at home that’s been a big hit! Ingredients: Salad 2 heads romaine lettuce 1 cup sliced strawberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained 1/2 cup chopped, roasted pecans Dressing 6T mayonnaise 1/4c milk 2T white wine vinegar 6T sugar 2T poppy seeds Instructions: Chop the romaine and heap into a salad bowl.  Top with the sliced strawberries, drained mandarin oranges, blueberries and pecans. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk well, or, combine in a mason jar and…

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Cottage Home Living in the Pine Hills

We are on our 17th year, working with clients in the Pine Hills in Plymouth. Over 3,000 homes were scheduled for this community years ago and they are expanding into more space for many more homes. It’s been a fun project over the years for us, and design and high living is the fiber of these beautiful and larger homes. Over the last 8 years, Pine Hills has adopted the “Cottage Home” into their neighborhoods. Reminiscent of the cottage style homes of New Orleans, they are a beautifully crafted smaller home with a smaller lot size. So many Baby Boomers…

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Do You Love To Cook? Enter Our Recipe Contest

We’re Looking For A Few Good Recipes! At Wood Palace, we like food. We blog about it, have a weekly radio show about it called Food-A-Holick, enjoy preparing it and of course enjoy eating it. Each year we send our clients and friends some of our favorite recipes in a recipe card collection. This year we would like to give you a chance to submit a recipe for our 2017 collection. Enter Our Contest So, we are sponsoring a recipe contest beginning July 10th, 2017 and running through August 31, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 American…

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Good Design Includes Storage and Functionality

When you are thinking about a new kitchen, it is important to remember that good design includes a mix of design features for storage and functionality in addition to achieving the look you are going for.  It is relatively easy to dream about the look of your new kitchen, the finishes, the colors and so on; but you should also think about the functionality you need to make your kitchen a place you enjoy working and entertaining in.  Taking a little time to think about storage and functionality will give you a kitchen that not only looks beautiful, but will…

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Grillable Veggie Burgers

Easy, grillable veggie burgers with just 10 ingredients (give or take a spice)! Flavorful, hearty and perfect for summertime grilling. Hearty enough to please meat-eaters and vegans alike! Author: Minimalist Baker Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 cup (155 g) cooked brown rice* 1 cup (120 g) raw walnuts (or sub bread crumbs) 1/2 Tbsp grape seed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking 1/2 white onion (~55 g | 3/4 cup), finely diced 1 Tbsp (~8 g) each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers 1 Tbsp (12…

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