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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Water Can Damage Fine Wood Cabinets

Water can damage fine wood cabinets.  We know what can happen in a major flood and we hope we never have such a catastrophe in our home, even a smaller catastrophe such as a burst pipe.  But there are other ways your cabinets can become damaged from the water sources in your kitchen. Take the cabinets below and around your sink.  It is easy for splashes to occur during every day activities like washing dishes.  Be sure to wipe up any water that gets on the cabinets quickly.  Those accidental spills will not harm your cabinets if taken care of…

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The Wood Palace Mission

Almost every business has a mission.  Wood Palace is no different.  Many businesses spend a great deal of time and thought crafting the words that represent why the business exists and what it stands for.  But the most important part of a mission is to create tenants to live by, define the spirit in which action will be taken every day to serve customers, provide quality, provide caring customer service and nurture the skills and knowledge of employees.  It is not enough to craft the words, scribe them on a plaque and hang it on the wall.  Success requires believing…

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

You’ll love this lighter version of traditional pumpkin pie! Ingredients: 9″ graham cracker crust 1T gelatin 1/4c cold water 3/4c brown sugar 1/2t salt 2t cinnamon 1/2t ground ginger 1/2t allspice 1-1/3c pumpkin puree 3 eggs, separated 1/2c milk 1/4t cream of tartar 6T sugar Preparation: Stir gelatin into cold water. Let stand for a few minutes. Mix brown sugar, spices and pumpkin, egg yolks and milk in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Allow to cool until partially set.  Beat smooth or put through a sieve…

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Refined Modern Farmhouse

The typical colonial home has a small kitchen with a table area just off of the kitchen in the area where the slider is to get to the back of the home. Most of these homes have a separate dining room. Today’s families are looking for a kitchen that they can cook, entertain and make a statement in. They have worked hard over the years to keep the roof over their family. There comes a time when they are tired of the old cabinets and the cramped space where counter room is at a premium. Most people have an inkling…

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Cabinets – The Building Blocks of Your Kitchen

Cabinets create the structure of your kitchen.  They add value and beauty to your home and provide storage and functionality.  There are many cabinets to choose from but at their most basic, cabinets are boxes that serve as the building blocks of your kitchen.    There are three basic types of cabinets: wall, base and tall cabinets. These basic cabinets are combined with cabinet options to form other cabinet types such as a wall unit or tall pantry cabinet, a drawer base cabinet or used to create an island. Combining the possibilities to create a look with functionality customized for…

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Eggplant Parmigiana

This recipe is so worth the time it takes to prepare! Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli Show: Alex’s Day Off | Episode: Vegetarian Delights Total: 2 hr 45 min Prep: 35 min Inactive: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr 10 min Yield:  4 & 6 servings  Level:  Inter Ingredients The Sauce:  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 medium yellow onions, peeled, halved, and cut into thin slices 6 cloves garlic, peeled and grated Kosher salt 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 3 (28-ounce) cans San Marzano whole plum tomatoes The Eggplant: 2 medium eggplants, washed and cut…

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Ebenezer Soule Old Home Gets A Facelift

There is something romantic, breathtaking and warm when you enter an old home of long ago. You can almost picture the people back then roaming through the house as they went about their daily lives, working, surviving and living the best way that they could. That’s probably where all of the ghost stories originated from. Old homes are so charming but there comes a time when updating it becomes a must. It’s not only a facelift that these beautiful old homes need, it goes way beyond that. Modern conveniences and trying to get away from the leaks, the creaks and…

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Designing A Quality Kitchen

There are a lot of moving parts to designing a beautiful, quality kitchen. From measuring the raw space to picking the cabinet style, finish and the hardware; every step in the process is filled with choices and decisions. A good kitchen designer will guide you through the maze of choices and help you make the decisions that create the kitchen of your dreams. A great kitchen designer is also a master of detail, a master of quality and ensures your experience is a great one. How To Ensure A Quality Kitchen Creating a quality kitchen is not about taking your…

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