Potato Salad

2018 Recipe Contest winner (Best Sides) Elise Norman shares her potato salad recipe with us. INGREDIENTS 3 lbs red potatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup  and 1/4 cup Kens Italian Dressing and marinade 6 hard boiled eggs 3 oz Bacon Bits 1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise  DIRECTIONS Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces and boil until fork tender. Drain potatoes and place in to a large bowl. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of Kens dressing to hot potatoes. Cover potatoes and chill overnight….

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Tuscan Charm

Every once in a while, I get called into an older, outdated kitchen to only bring it up-to-date in looks. The layout works for them but they really want to update the look. This month’s feature was just that. The kitchen was original when the home was built and they housed the cabinets that were hot at the time, laminate with the oak wood accent. I can remember selling this look so much back in the 80’s. It was a very clean, modern look at the time that brightened up the room. Not so much anymore. My client had been…

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No Peak Stew

 Mitch Zucker, winner of our 2018 Recipe Contest in the main dish category, shares his recipe. INGREDIENTS 3 lbs. stew beef 1 Jar of Holland onions 2 (or more) stalks of celery, cut in pieces 1 bag of petite carrots 1 bag of multi colored small potatoes 1 small bag of frozen peas 1 tbsp. sugar 1 tbsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 4 1/2 tbsp. tapioca   3 c. V8 low salt (4 c., for juicier) DIRECTIONS Cover bottom of crock pot with beef. I like to mix fattier stew beef with some lean.  Cut any large pieces into smaller pieces. Layer…

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Traditional Treat

With all the transitional style crave out there, I decided to highlight the traditional theme this month. Nestled into the Pine Hills in Plymouth, this charming home was a pleasure to help create the traditional style that she longed for. The Pine Hills is a large community for a lot of people who want to retire and when it comes to their homes, it’s all about luxury and pampering. I still remember my client saying; “Boy Tim, you really captured the look rolling around in my head. It’s more than I could ever had imagined!” As a designer now in…

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Raised Ranch Retreat

My first home just before I was married was a raised ranch. It was a nice, versatile home with an economical cost of living. The kitchen in these homes are pretty much the same layout and counter space is always at a premium. Like this month’s feature kitchen, I changed the design around to gain counter and cabinet space. The layout matters, and depends on the size of the home. This one was a good sized home with a cathedral ceiling, so it made it easier, and fun, to create the new space. I find that I love to put…

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Drunken Cranberry Buttercream Frosting

If you love cranberries as much as I do, you’ll want to take advantage of this cranberry season to make this frosting for your favorite cake recipe.  Excellent with an orange chiffon cake! Makes enough frosting for an 8″ or 9″ cake or 3 dozen cupcakes Ingredients: 2 c fresh or frozen cranberries 1/2 c water 1/4 c granulated sugar 3/4c egg whites at room temperature 3/4 lb. butter at room temperature 3/4 lb. confectioners’ sugar 4T cranberry liquor Combine the cranberries, water and 1/4c granulated sugar in a 2 quart saucepan. Put on high heat and bring to a…

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Maple Mustard Salmon with Asian Slaw

Serves 4 1 center-cut salmon fillet, preferably wild Alaskan (about 1½ pounds) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1½ tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard ¼ cup orange juice 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot chile sauce 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger ½ teaspoon honey 1 bag (14 ounces) prepared coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds Directions Step 1. Heat…

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Asian Reflection on the Vineyard

This job was one of the most interesting jobs that I have ever been involved in. I have worked with this client a few times before on some investment homes on the Vineyard, so I understood her style and taste. But she was struggling with the theme of this home, so on my visit to measure the areas, after framing was done, I was able to get a theme going for her. I have included pictures of the day I measured, and after photos of the whole home, inside and out to give a feel for the size of the…

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Dry Rub for Pork Ribs

I just tried this dry rub, and it’s yummy! Put the rub on the ribs and refrigerate overnight.  Cook the ribs in the oven or on the grill, using either a barbecue sauce or a mop for the last hour or so of cooking. 2 tbsp fennel seeds 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds  1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp kosher salt 2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp ground cayenne 1 tbsp black pepper 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp dry mustard Toast the fennel, coriander and cumin seeds in a sauté pan until fragrant and oils have been released. Grind in a spice grinder until in powder form. Feel free to use ground…

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Raynham Farmhouse Renovation

This month’s story is one of my favorite home cabinet renovations. It was for two good friends who completely renovated their old colonial farmhouse home. We designed and installed for the kitchen, pantry, bar and master bath. The theme was to stay with the old farmhouse feel but bring in today’s modern conveniences. After going through the process at the Boston Design Center with various businesses and designers, they came to me to help them out. Their frustration with the other places was the lack of anyone listening to them, even though it was a home that they have lived…

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