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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving, is my personal favorite holiday!
I love the no-gift-giving pressure, quality family time, the madness of sales, and of course- the food!
It's such a warm, cozy time of year filled with smiles.
Looking through my "Medallion cabinetry" photography on their website, I thought I would post this lovely kitchen.
I think it looks quite ready for Thanksgiving, don't you? I know I would enjoy prepping my family's recipes in here.
The different tones of mixed woods throughout the space, create such warmth.

Below is a table setting I saw online created by Ina Garten. I thought it would be so beautiful for Thanksgiving. It's quite feasible to do and find all the items needed while shopping for your Tday food list.
An odd cluster of orange/salmon hued tulips, plates of clementines, highlighted by the pumpkin hued napkins...beautiful.

This is my personal favorite wine that I think accompanies the Turkey-day dishes extraordinarily well. It's a Zinfandel by Ravenswood and as a shopping fyi, I've often seen it available at Trader Joe's. It's extra delish with brussel sprouts...yes, I love brussel sprouts.

So speaking of that, here is a delicious recipe from Ina Garten, of Food Network!
Hope you enjoy, I pasted it as recipe card for easy printing!
Or here is the link : BRUSSEL SPROUTS mmmm

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, All rights reserved

Prep Time:
10 min
Inactive Prep Time:
hr min
Cook Time:
40 min
6 servings


1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with
the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the
outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with
more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Legs and Feet

When thinking of your kitchen design, feet may not come to mind.
Well, maybe it should...

When they come in these beautiful forms, you may reconsider. Both Quality Cabinets and Medallion Cabinetry offer many varieties of feet, legs, posts to be used in furniture type applications for your kitchen or bath, or any room design with cabinetry.

Bun feet

Post leg detail

Turned leg detail

Symphony foot

And many, many, maaaaannny more available!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Removable cooktop increases countertop space

What a cool new product that I could see working so well in a small but highly functional kitchen spaces! You can create your work triangle and when needed, remove these cooking plates for additional counter top space.
So clever!
I would love to see this product live and try it out in person. Maybe try my hand at searing a piece of salmon, or creating a stir fry in one of these.

Lotus is a wireless cooking system that offers an elegant alternative to the conventional static hob. Each piece is specifically designed for various cooking styles and meal types. There is a tepan yaki plate, a wok hob (the bowl like piece), a grill plate and induction plates. The pieces are powered using resonant induction. There are transmission coils hidden beneath the counter top and receiving coils in each of the pieces. Power can be transferred to one or all of the pieces at any one time.

Clean up is a cinch since you can dunk the plates in water. Although many avid cooks argue nothing beats the flavor and efficiency of a meal cooked by fire, home chefs like myself prefer flexibility and easy clean up. Safety is another huge advantage here. The heat ferrous directly by creating a magnetic field causing edding currents in the metal to heat up. Therefore they always remain cool and are safe to pick up almost immediately after cooking. Of course there are handles just to ease the minds who are hardwired never to touch anything hot.

Designers: David Barry & Laurence Finnegan

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cool casters in candy colors!

I just love pops of unexpected color, especially when it comes to these cool casters by

Green is my personal favorite color, so this caster immediately grabbed my eye! Love how there is a 'brake' too so you can lock it into place.

The red caster with it's slim line is so chic!

What a creative way to design a small island to put on casters, or a custom coffee table, or a desk unit with a movable section to allow different spacial layouts! The possibilities for these cuties are endless!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Medallion Cabinetry" Promotion

For many of my clients, friends, etc looking at "Medallion" for their project's cabinetry, there is a great COUPON being offered until 11/20/09!

For orders of 12 cabinets or more:
$750 off for PLATINUM
$250 off for SILVERLINE

Click here for the COUPON located on Medallion's website in the upper right hand corner, and contact me so I can process it correctly for you!
Don't miss out on these limited savings!