Abram Hecht

Emerging Kitchen Trends

Every year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) conducts a survey of its members to look at what trends are up and coming for the new year. The 2017 report has recently been released, and shows several new and interesting trends for kitchens. Because trends are something that can impact things like resale value of a home, as well as something that can point the way toward the future of design, it’s important to stay current when designing a new space of your own. While you don’t need to follow every trend, simply being aware of what’s out…

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Ty Schmidt

Four Steps to a Happy Thanksgiving

The most wonderful time of the year starts now. Are you ready?

Thanksgiving is upon us, and while it’s true that lots of (very exciting) other things await in the weeks following, the holiday that embraces all things savory and sweet is a favorite of mine. Food is the star of the Thanksgiving show and your kitchen is where it all begins.

With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to help make sure your Thanksgiving is something to be thankful for:

A solid plan. If you are hosting this…

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Ty Schmidt

Redesign Spotlight: A couple of our favorite before and after kitchen remodeling designs

Your dream kitchen can be the most beautiful and picturesque masterpiece. It can be an image in your mind you’ve had for some time as you pictured how the perfect granite counter-tops would coordinate exceptionally well with the vibrant back-splash and farmhouse sink. Yet there is something a lot of us dreamers have in common.

Despite even our best and most well laid concepts, people in general have difficulty envisioning what new spaces will ultimately look like. It’s one thing in our heads, or drawn up in the plans, but it’s something else entirely when…

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Ty Schmidt

Enjoy festive fall flavors with the kids with these four ideas

There is usually more flour on the floor than in the pie dough. Apple skins somehow wind up in almost every room in the house and it’s not that uncommon for marjoram to be mistaken for cinnamon.

When it comes to cooking, patience is a virtue, yet when kids are involved,  it’s more than that. It’s survival.

From apple orchards to pumpkin farms, there is just something about fall that has always inspired the inner baker in me to break out my pie bird and put my oven to work. This is the first fall…

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Ty Schmidt

What is your kitchen personality?

Simply stated, I like to cook. As a Wisconsin-born cheese lover with a learned appreciation for the finer things in life (seared scallops anyone?). I didn’t discover my love of cooking until my early 20’s, but it’s there, it’s part of who I am, and it’s the reason I call myself a self-taught foodie.

I blame the Food Network for my food-loving habit, with all its fancy (but lovable) chefs and 30-minute recipes (that take amateurs like me about twice as long. Yet I also thank folks like Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray and all those…

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Ty Schmidt

Make the most of the storage space in your kitchen with these six tips

Whether your idea of masterful cooking is found in a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, or you are aspiring to become the next Master Chef, all good things start in the kitchen. From spices and pasta sauces to ladles and spatulas, your kitchen is home to the valuable tools and ingredients you need to create your next culinary masterpiece.

For some, it’s an art and for others it’s a process, but cooking shouldn’t have to be a chore. One thing you can do to step…

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Ty Schmidt

Creative ways to embrace a traditional look in your new kitchen

In many homes, the kitchen is where the action happens. It’s where memories are made, homework gets done and culinary creations are brought to life. Yet as you consider remodeling your kitchen, a simple truth remains: without the past there would be no future. It is because of this, and not despite of it, that tradition should find a home in your new kitchen.

From moldings and hardware to that prized hutch passed down through the generations, all things traditional can become fashionable, functional elements in a remodeled kitchen. Don’t let go of your love for traditional style…

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Ty Schmidt

Six things to consider when you start thinking about your dream kitchen

For my husband and I, it was something small as we planned and hoped for something bigger.

When we moved into our first home, we renovated everything. We had a vision that first involved removing far too much of the most heinous blue carpet you’ve ever seen in your life throughout the home.

That happened on day one.

Day two, we tackled what has ended up being among one of the most rewarding home improvement projects in my life thus far: the kitchen. It was nothing much in our case: removing wallpaper trim, tearing down wood walls, adding a do-it-yourself island and…

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Abram Hecht

Greek Quinoa Salad!

This is another one of our favorite recipes that we especially love for weeknights because it’s so easy to make.  It’s also a great source of protein (quinoa has been called the “queen of grains” as it provides about 9 grams of protein per cooked cup and is a “complete protein”).  Plus, if you make a big batch (like we do), you’ll have plenty of leftovers for lunch the rest of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 2.25 cups (dry) quinoa (plain)
  • 1 cup pitted…
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Abram Hecht

Mexican Layer Dip

We typically call this dish the “I-don’t-care-how-many-layers-it-is-just-give-me-the-bowl” Mexican Layer Dip.  It’s something we’ve been making for years and we love it because you can add or eliminate some of the layers, depending on what ingredients you have on hand.  And did we mention that it’s super easy to make and completely customizable based on your family’s preferences?  It’s a win-win dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refried beans (we used the Vegetarian version for this recipe, but any style will do!)
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