Abram Hecht

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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Abram Hecht

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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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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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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Eat in Kitchen – before and after

We often hear from our customers that it’s hard to envision what a redesigned kitchen will look like in their space. To help, we offer the following before and after story based on one of our real-life customer installations.

Gary and Jodi first came to our showroom because their current kitchen wasn’t working for them anymore.  They wanted a better workflow but didn’t want to lose the seating for four on their island.  However, the island was too big for the space, causing tight walkways on all sides.

In

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Arugula and Quinoa Salad with Egg

This recipe came from our good friends at Good Bug Gardens, a CSA farm located in nearby Sterling, CT.  Every week, we get a bag of delicious, fresh, local vegetables, along with some neat ideas for turning these veggies into tasty dishes!  The recipe we’ll share below is great for an easy-to-make, light,healthy, downright delicious summer dinner dish.  Read on and be sure to let us know if you try it out!

Ingredients:

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Taco Recipe – from leftovers

Due to the fact that our local taqueria has been shut down (we’ll miss you Lazy Burrito!)… we needed another way to get our taco fix! So, we present you with (drum roll please)…

What’s left in the fridge??: TACOS!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/2 lbs. beef (strips, ground – whatever you’ve got!)
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1…
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Choosing Kitchen Appliances – from the Boss’s Kitchen

This week will be the final post in “The Boss’s Kitchen” series. We are down to the final parts! Let’s take a look at the appliances we selected as well as our sink and faucet.

We’ll start with our refrigerator.  We knew we wanted a french door style fridge (double doors on the top and a drawer on the bottom for the freezer). I love how even with a 36″ wide refrigerator the doors only take up 18″ of the walkway since there are two of…

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Kitchen Lighting – from the Boss’s Kitchen

This week’s “Boss’s Kitchen” will focus on what kind of lighting we use in our kitchen.

Here is an overview of the lighting we used and why we used it. The goal, when deciding on how to light a kitchen, is to create the best task lighting you can without creating shadows. When I go into a lot of my customers’ kitchens, most people have a central dome light in the center of their kitchen. While this type of fixture throws a lot…

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