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Fennel, Celery & Pomegranate Salad

Thank you to Steve and Mary Kin for hosting our Dinner Club this week and especially for assigning me this recipe! I have made it 3 times this week! I hope to make it for Thanksgiving or Christmas too. The red and green colors are so festive!

Fennel, Celery & Pomegranate Salad

Fennel, Celery & Pomegranate Salad

This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit, October 2014. I only increased the quantities because I could not find small fennel bulbs and I wanted a larger quantity to take to a party. You can easily cut this recipe into thirds, but we ate dinner size portions of this with a small piece of meat on the side. It does not keep well, so use it within 1 day for best appearance. It gets a little wilted.

The key is to use a mandolin slicer to thinly slice the fennel, celery and shallots. Be careful of your fingers. Always use the protective handle.

Fennel, Parsley, Celery, Shallots, Pomegranate, Lime Juice, Olive Oil

Fennel, Parsley, Celery, Shallots, Pomegranate, Lime Juice, Olive Oil

A Mandolin Slicer set on the thinnest blade

A Mandolin Slicer set on the thinnest blade

Slicing the fennel with the protective handle in place on the fennel bulb

Slicing the fennel with the protective handle in place on the fennel bulb

Slicing the celery 3 half stalks at a time

Slicing the celery 3 half stalks at a time

 

Coarsely Chopped Celery Leaves

Coarsely Chopped Celery Leaves

Coarsely Chopped Parsley

Coarsely Chopped Parsley

Pomegranate Sliced in Half and Then Broken into Quarters

Pomegranate Sliced in Half and Then Broken into Quarters

 

Sliced and Chopped Vegetables Ready for the Marinade

Sliced and Chopped Vegetables Ready for the Marinade

Completed Fennel, Celery & Pomegranate Salad

Completed Fennel, Celery & Pomegranate Salad

3 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced

9 celery stalks, thinly sliced

3 shallots, thinly sliced

1 cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped (most of the leaves are on the inner celery stalks or the celery hearts)

Seeds from 1 whole pomegranate (slice in half and then break into quarters to easily pop out the seeds)

1/2 cup FRESH lime juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • Place the mandolin slicer over a large mixing bowl and thinly slice the fennel, celery and shallots directly into the bowl.
  • Add the coarsely chopped parsley and celery leaves, and the pomegranate seeds
  • In a small bowl combine the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix lightly and pour over the vegetables. Toss with large mixing spoons.
  • Serve as a side dish or as the main course for a light salad lunch.

My Kitchen Re-Do! Nina is Back in the Kitchen

Week 7

Roasted Cabbage & Beef Roast is Our First Dinner in the New Kitchen

Roasted Cabbage & Beef Roast is Our First Dinner in the New Kitchen

Roast Beef in the GE Advantium 120 Oven

Roast Beef in the GE Advantium 120 Oven

Bottom Round Beef Roast Studded with Garlic Cloves

Bottom Round Beef Roast Studded with Garlic Cloves

GE Advantium 120 Oven

GE Advantium 120 Oven

Love the GE Advantium 120 Oven! We roasted a beef roast and also roasted cabbage wedges. The oven is quick to preheat, browns the food nicely & cooks in less time using the convection oven. Microwaving to reheat food is easy too. Switch the cooking trays and voila! It is interesting to have a metal lined microwave oven. Reading the Owners Manual is essential. This is not your typical microwave and oven.

Top Knobs Pulls in Venetian Bronze

Top Knobs Pulls in Venetian Bronze

Pantry with Pulls

Pantry with Pulls

Frig with Top Knob Pulls

Frig with Top Knob Pulls

Crystal Knobs in Venetian Bronze too!

Crystal Knobs in Venetian Bronze too!

Yes, that is snow out there

Yes, that is snow out there

 

The beautiful hardware from Top Knobs is in. There’s even matching pulls in larger sizes for the pantry & frig. The cherry panels are on the frig too. It’s a Kitchen Aid that is called “panel ready”. It is actually black. Owens Cabinet made the panels and installed them.

Florida Tile in Silverscreen with Light Gray Grout

Florida Tile in Silverscreen with Light Gray Grout

Rugs from Target

Rugs from Target

Loving the porcelain floor and Twister is cozy in his matching gray bed too. I found the best matching area rugs at Target: Threshold in Grey Trellis pattern.

My Kitchen Re-Do! Barn Doors & Advantium Oven

Week 6: Friday

The frig was delivered midweek and today the rest of the appliances came and are in the garage waiting for installation. All except the GE Advantium Oven which is now in place ready to go!  I bought this space saving oven rather then a double oven and microwave unit. The Advantium can switch it’s function from a standard oven, a convection oven, a warming oven and a microwave oven. It is sturdy and sleek and takes it’s spot as a built in unit. Our friends in Barcelona have a similar type oven.

Built In GE Advantium 120 Oven

Built In GE Advantium 120 Oven

It's a Fancy Microwave/Convection Oven!

It’s a Fancy Microwave/Convection Oven!

Stainless Interior!

Stainless Interior!

The barn doors were installed Friday. They are awesome and add a lot more fun to laundry day! We replaced the old bi-fold doors which were always falling off their track, with two new six panel pine doors. Bridget Owens recommended the barn doors sliding concept. I found a HUGE variety of barn door photos at Houzz.com. Most were by RusticaHardware.com so I ordered from them, out of Utah. They offer all kinds of options. You can also order different types of stunning barn doors from them. After staining, the doors were hung with the new hardware. The rollers at the top are a very smooth black nylon. They glide seamlessly. My hangers are an arrow shape, but there are others to choose from.  The floor guides are a wall mount adjustable double roller guide. Even though the doors hang from the top, the floor guides help keep the doors in place. The pulls are 8 inch Santa Fe style. Love love love it!

 

Old Style Bi-Fold Doors

Old Style Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-Fold Doors Removed from Laundry Closet

Bi-Fold Doors Removed from Laundry Closet

Barn Doors in Place

Barn Doors in Place

Barn Doors Opened

Barn Doors Opened

Hardware Close Up

Hardware Close Up

Arrow Hanger in Flat Black with Nylon Black Wheel

Arrow Hanger in Flat Black with Nylon Black Wheel

Wall Mount Adjustable Double Roller Guide

Wall Mount Adjustable Double Roller Guide

As week 7 approaches, we wait another two weeks for the quartz countertops which were measured this past Monday. During this time, the cabinet hardware and frig and dishwasher panels will be put into place and the remaining appliances will be connected! This weekend I began moving our kitchen belongings into the new space. It’s beginning to feel like home :)

 

 

 

 

 

My Kitchen Re-Do! White Cabinets and Powder Room Plumbing are IN!

Week 6

The white cabinets were installed this week. They are painted a very pale grey in the same family as the Repose Gray walls. Eider White by Sherwin Williams. This is the two tone kitchen look.  It gives a contemporary twist to the traditional cherry wood kitchen.

All the cabinets go to the top of the eight foot ceilings for maximum storage and for a sleeker look. The staggered height cabinets are popular today, but in our space this made more sense.

The tile is porcelain Florida Tile in Silverscreen from Premier Tile and Stone and Beaver Tile and Stone. Woodward Electric is here often, lots of electrical. I especially like the LED can lights. They should last 50,000 hours/5.7 years of continual use.

Two Tone Kitchen: Clear Cherry and White Painted Cabinets

Two Tone Kitchen: Clear Cherry and White Painted Cabinets

Counter area to left and space to right for GE Advantium Microwave/Oven/Warming Oven

Counter area to left and space to right for GE Advantium Microwave/Oven/Warming Oven

Dishwasher and Frig Ready!

Dishwasher and Frig Ready!

Gas Range/Electric Oven and Fan Delivery is Friday!

Gas Range/Electric Oven and Fan Delivery is Friday!

The Picture Window is an awning style. It cranks out from the bottom

The Picture Window is an awning style. It cranks out from the bottom

Mirrored chest turned into a vanity

Mirrored chest turned into a vanity

Delta Trinsic wall mount faucet and a 12 inch glass vessel sink

Delta Trinsic wall mount faucet and a 12 inch glass vessel sink

Powder Room waiting for ceramic backsplash and mirror

Powder Room waiting for ceramic backsplash and mirror

 

 

 

My Kitchen Re-Do! Cabinets Are Here!

Week 5

Owens Cabinet based in Midland Michigan is a family business. They built our new cabinets and are excellent craftsmen. Bridget Owens is our kitchen designer and we think the world of her!

This week our cherry cabinets were installed. They are a clear cherry without stain which will darken with time. Since our house is a traditional style, we chose the raised panel style.The crowned molding was installed at the pantry so far and is gorgeous! The color and finish of all the cabinetry is exquisite! We are so happy and pleased.

The hardware/jewelry is from Top Knobs. I love them! Tuscan bronze with crystals from the Chareau Collection

Our countertops will be measured Monday and will take 2 weeks to process. They are a man-made quartz by LG Hausys called Rococo. I am going for the Carrara marble look.

I wanted the powder room to be unique and interesting. Up in Petoskey, Michigan at Lake Street Design Studio we found a mirrored gothic style wood chest that fits perfectly. We also discovered there an ornate metal mirror that is a cool curvy old world match to the chest. For a splash of color we are adding a small blue glass vessel sink. The faucet will be a Venetian Bronze wall mount called Trinsic by Delta. We’ll add a backsplash made of ceramic with a Carrara marble look.

Next week the phase 2 of our two-tone kitchen cabinets will be installed. White-grey painted.

Owens Cabinet is here!

Owens Cabinet is here!

Island with frig cabinet in back. Lower cabinets installed below window

Island with frig cabinet in back. Lower cabinets installed below window

Counter height desk area with pantry to right

Counter height desk area with pantry to right

Pantry with soft close pull out drawers

Pantry with soft close pull out drawers

Lots of drawers! Notice the pretty crown molding.

Lots of drawers! Notice the pretty crown molding.

Cubby ready for GE Advantium Microwave/Convection Oven/Warming Oven. Corner lower cabinet saves floor space

Cubby ready for GE Advantium Microwave/Convection Oven/Warming Oven. Corner lower cabinet saves floor space

Corner cabinet swings open from middle

Corner cabinet swings open from middle

Island with gas range opening at left back. Sink below window and dishwasher to right of sink

Island with gas range opening at left back. Sink below window and dishwasher to right of sink

Powder Room floor with finished floor and grout. Florida Tile in Silverscreen and light grey grout

Powder Room floor with finished floor and grout. Florida Tile in Silverscreen and light grey grout

Mirrored wood chest with glass vessel sink

Mirrored wood chest with glass vessel sink

Metal mirror with backsplash tile sample. Thank you Terry and TJ.

Metal mirror with backsplash tile sample. Thank you Terry and TJ.

LG Hausys quartz in Rococo for the kitchen.

LG Hausys quartz in Rococo for the kitchen.

Jewelry! Top Knobs pull and crystal emerald knob from the Chareau Collection

Jewelry! Top Knobs pull and crystal emerald knob from the Chareau Collection

Your suggestions and comments are welcome! Thank you for your interest :)

 

 

My Kitchen Re-Do! Porcelain Tile Floors

Week 4

This week Griggs Building & Design is installing the gray Florida Tile. The color is Silverscreen. I chose 12×12 tiles that are slightly beveled and shiny because they have an old world marble look. The newer styles are the larger 20×20 inch squares or rectangles, but my open floor space is not that large, so I thought the smaller tiles would make a more noticeable pattern.

I had been contemplating the grout color until the last minute. When I saw this tile installed at the beautiful showroom of Beaver Tile & Stone outside of Grand Rapids in Wyoming MI, the grout used was Oyster Gray. My problem was the installers use a different brand of grout, with different names. Also interesting is that the color of yellow fall leaves reflect through the kitchen window onto the tiles, sometimes giving them a beige cast :(  I’m sure the color changes will continue as the cabinetry is added and the LED light bulbs are installed.

Installing a tile floor takes a sharp eye for keeping the lines straight, plus artistry, strength and flexibility. Thank you Terry!

The kitchen walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015.

Florida Tile - Silverscreen 12x12

Florida Tile – Silverscreen 12×12

Tiles with 1/4 inch spacers. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray painted on the kitchen walls.

Tiles with 1/4 inch spacers. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray painted on the kitchen walls.

Terry laying the tiles over the cement board, cementing each tile in place.

Terry laying the tiles over the cement board, cementing each tile in place.

My Kitchen Re-Do! Windows and Drywall

Week 3

We’ve finished day 2 of dry walling with the Bucket Walkers. Bucket walking is an amazing technique to watch. Have you seen it? Imagine a man standing on the open end of a tall bucket, using his weight and swing to travel along the floor. They also use stilts. It’s a fussy messy process, but lookin’ good!

The kitchen sink window looks much bigger when it really isn’t. That’s because it’s now 1 awning window rather than 2 casement style.

The electricians have been busy digging out, re routing and making new lines. There were wires everywhere before the dry wallers came. The builder took lots of pics so he’ll know exactly where all these wires are when he’s ready to dig them out for the final switches, outlets and electrical connections.

Notice all the can lights in the ceiling!

 

Microwave/Oven and Range Center

Microwave/Oven and Range Center

 

Laundry Closet and Desk/Dining Areas

Laundry Closet in Hallway and Desk/Dining with Pantry

New Wall Opening for a Larger Kitchen Space. Notice Imprinting on the Floor Marking the Removed Wall

New Wall Opening for a Larger Kitchen Space. Notice Imprinting on the Floor Marking the Removed Wall

 

Dining, Desk and Door to Backyard

Dining, Desk and Door to Backyard

A Window with a View: Above the Kitchen Sink: Power Central!

A Window with a View: Above the Kitchen Sink: Power Central!

 

 

 

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