Cheer up your kitchen with a color moment

Rejuvenate your kitchen paint it you will like it!

Images via Architectural DigestYour kitchen has the Benjamin Moore blues and is totally happy.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Derry MoorePainting your kitchen black over Chinese blue can be quite dramatic.

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Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan created this modernist kitchen, chairs fabric by Lee Jofa, the kitchen island mural is by by John-Paul Philippé, we should be so lucky to have a mural by this great artist.

 

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If you want to know more about JP Philippé go to http://johnpaulphilippe.com/about/index.html

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Douglas Friedman

Traditional and industrial go well together in this black kitchen with a unusual gold unlacquered brass island and white subway tiles from Home Depot.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Richard PowersA white and blue kitchen in Greece, the use of a light Mediterranean  blue and a darker blue with white marble countertops is really stunning.

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GOING BIG in your small kitchen!

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The most delightful minute white kitchen with face to face counters topped with beautiful bowls and things.  Who can ask for anything more.

Photo via Dwell by Joe Schmelzer

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In a long narrow space, try to elongate your kitchen counters as much as you can and top them with very long shelves.

Photo by Kireei.com via http://domino.com/tiny-house-kitchen-ideas#6

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Paint your floor white to match your kitchen cabinets, they will like it and feel totally at ease.

Photo by Magic dream life via http://domino.com/tiny-house-kitchen-ideas#6

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Adding shelves in a most beautiful way is the thing to do in your microscopic kitchen.

Photo Jenny Steffens via Apartment Therapy

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When using open shelves and hanging stuff on walls, make it look good, be parsimonious in your choices.

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Long open shelves with lots of gadgets can really provide you with lots of kitchen storage.

Photo via The Style Files

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In Germany, they dare to have a vertically big hutch in a tiny kitchen. if you are monochromatically inclined, this mini white kitchen is perfect for you.

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Tiny kitchen can go vertical, let it fly, ceiling and walls are great for storage.

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Who says you cannot have a blue micro kitchen with an island, not me!

Turn your life around with this turkey sandwich

Never underestimate the pleasure of a simple Turkey Sandwich after Thanksgiving!

Photo and recipe Via Heather Christo

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This has to be the Turkey sandwich you must have with your leftover Thanksgiving Turkey. Heather’s roasted Turkey, cranberry and Brie grilled cheese.

Heather Christo taught  me to make this sandwich in a few minutes and it is absolutely scrumptious.

Recipe:

Instructions

  1. -2 large pieces sourdough bread
  2. -4-6 ounces roasted turkey breast
  3. -2 ounces blue streaked brie cheese (like cambozola)
  4. -3 tablespoons cranberry chutney
  5. -1 tablespoon butter

Preparation time: 2 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

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This is Heather Christo, she is a Chef and graduate from le Cordon Bleu School, she also creates Allergen free recipes, you should visit her sometimes.

Her products are sold under Heather Made in a few Costcos located in the USA, hopefully she will be in Montreal soon.

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HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A SUPERB THANKSGIVING MY CANADIAN LOVELIES, ENJOY YOUR TURKEY SANDWICHES.

The so imperfect omelet

Believe me when I started this omelet at exactly 11:45 today, I expected it to be perfect, I am a Virgo as you all know I must be perfection. By the way my birthday is this month so feel free to wish me a Happy Birthday my lovelies.

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Basically I used what I had, eggs, tomato, avocado parmesan cheese a bit of dried basil and cream. Oh I forgot butter.

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I whisked the eggs with the cream, started the omelet and dropped the parmesan pieces on top.

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Voilà! This is the final step of this so imperfect but delicious omelet.

Recipe for the imperfect omelet which is juicier by the way, or if you prefer the perfect omelet, I modified the recipe a bit for you.

2 eggs

(Perfect) 1/4 of a small avocado (Imperfect) 1/2 of a small avocado 

(Perfect) 1/2 a medium tomato (Imperfect) 1 medium tomato

1 teaspoon of basil dabbled over the mixture

2 tablespoon of parmesan cheese

2 tablespoon of 15% or whatever cream

1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Hope this works for you, have a great lazy Sunday.

** Sorry to have exposed the 1/4 pound of butter so obscenely, but I never quite am able to open it and close it perfectly, somehow I always rip the paper and it never looks quite right. So much for the perfect Virgo.” 

Small things to enhance your kitchen

Sometimes you don’t need to spend much to enhance your kitchen

Via http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/blah-clever-things-you-didnt-know-you-really-needed-in-your-kitchen-217003

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Add an insert for spices in one of your drawer

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Spice rack from Ikea Variera $4.99

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Add a few hooks on your kitchen cabinet doors

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Change your handles and knobs

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Paint your cabinets

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Make a black board

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Black board doocooler wallpaper via  https://www.amazon.ca/

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

Put-Corkboard-Your-FridgeStick a cork panel on your fridge door

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/19/inexpensive-ways-to-fix-up-kitchen_n_4833603.html photo/ Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snydertraditional-kitchen

Decorate your kitchen with pictures

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Add a small table if you don’t have room for an island

How to celebrate 2016 year of the monkey

For the year of the monkey, I would favor a buffet dinner party this year. I gathered a few ideas for you, let’s try to keep it simple.

For Starters

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A bit of champagne is always a good idea, you can get these Hederlig champagne glasses for 2.99 at Ikea.

 

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Roasted dates with pancetta and almonds recipe from roasted-dates-with-pancetta-almonds-recipe/ from http://houseandhome.com/

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Buckwheat blinis with smoked salmon http://houseandhome.com/

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Mini Cheese and Chive Puffs from http://houseandhome.com/

Via Martha Stewart

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From Martha Honeyed ham with pears and cranberries for recipe go to http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Rib roast with herb crust preparation 15 minutes http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Salmon with brown sugar and mustard glaze http://www.marthastewart.com/

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I definitely would add the Da Fiore Venetian restaurant recipe butternut squash risotto courtesy of chef and owner, writer of ”The Da Fiore cookbook” http://www.marthastewart.com/

A few ideas for your table decorations where ever you are.

I wish you all the ingredients for a GREAT YEAR, HEALTH, LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP.

Enjoy your New Years Eve festivities.

Today’s idea, it’s all about kitchen

A few years ago I found this great book about Kitchen renovation, today I was cleaning up my bookshelves and I just saw it, I realized I should have shared this kitchen guide with you before, but better late than never.

http://www.amazon.com/Kitchens-Sunset-Design-Inspiration-Expert/dp/0376013443

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Believe me it is a terrific guide, Sunset has really thought this through thoroughly from: Getting started , Cabinets, Counter and Backsplashes, Sinks and Faucets, Appliances, Flooring, Storage and Display, Finishing touches, Getting it done, a complete guide to designing and renovating your dream kitchen including design software.You can also visit  http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/kitchen-design/view-all for more kitchen inspiration.

Via Sunset-Photo Lisa Romerein

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A small country kitchen dressed in white.


Via Sunset-Photo Richard Leo Johnson

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A white  kitchen with blue appliances, I remember the 70’s my sister had a sea blue kitchen with blue appliances, it was very unusual and I find it’s still is, don’t you think so.

Via Sunset-Photo John Granen

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This kitchen has a bit of a pale Zebrano look, I like this mixture of the natural upper wooden cabinets with the white lower cabinets, it is quite fresh.

Via Sunset-Photo John Clark

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I have always been an aficionado of open shelves, but we have to make sure it stays elegant and not pêle-mêle (Messy)

Via Sunset John Granen

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A rather small kitchen can look bigger in an open area, I like the pots and pans rack above this island with the 4 spot lights.

May the Force be with you in renovating your kitchen, it is not an easy venture but it is absolutely rewarding.

HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY WEEK END EH !!!

CHECK THIS CANADIAN GUY FOR A GRAIN OF HUMOUR

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What my american friends eat on the 4th of July

 I am publishing this post a day earlier so that you can experiment these recipes on the 4th of July and you my American or non American friends can profit of these very American 4th of July dishes.

A VERY HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL MY FELLOW BLOGGERS

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Via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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Scrumptious hamburger, special recipe.

Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

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We say as American as apple pie but grilled chicken wings with Buffalo sauce is a perfect American dish for the 4th of July. You can get the recipe:

Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

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Peel your own shrimps served with cocktail sauce.

When I was studying in Spain a ”little while ago” there was this guy from Quebec that was visiting Madrid on business, we went out for dinner in one of the restaurants called Cuevas,  and they served non peeled shrimps,  he was quite young and had never seen shrimps served this way before and started eating them with the peel, as he was not a very pleasant fellow and quite fresh with me, I only told him he had to peel them after he ate the 5th shrimps, I guess it was not a very charitable thing to do.  Well I feel better now that I have confessed this sin…

Peel n’ Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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Fresh corn salad is typically American, once upon a time Europeans were appalled that we North American ate corn, for corn in Europe was only grown to feed cows, their corn was very reddish and hard as rock, they know better now that they have experienced our corn.

Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil

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Chocolate chips pecan squares are my favorite, frankly I have such a sweet tooth I could totally skip a meal and eat only desert, but I try to control myself.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies

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Fresh strawberry cake, simple and easy to make, just follow this recipe.

Simple Summer Strawberry Cake

Today’s idea, small and dazzling kitchens

My dream kitchen is really a small kitchen, I don’t cook that much anymore, on the other hand, I like my kitchen to be an open kitchen to the dining room so that I can enjoy my guests when I cook.

Via House Beautiful Photo by Nathan Schroder

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Going black and white in a not so big kitchen.

Via http://www.nobswall.com/

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A small galley kitchen can be most efficient.

Via House BEautiful Photo Eric Piasecki

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A minute kitchen with great big cabinet handles and lots of knobs.

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My favorite Château tiny kitchen.

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Using back splash mirrors can double your kitchen, if you are very tidy it is an excellent idea, I envy you who ever you are, but I definitely splash too much when I cook, so a mirrored kitchen is out of the question for me, but I wish I could.

Presidential Chili anyone

Just tought you might like a Presidential chili recipe,  There is nothing like a warm bowl of chili in a cold winter day, it is so comforting and nourishing. 

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 President Obama likes to cook is own chili recipe and apparently he also brags about it. I have not tried this recipe yet, but I intend to, so if you use this recipe, please share your comments with us.

This recipe was adapted from Dash. Via http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/Alice Currah

Ingredients

    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
    • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
    • 1/2 tsp ground basil
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 3 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
    • One 28-ounce can peeled tomatoes (I prefer San Marzano)
    • One 29-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

    • Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat
    • Add the onions, green pepper, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes
    • Add the meat to the pan.  Once the meat has browned, add the spices
    • Stir in the red-wine vinegar and tomatoes
    • Using a potato masher, mash the whole tomatoes down
    • Stir in the kidney beans.
    • Cook the chili covered for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.

OPTIONAL:

*The Obama’s like to serve this chili over white or brown rice.

*Garnish the chili with toppings such as grated cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, cilantro, avocado, or corn bread crumbles.