Spring time for your Kitchen

Enjoy revamping your kitchen

Via Elle Decor/Photo Michael J.Lee

White and navy kitchen with a wooden counter top brings a light country look in your home.  Add a Persian runner  for comfort and colour.

Via Hubert Zandberg Interiors/Photo LuKe White

Green tiles backsplash is very springy and introduces a touch of nature in your kitchen.

Via Elle Decor USPhoto Karyn Millet

You have an older white kitchen, give it the French Bistro look with white metro tiles, a wooden table and bistro like woven dining chairs.

Via Elle Decor US/Photo Eric Piasecki

Brighten up your terracotta floor with pale blue Kitchen cabinets.

Via Elle Decor US/Photo Anthony Tahlier This all white Kitchen with marble counter tops could not look so warm without its all wooden island and a dark wooden floor with a red and navy Persian rug.

Via Elle Decor US/Photo Michelle Drewes

Sometimes a Mediterranean floor tiles and a tracery ceiling can totally transform a simple white Kitchen. 

Via Elle Decor US/Photo Neil Landino

A more elaborate country Kitchen with natural wooden ceiling rustic beams and a cast iron decorative piece that probably came from an old fireplace really has a soul of its own.

Via Elle Decor US/Photo Tim Street Porter

You already have a vaulted ceiling, you can add false wooden beams and give your Kitchen lots of character.

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Who says you cannot use a high table as an island in your Kitchen.

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Remember a small island is better than no island. The distressed rustic white ceiling looks fantastic with the simple white cabinets, marble countertops and marble backsplash, a perfect mixture of rustica glamour and industrial (Stools).

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Love the checkerboard white and blue tiles all over this guesthouse Kitchen, can I come and be the guest. 

Hope you enjoyed visiting all these beautiful Kitchens, a few seconds of inspiration could make a big difference in your life my lovelies.

Spring is at our door, Lemon Bundt it, you will like it

Via Domino and the White Ramekins

When my son Louis and his cousins were small, almost every time my mother in law ( whom I adored by the way) came to visit us, she insisted on making a lemon Bundt cake, the little ones were not crazy about it because it had lemon peels, but all the adults loved it. So when mom arrived, we always wondered if the Bundt pan was accompanying her and it became a running gag. As she was making the icing there was always a lot of icing sugar floating around, on the floor on the counter and a little bit everywhere,but it was well worth the trouble. Unfortunately after a couple of moves I lost track of her Bundt pan.

This is my mother in law as a young woman, she was a fashion designer graduated from Parsons School of Design, and very gorgeous.

For lemon Bundt Recipe, visit http://thewhiteramekins.com/lemon-rosemary-bundt-cake/

 

Small kitchen big space

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.

Photo The everygirl via Apartment Therapy

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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!

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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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

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.

 

Today’s idea, make a leftover turkey soup

What to do with turkey leftover, this soup is easy and quick, you don’t have to eat sandwiches for a week go for the Tortilla soup…

Via http://www.bhg.com/

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Yummy…

ingredients

  • 3
    6 inches corn tortillas, cut in strips
  • 2
    tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1
    cup purchased red or green salsa
  • 2
    14 ounce can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2
    cups cubed cooked turkey (12 ounces)
  • 1
    large zucchini, coarsely chopped
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Sour cream and cilantro (optional)
    directions1.In a large skillet cook tortilla strips in hot oil until crisp; remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towelling.

    2.In a large saucepan combine salsa and chicken broth; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Add turkey and zucchini; heat through. Serve in bowls topped with tortilla strips, lime wedges, and cilantro. Makes 4 servings.

     20 minutes and you are done, that’s it…enjoy…
    Stay tuned for the ”finds of decogirlmontreal, tomorrow we will be looking at sideboards for your dining room”
    Have a beautiful sunny day…

A Simple Sunday morning family brunch

I do believe in Asparagus, and this simple recipe is just what I needed for a happy Sunday brunch… 

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Momofuku: New York, N.Y.<br><br> Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg

Pan roasted Asparagus with poached eggs and exotic Miso butter…

Recipe

1/2 cup shiro (white) miso 2 teaspoon sherry vinegar 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more if needed poached eggs/2 pound thin to medium asparagus.  Freshly ground black pepper Kosher salt

  • 1Make the miso butter: Combine the miso with 5 tablespoons of the butter in a small bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed; the butter should be one color, not a streaky mess. Reserve until needed; you can refrigerate it, well wrapped, for up to a few weeks.
  • 2

    Snap off the woodier bottom inch or so of each asparagus stalk. Use a vegetable peeler to shave away the tougher outer layer from each stalk, but don’t get carried away: you probably won’t need to peel the stalks more than 2 or so inches up from the trimmed end.

  • 3Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels for draining the asparagus. When the butter sends up the first wisp of smoke, put the asparagus in the pan. (Do not overcrowd the pan; cook in batches if necessary, draining each one, and refreshing the butter if the butter from the first batch smells scorched.) When the asparagus start to take on some color, 2 to 3 minutes, season them with a generous pinch of salt and turn the heat down to medium. Turn them with a spoon or spatula so they can color on the second side, another few minutes. When the asparagus are nicely browned and tender (but not exactly soft), transfer them to the paper towels to drain.
  • 4

    While the asparagus are cooking, heat the sherry vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. After half a minute, add the miso butter, turn the heat to low, and stir to warm it through. When the butter has loosened slightly—it should still have a certain viscosity to it and shouldn’t be melted—remove the pan from the burner and put it in a warm spot.

    • 5Season the cooked asparagus with another pinch of salt if needed. Smear a quarter of the warmed miso butter into a thickish puddle in the middle of each plate. Divide the asparagus among the plates and top each with an egg. Finish each dish with a few turns of black pepper, and serve at once.

    notes

    If you have reason to make a larger quantity of miso butter—and there are many, because miso butter has a weeks-long shelf life and makes just about anything more delicious—mix together larger quantities of butter and miso in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

    Now I am just on my way to get my eggs, asparagus and the exotic Miso…oops I almost forgot the Sherry vinegar. In Montreal on Victoria street (Westmount) there is a Japanese grocery store…be daring make your Miso butter http://miyamotojapanese.foodpages.ca/ and share this simple culinary experience with us….

Today’s idea, get ready for your sweet burger

There is nothing like a good burger on a hot summer night when you don’t feel like slaving around the stove…So run to the grocery store and get your mince meat and buns for a scrumptious Hambourgeois….

Via http://www.bhg.com/recipes/beef/burgers/Apple Bacon Burger

Be adventurous and try this Italian sausage ground beef, sliced green apples and bacon or no bacon but I have to tell you that bacon and apple go very well together….”how does it go… Horse and Carriage, Love and Marriage”

ingredients

1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • small green apples
  • tablespoons mayonnaise
  • tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • teaspoon honey

  • 4Kaiser rolls, split and toasted
slices bacon (crisp-cooked)

”HOW THE BURGER MIRACLE HAPPENS”

1.In a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper toweling.

2.Core and finely chop one of the apples; combine in a large mixing bowl with beef and sausage. Shape into 4, 1/2-inch thick patties. Grill directly over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until no pink remains.

3.Meanwhile in a small bowl combine mayonnaise, mustard, and honey. Core and slice remaining apple.

4.To assemble the burgers, layer apple slices and grilled burgers on the toasted bun bottoms. Top each with one and a half slices bacon. Spread a generous layer of the mayonnaise mixture on the cut side of bun tops before placing atop burgers. Makes 4 servings.

Today’s idea add a backsplash to your kitchen counter

Sometimes you add tiles, other times you use what you have, a backsplash  somehow is a finishing touch and enhances your kitchen counters….

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Grand Illusion Backsplash

This backsplash is the brick chimney wall and they painted it with a very glossy black paint, it gives it a bit of a contemporary style…

Shimmer and Shine Backsplash

I love the softness of the pastel Subway tiles…

Texture and Shine Backsplash

You want the country look in an all white kitchen, use the uneven  ivory tusk color tomettes tiles  to bring texture and warmth, the tiles can be installed in a 45 degree angle surrounded by square ones, or vice a versa.. If over your stove, you can separate the patterns with a border….

White Subway tiles are very economical and fresh looking….

Colorful Kitchen Backsplash

A European touch

I would suggest you visit tile Designers like http://annsacks.com for inspiration, her tiles are expensive but, you can sometimes find similar tiles in stores where they sell balance of stocks….

”May the Backsplash force be with you”