Log Home for sale in the North Carolina Mountains near Asheville, NC

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Essential Elements of New Kitchens

Make the most of renovations by including all of the elements necessary in new kitchens. Whether you are upgrading your existing kitchen or building a new home, there are certain things that make this room look, feel and function better.

Durable Surfaces
The flooring in new kitchens should be durable yet comfortable. Cork is a popular material that has a slight give offering a subtle softness while still providing an extremely strong surface. Once it has been sealed properly, cork is very easy to clean and will last for years looking fabulous.

Counter tops also need to be very durable and easily wiped. Natural stone looks wonderful, but does require a professionally applied sealant to prevent staining and damage. This material will take the heat and wear and tear of cooking and will last longer than even high quality laminate products.

Plenty of Space
New kitchens are home to any number of gadgets, dishes, equipment and various other household items. There needs to be a large amount of storage space built into your kitchen, but it is best done behind the scenes. Have some areas where items can be displayed behind glass or on open shelving, but the balance of storage should be cleverly tucked away. Be sure that everything is readily accessible and use systems such as pull out drawers, turnstile shelving and other innovative designs to keep what you need at your fingertips.

Cabinets are an important part of a kitchen. They should be built from quality materials and present a clean, uniform front that coordinates well with the room. Design a bank of cabinets to include all different sizes, allowing you to have adequate storage for all of the different items in your kitchen.

High Efficiency and Modern Appliances
New kitchens need to be designed with the latest in energy efficient appliances.

The traditional models are not the only option today though, so feel free to design your kitchen to suit your own culinary tastes. Stovetops can be incorporated into a kitchen island and microwaves are often mounted over the range to save counter space. Wall mount ovens, full refrigerators and built in dishwashers are seen in kitchens across the UK. The important thing is to invest in the highest quality energy efficient appliances you can afford, ensuring they will be dependable for years.
New kitchens have a major impact in homes and are a popular renovation project. Make sure to include durable surfaces, ample storage space and high end appliances to create the best atmosphere for your family.
Get the very best new kitchen quotes and prices online, where you can compare many providers in your area as well as many other essential home improvements such as cheap UPVC windows

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Pizza Recipe

Pizza Recipe

Pizza Recipe

Pizza Pizzas


2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt*
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
3/4 cup warm water
2 cups bread flour (for bread machines)
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons olive oil
Olive oil, for the pizza crust
Flour, for dusting the pizza peel
1 1/2 ounces pizza sauce
1/2 teaspoon each chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes, for example
A combination of 3 grated cheeses such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and provolone
Place the sugar, salt, olive oil, water, 1 cup of flour, yeast, and remaining cup of flour into a standing mixer’s work bowl. Using the paddle attachment, start the mixer on low and mix until the dough just comes together, forming a ball. Lube the hook attachment with cooking spray. Attach the hook to the mixer and knead for 15 minutes on medium speed.

Tear off a small piece of dough and flatten into a disc. Stretch the dough until thin. Hold it up to the light and look to see if the baker’s windowpane, or taut membrane, has formed. If the dough tears before it forms, knead the dough for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Roll the pizza dough into a smooth ball on the countertop. Place into a stainless steel or glass bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 18 to 24 hours.

Place the pizza stone or tile onto the bottom of a cold oven and turn the oven to its highest temperature, about 500 degrees F. If the oven has coils on the oven floor, place the tile onto the lowest rack of the oven. Split the pizza dough into 2 equal parts using a knife or a dough scraper. Flatten into a disk onto the countertop and then fold the dough into a ball.

Wet hands barely with water and rub them onto the countertop to dampen the surface. Roll the dough on the surface until it tightens. Cover one ball with a tea towel and rest for 30 minutes.

Repeat the steps with the other piece of dough. If not baking the remaining pizza immediately, spray the inside of a ziptop bag with cooking spray and place the dough ball into the bag. Refrigerate for up to 6 days.

Sprinkle the flour onto the peel and place the dough onto the peel. Using your hands, form a lip around the edges of the pizza. Stretch the dough into a round disc, rotating after each stretch. Toss the dough in the air if you dare. Shake the pizza on the peel to be sure that it will slide onto the pizza stone or tile. (Dress and bake the pizza immediately for a crisp crust or rest the dough for 30 minutes if you want a chewy texture.)

Brush the rim of the pizza with olive oil. Spread the pizza sauce evenly onto the pizza. Sprinkle the herbs onto the pizza and top with the cheese.

Slide the pizza onto the tile and bake for 7 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Rest for 3 minutes before slicing.

*This recipe’s been on the web for some time now and although most of the reactions have been darned positive, some of you have commented that the dough was way too salty. At first we chalked this up to personal preference; some folks are just not as sensitive as others to this basic flavor. And of course salty toppings would definitley change the dynamic. Still, we didn’t want to leave it at that. We went back to the lab and found that the flake size of kosher salt differs quite a bit from brand to brand. This could easily result in a too salty crust. So unless you’ve had success with the recipe in the past, we suggest you cut the salt by one teaspoon, from a tablespoon to two teaspoons. So that the yeast doesn’t go crazy, you should also cut back on the sugar by half a teaspoo

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Indian Recipes

Indian Recipes

Indian Recipes


Chicken Curry in a Coconut Base

Ingredients :
2 lb chicken

For the paste
3 tbsp coconut
3-4 red chillies
2 green chillies
1 lemon size ball of tamarind
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp poppy seeds
5-6 flakes of garlic
1″ piece ginger
2-3 cloves
1″ cinammon
2-3 cardammoms
Paste of 2 tbsp cashewnuts
2 onions ,sliced finely
Cooking oil
Salt to taste
Cilantro, chopped

Heat oil and fry the onions till well browned.
Add the masala and fry till the oil begins to seperate.
Now add the chicken pieces and salt and simmer till chicken is cooked.
When chicken is tender, add the cashewnut paste and bring to a boil.
Garnish with chopped Cilantro.

Lamb Kebabs
2 lbs boneless lamb
1 cup yogurt
¼ cup lemon juice
Salt to taste

To be ground into paste
1 cup coriander leaves
1 cup mint leaves
3 green chilies
1.5″ ginger piece
10 garlic flakes
120g raw papaya
To the above paste, add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly such that the lamb pieces are well coated with the sauce.
Marinate for 5 hours. Skewer these pieces through a kabab rod and grill over fire such that they are evenly reddish brown.
Serve with onion pieces and lemon wedges.

Lamb In a Red Gravy

Ingredients :
1 lb lamb cut into small pieces
Blend together to a fine paste:
2 medium onions
1.5″ ginger
6-8 flakes of garlic
a small piece cinnamon
2-3 cloves
2 black cardammom
Blend together to a fine paste:
10 red chillies
1 lb. tomatoes
Cooking oil
2 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
Coriander leaves(Cilantro), chopped
Salt to taste

Method :
Heat some oil in a pan and fry the first blended mixture till done.
Add the second mixture and fry till the mixture has lost all the water content and oil begins to float on top.
Now add all the dry powders and fry for a minute.
Add the lamb, salt to taste and the cilantro.
Add some water and simmer the curry for around 10 minutes.
The gravy should turn thick by then. Eat when hot

Green Chilli Rice

Ingredients :

¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
¼ sesame seeds
½ tsp jeera
4-5 green chilli as per taste
1 tsp tamarind paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp jaggery
1 cup basmati rice
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
Coriander leaves

for the seasoning :
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard
1 pinch asafoetida
1 pinch turmeric
1 tbsp groundnut
1 tbsp bengal gram
1 tsp urad dal
Curry leaves

Method :

Dry Roast Fenugreek, sesame, jeera and green chilli and make a paste. Keep it aside.
Boil tamarind paste, turmeric, salt and jaggery in 1 cup water till it becomes a thick paste.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
Add curry leaves and asafoetida and rest of the seasoning ingredients subsequently.
Mix cooked basmati rice with the above pastes and seasoning uniformly.
Add grated coconut and coriander for garnishing.

Spicy Pulav

Ingredients :

1½ teacups uncooked rice
5 brinjals
5 onions
5 small potatoes
1 teacup boiled green peas
5 tbsp oil
salt to taste

To be mixed together into a spicy mixture :
½ grated coconut
4 tsp dhana-jira powder
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1½ teacups coriander, chopped
a pinch asafoetida
salt to taste

Method :

Boil the rice. Each grain of the cooked rice should be separate. Drain and cool.
Make 4 vertical slits in the brinjals, onions and potatoes and stuff with the masala mixture. A little mixture will be left over.
Heat the oil, put the stuffed vegetables and salt and very little water.
Pressure cook or cover and cook till it becomes soft.
Combine the cooked rice, remaining spicy mixture, green peas and salt.
Put the cooked vegetables and mix well.
Ready to serve hot.


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Modern Kitchen Renovation

We are at the verge of time when the interior industry is at the climax. Keeping this fact in mind, there has been an increase in recent number of people who are going for these renovations. Out of which the department of kitchen renovation has been noticed for tremendous business boost and more and more people are getting into it.
Many companies have emerged that are offering various new and innovative kitchen accessorizes to modernize your kitchens. A quick look around an appliance or department store will provide a head spinning variety of styles, colors and functions in appliances. Your refrigerator can be simple and functional or it can provide a variety of accessibility options and features that go far beyond ice and water from the door. Microwave ovens can be built in or they can sit on the counter or they can hang from the bottom of a cabinet. And stoves and ovens are available with an amazing array of options from warming chambers to griddles to multiple ovens including convection ovens. You will also find a wide variety of sink styles and faucet and spray options. Sinks are available in the standard single basin style as well as equal double basins or even double width with various configurations of additional small basins.
Water filtration and purification is becoming more important in many areas. There is a great deal of choice in systems that are either built-in or installed under the sink. There are also small systems that simply attach to the faucet. Ventilation hoods can be simple or extravagant depending upon the style you want to achieve in your remodeled kitchen, ranging from porcelain to stainless steel to copper. To make standing easier on the cook you can even consider installing cork flooring with wood trim. And you can add a trash compactor, composting and recycling organizers to reduce the number of trips to the garage. Lighting is also important in your new kitchen. Installation of low-voltage under-cabinet lights are fully functional, energy efficient and conducive to warmer lighting in the rest of the kitchen.
In addition to light fixtures you might want to consider installing a skylight for warmth and natural lighting. Another great feature to add in cabinets, especially high cabinets or low corner cabinets is a lazy Susan that brings items to you without stretching. Pull-out shelves and recessed areas that permit shelves on the inside of doors will also make items more accessible. These are all the common and possible accessorizes that are available in the market easily and can make your life far more comfortable than it initially is. There are these carious replacements which give your lifestyle a lavishing touch and also increase the worth of your kitchen. These numerous kitchen remodeling tips are options that are available to the customers and people who love style and want to mold their life in an innovative way. Many companies are offering these replacements and services to make your life better than it initially was.

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Old Town Soup Kitchen | Saginaw, MI

Old Town Soup Kitchen is a wonderful place that feeds the body and soul; where we show God’s love to all that enter. We have created a comfortable dining are…
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