Summer Food Trend Alert: Beat the Heat With Chilled Soup Recipes

Summer Food Trend Alert: Beat the Heat With Chilled Soup Recipes

When our most trusted recipe sources start producing mass quantities of chilled soup and cold soup recipes, we take notice.

The last few days have been blazing hot in our area (the NYC/Tri-State region), with the heat index approaching 120 degrees. For food lovers, eating a hot meal in oppressive heat can be uncomfortable. Cold drinks don’t provide enough nourishment, and cold meals don’t offer enough refreshment.

The answer, according to Epicurious and other recipe experts, is cold soups.

Gazpacho cold soup recipe
Find delicious cold soup and chilled soup recipes to beat the summer heat.

We’re not just talking about gazpacho! There are some extraordinary chilled soup recipes available, with inventive minds designing new additions to the cold soup cookbook. It’s no surprise that – once again – some of our favorite selections come courtesy of Epicurious.

Epicurious’ recent list of 34 Cold Soup Recipes to Keep You Cool This Summer features no less than a half-dozen recipes we’re instantly enamored with. From a cool AND filling Chilled Coconut Corn Soup to a guacamole-inspired Chilled Avocado and Yogurt Soup with Tomato Salsa, there are plenty of savory options that will leave even the biggest appetites fulfilled.

If your idea of chilled soup on a hot day involves lighter fare, we love the intriguing Chilled Tomato and Stone Fruit recipe, as well as a Chilled Golden Tomato Bisque that requires zero cooking!

We won’t post the full Epicurious recipes here (we’re not big on plagiarism… ha!), but here are links to six of our favorite Epicurious chilled soup recipes, along with brief descriptions of each.

Try them all, and leave us a comment about the one you love most!

Links to Our Favorite Epicurious Cold Soup Recipes

1. Chilled Coconut Corn Soup

Possibly our favorite cold soup recipe on Epicurious’ list; this fulfilling soup comes stocked with corn, potatoes and onion. Coconut milk, ginger, turmeric and lime zest finish off a bright and satisfying recipe that we will be making again.

2. Cool Jade Soup

Currently holding a 100% “Make Again” rating on Epicurious, this Cool Jade Soup offering is inspired bissara, an Egyptian bean-and-herb purée. The mix of green and lima beans blends well with mint, parsley and other herbs to create a refreshing cold soup.

3. Chilled Tomato and Stone Fruit Soup

We were a bit skeptical about this recipe to start. It looked precisely like a normal gazpacho… until the stone fruit came into play. Peach and cherry ingredients give this gazpacho base a surprising – and very enjoyable – sweetness that kept us dipping our spoons into our bowls.

Cold soup recipe
Try these chilled soup recipes to cool off during a hot summer.

4. Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta Crema

Much like the Stone Fruit recipe above, we start with a gazpacho inspiration and venture off into inspired fruit-based territory. According to original author and recipe creator Susan Spungen, the key is a super-juicy, heavy watermelon.

5. Chilled Golden Tomato Bisque

This no-cook recipe is the height of ease; we found the final result every bit as enjoyable as the short prep period. The notes of sherry and mild honey are small but pop beautifully out of the heavy bisque broth, giving a sweet touch to a savory soup.

6. Lemongrass-Ginger-Carrot Soup

In terms of visual presentation, this soup might have the most beautiful color of any on the list. The mellow gold color of this chilled soup is due to carrots and ginger, and a healthy dose of chicken bone broth adds texture. Feel free to try this one hot as well.

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

In the latest edition of what has become a must own series for home and interior design enthusiasts, PANTONE explores “Color for a New Era: Trends, Twists and Tweaks.”

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is an essential style guidebook to color trends for the upcoming year in home design. From the official PANTONE release:

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guides us into this new era reinforcing the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist, and that a traditional style, especially when tweaked with futuristic touches, offers an unusual and original approach to a product or an interior.

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is more than the ‘book’ itself; it comes with an enclosed USB drive featuring forecast imagery separated by color family and projected color palettes. In addition, each book comes with a complimentary PANTONE Color Software Manager download which allows you integrate PANTONE colors into digital designs. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your digital design presents the exact color palette you will see in your finished home design space.

What can we learn from the colors presented in this PANTONE forecast? Primarily, that we can throw some staid, traditional color design “rules” out the window. Of particular note to our team at ‘Design Your Lifestyle’ was the re-imagining of traditional neutral tones – taking their place as ‘anchor’ tones in color palettes are more diverse shades like Infinity (a gorgeous dusky blue), Plum Kitten (a gray with very faint reddish-purple undertones), and the classic Maroon.

While ‘neutral’ takes on a different role in this collection, green and floral tones are dominant. We are enamored with the two green colors in the set (Smoke Green and Watercress), which open up a myriad of pairing options. We love the green tones with the light mustard-yellow Acacia, the peachy Dusty Pink, and the punchy Super Pink.

In all, there are 72 forecasted colors in the PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guide; we’ve narrowed our preview of this collection to 8 of our very favorite from the “Beyond the Pale” series. We’d love to know what you think about the color palette – leave us a comment!

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 Preview | “Beyond the Pale” Palette

Dusty Pink (PANTONE 14-1316 TCX)

PANTONE Dusty Pink

Smoke Green (PANTONE 15-6315 TCX)

PANTONE Smoke Green

Super Pink (PANTONE 17-2625 TCX)

PANTONE Super Pink

Acacia (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Acacia

Watercress (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Watercress

Maroon (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Maroon

Plum Kitten (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Plum Kitten

Infinity (PANTONE 17-4015 TCX)

PANTONE Infinity

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram | See Them Here!

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram

Kitchen Design #1: Transitional “Farm House Industrial” Kitchen

Kitchen Design #2: “Christmas in July” Dark Wood Kitchen

Kitchen Design #3: Jersey Shore La Cornue Kitchen

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That perfect homey feel in a kitchen 👌🏻

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Kitchen Design #4: Dazzling Moscow Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen Design #5: Clean + Sophisticated White Transitional Kitchen

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Curved perimeter 😍

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If you love any of the kitchen designs you see above, visit the designer’s website!

Our Updated Guide to World-Class Grilling | Expert Grill Tips

Our Updated Guide to World-Class Grilling | Expert Grill Tips

When you’re a branch of the most award-winning custom kitchen design firm of the 21st century, the way you cook is very important. And when summer at the shore is your favorite time (and place) of the year, “getting your grill game” up to par is a must!

5 steps to becoming a better grill cook this summer! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
5 steps to becoming a better grill cook this summer! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

Making the leap from “throwing a few things on the barbecue” to becoming a grill master seems daunting. But like any journey worth taking, you shouldn’t look at it as a “leap” at all. Every skill is learned and mastered over the course of thousands of baby steps. It’s the same lifelong process that led Peter Salerno (CMKBD) to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a master craftsman and artisan. From his father’s cabinetry business in Sicily to Peter’s award-winning custom design firm in America, Peter’s journey to becoming a master wouldn’t have happened if his father hadn’t taken the first step so many years ago.

Using the Salerno backstory as inspiration, let’s break the journey to becoming a grill expert into smaller steps and look at what YOU can do to become a better grill cook this summer!

Expert Grilling Step 1: The Proper Grill

Peter Salerno is an avid grill enthusiast, with stellar grill equipment at his home, beach house, and award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. From Weber grills to Miele grill tops to La Cornue rotisseries, Peter understands that world-class grilling begins with world-class grill appliances.

Regardless of your budget, there is generally a ‘best option’ at most price points for grill hardware. Whether you choose gas, charcoal or pellet is entirely up to you and your personal taste; there are reputable reviews and ratings of every style readily available online. But whether you inevitably choose Weber, NexGrill, Kenmore or another brand, the type of grill is every bit as important as the brand.

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You’re going to get a much different taste experience off a pellet grill, for example, than you would off charcoal. That doesn’t make one better than the other; it’s simply about your preference. Do you like the woodsier taste a pellet grill may provide, or the traditional smoke of a charcoal grill? Do you prefer the clean efficiency of a gas grill? There is no right answer to those questions – the only “correct” answer is what suits you best.

Each type of grill brings its own perks and its own unique cleaning and maintenance regimen; make sure you read up on these as well!

Expert Grilling Step 2: The Proper Ingredients

All else being equal, a great steak is going to taste better than a mediocre one. (Obviously, you can foul up a great steak as easily as a poor one, but let’s focus on the upside here!)

There really isn’t a ton to say here. It’s worth buying better quality raw ingredients. Spring for the fresher, in-season vegetables. Spend a few more dollars on the right cut of meat, or the higher-quality seasoning.

Expert Grilling Step 3: The Proper Technique

Learning how to grill properly is the most intimidating step in this process; don’t be scared! The Internet has made the journey from novice to expert grill cook so much simpler.

Start with the Epicurious Guide to GrillingWe love it. It’s a soup-to-nuts (or in this case, burger-to-chop) guide to grilling techniques and ingredients, from some of the best amateur and professional grillmasters today.

Get yourself a great Bluetooth or WiFi thermometer. Seriously. There are some amazing Bluetooth applications out there that gauge the temperature of your grill AND the internal temperate of what you’re grilling. Whether you’re cooking with the grill top open or closed, you can monitor the process of your meal no matter where you are. Gone are the days when you had to hover over your grill like a vulture, out of fear you’ve over-cooked!

We love the Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer; unless you’re on a smaller budget, it’s currently our favorite product on the market. If you’re looking for a WiFi-based alternative rather than connecting to Bluetooth, we suggest the ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer

Expert Grilling Step 4: The Proper Accompaniments + Sides

Don’t just slather a ton of sauce on your beautifully grilled meat, vegetables or vegan substitutes! The right sides, dressings, dips and garnishes can make or break your summer grill meals.

We found an awesome treasure trove of Grilling Dips & Sauces courtesy of Patricia C. Wilson. We strongly encourage you to jump over to Patricia’s site and take a look at her grilling dips and sauces; there are some really unique, simple preparations that are going to ‘wow’ your dinner guests!

There’s also a wonderful piece on the Williams-Sonoma blog courtesy of their Test Kitchen chef, Belle English. Belle encourages us to “just buy the sauce or rub” – sometimes, there’s no reason to over-think the process! Belle does go on to provide some highly valuable advice on what sauces and rubs to pair with different types of meats, and how to incorporate them into your meal’s preparation.

Expert Grilling Step 5: The Proper Company

Well-prepared food is like any beautiful creation; it’s best when shared with others and consumed by people who will appreciate it! Expert grilling is meant to be shared with family, friends and loved ones.

So now that you’ve taken the first steps to improving your “grill skills”, it’s time to gather the people you care for around a big table, spread out some big family-style dishware, and have a summer grill celebration to remember!

Our Favorite Kitchen Design from 2019’s First Half | Transitional Kitchen Photos

Our Favorite Kitchen Design from 2019’s First Half | Transitional Kitchen Photos

When you have the luxury of looking at world-class kitchen design on a daily basis, you tend to get a bit spoiled. But in terms of the first half of 2019, one transitional kitchen design stood out from the rest.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

This kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc. started with a reclamation project: a collection of vintage wooden beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage in New York City. Designer Peter Salerno (CMKBD) took one look at the beams and knew they had to be saved. A quick trip into NYC to reclaim the rustic beams, and the project was on.

The reclaimed wood beams frame the ceiling in stark contrast to the modernity of the transitional kitchen below. The white island countertop and backsplash are set against gorgeous hand-crafted, hand-painted white and gray cabinets. The massive twin refrigerator and glass-enclosed wine rack take up a full feature wall, while the opposite end of the kitchen features large windows and a dining nook to allow in plenty of warm, ambient light.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

The range hood enclosure demands attention as a centerpiece of the transitional design, evoking imagery of a grand piano painted gray to match the kitchen. The neutral color palette of the kitchen design allows the crossing vintage wood beams on the ceiling to take center stage, pulling the eye upward to notice all the beautiful design elements that exist near the top of the kitchen (the glass featurettes, the range hood, the statement island lighting, etc.).

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

From the original article:

The transitional kitchen design, construction and installation was handled by Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Winners of national awards from the NKBA, KBIS, HGTV, HGTV People’s Choice and Signature Kitchens & Baths (among others), Peter Salerno Inc. prides itself on extraordinary design based on personal knowledge of individual clients, their lives and backgrounds.

This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design also features a steady dose of Princess Blue, one of PANTONE’s breakout design colors of the year. The notes of blue are mainly featured in dishes and stemware, allowing ambient light to reflect beautifully off the blue glass.

Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick's Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage, NYC.
Reclaimed vintage wood beams from a NYC orphanage, to be used in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
Reclaimed vintage wood beams from a NYC orphanage, to be used in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

What do you think of this Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design? Is it YOUR favorite kitchen of the year (so far)? Let us know in the comments section!

How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

Peter Salerno was handed a photograph of an abandoned, rusty car by a kitchen design client. “Use this as inspiration,” he was told.

And so he did.

A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.

The resulting transitional kitchen design is equal parts rustic and modern, audacious and beautiful. From its unorthodox color scheme to its unexpected materials, statement lighting pieces to state-of-the-art appliances, the team at Peter Salerno Inc. turned a rusty car into a Bentley of a kitchen.

Let’s break this beautiful kitchen design down, piece by piece.

The Custom Range Hood + Cabinetry

The metal work on the custom range hood and cabinetry is actually naturally rusted – and protected, of course. The metal artist hired by Peter Salerno Inc. to construct these pieces kick-started the process before letting the metal rust naturally over the course of several months. Once the aging process began, the metal was treated with acid, painted, and lacquered to create the eye-popping patina you see. The metal was then exposed to a blow torch to complete the finished product.

The Unexpected Materials and Colors

Look closely under the surface of the kitchen table and orange-colored panels, and you’ll discover a material you’d never expect. Rice paper was utilized to create added texture throughout the kitchen design to match the patina on the range hood and cabinets. The counters are a unique, beautiful Blue Louise Granite, which pairs nicely with the orange tone of the center panels on the wall unit.

The Extra ‘Perks’ of a Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen

From the asymmetric form of the metallic statement lighting pieces to the eclectic wall art, unique ‘perks’ abound in this transitional kitchen design. We absolutely love the lighting pieces, which are reminiscent of old car fenders.

On our first glance of this kitchen design, we immediately recognized the La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie, one of the finest rotisserie units on the market today. We love the utility and function of the deep basin sink, the side cooking unit on the kitchen island, and the ‘tucked-away’ nature of the refrigerator, which blends seamlessly into the wall unit.

What’s YOUR favorite aspect of this kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below!

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

The 4th of July is all about expressing your American patriotism – so make sure you’re doing so in the most stylish way possible!

The freedom of expression is one of the great liberties Americans possess. Within that right is the ability to create, express and design your lifestyle in ways you find beautiful. Independence Day is a perfect occasion to blend your personal style with the colors that represent American pride.

4th of July Pantone color palette Peter Salerno Inc.

Red and blue color tones take center stage on the 4th of July, with re-imaginations of the American flag everywhere you look. From classic, traditional salutes to the flag to trendy takes on red and blue shades, patriotic color design extends from clothing to furniture, accessories to decor, and residential to commercial expressions.

So, how can you set yourself apart this 4th of July if everyone’s working with the same two colors?

Our trusted advisors at PANTONE – the world’s foremost authority on color – have their finger on the pulse of color, design and application. Consistently ahead of the curve on color theory and intelligence, PANTONE provides informative articles as well as the world’s finest color matching system.

Smart design experts understand what a valuable resource PANTONE can be. We’ve taken their expertise and applied it to the 4th of July, searching their latest articles, trend forecasts and color palettes for our favorite red and blue hues to inspire your Independence Day style.

We’ve developed a palette of 8 colors – 4 reds and 4 blues – upon which to build our 4th of July color design. A series of versatile blues spans from light and airy to rich and stable. The four red tones sizzle with all the pizzazz of 4th of July fireworks.

We’d love to know which red and blue tones you like best – Happy 4th of July, and make sure to leave us a comment!

4th of July Color Palette | PANTONE Reds + Blues

Fruit Dove

4th of July Pantone color palette Fruit Dove

Fiesta

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Valiant Poppy

4th of July Pantone color palette Valiant Poppy

Chili Pepper

4th of July Pantone color palette Chili Pepper

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

Galaxy Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Galaxy Blue

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Sky Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Sky Blue