The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe to beat the heat!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like christian bros)
  • a bottle of cheap red wine (barefoot works) either merlot or shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)

Preparation

  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triplesec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!

Three Generations, One Magnificent Kitchen [PHOTO]

Peter Salerno’s Family Tradition Shines In Custom Kitchen Photo

Three generations of the Salerno family met in one gorgeous Peter Salerno-designed kitchen. The result is a photograph that needs very little description:

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On the left is Peter Salerno – master designer, CMKBD, and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most-awarded designer by NKBA since 2003). On the right is Peter’s son Anthony Salerno, the third generation of Salernos to join the custom design craft in the United States.

In the center is Rosolino Salerno, Peter’s father and the man who “started it all” for Peter Salerno Inc. “Ross”, as he is affectionately known, is the patriarch of the Salerno family and a master craftsman in his own right. His name is the inspiration for Peter Salerno’s “Mastro Rosolino” cabinet line.

This photo means the world to Peter and Anthony, as Rosolino passed away after this photo was taken. The Maestro’s signature craftsmanship, care and eye for design is reflected in every piece Peter Salerno and his team produce.

Lest we forget the kitchen! It is a one-of-a-kind Peter Salerno Inc. original custom-designed kitchen. The Saddle River, New Jersey kitchen features custom handcrafted tin range hood, custom ceiling with mirror inlays, custom cabinetry created by Peter Salerno Inc., a custom-crafted island and backsplash tile design.

Want a Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen of your very own? Fill out the contact form below!

Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Sitting in a meeting with Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company), we were intrigued by a comment Peter made about one of this year’s hottest kitchen design trends: quartz kitchen countertops.

“Quartz [as a kitchen countertop material] is definitely in, and a lot of clients ask me whether quartz is a better option than granite,” Peter remarked.

The debate has begun to take over kitchen design, both among kitchen design experts and across the Internet. Should people be choosing quartz countertops for their kitchen design or kitchen remodeling project, or are granite countertops still the smart selection?

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Well, as is usually the case, the answer’s not so cut-and-dry.

Here’s what you need to know about quartz countertops, and how they compare to granite surfaces for your kitchen.

1. Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz – but that’s not a bad thing.

Most quartz countertops are around 95% quartz, with the remaining portion of the countertop surface made of polymers, resins and bonding materials. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Granite counters are almost always a 100% stone surface, meaning that they must be sealed to avoid stains and food items from sinking into the natural pores of the granite.

Whereas some high-end granite countertops may state they require a granite-specific cleaner, quartz countertops are virtually all amenable to simple soap and water cleaning. Many experts recommend that granite countertops should be re-sealed once a year; by contrast, a quartz countertop requires no such maintenance.

2. Quartz is harder than granite.

Due to the porous nature of granite, it’s susceptible to staining (and spills are a bit more troubling). Quartz countertops are sealed with polymer resins, so the resulting surface is actually a harder material than granite. Quartz countertop owners don’t have to worry as much about chips, falling items, spills and stains as a result.

The other upside to quartz’s hardness is it serves as a natural detractor to cross-contamination.

 

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
3. Quartz countertops are heavier.

This isn’t an installation job that you’ll be doing yourself. Only homeowners with direct counter installation experience should be handling any countertop installation jobs, to be clear. But the weight of composite quartz countertops requires a bit more care than the average granite counter installation process.

Make sure you consult with a professional kitchen designer and installation expert to ensure that your space is equipped to handle the extra load of a quartz counter.

4. Are quartz countertops really cheaper than granite?

Again, sorry for the vague answer, but the truth is it depends on the individual job specifications. While the most inexpensive quartz counters are generally cheaper than granite, quartz’s price range is wider than that of granite.

As a result, the most expensive quartz countertops can exceed the price of high-end granite by a noticeable margin. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into with your countertop purchase, and don’t assume that quartz is always cheaper than granite – it’s not.

5. It’s all about your personal preference.

Granite vs. quartz is a debate that comes down to your personal taste. If you love the idea of a 100% natural surface in your home and don’t mind a little extra maintenance (and TLC), then granite countertops may be for you. If you want a little more durability, price flexibility (and color flexibility), then you should look into quartz.

Either way, a quality custom kitchen design team will point you in the proper direction and outline all the specifics on price, installation, maintenance and care.

So what’s your take on granite vs. quartz countertops? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League West

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League West

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the National League West – the Rockies, Padres, Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features! In particular, the San Diego Padres have announced a change for 2020 back to a classic gold and brown motif.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official NL West MLB Team Colors

Arizona Diamondbacks

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Arizona Diamondbacks

Sonoran Sand (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7500
  • HEX: #E3D4AD

Sedona Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 201
  • HEX: #A71930

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Black 6 C
  • HEX: #000000

Colorado Rockies

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Colorado Rockies

Rockies Purple (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2685
  • HEX: #33006F

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Midnight Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Process Black
  • HEX: #000000

Los Angeles Dodgers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Los Angeles Dodgers LA Dodgers

Dodger Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 294
  • HEX: #005a9c

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 429
  • HEX: #A5ACAF

Bright Red (Text Logo Trim)

  • PANTONE 032
  • HEX: #EF3E42

San Diego Padres *NEW for 2020*

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex San Diego Padres NEW

*NEW* Classic Padres Brown (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2479
  • HEX: #3E342F

*NEW* Classic Padres Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 123
  • HEX: #FFC425

San Francisco Giants

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex San Francisco Giants

Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 165
  • HEX: #FD5A1E

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Process Black
  • HEX: #000000

Beige (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 155
  • HEX: #EFD19F

Stunning Transitional Master Bath Design Updates | June 2020

Stunning Transitional Master Bath Design Updates | June 2020

It feels good getting back to work (safely, of course). The installation and design teams at Peter Salerno Inc. are hard at work bringing new designs to life in the homes of our clients, and they’re so grateful for the trust and business of some amazing, creative individuals.

When you’re the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company in America since 2001, much is expected of you. Peter Salerno and his team set out to turn heads immediately with a gorgeous transitional master bathroom design, in conjunction with Freed & Co., LLC.

From a stunning open shower and tub to the statement double sink, this master bath has no lack of “feature elements”. Working primarily in neutral tones allows the design to speak for itself – with large twin vanity mirrors, floor-to-ceiling shower glass and intriguing tile work, it certainly does so.

The official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram provides a sneak peek inside this gorgeous, neutral-tone transitional master bath, with video and photos of the installed bath design. What do you think of it? Chime in and talk to us in the comments!

 

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Master Bathroom complete ✅

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Open shower and tub combo 🛁

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For more information about Peter Salerno Inc., visit their official website.

For more information about Freed & Company, visit their official Instagram.

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League West

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League West

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the American League West – the Angels, Astros, Athletics, Mariners and Rangers. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official AL West MLB Team Colors

Houston Astros

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Houston Astros

Navy Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 648
  • HEX: #002D62

Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 158
  • HEX: #EB6E1F

Light Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 1495
  • HEX: #F4911E

Los Angeles Angels

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Los Angeles Angels

Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 200
  • HEX: #BA0021

Maroon (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 202
  • HEX: #862633

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Oakland Athletics (Oakland A’s)

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Oakland A's Oakland Athletics

Dark Green (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 547
  • HEX: #003831

Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7409
  • HEX: #EFB21E

Light Gray (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 429
  • HEX: #A2AAAD

Seattle Mariners

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Seattle Mariners

Northwest Green (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7721
  • HEX: #005C5C

Dark Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 540
  • HEX: #0C2C56

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Texas Rangers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Texas Rangers

Royal Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 288
  • HEX: #003278


Bright Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 186
  • HEX: #C0111F

White (Uniform & Logo)

  • HEX: #FFFFFF