2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

Japanese cheesecake is the “it” dessert when it comes to 2018 food trends. Light, airy, and jiggly (in a really entertaining way – trust us!), Japanese cheesecake has taken the trendiest dining establishment by storm. Dessert foodies everywhere are fawning over the rich (but far less dense) dish – and rightfully so!

What makes Japanese cheesecake so different from traditional cheesecake? For starters, cream cheese isn’t the main component. While it exists in the dish, the core component of Japanese cheesecake is eggs. The recipe for Japanese cheesecake is a little more time-consuming than traditional cheesecake recipes, but we’ve found a little extra patience is well worth the reward.

A Japanese cheesecake recipe you'll love - Spring 2018 food trends!
A Japanese cheesecake recipe you’ll love – Spring 2018 food trends!

There are a bunch of Japanese cheesecake recipes springing up all over the internet, but we found one we like the best. It comes courtesy of the Little Sweet Baker, based out of Ontario, Canada. The blog started as a hobby and has grown into a favorite independent cooking and recipe site for many people – us included!

We love this recipe because it deviates from the ‘big box’ website recipes for Japanese cheesecake. It has personal touches that make it unique – and in our opinion, a bit more delicious than the conventional approach.

We encourage you to visit Little Sweet Baker for the full recipe, and for all of her wonderful cooking tips, recipes and stories!

Japanese Cheesecake Recipe (courtesy of Little Sweet Baker)

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package (250g) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup (50g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (83ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (63g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar for dusting

For full cooking instructions (we don’t plagiarize, and we always give credit!), please visit the full recipe.

Why Is It Still So Cold? Get Warm With The Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System

Why Is It Still So Cold? Get Warm With The Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System

Hey. Mother Nature. It’s SPRING. The middle of April. Stop playing games. We’re all getting very depressed out here.

We’ve read all the theories. “Global warming is causing colder temperatures”? Look, it probably makes scientific sense, but it doesn’t make… you know, logic sense. There was an article about something called “Arctic oscillation”, which seemed promising. The theory was that global patterns had changed, based on geopotential heights, and – okay, we have no idea what any of those words mean.

What we do know is that it’s still way too cold, and we are so darn happy we have a Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System in the showroom.

When Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom was named Most Innovative Small Showroom at the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas, it wasn’t just an award – it was a responsibility. Peter Salerno understood that people would be looking to his state-of-the-art showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to display the latest in design trends, technological advances, and streamlined kitchen design, bath design and custom cabinetry.

So when the opportunity presented itself, it went without saying that Peter Salerno put Miele’s state-of-the-art coffee maker in the showroom. And trust us – with record low temperatures outside the showroom for pretty much all of 2018 thus far, we’re getting plenty of use out of it!

Let’s take a look at one of the highlights of the Generation 6000 Miele product line, the Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System.
The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

From the latest Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System press release:

There are several new highlights to the Generation 6000 Whole Bean Coffee System including a new
CupSensor, EasyClick Milk System and One Touch for Two features. Exclusive to Miele, the
CupSensor automatically adjusts the height of the spout to the optimum position for different cup and glass sizes.

Whether a tall latté macchiato or a dainty espresso is being prepared, the central spout automatically adjusts to the cup’s rim and eliminates splashing. The CupSensor even reacts precisely to beverages made with milk by raising the spout slightly to make room for the incoming espresso. Also new is the EasyClick milk system, which is a dishwasher-safe glass milk flask that effortlessly clicks into place at the front of the machine. And for easy maintenance, the new Miele Coffee Systems now automatically rinse all milk spouts and hoses with water after each use.

The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

The One Touch for Two feature allows the user to prepare two coffee specialties such as cappuccino and latté macchiato at the same time, thus reducing prep time when two or more drinks are being served. Miele Generation 6000 series is distinguished by its elegant design and remarkable innovations to deliver unmatched results that can be seen, touched and tasted. German engineered and tested to last 20 years, Generation 6000 reinforces the Miele Design for Life philosophy and solidifies Miele at the forefront of residential culinary appliances.

The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno scored with a well-received presentation about custom design inspiration and innovation at a recent NKBA presentation held at Miele USA’s Princeton, New Jersey Experience Center.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century.  As the keynote speaker and presenter of an NKBA Mid-Atlantic function in April 2018 at Miele USA’s Princeton Experience Center, Peter’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” was well-attended and well-received!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Plenty of familiar faces were on hand for this NKBA/Miele USA co-branded event, including Peter Salerno Inc.’s longtime friend and colleague Mary A. Moulds, Culinary Events Manager at Miele USA. Peter Salerno noted it was ‘humbling’ to see such a turnout for the event, with many attendees taking the time to speak to him personally both before and after the presentation.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Peter’s presentation was accompanied by visual examples of his design inspirations, followed by each inspiration’s final creation. One of the more stunning examples shown during the keynote speech was that of seagulls drifting through the ocean air, and how Peter Salerno turned that image into a stunning kitchen design innovation – embedded LED animation of seagulls over crashing waves, displayed in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
Images of seagulls floating over the ocean air…
Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
…led Peter Salerno Inc. to design this breathtaking LED animation embedded in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno also noted the warmth of his reception – not just by the attendees of the event, but by the representatives of Miele USA and the NKBA. It’s not always easy speaking publicly, but Peter and his team remarked how at ease they were made to feel at the spacious Miele USA Princeton Experience Center, and what a blast they had in general! By the end of the evening, everyone in attendance was sharing in refreshments, chatting like old friends, taking pictures and having a blast!

The event was a beautiful marriage of three stunning brands. When an internationally-acclaimed award-winning designer speaks at a function held by the National Kitchen + Bath Association, held inside a world-class Miele USA Experience Center, you know you’ve created something special.

We hope you enjoy these exclusive photos from the Miele USA and NKBA Mid-Atlantic event, “Where Does Inspiration Come From?”, featuring Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018. Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Are you “on trend” with your Spring 2018 kitchen design? While it’s important to create an overall kitchen design aesthetic that’s “built to last”, there are always ways to tweak your kitchen design and spice things up with changing times.

Maybe you don’t have it in your budget for a total kitchen makeover – but that’s not necessary! Changing or updating just one small facet of your current kitchen can make all the difference in the world. The key is choosing the right updates – and utilizing a world-class kitchen designer certainly doesn’t hurt.

From Pantone’s Spring 2018 color collection to neutral and wood tones, there are plenty of wonderful Spring 2018 kitchen trends from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for a new backsplash design, an updated kitchen island, new cabinetry and flooring options, or modernizing some out-of-date appliances, this season’s kitchen design trends offer lasting solutions to your individual needs.

Let’s take a look at several of Spring 2018’s best kitchen design trends, and how you can utilize them to create (or update) the kitchen of your dreams.

Top Spring 2018 Kitchen Design Trends: Update Your Kitchen!

1. Use a splash of Spring 2018 color to update your kitchen island or backsplash.

Spring 2018’s color scheme, according to Pantone, is full of bright tones and pastels that work as well in your kitchen as they do on the runway. From Spring Crocus to Meadowlark, so many of these bright tones can be utilized to add a splash of color to your kitchen design.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
A gorgeous blue kitchen island in a new Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design.

The kitchen island pictured above (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a fresh take on Pantone Spring 2018’s Little Boy Blue, set against the backdrop of a neutrally-based color palette. The result is a stunning pop of color that transforms a useful kitchen island feature into a true conversation piece. It’s the perfect example of how to incorporate a splash of Spring 2018 Pantone color into your kitchen design without being overbearing or garish. (Note the knotty faux-wood grain flooring, another major trend in Spring 2018 kitchen design.)

2. Botanicals and fresh, leafy arrangements are a great choice to spruce up your kitchen decor.

Botanicals are back in a big way, with imaginative presentations leading the charge. (We love Decoist’s coverage of Framed Botanicals as a decor option.) From large vases to wall-mounted frames, bold botanical presentations are all the rage in Spring 2018.

We love botanical and floral presentations in your kitchen design for any season because of the air of freshness they exude. Nothing’s more appetizing and refreshing in your kitchen than a beautiful display of plants, flowers or succulents to brighten the room with pops of color and the scent of the outdoors. Plus, you can use your botanical and floral arrangements to accent the color scheme of your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends
Botanical arrangements add a natural ‘pop’ to your Spring 2018 kitchen design, no matter how neutral the colors.

3. Matte appliances are still in style for Spring 2018.

Matte appliances began their ascent back to kitchen design prominence midway through 2017, and the trend still very much applies to Spring 2018 kitchen design. World-renowned appliance makers like Miele, La Cornue, Sub-Zero and Wolf are all on board, letting the state-of-the-art functionality of their machinery do the talking while the finish on the appliances themselves is subtle and understated.

Using matte appliance finishes allows you to let other elements of your kitchen design ‘flash’, and also lets you flow your range, sink, and refrigerator more naturally into brushed, matte handles on your cabinetry.

A closer look at a custom RangeCraft range hood design.
A closer look at a gorgeous custom RangeCraft range hood design.

4. Love traditional colors? Nautical color schemes are “on trend” for Spring 2018.

In addition to the oversized Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Pantone released a sub-set of 4 “Classic Colors” that bring nautical themes back into kitchen design. From Warm Sand to Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist to Coconut Milk, this collection of off-whites, deep blue and neutral beige is a godsend to “yacht party” style enthusiasts and classic color lovers.

The thing we love about the Spring 2018 Classic Colors collection is its versatility. Whether you utilize these colors in your island countertop, cabinetry, flooring, backsplash or kitchen counters, they all work and flow together beautifully to create a traditional color palette that will last for years.

 

First Look: Gorgeous New Kitchen Design Installation Photos

First Look: Gorgeous New Kitchen Design Installation Photos

We talk so much about trends in kitchen design at Design Your Lifestyle. It’s always a treat to get to show our followers those trends in action with beautiful design photos from a gorgeous new kitchen design installation!

Today, those design photos come courtesy of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won an astounding 35 national design awards in custom kitchen and bath design from some of the most notable names in the industry – the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

(For more stunning design photos from Peter Salerno Inc., make sure to follow the company’s official Instagram account.)

This new kitchen design was truly a group effort, as Peter Salerno and his team collaborated with some of the finest specialty contractors in the world. Here’s a quick list of the companies who took part in this world-class kitchen design, creation and installation:

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

As you peruse through these ‘first look’ photos of this stunning kitchen design, here are a few things to note:

  1. We are in love with the blue island. In the midst of such a clean, neutral-based design, the island base truly ‘pops’ with dramatic effect. Coupled with the sleek island countertop designed and delivered by Stone Surfaces, this could easily be one of the most admirable kitchen island designs of 2018.
  2. What more can we say about Rangecraft and its custom range hood designs? As usual, Rangecraft created and delivered the perfect custom range hood for this kitchen design – sleek, sophisticated, and versatile. It’s just subtle and classy enough to blend into the design, and just audacious enough to be a conversation piece of its own.
  3. Stratta, the Tile Boutique created multiple masterworks in this kitchen design. Besides the backsplash and floor tile in the kitchen, make sure you view the full compliment of photos on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account to see a beautiful saddle and tile work around a new fireplace.
  4. We obviously love the statement lighting above the kitchen island, but don’t ignore the beauty of the other lighting features in this kitchen design. Pay attention to the lighting emanating from above, which appears to give an ethereal ‘halo’ to a floating ceiling feature central to the kitchen design.
  5. The clean white cabinetry meshes perfectly with the overall kitchen design, providing proper form and function without pulling the eye from the more opulent features of the kitchen.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

All photography in this article is courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.

NKBA Presents Inspirational Design Seminar April 10, 2018 at Miele Experience Center

NKBA Presents Inspirational Design Seminar April 10, 2018 at Miele Experience Center

On April 10, 2018, the NKBA Mid Atlantic chapter presents a can’t-miss seminar and networking opportunity from the stunning Miele Princeton Experience Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

The keynote speaker of the evening will be Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company, accumulating 35 national design awards over that time. 24 of those awards are from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), of which Peter is a valued member.

Register for NKBA Mid Atlantic's April 10th Miele event in Princeton, NJ, featuring Peter Salerno!
Register for NKBA Mid Atlantic’s April 10th Miele event in Princeton, NJ, featuring Peter Salerno!

Peter Salerno Inc. is also a distributor and business partner of Miele USA, going so far as to showcase several Miele appliances in its jaw-dropping, award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. With those factors in mind, it’s a natural choice for Peter Salerno to speak at the April 10th NKBA event at the Miele Princeton Experience Center.

From the NKBA Mid Atlantic website:

Peter Salerno, CMKBD of Peter Salerno, Inc. presents Where Does Inspiration Come From? Join us for this unique event at the Miele Experience Center in Princeton, NJ for our NKBA Mid Atlantic Chapter April Event.

The “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” NKBA and Miele event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’ouevres. Peter Salerno’s presentation commences at 6:00 p.m., and valuable networking time and opportunities follow.

To register online for this exclusive, valuable event, please follow this link.

The Miele Princeton Experience Center is located at 9 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540. For more information on the Experience Center, you can visit its website or call (800) 843-7231 Ext: 1002.