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.

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.
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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!

Connect With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Are you following the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century!

Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.
Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.

Under the care and guidance of Peter Salerno, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Design, NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has blossomed from a small design firm with audacious goals into one of the most notable firms in the kitchen and bath design industry. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards than any firm in North America, from such reputable sources as the NKBA, KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

The kitchen designs, bathroom designs, wine cellars, man caves and bars that have won these prestigious awards are all located in one place – the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

The thing we love most about following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram is the company’s willingness to provide an ‘inside look’ at day-to-day operations, family gatherings, momentous occasions, and VIP design industry events that most of us never get to see. Where else can you find photos from inside a world-class design showroom, exclusive snapshots from conferences like KBIS 2018 and the Architectural Digest Design Show, and around a world-class designer’s Thanksgiving dinner table?

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

From the incredible (kitchen designs that have won national awards) to the innovative (forward-thinking transitional designs), the highbrow (black tie design conference events) to the humorous (Peter Salerno building snowmen outside the showroom on wintry days), the broad spectrum of eye-catching photography on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account makes it a must-follow for design lovers everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Join the tastemakers, innovators, industry leaders and social influencers that already follow Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account – and get inspired to Design Your Lifestyle!

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

Accent Your Kitchen Island With Statement Lights

While it’s important for your kitchen design to be timeless, capitalizing on current kitchen design trends is a great way to incorporate fresh ideas into your kitchen – be it traditional or transitional, classic or contemporary.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen design company in North America over the last 20 years. Peter Salerno and his team have maintained this level of excellence by joining master craftsmanship and timeless design elements with the hottest kitchen design trends.

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s motto says, “It’s all about the extraordinary”.

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Kitchen Island Statement Lighting

So what’s extraordinary in 2019 kitchen design trends? One of the hottest trends is statement lights over your kitchen island. If you have a flair for bold, stylish design that makes an instant impact, statement lights are a great way to be eye-popping without going overboard.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s favorite aspect of this trend is that statement lights can reflect your personality so easily. Unlike design elements that are “too trendy” (that come and go with the times too easily), statement lighting in your kitchen is a direct reflection of who you are and your personal sense of style.

Do you like your statements sleek and understated? Pendant lighting over a kitchen island exudes class, brightness and sophistication. Urban dwellers may choose an industrial chandelier, while wine lovers may opt for glass bottles or re-purpose decanters or demijohns as lighting fixtures.

Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)
Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)

Whatever your choice, be true to your personal sense of style! If you need assistance, you can always rely on the expertise of an award-winning, NKBA-certified master kitchen designer like Peter Salerno to add the perfect statement lighting elements to your kitchen island.

Want more information about how to incorporate the perfect lighting and design elements into your new or existing kitchen design? Contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below!

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Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

‘Timeless’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage’. A truly timeless design motif can be updated consistently and with dramatic effect. Like the “little black dress”, a truly iconic look can always be reinterpreted for modern times.

Recently, the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account took a look at modern takes on another timeless design theme – black and white tile. We’d say black & white tile design is making a comeback in 2019, but it never really went anywhere.

Still, with every new design season comes a plethora of updated takes on one of the most classic motifs in custom kitchen and bath design. From trusted advisors like Houzz and House Beautiful to HGTV and Elle Decor, black and white tile ideas are everywhere. But as always, the first place we turn is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Why does black and white tile design work? As Jessica Gordon Ryan, founder of Gimlet Marketing, wrote quite eloquently:

For those who struggle with color, this takes the guesswork out of the equation, without being colorless. For those who embrace color, it can always be added in with accessories. With black and white anything goes – it’s like the little black dress for the home!

The color pairing of black & white in home design is timeless, so what are today’s designers doing to make a classic idea become contemporary?

Like a science experiment, every classic design motif needs a “control” element. Here, the control is two-fold: the color (black and white) and the medium (tile).

From there, everything else is in play. Construction, shape, material, and artistic interpretation are what makes this season’s black and white tile options particularly memorable. 

Mixed media appears to be popular in this season’s black and white tile designs; we’re seeing stone and glass elements make their way into tile construction and overall design concepts. Geometric and mosaic patterns in tile design are very popular and provide a “retro” element to the design space. And single-color metallic additions (like bronze, silver and gold) add an element of heightened class and ‘dazzle’.

How do you feel about black and white tile in contemporary design? Let’s have a conversation; leave a comment below!

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

“Be On Color,” PANTONE urges us. “Feel a New Color Movement.”

Our answer to PANTONE is simple. “Yes, please.”

PANTONE has released a new Polyester Swatch Book, debuting 203 PANTONE colors cultivated specifically to be used on polyester and other synthetic materials.

PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust
The PANTONE Polyester Standards Modern Wanderlust Collection

From the official PANTONE website:

As new markets highlighting engineered materials continue to emerge, and new inorganic materials enter the market, there is an increasing desire for more saturated colors; colors beyond those formulated for natural fibers; colors whose appearance displays greater hue intensity. Our new Pantone Polyester Standards address this need and demand for a deeper level of coloration.

Creating a special collection of colors using dyes specifically for polyester removes the guesswork, allowing you to reproduce these colors quickly and effortlessly in polyester, as well as other synthetic fibers.

We’re excited about the 203 PANTONE colors curated specifically for the Polyester collection. These tones were developed to be highly saturated, bold and clear. In the past, those who designed and decorated used synthetic and inorganic materials couldn’t be certain the seasonal colors presented would present themselves properly on their desired “canvas”; now, the guesswork has been eliminated.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

The first color palette compiled from the PANTONE Polyester Swatch Book is Modern Wanderlust, a fun series of hot bright tones balanced by a cool (but still fun) neutral. Even the customary cool tones pack a punch – specifically the fashionable green “pop” of Irish Jig and the beachy blue of Spring Break.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Berry Pinwheel (PANTONE 18-1855) is the rare hot pink that encourages the user to lead with it in a color design scheme. The bold tone borders on red and is highly reminiscent of one of PANTONE’s fieriest Spring 2019 selections, Pink Peacock.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Straddling the space between Spring 2019’s Turmeric and Mango Mojito is the eye-pleasing Exuberant Orange, which leans ever-so-slightly into the yellowish off-white of Pancake Batter, the anchor neutral of the Modern Wanderlust collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Pancake Batter (PANTONE 12-0830) may be our favorite tone from this entire PANTONE Polyester color palette. Equal parts steady and amusing, Pancake Batter can lead the charge in a neutrally-based color design or provide balance to the heat of this collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Jaded (PANTONE 16-5128) is the rare PANTONE color whose label is a bit of a misnomer. There’s nothing dull about this refreshing teal tone; while not as bold and primary as Spring Break or Irish Jig, Jaded may be the most versatile ‘cool tone’ to play with in this palette.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

What’s your overall take on the PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust collection? Which color is your favorite? Leave a comment!