From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]
Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli
With the holidays in full swing, Peter Salerno and his family are spending more and more time in his custom designed, award-winning kitchens than ever. But sometimes instead of designing kitchens, Peter is at home in his own kitchen designing authentic, homemade Italian meals.
Recently, Peter and his family (wife Tracy, son Anthony and daughter-in-law Eve, daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Brian) gathered for a delicious homemade Italian dinner, which included the Salerno family recipe for the perfect cavatelli.
Now, the Salerno family recipe for cavatelli is supposed to be a well-kept secret – but it’s the holidays, and Peter Salerno felt like sharing just a “little bit” of the family recipe. (Just like his award-winning kitchen designs: what good are they if they’re not shared with others?)
So Peter’s sharing his surprisingly simple list of ingredients for the perfect homemade cavatelli recipe with you here, as well as some pictures from his preparation of the dish. As for the preparation steps themselves? Well, those may have to come at another time. After all, Peter’s parents might have something to say about that!
Peter Salerno’s Homemade Cavatelli Recipe Ingredients
4 cups flour
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. ricotta cheese
From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…
The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…
The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide
Which green is the RIGHT green for Christmas design in 2019? In a recent article, we laid out the six trendiest red PANTONE colors for this holiday season. Push aside the poinsettia and tie up some mistletoe, because it’s time for green to take center stage for Christmas design!
As usual, we turn to the team at PANTONE to assist our color design decisions.
The six green shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.
Water Nymph is perhaps our favorite of all the trending green PANTONE colors. Set as a metallic complement to Classic Blue in textile palettes, we love the accompanying color in virtually all formats (PANTONE 20-0187 TPM, for reference). Explore the Metallic Shimmer, but don’t rule out designing with the “matte” version as well – it’s a lush medium green we can’t resist at Christmas.
2020 seems to be ushering in some blue-green color choices, and we’ve chosen Forest Biome (PANTONE 19-5230 TCX) from their ranks. Several green tones on our list evoke images of food and spices in your holiday kitchen (Green Olive, Chive).
Rounding out our “list of six” are the 2019 standout Eden and the cheery Classic Blue palette companion Jasmine Green. Whether your Christmas design aesthetic is “merry and bright” or “Holly and Ivy”, we think you’ll find a trendy PANTONE shade of green to love this holiday season on our list!
The Trendiest PANTONE Reds For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide
Which red is the RIGHT red for Christmas design in 2019? The palette certainly couldn’t be any broader; there are 256 available HEX codes for red, and that’s only in web design (currently). Add in the fact that in reality “off screen” there are roughly 10 million colors perceptible by the human eye at any given moment, and it makes choosing “the perfect Christmas red” seem impossible.
Luckily, we have color experts like the team at PANTONE to guide the way. Like Rudolph’s bright red nose, PANTONE guides our way through the 2019 holiday design season and points us to six trending red colors that are all the rage for this year’s Christmas design palettes.
The six red shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.
You won’t be shocked to see a traditional red like Cranberry leading the charge. But take particular note of the gorgeous Space Cherry, pulled from a metallic version of the same color in an aforementioned Classic Blue PANTONE color palette.
Prepare for Fiery Red and other blazing colors like it as we head into the Spring 2020 design season; they’re on trend in a big way. If you’re looking for a more sedate red tone to decorate your home this Christmas, we really enjoy working with the reddish-brown Bossa Nova.
Thanksgiving | Using Gratitude as Design Inspiration
There’s nothing more beautiful than gratitude.
The spirit generated by Thanksgiving is such an inspiration for us at Design Your Lifestyle. It’s a design outlook fostered by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc, – their focus on “personalized luxury” is rooted in gratitude in two ways.
The first is peter’s gratitude to his clients – for their trust, their business & their openness. “the creative process starts and ends with the client,” Peter explains. “Our design has to reflect their lives and what is important to them.”
It’s that attitude which informs Peter’s second commitment to gratitude in design – personalization through passion. It’s that way of thinking that motivates Peter to take “the deep dives” into clients’ lives & turn individual details into one-of-a-kind design elements. From birthday month flowers painted & carved into custom cabinetry to family emblems and monograms incorporated into design elements, it’s personalized luxury that turns ordinary into extraordinary design,
Gratitude extends outward from clients to community. Honor for the great architecture, culture & history only serves to strengthen Peter Salerno’s commitment to gratitude as a design inspiration. Reverence for classic American construction leads Peter to salvage tin from Route 66. Honor for his father’s Sicilian craftsmanship informs the Maestro Rosolino line of cabinetry. the desire to keep elements of classic architecture alive brought wooden beams from NYC’s St. Patrick’s Orphanage into a stellar transitional kitchen design earlier this year.
This Thanksgiving, how will YOU turn gratitude into inspiration? What are you thankful for, and how will those things inform your design choices in the future? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!
Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ
Avoid the madness of Black Friday this year – there are amazing deals and incredible products available to you right in your backyard!
Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – the day when brick-and-mortar local businesses encourage you to get out and shop in your area’s finest small businesses. Lest you think that Small Business Saturday is a “small fry event”, think again! 2019 marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, and is observed nationwide by the great small businesses that make America strong!
Design Your Lifestyle is based in northern New Jersey, one of America’s true hotbeds of thriving small business. While many associate our area with malls and large commerce centers, northern New Jersey’s backbone is truly its small businesses.
We love Bergen County, New Jersey’s gorgeous main street and downtown shopping areas, which offer fantastic Small Business Saturday escapes from overcrowded malls and “big business” storefronts. From Wyckoff to Westwood, Ridgewood to hidden gems along Routes 4 and 17, Bergen County offers a plethora of amazing shopping options this Small Business Saturday!
Here are a few of our personal favorite “hidden gems” for you to check out on November 30th, as Small Business Saturday returns to Bergen County!
Small Business Saturday: Bergen County, NJ Shopping
Anchored by a showroom that 201 Magazine called “a wonderland under one roof”, this 3-shop design storefront is a must-visit for anyone considering a new home, home remodel, or update to their custom kitchen or bath design. Located just off Routes 208 and 4 in Wyckoff, NJ, the Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops are an all-in-one center for home design enthusiasts.
The journey begins at Peter Salerno Inc., winner of the most national design awards since 2002. Peter and his team specialize in custom kitchen and bath design, ranging from classic to contemporary, traditional to transitional. The gorgeous showroom (winner of KBIS’ Most Innovative Showroom award) features kitchen, bath and bar designs. Peter Salerno Inc. also specializes in lounges, wine cellars, and “man caves” for the most discerning of customers.
Adjacent to Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom are Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Oberg & Lindquist. Stratta is a jaw-dropping center for amazing artisan tile, ranging from fine marble to quirky art pieces to the latest in “green” tile (cork, faux wood, etc.). Oberg & Lindquist is a one-stop small business destination for home appliances, including some of the finest names in the industry – Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and more.
A fine escape from the big business bath companies, B. Witching Bath Co. is a great find in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. From soaps to lotions, oils to soaks, the product assortment at B. Witching is alluring and high-quality.
Stemming from a 40-year family tradition of fine handmade bath products, B. Witching Bath Co.’s products “are uniquely formulated with the finest therapeutic botanicals, wholesome ingredients, essential oils and minimal preservatives”. Each batch of their products are crafted to high standards on an individual basis.
For the guys out there who often find themselves at a loss in big bath care stores, fear not! We love B. Witching’s efforts to invite men into their store with fine products designed “for him” as well.
A walk through the charming downtown center of Westwood brings you to Serene, a quaint spa and boutique with a natural vibe. The name “Serene” is indicative of the feeling you get upon entering the storefront, as customers find its atmosphere relaxing and peaceful.
Serene offers a wide array of products, from clothing to skin care. Need a break from the stressful rush of holiday shopping? Serene also offers a litany of fairly priced health options – from massage to waxing, Reiki massage to skin care.
The Serene boutique also offers the added bonus of some very unique jewelry options! If you’re a lover of baubles and bangles, bracelets and necklaces, then make sure you stop by for a fine small business option for your jewelry needs.
4. Caffe Anello and Sogno Coffee (425-429 Broadway, Westwood, NJ)
Of course, all this Small Business Saturday shopping is bound to make you hungry! Our favorite local haunt for a unique bite to eat and a world-class cup of coffee is Sogno Coffee – conveniently, just a short walk away from Serene Spa & Boutique in the heart of Westwood.
You’ll visit Sogno Coffee for its magnificent coffee and beverage selection, including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and some fantastic hot chocolates. You’ll stay for their assortment of freshly made crepes, available in both Sweet and Savory options. We highly recommend the simple delight of the Fourth Avenue, a handmade crepe made fresh and served with lemon juice, honey, sugar and butter.
If you need a little more nourishment, the double storefront also features Caffe Anello, a tremendous sit-down restaurant you’ll visit over and over again!
Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors
When PANTONE draws inspiration from food to name a color, it likely belongs in a kitchen design. PANTONE’s renowned Color Matching System is the gold standard of color design schemes for home designers, textile designers, industrial designers, fabric designers & clothiers. the ability to transition a PANTONE color across media (cloth to paper to online to plastic & more) is unparalleled.
With endless color possibilities in the ever-expanding PANTONE universe, where do you even begin to find the perfect colors for your updated kitchen design? We love taking cues from the names PANTONE gives to its colors. When a PANTONE shade’s name reflects something found in your kitchen or pantry, our “spidey senses” go off!
Maybe it’s a simple case of the power of suggestion, but we know the team at PANTONE as a group which acts with purpose. So if we have a choice for a neutral color for our kitchen… well, we’re going to consider Sugar Almond a bit more strongly than Warm Sand.
(Sorry, Warm Sand – you just don’t sound quite as delicious!)
There’s an abundance if trending PANTONE colors with food-inspired names lately, so why don’t we draw a bit of kitchen design inspiration?
Here’s our selection of 8 trendy PANTONE colors with names foodies will love. See if you get inspired to use one (or more) of them in your kitchen!
8 Kitchen Design Colors For Trendy Food Lovers
Rocky Road: a dark brown earthy neutral & sturdy ‘backbone’ color
Guacamole: the splash of green in your leafy, plant-laden design
Dark Cheddar: a zesty pop of accent color – more accessory than focus
Pancake Batter: a warm, sugary-sweet off-white rooted in golden yellow
Chili Pepper: a spicy hot red – handle with care to succeed!
Peach Pink: a gorgeous blush tone for a summery beach kitchen
Sugar Almond: the warm mid-tone brown neutral coveted by trendy designers
Coconut Milk: a creamy, comforting white that provides balance for an inviting kitchen space
Which of these PANTONE colors is your favorite? Connect with us!