From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!
Peter Salerno’s ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

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 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…

 

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

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!

6 Trendy Greens for Christmas 2019

Water Nymph

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Water Nymph

Eden

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Eden

Forest Biome

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Forest Biome

Chive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Chive

Jasmine Green

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Jasmine Green

Green Olive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Green Olive

The Trendiest PANTONE Reds For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

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.

6 Trendy Reds for Christmas 2019

Cranberry

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Cranberry

Space Cherry

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Space Cherry

Fiery Red

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Fiery Red

Rhubarb

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Rhubarb

Valiant Poppy

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Valiant Poppy

Bossa Nova

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Bossa Nova

Our Favorite Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s been bitterly cold in the Northeast lately, which means that the team at Peter Salerno Inc. needs as many ways to keep warm as possible – both at home and at their award-winning design showroom!

(Read about Peter Salerno Inc.’s Innovative Showroom Award here…)

We don’t have to tell you how sweet and comforting a mug of hot chocolate is. And we could go on for days about how delicious Nutella is. But when we found out that A Beautiful Mess put the two together… well, our winter got a lot warmer.

A delicious recipe for Nutella hot chocolate. (Photo and recipe courtesy of A Beautiful Mess)
A delicious recipe for Nutella hot chocolate. (Photo and recipe courtesy of A Beautiful Mess)

A Beautiful Mess is run by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. According to the website, their blog is “focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle”. That’s a mission statement we can get behind!

Their recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate is absolutely spectacular. It’s a great blend of sweet and a little salty, rich and smooth. And it’s the perfect, decadent way to treat yourself on a cold winter day – try it!

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe (courtesy of A Beautiful Mess):

Ingredients (2 servings)

1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup Nutella
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of sea salt
fresh whipped cream (optional)

Preparation

  1. Add your milk to a small pot and heat the milk over low-medium heat until warm (don’t let the milk boil; just warm it slowly).
  2. Once the milk has warmed, add your Nutella and stir regularly with a whisk until all the spread has dissolved.
  3. Add the cinnamon and salt, and stir until combined.
  4. Pour into mug and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Holiday 2018-19 Office Hours + Closing Dates

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Holiday 2018-19 Office Hours + Closing Dates

Even the hardest-working team in the kitchen and bath design industry needs a few days off to celebrate the holidays with family! Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm since 2002, has updated its hours for December 2018 and early January 2019. We wanted to note those changes here, in case you were interested in visiting the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

(We couldn’t resist throwing in some adorable showroom photos of the “girls” of Peter Salerno Inc. – including Peter and Tracy’s 3 granddaughters, Jesse, Brielle and Aria!)

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Peter Salerno's granddaughters and the 'girls' of Peter Salerno Inc.!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Peter Salerno’s granddaughters and the ‘girls’ of Peter Salerno Inc.!

Here are the updated Peter Salerno Inc. office and showroom closings for this holiday season.

Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom + Office Closings: Holiday 2018

The award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices in Wyckoff, New Jersey will be CLOSED on the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Sunday, December 23, 2018
  • Monday, December 24, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Sunday, December 30, 2018
  • Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019

For more information and contact details regarding appointments at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website.

Peter Salerno's granddaughter, Jesse, playing with Elliot the Elf on a Shelf!
Peter Salerno’s granddaughter, Jesse, playing with Elliot the Elf on a Shelf!

From the entire Peter Salerno Inc. staff, Peter and Tracy Salerno, their children, grandchildren and extended ‘design family’, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year!

Christmas 2018 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2018 Decor

Christmas 2018 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2018 Christmas decor and designs?

2018’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, cheerful and optimistic. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2018 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2018 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2018 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2018: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors