Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.

Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

From the Delish team:

We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.

How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)

The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, 43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…

(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)

Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.

So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)

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. Presents La Cornue Cooking With Michael Latour [VIDEO]

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents La Cornue Cooking With Michael Latour [VIDEO]

No matter how hot transitional kitchen design gets, there will always be room for classics – traditional design, culinary expertise, and La Cornue ranges and appliances.

Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century – is a proud provider of La Cornue appliances through Purcell Murray. La Cornue creates classic looking ranges that even the most experienced professional chefs will enjoy cooking with. They mix different materials such as stainless steel, copper, and brass with fired porcelain bodies in a wide variety of colors. Because of their performance and timeless appearance they are a common feature in Peter Salerno’s Tesoro ™ Collection kitchens.

Peter also features a functional La Cornue Chateau 120 range and Flamberge Rotisserie in its magnificent, award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. And why have these world-renowned appliances if you’re not putting them to good use?

Peter Salerno Inc. hosted the exceptional Master Chef Michael Latour in its showroom to display the form, function and versatility of La Cornue appliances by creating a stunning multi-course meal. Our cameras were there to document the experience – trust us, this is well worth the watch!

Michael Latour’s culinary career began at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and has progressed through the most prestigious echelons of cuisine in the greater New York metropolitan area. Master Chef Latour honed his craft in some of New York’s finest hotels, including the honor of being part of the opening team at NYC’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Master Chef Latour is specifically renowned for his mastery of French-American cuisine, the staple of his restaurant, Latour. Opened in 1998 in Ridgewood, NJ, Latour has been praised by patrons and critics alike for  every aspect of its cuisine. Latour’s latest Zagat rating offers an auspicious 26/30 rating for food and notes its “showstopping” cuisine and “lovely…Gallic setting”.

Master Chef Latour took the dazzling array of La Cornue appliances at the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, for a spin in this featured video. Utilizing the stunning La Cornue Château 120 range and Flamberge Rotisserie, Latour created a stunning multi-course French meal:

  • Appetizer: Lump Crab Strudel with Lobster Sauce Nantua Frisee
  • Entree: La Cornue Rotisserie Cornish Game Hen with Fines Herb, Potato Galette, Vegetable Julienne and Beet Gaufrette with Natural Jus
  • Dessert: Grand Marnier Souffle with Chocolate Pastel and Pulled Sugar Piece Montee

Peter Salerno Inc. is an Authorized Dealer of all La Cornue & Top Brewer Products. Their showroom features the Château 120, the CornuFé 110, the CornuFé 1908,  and the Flamberge  Rôtisserie. In addition, the showroom is soon-to-be fitted with a fully functional Top Brewer.  Peter Salerno, Inc. is also an authorized dealer of Habersham, Schaub, Amerock, & Waterstone products.

Enjoy this exclusive video from Design Your Lifestyle and Peter Salerno Inc., and see for yourself how a master like Michael Latour can make magic with La Cornue products!

Our Favorite Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cooking With Nonna’s Recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies

When it comes to authentic Italian cooking, you can’t do any better than going to the source itself – an Italian grandma! So it’s no wonder that we love the site Cooking With Nonna, filled with delicious Italian recipes straight from the kitchens of Italian grandmothers.

Cooking With Nonna’s mission is “Sharing Grandma’s Italian recipes with the new generations”, and we love the idea. From appetizers to entrees, lunches to dinners to desserts, the site features some great Italian classics and modern spins on your favorite old-world Italian dishes.

You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)
You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)

Cooking With Nonna is the creation of Rossella and Vito Rago. Rossella travels to the kitchens of grandmothers from all regions of Italy, bringing you the greatest recipes (and secret family recipes!) from all over Italy.

This recipe for Almond Coffee Cookies is one of our all-time favorites, and will be one of the recipes that we use when they make Christmas cookies this year. We’re looking forward to taking it to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.’s flagship showroom and making another batch myself!

Try it out for yourself, and see how these amazing flavors combine in your mouth for a beautiful Italian holiday dessert experience.

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe: Almond Coffee Cookies (from Cooking With Nonna)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Almonds
  • 1/2 Lb Sugar
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1 Tbs Espresso Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar for glazing (put it in a flat plate for rolling)
  • 50 Whole coffee beans

Preparation:

  • To prepare the paste, boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once they are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely.
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the zest of the two lemons, the sugar, the ground coffee and the cocoa powder.  Mix everything very well.
  • Add the egg whites and mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
  • Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball the size slightly smaller than a golf ball.
  • Roll the ball completely into the sugar and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Slightly insert a coffee bean on top of each cookie.
  • Roll all your cookies and bake them for 30 mins. at 350F.

See more by clicking on this link and visiting Cooking With Nonna!

The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. held its 2017 Christmas party inside the beautiful confines of its award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey earlier this month. As usual, the event was attended by family, friends, associates, staff and a few very special (and very cute) guests!

2017 brought several new babies into the Peter Salerno Inc. family – Gabrielle Salerno-Mayer’s daughter Brielle and Nadya Russov’s daughter Olivia join Anthony Salerno’s daughter Jesse as the next generation of passionate designers! As you’d expect, these beautiful little ladies were the main attraction at this year’s Christmas festivities.

Of course, something that’s always a featured treat at Peter Salerno Inc. showroom gatherings is Peter Salerno’s culinary creations! For 2017, Peter made a few of his special sauces . The first two sauces was a bolognese sauce with three meats, sweet peas, shredded prosciutto and a splash of merlot. The second sauce was a metro sauce, featuring plum tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, prosciutto and heavy cream.

Peter Salerno was joined by some of his most cherished business associates at the Christmas 2017 party as well. Guests included longtime friend and photographer Peter Rymwid, Nicole Sakosits (owner of Stratta, the Tile Boutique), and staff from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Peter is also blessed to be surrounded by his family this holiday season – his wife Tracy, son Anthony, daughter Gabrielle, daughter-in-law Eve, son-in-law Bryan, father Rosolino, and two beautiful grandchildren (the adorable Jesse and Brielle mentioned earlier).

There are many reasons for Peter Salerno and the Peter Salerno Inc. family to feel blessed during Christmas and the 2017 holiday season. The most important of all, as always, is the love and bond of family and friends, and the time and talents of Peter’s professional family.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from the 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party – we hope they add a little warmth and love to your day!

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!