Halloween Dessert Recipe: Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Halloween Special Dessert Recipe: Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Try this delicious Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe, courtesy of TasteOfHome.com and Marie Rizzio.
Try this delicious Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe, courtesy of TasteOfHome.com and Marie Rizzio.

Thanks to a wonderful website called Taste of Home, people from all over North America (and the world!) can share their favorite recipes. Sometimes, the staff at Peter Salerno Inc. finds a real gem of a recipe on this website that comes straight out of a private home kitchen.

This recipe is no different. Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan, submitted a recipe for Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, and it looked delicious on paper. When we tried her Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe in real life, it was love from the very first bite.

At Peter Salerno Inc., the passion for creating award-winning custom kitchen designs stems from an understanding that the kitchen is a personal haven where family and friends can meet, eat, and enjoy each other’s company. Based on this Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, we’re sure that Marie Rizzio’s kitchen is full of love and warmth.

(The recipe states that the hazelnut liqueur is optional – we’ve tried it both ways, and love the flavor that the liqueur brings.)

Try it for yourself – and happy Halloween!

Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Recipe (courtesy of Taste of Home & Marie Rizzio)

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon white vinegar

FILLING:
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, optional
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

TOPPING:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur, optional

For the full directions on how to make this delicious Halloween dish, head over to Taste of Home!

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time for savvy designers to start putting together the decor, design and color schemes for their spook-tacular Halloween parties!

There’s no better way to show off your design panache than by incorporating this season’s trendiest colors and tones. For this year, that means utilizing the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette. From the surprising set of 10 fall 2018 tones to the ‘classic colors’ add-on, this season’s Pantone palette is vivid and varied, giving you a plethora of color design options.

But which Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 colors are right for Halloween?

Spoiler alert: we’re going to build around Russet Orange. (Obviously.)

But where do we go from Russet Orange? Perhaps a ghostly gray and a lush green from a witch’s brew; maybe a toxic yellow or a blood-red tone?

The most wonderful aspect of the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette is its sheer variety. We’re unaccustomed to seeing so many warm tones (multiple yellows and reds in the fall?!) in an autumn color collection, and it’s a refreshing change to see virtually every shade of falling leaves included.

So which five of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 colors made the eerie grade for our Halloween color design list? Here they are!

1. Russet Orange (Pantone 16-1255 TCX) – the ‘pumpkin orange’ base tone

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Quiet Gray (Pantone 14-4107 TCX) – the eerie, ‘ghostly gray’

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

3. Valiant Poppy (Pantone 18-1549 TCX) – the bright, ‘blood red’

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Quetzal Green (Pantone 18-5025 TCX) – the ‘witches and potions green’

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Limelight (Pantone 12-0740 TCX) – the glaring, ‘toxic yellow’

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Halloween 2016 Style: Halloween Home Decor With Class

Halloween 2016 Home Decor With Class and Style

Halloween decor is a blast! Spiderwebs, pumpkins, witch’s cauldrons, ghosts and goblins – Halloween provides a great opportunity to turn your home into a spooky fun house for friends and guests of all ages.

The only problem with most Halloween decor is its lasting power – or lack thereof. Once November rolls around, there isn’t much charm to having spiderwebs hanging off your chandeliers. And your Thanksgiving dinner guests probably won’t be too fond of ladling their cocktails out of a wrought-iron cauldron on your kitchen island.

So for Halloween 2016, we’re taking a different approach to your Halloween holiday decor. Rather than pouring your hard-earned money into decorations that last a week, why not incorporate a “Halloween vibe” into your actual home and kitchen design?

We’re not saying to paint your kitchen burnt orange and install all black cabinetry, of course. But let’s think beyond the traditional Halloween fare! Here are some fun home decor tips that can be easily incorporated into a fall (and Halloween) motif, courtesy of award-winning master kitchen and bath designer Peter Salerno Inc.

Neutral Tones + Dark Statement Lighting

The home kitchen design pictured below is decked out for a winter party, but can’t you just picture it full of Halloween decorations? The visual transition is simple, thanks to a masterful touch on a neutral color scheme adorned with dark statement lighting and custom cabinetry.

It’s hard to make neutral “pop”, but Peter Salerno Inc. uses a deft touch to make it happen in this kitchen design. Notice the well-lit backsplash behind the range? That splash of brightness (along with the white kitchen island countertop) adds enough light and life to this neutral design to make it festive.

Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Smoked Mirrors + Dark Wood Grains

One could say the best part of Halloween festivities is the “smoke and mirrors” illusion of a great trick. Aptly, smoked glass and smoked mirrors are becoming a major part of transitional kitchen design heading into 2017, and make a great addition to a kitchen design update in your home.

The dark tint of the glass plays perfectly with darker wood grains and tile designs, while keeping the reflective nature that “expands” your kitchen visually. Plus, when Halloween comes around, how cool will that smoked glass feature look in your spooky home party design?

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design, smoked glass and dark island and wood grains.

Stone Design Elements + Fireplaces

This early design photo (taken during installation) shows how large stone design elements can be featured – especially when properly bordered. Notice the neutral tone of the wall paint, bordered by white trim. The dark wood cabinetry helps “pop” the light gray stone of the fireplace and chimney.

Think about how amazing this stone fireplace and chimney feature would look as the centerpiece of your home Halloween party design! This is the perfect example of investing in a long-lasting design element for your home, rather than draining your resources into seasonal investments. This stone feature can easily figure into Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other major holiday festivities.

A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.
A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.

Dark Wood + Vintage Furniture

Just look at this Peter Salerno Inc. designed “man cave”. Seriously. It’s beautiful. Aesthetic appeal aside, it’s also a classic example of how vintage furniture and dark wood tones create a gorgeous parlor scene straight out of a murder mystery dinner (or “Clue: The Movie”!).

Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a "man cave" to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a “man cave” to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.

The recessed dull red ceiling features interlaced with dark ceiling beams create a bold, stately tone. The roaring fire sits in the center of a magnificent custom cabinetry piece (designed by Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line). The vintage furniture adds to the rustic allure of this sitting room, particularly the bold blue-green leather couch in the center of the room.

Go-To Pantone Colors For Halloween and Fall

Check out some of Pantone’s most popular colors from 2014-2016, many of which lend themselves perfectly to fall decor and Halloween decorations. The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, is a spicy red-orange shade that brings a “punch” to your wardrobe or party decor.

Pantone’s Fall 2016 color palette includes Sharkskin and Dusty Cedar, two colors that can easily bring out the Halloween spirit with rich gray and smoky red hues. And for an “anytime” design color that truly shines in the fall, Harvest Pumpkin is a fantastic option for a warm, orange-brown shade.

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors Dusty Cedar - Pantone Fall 2016 color report

The 5 Perfect Pantone Colors For Halloween Decor

Decorate Your Halloween With These Pantone Colors!

Halloween is one of the most creative holidays of the year. Costumes, lights, fun food and drink, delicious treats, and themed parties make every October 31st a day (and night) to remember!

Everywhere you turn, Halloween ideas abound. From cocktails to party food, favors to costume design, it seems every blog you read is rich with fresh and fun Halloween tricks and treats (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).

But what about color design? Let’s face it – while “Orange Is The New Black” is a smash hit on TV, orange and black aren’t always the easiest colors with which to design. Sure, black is classic, but mixing it with other fall colors (especially orange) can lead to clashes and awkward juxtaposition.

So how do you create a fresh Halloween design without using the “same old same old” orange and black motif? Using Pantone, the world’s leader color design experts, we’ve come up with a list of “bewitching” color schemes and options to bring a lively new look to your Halloween decor this year.

Whether you want a fresh shade of orange, a vibrant darker hue, or a beguiling new tone or two, here’s our list of festive, fun Halloween colors to use for your next Halloween party design.

Our Pantone Picks For Halloween Party Colors

1. Sharkskin (Pantone 17-3914)

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report

Why not start our Halloween 2016 color design list with one of Pantone’s official colors for Fall 2016? Sharkskin adds a sense of luster and sheen to gray, making it far more alluring than the average gray neutral.

Sharkskin is the perfect “base” color for your Halloween design and decor. You get the natural “spooky” appeal of a neutral gray, while adding a touch of playfulness. Try Sharkskin as a paint scheme, in your Halloween accessories (throws, pillows, etc.), or on your table decor!

2. Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)

Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s a spicy shade of orange-brown with the perfect autumn name for your Halloween festivities. Harvest Pumpkin is an inviting fall shade, full of warm and familiarity. If your Halloween party is less “trick” and more “treat”, guests will feel right at home in your Harvest Pumpkin decor.

The added benefit to incorporating Harvest Pumpkin in your Halloween decor is that it transitions seamlessly into the late fall holiday season. It’s a natural for Thanksgiving decor, and pairs well with kitchen and living space designs that focus heavily on neutrals, earth tones and hardwood flooring.

3. Purple Potion (Pantone 19-2430)

Purple Potion Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s the perfect purple for the witch or warlock hosting this year’s Halloween festivities (and stirring that spooky punch bowl)! Purple Potion is a stunning shade of purple that instantly evokes thoughts of fall sangrias, red wines, and a little Halloween mischief.

Speaking of which – if red wine sangria is on the menu (or a cocktail featuring Chambord), Purple Potion is a must-have Pantone color in your Halloween design this year. It’s also a great choice for accents to your white design elements (walls, furniture, etc.) as a throw, pillow or wall art piece.

4. Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463)

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

It’s a reddish orange so alive and bold, it was Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Tangerine Tango is the perfect blend of blood orange and festive bright red, sure to leave partygoers struck by its appeal.

If you want your guests to be dazzled by your Halloween party attire, try a little Tangerine Tango in your wardrobe! This sizzling hot color also works great in your Fall 2016 home decor as well, adding a splash of jazzy color to the taupes, grays and neutrals in your living space and home design. Go ahead, give Tangerine Tango a whirl!

5. Poison Green (Pantone 16-6444)

Poison Green Pantone Color, Halloween party colors

If our other options weren’t quite daring enough for you, then go bold this Halloween with Poison Green! An electric green that’s certainly not for the faint of heart, Poison Green is sure to stir up a mysterious, ghoulish vibe at your Halloween bash this year.

Whether it’s the color of your Halloween attire, your “mystery” punch bowl, or a few timely placed decorative pieces, Poison Green is a great color choice for Halloween hosts and ghosts trying to make a real statement with their style.

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Halloween Bloody Mary Recipe

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Halloween Bloody Mary Recipe

Halloween Cocktail Recipe from Epicurious!

As avid readers of the official Peter Salerno Inc. blog know, we’re absolutely crazy about Epicurious, one of the best recipe websites in the world. From fine dining to simple treats, Epicurious always provides the very best recipes for any occasion – and Halloween is no exception!

When it comes to Halloween recipes, the adults should have as much fun as the kids! That’s why for 2015, we’re foregoing the usual “Halloween sweet treats” recipe for a holiday spin on a classic cocktail. Epicurious whipped up an absolutely brilliant Aquavit Bloody Mary Halloween cocktail that will put the “treat” in any adult Halloween party!

Halloween aquavit bloody mary recipe courtesy of Epicurious (photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Halloween aquavit bloody mary recipe courtesy of Epicurious (photo credit: Wiki Commons)

It’s a Halloween cocktail recipe that’s as popular and it is easy to make. Adding aquavit to the classic Bloody Mary recipe revitalizes an old standard and provides a spicy kick that adds a delightful “scare” to your Halloween cocktail party!

Enjoy with friends (of legal drinking age of course!) in your custom kitchen, bar, or man cave, which can be created by Peter Salerno Inc., winners of 30 national design awards since 2002!

Halloween Bloody Mary Recipe (courtesy of Epicurious)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup aquavit, chilled
  • 1 quart tomato or tomato-vegetable juice such as V8, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons drained bottled horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Garnish: lemon slices; small celery ribs

Serve in a martini or highball glass; yields 6 drinks

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Scooby Doo and Slimer Visit The Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom

When Peter Salerno walked into his award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, NJ, this morning, he thought something seemed… funny.

Maybe it was the flickering lights. Maybe it was the chill in the air. Or maybe it was the weird creaking noise coming from the 1959 Corvette that becomes the world’s most amazing bar.

Anthony, Tracy and Gabrielle Salerno soon entered the office, and the four of them tip-toed into the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom quietly. The La Cornue showpiece kitchen seemed normal. All the fixtures were in working order. Nobody could seem to figure out what was wrong.

Finally, Tracy turned to the group and said, “Hey guys… maybe it’s the humongous green ghost that’s hanging out in the Cadillac.”

We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.
We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.

It seems like Slimer, the famous ghost from “Ghostbusters”, decided to take up residence in the hood of the 1959 Corvette wet bar. (Whether he liked the car or wanted a martini, we’ll never know.)

Either way, Peter Salerno and his family quickly called Scooby Doo and the gang to solve the case. Sadly, all Scooby and Shaggy wanted to do was hang out in one of the showroom kitchens and order a pizza.

Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.
Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.

On second thought, maybe Peter should have called the Ghostbusters instead.

Happy Halloween from Peter Salerno Inc.! Be safe, be spooky, and have fun!