The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe to beat the heat!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like christian bros)
  • a bottle of cheap red wine (barefoot works) either merlot or shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)

Preparation

  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triplesec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!

Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Sitting in a meeting with Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company), we were intrigued by a comment Peter made about one of this year’s hottest kitchen design trends: quartz kitchen countertops.

“Quartz [as a kitchen countertop material] is definitely in, and a lot of clients ask me whether quartz is a better option than granite,” Peter remarked.

The debate has begun to take over kitchen design, both among kitchen design experts and across the Internet. Should people be choosing quartz countertops for their kitchen design or kitchen remodeling project, or are granite countertops still the smart selection?

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Well, as is usually the case, the answer’s not so cut-and-dry.

Here’s what you need to know about quartz countertops, and how they compare to granite surfaces for your kitchen.

1. Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz – but that’s not a bad thing.

Most quartz countertops are around 95% quartz, with the remaining portion of the countertop surface made of polymers, resins and bonding materials. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Granite counters are almost always a 100% stone surface, meaning that they must be sealed to avoid stains and food items from sinking into the natural pores of the granite.

Whereas some high-end granite countertops may state they require a granite-specific cleaner, quartz countertops are virtually all amenable to simple soap and water cleaning. Many experts recommend that granite countertops should be re-sealed once a year; by contrast, a quartz countertop requires no such maintenance.

2. Quartz is harder than granite.

Due to the porous nature of granite, it’s susceptible to staining (and spills are a bit more troubling). Quartz countertops are sealed with polymer resins, so the resulting surface is actually a harder material than granite. Quartz countertop owners don’t have to worry as much about chips, falling items, spills and stains as a result.

The other upside to quartz’s hardness is it serves as a natural detractor to cross-contamination.

 

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
3. Quartz countertops are heavier.

This isn’t an installation job that you’ll be doing yourself. Only homeowners with direct counter installation experience should be handling any countertop installation jobs, to be clear. But the weight of composite quartz countertops requires a bit more care than the average granite counter installation process.

Make sure you consult with a professional kitchen designer and installation expert to ensure that your space is equipped to handle the extra load of a quartz counter.

4. Are quartz countertops really cheaper than granite?

Again, sorry for the vague answer, but the truth is it depends on the individual job specifications. While the most inexpensive quartz counters are generally cheaper than granite, quartz’s price range is wider than that of granite.

As a result, the most expensive quartz countertops can exceed the price of high-end granite by a noticeable margin. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into with your countertop purchase, and don’t assume that quartz is always cheaper than granite – it’s not.

5. It’s all about your personal preference.

Granite vs. quartz is a debate that comes down to your personal taste. If you love the idea of a 100% natural surface in your home and don’t mind a little extra maintenance (and TLC), then granite countertops may be for you. If you want a little more durability, price flexibility (and color flexibility), then you should look into quartz.

Either way, a quality custom kitchen design team will point you in the proper direction and outline all the specifics on price, installation, maintenance and care.

So what’s your take on granite vs. quartz countertops? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League West

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League West

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the National League West – the Rockies, Padres, Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features! In particular, the San Diego Padres have announced a change for 2020 back to a classic gold and brown motif.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official NL West MLB Team Colors

Arizona Diamondbacks

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Arizona Diamondbacks

Sonoran Sand (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7500
  • HEX: #E3D4AD

Sedona Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 201
  • HEX: #A71930

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Black 6 C
  • HEX: #000000

Colorado Rockies

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Colorado Rockies

Rockies Purple (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2685
  • HEX: #33006F

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Midnight Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Process Black
  • HEX: #000000

Los Angeles Dodgers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Los Angeles Dodgers LA Dodgers

Dodger Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 294
  • HEX: #005a9c

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 429
  • HEX: #A5ACAF

Bright Red (Text Logo Trim)

  • PANTONE 032
  • HEX: #EF3E42

San Diego Padres *NEW for 2020*

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex San Diego Padres NEW

*NEW* Classic Padres Brown (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2479
  • HEX: #3E342F

*NEW* Classic Padres Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 123
  • HEX: #FFC425

San Francisco Giants

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex San Francisco Giants

Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 165
  • HEX: #FD5A1E

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Process Black
  • HEX: #000000

Beige (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 155
  • HEX: #EFD19F

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League West

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League West

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the American League West – the Angels, Astros, Athletics, Mariners and Rangers. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official AL West MLB Team Colors

Houston Astros

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Houston Astros

Navy Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 648
  • HEX: #002D62

Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 158
  • HEX: #EB6E1F

Light Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 1495
  • HEX: #F4911E

Los Angeles Angels

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Los Angeles Angels

Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 200
  • HEX: #BA0021

Maroon (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 202
  • HEX: #862633

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Oakland Athletics (Oakland A’s)

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Oakland A's Oakland Athletics

Dark Green (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 547
  • HEX: #003831

Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7409
  • HEX: #EFB21E

Light Gray (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 429
  • HEX: #A2AAAD

Seattle Mariners

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Seattle Mariners

Northwest Green (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7721
  • HEX: #005C5C

Dark Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 540
  • HEX: #0C2C56

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

Texas Rangers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Texas Rangers

Royal Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 288
  • HEX: #003278


Bright Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 186
  • HEX: #C0111F

White (Uniform & Logo)

  • HEX: #FFFFFF

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League Central

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | National League Central

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the National League Central – the Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and Reds. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official NL Central MLB Team Colors

Chicago Cubs

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Chicago Cubs

Cubs Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 287
  • HEX: #0E3386

Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 1797
  • HEX: #CC3433

White (Uniform & Logo)

  • HEX: #FFFFFF

Cincinnati Reds

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 3546
  • HEX: #C6011F

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Process Black
  • HEX: #000000

White (Uniform & Logo)

  • HEX: #FFFFFF

Milwaukee Brewers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers Navy (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2767
  • HEX: #0F274A

Brewers Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 123
  • HEX: #FEC52E

Brewers Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 293
  • HEX: #1C4599

Pittsburgh Pirates

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Pittsburgh Pirates

Black (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Black 3
  • HEX: #27251F

Pirates Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 1235
  • HEX: #FDB827

St. Louis Cardinals

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex St Louis Cardinals

Cardinal Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 193
  • HEX: #C41E3A


Navy Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 289
  • HEX: #0C2340

Yellow (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 108
  • HEX: #FEDB00

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League Central

2020 Official MLB Team Colors | American League Central

Will there be a Major League Baseball season in 2020? At the time we’re writing this, we can’t be sure. But baseball in any form in 2020 will bring about a feeling of normalcy. There’s something familiar and comfortable about a warm summer night, nine innings of baseball, a hot dog and a cold drink. Obviously, we’re in the midst of some pretty difficult and unpredictable times during the COVID-19 pandemic – whether or not you think baseball should be played this year, it’d be nice if it could be.

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex

How can you show your team pride during 2020 while Major League Baseball’s short-term future is in doubt? Do you know your favorite baseball’s teams official colors – and if so, do you know how to find them exactly?

We have all the official 2020 MLB color codes for Pantone (the world’s foremost color matching system) and HEX (a resource you can use in graphic and online design to match colors more effectively). This article focuses on the American League Central – the White Sox, Indians, Tigers, Royals and Twins. The rest of your favorite MLB teams will be covered in other features!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect MLB team color for your graphic design, or the perfect color of paint, decor or textiles for your interior or home design, this is the resource you need to bring your baseball fandom to life in your designs!

2020 Official AL Central MLB Team Colors

Chicago White Sox

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Chicago White Sox

Black(Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE Black 3 C
  • HEX: #27251F

Silver (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 5455
  • HEX: #C4CED4

White (Uniform & Logo)

  • HEX: #FFFFFF

Cleveland Indians

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Cleveland Indians

Navy Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 289
  • HEX: #0C2340

Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 1788
  • HEX: #E31937

Detroit Tigers

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Detroit Tigers

Navy Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 289
  • HEX: #0C2340

Orange (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 172
  • HEX: #FA4616

Kansas City Royals

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Kansas City Royals

Royals Blue (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 2186
  • HEX: #004687

Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 7562
  • HEX: #BD9B60

Minnesota Twins

Official 2020 team colors, MLB Major League Baseball Pantone Hex Minnesota Twins

Twins Navy (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 648
  • HEX: #002B5C

Scarlet Red (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 193
  • HEX: #D31145

Twins Gold (Uniform & Logo)

  • PANTONE 465
  • HEX: #B9975B