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Today’s Kitchen: Inviting & Functional

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Every element in this kitchen was carefully selected to complement the complete design. The floor’s stone-like pattern echoes the lighter tones in the granite. The cabinets with their warm cream finish and light glaze also present those gold tones that warm the room. This is an increasingly popular look for today – simple style that still pays attention to details.

The most popular appliance finish choice is still stainless. Its ease of use – particularly with the range – combines with the look of a professional kitchen and has a strong appeal for serious cooks. Some are choosing to use doors that match the cabinets for larger elements in the room such as the refrigerator/freezer. Stainless refrigerator doors also often collect fingerprints from the family.

Granite countertops are still popular. They demonstrate a versatility and beauty that still works today. But take the time to investigate the other manmade solid surface options. These often combine a beauty of design with an easily-maintained style.

A relatively recent trend replaces lower cabinets with banks of drawers. With movable dividers, these drawers can handle anything from your big soup pot to your favorite set of dishes. Everything is easily visible and accessible, and most cooks find this option much more space-efficient.

Are you ready for a new kitchen? Before you make your final decisions, take the time to explore some of the many improvements in kitchen design and options over the last few years. You may be amazed at the potential for your kitchen in terms of both style and functionality.

Thanksgiving Recipe: Baked Mac & Cheese

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Thanksgiving

This time next week, we’ll all be spending time with our family and friends on Thanksgiving Day! Here at Century Tile, we thought we’d share one of our favorite side dishes with you for this special occasion. We hope you chose to cook and and enjoy! If you do, let us know what you think! Happy holidays!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.