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August 2019

How to Design the Perfect Bathroom

By MiaCucina SoFla

Home improvements can present quite the challenge – especially when it involves one of the most important rooms of your home! Beauty, functionality and efficiency are absolute requirements. Whether you are remodeling an existing bathroom or designing a brand new one, here are a few noteworthy things to consider when trying to make the most of your space.

Windows

Ventilation is one of the most important things to consider when remodeling or designing your new bathroom. While a good ventilation fan will certainly help with humidity, natural ventilation and light is more effective for the elimination of mildew and to freshen the air. Windows are also more energy efficient since electric lights won’t be needed during the daylight hours. Aesthetically, they make a room look and feel larger, and with so many styles, windows will add substantially to the design and ambiance you’d like to achieve. Partner with a MiaCucina design and sales rep to find the solution that’s perfect for your vision

Cabinets

Storage is one of the most important yet widely disregarded features of a great bathroom. This is often because bathrooms tend to be smaller rooms and we don’t want to add bulky cabinetry that will make it look crammed and even smaller. Recessed cabinets are a perfect solution that give your bathroom a clean and modern look without compromising storage space or square footage.

Lighting

Since we don’t usually get a whole lot of natural light in most bathrooms, great additional lighting is a necessity for both beauty and function. From dimmers to set the mood for a relaxing bath to mirrors with integrated lighting to illuminate your face while grooming, adequate lighting is vital for each part of your bathroom routine. Check out some great examples here.

Hidden Toilet Tanks

There are multiple benefits that come with a hidden toilet tank. The design itself can save space and fits especially well in both modern and contemporary style bathrooms. Certain low-flow models of hidden toilet tanks can also help save water each time you flush, making this a smart and eco-friendly choice.

What does the perfect design look like?

A new bathroom design or remodel should always make your bathroom more beautiful, more efficient and more functional than before. When designing a bathroom, we all have to consider the same essentials, it’s what you choose to compliment your style and how it’s executed to achieve your vision that makes a bathroom ‘perfect’ for you and your home. Ready to design your perfect bathroom? Contact MiaCucina to get started today.

 

Delicious Endless Summer Recipes

By MiaCucina SoFla

Delicious Endless Summer Recipes
Summer’s not over yet, whether you are hosting a party, cooking for your family or preparing a menu for your date night, beat the heat with these mouth-watering recipes that are simple to make yet sure to impress.
Spicy Lemon Chicken Kabobs
Summertime is grill time! These savory chicken kabob appetizers are made with marinated chicken, a colorful array of fresh summer vegetables of your choosing and have a nice little lemony-pepper kick at the end. These are a perfect start to your next casual dinner party.

Photo and recipe by Taste of Home

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min

Ingredients:
• ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 3 tablespoons white whine
• 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
• 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
• 2 medium lemons, halved
• Minced chives
• Veggies of your choice

Directions
1. Combine your lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, wine, red pepper flakes and rosemary. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate up to 3 hours.
2. Drain chicken and discard the marinade. Thread chicken and veggies of your choice onto 6 metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered over medium heat until no longer pink, turning once, 10-15 minutes.
3. Place your lemons on the grill, cut side down. Grill until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Squeeze lemon halves over the chicken, drizzle with remaining old and sprinkle with chives.

Pork Chops with Celery and Almond Salad

Channel your inner chef and wow your guests from your own kitchen with this recipe that is bursting with flavor! Rich and buttery pork is balanced by light, crispy and delicious salad. If you are looking for the perfect summer recipe, this is it.

Photo by Alex Lau, Recipe by Adam Rapoport

Prep time: 10-15 min
Cook time: 15-20 min

Ingredients:
• ¼ cup of dried unsweetened cranberries
• 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
• 2 1 ½ inch thick bone-in pork rib chop (about 1 pound each), patted dry
• Kosher salt
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive old, divided
• 3 sprigs thyme
• 3 garlic cloves, smashed
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
• 1 small shallot, finely chopped
• 6 large or 8 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal
• ½ cup parsley leaves with tender stems
• 1-ounce Parmesan, shaved

Directions
1. Combine cranberries and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Season pork generously with salt and then rub with 1 tablespoon of oil.
3. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium and cook pork chops while moving once or twice to hotter areas of the skillet until the first side is deeply browned, about 6-9 minutes.
4. Turn pork chops and cook until second sides are browned, about 5 more minutes.
5. Working one at a time, set chops on fatty side with tongs to melt and brown fat cap, about 1 minute each. At this point, an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each chop should register 135 degrees.
6. Add thyme, garlic and butter to skillet and swirl to melt butter. Tilt skillet towards you so butter pools in the pan and spoon foaming butter over chops continuously until butter is browned, about 1 minute. Transfer pork chips, thyme and garlic to a cutting board and let meat rest while you assemble the salad.
7. Combine shallot and a couple of pinches of salt in a large bowl. Pour vinegar from reserved cranberries into bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons of oil.
8. Add cranberries, celery, parsley almonds, parmesan, and several pinches of salt. Toss to combine.
9. Cut along bones to remove meat from pork chops. Slice meat ½ inch thick.
10. Transfer meat and bones to a platter along with garlic and thyme, then drizzle any accumulated juices left on cutting board over top. Serve with salad.

Blueberry-Pecan Galette

Finish off in style with this tender, flaky and perfectly sweet dessert is truly a summer treat! Easy yet elegant, this blueberry-pecan galette will be the grand finale your meal needs!

Photo by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott, Recipe by Rachael Coyle

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
Dough
• ½ cup pecans
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Filling and Assembly
• 12 ounces of blueberries (about 2 cups)
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• ¼ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
• All-purpose flour (for surface)
• 2 tablespoons milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream
Directions:
Dough:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until fragrant and slightly darkened, 10–15 minutes; let cool. Pulse pecans in a food processor until the consistency of coarse meal. Add flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and pulse just to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces remaining.
2. Transfer to a large bowl; drizzle with 4 Tbsp. ice water and mix, adding another tablespoonful of water if needed, just until mixture comes together. Gently pat dough into a 6″-diameter disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.

*Dough can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled or freeze up to 1 month.

Filling and Assembly:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice, and ¼ cup of sugar in a large bowl.
2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round. Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Mound blueberries in center of dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges, over, overlapping slightly. Brush dough with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
3. Bake palette until crust is dark golden brown and filling is bubbling, 45-50 minutes. Let cool before serving.

*Galette can be baked 1 day ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

Cooking this summer should be a breeze, especially in your own kitchen! With these delightfully easy summer recipes, you’ll be sure to wow anyone coming over for dinner!

4 Qualities of a Great Kitchen

By MiaCucina SoFla

The Kitchen is where your day begins and also where it ends. It is the center of your home, where you and your loved ones will gather and bond. These small treasures make it the most important room in your home. When you have decided to remodel, it is crucial that you have a team of experts in your corner (or kitchen) to bring your dream to life. No matter your style, here are 4 qualities of a truly great kitchen design.

  1. Living Space

Cooking, preparing food, sitting down for dinner or hosting a party all require plenty of space to move around. Whether you are designing the kitchen in your brand new bachelor pad or remodeling for your growing family, you want to be sure you have enough space for at least three people to move around without feeling cramped. While the space needed to entertain will depend on your lifestyle, you want to have plenty of room for preparation regardless of your party plans. Check out some of these spectacular and spacious designs.

  1. Preparation Space

When looking through photo galleries for new kitchen inspiration, it is easy to get distracted by beauty and forget about functionality. Depending on your lifestyle and family size, counter space can be a life saver. Consider food preparation when deciding how much counter space you need. Can you have three people comfortably set up at different preparation stations? Remember that a great kitchen set up will have enough room for the counter tops to serve many purposes. Take a look at the functionality and subtle elegance Modulnova has to offer.

  1. Plenty of Storage

Ample space to store all of your silverware, plates, glasses, serving platters, appliances and dry goods should be available in your new kitchen. When considering different designs, also remember that you will want all of your kitchen areas (not just your countertops) to be easy to reach and easy to clean.  A lot of beautiful modern and contemporary designs don’t include realistic storage space. Luckily, ours do.

  1. Great Lighting

What’s a great kitchen without equally great lighting? The lighting you choose for your new kitchen should take care of a few different things. Firstly, you want overhead light to brighten the whole room. Secondly, you want task lighting so you can see what you are doing when you are preparing food for dinner or working on a presentation for your meeting tomorrow. Last but certainly not least, you should also have lights that accent those beautiful dream-kitchen worthy designs!

We know it’s a bit tough to remember all of these things when so much remodeling preparation is involved. The good news is that at MiaCucina, we take care of all of this for you. Our designers and architects will work with you to create a kitchen that is unique to you and your space, then expertly deliver and install your selections. Our promise to you is unwavering style, quality and dependability in each and every step of your journey with us.