Katherine’s Kitchen: Deconstructed Egg Roll

Deconstructed Egg Roll

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork (can use chicken or turkey)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 6 green onions (white and light green parts, minced and the darker green parts chopped)
  • 1 14 oz bag of coleslaw mix
  • ¼ Cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 -2 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 8 oz can of water chestnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large deep skillet heat 1 tsp. sesame oil over medium heat.  Add pork and cook until beginning to brown.  About 7 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, ginger, and white/light green onions and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add entire bag of coleslaw mix, soy sauce, mirin, and Sriracha and gently toss together.  Sauté for another 10 minutes or so until the cabbage cooks down and the sauce thickens (This did not make a lot of sauces so you may want to double the ingredients for the sauce).
  4. Create a little well in the pan and add the eggs, and lightly scramble by stirring them around
  5. Add water chestnuts, remaining sesame oil and combine until everything is incorporated.
  6. Can server over rice and top with chopped green onions and crispy wonton strips.

Recipe by Siri Daly (found on the Today Show)

Katherine’s Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Lime Kicking Dip

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Chunky Salsa
  • ½ Cup Corona beer
  • 1 Tbsp. lime
  • 1 – 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • Hot Sauce to taste
  • Cilantro to garnish

Directions:

Blend Cheddar Cheese, cream cheese, salsa, beer, lime juice and garlic in blender or food processor until smooth.  Add hot sauce to taste.  Blend again and garnish with Cilantro.  Serve with chips or fresh veggies.

Compliments of: Corona and Pace Salsa

Drink:  Beergarita

Beergarita Slushies Recipe - Tablespoon.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 Coronas
  • 1 container of frozen lime aide (do not thaw)
  • 1 Cup Tequila

Directions:

Mix all together and pour into a chilled margarita glass.  May want to make more, as these go fast!

 

Katherine’s Kitchen: Garden Medley Quiche

Serving Size: Makes 2 Quiches

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs
  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ Cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 Cups Cottage Cheese (I know it sounds weird but this is so good)
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeeze dry
  • ½ Yellow or Green Pepper, chopped
  • ½ Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 12 oz Swiss Cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine eggs, flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, butter and 1 cup of cottage cheese.  Blend well.
  3. Pour mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining cottage cheese, spinach, peppers, scallions, and Swiss Cheese.  Mix thoroughly.  Divide mixture between two greased 10-inch pie pans.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes, until set.

Credit: New England Today Magazine

Katherine’s Kitchen: Cheesy Quinoa Sausage Balls

This dish is great for appetizers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Cooked Quinoa, chilled
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 oz. reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 lb reduced-fat pork sausage (Jimmy Dean is a good one to use)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all the ingredients. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls.
  3. Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet that is coated with cooking spray.
  4. Cook for 18 minutes or until slightly browned.

Note: can freeze cooked meatballs and serve at a later day.  Just thaw and reheat.

Recipe By: Katherine Adams

Katherine’s Kitchen: Saint-Tropez Chicken

Saint-Tropez Chicken

This has to marinate overnight.

Ingredients:

10 chicken pieces – I use chicken thigh and drumsticks with skin on and bone in.
1 lemon, juice of
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup red wine or white wine
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon dried herbs (lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano)  HERBS de Provence are good
1-2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
lemon slices (optional)

Makes 4-6 servings

Directions:
Place chicken pieces into a large freezer bag; squeeze lemon juice into a bowl, add olive oil, honey and wine; stir until honey is dissolved and pour mixture into the bag with the chicken, then add garlic and herbs to bag; smush things around well then place bag in a dish and refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 325 degrees; put chicken, skin side up, into a roasting pan with the marinade; cover pan tightly with foil and cook for 2 hours, then remove foil and turn up oven to 425 degrees and cook for another 15-25 minutes, or until chicken skin is browned- watch it carefully as the honey in the marinade can make it burn quickly.

Place chicken onto a warmed platter; spoon off excess fat from the cooking liquid left in the pan and place the pan onto a burner over medium heat.

To make the sauce, scrape any concentrated bits from the pan’s surface and add 1/2 water to dilute; stir until golden brown and pour over chicken.

Garnish with parsley and lemon slices, if desired.

Note:  I personally do not make the sauce or use the lemons.   This will fall off the bone.  My favorite chicken dish.

Credit:  Nigella Lawson

The Color Trends for 2020

As we approach the last two months of 2019, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020 (if you haven’t started already!). A hot topic in the design industry as the new year quickly approaches is always, “What are the color trends going to be?”

In the past, we saw neutral tones dominate and then we saw bright colors dominate. In 2020, we will be seeing both. Based on the colors of Milan Design Week, these are the colors that we will be seeing in 2020 along with some PierPoint examples of each color.

Champagne

Fitting into the neutral tones for 2020 is “Champagne.” This color is a great base for all other colors predicted to be trends in the upcoming year.

Our example:

Lemon Yellow

Sprucing up the color wheel for 2020 is “Lemon Yellow.” Whether you use this color for a pillow or for an entire couch, it will light up your space and ensure that it stands out.

Our example:

Pumpkin Red

A combination of neutral and vibrant, “Pumpkin Red” has a comfortable aura to it. It could remind your guests of the changing seasons of your city or be combined with wood tones to create a den-like room. 

Our example:

Fuscia

It is rare that we see Fuscia in hotel color schemes; however, like Lemon Yellow, it is a statement color that your guests will remember. It is excellent for lighting up a room.

Our example:

Sky Blue

While blues are often used in many color schemes, 2020 is the year for “Sky Blue.” Lighter than other blues, it creates an airy and calming feel for your guests.

Our example:

Olive Green

After seeing this shade take over the fashion industry, it was no surprise that this color made its way to hotel design. Olive Green can be combined with other earthy tones to create a comfortable atmosphere.

Our example:

Burnt Orange

Similar to Pumpkin Red, Burnt Orange falls into the Autumn colors, thus creating a comfortable atmosphere for your guests. If your city is notorious for the changing leaves as the seasons change, Burnt Orange is a great way to showcase it through your design.

Our example:

https://pierpointusa.com/product/fabrics/walking-on-sunshine/

Light Purple

Similar to the Sky Blue, Light Purple is an airy color that can bring a calming aura to the room. It can be combined with other airy colors, such as white and light grey.

Our example:

Many colors that we see for 2020 are comfortable and calming while a few are bright and exciting. This goes to show that the goal of hotel design is meant to be noticed. We are straying away from neutral tones and incorporating real colors.

Feeling inspired? Click any of the textile images above to inquire about incorporating them into your design!

How Millennials Are Influencing Hotel Design

It is no secret that the Millennials are influencing the way that hotels are creating their spaces. They are the up-and-coming travelers, so it is vital for hotels to appeal to their wants and needs.

So, how do designers know how to make these spaces appeal to these generations? The simple answer: Instagram.

With a mere scroll through Instagram, designers and hoteliers can see what type of aesthetic is catching the eyes of the top Instagram influencers. One of the common themes that we see in the Millennial generation is the want for an immersive experience. Millennials view traveling as a way to develop their identity, and they develop this identity by interacting with the local culture. When hotels incorporate the local culture into the public spaces, millennials connect with the space and the hotel itself even more.

Bring in the Locals

One of the ways that hotels are incorporating the local culture into the hotel is by bringing the local people to the hotel. One of our projects, the JW Marriott in Austin, TX, has the Burger Bar and the Edge Rooftop Bar, which encourages the locals to come to the hotel and enjoy food, drinks, and views of the city.

JW Marriott Burger Bar - Millennials

Source: The Burger Bar | JW Marriott, Austin, TX

Bring in the City

Another way hotels are incorporating the local culture is by capturing the local aesthetic of the city in which they are located. One of our other projects, The Tennessean Hotel in Knoxville, TN, utilizes the Tennessee River within the design of the hotel. Each floor is named after rivers within Tennessee and the headboards of the beds within the rooms are actual river maps. Through combining Southern hospitality with a luxury hotel experience, Millennials can truly immerse themselves into the Tennessee culture at this hotel.

The Tennessean - Millennials

Source: THE TENNESSEAN Hotel

Bring in Instagram

A few other notable ways to draw millennials into a hotel’s public space is through creating an “Instagrammable Space.” Through the incorporation of accessories, textiles and rugs, you can create a corner that draws in your guests and encourages them to post. After all, Influencer Marketing is the new wave of advertising. Going beyond hotels, the café Sketch located in London, UK, is one of the most “Instagrammed” cafés in London. They utilize vibrant colors and bright accessories in one of their afternoon tea spaces. By doing so, Sketch London puts a modern twist on a traditional pastime, which is exactly what Millennials want.

Sketch London - Millennials

Source: Sketch London

Looking to create a common space that appeals to the upcoming generations? Contact us today or browse through our accessories, textiles and area rugs at https://pierpointusa.com/.

 

A Killer Hotel Aesthetic Has Taken Search Priority For Travelers. Here’s Why

Having an Instagrammable hotel aesthetic has become a priority for travelers in recent years. Here’s why it’s a more desired feature than ever before.

There are many working elements that go into maintaining a profitable hotel. The layout and design of the hotel must be purposeful, meanwhile, the entire operation must run on a smooth schedule in order to meet the needs of both the guests and the staff. Lacking in even one of these areas could negatively impact your hotel’s bottom line. But a persuasive hotel aesthetic could carry a lot of weight in your guests’ perception. Here’s why:

Decisions Are Influenced By Look & Location

Think about the last time you or a family member booked a hotel. The first step is ensuring that your hotel is in an ideal location for your stay. Once you’ve narrowed your options to a particular vicinity is when you begin to look at which hotel offers the experience you’re hoping to have. 

Because of today’s digital culture, photographable hotel aesthetic has become a highly desired feat. From arrival to check-in, consumers want to feel like the entire visit is an adventure worth paying for. And that starts with thoughtful interior design elements that offer a unique experience. 

 

Great Customer Service Is To Be Expected 

Hotel Aesthetic

The hospitality industry takes great pride in its guest-first mentality. Because they are in the business to ensure guests are taken care of, positive customer service has become expected.

It’s no longer a prioritized feature people search for when vacationing because they’d rather achieve a luxury experience and they assume they’ll get the best of both worlds.  

Modern hotel aesthetic has raised the bar for hotels and resorts across the world. If you’ve yet to update your space to meet the needs and expectations of current travelers, you may have a huge area of opportunity to increase your asset value. 

The time is now to renovate your hotel aesthetic to provide an experience that guests crave and appreciate. And we can help. If you have an idea in mind for design elements, we’d be happy to bring them to life. Contact us today to get started!

The 3-Step Process To Creating An Authentic Custom Rug Design

Are you tired of shopping for an area rug when you know you’d rather design it yourself? With our help, you can concept a custom rug design for all your hospitality endeavors.

You Design It 

Are you ever shopping for that special area rug but can’t seem to find the exact style you’re looking for? There are a myriad of store options, but none have all the desired elements you were hoping they’d have to fit your space. Gone are the days of settling for area rugs and accessories you don’t love. This is why we do what we do.

As a custom manufacturing company, we allow our customers to have complete control over the design process. Once you have a vision for a rug, it’s our job to bring that vision to life. You decide the colors, the materials, the shape and the overall look to meet your expectations. We’ll help you every step of the way by mocking up products and collaborating to ensure the final product is exactly what you imagined. 

We Create It 

Custom Rug DesignOnce we’ve finalized your custom rug design, it’s up to us to bring the idea into fruition. We have long-time overseas manufacturing relationships to help us develop quality products in an efficient manner at value pricing. 

We have offices in Orlando, Shanghai and Cebu. Our network of factories are located throughout China, India, Turkey and the U.S. However, we have representatives across the globe to help you with any questions, comments or concerns. 

Your Guests Love It 

The best part about your custom rug design is that it’s yours and no other establishment will have it. By creating one-of-a-kind decor, you’re also giving guests a one-of-a-kind experience they can’t get anywhere else. Nowadays, people often choose their hotel destination based upon aesthetics and the way the environment makes them feel. And what better way to give them a unique experience than by filling your hotel with custom decor that celebrates art and creativity?

If you’re looking for a custom rug design, you’ve come to the right place! You can locate one of our reps to serve your area or you can contact us today to get started. We look forward to bringing your design visions to life!

4 Hotel Interior Design Trends To Look Out For In 2019

The hospitality industry is always evolving to provide a bigger, better consumer experience and consumers are expecting the most. If you don’t adapt to meet the hotel interior design expectations that have been set, you could lose business. 

Here are four design trends worth implementing:

1. Mixing Elements 

Over the years, we’ve seen more and more hybrids of design that have become a norm in the hospitality industry. From mixing industrial elements with patterns, there’s an apparent shift in the market that implies anything goes– as long as it goes well. 

Hotel Interior DesignMost boutique hotels have made the move toward a more modern, minimalistic experience that seems to be a fan favorite. 

2. Implementing Nature 

You’ve likely seen ivy-covered walls and plants hanging from the ceiling. A key hotel interior design trend includes the combination of plants and earthy materials to portray an inviting, peaceful environment. 

The use of refurbished wood and other natural elements have a genuine raw beauty to them that make guests feel comfortable. And when guests feel comfortable, the chances of them returning to the space that makes them feel that way are likely.

3. Showcasing Authenticity 

Nowadays, consumers are longing for an experience, and hoteliers are looking to provide a sense of community. The only way to accomplish the two is by ensuring the quality of the guest experience is so unique and authentic that they won’t choose to go elsewhere. 

By implementing one-of-a-kind accessories and quirky boutique elements, you’re guaranteeing an experience they won’t get anywhere else. Great customer service and five-star accommodations are still key factors, but authenticity holds weight.

4. Providing A Home Away From Home 

The most important trend we’ve seen has to be the replication of residential elements in hotel interior design. When consumers travel often, they crave an experience that reminds them of home. 

This can include useful products, like phone charging stations and refrigerators, or strategic design elements that make for a homey environment. Either way, you’re making an out-of-home experience that much more special. 

If you’re looking to evolve with the trends and spice up your hotel interior design, we can help you customize one-of-a-kind products to help your business stand apart. Contact us today to get started on your new project!