Often called sunchokes, these knobby looking tubers have the crisp texture of water chestnuts and offer a nutty flavor that is a wonderful alternative to potatoes. You can purchase small tubers from specialty stores and plant them in early spring in well-drained soil with a PH of about 7.0. They are usually ready for harvest after the first frost in late fall. Scrub and roast them like potatoes with a little garlic and chili oil for a taste treat.
Native to the Mediterranean, artichoke is a perennial in Zones 10-11 and sometimes overwinters in Zones 8-9. Elsewhere, it’s an annual and needs a long growing season to pump out those tasty buds. Slugs go after young plants, and aphids and earwigs attack at the later growing stages. Consistent watering is key to plump, tasty buds.
Three is not a crowd in this flavorful assortment of hummus. Using the same base for all three makes this an easy way to create variety. Just stir in different toppings right before serving. Whether your guests like their dip spicy, earthy or traditional, there will be something for everyone.
Stuffed mushrooms are a crowd pleaser at any get together. These artichoke and cheese stuffed mushrooms are an easy and delicious version to impress your guests with. Plus they can sit alone allowing you to create a decorative and inviting display.
Carry the centerpiece onto the plates with edible garnishes. An artichoke can make a great holder for a place card. Grapes and figs provide a little appetizer or even a healthy dessert. Tip: Keep a nutcracker and a bowl for shells on the table, so guests can sample the variety of nuts scattered on the table.
In the old space, the old sink was a stand alone vanity, not leaving any space for other appliances. With the new cabinets and sink, the Kitchen Cousins were able to put a new built-in dishwasher for the Grahams. This is a huge addition to the new kitchen. There was always room for a dishwasher, but no place to put one till now. As seen on HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins."
While the bottom of the island and the surrounding lower cabinets have a deep charcoal gray color with a wood grain look, the upper cabinets have a white linen finish that keeps things light. “I didn’t want to create a dark kitchen, but I wanted some depth,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “By keeping the darker finish below, it anchors the room visually and then adding the contrasting white up top keeps the room from darkening.”
This view of the back of the island and sink area highlights the good traffic flow around the island and the designated work zones of the kitchen, so more than one person can cook at a time and guests can comfortably visit with the cook while meals are being made.