USA Kitchen Tour: The South

From biscuits and gravy to pecan pie, Southern food is all about comfort. Southern meals have an appealing, down-to-earth presentation that makes you feel right at home. After all, they call it Southern hospitality for a reason. It’s also no secret that Southerners love their fried food. It may not be great for the waistline, but it’s so good for the soul! These three dishes … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: The South

USA Kitchen Tour: The Southwest

Southwestern cuisine is a fusion of Mexican, Native American, Spanish, and American Old West flavors and influences. Three ingredients define Southwestern cuisine — corn, beans, and chiles. The popularity of chiles in the Southwest is why this cuisine is often so spicy. If you’re not careful, your mouth could catch on fire! These three dishes are staples of Southwestern cuisine, and you can easily prepare … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: The Southwest

USA Kitchen Tour: The West Coast

From Alaska down to Southern California, the West Coast is brimming with delectable cuisine. Whether it’s Baja-style Mexican food or seafood straight from the Pacific Ocean, West Coast cuisine emphasizes fresh, simple preparation using local and sustainably sourced ingredients. These three dishes are among the favorites at restaurants up and down the West Coast. Give these recipes a try and enjoy them on your outdoor … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: The West Coast

USA Kitchen Tour: Hawaii

Hawaiian cuisine is a blend of ingredients and cultures. The Hawaiian islands were first home to indigenous Polynesians. When they settled on the islands, they ate what was available to them, which consisted mainly of sweet potatoes, pork, and seafood. As time went on, immigrants from Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Portugal, and other countries came to the islands, bringing their gastronomic sensibilities. In fact, Spam … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: Hawaii

USA Kitchen Tour: New England

When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, they brought many changes to what we now know as America. But one thing that often gets overlooked is their influence on food, particularly New England cuisine. Since the Pilgrims were situated along the coast and relied on raising cattle, seafood and dairy products remain cornerstones of New England cuisine. Also, they were fond of baking … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: New England

USA Kitchen Tour: The Midwest

The foods of the Midwest are considered hearty and straightforward. If you ever travel through the heartland, you’re bound to find simple dishes like casseroles, stews, and sandwiches. Plus, there’s almost always a good helping of dairy and carbs in every meal.  These three dishes are staples of Midwestern cuisine, and you can easily prepare these recipes in the comfort of your own kitchen: Scalloped … Continue reading USA Kitchen Tour: The Midwest

Outdoor Furniture Ideas for the New Homeowner

After years spent learning about mortgage rates, saving for a down payment, and dreaming of homeownership, you’ve officially closed on your first house. Now that you have finally purchased your forever home, you can finally get quality outdoor furniture for your outdoor space.  Because your home’s patio is larger than the small balcony in your former rental, you have the opportunity to create a true … Continue reading Outdoor Furniture Ideas for the New Homeowner

Choosing Outdoor Furniture for Your Beach House

You’ve poured your passion into finding your new beach house. At long last, the sale is final, and the construction work is complete. You can’t wait to invite friends and family over to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay from your new getaway. However, the final details are just as important as the big picture. If you rush into buying furniture for your beach … Continue reading Choosing Outdoor Furniture for Your Beach House

Outdoor Table Decoration Perfection

When we’re styling our dining photos we like to pretend we’re actually throwing a backyard get-together. We think about how many people will be attending, will we be serving a meal or just appetizers, cloth napkins or paper? There are so many options when you’re pulling a table together (real or pretend!).To help you with your own gatherings, we’ve compiled our favorite tips for setting … Continue reading Outdoor Table Decoration Perfection

Creating a Multi-Use Outdoor Room

When you move into a home with a small backyard or patio the limited space demands creativity and clarity. When you must stick to one use for a space, the task of designing your outdoor area is straightforward.But if you’ve relocated to a home with a sprawling back deck or a sizeable outdoor room the freedom to choose more than one furniture set can be … Continue reading Creating a Multi-Use Outdoor Room