February Contest: WIN Dinner with a Personal Chef!

February Contest: WIN Dinner with a Personal Chef!

Our February Contest is on now, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Calling all Foodies! You Could WIN a Gourmet Dinner, prepared at your home by Carel Meyburg, Personal Chef ($500 Value).   You could WIN a Valentine’s dinner for up to 4 people, valued at $500, in your very OWN KITCHEN! Imagine a relaxing evening with great company while your personal Chef, Carel, cooks, pours, serves, and does all the dishes. All you have to do is sit back and have fun!  Carel Meyburg is a world-traveling Chef who has learned many different styles of cooking. With over 10 years of industry experience, Carel is currently apprenticing under renowned Chef, Sean Bone. Carel specializes in private fine dining with focus on Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisine. Indeed, Carel’s cooking shows the melody of his travels.  5 easy steps to enter: Click Here! Enter your full name Enter your email address (winner will be contacted by email) LIKE our Facebook page SHARE with your family and friends  Contest ends on February 14, 2017 at NOON and the winner will be publicly announced shortly after.  The lucky winner can select the best suitable evening for him/herself and the Chef to redeem the prize.  Good luck and Bon Appetit!  Contest rules: *Winning recipient is responsible for his/her own beverages. Prize is not transferable, not redeemable for cash. Total of one prize in the contest. Limit one entry per contestant....
Pecan Tassies: The perfect holiday treat!

Pecan Tassies: The perfect holiday treat!

Get into the Christmas spirit with these festive cookies. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! One of my favourite things to do during this magical season is – you guessed it! –  baking. I always love to have tasty treats to give to friends and family. Here is the recipe for one of my favourite Christmas cookies, featuring a festive pecan crunch. They’re so delicious, they will melt in your mouth! Yields 24 cookies, but trust me, they won’t last long!  Pecan Tassies Makes 24 cookies. ½ cup butter, softened 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened 1 cup all purpose flour 1 egg, lightly beaten ¾ cup packed brown sugar 1 Tbsp melted butter ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans Powdered sugar Preheat oven to 325°F. For pastry:  In a medium bowl, beat together butter, cream cheese until combined. Stir in flour. Press 1 rounded teaspoon of the pastry evenly onto the bottoms and up the sides of 24 ungreased 1 ¾” muffin cups. For pecan filling: In a small bowl, combine egg, brown sugar and melted butter. Stir in pecans. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon filling into each pastry-lined muffin cup. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is puffed. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack. Carefully remove from muffin cups; cool completely on wire rack. If desired, sprinkle cookies with powdered...

Countertop Options: Granite Vs. Quartz

One of the most important decisions any homeowner will make regarding a new kitchen installation is regarding their countertops. Your kitchen counters will be utilized as much or more than your appliances, and therefore, the surface material you choose must be and in many cases, timeless. Granite and quartz are both durable and popular materials that many homeowners are choosing simply because of their elegance and high performance. While you may be overwhelmed by the variety available, there are unique differences between the options in granite and quartz that make them very different. Granite is a natural material, coming from a large slab of stone that is extracted from the earth making it an eco-friendly building material. Natural variations in each slab will differ because no two pieces will be exactly alike. Because of its natural striations in the stone, seams can be more evident if your kitchen design has any bends or curves that require cuts. The colours available will vary, from earth tones to greens, pinks and blues. Given that granite is naturally porous, once installed it needs to be sealed with the appropriate sealer. Both granite and quartz are excellent options for kitchen countertops. While some homeowners prefer having a unique natural material such as granite in their home, others may prefer the uniformity of quartz because it is man-made, which means it will always look the same. It is just as high-performing and durable as granite but in some cases, may be a better choice. Seaming in the countertops with quartz is much easier to hide making it more popular in designs with many angles...
Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Hello again! I am trying to accept the fact that summer is behind me and anticipating getting excited about the joys of fall. Looking back at the spring and summer, I’m sure you would agree that this year has been crazy with home sales and lots of people have decided it was the right time to move. If you were one of those who found your new home, congratulations! The excitement of a new place can also include a renovation, specifically, a kitchen renovation, and that is where we come in! If this is you, I wanted to help out with some valuable information that I know you will appreciate. If you are staying in your home sweet home, but decided this is the year to do some upgrades, this is also for you! If you haven’t thought about a kitchen renovation or are on the fence because of the cost, this is for you too! Basically, when thinking about redoing your kitchen, the biggest concern is….cost. It’s like the elephant in the room, but we have to take a good look at it and address it because it never goes away. What happens most of the time is that we start with a budget when planning to renovate, and that really is a great place to start. However, even with the best of intentions, going over budget is a concern for most people. Keeping you inside that budget is what we aim to do. Here at Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms, we respect that everyone has a budget and we will give you a price quote based on that...
One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

The perfect family meal for those busy weeknights! One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce (Adapted from Little Spice Jar) Serves 4-5 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and pepper 1 ½ cup chicken broth 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 ½ Tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil ½ cup finely chopped red onion 3 Tbsp butter ½ cup heavy cream 3 Tbsp chopped parsley (basil is also a nice alternative!) Cut chicken breasts into ½” thickness. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken. In a bowl, combine chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic and red pepper flakes. Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat olive oil in large, oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and allow to brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Don’t worry if chicken isn’t fully cooked as it continues to cook in the oven. Remove chicken to plate. Reduce heat to medium and add the onion and the chicken broth mixture. Using a whisk, scrape the bottom of the pan so all the brown bits are loosened. Let sauce reduce for about 8-10 minutes or until about 1/3 cup of the sauce remains. When sauce has thickened, remove from the flame and add the butter and whisk until it melts completely. With the skillet off the flame, add the cream, whisk to combine. Place the skillet back over the flame for 30 seconds — DO NOT allow the sauce to boil. Remove from heat, add the chicken back into the pan and drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Place the skillet in the oven for...
Grilled Veggie Foil Packs Recipe

Grilled Veggie Foil Packs Recipe

This easy & delicious recipe is perfect with Verona’s Favourite Salmon. For dessert, try our Key Lime Pie…it’s a refreshing summer treat! Hearty Tuscan Parmesan Grilled Veggie Foil Packs 4 zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2 “ slices 3 each red and yellow peppers, cut into ½” strips 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup Kraft Seasoned Grated Parmesan Cheese Classic Italian Heat grill to medium heat. Combine veggies, oil and dressing.  Place half on each of 2 large sheets heavy duty foil. Fold to make 2 packets. Grill 10 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender, turning and gently shaking packets after 5 minutes. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets. Sprinkle veggies with freshly grated parmesan cheese! Serves...
Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Recipe

This delicious key lime pie is the perfect finish for Verona’s Favourite Salmon and Grilled Veggie Foil Packs. It tastes just like summer! Key Lime Pie Crust: 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup sugar 1/3 cup melted butter Mix crumbs and sugar together, then add melted butter and mix. Press into 9” pie plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Filling: 3 cups sweetened condensed milk ½ cup sour cream ¾ cup key lime juice (freshly squeezed about 20 limes-best to buy the juice in a bottle!) 1 Tbsp grated lime zest   Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine condensed mild, sour cream, lime juice and lime zest. Mix well and pour into crumb crust. Bake 5-8 minutes until tiny bubbles burst on surface (I baked mine for 10 minutes) Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and more lime...
Kitchen Storage Solutions!

Kitchen Storage Solutions!

Unique Kitchen Storage Solutions for Summer Hello Summer! It sure has been a long time and I really missed you! Glad to have you back! I think I am speaking for a number of people when I say that! So what can I share with you this summer? I pondered and then I thought about what I really love doing: organizing. Is that a bit weird? Nerdy perhaps? Either way, I love to find solutions to storage problems and isn’t that what a kitchen is all about? Storing what we need and keeping it close at hand for when we need it. So, I would like to share with you some unique storage solutions we have found. Hang on, it’s gonna be a wild ride!!! Most of the time, I find that we have more stuff than cupboard space. Stuffing lots of things in drawers and cupboards is really not the best solution-we still need to be able to find it and get it out of the cupboard without an avalanche to follow! So, obviously, we need to first establish what we need and what we can do without. I have some rules that help determine what to keep and what to let go of: Do you use it? If you have a turkey baster, but are a vegetarian, you probably don’t use it. Do you have more than one? Sometimes this is a good idea-I have two sets of measuring cups and measuring spoons because I tend to be baking or cooking a number of things at once—another weird quirk of mine! If you have three spatulas, perhaps you...
Verona’s Favourite Salmon Recipe

Verona’s Favourite Salmon Recipe

Serve Verona’s Favourite Salmon with Hearty Tuscan Parmesan Grilled Veggies (that you can also do on the BBQ) and a side salad and your summer meal is complete…well, once you add the Key Lime Pie for dessert! Bon appétit!   Verona’s Favourite Salmon 1 salmon fillet 3 Tbsp butter (I use unsalted) 1 ½ tsp seasoning salt 1 tsp granulated garlic 1 tsp dried dill 1 Lemon, cut into thin slices 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed 1 tsp all purpose seasoning Preheat oven to 425°F. Create foil packet for salmon-place salmon inside packet and spread evenly the fresh garlic, then sprinkle with the dried spices. Cut butter into ¼” cubes and spread on top of salmon. Lay a few of the lemon slices on top of the salmon. Close the packet and place on cookie sheet in oven. This also works well on a BBQ by placing the packet on the grill. If possible, try using indirect heat with the BBQ. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check for doneness by using fork to see if salmon flakes and is no longer dark pink inside. Try to cook the salmon “al dente”-do not overcook as it will be dry and this recipe is awesome when not...

4 Steps to Designing a Kitchen You will Love

Designing a kitchen that you will love for years to come can be a daunting task for homeowners. Determining the overall look you want for your kitchen requires some homework and often consultation with an expert. Our kitchen showroom in Langley has everything you need to build or renovate your kitchen or bathroom into the space that you have always wanted. The age of your home can often be easily distinguished by the style and finishes of your kitchen and it can bring the most value to your home when renovated. Choosing colours and finishes that you will be happy with requires careful care and consideration. Here are 5 steps to help you design a kitchen that you will love for years to come: Start collecting photos, materials and finishes that you like. Take the time to do your homework to help you define your personal style. Pinterest and Houzz are two places to start collecting imagery of styles of kitchens, different finishes and inspirational interiors. Find expert advice. If you have an eye for colour and design, then create a moodboard or finishes board to take along with you when you shop. But if you are not savvy in this area, find an expert designer, decorator or kitchen specialist, to help guide you. Consider what you really love. If you love dark brown cabinetry but your designer is telling you that you should go with cream, then consider their advice carefully. You can always hire another expert for a second opinion, which will be less costly than installing a kitchen with finishes that you do not absolutely love,...
The Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner contest is back!

The Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner contest is back!

Fraser Valley Home & Garden Show Contest   We’re delighted to announce our Ultimate Valentine’s Day Contest once again! This has been a much sought after prize! Imagine having Celebrity Chef Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store come to your home and personally prepare a three course dinner for you and up to three friends in the comfort of your own home! No need to drive home or do the dishes!! Stop by our showroom to enter or see us at the Fraser Valley Homeshow at the Tradex February 12th, 13th and 14th. We’ll draw on the 14th and *dinner will happen on Friday February 19th! *We will cater to any dietary requirements Contest is open to all Fraser Valley residents and has no cash value equivalent.   UPDATE! This year’s winner is Rick Heath from Abbotsford. Rick and his wife will be hosting their daughter and son-in-law this Friday evening in the comfort of their own home!...
Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Welcome Spring!

I have waited for so long to feel that wonderful rush of hope for warmer weather, sunshine, green grass, flowers and all the excitement of the new season! And so, like many of you, my excitement turns to the desire to dust off the winter and get a fresh start. If you are thinking this is an article on spring cleaning, well you are in for a surprise-it’s not!!! (I did that article last year!) This year I wanted to focus on a room that works hard to keep us clean, but can be overlooked and sometimes even put in a dark, dreary basement corner. I am speaking about the laundry room! If you guessed correctly, you win a chance to upgrade your laundry room to a new high! Of course, Ken and Sabrina at Elite would be very happy to help you design the perfect laundry room for you! After you are done, you may never want to leave, except to grab a latte and go back for another load of laundry! Enjoy your spring! -Verona Jungling

Some unique ideas for the laundry room are:


Room for Furry Friends

Pet washing station Elevate a tiled area and include a shower wand and you have the perfect place to wash your little four legged friend as soon as he/she comes in from a walk without straining your back! Brilliant! If only I had room for this idea-it would be in my own home faster than my dog! You could also incorporate a kennel or bed for fido to spend more time in here with you as you wash, dry, fold and repeat! If you have extra cupboard space, you can turn it into a comfortable dog bed. Additionally, by using stackable washer/dryer sets, you allow extra space for convenient dog showers. Let’s not forget the felines in your home. Why not incorporate the litter box into a pull out drawer! So easy to clean and accessible to your cat while “shut” and tucked out of sight! A pull-out litterbox in the laundry room ... notch allows cat easy entry, pullout makes cleaning staff happy.

Spaces to Care for Delicate Clothing

Extra drying racks

Saving money and keeping your clothes looking new two great reasons to hang up your clothes rather than throwing them in the dryer.
The Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner Datenight!

The Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner Datenight!

Back by popular demand we’re doing a re-run of our ever so popular Ultimate Valentine’s Datenight Dinner! This year we’ve got our friend and Celebrity Chef Angie Quaale who has agreed to come to the winner’s home and cook them a three course sumptuous 3 course dinner! All in your own kitchen and dining Room – Chef Angie will prepare and serve her own speciality dishes for you. No dishes, no driving home – it’s all taken care of. Just enter via our Facebook page contest or visit us at the Tradex Fraser Valley Home & Garden Show and fill in your ballet....
How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation

Planning a New Kitchen: A Step-by-Step Guide to a kitchen renovation from Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms Okay, so you would like a new kitchen, but where to start? Let’s take a step by step look at starting a kitchen renovation. Beginning with an idea of what you would like to create is a good place to start. But how do you get ideas? This is a pretty big renovation and you want to make sure that it is a good reflection of your style, your home, your family, but it also has to be practical and functional. This is the time to keep your eyes open. Check out magazines for different styles and different features. I clip out what appeals to me and keep it in a file folder or envelope. Some colour choices, a pull-out pantry, garbage and recycling centre, and any other ideas that you would like to incorporate into your kitchen. Start collecting ideas and keeping them together. Next, consider your budget for your new kitchen renovation. Don’t worry if you think it might be too small. Being creative and finding solutions in your budget is what we do quite well. If you visited our booth during February’s Home show at the Tradex in Abbotsford, you would have received a coupon to get $500 in extras if you were spending $10,000. That gives you some extra “wiggle room” for some upgrades. If you mention that you read this in our blog post, we might also extend that offer to you for your kitchen renovation. Who knows? It could work! Obviously, the next thing to do would be to go to the pros....
Spring Clean your Kitchen

Spring Clean your Kitchen

Deep-Clean Your Kitchen without Chemicals It’s finally here! Spring! Time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the glorious spring that only happens in Canada’s balmy west coast! And there it is-the sun! We have been waiting with anxious anticipation to see it again. Shining in through the windows…the streaky, grimy windows…hmmm. Shining and showing me the spots on the counter that I missed cleaning from last night’s supper. Showing me the dust on the dark wood furniture. Showing me that the streak on the wood cabinet door is not the grain, but spaghetti sauce. It’s definitely here, spring cleaning. Not that much fanfare about that. Well, since we have to do something about it, we might as well get it done as efficiently as possible so we can get out and start filling up on Vitamin D!  Okay, we have found some time and are ready to get serious about cleaning in the kitchen. First thing you should know about me is that I hate chemicals. If you have to put on rubber gloves to protect yourself from your cleaning supplies, I just don’t want those in my house. This means I have to find products that will give me a serious clean, because I don’t love cleaning, just a clean house, without the chemicals. So, I go back to a simpler time when the cleaning products literally came from your pantry. And I found that vinegar and baking soda are quite an arsenal! So, here we go! The biggest cleaning project will be the appliances. Let’s start with the fridge. We need to sort through all the...

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