Author: Vicki Payne

A Space of His Own Part 3: Material Selections

Blueprints are the skeleton of a home. It lays out the footprint of the design. How large the house will be how it will be divided into rooms, hallways, foyer, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The “Plans” are comprised of several pages detailing every structural and mechanical detail of the home. The electrical plan, engineering details, foundation, roof, plumbing, doors and window details. Everyone that contributes to the house will use the “Plans” to execute their portion of the project. It’s critical that many of the major materials be selected during the design process. You can change brands, colors and textures...

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Cherry Porter Glazed Duck with Pickled Persimmons

Wood-fired rotisserie duck is the real star here, but the deeply layered glaze and brightly flavored fresh pickles deserve high praises. Tart cherry juice and a rich American porter are reduced with honey and spices for a glaze you’ll want to make over and over again. The persimmons add crunch and a sweet-tart profile for an amazingly well-rounded combination. Servings 4 Ingredients 1 Culver duck, about 5 pounds Kosher salt Freshly-ground black pepper For the pickled persimmons 1 cup filtered water 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup honey 4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 ripe persimmons, thinly sliced on...

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Campfire Harvest Bread Pudding Recipe

Campfire cooking in a Dutch oven is fun for the whole family, whether you are camping or not. Our Harvest Bread Pudding is just one great idea for campfire cooking inside the Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill. This luscious bread pudding is loaded with a harvest of pears, cranberries and walnuts, plus a cinnamon swirl for festive flavor. We lightly toast the bread over the wood fire before making the pudding for extra campfire essence. Servings 6 Ingredients 20 ounces brioche bread, sliced 1-inch thick 2 large eggs 3 egg yolks ¾ cup light brown sugar 1 cup whole milk 3...

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Grilled Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Polenta Recipe

This is the perfect salad to prepare on the Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill, and kale has never tasted so good! Brushed with garlic oil and grilled over a wood fire, it develops earthy flavors as the leaves turn crispy around the edges. Goat cheese polenta is grilled as well, for a delightfully distinctive flavor. Blistered cherry tomatoes and maple vinaigrette add the perfect touch of sweetness. Make the polenta a day in advance so that it is easier to grill. Servings 4 Ingredients For the goat cheese polenta 4 ounces goat’s milk brie, we use Wellspring Creamery 1 cup goat’s...

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A Space of His Own Part 2: The Design Phase

It’s like the car ad, it’s critical I know what you like, what you don’t like and what you need. The design phase of any project is essential to its success. The footprint of the house, how it sits on the lot, its size, shape and features need to be completely finalized long before a shovel hits the ground. Bill and builder discussing the lot and tree removal. It’s hard for homeowners to be patient and work through all the fine details it takes to build a new house. As the Project Manager, it is up to me to...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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