Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer full of cookouts, fireworks, trips to the beach, and a chance to spend with family and friends. But more importantly it is a time to remember and pay honor to those who have died in active military service.


How will you be spending your holiday weekend?

Here in Doylestown we will be attending the oldest Memorial Day Parade in the United States! This year the United Veterans of Doylestown will sponsor the 147th Annual Doylestown Memorial Day Parade. The parade starts at 10:00 AM and leaves from Central Bucks High School West, travels through town, and ends with a ceremony at the cemetery on North Street. The parade features marching bands from all of the local high schools and middle schools, floats from local organizations, veterans, and more. It's a great time with family and gives you the perfect chance to thank a veteran.

Something else that is wonderful to see around our area is the planting of flags on veterans' graves. Did you ever wonder how those flags get there? Local veterans donate hours of time to visit cemeteries to remove old, tattered flags from graves and replace them with new flags.

Thank you to all who have served!


    
Superior Woodcraft is a local custom cabinet maker located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bucatini with Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce



Guest Post by Brenda Kieffer of Kieffer's Appliances


I’ve been on a very low carb diet for 10 months now.  Not that I don’t eat pasta now - I do sometimes splurge, but I am very mindful of when, what, and how.  And it has to be worth it.  That means fresh homemade noodles. Maybe it’s the twirling of the long, thin strands onto the fork or the chewiness of each forkful, but there is something about noodles, lightly coated with a sauce, that makes my mouth water. 


Enter my pasta extruder.


I love playing with this thing.  If you follow me, you may remember that I received this machine last December as a gift.  Guests at my house generally can count on a pasta course as it gives me an excuse to eat pasta; I couldn’t NOT eat what my guests are eating, could I?  

Plus I like to watch the cool shapes come out of my machine.  Here’s a little pictorial history of my most recent pasta entertainment, as well as a great sauce recipe with an interesting technique, using canned tomatoes and just a few other ingredients, courtesy of Bon Appetite. 


I am making Bucatini here…probably my favorite noodle.  Twirly, like spaghetti, but with a bigger heft.  Basically a heavier spaghetti with a hole in the middle.  All the better to soak up that sauce.  It’s ideal for heartier, winter sauces because it can stand up to whatever chunkiness you throw on it. 












Bucatini with Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 anchovy filets, packed in oil OR 1 Tbsp.of anchovy paste (find this tube in the Italian aisle in the grocery store)
  • ¼ c unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 oz. of bucatini
  • Grated parmesan for serving
Directions


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Crush the tomatoes with your hands in a bowl and add the garlic, anchovies (or paste), butter and red pepper flakes.  Pour the mixture into a 13" x 9” baking dish The dish size is important.  Too small and it will not reduce properly.  Too big and it will dry out.
  • Bake, tossing once until the garlic is soft and the mixture is the texture of preserves-35-40 minutes.
  • Using a potato masher, break up the tomatoes and garlic a little bit more.  You can also put the mixture into a food processor and pulse a second or two.  Don’t over process-you want this sauce chunky.
  • Pour this sauce into a large fry pan and keep warm over low heat.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta.  Reserve about ½ C of pasta water.
  • Lift the pasta into the fry pan with the sauce.
  • Add half of the pasta water.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high and cook the pasta for a few minutes to allow the noodles to soak up the sauce.  If it seems to dry, add a bit more pasta water.
  • Serve sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.  Twirl.
Ah, go ahead and use boxed pasta…I won’t tell!


About Brenda Kieffer: Brenda is a certified Chef and is responsible for cooking appliance demos, as well as all store events where food is served. She also teaches at Montgomery County Community College in their Culinary Enthusiast program.


For recipes, restaurant reviews, and more check out Brenda’s Blog at www.kiefferscooks.com


Unfortunately, food doesn’t cook itself.  When you need appliances, contact:


Patrice Gelfant, Showroom by Appointment
patrice@kieffers.com
609-743-0730


Kieffer's Appliances
785 Sumneytown Pike
Lansdale, PA 19446
www.kieffers.com





    
Superior Woodcraft is a local custom cabinet maker located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Superior Woodcraft Recognized by SmartCEO


Recently SuperiorWoodcraft was honored to be recognized by SmartCEO as a successful, growing business that is helping to move America forward.  While Superior Woodcraft is honored by this recognition we accept it on behalf of the entire Superior Woodcraft family, which is comprised of our past and present designers, craftsman and clients.  Success wouldn't be possible without these Superior Woodcraft family members.

Superior Woodcraft also accepts the recognition on behalf of the countless family businesses across America that provide innovation, create opportunities and create the jobs that fuel our economy.

Economic Contribution of 30 Family Businesses Honored by SmartCEO

The SmartCEO Family Business Awards program honors family businesses that make up the backbone of the American economy. More than two thirds of privately held businesses in the U.S. are family-owned firms. They are driving the local and national economy and fueling job growth, but many times they are overshadowed by large public organizations. That’s why SmartCEO is honoring and celebrating the family businesses who are successful, growing and moving America forward.

Michelle Geiger Kennedy accepted this award from SmartCEO in Philadelphia in May 2015.  Like many other family businesses the recognition extends beyond today’s current generation.  It transcends to past generations and creates a legacy for future generations.  This recognition also honors Karl and Sabine Geiger for their work in founding Superior Woodcraft and raising the next generation of leaders for the family business. 




Karl Geiger grew up in war-torn Europe. In search of a better life, he immigrated to the United States. Like most immigrants, he had to learn a new language and new customs to assimilate into a different culture. But this was America – the place where, with enough initiative and hard work, all of this was possible. Karl embraced all that America had to offer and quickly began to pursue his own American dream. He was a dedicated husband and father who worked tirelessly to create a better life and future for his family. Woodworking and cabinetmaking were his art and a natural livelihood, having learned the trade as a young man in Europe. 


Debbie Schaeffer with Team Superior Woodcraft
Presently, Michelle Geiger Kennedy strives to maintain her parent's values for Superior Woodcraft and hopes to pass them on to her own children. Additionally, it was  an honor for Michelle to share and embrace the evening with fellow family business owner Debbie Schaeffer of Mrs. G's Appliances, a third generation woman-owned retailer that was founded in 1935.  Both women have worked  together for many years not only helping to grow and promote their own family businesses, but promoting all local businesses as well.








Superior Woodcraft thanks all of their past and present designers, craftsmen and clients.  We are grateful for the success that you  helped create.  We wish all family owned local business much success and thanks to all of you for helping to move America forward.

Superior Woodcraft brings beauty, utility and harmony into our clients’ homes and lives.

Superior Woodcraft is a local custom cabinet maker located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!




This Sunday we celebrate all of the mothers and mother figures in our lives. What will you be doing for the special women in your life?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Mother's Day -
    





Celebration Ideas for Mother's Day

  • Visit her favorite museum
  • Hire a photographer or good friend for a family photo shoot
  • Spa day!
  • Make something together - pottery painting, canvas painting, or even a cooking class
  • Go to the movies
  • Plant a garden
  • See a play, musical, ballet or live music
  • Visit a zoo, aquarium, or farm
  • Relax at home and let her put her feet up
  • Take a trip to a local town or city and explore

If you are in the Bucks County, PA area, here are some ideas for fun things you could do with mom this weekend:

     Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Mother's Day Birds and Blooms - New Hope, PA

     Mother's Day Family Event at Grounds for Sculpture - Hamilton, NJ

     Mother's Day Brunch Train Ride on the New Hope-Ivyland Railroad - New Hope, PA
    
     See a play at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ

     Stroll through the gardens and maybe get some inspiration for your own at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

     Art appreciation at the inaugural Bucks County ArtFest in Bensalem, PA or at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA

     Go to the ballet at the Academy of Music or see the Chamber Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

     Wine tasting at one of Bucks County's nine wineriesSandcastle Winery will feature a classical music concert in the afternoon.

     Love crafts? The 4th Annual American Artisan Showcase at Byer's Choice in Chalftont, PA
will feature 70 local handcrafters.


No matter how you decide to honor mom on this Mother's Day, we wish all of you
a very Happy Mother's Day!

    

    
Superior Woodcraft is a local custom cabinet maker located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015 Bucks County Designer House and Gardens



Help support the Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown by visiting the 2015 Designer House and Gardens.

 
Villa d’Braccia
745 Stump Road
Chalfont, PA 18914
   
Villa d’Braccia, a lavish Mediterranean-style home, was built in 1987 on four acres of a Warrington Township farm that has a 187-year history. Over the passage of years, this productive farmland has evolved into an elegant estate. The picturesque views from the porches and windows of the property benefit from the foresight of individuals dedicated to preserving land for the enjoyment of all.
(Information provided by the Warrington Historical Society)
   
Tour Dates and Hours 
April 26 – May 30*
Monday* – Wednesday..10 am – 4 pm
Thursday & Friday…………10 am – 7 pm
Saturday…………………………10 am – 4 pm
Sunday…………………………….noon – 4 pm
  *excluding Memorial Day, May 25
   
In addition to the tour dates, there are many special events being held at the house. Click here for more information.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Photos From The Field II

 

Rosewood & Stainless Steel Nightstands


We had great sunny weather last week; so we just had to stay out in the field and enjoy the sunshine.  Here are some photos from last week's excursion. Fantastic rosewood & stainless steel nightstands custom made by Superior Woodcraft.

There is something about the look of rosewood that is just stunning when incorporate stainless steel into the design.





River Sunken Mahogany Tables

The river sunken mahogany tables have been a pet project.  I find it fascinating to think about the history of these trees.   How long ago were these boards a living tree? How did the logs wind up in the river bottom? How long did these mahogany logs rest on the river's bottom being sunken and protected in mud?  If only these planks could tell their full story. We had two planks of river sunken mahogany that couldn't be utilized on a job.  These boards were too beautiful to discard and after being rescued from the depths I just couldn't imagine discarding them.  So, we invented a new life for two planks of river sunken mahogany.  We custom designed steel legs and finished them with the look of color case hardening.  Now these two planks of mahogany have new lives as coffee tables or small benches.  We hope these two new pieces of custom furniture will provide beauty for many generations to come.


Steel Legs Color Case Harden Finish Custom Designed by Superior Woodcraft

  


River Sunken Mahogany with live edges
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Photos from the Field

We haven't had many posts lately.  Besides doing a lot of spring paperwork for the government we have been spending a good amount of time out of the shop at job sites.  These pictures are from some recent site visits of work in progress.  We hope that he enjoy the newest Superior Woodcraft creations.

  
These photos show custom made cabinetry by Superior Woodcraft.  This white oak cabinetry was finished with a hand rubbed European stain.  This European stain is a plant-based oil finish, VOC-free and is completely non-toxic.  Plus it looks great as well.  The custom made counter tops are made from engineered concrete.



We hope that you enjoyed these photos from the field.   Stay tune for additional field photos of Superior Woodcraft's cabinetry.

Superior Woodcraft is a local custom cabinetmaker located in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pa.

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