I posted pictures on Facebook of a recent teen room I completed. The color scheme is chocolate, lime and orange. Be on the look-out for a mailer we have going out in January to check out this room. I got a comment on my Facebook post from an out-of-state builder that orange is the hot new color for 2012. Sure enough, Pantone’s Tangerine Tango #17-1463 is the color of the year!
It is interesting how trends start subtly creeping in long before they have even been declared a new trend. I started moving in more orange tones into my own home toward the middle of last year. This is how trends come about. We long for something new, different — a change. The longing for change and the influence of our environment, and things going on around us and around the world, make a strong impact on fashion and home decor. Read more about what is coming in 2012 in my article, “Do you want to Tango?”
Chef Ryan shares some food ideas centered around the Super Bowl. If you were thinking about having that party, now is the time to go for it. Being from Wisconsin, Ryan makes some amazing brats. Order some for your party today by contacting Ryan at 512/695-1616.
Wine and Super Bowl? Can they really go together? Yes…absolutely. Wine works anytime and Nathan shares his thoughts on paring wine with Ryan’s cuisine.
I have bold goals and plans for 2012! After all of the gloom and doom of the recession and other depressing happenings around the world, I have made up my mind to create my own reality. I started in 2011 and will continue in 2012. Creating a new environment is a great place to start.
Glidden Professional’s dominate theme for color for 2012 was inspired around possibilities. Where there is possibility there is hope. Hope grows to faith and faith to joy. Learn more about the beautiful color palettes of possibility by watching my interview with Michelle Estes of Glidden Professional Paints.
Here is to possibilities!
From the Kitchen of Cielo Su Terra
Smoked Chicken Wings
10 lbs Party Wings
1/2 cup BBQ Seasoning
1/4 cup Kosher Salt
1/8 cup Black Pepper, Fresh Cracked
Season wings with BBQ Seasoning, salt, and pepper on all sides. Smoke at 375 degrees for about an hour. (If you do not have a smoker, you could rub the chicken wings with liquid smoke before seasoning and cooking them in the oven the same way as smoking.) Yeilds: 10 servings
Roasted Serrano Sauce
1 cup Serrano Chiles, fresh
1 cup White Vinegar
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place serranos on a sheet tray and toss with a little olive oil to coat. Roast for approximately 10-12 min or until the skin is blistered. Pull off stems when cooled enough to handle. Place the serranos, vinegar, and salt into a blender, bl
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Wine Pairing for Smoked Chicken Wings
Yet another “home run” dish by Chef Abitz! He truly does make my job of finding excellent wine to pair with his cuisine easy. For the month of January, we have a classic dish for you to prepare for the upcoming Super Bowl … spicy, smoked chicken wings. This dish allows for yet another “Wine 101” lesson is wine and food pairings in which we will emphasize the versatility of high acid whites. For all of the fans of “simply red and only red”, please forgive, however, this is a chance for you to shed your diffidence and try the “never tried”. To all, acid in wine is “Mother Nature’s” gift to cuisine. Acid tapers sweet, “cools” heat from spice, and “cuts” through rich sauces allowing for one’s palate to recharge for the next bite. As such, the following wines are perfect matches for the “kick” in taste to what Chef Abitz has prepared.
2009 Stephen Vincent 100% Sauvignon Blanc Lake County, California, US ($11)
Not all wines produced in California are from Napa and Sonoma. Mendocino, Lake, and Amador Counties all produce excellent wines of varietal character and great price points. The first Lake County vines were planted in the 1870’s and the largest lake in California, Clear Lake, is also located in this area. Stephen Vincent wines represent quality, fine craftsmanship, and excellent value. This Sauvignon Blanc is “textbook”. Hints of “fresh laundry hanging on the clothes line” with defined acid, plus crisp flavors of lime/green melon/breakfast grapefruit/pineapple plus the absence of any wood. This is a great example of how a high acid white can compliment spice and “heat” in a dish.
2010 Solletico 100% Prosecco Prosecco DOC, region of Veneto, Italy($18)
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles … oh how I love thee! Far too often, bubbles are incorrectly thought off as only for celebrations, when in fact, are truly one of the greatest of all pairing wines. The texture of bubbles helps cleanse the palate as well as moderates heat, sweat, and richness in cuisine. For the above, Solletico is Italian for “to tickle” and is a great reference to the small, prickly bubble profile. As a plus, this wine is vintage dated (rare for Prosecco!) and is Brut regarding style (remember, Brut simply means not sweet!). With crisp acid, refreshing bubbles, and tasty “crunchy” fruits of green apple, melon, and white peach, Solletico is a great accompaniment to the spice and smoke flavors of the wings
Each of the above wines is available at GOOD2GO for purchase. As well, allow me to be your “Everyday Sommelier” and always, good wine tastes good, but good food paired with good wine tastes great!
Nathan T. Prater
Educator, Mentor, and Service Professional
Service & Wine Specialist
6317 Bee Cave #200
Austin, TX. 78746
Designer’s Realtor Pick of the Month
After a rewarding twenty-five year career with Eanes ISD, Dianne decided to turn her real estate investment hobby into a professional career. With both her father and her husband involved in real estate, Dianne’s knowledge of the profession extends from early childhood to her hands-on experience gained in the field. Energized by the amazing investment opportunities in the Spicewood/Lake Travis area for the past 5 years, she is now expanding her focus to include the Central Austin and surrounding areas. Dianne is always dedicated to working closely with her clients and many times forming personal relationships which usually result in a very impressive collaboration of efforts, always keeping her clients informed of the progress of their sale on an almost daily basis. She is committed to always exceeding expectations and brings unparalleled integrity, diligence and genuine concern for her clients to every opportunity.
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Do you want to Tango?
The bold Pantone color Tangerine Tango #17-1463 can be used in just about any style of decor. This orange hue adds “pop” and excitement. Pair it with a rich dark chocolate and cream for an energizing room. Other colors that will be popular in 2012 are jewel tones of Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Coral and Amethyst as well as other shades of purple are great for more peaceful schemes.
Glidden Professional’s color of the year is a blushing, lively, juicy red #B8.38.44. Like Pantone’s orange hue, Glidden’s red is bold. Red is a powerful mood modifier. In China, it is associated with good fortune. Children prefer it to other colors. Grown-ups feel attracted to those in red.
Whether you like it or not, trends impact design. I know we all fear that the next design trend will haunt us like that avocado green refrigerator or busy floral wallpaper. Speaking of wallpaper, I am so thrilled that it is back! The new look of wallpaper is textural and graphic. Used as an accent with complimentary paint colors, wallpaper adds more interest and is similar in cost to decorative painting. A lot of the faux painting techniques that have been popular so long are trending out.
We are all still keenly aware of our environment and repurposing. This coincides with color schemes of earth and sky with soft blues, greens and rich earth tones like chocolate. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is Wythe Blue, #HC143. By the way, this color pairs well with Tangerine Tango.
Other things to be on the lookout for in 2012 are native prints and geometrics, crewel or embroidery design fabrics, and damask.
Believe it or not, gold is also making a comeback. This time it has more of a satin or toned down type of finish. All metallics are hot. I love to add some bling to room designs for a touch of glamour.
Monochromatic blends of grays and purple tones will work well for a more sophisticated and understated look. If you are a cool color scheme person, the beautiful gray palettes are amazing!
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