Add Some Pazazz To Your Home Or Office With A Volga Blue Countertop…

The other day, as I was walking through our shop area, a couple of Volga Blue granite tops caught my eye, that were fabricated for some office conference tables.

Volga Blue Granite

Volga Blue Granite

Volga Blue is one of those colors that take your breath away. Many consumers are drawn to it because it contains large deposits of the mineral, mica, and is strikingly beautiful. The mica in the stone gives it the reflective, mirror-like qualities that often appear as green and blue in color.

If you are looking to add some pazazz to your home, or office, you might want to check out the color, Volga Blue, which is quarried in the Ukraine. Volga Blue would work well for kitchen countertops, an island, or a granite bar top.

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Posted in Granite on March 31st, 2011 by Barb | | 1 Comments

Add Distinction To Your Home With A Varied Granite Countertop…

When it comes to granite countertops, there are a lot of color choices. While there are many colors available that offer a consistent look, there are probably even more that offer a varied look. Depending on the stones mineral compostion, the pattern, flow and movement can fluctuate throughout a slab. For some colors, the overall look can also change from lot to lot, depending on which area the stone was quarried from. Let’s take a look at the photo below as an example.

Sedna Granite Slab

Notice how the stone varies from one side to another in both coloring and flow pattern. This variation can offer a dramatic look, especially when used for a granite island, or granite countertop. It also creates a unique focal point, which is perfect for highlighting a kitchen, bar room, etc.

Following is a photo of an island that we recently installed:

Sedna Granite Island

Notice how the black side of the island flows naturally to the golden tones on the other side. If you are looking for a varied look for your countertops, or a consistent look, rest assured we can help you find the stone that is the right look for you.

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Posted in Granite on March 30th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Here’s a good recipe I received from a friend of mine the other year. It is pretty easy to make and very good.

Paresan Crusted Chicken
12 multi-grain crackers
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp. Dried basil
½ tsp. Paprika
¼ tsp. Each salt and black pepper
¼ cup buttermilk
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1-1/2 lbs.)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place baking rack on a baking sheet; set aside. Place crackers in a large resealable storage bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add Parmesan, parsley, basil, paprika, salt and pepper to bag, and shake to combine. Pour crumbs into a shallow pie plate; set aside. Place the buttermilk in a shallow pie plate. Dip chicken in the buttermilk, and then coat both sides of the chicken in cracker mixture. Place chicken on rack on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.



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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on March 26th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Granite vs. Quartzite—What’s The Difference?

If you have been shopping for stone lately for your kitchen countertops, you’ve probably seen some slabs of quartzite. That’s because more suppliers are starting to carry it. What exactly is quartzite and how is it different than granite, you may ask?  Well—according the the MIA’s Glossary of Stone Industry terms, a quartzite is, ” A metamorphic quartz-based stone formed in exceedingly hard layers. In some deposits, intrusion of minerals during the formation process create unusual coloration.” While granite is an excellent choice for countertops and one of the hardest natural stone materials available, quartzites are also quite durable. In fact, according to the MIA, “Quartzite can be of exceptional strength, density, and hardness,” which also makes it a good choice for countertops.

Many quartzites have very vibrant colors, as well as  unique movement and flow patterns.

Following are a few pictures of quartzite that I wanted to share:

Bronzite  Quartzite

Calypso Quartzite

Fusion Quartzite

Vogue Quartzite

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Posted in Granite on March 25th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Add Value To Your Home With A Granite Vanity…

In the housing market, a definite shift has taken place. For consumers, gone are the days of moving and flipping houses. Today’s homeowners are staying put in their homes, and are thinking value when they do remodel to attract buyers down the road. In fact, according to Home Renovations: Vanity Versus Value, an article found on, forwarded to me from a NARI Green Remodeling Group on Linked In, “Before renovating, homeowners may want to realistically assess their home, and decide whether future homebuyers will one day value these renovations.”

Many homeowners are starting with smaller projects such as remodeling a bathroom and saving for their kitchen remodel. At PGC, over the last year, or two, we’ve noticed an upsurge in the fabrication of granite vanities. While we are still fabricating kitchen countertops, and granite islands, many consumers are coming into our showroom stating, “We just want to start with our bathrooms.”

Following is a photo of a bathroom vanity we recently fabricated and installed. The customer has another one coming up soon.

Golden Noir Granite

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Posted in Granite on March 24th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments

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