Recipe: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Here’s a delicious recipe to try for fall. It is easy to make and incorporates some good grains and vegetables. Give it a try if you like.

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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2 chicken breasts
1 can black beans
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
1 small can corn kernels (or use fresh, cut off cob)
1 can chopped green chiles
1 can sliced black olives
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1 bag medium size cheddar cheese
1 jar enchilada sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand, but can use other canned variety)
1 avocado
1 tomato (chopped)


In a large saucepan bring 2 cups of water to boil, add the quinoa and cook according to package instructions; set aside. Coat the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil. Add the chopped chicken and season with a little cajun seasoning. Saute until the chicken is lightly browned, or slightly crisped and remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil an 9″ x 13″ baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, black olives, cilantro, cajun and chili powder; & season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with shredded cheese. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and cheese melts, about 30 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with avocado and tomato, if desired.

Quinoa enchilada bake



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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on September 26th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Granite Countertops—Spotlight on Delicate Taupe

In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the color, Delicate Taupe, which is quarried in Brazil.


Delicate Taupe Granite

Delicate Taupe is a beautiful color with warm shades of brown, gold, cream and taupe. Delicate Taupe offers a unique look that some consumers are just drawn to. Large areas of the mineral, quartz, can be seen throughout the slabs, which give this stone depth and character. Notice also the spidering veins that branch out creating an interesting pattern.

This stone would look great in a kitchen, especially for a center island, as it would make a great focal point. It would also make a nice bathroom vanity top, or a fireplace surround, etc.

If you like this color, or are interested in looking at others that have a similar look and feel, make sure you visit our showroom today. We have a large selection of colors to choose from.

Let’s take a look at our current stock…


Delicate Taupe Granite

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Granite, Spotlight Colors on September 25th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Dress-Up Your Bathroom With An Aspen Hanstone Vanity Top…

In this blog, I wanted to share a few pictures of a project we recently fabricated and installed using some Aspen Hanstone, which is a “quartz” product. The following photos are from the Master Bathroom. Notice how the cool white and gray tones of this color offer a clean, crisp look and go well with the darker paint and white cabinets. It really dresses up the space.

Let’s take a look at the project…

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Aspen Hanstone “Quartz”
Contractor: Bizal Built

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Aspen Hanstone “Quartz”
Contractor: Bizal Built

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Aspen Hanstone “Quartz”
Contractor: Bizal Built

If you are doing some remodeling and like this color, make sure you stop by our showroom and take a look at our products.

Thanks for reading!




Posted in Hanstone, Quartz on September 24th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Create A Unique Look By Mixing Countertop Materials…

Over the last several years, it has become fairly popular to mix and match countertop materials, as well as cabinet materials. That’s because, mixing and matching allows the customer to really customize their living space. We have seen quite a few customers mixing 2 different materials together. One example would be selecting granite for a center island, and using Silestone, or another “quartz” product for the perimeter tops. We have also worked with a number of customers that have selected 2 different colors in the same material. An example of this would be selecting the color, St. Cecilia, for a center island and the color, Opalescence, for the perimeter tops.

It has also become somewhat of a trend to mix dark and light tones together. We have seen this both with countertops and cabinet selections. For example, someone may select a dark stain for their center island cabinet and go with a lighter colored stain, or white for their perimeter cabinets, or vice versa. Several countertop colors, or materials often times are selected, as well, giving the project a nice contrast and a unique look.

Let’s take a look at a few mix and match kitchens I came across…

Craftsman Kitchen by Sumner Tile, Stone & Countertops Washington Marble Works
Traditional Spaces by Cary Interior Designers & Decorators Interiors With A View
Traditional Kitchen by Carleton Place Kitchen & Bath Designers Barbara Purdy – Purdy & Associates Design
Farmhouse Kitchen by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects
Traditional Kitchen by Rye Kitchen & Bath Remodelers JWH Design and Cabinetry LLC
If you are interested in mixing and matching several different materials, or selecting several different colors of the same material, make sure you stop by our showroom. We’d be happy to work with you.
Thanks for reading!

Posted in Decorating, Granite, Kitchen Ideas, Quartz on September 19th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

5 Onyx Bar Tops…

Onyx is one of those natural stones that consumers are naturally drawn to because it has a unique look.  Onyx is a beautiful stone that is composed of cryptocrystalline quartz, that often appears as irregular shaped bands. These bands, many times, run parallel and form an unusual pattern, making it appealing to the eye. Onyx also has a translucent appearance that can be enhanced with back-lighting. Some consumers use this material for countertops, but it is more popular for bar tops. In this blog, I wanted to take a look at some onyx bar tops I came across.

Let’s take a look…

Modern Home Bar by Minneapolis Tile, Stone & Countertops Paramount Granite Company
Contemporary Basement by Montclair Architects & Building Designers Maxey Hayse Design Studios, Inc
Traditional Spaces by Irvine Lighting TylerCo, Inc.
Contemporary Kitchen by Sydney Kitchen Designers & Remodelers Impala Kitchens and Bathrooms – Petra Mallia
Contemporary Family Room by Westlake Architects & Building Designers Schill Architecture LLC
If you are like the look of onyx and are interested in an onyx bar top, or countertop, make sure you stop by our showroom. We are happy to help with all of your material selections.
Thanks for reading!

Posted in Onyx on September 17th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

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