Quarantine times taught us all the importance of making the most of our homes and outdoor space. Join Sarah Logue, RE/MAX Escarpment Team Logue Realty and Jason Anderson, Carved in Stone as they walk you through the various elements involved in Landscape Design. From gardens to 3D renderings to installing a pool or building a strucuture for outdoor entertaining, Carved in Stone can do it all.
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Welcome. Sarah Logue here with Team Logue.
I just wanted to welcome everybody as we join Jason from Carved In Stone, our landscaper who’s going to take us through some of the projects he’s been working on. Jason this is a pretty cool time to be a landscaper. One you can work outside in the freedom away from people and two it seems like all of our clients are requesting amazing backyards knowing they can’t get on a plane and vacation outside of their backyard. I feel like everyone’s asking me for pool referrals amazing landscaping referrals are you finding the same in your business?
We’ve noticed I think is that people are spending a lot more time at home and they’re kind of realizing that their backyards aren’t really up to snuff, their property isn’t really up to snuff and they’re really looking at doing stuff now knowing that they’re gonna be spending a lot more time at home.
It’s so true now we’ve had varying levels of requests from people I just wanted to make sure people understood what your company entails like there’s landscapers that just do a patio, or a deck or a little garden and then there’s landscapers that can build you a full outdoor structure with barbecue space and entertainment space. Can you handle all those levels of backyard entertaining?
For sure I mean our specialty definitely is the whole design-build process whether you’re looking for a pool, landscape lighting, stonework, concrete work, outdoor structures, outdoor fireplaces we’ve pretty much covered all of our bases we’ve got some great trades that help us with our framing and our electrical and all that but aside from that we pretty much handle everything in house.
That’s amazing so you guys can give us the whole design right. So if I look at a plain backyard like this you can transform it into my dream oasis?
Yeah for sure we work with a couple designers locally and everybody’s trying to stay on top of trends. We’re also trying to set new trends so we don’t want to be just your cookie cutter landscape project, we want to be able to give you something that nobody else has, something that when somebody comes into your backyard they’re gonna ask you, “who did the work?”
I have seen a lot of your work and I would say one of the unique things about your company is although your style is throughout all those projects you do trend set to the depending on the client and the house, I’ve seen traditional work by you, I’ve seen modern work by you, I’ve seen in-between so you do meld a little bit to the clients wishes and it’s not like this is what’s gonna work and you’re stuck to this one style, so that’s impressive.
Every every customers kind of has their own style they have their own inspiration of what they’re looking for and with the diversity of the products that we’re using now we really have the ability to cater to any style and really bring it to or customize it for the homeowner.
So anyone looking to drop in a pool an outdoor entertainment space an outdoor barbecuing space or just a simple deck and patio they can reach out to you and get a design done for that.
Exactly yeah they can reach out to us. We’ll get back to them in a in a timely manner, we’ll set them up and we’ll be able to provide them with 2d rendering 3d renderings and basically take it from there.
Amazing. Thank you. So cool can’t wait to see your next project.
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Scarlett Strati here with Team Logue I’d like to welcome you to the Strati kitchen. Today we will be cooking for you some Italian gourmet mushroom risotto. So we start us off with our ingredients, we’ve got some olive oil some portobello mushrooms, shallots, rice, a homemade chicken broth and my mom would be very proud of, white wine, butter, chives, parmasen, salt and pepper and just a few sips of red wine for myself.
So we’ll start by grabbing the chicken broth and just simmering it on a really low heat for a few minutes and then on the side here what we’ll do is we will start with couple tablespoons of olive oil and then we’ll add our mushrooms into that. Okay so just a rough estimate we will add and then we’ll add our mushrooms in there got about two packs of each at 11 ounces in here just folks on the side and then we’ve got our chicken broth which is slowly simmering away just put my shallot and rice over here. That’ll be our next and don’t forget the wine, white wine. As my husband would say if the white wine isn’t good enough to drink it’s not good to cook with. Any wine of your choice.
Okay everyone so these mushrooms are looking just the way we want them to nice and juicy what we’re going to do now and the lower this heat to start we’re actually going to place these mushrooms in a separate bowl. We’re gonna let them sit.
Okay so now our next step will be another little splash of olive oil so we’re just gonna splash a little bit more and what we’re gonna do is brush, we’re going to add our shallots, okay put that up on a little bit of higher heat again. I’m gonna mix the shallots so they get a little bit brown, that smell. So our next step I’m going to do is we’re actually going to pour the rice into the pot and mix it up so let’s do that now. I’m just mixing, what I want to do is I want to make sure that these turn a really nice golden brown color. So we’re just going to lower it just slightly and once I see that color then I’ll add our white wine these are a really nice golden brown color with the rice.
So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna add our white wine. Wow. Gonna keep mixing that so our next step is once this sits and simmers a little bit we’re gonna start adding in the chicken broth as the key. There is your really add a little bit in let it sort them absorb, let the rice absorb the chicken broth. So I’m going to start with that take one scoop of chicken broth we mix that all together you can really see that golden color coming too so you’ll do this for about 15 minutes or so and make sure that your rice is a nice al dente. Okay everyone so we’re on our last little bit of broth here I’m actually going to just pour the remainder in here give it a final stir.
So now our rice is really nice and al dente so the next step we’re adding our butter then our mushrooms and then just a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper the entire time it’s on medium heat there are two options you could add chives and Parmesan as you’re cooking it sometimes kids don’t prefer the taste so you can also garnish it after the fact. So you just want to see all the juice simmer away before you add the mushrooms and the butter because they have their own juice.
Okay you can see that slowly deep the liquid is evaporating and we’ll be ready to add in our butter and then our mushrooms can already see the way the rice has has grown. Looks like there’s not that much and then they end up having a really nice portion at the end and and just so you know we are eating for feeding four, I would say kids, but they eat like adult. Just gonna let that melt away and now we’re going to add in our sauteed mushrooms and for those of you who don’t care for mushrooms, I know not everybody loves them you can also substitute them with asparagus if you choose to. I’m going to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, pinch of ground pepper we’re really gonna mix it all together.
Okay so I’m gonna set this aside and we are going to plate. We will garnish with some Parmesan cheese just a touch of that and then we’ll add our chives on top, beautiful color. There we have our beautiful Italian mushroom risotto.
Thank you so much guys for joining us!
Cheers to you and your families.
Stay safe and keep your bellies full.
hi I’m Lee-Ann Santos i’m Team Logue’s in-house designer and home stylist and tonight I’m gonna be making a butternut squash soup with a rosemary crueton.
So to start I always chop up a full big onion a little bit of carrot and celery diced and I throw that into hot olive oil to get it translucent and to get it softened up before I move on to adding the parsley and cilantro which I will actually throw that in a little bit later. I’ve just got it chopped and ready to go I use a box of vegetable stock but one of the things that I like to add in are these little bullion cubes and I buy the McCormick’s were vegetarian but these are a chicken taste but they’re actually vegetable based and they have brought my soup game to the next level. The spices that I’m gonna add into this soup today and you can add in whatever you like or whatever you have but I’m using ground coriander, some tumeric, garlic powder, a little bit of salt I’ll add pepper in as well there’s some fresh ginger and some fresh garlic and I will throw the spices into the celery onion and carrot mixture once that gets going before I add to stock.
So I’ve got some olive oil into the pot that I get nice and hot I’ve already prepped my squash and carrots. I do about one and a half carats here that I add in to boil later on when when I add in stock some water my bullion cubes and all that. So for now we’ll add in the celery and the carrots I will just stir this around until it’s nice and translucent and softened down so our vegetables are cooking really nicely here so I like to add all of my spices in so that they the heat brings the flavor out of them. So mix in there and then I’ll cook it first couple of seconds you can start to smell it you’ll know that it’s heating up they taste great as a combination and I will now add in all of my squash and carrots so that they can cook for a quick moment with spices as well before I add in any of these liquids. So I’m going to just break up the bullion it’ll break naturally but I just tend to break it up as i put it into the mixture add some pepper give that a little stir around the tumeric give everything a really nice color as well. I always add some tumeric and it’s very good for you.
Okay and now I will add in some stock and today I’m using a president choice organic vegetable broth but you can use whatever you have on hand so you can add in one full broth box or you can make your own just say yes I do like to add in some water as well I never just use the store-bought stock I do like it but I always add some water in two cups of water so while I’m waiting for the stock to come to a boil I’m gonna get my croutons ready for the oven I’ve turned it on to 400 so give it kind of hot I may end up boiling them a little bit near the end but for now we’ll just sprinkle olive oil all over it so yummy I’m gonna add some dried rosemary if I had fresh I would use fresh absolutely but I just have dried for today so that’s fine living my best quarantine life.
I’m gonna use a little bit of dried parsley as well just because I like it and some garlic powder as I tend to put garlic powder on everything. Just mix it around I think I might need a little bit more olive oil actually but you can do it through your own likeness whatever works for you know just try to get all the spices incorporated in there. Let’s see there might be enough so you just sort of mix it all around get it sort of into one level on the pan so everything can bake off nicely and we’ll flip it in about five minutes six minutes and see how it’s toasting. So I’ve got the croutons in the oven I’ve got the stock starting to come to a boil and I’m also going to add as a topping to the soup some pan-roasted pumpkin seeds. Alright so I just do it in a dry pan and just you know whatever just sprinkle a bit every one in there and then I’m just going to do them with a dry pan over high heat until you start to smell them and then once you do I just take them off and pop them into a bowl so that you can sprinkle them on the soup. Okay so I blended everything until the vegetables were soft which they are now with a fork I’ve added in the cilantro and the parsley and I’m just going to use this blender to immersion blender to to grind everything together. You can be sloppy in your own kitchen. Let me just wipe this up.
We’re going to garnish it with our croutons which toasted up really nicely I didn’t even have to boil them they just got nice and browned in a 400 degree oven and that’s just a 70% rye bread I had left over from cobs yesterday and I didn’t want it to go to waste so that’s how why I decided to make croutons for it.