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Expanding into Outdoor Living – Alfresco Kitchens

Featured by Su Casa Interiors

How lucky we are to live in an area where we have many months of great weather to enjoy the outdoors. We do however have a few months of hot weather when you don’t dare cook in your indoor kitchen. We’ve all said it, “I don’t want to cook tonight it is just too hot to cook inside; grab the hotdogs and let’s cook out!” Outdoor living is an important element to the Southwest experience. In recent years the outdoor area of a home has evolved from a simple patio, to a more elaborate extension of the indoor kitchen and is far more sophisticated than a simple charcoal or propane grill. Our new fabulous outdoor entertaining areas even have a name, Alfresco Kitchens.

A typical Alfresco Kitchen will not only have a grilling area but is also a fully contained area to cook any type of meal. The key elements of an Alfresco Kitchen feature a large grill with an infrared rotisserie, refrigerator, sink, and cook top side burners. The new trend is to incorporate griddles, pizza ovens, and built-in woks. A complete Alfresco Kitchen will have a dining and living area with a fireplace or fire pit and possibly a pop-up thin-screen television. You are only limited by your budget and imagination.

Su CasaThe same principles of efficient design apply to the Alfresco Kitchen as they do for an indoor kitchen. The most important element is function, taking into account how you will cook and entertain in your Alfresco Kitchen. Other factors to consider while designing an outdoor living area are wind, sun and rain. These factors will be extremely important to the overall design and placement of your appliances.

The growing trend of outdoor living areas has increased the number of products and solutions available to incorporate into your design. Fantastic outdoor furniture and outdoor weather proof lamps are just a couple of the products you can use to make your design unique. Appliances and products should be safety rated for outdoor use.

There are generally 3 basic design strategies Basic Island, L-Shaped and U-Shaped with the U-Shape giving the most flexibility in establishing distinct zones for food preparation, grilling and eating. The Alfresco Kitchen expands your area for entertaining because it is completely self contained which allows you to be outside cooking but still be engaged with your guests. No more running in and out of the house to do something. In your Alfresco Kitchen you should be able to do everything from cook prep to cleanup.

We are seeing 98% of Su Casa Interiors client’s new homes incorporating an Alfresco Kitchen into their plan. It is now a great selling advantage but in years to come it will be a must for your home to compete with others on the market. Because of the popularity of Alfresco Kitchens you can count on a 100% return on your investment. Depending on the complexity and functionality of your design you could actually make 200% on your investment.

Su Casa Interiors carries an extensive line of outdoor appliances, furniture and lighting, complimented by our team of designers who will assist you in designing your dream Alfresco Kitchen.

Su Casa Interiors has the two beautiful Kitchen Showrooms to visit. Su Casa Interiors are the only members of NKBA- National Kitchen Bath Association in the Moab Valley and design to NKBA standards. So, don’t wait a minute longer to get working on your dream Alfresco Kitchen and ....Bon Appetit!!!

As the days start to get longer and hotter I start to crave anything grilled. One of my favorite things to grill is ribs of any kind. I used to be so intimidated by grilling ribs believing that I needed a lot of specialized equipment to recreate the taste and texture of the ribs that I had eaten at rib joints. This could not be further from the truth - all you need to make the best ribs you have ever tasted is a sheet pan, oven, grill and a quality grade of meat (I get mine from the Geezer!) Pair your ribs with a side of the Blue Cheese Cole Slaw and your family and friends will think you are a gourmet superstar...

Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes Yields: 6 to 8 servings

1 (3 pound) rack of baby back pork ribs
1/4 to 1/2 cup apple juice
Bad Byron’s Butt Rub (or rib seasoning of choice)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Thoroughly wash ribs in cold water and pat dry. Remove the back membrane from the rack. Place the rack on a sheet pan and coat with the seasoning. Pour the apple juice into the sheet pan and cover it completely with aluminum foil. Place the sheet pan on the center rack of the oven and bake the ribs for about two hours. Remove the foil and let the ribs cool slightly. With your propane grill on medium high cook the ribs about 10 to 15 minutes until they have nice sear on the top surface. Remove from the grill and allow to rest, slice into individual serving sizes and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Note: If you do not like pork or can not eat it - this recipe can be duplicated exactly for beef back ribs!

Blue Cheese Cole Slaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes Yields: 6 to 8 servings

1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded
4 large carrots, peeled and shredded
2 cups good mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 cup chopped fresh parsley

Place the cabbages and carrots in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, celery salt, kosher salt and pepper. Pour enough of the dressing over the vegetables and toss to moisten well. Add the crumbled blue cheese and parsley and toss together. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe provided by Kaytered Indulgence. “Personal Chef and Catering Services for all Occasions”
Contact Kaytered Indulgence at (435)260-8200.

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