Recipe for a Tasty New Kitchen

Recipe for a Tasty New Kitchen

March 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm / by

Those 1950’s kitchens were fine back in the day, but let’s face it, cooking is much more satisfying when you have a gorgeous granite and mica flake central island, easy-to-view pantry, super-size utility sink, plenty of easy-access counter and storage space, and easy-glide kitchen shelves. Beckner Contracting Residential just completed this kitchen remodel in Walnut Creek. We relocated the kitchen and opened it up to the back deck, capitalizing on our client’s view of Mt. Diablo and backyard vineyard. Installed new cabinetry, appliances, sound system, low voltage cable lights, finishes, etc.

When you are cooking in your newly remodeled kitchen, hopefully built by us, try one of our favorite crowd pleasing recipes below!


vanilla bean & lavender pot de creme

 2 c. half and half

2 vanilla beans

2 tsp. dried culinary lavender

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

6 egg yolks

1/2 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and using the back of the knife, scrape the seeds from the bean.  Place the vanilla bean halves, seeds, and lavender in a medium saucepan with the cream.  Bring to a slight simmer over medium heat.  Remove  from heat, cover, and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Add the vanilla extract to the cooled cream mixture.  Strain the cream into a large mixing bowl. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer and cream until light yellow in color.  dd about 1/3 of the cream mixture to the eggs, mixing constantly. Add the cream/egg mixture to the remaining cream, mix well. Place four ramekins in a large baking dish. Divide the cream mixture evenly among the ramekins.  Fill the baking dish with hot water until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.  Take care not to spill any water into the ramekins. Carefully transfer the baking dish into the preheated oven and bake for about 30-45 minutes until the center is barely set (the sides of the custard will remain fairly stable but the centers will move around like Jello when jiggled). Carefully remove from the oven and chill until cooled, at least 2 hours.  Serve. Fall madly in love!



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