Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

  • Five Unconventional Uses for Tile in the Kitchen

    Date: 2013.05.29 | Category: Kitchens, Living Rooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    If you’ve been reading this blog over the past several months, you’ll notice that we’ve always written about using tile in a conventional way — that is, as a building material for flooring, back splashs, and shower enclosures or as a decorative accent in mosaics, vaulted ceilings, and the like. However, the durability of tile also lends itself to some rather unconventional uses, especially around the kitchen.

    Pizza stone

    Tile, especially unglazed quarry tiles, are rated to extremely high temperatures and, depending on the specific variety, are non-porous and food-safe.

    Hearth baking stones If you enjoy baking pizza crusts and breads, slip a couple 18″ x 18″ unglazed quarry tiles into your oven. They’ll act as a heat sink and help yield the crisp, crackery crust that wood-oven pizzerias are known for producing. There’s no need to take them out when you’re not using them, either. Even if you’re not baking, they’ll retain heat incredibly well and regulate the temperature inside. Foods will cook more quickly and evenly.

    Bread warmers Smaller unglazed quarry tiles can be used as bread warmers. Preheat them gently in the oven and they’ll keep the bread warm and crisp at the dinner table. Choose tiles that don’t have sharp or rough edges so you don’t mar the finish on your kitchen table.

    Trivets Protect your kitchen and dining room table from just-out-of-the-oven serving dishes with a tile trivet. Food-safe isn’t really necessary here, so you can choose ceramic, slate, granite or other stoneware tiles that suit your decor and personal taste. Tip: glue felt pads using an industrial-strength epoxy to the back of the tiles so they don’t scratch.

    Cheese boards Marble and granite tiles make excellent cheese boards. They can be put into the refrigerator to chill slightly before arranging various cheeses and fruit for entertaining.

    Coasters Small square tiles can be used as distinctive and unique drink coasters. Choose a pattern and finish that works with your decor. As with the trivets, you may want to glue small felt pads on the back to prevent scratching.

    What are some of your favorite unconventional uses for tile in your home?

  • Happy Holidays!

    Date: 2010.12.23 | Category: Custom Tile, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    All of us at Garretson Tile Company would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

    Here’s to beautiful homes and the families that occupy them! :)
    Since a lot of time is going to be spent in the kitchen this weekend, here is a great recipe for you to try on Christmas morning, courtesy of Accomac Inn in York, PA.

    Toffee-Banana Panini- Makes 4 servings

    You will need:

    11 tsp Sugar

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    8 Brioche or Chala Bread Slices

    8 TBS Soft butter

    8 tsp Nutella

    Ripe bananas, halved lengthwise 4 each

    1/2 cup Toffee crushed

    8 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk

    Powdered sugar

    8 oz. Chocolate sauce

    Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl Spread one side of 4 bread slices with butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Spread remaining four slices of bread with nutella spread. Top each with 4 banana pieces, then sprinkle with crushed toffee. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the bananas. Top with reserved bread slices, butter side up.

    Cook the sandwiches in a Panini press until crisp and caramelized.  Dust with powered sugar.

  • In the Kitchen: Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Pasta

    Date: 2010.10.12 | Category: Kitchens, Recipes | Response: 0

    Kitchen tiled by Garretson Tile Company

    As part of our blog, we are going to begin featuring some recipes for you to use in your fabulously new tiled kitchen! :)
    In the spirit of  fall, which is now in full swing, here is a great one to try: Stop by your local farmer’s market (There is a great Farmer’s Market in Gettysburg on Saturdays in October on the Square) and pick up your produce!

    Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Pasta with Sage, Lemon Balm & Pumpkin Seed Pesto


    • 1 lb. fusili pasta
    • 3/4 c. crumbled Gorgonzola
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
    • 1 c. raw pumpkin seeds
    • 1 1/2 c. fresh sage leaves (or a mixture of half sage, half lemon balm leaves)
    • olive oil
    • 1/2 lemon and zest from peel
    • 2 tbsp. capers
    • a couple pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper

    1. Toss cubed butternut squash with a pinch of salt and pepper in a couple tbsp. olive oil, then roast in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes, until tender. Remove from oven and set aside.

    2. In the meantime, toast pumpkin seeds in a couple tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until some of the seeds start getting lightly browned.

    3. Add garlic, lemon zest and a pinch of salt and pepper to the pumpkin seeds and cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.

    4. Chop sage (and lemon balm, if using) finely in food processor.

    5. Add 2/3 of the pumpkin seed mixture, lemon juice and 1/2 c. olive oil to the sage, and puree until smooth.

    6. Cook the pasta. When done, drain and stir in the Gorgonzola until fully melted into the pasta, then stir in the pesto, capers, squash and remaining pumpkin seed mixture.

    Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

    Recipe courtesy of  Design*Sponge

  • Benefits of Granite Countertops

    Date: 2010.09.20 | Category: Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

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    We came across this great information about granite countertops and thought it was worth repeating on our blog! If you are considering a granite countertop, here are some benefits to keep in mind: (courtesy of

    • Granite countertops are very affordable.
    • Each and every granite stone is unique.
    • Granite counter tops are beautiful.
    • Comfortable in any decor.
    • It is impossible to duplicate the true beauty of granite.
    • The sunlight dances off the small crystals and changes the appearance of your stone throughout the day.
    • You will still admire the beauty of your natural stone five years down the road.
    • There are hundreds of color choices.
    • Many different patterns… veins, specks, and swirls.
    • There are many sink style options including farm sinks, vessel sinks, under mount sinks and drop in sinks.
    • A few different sink finishes available to compliment your granite countertops include ceramic, copper, stainless steel, granite, onyx, marble, sandstone, limestone….
    • Granite is colored all the way through.
    • This natural stone is readily available.
    • It’s easy to clean.
    • Granite is a sanitary countertop material. It does not harbor bacteria.
    • Granite can usually be repaired if it’s damaged.
    • It’s not a trend.
    • Kid Friendly.
    • It is strong.
    • Granite is hard to scratch.
    • You can cut on it.
    • It’s a hard stone to polish and finish. It’s even harder to wear off the polished finish.
    • Granite is durable, it will last your lifetime and more.
    • Hot items such as griddles, fryers, and toaster ovens won’t burn or leave char marks on your granite countertop.
    • The cool surface of the stone is perfect for rolling out candy or dough.
    • If you don’t like the cool surface, put in floor heating under the granite. This works for countertops as well as floors.
    • Granite is a siliceous stone and NOT highly susceptible to damage from acids.
    • Not all granites need to be sealed.
    • Sealing Granite is simple. It’s similar to waxing your car.
    • Granite can have arches, curves, and 90 degree angles.
    • One of the top benefits of granite countertops:
      Your property value will increase.

    What questions do you have about granite countertops? We’d love to answer them!