Viking Training at the Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery

Some of the Village team was recently invited to train at the Viking Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery in Chicago, IL. We had an amazing day! If you are serious home chef and enjoy the process of cooking and baking then you need a Viking. Viking ranges are built to be used to the extreme. For an intimate dinner at home, or prepping to feed a massive family for a gathering, Viking has you covered. And we have great news Quad Cities area because Village Home Stores is home to the largest selection of showroom displays of Viking product in the region. Come see and touch these products in person and meet our expert team. We can help you decide which models are the perfect investment for your home.

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven in the Middleby Residential Chicago showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven. Viking appliances available at Village Home Stores.

Chef Jaime Laurita was in the Viking Gallery to show us product in action. Chef Jaime was a dream because not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the Viking product… he fed us incredible food all dang day! He was able to demonstrate techniques and features with the products as he worked in the kitchen. His past adventures include touring the world many times over with such acts as Sting, Aerosmith, Madonna, and many more. So you can imagine he had some great stories to share as we gathered around. Be sure to follow him here on Instagram to see more of his food, mood, and music adventures.

Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

We saw so many exiting products during our day in the Viking Gallery and we wanted to be sure to highlight a few of them here in a blog recap. The first was a product that was honestly sitting right in front of us for about an hour or so before we realized what it even was. To a guest at this island, this appeared to be a crock on a trivet. In reality it was a movable induction system in action. A Viking undercounter induction system has been installed beneath the quartz countertops of this island. What I believed to be a trivet was instead the induction burner. That burner can be placed anywhere on induction plate and most importantly it can be removed altogether when not in use.

Undercounter induction warmer by Viking.
Undercounter induction warmer by Viking. Mounted underneath your counter and can be operated with remote and removable burner location.

What a dream for large or multi-island kitchen designs! Learn more about this undercounter induction system here on our website. Another fun product that was “undercover” of the counter is the U-Line in-counter wine chiller. For countertop surfaces at or near entertaining spaces we love this new option! It turns off and on with just a tap and even puts on a lightshow for you and your guests as it works.

Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects.
Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects. Available from Middleby Residential dealer Village Home Stores.

We had an incredible lunch but the cheesecake we had for dessert was what stole the show! Would you believe that Chef Jaime made this lemon blueberry cheesecake for us on a random Tuesday in November? I felt like we had just entered a pastry shop in Paris. That cheesecake crust? Amaretti cookies folks! Those sugar-dusted dehydrated lemons on top were even made that day.

Chef Jaime Laurita cheesecake topped with dehydrated lemons in the Viking showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita made us made us this incredible cheesecake in the Viking showroom and all we got was this lousy photo… and addicted to his cheesecake!

Dehydrating fruit like this is a step that would normally take 7-9 hours. It takes just minutes in the wall oven that Chef Jaime was using. How? It is a TurboChef Viking wall oven. TurboChef uses fast, forced hot air to get you incredible results in a fraction of the time you would normally need. Since it is turkey season let me give you and example: it can cook a 15 lb. bird with crisp skin in just 40 minutes. The ovens are available as the top oven of a double oven model or a single TurboChef wall oven.

TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.
TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.

Many customers assume because Viking is a commercial style cooking product, the ranges are intimidating to use. Please let us assure you they are not! Viking cooking appliances are honestly more straight-forward than many of the newer “connected” and touchscreen models from our other lines. Cooktops, grills, griddles, broilers, ovens, and more. Viking ranges are built to be an absolute workhorse for your household. We learned a lot about the Viking Range burner options and even saw Chef demonstrate how the same sealed brass burner that can give you super high BTUs can then be set to the gentlest simmer setting imaginable. He melted chocolate chips on it using a paper plate as the pan!

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.

But if high heat is what you need Viking has it! If you have stopped by our showroom to see our Viking displays then you must have seen the favorite french door wall oven we have. This oven is not just our favorite, it’s a favorite of Good Housekeeping as well! They awarded it the “Best Baking Convection Oven in the Industry”! The fan in the back of this convection oven is massive. That fan alternates directions when in use for the best results. The broiler in this unit is an infrared glass broiler (shown below). It shines light through the glass to intensify the heat. And with no coil to splatter on, that means less flareups as well.

Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat. - villagehomestores.com
Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat.

The most unexpected Viking appliance we saw in the Gallery was a soil/hydroponic Undercounter Microgreen and Herb cabinet. This unit is has two 10″x20″ growing trays and a fully contained ecosystem ideal for growing herbs and micro greens at home. Digital touch screen controls are pre-programmed for most growing needs. This system is so effective the Viking Gallery is barely able to keep up harvesting the basil and microgreens they are growing.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet.
Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet. Available at Village Home Stores.

Imagine the benefits of a system like this allowing you to have fresh ingredients year round in the frigid Midwest! Fluorescent growing lights replicate the sun’s rays for you to get the best results and grow organic greens with superior flavor and the best nutrition. We also spent some time training with the entire Viking refrigeration line. From freestanding to flush built-in models and everywhere in between.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking micro green and herb undercounter cabinet in Stainless Steel.

“What do we mean this thing is built to last? It’s built like an outdoor pop machine.”

-Middleby Team
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Well we can’t think of a better way to sell you on the parts and construction of these refrigerators than that! But rest assured that Viking refrigeration is built solid and built to preserve your food. Food preservation with the goal of an elongated shelf life for your fresh food purchases. Less food waste is always a good thing. How does it keep on task? The Plasmacluster system in the refrigerators ionize bacteria and mold spores in the air to remove odors and enhance food preservation.

The interior shelving of Viking refrigerators now also include Spillproof Plus shelves with Nano technology etching. What does that mean? The edges of your shelves are crafted to create an invisible barrier that contains spills. Liquids actually pool towards the center of the 3/8″ thick shelf and not over the edge making a mess of the whole interior. We were able to see and train on so many incredible Viking products from all of the available series.

Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart
Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Middleby Residential is a luxury portfolio of products and Village Home Stores has access to this entire portfolio. While training with Viking we were able to see products from other lines like La Cornue, AGA, Marvel, U-Line, and Lynx. In the La Cornue showcase we saw a pretty special piece that grabbed our attention. A La Cornue range that is truly one-of-a-kind.

La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom.
La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom. Middleby brands available to the Quad Cities at Village Home Stores include Viking, La Cornue, Aga, Marvel and more.

This range was hand painted by Parisian street artist Cyril Kongo. What a statement it would make in any kitchen! This series of ranges were painted in celebration of La Cornue’s 110th anniversary. There were 6 ranges painted in this La Cornue x Kongo series. Learn more about the artist and this project here in an article published by Forbes.com.

La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.
La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.

Have questions about one of the products we mentioned in this post? Want a quote for your own Viking kitchen? Need some help using a feature on your existing Viking products? Need service for your existing Viking appliance? No matter your question, we are here to help! Just reach out to the expert appliance team at Village Home Stores. We are you Quad Cities region Viking experts. Call us at 309 944 1344, stop and see our extensive Viking showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL or contact us here online and we will be in touch to answer your questions.

phone number for Quad Cities area Viking showroom Village Home Stores 309 944 1344

Build A Leftover Layer Cake This Thanksgiving

Have someone at your Thanksgiving table that just hates it when their food touches on their plate? Well, this recipe is NOT for them. Recently an idea sprung up between coworkers at Village Home Stores that we should build a cake out of side dishes this holiday. It was an inspired moment and we think we even heard angels singing…. until we sent an email out to staff to see who wanted to help out. Turns out a lot of our coworkers were disgusted at our idea. Mainly because our pile of delicious food goes against their preferred separated plate tactics. After a quick poll on our Facebook page, we found out many people don’t like their food touching. But did you know there is an actual term for this? There is! Brumotactillophobia is the fear of food touching other food. So if you really want to sound smart at the Thanksgiving table this year, throw that word out there. Now that we have all learned something, let’s get to how you can make your own creation! Check out our masterpiece!

Village Home Stores employee holding a layer cake built of Thanksgiving side dishes
Pat proudly holds her Thanksgiving cake of layered leftover side dishes!

It truly does take a Village to build something this great! We learned that the day of our “Worksgiving” potluck when we all pitched in to fill the showroom with great food and amazing smells. Building a savory side dish cake like this truly works best when you collaborate. Looking for a fun “Friendsgiving” idea, or just want to make that next-day meal special? Build yourself one of these layered leftover cakes! The best part about this is you can choose your own layers and truly improvise your way to a fun meal. Here is how we stacked ours up.

A savory slice of our Thanksgiving side dish layer cake. Cornbread,sweet potatoes,baked mac and cheese,and stuffing. Frosted with mashed potatoes and topped with green bean and a turkey leg.

Our cake included cornbread, mashed sweet potatoes, baked mac and cheese, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Plus of course Pat insisted she cook a bird for us as well so we could have a turkey leg on top! We had each staff member bring in one part to this puzzle. Then we warmed everything up in a KitchenAid wall oven and got to work.

KitchenAid Stainless Steel wall oven with Thanksgiving side dishes inside.
Thanksgiving side dishes in a KitchenAid Wall Oven.

We found that keeping everything similar in thickness helped to keep a good balance. For our Village cake, Elizabeth used 9″ round tins to form layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese. We set the cornbread as the very bottom of our cake. A smooth layer of Angela’s mashed sweet potatoes “frosted” the top and we then flipped the mac and cheese over in place for the next layer.

Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese together in our layered side dish cake.
Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese together in our layered side dish cake.

Another layer of Angela’s sweet potatoes and we are ready to keep piling on the flavor! Sweet potatoes can be substituted here with any other ingredient that wound help bind the baked layers together.

sweet potatoes help bind the layers together in our Thanksgiving side dish cake.
Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of this creation together in our savory side dish cake.

Next up is Pat’s dressing! We stuffed savory scoops into one of the 9″ pans and formed another “cake” layer. NOTE: this was the hardest layer to keep intact when we flipped it over. You may want to try and bake or bind the stuffing together better to avoid a dressing-avalanche.

Thanksgiving stuffing packed into a round pan.
Thanksgiving stuffing packed into a round pan to be used as a cake layer.

We realize the infographic below looks like a science fair project but trust us this cake sliced up to taste way better than it looks! To summarize our final “cake” interior stacked up as follows (from bottom):

  • Cornbread
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Baked Mac and Cheese
  • More Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Stuffing/Dressing
How to layer a Thanksgiving side dish cake: cornbread - sweet potatoes - baked mac and cheese - sweet potatoes - and stuffing.
How to layer a Thanksgiving side dish cake. We did cornbread – sweet potatoes – baked mac and cheese – sweet potatoes – and stuffing.

For the “frosting” Lexy made a delicious batch of buttery mashed potatoes for us to use to frost this cake up! NOTE: this step takes a lot of patience if you are working with warm ingredients. Pat slowly and steadily worked her way around the cake using two spoons to coat the edges and top of the cake.

Mashed potato frosting for our Thanksgiving leftover layer cake
Mashed potato frosting seem appropriate for this savory layered side dish cake.

Chris brought in a batch of green bean casserole because how can you not include this side dish in a Thanksgiving feast?! We piled up a little nest of green beans on top of the cake and then Josh nestled this picture-perfect turkey leg on top. FUN FACT: Josh is of the above-mentioned Brumotactillophobic category. So while he helped us build this cake, we caught him making his own divided plate of food later on.

Thanksgiving cake frosted with mashed potatoes and topped with green bean casserole and a turkey leg
What do you top a Thanksgiving cake of layered leftover side dishes with? A turkey leg of course!

We had plenty of the leftovers left-over after we created this Frankenstein of a cake. The entire staff was able to enjoy a real feast! The “cake” sliced up surprisingly well and held its shape when plated. We documented part of our “piling up” process in this short YouTube video. Press play below to see it.

Do you have a post-thanksgiving get together you are planning or perhaps a Thanksgiving evening tradition? This dish could be prepared as a part of your Thanksgiving Day clean up. Then you could just slice up and reheat as needed. For those that don’t mind their food touching, it is the perfect way to plate up leftovers. Pair a slice of this cake with a turkey sandwich and WOW!

work thanksgiving potluck with slices of leftover layer cake
Work thanksgiving or “Worksgiving” as we call it at Village Home Stores.

If you make one of these crazy leftover layer cakes please please please be sure to tag us online if you post about it. You can tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Speaking of tags, we created a few printables for the Thanksgiving holiday. Are you hosting and want to label your leftovers for guests to grab on the way out? Print of these Take Home Bag labels that even give you the option to remind a guest they need to return your containers.

Thanksgiving Day label for leftovers
Label those leftovers with these printable tags for Thanksgiving day.

An activity that seems to be tradition at many tables on Thanksgiving Day is to circle the table and share what you are thankful for. Start collecting these memories by having guests fill out slips in their own handwriting. Download a page of these thankful printables here. You will love revisiting these year to year.

Printable "I'm Thankful For" slips for your Thanksgiving table.
Printable “I’m Thankful For” slips for your Thanksgiving table. Download and print here from the Village Home Stores blog.

Thanksgiving just happens to be one of our most favorite holidays. Family and friends gather in their homes and enjoy good food and good company. We love helping to create warm and inviting spaces for entertaining on days like this. If your kitchen needs an upgrade before the big day or by next year’s turkey carving just call us! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Don’t forget that our Black Friday pricing is valid all month long this November so you can shop before and after the big day. Shop the appliance sale here.

Clean and White Laundry Room and Master Bath Inspo!

We all fell in love with the kitchen feature from this home a few weeks ago, and now we wanted to give you a peek at the laundry and master bath as well. Nothing inspires crisp clean laundry days quite like a bright white laundry room. This Bettendorf, Iowa home includes a dream laundry space with cabinetry from our Koch Classic line. The clean lines of the Bristol door are painted in an “Ivory White” finish.

Laundry room wall cabinets and clothes rod for air drying items. Trimmed out with top shelf and crown molding.
Laundry room wall cabinets and clothes rod for air drying items. Trimmed out with top shelf and crown molding.

With a laundry space like this, we wouldn’t mind laundry duty! Natural light pours in from a window on the end and a single-wall layout of cabinetry and counter space extends most of the length of the room. Many new and remodel projects we work on have the laundry located near the main living spaces of the home. Gone are the days of descending down into a basement or a closet to do the laundry. Now our customers seek a centrally-located laundry area that can make keeping up with laundry tasks more enjoyable and accessible.

Laundry room cabinets with quartz counters and front load Maytag Laundry.
Laundry room cabinets with quartz counters and front load Maytag Laundry.

A folding counter is included with space below for laundry basket storage. We love the use of a rolling laundry cart here for style and function. This cart can be rolled right up to the front-load machines. The counter surface in this laundry room is an engineered quartz named “Fossil Gray”. Quartz is a durable and sleek surface ideal for a laundry/utility space like this on the main level of a home. This laundry sink and countertop is ready for any task messy or clean.

Laundry room with quartz counters and rolling laundry bin cart.
Laundry room with quartz counters and rolling laundry bin cart.

If your laundry room design has room for it, we always prefer to include a sink in the layout. Having a sink like this (see below) can let you soak and rinse items and also gives you a place to wash your hands. Because these counters are a quartz surface, we were able to include an under-mounted sink. Now the countertop can be wiped clean easily. The faucet for this sink is mounted on a specific area of the sink layout. Your designer from Village Home Stores will partner with our stone fabrication team to make sure the correct sink and faucet information gets included in the fabrication and installation of your top.

Laundry room sink installed into Fossil Gray quartz counters.
Laundry room sink installed into Fossil Gray quartz counters.

Not every item you wash ends up in the dryer. In fact, the newer high-efficiency model washers spin out so well that most items can avoid a heated dry cycle altogether with a little hanging time. This laundry room layout includes a stylish hanging rod above the folding and sink countertop. The builder installed a shelf and trimmed it out with the crown molding. The look is very nice and certainly beats the look of a last-minute clothes rod install.

Laundry room hanging rod for air drying items. Trimmed out with top shelf and crown molding.
Laundry room hanging rod for air drying items. Trimmed out with top shelf and crown molding.

So what’s new in Maytag laundry? Well a LOT! We have seen so much change in the last decade with features, finishes, water use, and more. Top-load and front-load laundry models are now fit with so many great features and Maytag offers a wide range of price-points and capacity for your household. Plus every Maytag washing machine comes with a 10 Year Warranty on the motor and wash basket! Maytag laundry products are proudly made in the USA. Washing machines are made in Clyde, Ohio and Maytag Dryers are made in Marion, Ohio.

Laundry room with white cabinets, Maytag front load laundry, and quartz counters.
Laundry room with white cabinets, Maytag front load laundry, and quartz counters.

Maytag has become well known for building dependable, high-performance machines. Of course new features like pre-loaded detergent options, and smart connected features are great. But rest assured that the focus of anything new coming out of those Ohio factories is being built to perform well and last as long as possible. Ask our expert appliance team about the difference between top load and front load washing and what models may be best for your household.

Maytag Extra Power button now available on many Maytag Laundry machines.
Want to know what Maytag laundry features are new an exciting? Ask the Quad Cities Regional appliance experts at Village Home Stores!

To see more of this laundry room visit the project here on our Houzz page. We also designed a serene and stylish master bathroom in this Bettendorf home. The same Bristol door and “Ivory” paint was used for the cabinetry. Our designer laid out a pattern of drawer bases and sink bases to fill this vanity wall with storage and two vanity sinks.

Master Bathroom with heated tile floors, white cabinets, and custom tiled shower.
Master Bathroom with heated tile floors, white cabinets, and custom tiled shower.

Across from the vanity wall is a custom tiled shower and stylish tub. Calacatta tile in a variety of sizes and shapes make up the floor and wall surfaces in this space. The best feature of this tile is one you can’t see. These tile floors have a Schluter Ditra-Heat system installed beneath them. And what’s better than heated tile floors? Heated tile floors on a timer so they are all ready for you in the morning!

Master Bathroom with heated tile floors, light above tub, and custom tiled shower.
Master Bathroom with heated tile floors, light above tub, and custom tiled shower.

Marble look engineered quartz tops in the “Calacatta Verona” design will look great for many years to come as the vanity tops. Quartz surfaces clean up easy give the look of a marble in a nonporous surface. Two rectangle undermount vanity sinks are installed in this master bath and a backsplash and two end splashes complete the look.

Master Bathroom vanity with white cabinets and Calacatta Verona quartz counters. Design and materials by Village Home Stores in a Bettendorf, Iowa home.
Master Bathroom vanity with white cabinets and Calacatta Verona quartz counters.

Ready to talk to someone at Village Home Stores about our own laundry or master bathroom design? We are excited to hear from you! If you need help designing a space for your new or existing home we are your expert team! Your first step is to just reach out and learn more about our store and our process. You can find us at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL and call us at 309 944 1344. Learn more about us and all of the many departments you can shop under one roof at villagehomestores.com.

Recipe: Yummy Street Corn Nachos

Village Home Stores Blog Nachos Recipe

When we heard that November 6th is National Nacho Day we just HAD to use that as an excuse to share a fun nacho recipe with you here on the blog. In all honestly, we have never met a nacho we didn’t love. Pulled Pork nachos seem to be a big local Geneseo favorite and can be ordered at just about every tavern and restaurant here in town. We wanted to do something a little lighter that could easily be improvised with and allow you to add your own meat or extra ingredients. Behold our recipe for yummy street corn nachos:

ingredient flatlay for street corn nachos
Ingredients for make-at-home street corn nachos.

Street Corn Nachos Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • 8 oz. Frozen or Fresh Corn
  • 1/3 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 5 oz. Cacique Queso Cheese, Grated
  • 8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Handful of chopped cilantro (garnish)

Prepare Your Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and chop vegetables as described in ingredient list. Grate the cheeses into a bowl. In a medium sized pan heat 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil on medium high heat. Add the corn kernels, chopped onions and jalapeno and cook 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally) until kernels are heated through and show some charred marks. To the pan of corn add the Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder, and butter. Stir until butter is melted and spices are stirred in evenly. Turn off heat.

Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.
Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.

Layer Your Nachos

Spread an even layer of chips out on a shallow roasting pan, baking sheet,* or toaster oven tray. Top with a heavy layer of both cheeses saving a few handfuls of reserve for very top layer. *Have a Maytag Microwave with Crisp Element? Use your Crisp Tray (shown below) to heat these nachos up! Curious about this crisping microwave feature? Check out this video on our YouTube channel that describes it.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos.

On top of your layer of cheeses, spread out all of your seasoned street corn evenly. Add a second lighter layer of chips to your nacho pile of yumminess. Want to see how we stacked our nachos up? Press play below to watch this quick video.

NOTE this quick and easy seasoned corn, onion, and pepper mix is also a great thing to add to salsas, omelettes, and even include as a pizza topping! Make some extra and stash it in the fridge for another use. Add the remaining reserve of cheeses topping the newest top layer and any exposed corn mixture.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.

Now you are ready to bake! Be sure to warn anyone within the smelling radius that it’s about to smell amazing. Decide now if you have made enough for sharing and establish boundaries haha! You deserve these nachos and it’s up to you if you want to share them! We had to make so much extra for the hovering staff this day.

Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.
Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.

Now it’s time to bake them! We pre-heated our crisp pan and used our Maytag 522 Over The Range Microwave with crisp element to make ours. In a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes or longer if you want a more crisped snack. Don’t forget that your oven has a window and a light for a reason. Every time you open our oven door the inside of that oven cavity loses a lot of heat. You can always check on your baking progress by just turning on that light and peeking through the glass.

Street corn nachos made at home
Nachos with a variety of cheeses and seasoned street corn topping.

Now they are done and ready to be devoured! Think of how good these would be with some leftover taco meat or as breakfast chilaquiles with an egg on top! This recipe is great on its own but made even greater with your creativity. Having fun and improvising in the kitchen is what snacking is all about!

recipe for street corn nachos with images and text
Ingredients and Recipe For Street Corn Nachos

Want to print off a copy of this recipe? Click here for a printable version. If you make these nachos be sure to post about it and tag #villagehomestores ! You can find us on social media on many sites. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more! Want to see this crisping microwave in person or learn more about Village Home Stores? Stop by and see us at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, Illinois. Want to make an appointment? You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form for an appointment request. Happy snacking!

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Gray Stained Hickory Home Bar With Matte Black Counters

The gorgeous kitchen we shared in our last blog post wasn’t the only area that we worked on in this Betendorf Iowa home. Village Home Stores provided design and materials for this home from our Cabinetry, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, Wall Tile, Lighting, and Hardware departments. So let us take a trip from that open concept upstairs, and wander down to the lower level of this home to see the bar area. On our way downstairs, take a look at the stairwell flooring selections we installed.

Combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Dreamweaver carpeting in Metropolitan Iron Frost color and Engineered Oak in Saddle finish.
A combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Flooring by Village Home Stores.

The “Saddle” engineered oak flooring from the upstairs great room is repeated on the stairwell landing. This breaks up the carpeting and adds such a rich look to the space. Our best-selling DreamWeaver Metropolitan Series carpeting has been installed in the bedrooms, closets, and lower level of this home. The “Iron Frost” color is the perfect neutral. It blends beige and gray colors to create a soft, comfortable floor surface. This DreamWeaver carpet is a solution dyed carpet. That means it won’t fade, show wear, stain, or show bleach stains from spot cleaning. The color of this carpeting is the same throughout the entire fiber of the carpet, not just the outside surface. Learn more about this PureColor® Technology here on the DreamWeaver website. But for now… let’s head to the bar!

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, black pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.

Wow! What a handsome wet bar in such a small footprint! Proof that just a few cabinets and a great bar design can upgrade the look and function of any entertaining space. This back bar with sink and front bar-height counter is a perfect layout. Wall cabinets with a single lower drawer bookend each side and extend all the way down to the counters. A glass mosaic tile accents the the back wall and is capped off at the top with a crown molding.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.

This tiled wall can be used in a number of ways. Shelving can be added, wall art, a clock, a wall-mount TV, or just as we have it shown. Designing a home bar doesn’t mean you have to install an entire second kitchen in your home. Many customers include a sink and just a few appliances in their design. In this home we installed a single glass-front beverage cooler and microwave drawer with a bar sink and plenty of cabinet storage.

Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock. - Village Home Stores
Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock.

The “Stone” stain from our Koch Cabinetry line has quickly become a bestseller this year. We have installed this finish as whole kitchen projects as well as accent islands and many bathroom vanities. Here in this wet bar we applied this warm gray stain to Koch’s Prairie door in a Hickory wood. Amerock handles in a “Gunmetal” finish look amazing against the stained wood. This home is located in Bettendorf, Iowa but we must mention that the name of this handle from Amerock is “Davenport” how fun is that!?

Golden Lighting mini pendant lights with chain in Pewter finish hang in a Betendorf Quad Cities home bar.

The other metal finishes in this bar compliment this Gunmetal finish with the Stainless appliances and Pewter lighting fixtures from Golden Lighting. Three mini pendants hang above the bar height seating area. These mini-pendants are stylish and notice they are on a chain! Have a tricky light location in your current home? Don’t forget you can “swag” anything on a chain or cord! Snap a photo of your space and ask a Village Home Stores lighting expert about your options.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.

Across the room is a game table area. We installed a larger pendant light from this same Golden Lighting series there. The same lines and style of the mini-pendants in a larger scale. The lighting selected in this home all looks so great as you walk throughout the house. Selecting lighting for your home can be a fun process and the right lights can add so much personality to a finished space.

Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

You don’t have to have every single light fixture in a home match each other. In fact the best lighting plans we work on include lights from varied brands and use varied finishes. Press play below to see a few of the fixtures we installed all under the same roof of this home:

Many of the metal finishes in the rest of the home are a matte black or dark bronze finish. We love the graphic look of a black fixture against a neutral background like a white kitchen or a foyer ceiling. Black is a great accent color to consider. Upstairs in this home we included a painted black island in the kitchen. In the lower level bar we used a black granite countertop.

Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This is a natural stone top called “Black Pearl” and that soft, leathery look you see in these images comes from the “Brushed” finish applied to the granite. Instead of a high-gloss polished stone, these slabs are roughed up with an entirely different set of tools to give the stone a touchable texture without the dark, high-gloss black granite look. Black Pearl Brushed granite is a great surface to consider if you are looking to accent your design with some matte black finishes and want a durable surface.

Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

The front of the bar design is constructed with two base cabinets set at a bar height. A half-wall was built and and paneling surrounds the finished peninsula. An outlet is located on the end of this bar for crockpots, charging devices, or a blender. A furniture style baseboard molding completes the look where the toespace meets the tiled floors.

Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinets and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops.

Of course a home bar needs cold beverages! And this 24″ undercounter Danby cooler has a glass-front and a 5.3 cu. ft. capacity. It holds up to 112 beverage cans and 11 bottles of wine! Shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. This bar area will be perfect for entertaining groups of any size. It is located on one end of the lower level family room space. Sliding doors to the backyard makes this bar just steps from outdoor gatherings as well.

Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.
Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.

Our cabinetry is not just for kitchens, bars and bathrooms. We designed matching Hickory “Stone” built-in cabinetry for the lower level fireplace wall. This wall turned out so great! Let’s revisit this carpeting selection (shown below) one more time as we notice the blend of warm neutrals looks perfect with the stone selected for the fireplace. The “Stone” stain is the perfect compliment as it offers a great contrast and blends in with so many of the on-trend grays available in home furnishings and accessories now.

Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

While the layout of a “built-in” cabinet hasn’t changed much over time, how we style one has. Some homes still pack shelves full of layers of books or movies and others keep it minimal or seasonal with decor. Typically a built in area includes doored base cabinets with open shelving above. A modern take on this can be seen when floating shelves are installed with no side or back. Here we installed full-height door bases and bookshelf cabinets trimmed off with crown molding. The Hickory crown molding travels across the fireplace section and connects to the opposite shelf side.

Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

Ready to start designing your own home bar or lower level entertaining space with Village Home Stores? We are here to help! We have access to many brands to suit any budget and can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Get inspired from other home bar projects we have completed by visiting this Pinterest board or this Houzz ideabook. When you are ready to take the first steps for your own project, just reach out. Call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. Cheers!