Add The Depth Of Natural Quartz To Your Kitchen With Granite Countertops!



Granite countertops have a natural beauty all their own. Each color is composed of a variety of minerals including feldspar, quartz, and mica that make each one unique. It is the quartz in the granite however, that give your countertop depth.  Often times customers are drawn to a certain color because they see areas that contain quartz that give the perception of looking down into the stone. This visual effect is appealing and adds to the stones beauty. Often times, there are quartz areas in granite that are the size of quarter, or larger, which you’ll never see in any engineered stone.

If you are looking for a countertop that will make your kitchen stand out, why not choose granite, with its natural occuring beauty and depth?

Following are some colors that may contain significant areas of quartz throughout the stone:

  • Verde Butterfly
  • Labradorite/Verde Australe
  • Juparana Sunrise
  • Azul Iran
  • Giallo Beach
  • Giallo Napolean
  • Juparana Rio Classico
  • Labrador Antique
  • Black Cosmic
  • Mahogany Blue
  • Glacier Ice
  • Delicatus

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on March 14th, 2008 by Barb | | 8 Comments



Granite Countertops—Reflective Beauty!



Many customers are drawn to various granite colors because of their reflective quality. We often get asked the question, “What makes granite reflective, and why do some appear to change colors?” All granite is composed of various minerals including quartz and feldspar, but it is the mineral, mica, that gives some granites that reflective, mirror-like image. Some granite colors that contain an abundance of mica seem to change their look when exposed to direct sun light. (e.g. The color, Labrador Antique, when held in direct sunlight, will appear to have both blue and green flecking depending which way the light hits it.)

If you are looking for a countertop that will make your kitchen stand out, why not choose the natural beauty of granite? Whether you select a color with lots of mica, or a little, the natural mineral composition of granite will give your countertop a look all of its own!

Following are some popular granites that contain lots of mica and have that natural reflective beauty:

  • Blue Eyes
  • Black Galaxy
  • Emerald Pearl
  • Blue Pearl
  • Black Polar Russian/Volga Blue
  • Labrador Antique
  • Azul Iran
  • Labradorite Green/Verde Australe
  • Coco Cohiba
  • Gold & Silver/Delicatus/Golden Sun

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Barb

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Posted in Granite on March 11th, 2008 by Barb | | 4 Comments



Recipe: Thai Peanut Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken



Here’s a recipe I saw on the show, Healthy Decadence, from Devin Alexander, the other day, as I was walking on my treadmill. The recipe sounded so good to me, that when I finished my workout, I had to immediately go to my computer to try and locate the recipe to try. It is easy to make, is low in calories and fat, and tastes great!

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken

6 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce, divided
Salt, to taste
8 ounces dry udon noodles
2 teaspoons roasted sesame oil, divided
1/3 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter, room temperature
1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
3 whole green onions, chopped
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1 1/4 cup slivered, seeded cucumber
1 1/4 cup slivered carrots
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds (optional)
Cilantro, to taste (optional)

Preheat a grill to high heat.

Place the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Using the flat head of a meat mallet, pound them to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Transfer them to a medium bowl and coat the breasts with the olive oil and 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce. Season them with salt. Let them stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the noodles according to package directions then drain them and run them under cold water. Drain them well, then transfer them to a large bowl. Toss them in 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil.

Place the chicken breasts side by side on the grill. Turn the heat to medium. Grill them about 3-5 minutes per side until no longer pink inside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, the remaining sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, the remaining chili garlic sauce, the lime juice, ginger and garlic until well combined and smooth.

Add the green onion, sprouts, cucumber and carrots to the noodles. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 6 plates or transfer it to a serving platter.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips and place one atop each plate or lay them over the noodles on the platter. Garnish with cilantro and/or sesame seeds, if desired. Makes 6 servings; about 8 cups plus 6 chicken breasts.

Each (1-1/3 cup salad plus 1 chicken breast) serving has: 431 calories, 37 g protein, 48 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 66 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 702 mg sodium

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on March 7th, 2008 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Stain-Free Granite?…You Bet!



When it comes to granite countertops, one of the myths you often hear is in regards to staining. Some engineered stone companies would have you believe that not only do granite countertops stain easily, but that you have to go through some lengthy, pain-staking process to seal them. With all the sealing and staining myths out there, some granite fabricators continue to profit from these misconceptions by offering a “so-called” special sealer to make your granite countertops, “Stain-Free” and then charging an additional price for it – not PGC!

Well the good news is, according to the MIA, Marble Institute of America, “Most granite countertops do not need to be sealed. If a homeowner cleans their countertops after each meal, they will rarely, if ever, have staining or cleanability issues with granite. This being said, many granite countertops receive additional benefit from being sealed. That benefit is the further reduction of moisture migration into an already moisture resistant surface.”1

At PGC, we seal every countertop before it leaves our facility before installation. Granted there are a few granites that are more porous, with the vast majority of colors however, there are no issues in regards to staining. If you are concerned about staining and sealing, let us put your mind to rest by summarizing:

97% of granites are naturally stain-free, however because of mis-leading information from unethical competitiors (and the other 3% of granite selections); we seal everything that leaves our shop with the finest of sealers available! To make you even more comfortable, we will beat any competitors stain warranty-FREE OF CHARGE!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

*1 MIA Statement of Position on Sealing Natural Stone Countertops,”http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/sealing_stone.cfm

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on March 6th, 2008 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Add a Golden Touch To Your Kitchen!



I don’t know about you, but when it comes to decorating, I’ve always been attracted to gold tones. They just seem to add a touch of warmth and richness, and give you an overall good feeling.

I can’t think of a better way to add that golden touch to your kitchen, than by selecting a golden colored granite countertop. There are plenty of gold colors available, and it’s funny how customers are often drawn to them. While most gold colored granites are neutral, they often contain various other colors also, which can be used for accents for drapes, paint, etc.

If you are interested in a gold for your granite countertops, we’d be happy to help you make your selection.

Following are some popular golds to choose from:

  • Golden Bordeaux
  • Cooper Gold
  • Giallo Vincenza
  • Madura Gold
  • Golden Aurora
  • Kashmir Gold
  • Golden Oak
  • Venetian Gold

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on March 4th, 2008 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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