Spring Recipes – Roast Vegetable and Noodle Salad

Mar. 24

Ramen noodles are hugely popular … and not just with university students! They’re quick and easy to prepare, and delicious, too. This healthy noodle salad features fresh, roasted flavors. It’s perfect for a light lunch or even as an appetizer!

Serve with: Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 cob corn, husked
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pkgs (85 g each) ramen soup noodles (discard the flavor packets)

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chives, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  1. Brush carrots, mushrooms, and red pepper with oil. Place the vegetables on a tray.
  2. Roast vegetables in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Slice vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, cut kernels off of corn cob. Place kernels in a bowl; add enough water to cover. Bring to boil either on the stovetop or cook until tender in the microwave. Drain well and add to the bowl.
  4. Cook ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to vegetables and toss.

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  1. Stir together oil, vinegar, and garlic. Add chives, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add dressing to vegetable-ramen mixture. Toss to combine.

Enjoy! Let us know how you have customized this dish.

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Spagna Vetro

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry Canadian made Spagna Vetro range hoods. Top quality materials make these range hoods a premium choice for both designers and homeowners. Our customers love the price, too.

Take a look below at this gorgeous stainless steel and curved glass hood.

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

This Spagna Vetro 42 inch SV198D-I42 island mounted stainless steel-glass range is on sale for $505. Regularly $1049, you save $544! Give us a call if you have any questions.

Read more about island range hoods: Kitchen Islands.

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: Nuerom.com

Photo: Nuerom.com

Which is your favorite range hood design style?

Top Unique Range Hood Designs – Wood

Mar. 20-1

How do you feel about range hoods made from wood? Usually, these units have a stainless steel insert that holds the lights and fan. The nice aspect of wood range hoods is that you can ensure it matches with the rest of your cabinets in terms of style, wood, and color.

In many cases wood range hoods offer more of an opportunity to customize the look of your kitchen more than metal range hoods would. Take a look at what these designers and homeowners have done.

Photo: Stanisci.com

Photo: Stanisci.com

Photo: WoodWeb.com

Photo: WoodWeb.com

Read more about wood range hoods: Range Hood Finishes – Stucco, Wood, and Tile

Photo: RedBird Vintage Home

Photo: RedBird Vintage Home

Do you have a wood range hood? Send us a photo of it!

Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Horseradish Dip

Mar. 16

You are going to love this recipe! It’s super easy, quick, and so delicious. The dish is customizable in so many ways, too. You can choose the size of shrimp you want, and you can adjust the spiciness of the dip.

If you can grill these outdoors, I really encourage you to do so. Get out into the wild (even if it’s just your back patio). Breathe in the fresh air, and soak up the sun’s rays.

If your stove is equipped with a grill, fire it up, turn on the range hood fan and start cooking! Otherwise, you can always make these in your favorite pan. No worries. Just cook and eat.

Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Horseradish Dip

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp prepared hot horseradish (feel free to use a milder version, if you’d like)
  • 1 Tbsp each parsley and chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp each cider vinegar and granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb frozen shrimp (21 to 25 count), thawed, peeled, deveined
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced into quarters
  1. Combine sour cream, horseradish, parsley, chives, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir well, set aside.
  2. Toss shrimp with oil and pepper.
  3. Place lemon quarters on a hot grill. Grill, cut side down, until well marked.
  4. Place shrimp directly on the grill. Turn once. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until shrimp are pink.
  5. Transfer shrimp to a platter. Place lemon quarters on platter around the shrimp. Serve with the dip.

Enjoy! Want more recipes like this? We’ve got them! Try: Spicy Avocado and Yogurt Dip.

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Rangemaster

Mar. 14

Simple, stylish, expressive, classic … these are all words that customers have used to describe range hoods made by Rangemaster. In fact, if you’re looking for a range hood that’s eye catching and is a work of art, then you should browse through our selection here.

Rangemaster was founded in England in 1939. Since then, the company has been consistently at the top when it comes to quality range ovens, kitchen appliances, and so much more. It’s showing no signs of slowing down 78 years later.

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry Rangemaster range hoods. We’ve chosen to feature this company because of its solid reputation. We’re currently offering some of these for sale. So, don’t wait! Buy one now.

Read: How To Buy An Exposed Chimney-Style Range Hood.

The Rangemaster RM503601 Series 36 (pictured above) is regularly priced $1200.25. It’s on sale now for $750. You save $450.25!

The gorgeous Rangemaster Wall Mount Mirage 62000 Series features hand-blown glass, advanced electronics, halogen lighting, and much more. Regularly $2499.95. It’s on sale for $2399. You save $100.95!

I love this stylish Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood regularly priced at $1425.95. It’s now for sale for $990. You save $435.95!

Any questions? Give us a call. We love talking with you!

 

Winter Recipes – Grilled Halloumi With Peaches

Fri. 10

I hesitate to file this recipe under the heading of Winter Recipes. First of all, it’s March, and March is the month of spring. As far as I’m concerned, the weather can do whatever it wants in March because spring – and all the wonderful buds and blooms it brings – is just around the corner.

So, regardless of how warm or cold it is right now wherever you happen to be, you have to fire up the grill and give this dish a try. If your stove comes equipped with a built-in grill, you’ve got it made. You don’t need to go outside at all. I do, however, encourage you to get outside. Take a deep breath of fresh air, let the sun shine down upon you, then pull out the tongs and get cooking!

Halloumi, if you’ve never had it, is an absolute treat. Traditionally Greek, it’s a semi-hard, unripened cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk. It’s brined in salt water, and has a very high melting point. So, it’s perfect for the intense heat of the grill. As always, turn on your range hood fan before you begin grilling (even if you’re grilling at your outdoor kitchen).

Grilled Halloumi With Peaches

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 8 oz halloumi, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 peaches
  • 8 skewers
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Mash garlic and salt together in a large bowl. Add lemon juice, oil, sugar, and parsley; stir until well combined. Add halloumi; coat well.
  3. Leave halloumi to marinate at room temperature between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
  4. Slice peaches into thick quarters.
  5. Thread halloumi cubes and peach slices onto skewers.
  6. Grill each skewer 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cheese and peaches are warmed through.

Enjoy! Try your own variations, and tell us all about it below in our comments section and on our Facebook page!

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of our premier products – range hoods by Cavaliere.

Cavaliere produces a variety of range hoods, including wall mount, under cabinet, and island. The hoods are produced in a variety of styles and materials to suit any kitchen design theme.

All wall mounted range hoods come with chimneys. They offer a customizable look depending on whether you prefer the look of the chimney or not. You can hide the chimney behind cupboards or leave the chimney visible as it climbs up the wall to the ceiling. Pictured below is the popular AP238-PSF.

Read more about Wall Mounted Range Hoods.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

The invention of island range hoods was a kitchen designer’s dream come true. All of a sudden, we no longer were forced to put stoves against walls. We could install a stove or cooktop in the middle of an island and still enjoy proper ventilation. The model below is the SV218Z2.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

With under the cabinet range hoods, the ductwork connecting the hood part to the outside must be hidden behind a cabinet. These take up very little space on the wall (because they’re essentially flat). The ductwork hidden behind the cupboard also takes up little room, allowing you more storage space. The model pictured below is the AP238-PS13.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Have questions about which type of range hood might be best for you and your kitchen? Give us a call. We love talking to you.

Pro Tips: All About Downdraft Range Vents

Mon. 6

It’s going to come as no surprise that we here at Range Hoods Inc love talking about range hoods. And why not? They’re innovative, necessary for clean indoor air quality, and truly beautiful additions to the heart of the home – the kitchen!

But, what if you’re living in a home where installing a range hood is impractical? If you’re renting an apartment in an older home or building, there’s a good chance that your home doesn’t have a range hood. Believe it or not, range hoods were not standard in kitchen design in the past!

You can ask your landlord to install one for you. But, if he or she is unwilling, there are other ways for you to improve the air quality in your home. All of that smoke, odor, and steam that’s produced when you cook has to go somewhere!

Read: Best Ways To Ventilate An Apartment.

Photo: Jenn-Air

Photo: Jenn-Air

Here’s another idea for you: buy a stove with a built-in downdraft ventilation system. Here’s how it works.

Pros

  • A powerful fan lays beside the burners or the vent pops up from the back of the stove.
  • Downdraft vents take up very little space. So, there’s more room for upper cabinet space.
  • Downdraft vents are usually invisible unless in use.

Cons

  • Downdraft vents are only found on cooktops. You will have to buy a separate oven.
  • They tend to be more expensive than a regular range hood or a regular stovetop.
  • Depending on how much and what you cook, downdraft vents can be much less efficient.
Photo: General Electric

Photo: General Electric

What do you like best about downdraft range vents?

Winter Recipes – Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich

Thurs. 2

In need of a quick, delicious, and healthy lunch? I’ve got you covered. This Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich makes an awesome breakfast, too!

You can put this one together on a grill in your outdoor or indoor kitchen. If you have grill bars built into your kitchen stove, you’re laughing. The taste and presentation of this stellar sandwich when it’s made on the grill is absolutely fabulous. If you don’t have a grill insert, pull out your trusty cast iron pan. Get it nice and hot (about 5 minutes over medium-high heat), then follow the directions below. Turn on the range hood fan to vent out any smoke that may result.

No cast iron pan? No worries. Just use whatever you have. Necessity really is the mother of invention … and good food. I was at a cottage once and discovered that the only “utensil” I available was a wire coat hanger. I bent it into a shape that would hold the bread over the burner, and voilà, toast.

So, use whatever utensils you have on hand to make this sandwich today.

Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich

  • 8 slices bread (use your favorite brand)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, separated
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grill.
  2. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill chicken breasts about 4 or 5 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Brush one side of the bread with olive oil.
  5. Assemble 1 sliced chicken breast, some slices of tomatoes, a few leaves of basil, and one slice of provolone cheese on a slice of bread. Top with second slice of bread. Continue until all sandwiches have been assembled.
  6. Lay each sandwich (one by one, if necessary) on the grill, and heat until grill marks appear; flip and grill the other side. Serve.

Enjoy! Visit us on our Facebook page and let us know how you’ve personalized your sandwich!

 

How To Buy An Exposed Chimney-Style Range Hood

Tues. 28

Modern homes sport all kinds of design elements that our parents and grandparents would never have thought of showing off in their own homes. Now, we can find exposed brick, concrete countertops, and chimney-style range hoods.

The chimney-style is exactly that. The ductwork is exposed as it climbs up toward the ceiling. Is this the right style for you?

Installing a chimney-style range hood means that your kitchen will be short at least one double cupboard. If you really need the storage, then you should probably look at other styles of range hoods. If the loss of extra storage isn’t a big deal, then you’ll find a whole variety of chimney-style range hoods. They come in different colors, metals, and glass, even combinations of those.

Here’s what you need to know:

Filters

There are a number of different kinds of filters available today. The one you end up with will depend on the range hood model you choose.

Tues.28-cassette filter

Cassette filter: The aluminum mesh allows air to flow through it, but will collect grease.

Tues. 28 baffle filter

Baffle filter: Air and grease is pulled through the opening. The air continues out through the ductwork while the grease settles on the plates.

Tues. 28 carbon filter

Carbon filter: Sometimes referred to as a charcoal filter, it absorbs odor and grease while exhausting air through the ductwork and out of the home.

Style

Chimney-style range hoods offer you a few different style options. Work with a designer to figure out which one would work best in your own home.

Wall mounted chimneys are popular in both modern and traditional kitchens:

Photo: KitchenSource.com

Island chimneys are perfect for open concept kitchens:

Photo: Kitchen Design Ideas Blog

Photo: Kitchen Design Ideas Blog

Corner chimney-style range hoods free you up to design your kitchen in any way you’d like:

Photo: GardenWeb

Photo: GardenWeb

Read more about chimney-style range hoods here.