Monthly Archives: December 2017

Eat & Be Merry – New Year’s Eve Recipe Collection

dec. 29

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Are you ready for 2018?

If you’re having a party, let us know what’s on the menu. Remember to turn on your range hood fan 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done. Your guests will probably love the aroma of baked desserts. But, grease for frying isn’t so pleasant. The range hood will draw up all the grease, smoke, odor, and steam, and send it to the outdoors where it belongs!

If you’re looking for some New Year’s Eve inspiration, check out our top picks:

How To Host The Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Turkey Salad With Minted Mango

 

All About Range Hood Fan Speeds

dec. 27

We’ve been recommending that you turn on your range hood fan each and every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. But, do you know which fan speed you should be using?

The purpose of a range hood is to keep indoor air clean and fresh. The fan draws grease, smoke, smells, and steam up and out of your home reducing stains on paint and tiles, and improving the air you breathe.

The fan power you need depends entirely on what and how you’re cooking. Frying in oil or boiling a big pot of water will require a stronger draw, while keeping food warm in the oven will require a low setting. Because most of us use different methods of cooking, most range hoods come equipped with 2 to 6 speeds. Range hood manufacturers always have recommendations regarding which fan speed should be used for different kinds of cooking.

Better yet, opt for a range hood that features a heat sensor. These switch from low to high and back again according to temperature. So, you won’t ever have to wonder if you should be using a higher setting or not. The range hood will automatically monitor the temperature of the surrounding air. When the programmed temperature is reached, the range hood immediately switches to a higher fan setting. When the air cools, the range hood switches back to a lower fan setting. Neat, right? Yes, it is.

Contact us for more information about range hoods equipped with heat sensors.

Choosing Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

dec. 25

Energy conservation is more important now than it has ever been before. Most of us want to live in healthy homes. When we spend time outside, we want our environment to be as clean as possible.

The kitchen is one of the keys to a healthy home environment. Using the range hood fan every time you cook, bake, or roast goes a long way toward keeping the air in your home clean, fresh, and healthy.

The other key to a healthy home environment is to choose new appliances that are energy efficient. Most energy efficient appliances are marked as such. Sometimes, they bear the Energy Star logo. Sometimes, they’re identified in other ways.

In the end, energy efficient range hoods, refrigerators, stoves, and more save us money. They are less of a strain on the environment and on utility companies, and ultimately on the climate.

Contact us to find out which range hoods are the most energy efficient.

Recipe Collection – Honeyed Figs With Walnuts and Blue Cheese

dec. 21

I love, love, love fresh figs. Yes, dried figs are great, too. But, there’s something so special about soft, ripe, slightly sweet, fresh figs. Toss in a few other fabulous flavors and you really have the simplest and most wonderful of holiday treats.

Remember to turn on your range hood fan about 15 minutes before beginning this recipe, and to leave it running about 15 minutes after you’re all done.

Honeyed Figs With Walnuts and Blue Cheese

  • 1/2 cup shelled walnuts
  • 12 fresh, black figs
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 (300g) pkg of blue cheese, well chilled (Feel free to use any cheese you love!)
  1. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet in a preheated 425°F oven for 4 minutes or in a hot pan on the stovetop. Let cool and chop finely.
  2. Cut an “X” in the top part of each fig. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Place figs in a roasting pan. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with thyme sprigs over the top. Sprinkle with pepper.
  3. Roast figs for about 10 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  4. While figs are roasting, form blue cheese into 12 small balls.
  5. Place figs on a serving platter. Place one cheese ball in the center of each fig. Sprinkle walnuts over top of each fig. If juices remain at the bottom of the roasting pan, drizzle it over top of the figs.

Enjoy! Find more great recipes here.

All About The Range Hood Heat Sensor

dec. 19

Here’s another great range hood feature that you might not give much thought to. It’s the heat sensor. Do you know when you should operate the range hood at low power? When should you switch the range hood to high power? Honestly, I wouldn’t really know. I suppose that if you have all burners going, and there’s lots of steam rising up toward the range hood, running it on high would make sense. But what about those times when what your cooking or baking falls somewhere in between heavy and light use?

Enter the heat sensor. This feature is first and foremost a safety device. You don’t even need to buy a professional range hood to enjoy the benefits! It monitors the temperature of the steam emanating from the stove. If that steam reaches a certain temperature, the range hood is programmed to automatically switch to a higher speed. When the temperature decreases again, the fan speed also switches back to low.

The heat sensor is a great way to save energy because you’re only using the highest power when absolutely necessary. It also makes the range hood more efficient. The fan will continue to draw up as much steam, grease, odors, and smoke as possible at both low and high settings.

Contact us if you want to know if your range hood comes equipped with a heat sensor.

Recipe Collection – Clementine, Spinach, & Avocado Salad

dec. 15

I love this salad. It’s perfect for the height of summer, of course. But, it’s almost more perfect for the middle of winter. I always find I end up eating a lot heavier through the winter. Toss in more desserts during the holiday season than I need, and you can begin to see why I love this light, flavorful, and refreshing salad. You won’t even need to turn on the range hood fan, either!

Clementine, Spinach, & Avocado Salad

  • 6 clementines, separated into slices
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 6 cups spinach leaves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  1. Drizzle half the dressing over the spinach. Toss till well combined. Arrange spinach neatly on a platter.
  2. Arrange clementines and avocado decoratively over the spinach.
  3. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and pistachios over the platter.
  4. Drizzle remaining dressing over the dish.

Enjoy! Find more great recipes here.

 

Favorite Feature – Change Filter Indicator Lights

dec. 13

The change filter indicator light is such a simple feature, yet so useful. It is, in fact, one of my favorite features of any range hood.

Our lives are so busy! Who wants to keep track of the last time the range hood filter was cleaned? You don’t, either. You would also have to keep track of how much and what kind of cooking you’ve been doing. Do you use the stove every day or most days? Do you cook with oil a lot? Probably more than you think!

I’m always surprised at how much grease my range hood draws up through that filter. It is so easy to forget about the vital task the range hood does to keep the air in our homes clean and fresh. That little change filter indicator light ensures that the filter is always clean and that the range hood lasts a lifetime.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount Range Hood

dec. 11

Deciding which range hood to buy can be an exercise in confusion. There are so many to choose from! So, we thought we’d feature one of our favorites. The Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Wall Mount range hood is sleek, simple, and gorgeous. It’s also on sale! It comes with a chimney, so you don’t have to install cupboards above the range hood if you don’t want to. The edges are “folded” stainless steel. So, they make the range hood look both modern and traditional. In other words, it will look great no matter what your kitchen decor and style happens to be.

Check out the features:

  • 900 CFM centrifugal blower. Perfect amount of power for a gas range or for the avid cook.
  • Programmable power auto shut off. This little feature saves you from having to always remember to turn the fan on and off.
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder. By far, this is our favorite feature. Otherwise, months would go by before we remembered to wash the filter.
  • Dimmable halogen lights. For those times when you just want a little, ambient lighting.
  • Dishwasher-friendly filters. Dishwasher-friendly!

Check it out here. Contact us for more information.

Recipe Collection – Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast

dec. 7

Is this the weekend that you head out to get your Christmas Tree? It is for us. Or maybe this is the weekend that you host your first holiday party. It will be for us, too. Whatever you may or may not be doing this weekend, your range hood is likely to get a good workout at some point over this holiday season.

So, just a quick reminder:

  • turn on the range hood fan at least 15 minutes before you start to cook;
  • leave it running at least 15 minutes after you finish cooking;
  • wash the range hood filter before you start cooking.

Once that’s all done, curl up with a scrumptious dish of Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast!

Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast

  • 1 bottle beer (preferably a dark ale)
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 boneless blade pot roast (about 3 lbs)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  1. Combine beer, chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and jalapeño in a slow cooker.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and thyme over the roast. Brown the roast all over in the hot pan. Place the roast in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or until meat is very tender.
  3. Remove the roast to a cutting board. Let rest for 15 minutes. Slice the roast or pull apart.
  4. Use a gravy separator or a spoon to remove the excess fat from the liquid remaining in the slow cooker.
  5. Pour gravy from the slow cooker into a pot. Stir cornstarch and water together until well combined. Whisk cornstarch into gravy and bring to a boil. Gravy should be just slightly thickened. If you’d like a thicker gravy consistency, double the amount of cornstarch and water.
  6. Serve pot roast along with warm rolls, coleslaw, and a green salad.

Enjoy! Find more recipes here.

How To Properly Use Your Range Hood

dec. 5

You’d think that a range hood is a pretty basic device to use … and it is. But there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind each and every time you cook. Following these best practices ensures that your range hood stays in good working order for a long time. It also means that the air in your home remains as clean as possible.

Some basic best practices are:

  • wash the filter regularly
  • wipe grease and dust away from surfaces
  • turn the fan on at least 15 minutes before you start to cook
  • leave the fan running at least 15 minutes after you finish cooking

Watch the video (courtesy of Broan) for more tips: