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Recipe Collection: Quinoa Bites

feb. 23

A few years ago, you might have thought that quinoa was just another food trend – hot today, gone tomorrow. But, quinoa has stayed the course. This super, and ancient, grain is full of nutrients. It’s versatile, and it tastes great, too. Please don’t call it “kwinoa”. It’s actually pronounced “keen-WA”. Now, turn on that range hood fan and get cooking!

Quinoa Bites

  • 1-1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper
  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water for 1 or 2 minutes. Spoon quinoa into a pot and add broth and 1-1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, leave the cover on, and let the quinoa sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté onions in olive oil until softened. Add garlic, bell pepper, and kale. Once vegetables have cooked, add them to the quinoa. Stir in eggs and egg whites, lemon zest, flour, pumpkin seeds, basil, salt, and pepper. Shape into small patties. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip patties, and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with a salad, hummus or yogurt.

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The Basics: Touch Sensitive Vs Knob Control

Feb. 21

Do you prefer touch sensitive controls or knob controls on a range hood? Many kitchen appliances – including stoves, microwaves, and even toasters – come equipped with touch sensitive controls. They certainly have a lot going for them.

Touch sensitive controls are sleek and fit perfectly with a modern kitchen decor. They’re also easy to keep clean. A simple wipe is all it takes to eliminate fingerprints and other stains. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a digital touch sensitive control pad can be as reliable and durable over the life of the range hood as a knob, but it can be. Today’s touch sensitive control pads have evolved into well-made components of a great range hood.

Despite the popularity of a sleek, modern kitchen look, knobs on range hoods (and other appliances) are still as common as ever. Knobs are just as reliable and durable as touch sensitive control pads. Though they do require a bit more cleaning effort. Dirt can sometimes become lodged behind the knob. Otherwise, one of the features that people love most about knobs is the feel. Some people appreciate having something to grab on to. They even like the “click” sound that some knobs make as they turn.

Which do you prefer – touch sensitive controls or knobs?

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount

feb. 19

We love the look of this wall-mounted Cavaliere 30-inch range hood. It’s made from high quality stainless steel featuring a brushed finish, and the baffle filter is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze! Right now, the this CAV-X06 30″ wall mount range hood is on sale! Buy it now and save $530.99, plus shipping is free! 

Check out all the great features:

  • touch sensitive control panel
  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • six-speed fan control
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 2 dimmable halogen lights
  • telescoping chimney
  • comes with duct or ductless option

Wondering what centrifugal blowers are all about? Get the answers here.

This Is The Perfect Dessert For Valentine’s Day

feb. 15

This Apricot-Orange Muscat Sponge Cake might seem like a bit more work than you might be prepared for, but I really encourage you to give it a try. It is an absolute stunner. Beautiful to look at and so, so good to eat. You could substitute strawberries for them apricots, if the fancy takes you. Muscat is a sweet (dessert) wine that complements the apricots, and turns an ordinary sponge cake into a showstopper!

Apricot-Orange Muscat Sponge Cake

  • 1-1/2 cups dried apricots
  • 1 cup Quady Orange Muscat “Essencia”
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups whipping (35%) cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  1. Add apricots and wine to a bowl, and let soak until apricots are soft.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 2 inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Combine eggs and sugar in a large, stainless steel mixing bowl  placed over a pot of boiling water. Whisk until mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and beat until the batter is stiff. Feel free to use an electric mixer.
  4. Slowly pour flour over the batter, folding it in with a spatula as quickly as possible. Stir 1/2 cup of the the batter into the butter, then fold the butter mixture gently into the rest of the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake springs back when touched, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack. Let cool completely.
  6. Drain the apricots, reserving the wine. Chop the apricots.
  7. Which cream until soft, but spreadable. Combine 1 cup of cream with the apricots.
  8. Split the cake in half horizontally. Carefully lift off the top layer. Brush the bottom layer with wine until it is evenly moistened. Spread the apricot-cream mixture over the bottom layer. Brush the cut side of the top layer of cake with the remaining wine. Carefully, place the top layer on the bottom layer. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Enjoy!

Here’s What You Need To Know About Stainless Steel Gauges

feb. 13

Stainless steel kitchen appliances – large and small – are still all the rage in kitchen design. Black or white aluminum have certainly made a come-back. But, as popular as those are, it’s not quite enough to supplant the popularity of stainless steel. That’s great news because it means that consumers have a lot of choice. We’re all more likely to be able to design our kitchens in whatever style and materials we like best.

Even as far as stainless steel is concerned, not all of it is created equal. Stainless steel is rated according to gauge. Not all gauges are appropriate for every type of purpose. So, when choosing a range hood, which gauge should you be looking for?

Stainless steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel. A typical range hood should be made from either 22 or 16 gauge steel. In this case, the lower the number (16) is thicker than the higher number (22). Both of these gauges are appropriate for range hoods because they’re easy to cut, fold, and form according to the design of the hood. Both 16 and 22 gauge stainless steel can take a bit of a beating. They don’t dent or scratch easily. For that reason alone, they’re the perfect thickness for kitchen use.

Although you can certainly opt for a range hood made from steel that’s thicker than the standard 16 or 22, it’s not really necessary. Beyond ensuring that your range hood is made from one of those gauges, I would say that the next important consideration is whether the steel is stainless.

Other ingredients, like chromium, go into steel to make it stainless. But remember, stainless steel is rarely 100% stain proof. Instead, it’s excellent at resisting stains. So, if you happen to drop a spoonful of blueberry jam on stainless steel, you should still make sure that you wipe the drips away immediately.

Stainless steel is a very forgiving material to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!

Give us a call to find out which stainless steel range hood is best for your kitchen.

Recipe Collection: Chocolate Overnight Oats

feb. 9

How about this for a perfect – and healthy – morning, breakfast treat? Chocolate Overnight Oats is the answer to “What’s for breakfast?” in the best possible way. Give it a try and let us know how you made it your own!

Chocolate Overnight Oats

  • 3 cups plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1-1/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups bananas, sliced
  1. Stir all ingredients together, except for the bananas, in a large bowl. Spoon out individual servings; cover. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. In the morning, top with sliced bananas, and enjoy!

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Recipe Collection: Shrimp and Coconut Fritters

Feb. 7

We love these very yummy shrimp and coconut fritters because they’re quick to whip up and they’re perfect for the most casual or the fanciest occasion. They do involve a bit of frying so make sure you turn your range hood fan on about 15 minutes before you start cooking them, and leave the fan running about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. That extra run time will ensure that the range hood draws up as much as the odors, smoke, and grease that frying produces.

Shrimp and Coconut Fritters

  • 8 oz peeled shrimp
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • vegetable oil for frying
  1. Place shrimp and green onions in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients except oil to the blender. Mix until combined.
  2. Heat oil to 350°F. Carefully place each shrimp into the hot oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  3. Serve with your favorite dip.
  4. Enjoy!

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This Is Why Variable Fan Speeds On A Range Hood Rule

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Did you know that range hoods can use up a lot of electricity? You can’t just decide not to use one, either. The kitchen range hood plays a very important role in keeping your kitchen clean and the air inside your home pristine.

Turning the range hood fan on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking and leaving it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking will optimize how well the range hood does its job. That important job is to draw up as much grease, smoke, odors, and potentially toxic fumes as possible and exhaust them all to the outdoors where they can just dissipate naturally in the environment.

So, now you know how important a range hood can be to you and your family’s health. But, how can you maintain a healthy home environment without increasing your electricity use?

Glad you asked!

Look for a range hood that is equipped with variable fan speeds. Most range hoods come with at least two speed options – low and high. If that’s what your range hood has, use the low setting just before you start cooking. Switch to high while you’re cooking, and drop the setting down to low again once you’re done cooking.

Some range hoods come equipped with a greater number of setting options, anything from 1 to 6. Range hoods that offer more settings allow you to better control how dirty air is drawn up and exhausted out. So, if all you’re doing is boiling a small pot of water, you will probably only need to use a setting between 1 and 3. If, however, you’re using your stovetop grill or dealing with oil splatters from frying, you will probably want to use one of the higher settings.

A range hood that features greater setting options may cost more at the outset. But, you will make that money back in terms of energy savings and better air quality in your home.

Recipe Collection: Shrimp Tostadas

feb. 1

Even though these scrumptious shrimp tostadas cook up very quickly, don’t forget to turn on the range hood fan. The fan will draw up all of the grease, odors, and smoke that even quick cooking can produce.

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Shrimp Tostadas

  • 1 lb raw deveined large shrimp, talks removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 35 round or triangle tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges
  1. Toss the shrimp with salt, chipotle powder, and lime juice. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan set over high heat. Fry shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Top each chip with a spoonful of guacamole, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and 1 shrimp.

Enjoy!

The Amazing Automatic Cleaning Reminder Function

jan. 30

Many of our range hoods have one feature (among many) that is really particularly exciting. That feature is the automatic cleaning reminder. Here’s how it works: every 30 days, the range hood will let you know that it’s time to clean the filter.

Range hoods work silently to draw up all the smoke, odors, steam, and all other potentially toxic fumes that are produced every time we fire up our stoves to cook. We remember to turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before cooking, and we remember to leave it running for about 15 minutes after we’re done cooking. But, do we remember to wash the filter regularly? Well, if you’re at all like me, the answer is probably not!

No worries, though. Most filters – whether they are baffle or mesh – can be placed in a dishwasher and put through a regular cleaning cycle. Easy, right?

Now, with the three automatic cleaning reminder function, there’s no reason to not maintain a perfectly clean range hood.

Contact us today to find out which range hood (with automatic cleaning reminder feature!) is best for your kitchen.