Category Archives: Cooking

How To Reach A State Of Peace And Quiet In The Kitchen

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Did you know that one of the reasons people do not use their range hoods is because of fan noise? Some range hoods are so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation near one. That forces your family and friends to move out of the kitchen to talk while you’re left behind to finish preparing the meal.

Better quality range hoods and more powerful range hoods usually come equipped with 3 to 6 fan settings. So, you can use a lower fan setting if you’re cooking something that doesn’t produce a whole lot of smoke, grease, fumes, or odors.

But, what if you do cook meals that require a higher fan setting? Should you just grin and bear the fan noise? No! You can actually purchase a silencer.

The silencer is made of galvanized steel and is insulated with rubber on both ends. It can be installed between the range hood and the duct. The silencer looks a little like a car muffler, and it acts like one, too.

Installing a silencer will not affect how well the range hood does its job. It will still draw up as much smoke, grease, fumes, and odors as it can. It will just be a whole lot quieter.

With a silencer’s help, you and your friends and family will be able to fully enjoy that kitchen party.

Spectacular Outdoor Kitchens

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Forget about the heat, the rain, or anything else that Mother Nature might throw at us. It’s time to take a look at the backyard and figure out how to make it the outdoor room of your dreams.

Spending as much time outside as possible has become a huge trend in every part of the country. The patio has become so much more than a place for plastic furniture and a patio umbrella. Many of us want that outdoor space to be as convenient and comfortable as our indoor kitchen and living room.

Check out these gorgeous outdoor living spaces, including high powered range hoods, BBQs, and lounge areas!

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The Amazing Range Hood Remote Control

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Many of our range hoods come with a remote control. This is a perk that top-rated range hood manufacturers provide for their customers. In fact, Cavaliere is one of the most respected manufacturers who make a point of equipping their hoods with features that make life easier.

If you’re already standing at the stove cooking, you might wonder what the point of a remote control is.

In cases where the range hood is flush with the ceiling or is installed at a height higher than most people’s average height, then a remote control makes turning the unit on and off and setting the fan speed super easy and convenient.

Beyond installation height, a remote control gives you the option to turn the fan on or off wherever you happen to be. That becomes very important in terms of remembering to turn the fan on about 15 minutes before you begin cooking and turning it off about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. Instead of running into the kitchen to turn the fan on or off, you can just activate it via the remote.

Do you have questions about using your remote control? Give us a call. We’ll help you out.

Recipe Collection: The Best Cheese Lasagna

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I know, I know… after a long weekend full of great food and over eating, the last thing we all need is another opportunity to over eat. But, this lasagna recipe is so good!

Remember to turn your range hood fan on when you start making this very delectable dish, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you turn the oven off.

Check other tasty recipe in our Recipe Collection.

The Best Cheese Lasagna

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tb flour
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped finely + 1 extra Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 100g ricotta cheese
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese
  • 200g instant lasagne sheets
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add milk a quarter cup at a time, stirring constantly. Stir over medium heat until smooth and thick.
  2. Remove sauce from heat and add 1 Tbsp basil, all the ricotta, and half the Parmesan. Adjust seasoning.
  3. Grease an ovenproof 12″x16″ lasagna pan. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of ricotta mixture on the bottom of the pan. Lay one layer of lasagne sheets on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with a little of the Parmesan and basil. Continue to layer with lasagne sheets, Parmesan, a little of the ricotta mixture, and basil. Top the last layer of lasagne sheets with the remaining sauce and Parmesan.
  4. Bak at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until the lasagne sheets are tender.

Enjoy!

Recipe Collection: Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

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Can you believe we’ve reached the end of March already? Where has the time gone? Not only that, but we’re heading into the long Easter weekend. Do you have your meal ideas worked out? Check out this very delicious Perfect Picnic Potato Salad. It’s a quick contribution to a potluck (whether you’re picnicking or not)! The potatoes will need to be boiled, which puts a lot of steam into your kitchen. Remember to turn your range hood fan on at least 15 minutes prior to cooking, and leave it running about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Have a wonderful Easter long weekend! Check out more of our great recipes.

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 lbs nw baby potatoes, unpeeled
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add potatoes. Cook until potatoes are just tender. Drain.
  2. In a food processor (or with a blender or whisk), combine 3 Tbsp of the oil, egg, mustard, dill, vinegar, lemon juice, and pepper. Blend until well combined. Slowly add remaining oil in a steady stream. Add sour cream and stir to combine.
  3. Slice potatoes into quarters. Combine potatoes with celery and onion. Pour dressing over top and stir until combined.
  4. Garnish with chives. Check for seasoning. Refrigerate until needed.

Enjoy!

Recipe Collection – Breaded Chive Chicken

Sometimes you just need a simple and delicious recipe that you can whip up with almost no effort. This Breaded Chive Chicken recipe is perfect on every level. Because there is some frying involved, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. That will ensure that as much of the fumes, smoke, grease, and odors have been drawn up and out of your kitchen.

This recipe is perfect in a sandwich the next day. It’s lovely in a picnic, too!

Check out our other great recipes in our collection.

Chicken Chive Surprise

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • dry breadcrumbs
  • oil for deep frying
  1. Pound chicken breasts until flat.
  2. Combine butter with egg yolk, chives, and garlic. Divide into 4 equal parts. Roll into a sausage shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast around each piece of butter. Close chicken with a toothpick. Toss stuffed chicken breast in flour. Dip into beaten eggs, and press into breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Pour several inches of oil into a deep pot. Heat oil to 350°F. Dip stuffed chicken breasts into oil being careful not to crowd the pot or allow the oil to splatter out. Cook for about 10 minutes.

Recipe Collection: French Vegetable Soup

Mireille Guiliano is a longtime cookbook author and authority on French cooking. We love her philosophy on life that’s all about enjoying the good things, especially homemade food!

Given that we’re in the official month of spring, we thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful vegetables that are available to us.

Check out this very yummy version of Basic Vegetable Soup. It will make you feel healthy and happy from your head to your toes.

Because there’s some sautéeing required to get just the right flavor, we recommend that you start your range hood fan 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done.

Let us know how you customize this soup! Find more great recipes in our Recipe Collection.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

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Your range hood does a lot for you. It draws up all that grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that cooking produces. Those other appliances we depend on – the refrigerator, stove, microwave – they off gas fumes, too. Your range hood clears the air of all those potentially toxic pollutants. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure your range hood is in peak working condition.

Start by giving it a really good cleaning. Use a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. You just want to make sure that the cleaner is gentle enough to use on any surface – stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, or even wood. Most range hood filters can be easily detached from the housing and placed in the dishwasher. Run it through a regular cycle and reattach.

Depending on how frequently you cook at the stove, or how much frying you do, you should consider hiring a professional to clean the ducts at least every few years. New range hoods are excellent at separating grease from smoke, fumes, and steam. They trap the grease in the filter and allow everything else to escape to the outdoors. Some of that particulate matter can settle within the duct that leads from the range hood to the outside. A professional duct cleaner will make sure that the ducts are as pristine as possible.

An older range hood may not be very effective at separating the grease from all the other pollutants. In that case, any grease that settles in the ductwork can become a fire hazard. Cleaning out the ducts is very important if your range hood is very old.

Here’s a thought. if your range hood is old, why not take the opportunity now to toss out the old and bring in the new? You’ll get to update the look of your kitchen with a modern range hood and your home’s indoor air quality will be much healthier thanks to improvements in range hood technology.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Island Mounted Range Hood

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No, you’re not seeing double. That is one range hood with two – count them, two! – chimneys. This unit is truly one for the diehard cook. Each chimney functions at 1000 CFM for a total drawing power of 2000 CFM. That is a lot of grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that will get exhausted out of your home and into the great outdoors.

This range hood is perfect for large kitchens, gas ranges, and a family that loves to cook. Even better, it comes with touch sensitive controls, a six speed fan, and a 30 hour cleaning reminder.

Guess what? It’s actually on sale. Right now. For more than $1000 off the regular price! Check it out here.

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Recipe Collection: Corn, Avocado, And Shrimp Salad

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We absolutely love this light, filling, colorful, and super tasty salad. Feel free to make it your own by customizing it in any way you’d like. You can cook the shrimp on an outdoor grill, if you’d like. But, if you’re frying them in a pan or using the grill option built into your stove, then remember to turn on the range hood fan. It will draw up all the smoke, grease, and fishy odor from your kitchen and exhaust it to the outdoors!

Corn, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad

  • 20 tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • kernels from 2 cobs of corn
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp shallots, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt, to taste
  1. Preheat grill. Cook shrimp until pink.
  2. Combine cooked shrimp, corn kernels, tomatoes, avocado, radishes, cucumber, and parsley in a bowl.
  3. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
  4. Combine dressing with salad ingredients.

Enjoy! You’ll find many more delicious recipes here.