Category Archives: Cooking

Recipe Collection: Jalapeño & Honey Ribs

jan. 18

You will love these ribs. They are so easy to pull together. They are perfect for a game’s night get-together, an easy family dinner, or even a special, celebratory meal. Yes, they are a little messy. But, they’re so worth a few dribbles!

Fire up the bbq for this recipe. Or, if you have a powerful range hood and an indoor grill, you can whip these up quickly in your kitchen.

Jalapeño & Honey Ribs

  • 6 jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 lbs ribs
  1. Grill jalapeños until they are charred and blistered. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap until they are cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Peel, seed, and chop the jalapeños.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Sauté onion and garlic until softened. Add water, honey, vinegar, hoisin, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Add jalapeños. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine cornstarch with cold water. Stir into sauce and return to a boil. Boil until thick.
  4. Brush ribs with glaze as they cook on the grill.

Find more great recipes here.

Recipe Collection – Pineapple and Sausage Skewers

jan. 12

It may be January, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fire up the BBQ! Definitely try these very delicious chicken and pineapple skewers. They’re quick to whip up and perfect when you want to impress a crowd.

Some stoves are equipped with a grill component allowing you to cook up these skewers indoors. Remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

Chicken-Pineapple Skewers

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
  • 300 g pineapple chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Soak large wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. Preheat grill.
  2. Taking alternate turns, thread chicken and pineapple chunks onto skewers.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together sriracha sauce, honey, and oil.
  4. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is almost cooked through. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush the skewers with sauce mixture.

Serve with a side of rice and grilled vegetables. Find more delicious recipes here.

The Amazing Centrifugal Fan

jan. 8

Can’t picture what a centrifugal fan looks like? Just think of a whirligig or spinny wheel that some people place in their gardens and that spins when the wind blows. It’s basically a series of blades enclosed in a container inside a range hood. That’s why it’s called a fan wheel.

When the hood fan is turned on, the wheel spins. The spinning motion creates high pressure that draws air in. Centrifugal fans are typically found in more powerful range hoods because they need more power to operate properly. Centrifugal fans are particularly good at removing smoke, steam, grease, and odors from the kitchen.

Contact us if you want to find out what kind of fan is built into the range hood model you’ve chosen.

Recipe Collection – Cucumber Yogurt

jan. 4

Sometimes you just need something light, healthy, and refreshing … especially after a month of indulging in holiday fare. This Cucumber Yogurt dip comes together quickly and easily, and you won’t even need to turn on the range hood fan, either.

Cut up an assortment of fresh vegetables and dip away!

Cucumber Yogurt

  • 2 cups English cucumber, grated
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves

Combine cucumber, yogurt, garlic, salt, and cumin in a bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with an assortment of vegetables.

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All About Automatic Shut-Off

jan. 2

Many range hoods come equipped with a heat sensor. This is a very handy feature, indeed. It allows you to concentrate on cooking, entertaining, and eating instead of trying to figure out how much grease, smoke, steam, or odor that cooking is producing.

The point is that if there is a lot of smoke, grease, steam, and odor being produced, you would have to stop whatever you’re doing and select a higher fan setting. Then, once you’ve finished cooking – and you’ve let the fan keep running for another 15 minutes or so – you would have to remember to go turn the range hood fan off. The heat sensor takes that responsibility off your shoulders.

But now, some range hoods can go one better.

Not only do they control the fan setting automatically as you cook, they even switch on and off automatically.

The heat sensor on these range hoods is programmed to activate, then de-activate, when the air reaches a particular temperature.

The fact that the range hood keeps the indoor air in our homes clean and fresh is great. The fact that it does that without us needing to worry about it at all is simply fabulous.

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.

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.

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: