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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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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.

Recipe Collection: Chicken Kabobs!

jan. 26

Cook these chicken kabobs up on an indoor or outdoor grill. You’ll love them either way. Just remember, if you’re cooking these indoors, turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before you begin grilling, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

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Chicken Kabobs!

  • 4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce (use your favorite variety)
  1. Soak 16 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Toss chicken pieces with oil, oregano, and salt.
  3. Thread chicken, onions, peppers, and zucchini onto skewers.
  4. Grill kabobs over medium heat, turning once or twice and brushing with barbecue sauce, for about 15 minutes, or until no longer pink inside and meat thermometer registers 170°F.

Enjoy!

Benefits of Flush Mount Range Hoods

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Looking for a truly rare addition to your kitchen? How about a flush mount range hood?

Under-the-cabinet range hoods are typically installed flush against the bottom of the cabinet. But, there’s a new trend in range hood installation that might be perfect in a small kitchen. Island range hoods can be mounted flush against the ceiling. Talk about opening up sightlines!

Is a range hood mounted flush against the ceiling in your future?

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.

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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.

Touch Sensitive Controls Are The Next Big Thing

jan. 10

Touch control technology is here to stay. The idea that all we need to do is to simply touch something to make something happen has gone far beyond the capabilities offered by our smart phones. The technology has taken the kitchen by storm.

Enter touch control systems on the range hood.

Touch control technology makes using the range hood even easier than you might have thought it could be. All you need to do to activate the fan to whatever level is appropriate for what you’re cooking is to touch a button.

Touch control enhances accessibility, too. The technology makes using a range hood very easy for people with mobility or fine motor issues.

Best of all, the touch controls are super easy to clean. You know that grime that can hide behind knobs? Well, it just won’t be there anymore. Touch controls are typically embedded into a panel that requires a simple wipe to clean.

Contact us to find out with range hoods come equipped with touch control.