Category Archives: Holiday

Fall Recipes: Apple Berry Crumble

nov. 9

This Apple Berry Crumble makes use of all the wonderful fall fruit available at many farmers’ markets. At the very least, you’ll be able to find everything you need for this recipe at your local grocery store. This crumble makes a yummy addition to both a formal and informal dessert table. Remember to turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before baking and leaving it on for about 15 minutes after the crumble comes out of the oven.

Apple Berry Crumble

Crumble

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp butter, cold, unsalted

Filling

  • 4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1-1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir together all crumble ingredients, except for the butter, in a bowl. Add the butter. Work the butter into the crumble mixture with your fingers. Set aside.
  3. For the filling: Combine flour with cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. Toss apples, blueberries, and cranberries with cinnamon mixture. Pour honey over the fruit and combine. Transfer mixture to a 9×9 inch baking pan. Top evenly with crumble mixture.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until top is golden and apples are tender. Cool before cutting.

Enjoy! Try some of our other recipes, too!

Spooky Halloween Kitchen Party

oct. 30

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Maybe this is the year you host the perfect (and spooky!) Halloween party. You can shell out treats for all the kids who ring the doorbell while still enjoying a frighteningly good time with your friends and family.

Peruse these fun ideas and add a few of your own in the comments section!

Halloween Spice Cookies

5 Healthy Halloween Treats

How Is A Range Hood As Shiny As A Vampire?

The Night Is Dark & Full Of Range Hoods

Check out some of our scary good deals on range hoods: www.rangehoodsinc.com

The Kitchen Round-Up – The Labor Day Version

Photo: GigMasters

From our family to yours … Happy Labor Day!

Given that today is all about relaxing, having fun with family and friends, and eating fabulous food, we’ve put together a list of articles that will help you do just that … to the max!

Let us know what you have planned today.

5 Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend

5 Outdoor Summer Recipes

Monthly Pick – KIY Kitchen Cabinets

5 Great Kitchen Gifts For Students

The Best Music To Cook To

 

Host The Best Backyard Labor Day Party

august 31

Happy Labor Day! Where has the summer gone? Now it’s time for back to school and back to work. But before reality hits, let’s get together and enjoy the last long weekend of the summer!

Hosting a backyard bash is so much fun. Round up your friends, some delicious food, and some party games. Before you know it – and with little expense – you’re having the time of your life.

Check out our ideas for a perfect backyard Labor Day party, then add some of your own.

Check out these Labor Day specials!

Set up. Clear out big pieces of furniture or backyard tools. Make sure you create lots of room for your friends to sit, wander, and play. Clean the pool and the house! Both need to be as fresh and sparkling as possible so your guests feel comfortable and appreciated. Rent a long table, if necessary, to lay out all the food and drinks. Lay out beach towels, sunscreen, extra sunglasses, and have plenty of cool water on hand.

The menu. You can’t have a party without great food and drinks. Mix up some fruit punch and fire up the grill. Here are some of our favorites:

  • grilled chicken or veggie kabobs
  • hamburgers, with and without cheese
  • grilled sausages
  • coleslaw
  • fruit salad

As an added bonus, you can pick up a small cotton candy maker and whip up a carnival treat for your friends.

Play time. Regardless of how many adults vs kids will be attending your party, games are a must. Set up a ping pong table and trampoline. Lay out a long rope for tug of war. Leave a football lying around for anyone who’d like to toss a ball around. How about sacks for 3-legged races?

What do you love about Labor Day?

Host A Last Minute 4th Of July Kitchen Party

4th of july kitchen party

Happy 4th of July!

Maybe you’re heading off to a fun party with friends and family today. Or, maybe you’re not. Maybe you got a call early this morning asking you to be the host with the most this year. Fear not. You can most certainly host an amazing 4th of July party at your own home at the last minute.

Here’s how…

Fun & Games

Three-legged races and sack races are loads of fun for adults and children alike. Don’t have burlap backs? No worries. Pull a few pillow cases off your pillows and use those instead.

Pull out a few board games and pile them onto a table. Playing board games is a surprisingly fun activity, especially if you just need to sit for a bit after the three-legged and sack races!

Food

Yes, food might definitely be a problem if you weren’t expecting to host a party. But, we can help you out. Check out our Picnic Recipes For The 4th of July and 4th of July Recipes.

Don’t be shy about asking your guests to bring along some food and drink to share, too!

Decorations

If food might be scarce, 4th of July themed decorations might also be hard to find around your house. Maybe you’ve been accumulating decorations over the years. If not, and if you have some art supplies lying around, you can invite your guests to make some fantastic themed art. Give them paper, pencil crayons, glue, scissors, whatever you happen to have on hand. At the end of the night, they can take their creations home with them as a reminder of the fun they had at your spontaneous party.

How will you be celebrating?

Give Dad A Tasty Treat For Father’s Day

june 16

C’mon, nothing says I love you like a good meal, right?

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a very yummy meal. Switch on the range hood and play dad’s favorite music. This Pan Roasted Veal recipe is easy to pull together, and it will infuse your home with the most amazing aromas! Pair it with a side of your dad’s favorite vegetables and his favorite wine or beer.

Pan Roasted Veal

  • 4 lbs boned veal shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken or veal stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Rub rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper over the veal roast.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan or pot. Brown the veal.
  3. Add wine, stock, and water. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook on the stovetop for 1 1/2 hours, or until veal is cooked through. Turn veal periodically.
  5. Once cooked, remove veal from the pan, tent it with foil, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid remaining in the pan into a clean pan. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, and reduce to 2/3 cup. Slice veal and serve with pan juices.

Try Pineapple Habanero Paletas for dessert.

Enjoy!

Kitchen Trends – Roll It Out!

May 31-Manager-Erp.com

Most of us struggle to find storage space in our kitchens. Sometimes, we barely have room for an eat-in section. Well, kitchen designers have heard our cries of frustration. The latest trend is … wheels.

Yup, you read that right. Designers are putting wheels on pretty much every piece of furniture in the kitchen. It’s a great idea that gives homeowners the ability to rearrange the pieces as necessary. Imagine that you’re having a party, and you want to be able to stand behind the counter so you can cook, serve, and interact with your guests. All you’d need to do is pull the lower cabinets away from the wall and rearrange them as you’d like.

Of course, that’s not possible for any cabinetry housing the dishwasher or the stove and range hood set-up. But, it’s a great option for the remaining furniture.

Would you discard all of your existing cabinets and replace them with moving parts?

Read more about the perfect kitchen layout options: How To Layout An Efficient Kitchen

The Curious Case Of The “Just In Cases”

Photo: House Beautiful

Just take a moment to admire that organized kitchen in the photo above. Is that not the height of art and beauty and stress-free living? Ok, fine. I’m exaggerating … but only a little.

We live in our kitchens. Most of us spend a huge part of our home time in that very room. We’re either feeding ourselves and family, preparing to feed ourselves and family, cleaning, crafting, baking, cooking … maybe even reading or watching a lot of cat videos.

Cats … dogs … pets …rats. Today is National Pack Rat Day! Did you know that was a thing? I admit that I did not. It is, however, appropriate, especially in terms of our kitchens. If you’re anything like me, you collect appliances, gadgets, cookie sheets, plates, coffee mugs, glasses … yeah, you get the idea.

Eventually, everything threatens to topple onto you if you open a cupboard door too quickly. So, today, in honor of National Pack Rat Day, we are going to declutter. Yes, you, too.

Here’s what I realized:

  1. I have a lot more stuff than I think I do.
  2. I have a lot more stuff that I never use than I think I do.
  3. I am through thinking that I should keep things “just in case”!

Once I began decluttering, repurposing, recycling, and discarding that stuff, I found I had so much more room. Good thing, too, because I just picked up a used bread machine!

If your kitchen needs a bit of a refresher, follow these steps. You won’t feel overwhelmed. You will feel happier at the end of it all.

  • Clear the countertops first. Put away anything that needs to be put away. Wash anything that needs to be washed. Then put those items away. You’re free to take a short break now, if you need to.
  • Always. Sometimes. Never. Start at the top of a cabinet and clear out anything you haven’t used in a while. Consider each item. Is it something you used recently? Is it something you can only use periodically (like holiday-themed muffin cups). Get rid of everything else. Keep going until you need a break. It’s ok to treat yourself.
  • Size matters. Cupboards, drawers, fridges, freezers … none of these are stretchable in any way imaginable. So, if you open up any of them and find items piled on top of each other, you’ve got to make a decision. See point above. How many of those items are essential to your everyday or holiday food prep? Anything that hasn’t been used in a while or is damaged should just go.

Have you been bitten by the decluttering bug? Share your tips!

Pamper Mom With A Treat And A Treatment

Photo: Shyma {AllNatural28}

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Celebrating your mom doesn’t have to be big and fancy, but it does have to be special. Make today all about her.

“Make” is the operative word here. I really do mean make something for her from scratch … you know, with your hands. It doesn’t matter how perfectly it turns out. The very fact that you went to the trouble to make her something yourself will mean the world to her.

You can book a spa treatment for the two of you, of course. That would be fabulous! But, what if you whipped up your own bottle of special spa treatment along with a delicious snack that you could share? That would make for a great day. Yup, there’s that word again. Make.

Ok, let’s get to it. It’s time to step into the kitchen and turn on those appliances!

I came across this fabulous Citrus Nail-Growth Soak that you can stir up quickly and easily in your kitchen for an insanely small fraction of the cost of a treatment with a nail care specialist. As we age, our nails become more brittle and less shiny. A natural nail treatment should help to bring your mom’s nails back to tip top shape.

As for food … sure, you can go with healthy, light fare. Or you can pull out all the stops and drool over this super delicious Over-the-Top Savoury Bread Pudding. Enjoy with a glass of bubbly, of course!

Check out more of our recipes here!

What are your plans?

Cinco de Mayo Party Favorites!

Photo: Party City

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mexicans hold celebrations on this day to remember their country’s victory over the French in 1862. Beyond the Mexican border, Cinco de Mayo has become a beacon for anyone and everyone who loves Mexican food and culture. So, let’s join in, shall we?!

I must admit, I’m always a little ambivalent when it comes to hosting a party. On the one hand, I love spending time and sharing great food with family and friends. On the other hand, I dread the fact that my small kitchen is going to be stretching at the seams in its effort to hold in all the food, serving bowls, prepping materials … not to mention people who wander in!

If your kitchen is a little on the small side like mine, and a renovation and new appliances aren’t quite in the cards right now, check out my tips below.

Entertaining in a small kitchen

How To Host A Party In a Small Kitchen

How To Make a Small Kitchen Seem Bigger

Tips for Organizing a Small Kitchen

Cinco de Mayo party tips

  • Whip up your favorite margarita recipe and hand one to your guests as soon as they arrive.
  • Put out a DIY main course: bowls of pulled pork, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and tortillas.
  • Have fun with servingware: hunt down some palm leaves or hollowed-out watermelon and canteloupe shells.
  • Try this yummy dessert: How to Make Paletas and more: Pineapple Habanero Paleta

What’s your favorite Mexican treat?