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

april 30

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.

Recipe Collection: The Best Cheese Lasagna

april 2

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

mar. 29

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: 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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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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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

 

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.

Featured Product: Island Range Hoods

nov. 3

So many condo units and detached homes are designed with features like extra tall ceilings and open concept living spaces. The lack of walls lends the space an airy and spacious feeling. Cooking in a kitchen that’s not enclosed makes entertaining so much easier. No longer will you find yourself alone in the kitchen while guests have a good time without you. Better yet, no longer will you be trying to cook in your kitchen while guests crowd in to be with you!

Open concept kitchen design means that more of us have the luxury of cooking at, and sitting around, an island. Some islands feature stoves. That makes entertaining even easier, doesn’t it? You won’t ever need to turn your back on your guests.

But, if you’re going to install a stove in the island, you will need to also install an island range hood. Hung from the ceiling, the island range hood are not only functional. They’re often also a focal point in the kitchen. Look for range hoods that are stylish, unique, and fit well into your home’s decor.

If the kitchen ceiling is extra high, you can still opt for an island range hood. Many of these units come equipped with chimney extensions that reach upwards of 10 feet. If the unit you’ve selected doesn’t have an added extension, you can still purchase one separately.

Talk to one of our expert Support Team members to make sure you’re choosing the right range hood.

Inspiring Outdoor Kitchens!

June 2

Sometimes you just need a little hit of inspiration. Whatever your outdoor entertainment space looks like, admiring what other people have done to turn their backyards or balconies into an extension of their homes is a fabulous use of time.

Who doesn’t love looking at images of beautiful things? And who knows, you might even pick up an idea or two that you can implement in your own outdoor oasis. As you’ll see, some people go all out. They set up an outdoor cooking and eating area complete with stove, range hood, fridge, and countertops. For others, a barbeque and a picnic table are just enough.

Have you already done something amazing with your outdoor entertaining area? Share your pics on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to see them!

In the meantime, enjoy these:

Simple, but gorgeous. This comfortable patio marries the natural elements of the outdoors, like concrete and wood, with the functional elements of an indoor kitchen.

Photo: Rob Karosis

Here’s a little southwest feel with all the cool functionality of a working kitchen.

June 2-2

I love the fresh, open look of this backyard entertaining space. It goes to prove that you don’t need a lot of area to create a functional and beautiful backyard kitchen.

June 2-3

Need tips on setting up your own backyard entertaining oasis? Check out: Design Your Own Outdoor Kitchen.

What elements of backyard kitchens do you love most?