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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.

All About Stainless Steel Range Hoods

july 10

For the longest time, stainless steel was relegated to restaurant kitchens. Long, stainless steel countertops punctuated by stainless steel stoves, refrigerators, and range hoods took whatever the chefs could throw at it. Scratches and dents were hardly visible. The cool, shiny surface remained sanitary and spotless.

The fact that stainless steel is hardworking, durable, and beautiful did not escape the eye of designers for long. Soon, stainless steel kitchen appliances were the trend. That was more than a decade ago, and the trend is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Beauty and strength, together…

The majority of range hoods that are manufactured are made using stainless steel. Take a walk through any store that sells range hoods and you’ll see that it is definitely the material of choice.

All stainless steels contain iron and a minimum of 10.5% chromium oxide (“CrO”) (other elements used to make stainless steel include nickel, nitrogen and molybdenum). The chromium in the steel is combined with oxygen to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide. This layer is only a few atoms thick due partially to the ability of the chromium atoms and oxide atoms to pack together tightly. This layer protects the steel underneath and has a unique self-healing ability. Should the layer become scratched or cut, the newly exposed steel will form another protective area with oxygen in the air. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

Another boon? Stainless steel won’t rust … ever! It’s super easy to sanitize and clean, which is why restaurants love it. Their industry depends on preparing and serving food that’s fit for consumption. Why shouldn’t your own meals benefit from that extra level of clean?

Don’t worry if you drop coffee or blueberry juice onto the surface. Although stainless steel isn’t stain resistant, it does stain less than other types of steel. Remember, it’s very easy to clean. So, a quick wipe up is all you really need to do. Concerned about the environmental impact of the materials you use in your kitchen? Then you’ll love stainless steel. It’s earth friendly. It can be melted down, recycled and made into something else. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable.

Over 50% of new stainless steel is made from melted scrap metal, rendering it an eco-friendly material. It is important when purchasing any item that claims to be made of stainless steel to ask if the steel is completely stainless or if it is just top-level plating with a cheaper steel or metal underneath. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What type of stainless steel?

Although all stainless steel looks the same, there can actually be differences in its make-up that will effect how durable and long-lasting it will be.

A commonly used grade of stainless steel for range hoods and sinks is Type 430 (S43000). The basic alloy contains 11% chromium and 1% manganese. Grade 304 is the most common grade of stainless steel used in our industry. It has a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. Grade 200 stainless steel alloy contains 17% chromium, 4% nickel and 7% manganese. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What does the gauge mean?

Gauge (or gage) sizes are numbers that indicate the thickness of a piece of sheet metal, with a higher number referring to a thinner sheet. The equivalent thicknesses differ for each gauge size standard, which were developed based on the weight of the sheet for a given material.

If you’re looking at a range hood, and you’re not sure of the quality of stainless steel, give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out.

 

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?

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

Do This If You Don’t Have A Range Hood

April 25

Talking about range hoods is loads of fun and all. I mean, really, who doesn’t love to ogle a beautifully crafted hood set perfectly over a gorgeous stove in a perfect kitchen? But, let’s get real.

Sometimes, kitchens just don’t come equipped with range hoods. You’ll see this particularly in older homes … really older homes. Before the 1950s, homes weren’t typically built with range hoods. Even through the ’50s and ’60s, you might walk into a home that doesn’t have one. Don’t forget, too, that if you’re renting an apartment, you might not have access to one.

So, what do you do if you’re living in a range hood-less home? Here are my best tips. If you’ve got any of your own, include them in the comments below!

In the meantime, you can dream about these great range hoods that incorporate the Internet of Things!

Open up. If you have a window in the kitchen (or at least one nearby) open it up. Even in the dead of winter, opening the window a crack can make a huge difference to your indoor air quality.

Bring in a substitute. Take a trip over to your local hardware or department store and buy the best HEPA air filter and purifier you can afford. The best ones typically have multiple power settings that will filter the air according to how much odor and fumes are present.

Small, but mighty. If your apartment is small enough, you can try switching on the bathroom fan. That bit of extra air circulation might be all you need to keep the kitchen odors, smoke, and fumes under control.

 

Monthly Pick – Avoid These Mistakes When Buying A Range Hood

April 5

Since you’re already shopping around for a new range hood, you’re already avoiding mistake number one. The first mistake that most people tend to make is that they don’t realize their old range hood needs to be replaced. Just because it still runs doesn’t mean it runs well or that it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing well enough. So, congratulations … you’re well on your way to a healthier kitchen environment. Let’s see if I can keep you on track to that better space by letting you know about these common mistakes.

It’s not an ornament. We decorate our walls with beautiful art. We create beautiful food. We choose countertop, cabinet, and floor finishes that are particularly pleasing to the eye. The range hood should fit right into that pattern. By all means, choose one that works well with your decor. But … and this is a big one … the primary concern should be how well it works. Look for the right range hood that works best with your stove. Whether you cook with electric or gas makes a huge difference in terms of which range hood you should be eyeing.

Cheap and cheerful. Sure, everyone wants to save money. And you can if you spend a little time looking for range hood sales. You’re bound to find something that lets you check off all your requirements. The key though is research. Don’t automatically settle for the best price. You need to make sure that the range hood is the right one for your stove. Choose one that offers multiple power settings (low, mid-range, and high). The point of a range hood is to clean the air in your home by removing all the grease, odor, and fumes that are produced every time cooking happens.

Size matters. No one wants to hit their head against a range hood while they’re cooking. So, to avoid that, you might think it’s ok to install the hood high above the stove. Don’t do that. A range hood that’s set too high just will not be able to do the job it’s meant to do. Check the manufacturer’s suggestions. If all else fails, choose a different type of range hood.

Not sure how to choose a range hood for your particular kitchen situation? Give us a call. We love talking with you!

 

 

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Imperial Hoods

Photo: Imperial Hoods

Photo: Imperial Hoods

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry range hoods made by Imperial Hoods.

Imperial Hoods has been in the business of hand-crafting economy range hoods since 1961. Owner Frank C. Flentye designed the range hoods while newly hired associate Dick Mancinelli worked hard to produce the maximum they could. People loved Fentye and Mancinelli’s range hoods.

Imperial Hoods isn’t just about range hoods. Flentye eventually turned ownership of the company over to his employees so that they could share in the company’s growth. Imperial Hoods is also actively involved in the community and supports the Special Olympics, The Orange County Rescue Mission, Wounded Warriors, and more.

Find out more about range hoods: Types of Range Hoods For Your Kitchen.

Take a look at these:

This is the Imperial C2030BP 30 inch range hood. Regularly $1190. Now, $889.17. You save $300.83!

Mar. 28-2

This is the Imperial 3030PS1 30 inch under cabinet flush mount range hood on sale now for $772.97.

Mar. 28-3

This one is the Imperial C2030PS 30 inch range hood insert on sale now for $1059.30.

Mar. 28-4

Have questions? Give us a call. We love talking to you!

Spring Recipes – Roast Vegetable and Noodle Salad

Mar. 24

Ramen noodles are hugely popular … and not just with university students! They’re quick and easy to prepare, and delicious, too. This healthy noodle salad features fresh, roasted flavors. It’s perfect for a light lunch or even as an appetizer!

Serve with: Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 cob corn, husked
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pkgs (85 g each) ramen soup noodles (discard the flavor packets)

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chives, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  1. Brush carrots, mushrooms, and red pepper with oil. Place the vegetables on a tray.
  2. Roast vegetables in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Slice vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, cut kernels off of corn cob. Place kernels in a bowl; add enough water to cover. Bring to boil either on the stovetop or cook until tender in the microwave. Drain well and add to the bowl.
  4. Cook ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to vegetables and toss.

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  1. Stir together oil, vinegar, and garlic. Add chives, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add dressing to vegetable-ramen mixture. Toss to combine.

Enjoy! Let us know how you have customized this dish.

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Spagna Vetro

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry Canadian made Spagna Vetro range hoods. Top quality materials make these range hoods a premium choice for both designers and homeowners. Our customers love the price, too.

Take a look below at this gorgeous stainless steel and curved glass hood.

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

This Spagna Vetro 42 inch SV198D-I42 island mounted stainless steel-glass range is on sale for $505. Regularly $1049, you save $544! Give us a call if you have any questions.

Read more about island range hoods: Kitchen Islands.

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: Nuerom.com

Photo: Nuerom.com

Which is your favorite range hood design style?

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Rangemaster

Mar. 14

Simple, stylish, expressive, classic … these are all words that customers have used to describe range hoods made by Rangemaster. In fact, if you’re looking for a range hood that’s eye catching and is a work of art, then you should browse through our selection here.

Rangemaster was founded in England in 1939. Since then, the company has been consistently at the top when it comes to quality range ovens, kitchen appliances, and so much more. It’s showing no signs of slowing down 78 years later.

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry Rangemaster range hoods. We’ve chosen to feature this company because of its solid reputation. We’re currently offering some of these for sale. So, don’t wait! Buy one now.

Read: How To Buy An Exposed Chimney-Style Range Hood.

The Rangemaster RM503601 Series 36 (pictured above) is regularly priced $1200.25. It’s on sale now for $750. You save $450.25!

The gorgeous Rangemaster Wall Mount Mirage 62000 Series features hand-blown glass, advanced electronics, halogen lighting, and much more. Regularly $2499.95. It’s on sale for $2399. You save $100.95!

I love this stylish Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood regularly priced at $1425.95. It’s now for sale for $990. You save $435.95!

Any questions? Give us a call. We love talking with you!