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2015 Year in Review

Happy New YearIt’s been yet another exciting year at Aggressive and much like the rest of the world we are recapping some of the best parts. January 2015 was the official start of our weekly blog and with it each week we brought you up to speed on new appliances, recipes, helpful tips, stories, and showroom happenings. Here are some our favorite highlights from 2015.

The introduction of the snazzy Viking Induction cooktop

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GE Monogram’s French door single walloven

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Our Kill Deer family that grew by three

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The celebration of our 35th Anniversary with locally sourced goodies every day that week

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FOUR new kitchen renovations to our showroom displays with Miele, Viking, Subzero-Wolf, and Gaggenau product lines

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VikingKitchenSubzero-WolfKitchenSubzero-WolfKitchen2GaggenauKitchenAnd of course we had a variety of events…

Our Second Annual Couples Cook-offs brought to us by Edible Orlando and Orlando Date Night Guide

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Our FIT Event with the Magic Team, Second Harvest and Disney

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Many delicious meals were prepared and enjoyed in our kitchens by our own employees and guest chefs.

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We know all about “new” at Aggressive because there’s always something “new” going on. 2016 appears to be unchanging in that there’s more change on the horizon of this new year.

So 2016…..BRING IT!!!

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

Christmas2015-4‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Aggressive

Not a spatula was stirring, not even the KitchenAid mixer.

The appliances would soon be shut off by their switches with care

With hopes that we left nothing on, we wouldn’t dare! Christmas2015-6

The install and delivery team would soon be snug in their beds,

While visions of keg-o-rators would dance in their heads.

And Cheryl in her apron, and Jerry on his PC,

Were checking the skies for Santa’s flight plan over various seas.

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When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter,

Tina sprang from her desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the doors we both flew with a flash

And sure enough the car dealership truck was blocking our path! Christmas2015

The accounting and purchasing departments were busy with money,

Making jokes as they worked because they’re so punny.

Sales reps discussed various brand features with zest,

While service reps and techs did their best with “Please get me in before Christmas!” Christmas2015-2

Our warehouse was bustling with last minute orders.

While Jeff put out fires and took care of disorder.

It had been a great year with many gifts to behold,

Many deliveries, installations, repairs, many appliances sold!
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Would just have to wait until the New Year commenced.

And I thought I heard Jerry exclaim as he drove out of the parking lot that night,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good-Night!”

Soups On! 2015 Edition

Soup2015-1Each year we have a soup/chili competition amongst our employees. Some of us take the competition very seriously. I was happy to come in a solid 10th place out of 13 entries with plans to make it to 9th next year!! The results came in after many of us MmmmMmmmMmm-ing our way through all the competitors.

Logan, our latest addition to Aggressive took 3rd place. Sam, Scott’s wife, took 2nd place. Tina came in first with her tortellini soup!! Here is Tina’s winning recipe so you can cook up a great dinner for your guests! The kicker? She didn’t even really follow a recipe!

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Tina’s Tortellini Soup

I – box of veggie broth

1 – box of beef broth

2 – packs of pork sausage/maybe 16 oz each

2 – 32 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes crushed

1 – onion chopped and sautéed

A handful of chopped garlic cloves chopped

1 – small bag of carrots chopped into strips.

2 – bags frozen tortellini (left on counter to thaw)

Saute your vegies and cook the sausage….add those to your broth and tomatoes…season with salt to taste, there was some Montreal seasoning on the counter, so I kept adding that too.

You can add wine, or I used most of a bottle of cooking sherry in mine.  I put in 2 bags of frozen tortellini (that I left on the counter, so they were actually thawed). Add those in the last ½ hour before you serve it. It’s a pretty basic soup so you can add or take away veggies per your taste….if you weren’t making for a big crowd, half all the ingredients.  I also added some chopped fresh basil right before serving.

Cheers!!!

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Then……Tina brought in some of the best cookies this past week for us to all enjoy. They are a Martha Stewart special. I’m adding the recipe link here because everyone needs to attempt these at home, especially for Christmas! Martha Stewart – Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Happy cooking!!!

Merry Christmas Foodie Baby

ChristmasIt is 15 days until Christmas and you know there is that one person on your list you just have no clue what to get because they HAVE EVERYTHING. We have something they don’t. And we stock ’em. And they won’t break your budget. And…well…WOLF! Wolf introduced Wolf Gourmet this year featuring countertop appliances, cookware, and cutlery!!! With prices ranging from $299.95-$999.95 you know you want to take a peek.

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Wolf is well known for their outstanding cooking products, but they also have an amazing gourmet kitchen small product line. These products are offered as promotional gifts when purchasing a whole kitchen full of Wolf and Subzero….BUT…you can buy them, too! If you don’t buy a kitchen full of awesome appliances you can purchase their sweet suite of goodies as gifts or keep them for yourself!

I’m going to focus on one of my favorites…..their blender. At $599.95 you have more than a “blender” here. You have a meal maker! And look at that red knob, signature Wolf design. You can buy a black or stainless knob, too, if you want to change it up.

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This blender makes smoothies, soups, sauces, and anything else you can think of to throw in a blender. With a 64 ounce capacity and the ability to create a meal in one container, how can you go wrong? Here’s a quick recipe from Bob Luyckx, our Wolf rep, that he created on the fly…for hot, fresh apple cider.

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“I used one half of Gala apple and one half envy apple. After cutting each in half I cord them and sliced them into three or four slices lengthwise. Add one bottle of water ( or 2 cups). I added liquid sugar in the raw as a sweetener however you could substitute agave or honey.  I used about a tablespoon and one half, but you can sweeten to taste. Sprinkled some ground cinnamon into the carafe. Put the blender on it’s soup function or mode and in 5 1/2 minutes I had piping hot fresh apple cider at about 140°.”

How great is this?!? Thanks Bob!

At $499.95, the countertop convection oven is another favorite of mine, however, we have the whole gourmet product line here (pictured below) that we’d be happy to show you since we have them displayed and ready to come home for Christmas.

Stop in and do your last minute Christmas shopping with Aggressive!

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This Little Griddle of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine

VikingChrome-1The day before Thanksgiving it was kind of quiet in here right after 12 noon. I’m sure you were all busy cooking, prepping, or sitting in stand still traffic. This was the perfect time for us at Aggressive to play on our appliances. We are prone to do that from time to time.

One of the reasons our customers benefit from our mostly live showroom is we play on the appliances and tell them about what we like about them. We test out their cool features AND eat too many of the tasty results, often. Eric and Doug treated us to peanut loaded cookies and homemade sausages on this particular Thanksgiving Eve. It should be noted this place is a serious threat to my waist and worth every calorie…

The reason I bring up their willingness to feed us is that I was most impressed by how Eric cooked up the sausage. He first defrosted it in the Miele steam oven and then griddled it up on the Viking  ViChrome™ Griddle.

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This griddle is quite impressive!!!! The result was a juicy and tender sausage inside, but crispy and browned on the outside. Perfection! So tasty and fresh. You would never have known it was frozen from 2014!!!! Since the griddle is “thermostatically” controlled it gives off even heat and temperature across the whole surface. That heat stays on the griddle so you aren’t heating up the kitchen, just the food.

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Anyone who loves cooking also knows cleaning up is not an ingredient of that joy. Once cooled, this griddle is easy to lift off the range and carry. The non-stick grease catch also comes out with no problem. Bring all the pieces to the sink, soap up, and done! All cleaned up! It’s mirror-like, chrome finish is beautiful, will not discolor over time, and is why it is so easy to clean.

If you happen to be in the area and want play on this range, or any other appliance, let us know. We would be happy to sample your creation!