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Proms & Dishwashers

Prom1It’s prom season. Teens everywhere are suiting and dolling up for this special event. So what do proms and teenagers have in common? If you are fortunate enough to have a teen that cleans up and helps out around the house, we might just help make their jobs easier. Let’s face it, it is hard to get kids to do any chores. Wouldn’t it be nice if one chore was easier to do but still got the job done?DishesPicNot all teens are meticulous cleaners. And if you have them doing the dishes, they may not always pay attention to how they are loading the dishwasher. With a new dishwasher you won’t have to worry if your teen pre-washed or pre-rinsed the dishes. Scraping any pieces off the plate and putting them in is the extent of the effort needed. Yes, they will look disgusting. Yes, you will doubt the dishes smeared with mashed potatoes and caked on cheese will get cleaned. Yes, you will be amazed at the end result. Dishwashers these days actually wash dishes. What a novel idea…dirty dishes3

Dishwashers have changed plenty over the years. Drying done by heating elements has almost disappeared, replaced with more energy efficient condensation drying methods. Loud? These days many dishwashers are so quiet an indicator light or displayed light within the door is included so you know the dishwasher is even running and/or off. They are THAT quiet. The clean factor is what really wows me. I’ve watched some really awful dishes go into current dishwashers and that come out squeaky clean. It’s really fun to experiment and put the most disgusting dishes in and still have them come out clean!dirty dishes2So if you can get your teen to help out, and even if you can’t, know that you could make dishwashing easier on everyone by upgrading to a new machine.

Is New Technology Great?

JennAirWifiOven5Can you remember a time when you had to wait for the 11 o’clock news to get the sports scores? Have you ever had part of a song lyric in your head but couldn’t remember the whole song?  Or been in the grocery store and didn’t have the list of ingredients for the recipe you want to make?  Can you live without your smart phone?  With Google in your pocket, we can have a world’s worth of knowledge available anytime.  If you take your phone or tablet with you to the kitchen, you can look up recipes or cooking techniques with ease.   WolfWallOven2

I almost never reference a cookbook anymore.  Pretty soon, you may not even need to power up your phone or tablet to be a better cook.  We now have at least four brands of ovens (click on any of the pictures to go to their sites) with some pre-programmed smart cook functionality and at least four brands that are offering limited wi-fi connectivity to control or check your oven remotely.

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I said “at least” because new models are being announced or rumored all the time. If you don’t cook a prime rib regularly, you may forget what temperature to set the meat probe. A smart oven has that built into it.  Just pull up the smart cook function and tell it that you want a medium rare prime rib and the oven does the rest.  Today’s most advanced ovens have settings for beef, pork, poultry, baked goods, and many more foods.

DacorWalloven A few days ago we installed Jenn-Air’s new oven.  It has their second generation advanced touch controller with photos of food built in.  If you don’t know the difference in medium and medium rare, the photos show examples of each.JennAirWifiOven6

The interface is now easier to use and they have added app controlled Wi-fi connectivity.  I installed the app this morning and without touching the oven, I changed the touch screen image, turned on the oven, and set the timer.  The advantage is that you can start the pre-heat while you are at the grocery store or turn off the oven that you forgot before you left the house.

JennAirWifiOven2Come by and we can show you the advanced controllers from Jenn-Air, Miele, Dacor and Wolf. Be sure to bring your phone so you can play on one yourself….just make sure you turn off the oven before you leave!

Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

AlfrescoAlfresco rolled in to give us an update on all their outdoor cooking and accessory line. While you should definitely come in to get the full story on their product line (grills, pizza oven, 28″ beverage center that can hold a full keg, to name a few) two of their add-ons really made an impression on me. A built-in grill does not make for a full outdoor kitchen experience….but with these sweet add-ons you’ll have no problem fulfilling every one of your outdoor entertaining needs.

Their 30″ Versa sink MSRP $1197 has plenty to offer. You can fill the sink with ice (and beer!), use it as a prep sink, use other accessories to create your own unique prep space, or rearrange all the parts to suit that day’s needs or wants. With a full size kitchen sink drain, it’s easy to clear it out, too. Everything you see below is included in the full beverage package…..check out the shelf for the BLENDER. I LOVE that! Pictured here is the bar package MSRP $806, the serving shelf MSRP $572, and the middle shelf MSRP $105.

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It can change back to this…..to wash up.Alfresco30-inch-versa-sink-as-sink

Or this…with the sink add on package MSRP $549, and high self with a pot rack MSRP $572, and middle shelf MSRP $105.AlfrescoPrepCenterHighShelf

There are accessory packages you can purchase to either do it up beverage style or make it a prep center. This sink is offered in widths of 14″ MSRP $1003 and 24″ MSRP $1405.

Their dry pantry caught my eye, too. The dry pantry takes outdoor storage to a whole new level. We have a LOT of bugs in Florida. These cabinets seal well, channel rain down the specially designed gaskets, and keep out creepy, crawly, bugs.

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They also seal out humidity, so if you wanted to keep towels, or supplies out there for easy access, you won’t have to keep filling it every time you’re outside. They come in heights of 21″ and 33″ depending on whether you want it under your grill, or right beneath your counter. They offer a 30″ and 42″ width. MSRP is $1749-$2399, depending on the size. With pull out drawers and shelves, you have the option of where and how you want things to grab things.Alfresco30-Inch-Sealed-Dry-Storage-Pantry-Open

Stop in and see what other ways you can take your indoor fun…..outside.

Did somebody say cake?

CoffeeCake5So it happens that today is National Coffee Cake Day. Since we at Aggressive Appliances take our coffee and our cake seriously…I literally took a page out of Cheryl’s cookbook and decided to take a shot at making her coffee cake myself.CoffeeCake2

It’s late Tuesday night as I write this and after a fantastic day of spreading appliance joy to all my fellow appliance lovers I came home with ingredients, some ambition, and a pretty amazing recipe. Here are the ingredients (I forgot to include the salt in the pic, but my salt is forgiving).

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I’ve never attempted this recipe before but after seeing how easy it was to pull together this is going in my own recipe stash. My daughter and I didn’t care that there were raw eggs in the batter. We were licking the spoons, forks, and bowl, all the while moaning over….HOLY COW THAT’S GOOD BATTER. We survived, however, the batter covered bowls and utensils didn’t stand a chance.

I digress.

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This is a “put it in your fridge overnight” recipe. I had full intentions of bringing it into work tomorrow to bake there, but after tasting the batter there is NO way my daughter is letting it out of the house without baking it here and having some for breakfast tomorrow morning. I’ll bring the leftovers in to work. Depends how much we annihilate it tomorrow morning. HA! LEFTOVERS!?! YEAH RIGHT…who am I kidding? Here it is fresh out of the oven…

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So here it is folks, the coffee cake recipe that resulted in it disappearing as fast as it was put out….

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