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Fight Like a Viking

11873 1000_VIKING_PRAs a dealer we are invited to learn and cook on many manufacturer products. This week in my appliance adventures I flew into Georgia with healthy skepticism of the Viking product line.  Because I’m such an appliance geek, what I learned surprised and excited me. Viking keeps fighting…

Since being purchased in 2013 by Middleby Corporation, a leader in commercial kitchen technology, Viking has reinvented and revitalized their brand. Let me take you on a mini tour of how they’ve done that.

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Infrared broil technology in their electric ovens, and a carpet of broiling fire in their gas ovens, was really something to watch and use. The power of their induction elements and knob-controlled cooktops open up the market for those wanting more speed and/or have difficulty using electronic touch controls.

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Learning the various ways to use a warming drawer for slow cooking recipes will make this a must have piece in any kitchen. They also offer the only combi-steam-bake-convection microwave on the market. But by far the most impressive of their commercial technology is due out on the market this year with the introduction of the Turbochef oven to the residential market.

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Turbochef uses radiant heat, microwaves, and convection in a way that will take our fast pace cooking to a whole new level. It’s used daily in well known companies commercially to speed up cooking, crisping, and baking to minutes instead of hours. Baked potatoes, French fries, breads, meats, desserts, you name it…done in minutes. Imagine a whole meal cooked for a large crowd in 20 minutes. This is the future and the future is knocking hard and fast on our kitchen doors. Wait for it….

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Refrigeration in Viking has major changes (thankfully). The free-standing, counter-depth piece pictured above is the only piece made by another company….but since it was filled with Coke products….it deserved a picture here. Their built-in products have better hinges and the addition of their Ion Purification System called the “Plasmacluster System”. This type of purification is used in the medical field and the military to clean bacteria from the air and aid (in this situation) in food preservation. It doesn’t use a replacement filter because it’s not a filter. Their compressor design does not require cleaning because of the way it’s designed. They use metal shelving on the doors and tempered shelves on the interior. They offer a max cool in the freezer and refrigeration sections to bring quick cool to just packed refrigerators. The crisper drawers control and introduce humidity where it’s needed most. It’s worth checking out.VikingRef

They have taken the Blomberg dishwasher as their own and with it have combined some of the best features found in many leading dishwashers on the market today. They offer two dishwashers, one with a third rack. Their third rack machine doesn’t cover the entire top of the dishwasher. This helps to accommodate large stemware on the second shelf. All models offer a third wash arm in the top of the stainless steel tub. While not the quietest at 48 dBa, it does offer a final rinse cycle at 167 degrees and their longest cycle is about 2 hours. That high temp final rinse, along with the fan assist, will aid in condensation drying which has become an industry standard.VikingDishwasher

Viking has the ingenuity of design engineers from 67 commercial divisions of Middleby working to bring commercial cooking to a residential environment. Viking Pro offers 2 year warranty.

There is so much I can’t fit into this blog, but come in and let me tell you the story of any piece in their line. Viking is definitely a company worth watching closely to see what new ways our lives will change in the kitchen in months and years to come.

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Gaggenau….My Experience

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Gaggenau. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Gaggenau is a super premium brand of appliances that I was invited to experience in California this week.

Gaggenau is a 333 year old German company that has manufactured and engineered everything from bridges that still stand in Germany and bicycles, to what is now an elite palette of appliances that will make you re-think and re-imagine how you view your kitchen and cook in it. Everything you think you know, throw it out. Whether this makes you feel brave and excited, or intimidated and nervous ,we need to talk. Soon.

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They have an entire family suite of kitchen pieces that perfectly complement each other and not just because they match. Every brand has its own unique look, feel, quality level, and functionality. Gaggenau’s sleek, sensual design with its glass over stainless is the answer to pairing professional, consistent, chef inspired results, with design elements that complement seamlessly with any style you can dream up. It’s style is classy and understated, beautiful with brains and brawn. 

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Gaggenau is sleek, sexy, soft, and artistic on the outside…bold, impressive, professional, chef-grade results on the inside. It’s the perfect combo of looks and power. It’s gorgeous AND serious about cooking.

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They make all of their products with the exception of their under-counter wine preservation system. Their philosophy? If you want it done right, engineer and make it yourself. And it works. The quality and attention to detail from the patented porcelain on the outside of their ovens (for stability), their seemingly endless accessories (that easily move from one product to another), their modular pieces (teppan yaki, in counter steam, in counter fryer, in counter wok induction, etc) can create a cooking experience like no other. Healthy, easy, tasty, creative, and easy clean up….all come together to create a mind altering cooking experience. You’ll never look at cooking the same way again.

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They are the only brand that offers an induction wok cooking module. I’ve seen it in action using a Gaggenau wok (yet another optional accessory) and I am amazed. And since I’m back to accessories, one of my personal favorites is the Gastronorm roaster. It’s a non stick, cast aluminum pan with a lid that can be used in their wall ovens, steam ovens, and on their induction cooktops. You can sear right in it (in the base OR the lid), cook a whole recipe right in it, or bake a casserole (or whatever you can dream up), making it easy to do truly one pan cooking. Do it all right in one vessel!! They work hard to carry that mantra through their whole product line. 

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They’ve created their product line based on advice from chefs because they feel at-home chefs should have the same advantages and consistent results achieved by professional chefs in professional kitchens. We spent two days cooking on these products and the results added significantly to our waistlines and delighted our taste buds! 

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There is SO much we need to talk about and since we have a live Gaggenau kitchen in our showroom you must stop in so we can play and get creative in it. I’d love to pass on my new-found love and appreciation for an elite culinary experience and culture….Gaggenau. You’ll never look at cooking the same way again.

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Aggressively Cooking at the Gourmet Soiree

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How fun was it for Aggressive Appliances to be involved in this years Gourmet Soiree held at the Rosen Shingle Creek?  It was incredible! This evening of fundraising, fun, and interactive dining hosted by Food Network’s Robert Irvine included live and silent auctions, and a healthy meal prepared by 70 local chefs with assistance of 10 guests at each table.  

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Our table chef was Cheryl Jaskot and our guests were from VCNA Prestige Concrete Products. Each person had a hand in creating an amazing dish to be submitted for judging….and they only had 30 minutes to prepare and plate a delicious, creative dish that would make the judges stop and take notice.   Ultimately, congrats went to Chef Laurent Hollaender with The Boheme Restaurant, but all the tables presented dishes that made it difficult to pick just one. All the guests were able to sit and dine together, enjoying the entrée they just created. Wonderful side dishes were provided by the resort. Our table guests had a great time and left with swag bags filled with goodies from Aggressive and our top vendors.

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The great food, chefs, and fun evening of cooking was just a backdrop to the real reason for the Gourmet Soiree….to raise funds for Florida Hospital and their Children’s Mission Fit Possible Program.  Fit is an educational program focused on promoting health and wellness and preventing childhood obesity among kids ages 2 -18.  The Culinary Community came together and raised over $250,000 and counting (!!!) making a significant investment in the health of our community’s children.gs2016-4

The perfect ending to this wonderful evening was an endless array of desserts from local vendors that filled the lobby with everything from Sprinkles cupcakes to yummy frozen yogurt complete with an abundance of toppings to choose from. 

We have to say thank you to the 2016 Chairperson Extraordinaire, Kendra Lott with Edible Orlando and the Talented Chef for the night and Vice Chairperson, Gary Appelsies with YMCA of Central Florida. Props also have to be given to Whole Foods for providing the freshest pantry items and to Sysco for supplying the protein.  Plus, it is always a good event when the lovely Emily Ellyn is there! She is an Honorary Committee Member and was a judge for the event. 

It goes without saying, that Aggressive Appliances was honored to be a part of the 2016 Gourmet Soiree, and we can’t wait for next year!

~Blog Content Written and Photos provided by Tina Wilson (pictured below on the left)

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Hi Ya, Papaya!

Papaya2June is a happening month. The kids are released from school and many people break out swim suits and BBQ grills all over the states (in Florida that’s called “all year”). Vacation plans are transitioning from dreams to reality and our glorious sun is shining longer and hotter. June also happens to be the national month for candy, seafood, dairy, fresh fruits/vegetables, papaya, iced tea, and turkey. Yep. All of those.

While I could spend the month of June sharing thoughts on my love for candy and coming up with seafood and fresh veggie dishes….I’m going to focus on papaya, my favorite powerhouse of health and deliciousness.

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Papaya is a fruit I pull out whenever stomach troubles strike. To eat papaya is to experience a spa for your tummy. The soothing properties of papaya to the digestive system have been scientifically proven by my family. And by scientific, I mean that we eat it, love it, and it works, so we keep eating it and passing it down generation to generation. After a papaya feast, I can actually feel my insides sighing a calm “Thank you!”

Here’s the thing….quick research will prove why this fruit should be part of your regular diet. It has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts immunity. It promotes colon health and fights colon cancer. It even protects against heart disease, macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s packed full of vitamins and fiber so all of its miracle properties would make sense.

Eating the fruit plain has been my preference, but why not grill it to bring out the sweetness? Dice it and add it to any salad? Stuff meats or fish with it? Create a sauce or salsa? Add it to a smoothie? Depending on the ripeness….the possibilities could be endless.

Here’s the recipe I tried yesterday…..I’m kidding….there’s no recipe. I scooped out the seeds, cut off the skin, diced it into easy to pick up chunks and passed it around Aggressive. Delicious!!!

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*Classic-Coffee-Consumption*

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When you think about coffee what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It very well may be Starbucks, but for me it’s all about the bean! There are many roasts to choose from along with many local coffee bean companies around Orlando. Fresh beans equal fresh, delicious coffee. We here at Aggressive Appliances have several built-in machines that provide you that personalized “get going” cup.

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Miele built-in coffee systems friendly usage make it easy to take you through many options to get that fresh cup of Joe. Every “coffee head” is after that perfect cup! The Miele machine also offers a color option and can come plumbed or non-plumbed.

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Wolf, Gaggenau, Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Bosch all offer these types of built-in products as well. It seems pretty simple and, in my opinionated taste buds, much more spectacular as compared to Starbucks and others. These units fit perfect in your customized kitchens, morning bars, guest suites, etc. So why not savor a fresh brewed cup, save yourself money, and make your personalized coffee before you take off in the mornings? That’s the question. We can help you explore your answer…AAChefJohnCoffee

Content and idea provided by Westin Williams

Smoking in Memphis

MemphisWingsIn Florida it is always grilling season. That’s why when Memphis Wood Fire Grills rolled in and grilled up perfect, crispy wings, salmon, and juicy beef, on their wood burning grill we thought we should pay this grill some real attention. Wood fire cooking….it’s so primal and immediately brings to mind where cooking all began….on an outdoor fire. For an interesting twist on grilling using 100% natural wood pellets you may want to read more…MemphisLogo

Wood burning pellet grills are not new. This pellet grill just happens to be the first one we brought in because we were so impressed with how it worked, the tasty results, and its quality which features double walled stainless steel. It drops wood pellets into a hopper to burn and heat the grill. You can grill or smoke your meats with a choice of wood flavors based on the pellet flavors you choose. You can purchase their pellets anywhere you purchase their grills or wood pellets in general any place you typically purchase your grilling accessories.

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This grill is incredibly versatile allowing you to cook 15 pound briskets, pizzas, appetizers, burgers, desserts, wings, burgers, and anything you can think of….without worrying about burning your food. They claim the temperature remains more consistent than an indoor oven due to its intelligent temperature control stating  you can “set it and forget it”. The temperature ranges from 180 to 700 degrees.MemphisSmoked-Tri-Tip-Roast-with-Wood-Fire-Sear

You can grill, smoke, and convection bake on this grill that can be built-in or come on a cart. The most recent models are Wi-fi enabled so you will be able to control the temp and monitor your food from your home, car, or wherever you are when you want to check on your food. The app also allows you to access grill specific recipes to get the most out of your Memphis Grill.

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All Memphis Wood Fire Grills are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA and are backed by a 7-year limited warranty. Prices range from $2499 to $4899. Stop in and see it for yourself!

Refrigerators? Surprise!!!

SubzeroVintageDesign and style have always played a major part in kitchen décor and are just as important as function and quality to many kitchen dreamers. With current kitchen design featuring concealed appliances in cabinetry, it is no shock that the majority of our refrigeration and freezer sales are for built-in products. SubzeroDrawers

With built-ins you could lose a lot of functional cubic capacity depending on the width and number of columns you choose. There are great solutions for this in the form of under-counter refrigeration and here are a few reasons why you might want to consider these options.TrueBevCnter

If you open your refrigerator now….what do you see? You will most likely find what most people find, a lot of prime space being used by beverages! If you were to take those beverages and move them to an under-counter refrigerator you free up valuable real estate in the main “food” refrigerator. You will also reduce the amount of times you open your main refrigerator door, reducing energy consumption because the unit doesn’t have to work to get back up to a cold temp. PerlickDrawersIf you entertain a lot, consider a model that will bring drinks to a crisp cold within a half hour. There are models out there and we have them. If you have children, even better. You can put snacks and drinks at an easy to reach height so they can help themselves! There are door and drawer models to really open up creativity. How about a produce drawer right by the sink?TrueDrawersSo when you are thinking about renovating your kitchen or building a new house and working on the layout, stop in and talk to us about your options for refrigeration. While under-counter refrigeration may sometimes be a last thought, we can show you why you may want to make it one of your first.

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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.

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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