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Cookies Make Everything Better !

 

 
 

It’s time for a great cookie recipe….trust me, this cookie is the most popular one with our staff and many of our customers.

It is the Compost Cookie….also a fancy word for garbage cookie, but the words compost and garbage aren’t what come to mind when you eat this cookie.

There is a basic dough recipe and the fun (compost) part is…you choose 3 savory and 3 sweet ingredients to add.   For example, you could add potato chips, pretzels, goldfish crackers, fritos, etc….or chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, cranberries,etc…your choice!

 

 

There is a cool place in NYC that made this cookie famous, Momofuku Milk Bar…recipes are all over the internet, but the one that our resident Chef Cheryl uses is this one,   Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies.

Click on the link and make some, let your kids help select the ingredients….the crazier the better, you just can’t beat that salty and sweet combo.  I mean, aren’t our favorite people a combo of sweet and salty, too?

 

Your friends and family will be so happy, and hopefully grateful, if you make these and actually decide to share them.
We even have a customer/Designer that loves them so much, I make him a goodie bag and let him know every time these cookies make an appearance in the showroom.
I won’t name any names…Mark.

Enjoy…..make some people happy and bake some cookies !

 (…and if you need an awesome new oven to bake them in, come see us, we have the perfect oven for you)

 

 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day !

 

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a multitude of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, a variety of special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

The team at Aggressive started celebrating a day early on Thursday with an amazing Irish inspired feast for lunch.   Cheryl Jaskot prepared a menu that included Corned Beef w/Potato Rolls,  Cabbage/Vegetable Soup, Guinness Cheese Spread, Irish Pub Salad and Car Bomb Cupcakes.

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Cheryl cooked the Corned Beef with the seasoning packet included, coated it with approx. 1/3 c mustard and 1/2 c brown sugar, and braised them with a bottle of Guinness beer.  She baked them at 300 degrees for about 4 hrs, on Convection bake in our Jenn-Air and GE Monogram multi rack ovens.

The Car Bomb Cupcakes are everyone’s favorite…..how can you go wrong with dark chocolate cake w/Guinness, Irish Whiskey in the ganache filling, and Bailey’s Irish Cream in the frosting.   Click here for this recipe if you want to make them for yourself.
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Another yummy recipe you may want to try is the Triple Threat Guinness-Cheese Spread….click here for the recipe.  We served it with chips, but it would be great with fresh veggies….we also used white KerryGold cheddar cheese.

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We hope you get to enjoy some Irish food or at least try some of the
recipes we have shared, you won’t be disappointed.

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Who needs a recipe for the perfect Holiday appetizer ?

Do you need an idea for the perfect appetizer to serve over the holidays?  This recipe for Mini Brie Bites is delicious, pretty, and oh so easy to make….it has been a hit every time I have made it!  The brie bites are simple to assemble and the cranberry salsa will have everyone asking for the recipe.

The lovely Chef Maria Rivera made this at a cooking class and generously shared it with us.  We love having her in our showroom and her food is always amazing!

Mini Brie en Croute

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16 mini brie (come in packs of 5 at Trader Joe’s)
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg + 1 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 400º.

Dust puff pastry sheet with a little flour and roll out, slightly, to form a square. Cut into 16 squares. Place a brie wheel in the center of a pastry square. Pull up the four corners and join at the top and twist. (Since the brie wheels are in their rind, you do not need to seal the pastry around the cheese.)

Brush each parcel with egg wash, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve alongside cranberry salsa (or your favorite jam or chutney).

These were baked in our Jenn-Air kitchen in the Dual-Fan Convection Wall Oven.

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Cranberry Salsa

12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tbsp. sugar
1-2 fresno or jalapeno peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar (or 1.5 tbsp. honey or agave syrup or 2 tbsp. additional sugar)
1 tbsp orange zest, optional

Pulse cranberries, sugar, chile peppers, and shallot in a food processor to desired size. Transfer to medium bowl, and stir in all other ingredients. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature.

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This cranberry salsa is delicious served over ricotta on toast, with cheese, or with pork, turkey, or chicken. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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FYI….I used a red balsamic vinegar(from the Ancient Olive) we had on hand and it worked perfectly.

Tuck this recipe away and pull it out when you are entertaining, or just buy the ingredients and make it for yourself….you won’t be disappointed.

The team at Aggressive hopes you are having a wonderful December!

 

Grab an Apple and Say Cheese…

ApplesHappy National Apple Week! Many Florida kids return to school this week, too. Coincidence? With an apple in hand, have your favorite kid(s) either bring in a red delicious or create a treat for their brand new teacher(s). This week may be a tad bit more hectic for many. What a perfect time to cook up a delicious, nutritious, quick meal whether you have tiny mouths to feed or not.

GrilledAppleCheeseBlog-1This is a REALLY hard recipe, so prepare yourself. You will need…..apples, cheese, bread, and butter. I know….CRAZY right? Here’s what we did here at Aggressive Appliances on our Jenn-Air griddle. Thanks to Dean Snyder for the awesome idea!!!GrilledAppleCheeseRecipe

Get your apples and cheesy smiles ready for a brand new academic year!!

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The Big JFD

Candy3Sometimes I take a moment to check in on the National Food Holiday. This week I was most pleasantly surprised to find that today is NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY!!!! Who doesn’t love junk food? That guilty pleasure we all indulge in even though we know we shouldn’t. Or maybe we should? Life is short! Live a little! Everything in moderation is a good thing, even junk food.

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After brainstorming with some junk food junkies and compiling a few of my favorite ingredients, I threw together this salty, crunchy, sweet candy. It’s a holiday, after all, and candy is the ultimate junk food!

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So here’s my own recipe I literally crushed and threw together. While the picture above shows raisins, I nixed them and just went with cherries. You can pretty much do WHATEVER you want with this recipe and change up any part of it depending on your craving. So get creative, or stick to my recipe, and junk it up! I can tell you this….as is….it was a HUGE hit!!!!

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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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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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Garlic as a Fruit

Pysanky-1With Easter just over a week away I’m transported back to memories of my Ukrainian grandmother, Anna. It was a cherished holiday for her as it is for many. She was born and raised in the Ukraine. She worked hard in the fields and would often tell me stories of her difficult, funny, and interesting life. Food was always involved and so was card playing.

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She had great love and pride for her children, her family, her garden, her pierogies, and prayed over her bible so much it was worn thin from turning the pages filled with prayer cards from lost loved ones. She taught me the art of egg decorating, babka tasting, how to knead dough for pierogies, gave me my love of fresh horseradish and beets, not to leave out the importance of raw garlic. She considered raw garlic a fruit and ate it as such. Yup, just like an apple.

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She didn’t have a grand kitchen, but she did have a grand soul that filled her kitchen and the hearts of anyone she knew. On her small stove she fried her pierogies with copious amounts of butter and onions, baked her Easter breads, and boiled the eggs we intricately decorated with beeswax and deep colored dyes. You may never have met my sweet Babchi, but if you like trying new things, click on the pictures within this blog and find out how to make your own Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky) or make a babka with this recipe given to me by my cousin Laura Stasiuk.

LaurasBabkaBabchi was one of many that taught me the value of family, traditions, and doing things together.  Many summers were spent watching her roll out dough for her endless supply of pierogies on her kitchen table, while talking, laughing, singing, and dancing. She taught me to find joy in simple pleasures like feeling the earth under my feet, the smell of fresh mint rubbed between fingers, or growing and drying fresh grown chamomile flowers for tea. She taught me how to appreciate all the gifts in life, big and tiny.

Enjoy your families now and always.  And to all of you….ya tebe lyublyu (я тебе люблю) which means….”I love you” in Ukrainian. I wish you all a “Babchi” in your life. Photo credits to my dear Aunt Gloria McNamara, Anna’s daughter.

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Brown Bagging It

brownbagIn a day and age when fast food is EVERYWHERE, what is a person to do when they want quick, satisfying meals for lunch? Today is National “Pack Your Lunch Day” so to pay homage to it here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing and help you come up with delicious ways to pack a quick, tasty, healthy, and easy lunch.Avocado

Avocados are popping up in so many recipes I see online. They are easy to find, easy to carry, and packed full of nutrients. Who doesn’t love the sound of “good fat”? Slice them and put them on a turkey sandwich, cube them and put them in a tomato salad, or mash them up with a hard boiled egg and make a creamy egg salad to smear on your favorite artisan bread.  Eggs

Speaking of eggs, they are another staple for a grab-and-go lunch. Hard boiled eggs are a great way to eat breakfast or lunch on the run. Packed with protein, they will also keep hunger at bay for a good stretch of time. Carrots and hummus, snow peas and salads, crackers and cheese, cut up leftover meat from last night’s dinner, cheese sticks, peanut butter, yogurt, clementine oranges, and olives are all great additions to a brown bag lunch. Heck, any fruit or vegetable can be easily added to your meal. It does take more planning and some thoughtful time to get enough quick things together to bring lunch, but your taste buds, mind, body, health, and bank account will thank you!PotSalPic

Here is a modified version of a recipe my mom used to make as a quick dinner that I now use for lunch because I like it so much! It is filling, delicious, and easy to grab and make if you have access to a microwave where you happen to be lunching. This can also be made ahead and brought in a container. I made my recipe pictured above with a steamed bag of whole green beans instead of the canned beans in my recipe below. It’s so, so good!!! Please leave some of your favorite grab-and-go ideas in the comments below for others to try. We could all use delicious, healthy options for lunch. Happy brown-bagging it! ChrissyWarmPotRecipe

Let Love In

Valentine2015With Valentine’s Day just a few days away I started thinking about all the goodies and ideas that go along with the holiday associated with love and sweets. Loved ones, chocolate, hearts, flowers, fruits, and delectable meals, spring to my mind. I like to think of Valentine’s Day as a special day set aside to focus on all the people you love and take time to celebrate that love with them! What better place to start than the heart of your home….the kitchen.ValentineCookies

Fresh sugar cookies, convection baked in an oven, decorated with icing and sprinkles….may be the perfect way to say “I love you” to your parents, your kids, your love, your neighbor, your best friend, or……yourself! Or what about…slowly melting decadent chocolate over a simmer flame on a gas range-top or induction cooktop only to dip fresh strawberries, bananas, pound cake, or pineapples right into it…..together? What could be more loving than creating these things with someone you love? The best dishes are made when joy is one of the ingredients.ValentineEgg

Here’s a recipe that I came up with one day at home. It’s quick, easy, and usually disappears in minutes. It’s a great way to get everyone involved of all ages, since little or big hands are comfortable with throwing these ingredients together. Start your Valentine’s Day with a pizza pie made with and for the people you love this Sunday morning. While you’re at it, pair it with some chocolate dipped fruits and sugar cookies! Happy Valentine’s Day appliance fans!ChrissyBreakfastPizza

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