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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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Everything you ever wanted to know about Self-Cleaning ovens……

We’re on a mission from God and we won’t stop until the senseless stress of dead ovens is eradicated from the holiday season.  As we approach the holidays some of you out there might be thinking, “The in-laws are coming over and we can’t have a filthy oven when they arrive”.

So this is what your oven looks like after you forgot to clean it following your successful Thanksgiving turkey?

DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT!!!!!!  NO ONE CARES BUT YOU, we promise.  Well, that might be a lie but it’s better than no oven at all, right???

Every year we have 5-10 customers that call us in the weeks leading up to Christmas with some very familiar refrains. “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven and now I can’t open the door.”  Or the ever popular “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven and now it is totally dead.” Or the dreaded, “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven but I forgot to remove the foil from the bottom of it and it melted into the liner”.   Okay, I’ll stop.  You get the point.

Pyrolytic (super-hot) self-cleaning is amazing.  Just ask someone that has ever had to clean an oven that isn’t.  It usually involves some pretty aromatic chemicals and lots of elbow grease. Self-cleaning burns the grease and stains from your oven liner and literally turns them into ash.  It does so by achieving temperatures usually only found in workshops, kilns, and other heavy manufacturing processes.   The temperatures required to do this can be up to 900 degrees for several hours.  This degree of heat for a prolonged period can easily damage control boards, trip fuses, blow thermal limiters, and leave you up a culinary creek with a microwave for a paddle.  Having said that, DO NOT use oven cleaners in a self-cleaning oven; they can damage the interior surface.

While most modern ovens are designed to be self-cleaned, doing so is similar to drag racing the family truckster. You can do it, but it stresses your equipment and you shouldn’t do it on a daily basis – especially not before the family road trip.  Let’s think of the holidays as that family road trip for your oven.  “Mr. Griswold, hold off on the drag race until school gets back in session.”

 

Something to Talk About

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FOOD_CROISSANT_COFFEE_TRG_72815Pull up a chair and grab a fresh baked croissant with your coffee. The time has come again to seriously consider a Subzero-Wolf-Asko package. As of July 1st through March 31, 2017, they are running a promotion that can include $1000 back and/or Wolf Gourmet product options.

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Many consumers wonder if the cost of a premium appliance package is worth it. They also wonder if they can afford such luxuries. I’m here to tell you it’s possible and worth it. Investing extra money now will give you a fabulous chef’s kitchen that will last you for many years.

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Refrigeration that lasts, cooking products that stand up to the toughest and gentlest recipes, cleaning products that take on anything you can whip up on their fine products, this is what you can have with a Subzero-Wolf-Asko kitchen. But they don’t stop there….how about a coffee system and microwave options (built-in, drop down doors, micro-drawers). Under-counter refrigeration and freezers offer you drawer options or door options. Wine storage in beautiful columns, or placed under your counter. Ice machines and outdoor products, the list goes on and on. You like modern and sleek? Professional and robust? Hidden behind decadent cabinetry? If you can dream it, the Subzero-Wolf-Asko line can bring it to life. This is a manufacturer that doesn’t quit and neither do their products.

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One of their best kept secrets is how they treat their customers. You are premium. You are cared for. Their customer service is top notch and, to us, one of the best in the industry. They invest in you as you have invested in their products.

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This is not a product line can be summed up in a small blog. A tour through our expanded Living Kitchen and details in person about their promotion are very much worth a trip to our showroom. Finish your coffee and croissant, and stop in. It’s time to wake up and realize this kitchen dream is within reach. We will show you how…

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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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.

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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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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!!!

In Living Color

TLK_4C_SMAn old show jingle used to play “Do what you want to do – in living color”. Do you remember it? Before your time? It came to mind to me today because if you know Aggressive, you know we do what we want to do and that usually means changing…..all the time.

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Our latest change is in our Subzero-Wolf section aka “The Living Kitchen” and it is very close to completion. We have a few finishing touches along with a few holes to fill in….but this area of our showroom is fast becoming my favorite spot to wander through. It really showcases the beauty of Subzero, Wolf, and Asko lines.

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I really love the way the Subzero wine storage column looks in its new home! The design elements selected really make the Wolf Pro 48″ range “pop” while the Asko dishwasher is set in a beautiful, cozy cove. The three brands come together with vivid textures and metallic finishes to truly showcase the beauty and quality of the appliances.

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Our showroom always has surprises springing up. We’d love for you to stop by so you can touch, feel, and look at “The Living Kitchen” in living color….TileCropCV

More Than Words

gaggenau-logoGaggenau. I’ve mentioned the name a few times to a few people outside of my industry with looks of “Huh?” But those who know Gaggenau, know Gaggenau. This super premium brand, with exceptional quality and styling, is worth knowing about. The design, while not for everyone, may just be yours. If it is you’ll recognize it immediately. Gaggenau2 The sleek design, innovation, quality, and artistry of Gaggenau has always caught my eye. The attention to detail and craftsmanship in their built-in cooking products, refrigeration line, ventilation, and dishwashers are a true reflection of their premium status in the appliance industry. I could tell you that the ovens have doors that never get hotter than 65 degrees on the outside. I could tell you that their built-in cooktops have knobs that are integrated into countertops creating seamless countertop views. I could tell you that you can combine a variety of cooktops to create a custom cooking combination.Gaggenau2__1807_x_1357_-1438x1080 I could tell you how the refrigerators disappear in a kitchen but have stainless steel interiors, precision temperatures, and are the quietest in their class. I could tell you that BSH, the parent company of Gaggenau, Thermador, and Bosch, with Gaggenau being the top of their lines, produce their dishwashers. Yes, that kind of quality. Gaggenau1 But talking and telling rarely translate to the actual experience. Seeing the product, turning the knobs, feeling the weight and sturdiness of the doors, viewing the lighting, touching the materials used to manufacture their product, that’s when you know Gaggenau. There are some things that don’t require words. Gaggenau is one of them.

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With a few pieces on display and a full kitchen to be completed by 4th quarter 2015, come in to our showroom and see that even one piece will tell you all you need to know without hearing a word.

DCS, ATK, Oh my!

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DCS by Fisher & Paykel has a quiet history since they don’t spend a ton of money on marketing; however, other well known names have used DCS in their lineups.  They began in 1988 in California when a commercial range was custom built for use in a residential application. Realizing they had a great product to offer to the masses they started selling their recipe for quality and function to companies such as Viking, Thermador, GE Monogram, and JennAir. Yup. You read that right. You didn’t even know you knew DCS, did you?DCSATK

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Last week I was whisked away to Boston, along with a crew of 9 equally appliance enthused (I’m not being sarcastic here, we love appliances that much!) sales reps from all over the USA, to take a few succulent bites into the world of DCS by Fisher & Paykel. To mix it up, we weren’t trained in a DCS facility, but in America’s Test Kitchen. ATK’s founder, Chris Kimball, has DCS in his personal kitchens, which prompted his natural choice of DCS appliances in ATK’s kitchens.

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ATK’s home is tucked away in an old building in Boston complete with a maze of quirky turns, steps, food, and dining tables with a backdrop of old school, historic charm. We were graciously welcomed by ATK to cook, learn, laugh, and eat within their bustling cooking, testing, and tasting world. In this cozy setting we learned DCS is truly a powerhouse of quality, function, and is user friendly whether you’re a master chef, a weekend cooking warrior, or a 30 minute weeknight meal maker. Using ATK recipes, mouth watering, waist growing meals were created by us all while learning hands on just how fun and easy DCS is to use.

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DCS1There’s something really remarkable about bonding over quality appliances and cooking with people that have an equivalent passion for appliances. DCS and ATK really set the table for a gracious, welcoming learning experience.

If you’re looking for meaty, commercial quality appliances without too many bells and whistles, DCS is the way to go. The DCS customer wants a tried and true, quality appliance with a minimal learning curve to get great results focused on highlighting the finished culinary masterpiece.

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With professional ranges, commercial quality wall-ovens, precision cooktops, versatile dish drawers, searing outdoor grills, and a built-in line of refrigeration due out any minute, this is a line to consider if you want hard-working, solid appliances without a super premium price tag. We have their line on display, so please stop in. We’d love to get you fired up over them!

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Whatcha Got Cooking?

bsh cREWThis week I was given the opportunity to fly to California for BSH immersion training. I’ve never been to California and haven’t been to an out-of-state product training in quite some time. I had no idea what to expect, who I’d meet, or how much I’d learn.

What I found in Cali was this…no matter where you go, or where people come from, good people are good people. The crew we had at this training was by far the best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning with. We laughed, we laughed harder, we cooked, we learned, and we made some really great friends that became more like family on this trip.

BSH 2There is something to be said for being able to cook on Bosch products surrounded by bright, funny, creative people. It also helps to have a professional chef explaining what to do. We used induction, gas, steam, convection, and learned all the different ways Bosch can really make a decadent meal fast, easy, fun, and exciting. The BSH group gave me the chance to try out one of my own family rice recipes to give me that final push to give up my aluminum pot and fully embrace induction cooking. My classmates enjoyed my dish (or they were just being kind) and I was sold on induction.

BSH 3We have many of these pieces on display at Aggressive. BSH provided us all with a steam cooking recipe book. I’m heading back to Florida today armed with a plan to try these recipes, along with my own, on our live appliances.

bsh 4I gained so much knowledge this week, but one of the most important things I took away from this trip was that there are great people that live all over the world, people that have so much to share and teach you, people passionate in their appliance geekiness and sillyness. I feel honored and privileged to have met them all. Special thanks to the BSH family for providing us this opportunity!!!

BSH Crew NightNow….come on down and let’s take my Bosch knowledge for a spin!!!! I’ll be steam/convecting goodies REAL soon…